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Russell Shorto At NYS Museum Monday, Nov 13


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revolution song bookAuthor and journalist Russell Shorto, whose new book, Revolution Song: A Story of American Freedom, was released on November 7, will present a reading and discussion on Monday, November 13 at 7 pm in the Huxley Theatre, NYS Museum, Cultural Education Center, in Albany.

In Revolution Song: A Story of American Freedom, author and historian Russell Shorto looks back to the founding of the American nation, drawing on diaries, letters and autobiographies to explore six lives, including an Albany man, that cast the era in a fresh new light. Continue reading

Women’s Suffrage in Putnam County Talk Sunday


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Hopkins Mrs. Chauncey 1918Putnam County Historian Dr. Sarah Johnson will lead a lecture entitled “Votes for Women! Putnam County in the Struggle for Women’s Suffrage,” sponsored by the Putnam Valley Historical Society, on Sunday, November 12 at 1 pm.

In Putnam County, the push for Women’s Suffrage began to heat up by the early 1890s and continued through the 1910s, with setbacks including the defeat in the election of 1915 in New York State. Numerous local women’s suffrage supporters gained traction for the movement by hosting and giving talks, organizing booths at local civic events, and marching in Albany and Washington, D.C. Continue reading

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A Fisher of Men and a Fish in the Water


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A few weeks ago, the Adirondacks and North Country lost a native who led a unique life, a man who three years ago added “author” to his resume. Robert “Bob” Manning of Massena passed away on September 28 at the age of 81. My personal connection with him is a strange one indeed. We met back in 1966, but I hadn’t been in touch with him since 1969, so you might suppose that our phone conversation in 2014, when we became reacquainted, might have been a bit awkward.

It sure could have been, but not for the reason you might be thinking — that 45 years had passed. No, that wasn’t an issue at all, but these next few lines should help explain my use of the word “strange.” When I knew him back in the 1960s, he was a Catholic priest and one of my schoolteachers (nothing odd about that). He called in 2014 to ask if he and his wife could come and visit me (and there it is!). Continue reading

Albany County Historical Association Marking 75 Years


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Ten Broeck MansionThis year marks the 75th anniversary of the Albany County Historical Association (ACHA), an organization that works to preserve the county’s history, most notably in the stewardship of the Ten Broeck Mansion.

The 18th century home built by General Abraham Ten Broeck is a landmark in Arbor Hill and has been the site of numerous public events and celebrations of our local heritage. The ACHA is celebrating this semisesquicentennial of historic preservation, education, and public programming at its 3rd Annual Holiday Gala on November 16th. Continue reading

NYS Archives Names 2017 Archives Award Winners


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Albany Cultural Education Center State Museum Archives and LibraryIn celebration of American Archives Month, the New York State Archives have announced the winners of the 2017 Annual Archives Awards.

This annual awards program recognizes the outstanding archives and records management work of individuals and organizations in New York State. In addition, three awards were given to students for their use of historical records in research projects at the ceremony at the Cultural Education Center in Albany. Continue reading

The Revolutionaries’ Army


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ben_franklins_worldBetween 1775 and 1783, an estimated 230,000 men served in the Continental Army with another approximately 145,000 men serving in state militia units.

Who were the men who served in these military ranks? What motivated them to take up arms and join the army? And what was their military experience like?

In this episode of Ben Franklin’s World: A Podcast About Early American History, we explore the development of the Continental Army, partisan militia groups, and Native American scouting parties. Our guides for this exploration are Fred Anderson, Randy Flood, and Brooke Bauer. You can listen to the podcast here: www.benfranklinsworld.com/158

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Fort Ti Seeks 2018 Graduate Fellows


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Fort Ticonderoga is seeking applicants for its 2018 Edward W. Pell Graduate Fellowships designed for students seeking practical, hands-on fellowship experience at a historic site and museum with dynamic programs.

The Fellowships run from June 11 to August 17, 2018, and include Fellowships in Education, Exhibitions, and Collections Management.

The 2018 Fellows will help lay the groundwork for exhibitions, programs, and educational initiatives to be offered to the public in 2019. Fellows will need to be self-motivated and able to work independently as well as contribute to a team to create and develop exhibitions and programs for a diverse audience. Continue reading

Collection Assessment Program Grants Awarded


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collection needs assessment programGreater Hudson Heritage Network has awarded $6,992 in grants as part of its 2017 Fall Collection Needs Assessment Program: Site Assessment and Supplies Grants.

The 2017 Fall Collection Needs Assessment Program: Site Assessment and Supplies Grant, administered by Greater Hudson Heritage Network in partnership with the New York State Council on the Arts, supports requests for site assessments and to purchase collection management supplies for qualified museums in New York State.

For the Fall grant funding cycle, 29 grant applications were received from institutions from 22 counties in New York State, requesting an aggregate of $20,020.77 in grant support. In all, 11 organizational awards totaling $6,992 were recommended for funding. The 2017 Collection Needs Assessment Program Grant awards range from $320 to $750. Continue reading