Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. inspired a national movement and remains a catalyst for peaceful change after he was martyred for the cause. He was hardly beloved by all: many felt threatened by him, and when he protested against the war in Vietnam, many criticized him for losing focus and supposedly deserting the primary goal of addressing racial inequality.
Millions supported his efforts, but it was a chaotic time, filled with uncertainty about the future. With the bitterness, hatred, and violence that was revealed, even on the nightly TV news, it sometimes seemed doubtful that true change could ever be achieved.
But Dr. King wasn’t alone as a leader. Others took up the mantle at all levels of society, including in Clinton County. [Read more…] about Jackie Archer: A North Country Civil Rights Inspiration
The New York State Library has announced a talk by Jim Folts on Chancery Court Records held in the State Archives, set for Saturday, March 16, 2019, from 1 to 2 pm at the Cultural Education Center, Librarians Room (7th Floor).
Pre-1847 Chancery Court records in the State Archives may provide additional information about the lives of obscure ancestors, including guardianships, divorces, and mortgage foreclosures. The records include the extensive Chancery records formerly in New York City, transferred to the Archives in 2017. [Read more…] about Chancery Court Records Focus of Saturday NYS Library Talk
The New York State Museum has announced the addition of 14 new artworks to its contemporary Native American art collection. In accordance with the mission of the collection, each artist is a citizen of an Indigenous nation whose ancestral lands are located in what is now New York State.
Launched in 1986, and now numbering more than 160 artworks, the contemporary Native American art collection showcases a breadth of Native artistic skills and craftsmanship. [Read more…] about NYS Museum Adds Contemporary Native American Art
On the evening of March 5, 1770, a crowd gathered in Boston’s King Street and confronted a sentry and his fellow soldiers in front of the custom house. The confrontation led the soldiers to fire their muskets into the crowd, five civilians died.
What happened on the night of March 5, 1770 that led the crowd to gather and the soldiers to discharge their weapons?
In this episode of Ben Franklin’s World: A Podcast About Early American History Eric Hinderaker, a distinguished professor of history at the University of Utah and the author of Boston’s Massacre (Harvard University Press, 2017) assists our quest to discover more about the Boston Massacre. [Read more…] about Boston’s Massacre
The St. Lawrence County Historical Association has announced a series of genealogy workshops for beginners to be held on four consecutive Saturdays – March 30, and April 6, 13, and 20 – from 10 am to noon in Canton, NY.
Members of the St. Lawrence County Historical Association and the St. Lawrence Valley Genealogical Society will present information on how to trace your family history. [Read more…] about Researching Family History Workshops In Canton
The Ticonderoga Historical Society is set to open its 2019 program season on Friday, March 29 at 7 pm, with a program commemorating the end of the First World War. “Versailles: The Peace to End all Peace” will take place at the Hancock House, 6 Moses Circle, in Ticonderoga, NY. [Read more…] about Treaty of Versailles Program at Ticonderoga
On the most recent episode of the podcast A New York Minute In History, co-hosts Devin Lander and Don Wildman examine how two New Yorkers – Al Smith and Franklin Delano Roosevelt – influenced the Progressive Era of the early 20th Century. The episode also explores how the administrations of Smith and Roosevelt shaped modern day politics and the role of government. [Read more…] about Al Smith, FDR, and the Progressive Movement
Applications for the 2019-2021 Empire State Fellows class are open until April 1, 2019. The Empire State Fellows Program is a full-time leadership training program that helps prepare the next generation of professionals for careers as New York State policymakers.
The incoming class of Empire State Fellows will serve from September 2019 to September 2021. At the end of the Fellowship, a performance review process will identify Fellows that will be given the opportunity to continue to serve as leaders in New York State government after completing the program. [Read more…] about Empire State Fellows 2019-21 Applications Open
Greater Hudson Heritage Network (GHHN) will host Hands-On Historic Housekeeping Workshops in April and July on Long Island.
These full-day workshops are designed to equip attendees with the knowledge and skill sets necessary for cleaning, handling, and storing collections along with tools to teach their volunteer base these critical skills. [Read more…] about Historic Collections Care Workshops on Long Island