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National Parks Leasing Jacob Riis Beach Facilities


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jacob-riis-park-boardwalk-and-bathhouseNational Parks of New York Harbor’s Gateway National Recreation Area has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to lease Jacob Riis Beach facilities for adaptive reuse.

The facilities include the historic one story Jacob Riis Beach Entry Pavilion, a portion of the Jacob Riis Beach Bathhouse (excluding the area on the first and second floor of the east wing that currently houses NPS lifeguards), a portion of the East Wing Pavilion Building (excluding the northern half of the building, which contains NPS maintained public restrooms) and a portion of the Courtyard (excluding the area set aside for use by the NPS). Continue reading

Edmonston House Revolutionary War Program


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Edmonston House The Edmonston House will host “Your Excellency’s Dog kennel at Mount Vernon, is as good a Quarter as that I am now in” on Saturday, November 19 from 5 to 8 pm. Visit this Revolutionary War headquarters and learn about General Horatio Gates and his time at the house.

The home of James Edmonston has stood for over 250 years. Rescued in the 1960’s by the National Temple Hill Association, the house by that point was a junkyard showroom filled with old car parts. Nicely restored, the house serves as the headquarters for this local historic organization. Continue reading

The Path to Statehood Exhibit at State Museum


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Cultural Education Center State Museum ArchivesThe New York State Archives have announced a limited engagement exhibition at the New York State Museum featuring New York State’s founding documents. The Path to Statehood features New York’s first constitution (1777), journal of the Poughkeepsie Convention (1788), New York’s engrossed copy of the U.S. Constitution (1788), and New York’s current constitution (1894). The exhibition is open through November 27th. Continue reading

Council for the Humanities Rebrands as Humanities New York


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humanities-new-yorkTo celebrate their 40th anniversary, the New York Council for the Humanities is updating their brand, look, and name, and are now known as “Humanities New York.”

A new website contains links to programs, grants, and events – which have been changing to keep up with changing communities. The site also features some of the luminaries whose work they have supported through 40 years of leadership in the public humanities. Continue reading

Schenectady Historical Library Celebrating 25 Years


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grems-doolittle-libraryOn November 19, 2016 at 2 pm, celebrate 25 years of the Grems-Doolittle Library and Archives at the Schenectady County Historical Society, 32 Washington Avenue.

Former Schenectady County Historical Society trustee Frank Taormina will give a presentation on the history of the library and there will be a selection of library and archival items showcasing 350 years of Schenectady’s history. Refreshments will also be served. Continue reading

New York History Around The Web This Week


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Mohawk Valley Museums Consortium Program Monday


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mohawk-valley-museum-consortiumThe Mohawk Valley Museum Consortium will host an afternoon of discussion about exploring history through personal experience on Monday, November 14th at Schenectady County Historical Society’s Mabee Farm Historic Site in Rotterdam Junction.

A series of speakers will share their experience in touring different regions of the state in search of a personal experience while engaging historical sites and how that experience is shared with others using digital media. Continue reading

Early NY and NYPL’s Digitized Manuscript Materials


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ny public libraryTo coincide with New York History month, the New York Public Library (NYPL) will host a class on researching early New York history using digitally available NYPL manuscript materials.

The class will take place on November 29th, from 5-7 pm, in Room 217 of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (the Library’s main branch), located at 42nd Street and 5th Avenue in Manhattan. Continue reading