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New York History

Study of Style: Early Interpretations of Vanderpoel House


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Installation View A Study of Style, Masters and Callan GalleriesFrom Hudson Valley Furniture (1937) to Decorative Paperweights (1947), to American Modern Art (1955), the Vanderpoel House exhibited an array of objects aimed at inspiring an interest in history and preservation within Columbia County. Some of the loaned pieces were eventually gifted into Columbia County Historical Society’s permanent collection where they remain the enjoyment of future generations. Continue reading

Historiography: The History of History Writing


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ben_franklins_worldHistorians rely on secondary historical sources almost as much as they rely on primary historical sources.

But what are secondary historical sources and how do they help historians know what they know about the past?

In this episode of the Ben Franklin’s World podcast, Michael McDonnell, an Associate Professor of History at the University of Sydney, guides us through how he used secondary historical sources to investigate the pivotal role Native Americans played in the history of the Great Lakes region and early North America. You can listen to the podcast here: www.benfranklinsworld.com/088

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New Exhibit: Lost In Old New York


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Pennsylvania Station, Wurtz BrosThe Museum of the City of New York is offering museumgoers a chance to travel back to the 19th and 20th centuries with Lost In Old New York, an interactive installation of eight classic images of to the city’s most iconic locations. From the beaches of Staten and Coney Islands and the old Penn Station to the 1939 World’s Fair, Lost In Old New York celebrates the places that, for well over a century, helped New York become a world-class city. Each month until the exhibition closes October 1, the Museum will award a free, one-year membership to a randomly selected participant. Continue reading

Free Board Development Workshops For Cultural Institutions


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MANY LogoThe Museum Association of New York (MANY) has announced a lineup of free Board Development Workshops, sponsored by the office of Cultural Education. In partnership with the New York Council on Nonprofits (NYCON), MANY aims to raise the professionalism and leadership of the museum field through providing quality board training that specifically addresses nonprofit cultural organizations.

Below are dates and addresses for each regional event: Continue reading

Women’s Rights Park Welcomes American Radio Relay League


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ARRL logoAmerican Radio Relay League (ARRL) and Women’s Rights National Historical Park are partnering for a National Parks on the air event to mark the National Park Service Centennial. ARRL hopes that this program will encourage ham radio operators to learn more about national parks in their area, challenge them to explore new public lands, and share their hobby with the next generation. Continue reading

New Exhibit Highlights Alexander Hamilton In Albany


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Portrait of Alexander Hamilton, ca.1810One of the Founding Fathers of the United States, Alexander Hamilton (1757-1804), was a brilliant politician-lawyer who served as an indispensable aide to George Washington during and after the American Revolution.

Among his many achievements, Hamilton is credited with creating the financial system of the United States, and was the first Secretary of the U.S. Treasury. The current Broadway musical sensation Hamilton has sparked an interest in the man on the $10 bill.

The Albany Institute of History & Art’s new exhibition, Spotlight: Alexander Hamilton, highlights Hamilton’s connections to Albany, New York through personal papers, family heirlooms, historic preservation efforts, and a stunning portrait painted by Albany’s own Ezra Ames (1768—1836). Continue reading

Find Your Park, Museum, Historic Site: Gain a Classroom


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thvsmallTeachers and the public are invited to discover new and innovative ways to engage children and young people in our region’s significant places at Teaching the Hudson Valley’s annual summer institute. This year’s program, Find Your Park, Museum, Historic Site: Gain a Classroom, celebrates the centennial of the National Park Service and will be held July 26-28 at the Henry A. Wallace Education and Visitors Center on the grounds of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Home and Presidential Library in Hyde Park. Continue reading