A walk around the Pergamena warehouse in Montgomery, NY in Orange County, is a step back in time. Rows upon rows of animal skins, of all kinds, are carefully laid on shelves, in piles and are in various stages of processing.
Some will turn into leather, some into parchment, some will become covers for drums and books, some will be made into shoes, handbags, dog collars, and the list goes on.
Pergamena – Italian for “parchment” – is a tanning business, and Jesse Meyer, co-owner with dad Karl and brother, Stephen, is providing this tour in a cold warehouse off of Montgomery’s Route 211. Continue reading
Fort Ticonderoga will host its Sixth Annual “Material Matters: It’s in the Details” Seminar Saturday, November 5 and Sunday, November 6. This weekend event focuses on the material culture of the 18th century and is intended for collectors, scholars, and people with a general interest in learning more about objects of the 18th century and what they can tell us about history. Continue reading
The Frick Collection has announced a gift from Paul Sullivan and Trustee Melinda Martin Sullivan of porcelain produced by the Du Paquier Porcelain Manufactory in Vienna.
The Sullivans permitted the Frick to choose fourteen examples from their collection, dating from 1720 to 1740, considered to be one of finest private collections in the world from this important early Western manufactory. Continue reading
On Saturday, August 13th from 5 to 7 pm, Knox’s Headquarters presents a fashion show of 18th century civilian and military clothing.
Visitors will see elegant ladies gowns of silk, gentlemen officer wear and the patched and worn garments of the lesser sort. Learn who would have worn the clothing, why it is constructed in that manner, and what function it served. Accompanying the clothing display will be a power point demonstration and narrator describing the portraits and research behind the gowns. Staff members of the New Windsor Cantonment and Knox’s Headquarters State Historic Sites have painstakingly researched and constructed by hand reproductions of period clothing. Continue reading
The Albany Institute of History & Art continues celebrating its 225th anniversary with the new exhibition, Masterworks: Paper, on view through October 16.
This exhibition showcases more than 150 rarely seen items from the Albany Institute’s library and museum collections that span more than three centuries. Sharing in common the medium of paper and close ties to Albany and the Capital Region, the objects in Masterworks: Paper illustrate diverse and eclectic themes, and tell stories that represent the personal and intimate as well as the historical and panoramic. Continue reading
At first glance, the inside of the Motorcyclepedia Museum in Newburgh, Orange County resembles a large warehouse of movie poster memorabilia as faces of Steve McQueen, James Garner, Peter Fonda and Elvis line the immense walls. There’s even a poster of – can it be? – of Barbara Streisand astride a motorcycle from the movie, “For Pete’s Sake.” Continue reading
From Hudson Valley Furniture (1937) to Decorative Paperweights (1947), to American Modern Art (1955), the Vanderpoel House exhibited an array of objects aimed at inspiring an interest in history and preservation within Columbia County. Some of the loaned pieces were eventually gifted into Columbia County Historical Society’s permanent collection where they remain the enjoyment of future generations. Continue reading
Four graduate students arrived at Fort Ticonderoga in mid-June to begin two-month internships as part of the Edward W. Pell Graduate Fellowship program. The fellowships run through August 12th and include internships in Education, Exhibitions, Horticulture, and Interpretation.
Fort Ticonderoga President and CEO Beth Hill said, “The Fellows will focus their research and creative energy to support exhibitions and programs related to the year 1757 at Fort Ticonderoga. 1757 will be the interpretive focus for 2017.” Continue reading
What do historians do with historical sources when they find them?
How do they read them for information about the past?
In this episode of the Ben Franklin’s World podcast, Zara Anishanslin, an Assistant Professor of History at CUNY’s College of Staten Island, leads us on an exploration of how historians read historical sources by taking us through the documents and objects left behind by four everyday people. You can listen to the podcast here: www.benfranklinsworld.com/084
A workshop entitled “Collections Care 101” will be held at the Ticonderoga Historical Society on Monday, May 9, 2016 from 9:30 am – 3:30 pm.
This day-long workshop covers the basics of collections care and is presented by Stacy Pomeroy Draper, Rensselaer County Historical Society (RCHS) Curator; and Kathryn Sheehan, RCHS Registrar and Rensselaer County and City of Troy Historian. John Diefenderfer, Archivist with the New York State Archives, will address the care of historical records. Registration begins at 9 am and a tour of the museum follows. Continue reading