New Ulster County Historian Geoff Miller spent his first year getting the lay of the land, and getting to know his fellow local historians.
As a follow-up, he helped convene a team of municipal historians and county historical society members to organize an Ulster County history conference.
The theme was resources (not local history stories) and addressed the resources available to the history community of Ulster County at the state, regional, and county level. Continue reading
A night of Revolutionary War military drills, musket firings and other period activities has been set for Saturday, May 19th from 7 to 9:30 pm at the New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site.
The New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site features authentically reconstructed log huts that were commissioned by the Town of New Windsor, New York during the Bicentennial of the American Revolution to highlight their historic property, encompassing a large portion of the 1782-83 final winter encampment of the northern Continental Army. Continue reading
On Saturday, May 19 from 1 to 1:45 pm, the Millbrook Library will host New York State Historian Devin Lander and archivist Jennifer Ulrich as they discuss her journey into the infamous Timothy Leary’s archives and her efforts to compile them into a book.
It has now been 50 years since Timothy Leary lived in Millbrook, where he and his colleagues — most notably Richard Alpert (now Ram Dass) and Ralph Metzner — established one of the most famous and influential centers in communal living, spiritual awakening, and psychedelic experimentation of the 1960s. Continue reading
The Historical Society of Middletown (Delaware County) has announced their schedule of talks, tours and special activities planned for 2018.
The season will start with a friendly battle of wits when HSM sponsors its first Trivia Challenge Saturday, May 5 at 7 pm at its hall, 778 Cemetery Rd., in Margaretville. Teams of two and four will compete for awards. Door prizes and libations will be offered. Register your team ($25 per person) at (845) 586-4689. Continue reading
The Long Island Historian Summit has been set for Saturday, June 30, 2018, and will provided historians an opportunity to discuss challenges, opportunities and experiences relevant to their positions.
Speakers and moderators will include New York State Historian Devin Lander, Assistant Commissioner for Archives and New York State Archivist Thomas J. Ruller, the Suffolk County Historian, and historians from the Town of North Hempstead, Village of Southampton, Town of Brookhaven and Dr. Georgette Grier-Keys, President, Board of Trustees of Association of Suffolk County Historical Societies. Continue reading
This years Lake Champlain Maritime Festival has been set for July 26-29, at Waterfront Park in Burlington, VT.
The Festival is a four-day celebration of Lake Champlain, showcasing exhibits throughout sites on the Burlington Waterfront (Burlington Boathouse, Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center, Burlington’s Waterfront Park and more). Continue reading
The Annual Spring Membership Meeting of the Schoharie County Historical Society will be held on Monday, April 30 at the Schoharie Fire Department, located at 114 Fort Road in Schoharie, NY.
The evening will begin with refreshments at 6:30 p.m., followed by the 7 p.m. membership meeting, a program on the history of the Schoharie Fire Department and tours of the new fire house. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. Continue reading
The Fort Plain Museum’s American Revolution Mohawk Valley Conference has been set for June 7-10, 2018 and registrations are now being accepted. Most of the conference will be held at the Fulton-Montgomery Community College.
This year there are 11 Author/Historian Presentations and Panel Discussions scheduled. Pre-registration is required. Continue reading
The New York State Cultural Education Center is set to host the President of the American Library Association, James G. Neal, for a free talk on libraries in the 21st century on April 25th at 6:30 pm.
The discussion is part of the New York State Library’s Speakers Forum in celebration of its bicentennial this year. Continue reading
A 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