Street by Street: A Village as Remembered by Storytellers

Welcome to Street by Street, a local history project of Arts at the Palace and the Village of Hamilton Historical Commission. The series seeks to explore and document the genius loci (spirit of the place) of the Village of Hamilton, NY, through stories about some of the people, buildings, and events that have made a community. The podcasts will be available here on the Arts at the Palace website beginning May 1, 2021, and will be preserved later in the Village of Hamilton historical archives.

Episode 1: A Village as Remembered by Storytellers

Joan Prindle discusses the origins of the Village of Hamilton, and Jeanne Rose presents Village Historian Jackson Loop’s explanation of Hamilton street names.

Episode 2: 22 West Pleasant Street

Deborah S. Kliman describes the fascinating history of her home and its eccentric former owner.

Episode 3: 21 Madison Street

A Civil War hospital, a church, and a school house. Jane Todd recalls the many iterations of the beautiful home at 21 Madison Street, where she was born.

Episode 4: Two Village Fires

John Basher tells the stories of historic fires on Eaton Street and Utica Street.

Episode 5: West Kendrick Avenue

Joan Prindle remembers a puzzling winter morning in Hamilton.

Episode 6: Lebanon Street Mishap

John Basher details a village legend about farm machinery gone wrong.

Episode 7: The Great Chocolate Train Wreck

Art Zimmer chronicles one of Hamilton’s most famous events.


The current pandemic has brought many stories about the past and present to light in online conversations and socially-distant encounters outdoors on the streets, where folks have been spending more time than ever. Capturing this information in the form of spoken-word, digital podcasts is a way to preserve a village’s history at a time of challenge and change.

Street by Street is a partnership between Arts at the Palace and the Village of Hamilton Historical Commission.

Project directors: Elizabeth Douglas, Joan Prindle

Music and editing: Christopher White (Isto)

Podcast host: John Hunter Orr

Stories by John Basher, Deborah S. Kliman, Jackson Loop (retold by Jeanne Rose), Joan Prindle, Jane Todd, and Art Zimmer

Additional recording support donated by Jim Wunderlich, Orbital Sound, Hamilton, NY

All photos: Village of Hamilton Historical Commission

Marketing and design: Lauren Marshall

Technical advisor: Luke Marshall

Street by Street is sponsored by a Humanities New York Action Grant with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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