Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Where did the name “Batavia” Come from?

The question that often comes up is where did the name “Batavia” come from? Was it from Jakarta, which was formally called Batavia, in Indonesia? Is it a Seneca word?

Listen to this podcast as museum director, Patrick Weissend, explains the origins.

Listen to it here.

Friday, December 7, 2007

The Other Ellicott: Benjamin Ellicott

Of the three surveying Ellicott brothers, youngest brother Benjamin is the least famous. But, did you know he was a County Judge and a Congressman? Listen to this podcast and learn more about one of Genesee County’s forgotten founders.

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Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Joseph Ellicott and the Holland Land Company Part Two (1800 - 1826)

The conclusion of the Joseph Ellicott story looks at his time from his appointment as resident agent to his death. It looks at early Western New York settlement, the development of the Erie Canal, the Bank of Niagara and Ellicott’s downfall and eventual death.

Listen to it here

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Joseph Ellicott and the Holland Land Company Part One (1761 - 1800)

Joseph Ellicott was a 6 foot - 4 inch Marylander who came to Western New York and transformed the land from an endless wilderness to a frontier to a thriving civilization. This podcast tells his story from his birth to when he finished the Great Survey. It also includes brief descriptions of the Holland Land Company, Andrew Ellicott, Benjamin Ellicott, the Treaty of Big Tree and the Great Survey.

Listen to it here.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007


This is an brief introduction to the podcasts series being released on the Holland Land Office Museum in Batavia, NY.

Friday, October 5, 2007

Charles Rand: The Union's First Volunteer

This is a podcast about Genesee County's most decorated soldier, Charles F. Rand. Rand is also the first Union volunteer of the Civil War.

Listen to it here

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Red Jacket: Seneca Chief

Podcast about the famed Seneca Chief: Red Jacket

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Holland Land Company: The Early Years

Podcast about a Dutch company that invested money in United States investment opportunities after the American Revolution.

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