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Published May 8 | State History

Giuliana Bullard

Washington, DC--Friday, President Donald Trump signed into law a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the federal government through the...

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Published May 5 | State History

Harvard University President and renowned historian Dr. Drew Gilpin Faust will be presenting her lecture "From the Civil War to 9/11: American Confronts Mass Death" at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum June 7th at 7:00pm.  

Harvard University President Drew Gilpin Faust first...

Knives from Walden lost in the Lusitania
Published May 4 | State History

Follow the link below to view the latest newsletter released by the Office of the Orange County Historian that includes fascinating documentation about a $50,000 Knife Cargo from Walden, New York, that was lost with the sinking of the Lusitania in 1914. Additional information about upcoming ...

Published May 2 | State History

This article orgininally appeared in the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Newsletter Primary Source.

Project Snapshot

Grant Program name: National Leadership Grants For Museums
Grant log number: MG-10-13-0009-13
Year Awarded: 2013

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Published May 1 | State History

By: Nick Sacco, Park Guide, Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site

This article was originally published on the Broadside Blog of the American Association of State and Local History.

As a former classroom teacher and a current front-line interpreter with the National Park...

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Published May 1 | State History

The field of public history has experienced significant growth as an academic discipline, but public history extends well beyond the academy.
The State of New York is exceptionally rich in its number of museums,historic sites, and archival repositories, and historic preservation is not...

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Published May 1 | State History

Winners of the 2017 New York State History Day competition held in Cooperstown April 24th, 2017 at the Fenimore Art Museum, Farmers Museum and Baseball Hall of Fame were announced.  Congratulations to all who participated in this wonderful event and to those who are moving on to National History...

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Published April 28 | State History

Discover the people and places that shaped American history 
June 17 - 18 and October 7 -9, 2017!

Path Through History Weekends are a showcase of New York State's rich and fascinating history and will feature hundreds of events happening at historic and cultural destinations...

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Published April 26 | State History

By: Bethany Hawkins

This article orginially appeared on the AASLH's BROADSIDE blog. 

Over the weekend, I was having a conversation with my husband, who works for a regional financial institution. He told me that his company recently hired a Chief Storyteller. Their job is...

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Published April 25 | State History

By: Mark Boshnack, Oneonta Daily Star

This article originally appeared in the Oneonta Daily Star

A Cooperstown-based state competition brought out the love of history in its participants, several involved said Monday at the Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown.


NYS Constitution
Published April 20 | State History

The first New York state constitution is formally adopted by the Convention of Representatives of the State of New York, meeting in the upstate town of Kingston, on this day in 1777.

The constitution began by declaring the possibility of reconciliation between Britain and its former...

Published April 14 | State History

Orginally Published by Rebecca Herz

 In Fall 2014 I began an exploration of the relationship between schools and museums on this blog, with the goal of thinking about, and rethinking, the field trip model. At that time I created a page titled Ideas and Implications,...

Published April 14 | State History

ANN ARBOR—A book by Heather Ann Thompson, professor and historian at the University of Michigan, has won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in history.

Thompson is the author of "Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy" (Pantheon, 2016). She is a professor in the...

Published April 14 | State History

This article was oginally published by The Guardian by David Smith.

It redefined women's rights, race relations, civil liberties and America's role in the world. It caused twice as many American deaths as the Vietnam war. But there is no national memorial to it in Washington DC...

Published April 14 | State History

This article was written by Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew and orginally published on the IMLS Blog.

We have produced a series of working resource documents through out Community Salute initiative to help further your engagaement with veterans and military families, and align efforts...

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Published April 13 | State History

New York State History Day
April 24, 2017 • 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Cooperstown, NY


COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — On Monday, April 24, Fenimore Art Museum, and The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown host nearly 450 middle and high school students from all corners of New York State,...

Henry Johnson
Published April 13 | State History

Henry Johnson was an African American U.S. Army soldier who fought heroically in the 369th Infantry Regiment of the U.S. Army in World War I. Learn the story of his life, his family, and the extensive efforts to honor his bravery and courage after his death. Johnson was finally honored with the...

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Published April 10 | State History

By: Tim O'Brien
Albany Times Union
April 8. 2017

The bicycle, that two-wheeled contraption children learn to ride and adults use to keep in shape, traces its origins back 200 years.

And while it makes no noise unless you put a baseball card in its spokes, its impact on...

Published April 7 | State History

The theme for the 2017 National History Day is 'Taking a Stand in History.' Each year the theme changes and is chosen for the broad application to world, national, or state hirtory and its relevance to ancient history or to the more recent past. The intention for selectin this years theme for...

Published April 7 | State History

On April 6th, 2017, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that in 2016, New York State led the nation in the number of completed historic property revitalization projects using rehabilitation tax credit programs. Since the Governor signed legislation to bolster the state’s use of rehabilitation tax...