A meeting of friends of the New York State history community will be held in the conference room of the New York State Writers Institute on Thursday, November 17th at 10 am. The Writers Institute is on the third floor of the SUNY Albany Science Library, where a joint meeting of the Conference on New York History and the Researching New York Conference will be taking place Nov. 17-19, 2016.
This meeting, coordinated by SUNY Oswego Professor Emerita Judith Wellman and New York History Blog Editor John Warren, will bring together those interested in establishing Friends of New York History-style group to coordinate and support advocacy strengthening New York’s historical enterprise and history community. Discussions are expected to include recent advocacy efforts and a framework for future efforts; the establishment of a “Friends of New York History” group; and the future of the New York History Blog. Continue reading
On Saturday afternoon, November 12th, the Women’s Rights National Historical Park will celebrate the 201st birthday of Elizabeth Cady Stanton.
This will be the last day of the season that the Elizabeth Cady Stanton House will be open, as it will be closed for restorations. It will reopen again the spring of 2017. Continue reading
To 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
The American Revolution Round Table (ARRT) of the Hudson and Mohawk Valleys is a new group of history enthusiasts dedicated to the studies of the American Revolution. The ARRT’s mission is to provide an opportunity to socialize, network, and present material for those interested in the American Revolution.
The ARRT was created by historians, tour guides, and historic site and museums professionals who are enthusiasts of American Revolution history. Continue reading
On Wednesday, November 9th, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, the Albany Institute of History & Art will have a small reception, display a pop-up exhibition called “Dan Button: Victory!”, and host guests – including author William Kennedy – to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the election of Daniel Button. Continue reading
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site will host Hudson Valley Community College professor Mathew Zembo to present on the Battle of Fort Anne during the second installment of Tuesday Talks, November 8th.
Zembo will discuss how the battle, usually overlooked as a minor skirmish on the way to Saratoga, was one of the fiercest fire-fights of the American Revolution as 190 British Regulars fought off the determined attacks of over six times their number of American Continentals and Militia. Continue reading
The Mabee Farm Historic Site will host “Schenectady’s Struggle for Democracy” with Historian John Gearing, Saturday, November 5th at 2 pm.
Lawyer and historian John Gearing will cover decades of political intrigue, drawn-out lawsuits, and citizens’ voices going unheard through the road to Schenectady’s democracy. Continue reading
The New York State Museum will celebrate New York State History Month in November with a variety of free public programs for children, families, and adults.
The following is a schedule of free New York State History Month programs at the State Museum located at 222 Madison Avenue, Albany:
Lifelong train enthusiast Paul Shinal will present an illustrated lecture on the “Auburn Road” in Theater Mack on Tuesday, November 15 at 7 pm, at the Cayuga Museum.
Shinal will be presenting an historic overview of the railway that still exists today from Canandaigua to Geneva, through Auburn and into Solvay. Continue reading
Historic Hudson and the Columbia County Historical Society have announced an illustrated lecture: “All Roads to the River: The 1799 Columbia Turnpike and Historic Toll Houses,” to be held Saturday, November 12, 4 pm at the Vanderpoel House, 16 Broad Street, in Kinderhook.
Two Toll Houses still stand on either end of Route 23 in Columbia County – both listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Known as the East Gate (Hillsdale) and the West Gate (Greenport), they marked the beginning and the end of Columbia County’s first turnpike, established in 1799 by the New York State Assembly. Continue reading