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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

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

State Museum Celebrating NYS History Month


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Albany Cultural Education Center State Museum Archives and LibraryThe New York State Museum will celebrate New York State History Month in November with a variety of free public programs for children, families and adults. In addition, three temporary exhibitions exploring major events in New York’s history are open at the State Museum: A Spirit of Sacrifice: New York State in the First World War; Enterprising Waters: New York’s Erie Canal; and Votes for Women: Celebrating New York’s Suffrage Centennial (opens November 4).

The following is a schedule of free New York State History Month programs at the State Museum located at 222 Madison Avenue, Albany: Continue reading

Historical Capital Region Currency Exhibit Opening


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Fractional Currency 10 cents courtesy Ferris CoinOne of the Capital Region’s oldest rare coin dealers will present an exhibit of early local currency in Albany, celebrate its Grand Re-Opening in a new building at 199 Wolf Road on November 1st. There will be an 11:45 am ribbon cutting and unveiling of an exhibit, which will run until November 22, 2017.

“Capital Region Currency: A History of Money in America” is a small exhibit featuring a sampling of currency used in the Capital Region dating from the Colonial era to present day. Many of the paper notes were printed locally and bear the names of Capital Region cities, including Albany, Schenectady, Watervliet, Hudson and Troy. Continue reading

Oxi Day at USS Slater October 28th


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USS SLATEROn October 28th, millions around the world will commemorate OXI (pronounced ō-hē) Day, a day honoring Greece’s resistance during World War II.

The day will be remembered at USS SLATER with a brief program beginning at 9 am. Fr. Dennis Nagi of St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church will provide an historical account of Oxi Day. USS SLATER volunteers and friends will be joined by special guest Dr. Nicholas Athanassiou.

Dr. Athanassiou is Emeritus Associate Professor of International Business and Strategy at Northeastern University in Boston. His father, VADM Athanassois Athanassiou, was the first Greek commanding officer of USS SLATER when it was transferred to the Hellenic Navy in 1951. Dr. Athanassiou earned a B.S. from the Naval Academy of Greece and trained on AETOS (SLATER) while there. Continue reading

People of Colonial Albany Presentation in Colonie Oct 22nd


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Stefan BielinskiThe Historical Society of the Town of Colonie has announced that Stefan Bielinski, founder and long-time director of the NY State Museum’s Colonial Albany Social History Project, will present his musical and visual introduction about the people of Colonial Albany at the Town of Colonie’s William K. Sanford Library, 629 Albany Shaker Road on Sunday, October 22 at 2 pm. Continue reading

Albany: Telling The Truth In A Post-Truth World


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kurt andersonThe New York State Writers Institute will hold a  two-day symposium, Telling the Truth in a Post-Truth World, October 12th to 14th, which will feature guests of interest to the history community, including Douglas Brinkley on a panel about the American Presidency with Bob Schieffer; David Daley, former editor of Salon, with Ratf**ked, a history of gerrymandering and vote-rigging; recent Lt. Gov. candidate Tim Wu, with a new book on the history of advertising, The Attention Merchants; Carol Anderson, with her current bestselling history of white resentment, White Rage; Pamela Newkirk, author of a history of African Americans in journalism; Kurt Andersen, with a grand history of American flimflammery and snake oil salesmanship, Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire, and more.

The multi-event symposium will cover topics crucial to an open democratic society.  All members of the general public are invited to following events. Everything is free and unticketed, apart from the first event, which requires a book purchase to raise money for programming. Continue reading

New Exhibition Explores Albany Anti-Suffrage Movement


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anti suffrage pinAlbany Institute of History & Art has opened a new exhibition exploring Albany and Anti-Suffrage Movement.

The year 2017 marks the centennial of woman’s suffrage in New York State.

Albany was considered a stronghold of the anti-suffrage movement. The exhibit tells the story of the women who first met in 1894 before the New York Constitutional Convention convened, organized the Albany branch of the New York State Association Opposed to Woman Suffrage, lobbied to make their views heard in 1915, and lost their fight in 1917. Continue reading

County and Borough Historians’ Institute Planned


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A County and Borough Historians’ Institute will be held August 25th, 2017 from 9 am to 5 pm at the New York State Museum Huxley Theater, located at 222 Madison Avenue, Albany.

The County and Borough Historians’ Institute is a free learning opportunity for County and Borough Historians hosted by the Office of Cultural Education and facilitated by the New York State Historian, the Association of Public Historians of New York State and the Government Appointed Historians of Western New York. Continue reading