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

Initiatives for Putting History to Work


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This New York History Blog often carries posts about historical exhibits and events designed to bring historical perspective to current events. Providing historical context for the public might be called “putting history to work.”

Historian Edward L. Ayres, president emeritus of the University of Richmond and the current president of the Organization of American Historians, has launched a new online project, sponsored by the University, called BUNKHISTORY. The project is meant to confront Henry Ford’s famous 1916 statement that “History is more or less bunk” by showing its relevance and importance.

The project combs the internet for interesting articles, maps, videos, etc. “to create a fuller and more honest portrayal of our shared past, and reveal the extent to which every representation is part of a longer conversation.” Continue reading

New York Historical Society Offering Fellowships


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ny historical societyThe New-York Historical Society is now accepting applications for its fellowship program for the 2018–2019 academic year. Leveraging its collections of documents, artifacts, and works of art detailing American history from the perspective of New York City, fellowships open to scholars at various times during their academic careers, and provide scholars with material resources and an intellectual community to develop new research and publications that illuminate complex issues of the past.

Click here for instructions and application checklists for each fellowship. The application deadline for all fellowships is January 8, 2018.

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Free Admission at Albany Institute Honoring Veterans Day


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The Albany Institute of History & Art will offer free admission to the galleries on Friday, November 10, 2017 from 10 am to 5 pm.

Current exhibitions include:

· Well-Dressed in Victorian Albany: 19th Century Fashion from the Albany Institute Collection
· Paintings of Addy®: Dahl Taylor’s Original Illustrations for American Girl
· The Hudson River School: Landscape Paintings from the Albany Institute
· Spotlight: Albany & Anti-Suffrage
· The Fashionable Portrait
· Ancient Egypt
· Traders & Culture: Albany and the Formation of American Identity. Continue reading

Study: NYS Park System Supports $5B in Sales, 54k Jobs


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parks and trails nyA new economic impact study found that the New York State Park System and its visitors generated spending of about $5 billion, which supported nearly 54,000 jobs within the state of New York and over $2.8 billion in state GDP.

The study, by the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts, was commissioned by the park advocacy group Parks & Trails New York.

The study, Economic Benefits of the New York State Park System, found that from April 2015 to March 2016, the 67 million visits to the New York State park system resulted in about $4 billion in spending by local and non-local visitors. This includes day trips and overnight trips, with visitors spending money on park entrance and use fees, sporting equipment, food and drink, transportation, lodging, and other expenses. Visitor spending has a multiplier effect, as jobs and revenues are created in supporting industries throughout the local economy. The total economic significance of the $4 billion in visitor spending is about 45,000 jobs and $2.4 billion additional state GDP according to the authors of the study. Continue reading