New York State Unveils New Empire Pass Card


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The Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (State Parks) has announced the new State Parks Empire Pass Card is now available for purchase. The new Empire Pass Card, accepted at state parks and recreation areas across New York, is a wallet-sized plastic card that can be shared among family members including parents, grandparents, caregivers and more. The card is presented upon vehicle entry and includes QR code and embedded chip technology to allow for easier park access at select facilities. Continue reading

The Dutch Moment in the Atlantic World


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ben_franklins_worldThe Spanish, French, and English played large roles in the origins of colonial America. But so too did the Dutch. During the 17th century, they had a “moment” in which they influenced European colonization and development of the Atlantic World.

In this episode of the Ben Franklin’s World podcast, Wim Klooster, a Professor of History at Clark University and author of The Dutch Moment: War, Trade, and Settlement in the Seventeenth Century Atlantic World (Cornell University Press, 2016), guides us through Dutch contributions to the Atlantic World.  You can listen to the podcast here: www.benfranklinsworld.com/121

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Blacks on US Currency Exhibit at Museum of American Finance


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On Wednesday, February 22, the Museum of American Finance will open “For the Love of Money: Blacks on US Currency,” a traveling exhibit on loan from the Museum of UnCut Funk.

To be featured on currency is among the nation’s highest honors. The Treasury’s latest redesign – which will feature Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill beginning in 2020 – will acknowledge for the first time on paper money the contributions of Black and women’s rights activists in advancing American democracy. There is a longer tradition of honoring such leaders through the creation of commemorative coins, medals and medallions. Continue reading

State Museum Creates New York State History Advisory Group


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The New York State Museum has announced the creation of the New York State History Advisory Group. The group is expected to meet, according to an announcement sent to the press, “periodically to advise the New York State Historian on issues related to the history field in New York State, including suggestions pertaining to local and municipal historians, academic history, historic preservation, and heritage tourism.” The Advisory Group’s suggestions and recommendations are “purely advisory in nature and are nonbinding” the announcement said. Continue reading

Exhibit: The African-American Migration Experience


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The Albany Institute of History & Art is partnering with the African American Cultural Center of the Capital Region, the Capital District Black Chamber of Commerce, and the JAFJR Community Foundation to host a traveling panel exhibition created and curated by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at The New York Public Library.

This panel exhibition will be displayed in a public space on the third floor atrium of the Albany Institute of History & Art through March 25, 2017. There is no admission fee to see this exhibition. Continue reading

Irish Tea Fundraiser for Oneida County History Center


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The Oneida County History Center will host an Irish Tea Fundraiser on Saturday March 11, 2017 at 1 pm. This event features hot beverages, finger foods, desserts, door prizes, and more. Entertainment includes a vocal performance by Rachel DePalma, and presentations by Utica City Historian Lou Parrotta and Sister Maureen Deen. This event is co-sponsored by the Anchor Light Inn (Sylvan Beach), Anchor Heating (Utica), and Betty Abel-Jellencich. Continue reading

A Schenectady World War I Reading and Discussion Group


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As the centennial of World War I begins, Schenectady County Historical Society and Humanities NY will host a World War I Reading and Discussion Group entitled “Our World Remade.” Texts will include historical accounts; novels; poetry; government documents; news accounts; journals and letters from soldiers, nurses, politicians, pacifists, and other eye-witnesses to the tragic and transformative events of The Great War. Continue reading

Convent Life 50 Years Ago


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The Historians LogoThis week on “The Historians” podcast, Mary Lou Reid takes a look at life in the convent fifty years ago when she was a novice in the order of the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Reid, who left the religious order for a career in media and financial planning, discusses this topic in the context of her self-help program, The Convent Diet. Listen to the podcast here. Continue reading