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Social History

The New York State Museum’s History Collections are filled with objects from everyday New Yorkers.  From a collection of furniture and household goods used by several generations of a Dutch middle-class farming family in the Hudson Valley to a set of daguerreotypes and tintypes from an African American family living in Canajoharie in the mid-19th century.  Historians and curators at the Museum strive to collect and preserve the history of all New Yorkers.