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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

Pets of Historic Cherry Hill Event August 19th


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On Saturday, August 19th, Historic Cherry Hill will present the 2nd annual The Pets of Cherry Hill event, from 1 to 4 pm.

Participants are invited to imagine Cherry Hill over a century ago, at the time of the “Bunnie Society,” at this free, all-ages event. The event is based on the “Bunnie Papers,” a collection of children’s artwork, stories, and business-related materials which chronicle the fifth generation’s fascinating garden and agricultural club activities, from the late 1890’s through 1903. Lovingly gathered and named by their mother, Van Rensselaer descendant and Cherry Hill matriarch Catherine Rankin, the collection includes genealogies of dozens of rabbits, chickens, and other pets who made up the imaginary world successively dubbed a “kingdom,” then “republic,” and finally a “society.” Continue reading

Fulton County Historian Named New Director of Ten Broeck Mansion


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Samantha Hall-SaladinoThe Board of Trustees at Albany County Historical Association (ACHA) has announced the appointment of Samantha Hall-Saladino as Executive Director.  Hall-Saladino assumed the role effective July 15th, 2017.

Hall-Saladino will oversee the operations of the Ten Broeck Mansion, an historic home built between 1797 and 1798 by General Abraham Ten Broeck and his wife, Elizabeth Van Rensselaer. The mansion is located in the Arbor Hill section of Albany and is the headquarters of the ACHA, a non-profit educational corporation dedicated to preserving, presenting, and promoting the history and culture of Albany County. Continue reading

Philip Schuyler: A Time to Remember


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Philip Schuyler 1881A recent post on here on The New York History Blog previewed Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton events at the Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site this month.

A recent article by Paul Grondahl, Director of the New York State Writer’s Institute, in the Albany Times Union noted that Schuyler Mansion is experiencing a spike in attendance due to the “Hamilton effect” – “a mysterious affliction created by Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit musical that altered the lives of countless unsuspecting fans with a powerful history lesson embedded in hypnotic, rhyming lyrics and a hip-hop beat.”

It is notable that Hamilton, Schuyler’s son-in-law, who spent only a few years at Schuyler Mansion, is boosting popular attendance there. Continue reading

UGRR Archaeology Open House At The Myers House


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myers houseOn Thursday, July 27 from 8 am to 2 pm, the Myers House in Albany will host an Archaeology Open House.

A six-week archaeological field school is now exploring the backyards of the Myers house, Thomas Elkins residence, and Ten Broeck Mansion in search of clues about the lives of African Americans who helped establish the Arbor Hill community during the early 19th century and the role of prominent community leaders in the struggle for justice and freedom.

Stephen and Harriet Myers were instrumental in the success of the Underground Railroad during the mid-nineteenth century. Today, their former residence is preserved as a significant historic site in Albany and a cornerstone of African American heritage in the Arbor Hill neighborhood. Continue reading

Alexander and Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton Events Planned In Albany


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A painting of Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton From Friday, July 14, 2017 to Sunday, July 16, 2017, Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site in conjunction with the Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society will host a series of events and lectures about Alexander Hamilton and his wife, Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton, on the mansion grounds.

The festivities begin Friday evening at 5:30 pm with an open reception on mansion grounds and conclude with a walking tour of Albany on Sunday morning. Admission for each day’s activities is $5 per person. Registration for lectures and the walking tour are required as space is limited. Continue reading