On this page, you will find our longer articles that compile photos and history from the Apperson Archives, each featuring a different theme. Use the search box below to browse through the articles included in the Long Reads category, or scroll down the page to see the most recent additions to Long Reads.
New York Women Helped Frame the Forest Preserve Debate (March 24, 2014) Forest Preserve History: The Warwick Carpenter Papers (August 14, 2013) Adirondack Legal History: The Lake George Trespass Case (July 14, 2013) A Lake George Park: Enlisting Women to the Cause (February 26, 2013) Setting the Record Straight on Lake George: Robert Moses, John Apperson,… Read more »Read More
Ever wonder what it must have been like at GE, back when Charles Steinmetz and Irving Langmuir were getting so much attention for their research? According to the biographies I have read, there was a wonderful spirit of “science for science’s sake” and not so much pressure to make profits for the company. The Electric… Read more »Read More
Not many records survive from the first few years the Appersons spent in Schenectady, but we know that in 1906, John Apperson took an excursion into the Fulton Chain, with his younger sister, Nancy, from Virginia, and a cousin from Illinois. How do we know? Someone took photographs, and Appy later put them into a… Read more »Read More
Getting Ready for the Electrical Age: Virginia Tech, General Electric, President McBryde, and the Scientists in the 1890s
Ellen Brown wrote this paper as a graduate student, in history, at Virginia Tech, twenty years ago. She was just beginning to delve into the childhood and education of John Apperson, Jr. In digging through the archives in the university library, she found information about how the land grant institution, VirginiaAgricultural and Mechanical College, got… Read more »Read More
John Apperson probably met Hilda Loines in 1921, and soon became friends with her mother, Mary Loines, a widow, and her sister, Sylvia. He invited them to the American Canoe Association Regatta, which he hosted at his camp in Huddle Bay (the Lake View Hotel property), and soon introduced the sisters to his favorite sport, skate-sailing, and helped them purchase suitable clothing and equipment from Abercrombie and Fitch, in New York.Read More