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October is New York State History Month!

Today’s historical community is as dynamic as it is diverse. It includes scholars, curators, preservationists, librarians, archivists, genealogists, re-enactors and local and community historians. In October, historians across the state will work together to strengthen the state’s history community and raise New Yorkers’ appreciation of the value and impact of New York State’s history.

We encourage you to explore this site to learn more about the rich and compelling history of the Empire State through several of the NYSM virtual programs posted below. You can also find history-related programs offered through a variety of organizations across the state through the Path Through History program:

Virtual Field Trip: Going for a Ride in FDR’s 1932 Packard

Join Senior Historian and Curator Brad Utter for a rare look at our 1932 Packard Touring Twin 6 that belonged to Franklin D. Roosevelt when he was governor of New York. After a quick overview of the history of the car, we’ll take it for a ride!


Virtual Field Trip: Oddities of the NYSM Storage Facility

Explore the interesting, odd, and surprising artifacts at the New York State Museum. Go behind the scenes with History Curator Stephen Loughman for a rare glimpse of some of the more fascinating artifacts in the New York State Museum’s collection.


Virtual Field Trip: Treasures from the NYSM's Collections

Join a virtual behind-the-scenes tour featuring the only surviving Beech-Nut Circus Bus from the 1930s, which was part of a fleet that traveled across the country to advertise Beech-Nut products from Canajoharie, New York. Some of the related artifacts include beautifully crafted toy circus animals and a clown band, all of which formed part of the miniature big top.

Additional Programs and Resources

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History Month Promotion Kit (PDF)

Download information on how to promote History Month events in your community.

Revisit Virtual Field Trips

Here's a chance for you to view some of our past History-related virtual field trips hosted by NYSM Historians.