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Myths, legends, lore : Central New York & the Finger Lakes
Zimmer, Melanie.
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Publication Information:
Charleston, SC : History Press, 2008.
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153 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Introduction -- Part I: Iroquois stories -- The creation story -- The giant bear and the Big Dipper -- The formation of the Finger Lakes -- The story of the standing stone -- Hiawatha and the Peacemaker -- Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha -- The martyrdom of three Jesuits -- The strange story of Eleazer Williams, the Dauphin of France -- Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show and the Oneida Indians -- Part II: The Revolutionary War period -- Chief Skenandoah -- Polly Cooper at Valley Forge -- A transatlantic love story -- Part III: The Erie Canal -- Stories of Red McCarthy -- The Empeyville frog -- Snow dye -- The dry canal -- Sig Sautelle, the circus man -- A whale of a tale -- Part IV: Religious movements and utopia -- A miracle in Palmyra -- The Oneida Community -- Part V: Abolitionists, underground railroad conductors, and suffragists -- The scythe tree -- The Jerry rescue -- Harriet Tubman -- Gerrit Smith -- Elizabeth Smith Miller and the story of her bloomers -- Elizabeth Cady Stanton's Bible -- Part VI: Leprechauns, baseball, the chocolate train, and a stone giant -- Thomas Hastings's heavenly music -- The Cardiff giant -- Baseball, the all-American sport -- The great chocolate wreck -- The origin of the spotted cow -- Cat tales -- Small wonder -- George "Bill" Bailey, the American mummy -- The guardian angel -- Conclusion.
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With this series of tales, local author and longtime storyteller Melanie Zimmer helps us discover the people and places of Central New York and the Finger Lakes region. Whether interested in the Revolutionary War or the founding of the Mormon Church, Zimmer brings the heart of upstate New York to vibrant life. From delightful stories recounting the exploits of the legendary Red McCarthy and the creation myths of the Iroquois to heroic tales of Harriet Tubman and the underground railroad, Central New York & the Finger Lakes: Myths, Legends & Lore is sure to please both the seasoned historian and the casual reader.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. 9
Introductionp. 11
Part I Iroquois Stories
The Creation Storyp. 15
The Giant Bear and the Big Dipperp. 18
The Formation of the Finger Lakesp. 19
The Story of the Standing Stonep. 20
Hiawatha and the Peacemakerp. 23
Blessed Kateri Tekakwithap. 27
The Martyrdom of Three Jesuitsp. 33
The Strange Story of Eleazer Williams, the Dauphin of Francep. 39
Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show and the Oneida Indiansp. 49
Part II The Revolutionary War Period
Chief Skenandoahp. 53
Polly Cooper at Valley Forgep. 59
A Transatlantic Love Storyp. 59
Part III The Erie Canal
Stories of Red McCarthyp. 67
The Empeyville Frogp. 70
Snow Dyep. 73
The Dry Canalp. 73
Sig Sautelle, the Circus Manp. 74
A Whale of a Talep. 81
Part IV Religious Movements and Utopia
A Miracle in Palmyrap. 87
The Oneida Communityp. 102
Part V Abolitionists, Underground Railroad Conductors and Suffragists
The Scythe Treep. 107
The Jerry Rescuep. 109
Harriet Tubmanp. 112
Gerrit Smithp. 116
Elizabeth Smith Miller and the Story of Her Bloomersp. 119
Elizabeth Cady Stanton's Biblep. 121
Part VI Leprechauns, Baseball, the Chocolate Train and a Stone Giant
Thomas Hastings's Heavenly Musicp. 127
The Cardiff Giantp. 128
Baseball, the All-American Sportp. 133
The Great Chocolate Wreckp. 135
The Origin of the Spotted Cowp. 136
Cat Talesp. 136
Small Wonderp. 137
George "Bill" Bailey, the American Mummyp. 138
The Guardian Angelp. 140
Conclusionp. 149
Selected Bibliographyp. 151
About the Authorp. 155