Erika Sanger: Museum Education Act Needs Your Support


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Assembly’s Education CommitteeOn Tuesday, February 6, Sheila Healy, the Museum Association of New York’s government relations consultant, and I had the opportunity to attend the Assembly’s Education Committee meeting chaired by Assembly member Catherine Nolan.

Guest speaker MaryEllen Elia, Commissioner of Education, shared her 2018 budget priorities and fielded member questions. We then met with Museum Education Act (A.3892A/S.1676A) sponsors Assembly Member Matt Titone and Senator Betty Little. Continue reading

New York History Around The Web This Week


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Hudson Crossing Park Illumination Planned


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love light in the parkHudson Crossing Park has invited the public to “Love Light at the Park”, a candlelight walk on February 14th from 5 to 7 pm.

Luminaries will light the path along the Hudson River to and from the Dix Bridge, and hanging lanterns will be available for purchase. There is a $5 suggested donation and hanging lanterns will be available for an additional $10. Cookies and hot cocoa will be available at the pavilion after the walk. Continue reading

Controversy Over Proposed Roosevelt Island Sign


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Roosevelt Island IR SignThe Roosevelt Island Historical Society has issued a call for action to oppose a proposed “RI” art-piece dubbed a “Welcome Monument” planned for placement outside the Roosevelt Island Historical Society Visitor Center Kiosk.

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) is now soliciting public comments to gauge community support for the proposed 3-D, 10-foot-tall RI welcome-monument / sign. Continue reading

Native Americans, British Colonists and Trade in North America


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ben_franklins_worldHistory books like to tell us that Native Americans did not fully understand British methods and ideas of trade. Is this really true?

Did Native Americans only understand trade as a form of simplistic, gift exchange?

In this episode of Ben Franklin’s World, Jessica Stern, a Professor of History at California State University, Fullerton and the author of The Lives in Objects: Native Americans, British Colonists, and Cultures of Labor and Exchange in the Southeast (UNCPress, 2017), takes us on a journey into the southeast during the early 18th century to show us how trade between Native Americans and British colonists really took place. You can listen to the podcast here: www.benfranklinsworld.com/171

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Aerosciences Museum Fly-In Breakfast Lecture Feb 17th


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Grumman F-14 Tomcat The Empire State Aerosciences Museum will be hosting its monthly all you can eat breakfast on Saturday, February 17 from 8:30 to 10:30 am at 250 Rudy Chase Drive, in Glenville, NY.

Glenville resident Larry Lewis, author of Sadie’s Boys will tell the World War II story of his Grandmother Sadie’s efforts to get her two missing sons back from War: his uncle Ben, a B-17 navigator taken prisoner in Germany, and his father Charlie, an infantryman who was declared missing in action over New Guinea. Mr. Lewis will be selling and signing copies of his book. Continue reading

Effort Underway To Move NYS History Month To October


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Legislation has been introduced which would amend the Arts and Cultural Affairs Law to change New York State History Month from November to October according to an announcement made by the Office of State History.

The move comes on the heels of a revival of sorts for New York’s History Month, which suffered from years of being ignored.  November was designed New York State History Month in 1997 by the State Legislature.

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Instrumental Stories Exhibit Opens In Canton, Feb 17


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Family banjo uke with homemade tailpieceTraditional Arts in Upstate New York (TAUNY) has announced the opening of its next major exhibition, Instrumental Stories, is set for February 17, 2018.

This exhibit, curated by TAUNY Director of Research and Programs Camilla Ammirati, features new and heirloom instruments made and/or used in Northern New York; the people who make and keep them; and how they connect people to their heritage, to living regional traditions, and to each other. Continue reading

Racing Museum’s ‘Foal Patrol’ Tracks Birthing Mares


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foal patrolThe National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga has launched Foal Patrol, a fan-based interactive web program that tracks the lives and daily routines of several in-foal mares during their pregnancy through the birthing process.

The project includes an interactive website and several contests for racing fans and horse lovers. The site can also be reached through the Museum’s website. Continue reading

NYC Historic Preservation Conference March 3rd


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historic districts council annual conferenceThe Historic Districts Council has announced their Annual Preservation Conference is set for Saturday, March 3, 2018, from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm, at New York Law School, 185 West Broadway, New York.

This day-long Conference will dive into a range of topics and of-the-moment campaigns to preserve communities and sites throughout the city, with sessions led by the participants themselves. Continue reading