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Willard Suitcases Update: A Roosevelt Island Lecture


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Suitcase of Robert Y, courtesy John CrispinA lecture by John Crispin on the famed Willard Psychiatric Center suitcases has been set for Thursday, May 10th at 6:30 pm at the New York Public Library Branch on Roosevelt Island, led .

When Willard Psychiatric Center closed in New York’s Finger Lakes in 1995, an employee discovered a large collection of suitcases in storage in an attic. Many of these pieces of luggage contained the personal belongings of former patients. Continue reading

New York History Around The Web This Week


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Humanities NY Upcoming Webinars, Workshop


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Humanities New York will host two webinars and a workshop to support new applicants for their upcoming Action Grants.

Action Grants offer up to $5,000 to produce public-facing humanities projects that encourage audiences to reflect on their values, explore new ideas, and engage with others across New York State.

The grants require organizations to demonstrate a match of at least one-to-one. The deadline to apply for Action Grants is June 1st, 2018. Continue reading

Henry Beekman Livingston, Black Sheep of Livingston Clan


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LivingstonThe next American Revolution Round Table discussion, featuring the troubled life of Henry Beekman Livingston, has been set for Tuesday, May 8th, at 6:30 pm at Siena College.

Henry Beekman Livingston was already well on his way to being the black sheep of the illustrious Livingston family before the Revolutionary War erupted.

The war seemed to be his chance to make right, and he experienced a great deal of success on the battlefield eventually earning the rank of Colonel of the 4th New York Regiment.  Continue reading

Champlain Canal Centennial Roundtables Planned


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lakes to locks passageFour roundtables celebrating the Champlain Canal Centennial have been set for May, each will feature a presentation, an information sharing session, networking opportunities, and a discussion period.

The roundtables are designed to bring together museum professionals, historical societies, archivists, local historians, and community members to foster collaboration and to create unique thematic experiences for visitors. Continue reading

Sailing History At Jay Heritage Center May 16th


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the new york yacht clubAuthor John Rousmaniere is set to give a lecture on American sailing history on May 16th at 7 pm at the Jay Heritage Center.

John Rousmaniere’s 30 books range over a world of topics, but he is best known for writing about sailing in all its facets – including seamanship, storms, sailing safety, the America’s Cup, and stories of America’s yacht clubs, including the New York Yacht Club, where he is club historian. His illustrated talk is about what he calls “The Golden Pastime.” Continue reading

Friends of Historic Kingston 2018 Season Events


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Fred J. Johnston HouseFriends of Historic Kingston (FHK) is set to reopen its doors for the 2018 season beginning Friday and Saturday, May 4 and 5.

This season celebrates Kingston’s landmarks and local history with an exhibit in the FHK Gallery entitled, “Charles Keefe, Colonial Revival Architect, Kingston and New York,” the Fred J. Johnston House Tour, and monthly guided walking tours of the Stockade and Rondout National Historic Districts. Continue reading

Automobile Racing in Vermont Exhibit Opening


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auto racing in vermontA new exhibit on Automobile Racing in Vermont is set to open April 28th, 2018 at the Vermont History Center in Barre.

Anything for Speed explores a century of automobile racing in Vermont from the earliest experimental days to traditions at local tracks.

The exhibit includes trophies, models, car parts, firesuits, flags, photographs and more. Visitors can record memories, or challenge friends in the racing simulator. Continue reading

National Park Week At Saratoga Battlefield


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jr rangerSaratoga National Historical Park is set to celebrate National Park Week from April 21-29, with several events and programs.

Saturday, April 21 from 10 am to 4 pm will celebrate kids on Jr. Ranger Day. Children and their families can join in a variety of free, hands-on activities including a touch table with animal skins and skulls, talk to a real wildland firefighter, run in a relay race, dress up in a uniform, or complete a Junior Ranger activity book. Children will earn their free Junior Ranger badge by participating. Continue reading