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New York History Around The Web This Week


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Ron Chernow Wins Empire State Archives and History Award


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Ron ChernowPulitzer Prize-winning author Ron Chernow will receive the 2016 Empire State Archives and History Award from the New York State Archives Partnership Trust at a public program on Wednesday, November 2 at 7 pm.

Chernow is the author of Alexander Hamilton, the 2004 biography adapted by Lin-Manuel Miranda for the hit Broadway musical Hamilton.

The public is invited to hear Chernow speak about his career as an author, biographer and historian with prominent Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer. Continue reading

September Events at the Alice T. Miner Museum


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Abby ZoldowskiThe Alice T. Miner Museum has announced the return of one of their most popular programs as well as two new events during the month of September. These programs are free and open to the public.

Sounds of the Northway will perform at the museum on Saturday, September 17 at 7 pm. Sounds of the Northway has been performing for over 15 years for many kinds of audiences at venues all over the North Country. While the composition of the ensemble has changed over its 15-year history, two stalwarts remain as the centerpiece of the group: Ann Hope Ruzow Holland, Ph.D. playing guitar, piano, and singing; and Cathie Davenport playing flute and singing. Patricia Nelson and Vickie Putman of Willsboro recently joined the group to enhance vocals and add violin and percussion to the ensemble. Continue reading

How to Organize Your History Research


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ben_franklins_worldWhat do historians do with all of the information they collect when they research?

How do they access their research in a way that allows them to find the information they need to write the books and articles we enjoy reading?

In this episode of the Ben Franklin’s World podcast,  Billy Smith, a Professor of History at Montana State University, leads us on an exploration of how historians organize and access their research. You can listen to the podcast here: www.benfranklinsworld.com/097

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Digital Newspaper Program Adds 18th-Century Publications


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National Gazette Newspaper from 1791New digital content has been added to Chronicling America, the open access database of historic U.S. newspapers that is part of the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

The newly available digital content is from 18th-century newspapers from the three early capitals of the United States: New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.

The addition of these newspapers is an expansion of the chronological scope of NDNP, which has come under criticism for the slow pace of its digitization program. The program is expanding its current time window of the years 1836-1922, to include digitized newspapers from the years 1690-1963. Continue reading

Owner Mars Underground RR Stop, Seeks Legalization


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Hopper-Gibbons House339 West 29th Street, aka the Hopper-Gibbons House in the Lamartine Place Historic District is a former Underground Railroad stop in Chelsea, Manhattan.

The house and the row was designated as an historic district for cultural reasons – the family of no. 339 was violently attacked in the 1863 Draft Riots for harboring runaway slaves. The abolitionists escaped via the rooftop, hopping house to house until ultimately making a safe exit through a neighboring home. Continue reading

NYC Lecture Series Begins With ‘East River’ Thursday


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east river mapThe Roosevelt Island Historical Society begins its Fall Lecture Series with a presentation on the commercial and cultural significance of the river and channel that surround Roosevelt Island and separate Manhattan and Queens.

Bob Singleton, Executive Director of the Greater Astoria Historical Society, will cover the East River from Governors Island to Fort Totten in a lecture at the New York Public Library Branch on Roosevelt Island, on Thursday, September 8, 2016, at 6:30 pm. Continue reading