Category Archives: Exhibits

A Spirit of Sacrifice: New York State in the First World War


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a spirit of sacrificeA companion catalog to the New York State Museum exhibition of the same name, Aaron Noble’s new book A Spirit of Sacrifice: New York State in the First World War (SUNY Press, 2017) documents the statewide story of New York in World War I through the collections of the New York State Museum, Library, and Archives.

Within the collections are the nearly 3,600 posters of the Benjamin W. Arnold World War I Poster Collection at the New York State Library. The book interweaves the story of New York in the Great War with some of these posters, and artifacts from museums, libraries, and historical societies from across New York State, to illuminate the involvement of New Yorkers in the War. Continue reading

Superstorm Sandy: Learning from Our Neighbors Roundtable


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Photograph of  Prattsville by Sue Clark.On Sunday, November 12 at 2 pm, the Long Island Museum, in collaboration with Long Island Traditions, will host a roundtable discussion: Learning from our Neighbors, looking back on the five years since Super Storm Sandy and how communities come together following other historic storms.

Nancy Solomon, Director of Long Island Traditions will facilitate a panel discussion with storm survivors from upstate New York, North Carolina, Long Island and Staten Island on coping and rebuilding after Mother Nature’s wrath. Following the discussion, visitors may visit In Harm’s Way, on display in the Art Museum through December 31, 2017. Continue reading

State Museum Celebrating NYS History Month


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Albany Cultural Education Center State Museum Archives and LibraryThe 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. In addition, three temporary exhibitions exploring major events in New York’s history are open at the State Museum: A Spirit of Sacrifice: New York State in the First World War; Enterprising Waters: New York’s Erie Canal; and Votes for Women: Celebrating New York’s Suffrage Centennial (opens November 4).

The following is a schedule of free New York State History Month programs at the State Museum located at 222 Madison Avenue, Albany: Continue reading

Historical Capital Region Currency Exhibit Opening


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Fractional Currency 10 cents courtesy Ferris CoinOne of the Capital Region’s oldest rare coin dealers will present an exhibit of early local currency in Albany, celebrate its Grand Re-Opening in a new building at 199 Wolf Road on November 1st. There will be an 11:45 am ribbon cutting and unveiling of an exhibit, which will run until November 22, 2017.

“Capital Region Currency: A History of Money in America” is a small exhibit featuring a sampling of currency used in the Capital Region dating from the Colonial era to present day. Many of the paper notes were printed locally and bear the names of Capital Region cities, including Albany, Schenectady, Watervliet, Hudson and Troy. Continue reading

Roosevelt Elk Herd Installation at Sagamore Hill


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Roosevelt Elk Herd Installation An aluminum Roosevelt Elk Herd Installation has arrived at Sagamore Hill after a long journey from Olympic National Park, the home to the largest unmanaged herd of Roosevelt elk in the Pacific Northwest.

In 1893, Chief of Mammalogy for the USDA, C. Hart Merriam, was joined by Theodore Roosevelt at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. As they examined the displayed heads of several of elk native to the area of the Olympic Mountains in the Pacific Northwest, Roosevelt identified for Merriam the characteristics that made it unique from the more common Plains elk.

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Columbia County in WWI Exhibition to Open Saturday


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invest in the victory liberty loan posterThe Columbia County Historical Society will honor the 100th anniversary of the United States entering the First World War with a special exhibition focusing on WWI’s profound impact on industry and culture in Columbia County – Supreme Sacrifice: Columbia County in World War I. The exhibition will open to the public and commence with a celebratory wine and cocktail reception, on Saturday, October 21 from 4 to 6 pm at the CCHS Museum Gallery in Kinderhook.

Supreme Sacrifice: Columbia County in World War I explores experiences of County citizens both home and abroad, and investigates larger cultural and economical ramifications caused by the Great War on local life. More than 8,300 men and women from Columbia County registered to serve in some capacity during WWI, with over 1,100 seeing active service abroad, and among which there were at least 95 casualties. Continue reading

Votes for Women Exhibit Opens Nov 4th at State Museum


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votes for women exhibitA new exhibit, Votes for Women: Celebrating New York’s Suffrage Centennial will open at the New York State Museum on Saturday, November 4.

Votes for Women will celebrate the centennial of women’s suffrage in New York State and seeks to raise public awareness of the struggle for women’s suffrage and equal rights in New York State from the 1848 Seneca Falls Convention through 1917 when New York State granted women the right to vote.

The exhibition will also address the nationally significant role of New York State leaders in regards to women’s rights and the feminist movement through the early 21st century. Continue reading

New Paltz: Kasten from Mid-Hudson Valley Collections


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Jean Hasbrouck House (ca. 1721)

Historic Huguenot Street now has on display over a dozen American and Dutch kasten (singular: kast), or Dutch-style cupboards, from the museum’s Permanent Collection and selected loans, throughout the Jean Hasbrouck House (ca. 1721) and Abraham Hasbrouck House (ca. 1721 through 1741) through December 17, 2017.

The exhibition is incorporated in Historic Huguenot Street’s general tours, and three special-focus tours that will be held Saturday, October 14 (3 pm), Thursday, November 9 (3 pm), and Saturday, December 16 (2 pm). Special tours are $20. Advance registration is available at online. Continue reading

Major Thomas Cole Exhibit Planned For The Met


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View from Mount Holyoke, Northampton, Mass, after a thunderstorm, by thomas coleA new Thomas Cole exhibition entitled Thomas Cole’s Journey: Atlantic Crossings is opening at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on January 30, 2018 and traveling to the National Gallery, London in June 2018.

Thomas Cole’s Journey is curated by Elizabeth Kornhauser, Alice Pratt Brown Curator of American Paintings and Sculpture, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Tim Barringer, Paul Mellon Professor in the History of Art, Yale University, and Christopher Riopelle, Curator of Post 1800 Paintings, National Gallery, London. Continue reading