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Historic Albany Preservation Awards Announced


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historic albany logoThe Historic Albany Foundation’s 2018 Preservation Merit Awards will be given at the Women’s Club of Albany, 725 Madison Ave, Albany, on Thursday, June 7th at 5:30 pm.

For over 40 years, Historic Albany Foundation has worked to preserve and protect buildings that have architectural, historic or civic value, by providing technical assistance, education, and advocacy. Since 1976, Historic Albany has given annual awards for projects, individuals and organizations that demonstrate excellence and a commitment to preservation techniques and initiatives. Continue reading

An Immigration Exhibit at the NYS Library


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a nation of immigrantsThe New York State Library has a new exhibit, “A Nation of Immigrants,” which focuses on the past and present immigrants in the United States.

The centerpiece of the exhibit is a two-page spread from the July 2, 1887 issue of Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, which appeared less than a year after the Statue of Liberty was dedicated. The caption reads, “New York — Welcome to the Land of Freedom — An Ocean Steamer Passing the Statue of Liberty: Scene on the Steerage Deck.” Continue reading

Albany Institute Hosting Craft Beer Event


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Hudson Valley HopsOn Saturday, May 19, 2018 from 4 to 7 pm, the Albany Institute of History & Art in Albany is set to host the seventh annual Hudson Valley Hops, a regional craft beer tasting.

Located in downtown Albany, Hudson Valley Hops is an opportunity for the community to sample the flavors of Capital Region craft brewers, see brewing and distilling artifacts from the Albany Institute’s collection, meet industry experts, and receive a commemorative glass. This year, the fundraiser will feature a session beer invitational contest and more. Continue reading

Labor History: Taylor Law Conference to Mark 50th Anniversary


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Public Worker Strikes in New YorkThe Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) has announced a two-day conference to recognize the 50th anniversary of the Taylor Law, the law that grants public employees in New York State the right to collectively bargain with their employers while prohibiting strikes.

The conference will be held from May 10-11, 2018 at the Desmond Hotel and Conference Center in Albany. Continue reading

Tis’ Death to Counterfeit: New England Counterfeiters in NY


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Albany County District Lines courtesy earlyamericancrime.comWhile an ongoing border dispute took place between the governments of New York and Massachusetts, Ichabod Miller eked out a living on his farm in West Stockbridge, Mass. On December 20, 1772, his pastoral life was turned upside down.

Miller was awoken to the commotion of an angry mob at his door. In a moment they had broken in the door and he faced the business end of a loaded musket. He was accused of counterfeiting. This crime could be heart stopping. If proven, the sentence was death.

Counterfeiting was fairly prevalent in the colonies at this time. It was relatively easy to do, it was extremely profitable, hard to discover, and even harder to prosecute. Continue reading

State Museum Opening Fort Orange Exhibit May 5th


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Fort Orange, 1635, L. F. TantilloOn May 5, the New York State Museum is set to open an exhibit highlighting artifacts from Fort Orange, the 17th-century precursor of the state’s capital city.

The exhibition, titled “a small fort, which our people call Fort Orange,” examines the archaeological discovery of the fort in 1970, as well as the lasting impact of Dutch settlement of New York 400 years ago. The title is taken from Johannes De Laet, a director of the Dutch West India Company, recorded in 1625. Continue reading