The Annual Researching New York Conference has been set for November 15-17 at the University of Albany.
This annual conference brings together a broad community of historians, archivists, public historians, graduate students, museum curators, teachers, documentarians, and others to share their work on New York State history. Continue reading
On Saturday, June 16, the Albany Rural Cemetery wil host a Women’s History Walking Tour as part of the 2018 NYS Path Through History Weekend.
The tour will make about a dozen stops featuring abolitionists, poets, Civil War nurses, the first woman admitted to the New York State Bar Association, and more. Continue reading
The third Saturday in June is Destroyer Escort Day. On Saturday, June 16th, USS Slater will pay homage to the Destroyer Escort (DE) sailors killed in World War II, Korea, Vietnam and the Cold War years and to the fifteen Destroyer Escorts lost in action.
There will be a ceremony to honor and remember Destroyer Escorts and their sailors at 9 am at USS Slater. Continue reading
The 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
The 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
On 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
The 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
While 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
On 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
The New York State Cultural Education Center is set to host the President of the American Library Association, James G. Neal, for a free talk on libraries in the 21st century on April 25th at 6:30 pm.
The discussion is part of the New York State Library’s Speakers Forum in celebration of its bicentennial this year. Continue reading