Four 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
Author 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
State Librarian Bernard A. Margolis, 69, died early Saturday, April 14th, after an eight-year battle with acute myeloid leukemia. His wife of 45 years, Amanda Batey, and close friends were by his side.
Margolis, known as Bernie, began serving as New York State Librarian and Assistant Commissioner for Libraries in January 2009, following appointment by then Governor Eliot Spitzer. Continue reading
Once upon a time in the 19th and 20th centuries, there was a neighborhood in Lower Manhattan called Little Syria. The area was defined as west of Broadway to the Hudson River and from the Battery at the southern tip of Manhattan north to Liberty Street.
Beginning in the 1880s, a variety of people from the eastern Mediterranean and Middle East began settling there. By the 1920s the population consisted of about 8,000 people, including 27 ethnicities. Their tenements were located near the docks where the residents worked. Continue reading
Friends 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
The New York Archives Conference annual meeting has been set for June 6-8, 2018, at The University of Albany.
Presentations on topics including collections for historically marginalized groups, rights statements for online collections, born digital records, preparing archives students for life outside of the classroom, and more will be offered. Continue reading
A 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
Saratoga 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
Paul Cronin’s new book, A Time to Stir: Columbia ’68, (Columbia University Press, 2018) reflects upon the 50th anniversary of the Columbia University student uprising and the legacies of the 1960s.
For seven days in April 1968, students occupied five buildings on the campus of Columbia University to protest a planned gymnasium in a nearby Harlem park, links between the university and the Vietnam War, and what they saw as the university’s unresponsive attitude toward their concerns. Continue reading
Katherine Nicholls has been named Chair of The New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA).
Nicholls is a New York-based business executive who served as Chief Executive Officer of GreenGale Publishing from 2011 to 2017.
She currently serves on the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York State Tourism Advisory Council.