Author Michael T. Keene to Host “Talking Hart Island” Podcast

Michael T. Keene is my kind of guy. He has written some really interesting, and macabre, books with titles like Question of Sanity: The True Story of Female Serial Killers in 19th Century New York and Mad House: The Hidden History of Insane Asylums in 19th Century New York. These are just a few of the truly fascinating books he has written, signed copies of which are available for sale in the Fairport Historical Museum gift shop.

Now Mike has branched out and will debut his new podcast on September 15, 2019. “Talking Hart Island” is a half hour weekly podcast that explores the history of Hart Island, America’s largest mass graveyard, which has been used as New York City’s potter’s field since 1869. It is estimated there are over 1,000,000 people buried there.

Talking Hart Island

Because of recent advances in DNA and fingerprint technology though, we now have learned who some of these previously forgotten and anonymous people were. The results are truly shocking.

“Talking Hart Island” will interview a special guest each week selected from an extraordinary assembly of scholars, authors, and scientists in the fields of history, law, medicine and the arts as we unravel a secret kept hidden for over 150 years.


Michael T. Keene’s “Talking Hart Island podcast goes live on September 15, 2019. Don’t miss it! It’s sure to be a spine-tingler.

Additional information about Mike, his books and his podcast can be found on his website,

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3 Comments on “Author Michael T. Keene to Host “Talking Hart Island” Podcast”

  1. Michael Dill Says:

    Hello Vicki, I love all the work you’ve done re: Pittsford history, especially your dedication to researching Civil War soldiers from the Pittsford area. I have an addition for you. My 2nd Great uncle James King (1838-?) was from Pittsford. He enlisted in the famous statewide regiment NY 44th Vol. Infantry Co. B in July 1861. This regiment was formed in honor of Col. Ellsworth (quite a story on it’s own) in Albany and was known as Ellsworth’s Avengers. The concept was that it drew at least one volunteer from every town throughout the state and this held true for the original companies. Individuals had to be at least 5’10”, single, reputation for integrity, etc. James King was the Pittsford volunteer. Entered as a private in Aug. 1862, promoted to corporal in July 1862, wounded at 2nd Bull Run on August 30 1862. Discharged due to wounds Feb. 1863. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to find info on him after 1863. I’m a descendant of Michael King of Pittsford, a younger brother of James. I’ve attached a photo of his nys muster roll that indicates the above. I hope this helps add to or complete your Civil War soldiers of Pittsford. Please respond to let me know if you received this. Regards, Mike Dill

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    • That’s amazing information, Michael! Thanks for sharing it. I’ll add James King to my list of soldiers from Pittsford. Michael King is familiar to me because of the photo of his cider mill in several of Paul Spiegel’s amazing books, but I haven’t researched the King family yet to learn about James. I’d love to correspond with you directly about the King family. Please email me at

  2. Terry Holt Says:

    Hi Vicki,Thanks for the info on Michael Keene’s new book. I think I have all of his other books. This one sounds to be particularly interesting.When is the next meeting for Yuletide Traditions?A couple weeks ago I stopped in Palmyra to see Bonnie Hays to ask her about the silent auction   they have every year during their annual steak dinner fund raiser. The auction is only for that one evening. I thought she might have some words of wisdom. Bonnie wasn’t there. She was home sick. So I talked with her assistant Tracy. It sounded like their most difficult part was organizing everything at the end and deciding who won, etc. They did everything about the same as Yuletide Traditions. They had never talked about doing BIN. They also have a live auction during the dinner which is fun. So I guess there is no secret to a fast and easy way to get everything done at the end of the auction! Have a great week!Terry Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android

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