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Published April 7 | State History

On April 6th, 2017, for the 100th Anniversary of the U.S. entering World War I, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the launching of the New York State World War I Commission website.  

"On the centennial anniversary of America’s entry into World War I, New York’s commemoration activities...

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Published April 6 | State History

On March 13, 2017, the New York State Historical Association’s legally changed its name to the Fenimore Art Museum and the NYSHA name will no longer be used.  The amendments to the organization’s charter that allowed for this were sought by the museum to, per their press release, “reflect the...

A Spirit of Sacrifice
Published April 6 | State History

On April 6th, 1917, the U.S. House of Representatives followed the Senate's action of April 4th and formally voted to declare war on Germany.  As a result, the United States and New York entered the Great War.  

New York State and its citizens played a critical role in the United States’...

Published March 31 | State History

The Town of Groton is celebrating its 200th Anniversary.  Groton is rich in history, including the fact that for a short time they were called Division when Groton and Tompkins County were first formed in 1817.  From their first settlers, to the booming industries they once had, to the beautiful...

Erie Canal Bicentennial Conference in Utica
Published March 31 | State History

The web site has the details of the schedule, fees, registration procedures, speakers, etc. for the Erie Canal Bicentennial Conference in Utica May 19-21, 2017. Plan to attend one, two ,or all three days. Bring the family for the canal boat cruise May 21...

Published March 31 | State History

This article was written by Paula Gangopadhyay and orginally published on the IMLS site.

Why do I feel excited about coming to work every day at IMLS? It's because of the distinct opportunity my colleagues and I have of witnessing some of the phenomenal work that's going on in...

NEH Grants
Published March 30 | State History

Congratulations to the following recipients who were successfully awarded a grant through the essential National Endowment of the Humanities grant programs:

NEW YORK STATE (42) $4,793,261
Katherine Boivin Outright: $6,000
[Summer Stipends]

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Published March 30 | State History

Written by Tammy Gaskell and originally published on the NCPH History @ Work blog.

In light of the LGTBQ theme study recently released by the National Park Service, The Public Historian invites proposals for articles to be published in a special issue of the journal on LGTBQ public...

Published March 30 | State History

This article was written by Andrea Jones and orginally published on the Peak Experience Lab Blog:

How do objects speak to us when we visit museums? Most of the time, an object's only voice is translated through a neatly-hung, factually-dense label.  I have a lot of respect for well-...

Published March 23 | State History

WMHT Presents a Free Preview Screening and Discussion of:

Henry Johnson: A Tale of Courage
& Excerpts from American Experience | The Great War

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 6pm
New York State Museum | Huxley Theater
222 Madison Avenue,...

Published March 21 | State History

The year 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New York State. The New Netherland Institute would like to use this centenary and our Annual Conference to highlight the role of women in the development of the seventeenth-century Dutch colony of New Netherland and early New York...

Published March 17 | State History

Last spring The History Center in Tompkins County conducted a successful pilot program pairing teens and elders in Tompkins County to archive local histories. We are looking for interested teens and elders for this year's Gen to Gen program, which will take place from March through May. This...

Published March 17 | State History


Washington, DC -- Institute of Museum and Library Services Director Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew released the following statement on the President's proposed FY 2018 budget, which includes elimination of the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Since its inception 20 years ago,...

Hugh MacDougall
Published March 10 | State History

Hugh MacDougall, Cooperstown Village Historian, has an interesting way to make the news of the past relevant today. Since 1995, in his popular weekly column in the Cooperstown Crier, Mr. MacDougall has been taking news articles from exactly 200 years previous out of the Otsego Herald (or...

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Published March 9 | State History

In honor of Women's History Month, a preview of Votes for Women, a women's suffrage exhibition opening in November 2017, is posted on the New York State Museum website.

Votes for Women will celebrate the centennial of...

Published March 3 | State History

Funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, this project employs inquiry-based approaches to family history for New York City Public School grade 10 teachers who wish to inspire their students to employ historical methods and thinking, while learning research and...

Published March 3 | State History

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