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Just in time for the November election, New York History, published by Cornell University Press, is featuring an article by historian Marsha E. Barrett titled "Millionaires are More Democratic Now: Nelson Rockefeller and the Politics of Wealth in New York." Dr. Barrett is assistant...

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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...

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The New York State Board of Regents (“the Regents”) charters museums in New York State as educational corporations and has governing authority over these incorporated organizations. In 2011, the Regents approved an amendment to its Rules regarding deaccession...

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This article originally appeared on the Women at the Center, New-York Historical Society website.

Early in the morning on August 26, 1920, Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby unceremoniously certified the ratification of the 19 Amendment at his home, depriving suffragists the...

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Juneteenth is the commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States. The origins of the commemoration date back to June 19th, 1865, when enslaved African Americans in Galveston, Texas first heard that the Civil War had ended, and they were free. The June 19th, 1865 date was more than two...

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The Office of Cultural Education (OCE), made up of the New York State Archives, Library and Museum, has been working to support New York State’s cultural community throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic. OCE has formed the New York State COVID-19 Documentation Initiative to collect information on...

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It is with heavy, broken hearts that we join our voices with those mourning the indefensible and tragic death of George Floyd.

America’s greatness lies in our diversity, our tolerance, and our willingness to accept and welcome others. These are our nation’s founding principles. Sadly,...

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On this special episode of A New York Minute In History, we explore how historians are documenting the coronavirus pandemic in real time. Co-hosts Devin Lander, the New York Historian, and Saratoga County Historian Lauren Roberts are joined by Christine Ridarsky, the ...

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Museums across New York State are closing and delaying events in response to Covid-19. Organizations at the state and national level have been compiling lists of resources for museums and cultural organizations.

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 2020 Women's History Month Statewide Events

 

The following are some examples of Women's History Month Events taking place at museums and historical societies across New York State.  Check back often for updates.

 

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Brooklyn/NYC
March 2nd...

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The following are some examples of Black History Month Events taking place at museums and historical societies across New York State.  Check back often for updates.

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Manhattan/NYC
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
February...

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On this episode of A New York Minute In History, we explore slavery in New York and specifically the resistance to the institution, including the Underground Railroad. Co-hosts Devin Lander and Lauren Roberts speak with area experts and tour a historic home in Albany that is living a new life as...

New York State History Month

The New York State Museum, State Library, and State Archives will celebrate New York State History Month in November with a variety of free public programs for children, families and adults.

"As we celebrate New York State History Month, we thank historians and educators help us...

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Now regarded as one the most iconic cultural expressions of American society, the Woodstock festival of 1969 served to encapsulate the spirit of the 1960s counterculture movement. Despite Woodstock’s continued popularity 50 years after it was first held, the complexities that led to its creation...

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One hundred years ago, on April 11, 1919, New York Governor Al Smith signed the “Historians Law.” The first law of its kind in the United States, the Historians Law allowed for every village, town, and city in the state to have an official historian to gather and preserve historical records. On...

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The following are some examples of LGTBQ+ Pride Month Events and LGBTQ+ History Events taking place at museums and historical societies across New York State.

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Capital Pride Parade
Sunday, June 9, 2019
Pride Center of the...

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A reservoir system capacity of 570 billion gallons. A watershed area that covers 1.2 million acres. And a supply that is 90 percent unfiltered. The parameters of New York City’s drinking water infrastructure are astounding, but the story behind the system is much more fascinating. It’s a tale...

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Responses Needed: What visitation trends have you seen at your site over the last few years? The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) is conducting a national visitation survey  and wants your feedback! Please take five minutes to complete the survey and...

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The following are some examples of Women's History Month Events taking place at museums and historical societies across New York State.  Check back often for updates.

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Fort Fever Series: Remembering the Ladies: Anglo-American Women in...

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On this episode of A New York Minute In History, co-hosts Devin Lander and Don Wildman examine how two New Yorkers – Al Smith and Franklin Delano Roosevelt – influenced the Progressive Era of the early 20th century. The episode also explores how the administrations of Smith and Roosevelt shaped...

Black History Month

The following are some examples of Black History Month Events taking place at museums and historical societies across New York State.  Check back often for updates.

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Manhattan/NYC
Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim...

Louis M. Martin

On April 11, 1919, Governor Al Smith signed into law Assembly Bill #160, which added new sections to the Education Law and created the "office of local historian for each city, town, or village except in New York City." The bill had been introduced by Assemblyman Louis M. Martin of Oneida County...

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On the fourth episode of A New York Minute In History, we detail Henry Hudson’s exploration of what would become the Empire State and how his journey up the aptly named Hudson River led to the Dutch settlement of New Netherland. Join us as we explore how the Dutch colony differed from its...

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The journal of record for the history of the Empire State will continue in collaboration with the New York State Museum

Ithaca, New York, November 15, 2018—Cornell University Press announces that, beginning in 2019, the Press will publish the century-old journal, New York...

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On the third episode of A New York Minute In History we explore the Empire State’s most ambitious engineering feat…the Erie Canal. Completed in 1825, it transformed New York and the nation by compressing time and distance, providing the fuel for an explosion of commerce, communication and social...

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The second episode of A New York Minute In History explores the Women’s Rights Movement from the Seneca Falls Convention in Central New York in 1848 to equality matters being debated today. We explore the Movement’s progress through the lineage of Coline Jenkins, the great-great granddaughter of...

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County and Borough Historians’ Institute
August 24th, 2018
9:00am-4:30pm
New York State Museum
Huxley Theater
222 Madison Avenue
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The New York State Museum, WAMC/Northeast Public Radio and Archivist Media are excited to announce the launch of a new podcast, “A New York Minute In History,” which explores the story of New York State and the unique tales of...

Henry Johnson

ALBANY — The New York National Guard on Tuesday marked the 100th anniversary of Henry Johnson's defeat of nearly two dozen German soldiers, an act that won him the Medal of Honor 97 years later.

Johnson was one of the first American heroes of World War I and he was among the last to be...

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Congraulations to all of the participants and winners of the 2018 New York State History Day contests!  After a series of exciting regional contests throughout the spring, nearly 500 student winners gathered in Cooperstown along with their parents and teachers to take part in the statewide...

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Students and their families and teachers from every region of the state will gather in Cooperstown on April 23rd to take part in New York State History Day.  This annual competition allows students to work individually or in groups on a historical project of their choosing in the following...

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New York’s capital city is as rich in cultural institutions as it is history! Join us during Women’s History Month 2018 as several of Albany’s partners in history host talks and tours to tell the complex story of the Empire State’s leading role in the fight for (and in some cases, against!)...

Utica Slave Rescue

This article originally appeared in the Waterville Times

Prior to the Civil War fugitive slave laws sought to capture runaway slaves from the south and return them to their owners. The famous “Jerry” rescue in Syracuse occurred in 1851, but Utica had a similar rescue in December...

Frederick Douglass

2018 marks the Bicentennial of Frederick Douglass' birthday and Rochester, NY is taking the lead in celebrating this momentous occasion.  Though Douglass was born into slavery in Maryland, he lived for several years with his family in Rochester, where he published is abolitionis newspaper ...

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There are some obvious truths that emerge from the survey of New York State county and borough historians, submitted by the State Historian to all county and borough historians in September 2017 to which approximately thirty individuals responded. What follows is apparent from the surveys and is...

Michael Miscione

A couple of weeks ago Keith Williams, the author of the "F.Y.I." column that runs in The Sunday New York Times, reached out to me (and others) for his end-of-year article. He asked us: If you could go back in time and attend any party in New York City history, which one would you choose, and why...

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A survey created by New York State Historian Devin Lander in partnership with Tompkins County Historian Carol Kammen was recently sent to all 62 County and 5 Borough Historians. The survey questions ranged in topics from the amount of time spent on activities, salary and...

County and Borough Historian's Institute

On August 25th, 2017, the Office of State History and Office of Cultural Education hosted the 2017 County and Borough Historians' Institute, a day-long facilitated workshop. The day was a success and allowed for an interesting and informative exchange of ideas between historians from across the...

2017 Battle of Minisink Commemoration

On Saturday, July 22, 2017, I had the honor of being asked to give the keynote address at the 238th Anniversary of the Battle of Minisink Commemoration.  I was asked to attend and speak at the event by Sullivan County Historian John...

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WHAT
County and Borough Historians’ Institute

WHEN
August 25th, 2017 9:00am-5:00pm

WHERE
New York State Museum
Huxley Theater
222 Madison Avenue
Albany, NY

Goal—The County and Borough...

Aaron Noble
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This is the first article in an ongoing series from professional publishers on current trends in the field of New York State History.

Trends in the History of Early New York

Big history is making a comeback in the subfield of early American history. Or...

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(This article was originally published in the March issue of Perspectives on History by the American Historical Association)

As part of a 2013 AHA Roundtable in Perspectives about the Supreme Court ruling in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, which upheld affirmative action in...

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COMMEMORATING WOMEN'S SUFFRAGE 100TH ANNIVERSARY

Honoring the Fight for Women's Rights

From the inception of the women’s rights movement in Seneca Falls in 1848, New York has been a leader in advancing women’s equality.

To honor the centennial of women's...

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Greetings and Happy (Belated) New Year! 

2017 is a huge year for History in New York State.  Throughout the year we are celebrating several important and exciting anniversaries including the 200th anniversary of the beginning of construction of the Erie Canal, the 100th...

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Several months ago, New York State Historian Devin Lander sent out a survey to the various municipalities in New York about their local government historian. This survey included questions such as: salary, time spent at the post, college degree and type, the facilities offered to them as the...

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Signatures on Paper

The Madison County World War I project was an offshoot of a project we undertook in 2013.  Each year in October we host Archives Day, usually displaying documents from our archives.  In 2013 we decided to “create new archives.”  Partnering with local libraries, we created a list of all WWII...

While researching for the 2013 Archives Day we found a box that housed the book Madison County’s Welcome Home for her Sons and Daughters who served in the World War from 1917 to 1919, published in 1919 by the Oneida Dispatch Press and Madison County’s WWI register.  Each source has its...

With assistance from the County Clerk’s Office, Madison County Veterans Office and a number of local libraries, I compiled as much information as I could from the above sources and more, and continue to update the list as more information becomes available.  Our goal is to have as comprehensive...

Suffragette Mothers on the March in New York

“We fall forward,” said women in New York in November 1915 when the suffrage bill failed by 80,000 votes. After that initial stumble, two years later New York voters passed the 1917 Suffrage Amendment. President Wilson then changed his position on the issue of women voting and in August 1919...

Dr. Jason K. Duncan

Article originally appeared in America: The National Catholic Review.  Access article HERE.

Dr. Bruce W. Dearstyne

2017 is New York State's 240th birthday! The first State Constitution was finished and approved in Kingston on April 20, 1777, and promulgated two days later by being read from the courthouse steps in that city.  The document had been written on the fly by a hastily elected Provincial Congress,...

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The idea for this website is to provide an online conduit for information exchange between the New York’s historical field and the work of the NYS Museum Office of State History.  The website includes links to various history...