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

National Comedy Center Acquires Shelley Berman Collection


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inside shelley burnThe National Comedy Center in Jamestown has announced the acquisition of the archive of comedian Shelley Berman, who passed away in September 2017 at the age of 92.

The donation was formally announced during a tribute attended by Larry David, Dr. Demento, Cheryl Hines, Laraine Newman, Howard Storm, David Steinberg, Fred Willard, and Alan Zweibel, hosted by Lewis Black and presented by the National Comedy Center on Tuesday, January 30th at the Comedy & Magic Club in Hermosa Beach, California. Continue reading

Poetry, History Songs Saturday In Utica


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Cosby & TomThe Oneida County History Center is set to host Mohawk Valley musicians Cosby Gibson and Tom Staudle for an original folk and blues program “Poetry & History Songs,” on Saturday, February 10th at 1 pm.

Staudle will perform original music put to the words of famous poets including Robert Frost, Edgar Allen Poe, Rudyard Kipling, Andy Rooney, a local poet, and more. Gibson will perform five original songs from her American History series, which portrays the life of the American settlers during the Revolution. This program takes place in the center’s main gallery. Continue reading

Richard Henry Lee’s First Call for Independence


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first founding fatherThe Fraunces Tavern Museum in New York City has announced a lecture on the First Founding Father: Richard Henry Lee and the Call to Independence has been set for Thursday, February 22 at 6:30 pm.

Harlow Giles Unger will describe the life and career of Richard Henry Lee, the first Founding Father to call for American Independence from Britain. Unger will show how Lee masterminded the political and diplomatic victories that ensured Washington’s military victory. Continue reading

Herbert Short: Lost in the Boreas River Country in 1930


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In early November 1930, a hunting party in the Boreas River area split up to do what Adirondack hunters so often do: execute a deer drive. Among those taking part were Lew Buck, Leo Adams, Edward White, Murray Short, and Murray’s brother Herbert. Herb was a corrections officer who had recently been promoted and transferred to Auburn Prison from Clinton Prison in Dannemora. It was Dannemora that provided the link between him and the other men: Buck was the village’s former postmaster, White was a retired Clinton keeper, and his close friend Adams still worked there as a guard.

Concern mounted at day’s end when the men reassembled and Herbert was a no-show. But he was a very experienced woodsman, and the entire party was aware that a storm was moving into the area, so in that sense he was prepared for anything. His companions surmised he may have been turned around while trying to get back to camp before the snow fell. At that point, the explanations they considered carried reassurances that everything was OK, or soon would be. Continue reading

Putting Technology To Work for History


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hear about here logoVictor Cardona, an attorney who lives in Guilderland, has developed a way to blend the capacities of smart phones, geolocation technology, and podcasts into a new tool for promoting history.

HEAR about HERE features brief historical descriptions of historic sites and buildings that can be accessed with a smartphone with HEAR about HERE’s app. Just tap the screen and a narrator’s voice comes up with a description based on that spot on a Google map. It is meant for tourists and anyone interested in history. Continue reading

Historical Societies, Museums Professional Development Grants Available


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The William G. Pomeroy Foundation is offering grants to Historical Societies and Historical Museums in NYS with annual budgets of $50,000 or less to attend the Museum Association of New York’s (MANY) annual conference being held April 8 – 10, 2018 in Rochester.

The grant of $1,000 can be used for conference registration, travel, meals/lodging, membership in MANY and the New York Council of Non-Profits. The grant deadline is February 15, 2018. Continue reading

Albany Institute Extends Victorian Fashion Exhibit


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victorian fashion albany instute exhibitThe Albany Institute of History & Art’s exhibition Well-Dressed in Victorian Albany: 19th Century Fashion from the Albany Institute Collection features over forty dresses from the museum’s collection of Victorian period costumes.

The exhibit opened in October 2017 and has welcomed thousands of visitors to see the rarely displayed dresses. The Institute has announced that the exhibition will be extended, and now run through May 20, 2018. Continue reading