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