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
The next American Revolution Round Table discussion, featuring the troubled life of Henry Beekman Livingston, has been set for Tuesday, May 8th, at 6:30 pm at Siena College.
Henry Beekman Livingston was already well on his way to being the black sheep of the illustrious Livingston family before the Revolutionary War erupted.
The war seemed to be his chance to make right, and he experienced a great deal of success on the battlefield eventually earning the rank of Colonel of the 4th New York Regiment. Continue reading
The New York Archives Conference annual meeting has been set for June 6-8, 2018, at The University of Albany.
Presentations on topics including collections for historically marginalized groups, rights statements for online collections, born digital records, preparing archives students for life outside of the classroom, and more will be offered. Continue reading
The 2018 NY Statewide Preservation Conference has been set for April 26-28 in Albany.
Experts, grassroots community advocates, and new voices in the preservation movement will come together in Albany to learn from one another. Continue reading
The Albany County Historical Association is set to kick off its 76th year with the annual Living History Day at Ten Broeck Mansion on Sunday, May 6th, from noon to 4 pm.
This free community event includes tours of the historic Mansion, re-enactors, vendors, live music, pony rides and petting zoo, sheep-shearer, live demonstrations, hands-on activities, and more. Continue reading
A new book, The Mystery of the Albany Mummies (Albany Institute of History & Art, 2018), tells the story of how two ancient Egyptian mummies ended-up at an Albany museum.
In 1909, two mummies, one dating from the 21st Dynasty and the other from the Ptolemaic Period, were purchased from the Egyptian Museum in Cairo by Albany businessman Samuel Brown for the Albany Institute of History & Art. They have been on continuous exhibition since.
The story of their discovery in the tombs at Deir el-Bahri and their subsequent purchase by Brown, transport by steamship from Cairo to New York City, and steamboat travel to Albany was covered extensively by local newspapers. Continue reading
Former White House Director of Communications Ann Lewis is set to give a free talk titled “Messaging, Media, and Motherhood: Political Strategies of the NY Suffrage Campaign”, at the New York State Museum on Sunday, April 15th at 2 pm.
This program is being offered in conjunction with the State Museum’s Votes for Women: Celebrating New York’s Suffrage Centennial exhibition. Lewis will focus on the political strategies employed by suffragists to pass both the New York State suffrage referendums in 1917 and the 19th Amendment in 1920. Following the talk, State Museum curators will lead a guided tour of the Votes for Women exhibition. Continue reading
USS Slater is scheduled to open to the public on Wednesday, April 4th. This year will mark the ship’s 21st season in Albany.
A National Historic Landmark, USS Slater is the only remaining World War II Destroyer Escort afloat in America. Destroyer Escorts originally were conceived to battle German Nazi U-Boats while escorting convoys across the Atlantic. Their versatility proved useful in the Pacific defending task forces from Japanese Kamikaze attacks.
Many Destroyer Escorts continued to serve during the Korean and Viet Nam Wars. The current US Navy Fleet’s frigates are descendants of these small ships. Continue reading
Ferris Coin Co. is seeking artists to design a silver coin-shaped medallion honoring Albany African American World War I hero Sgt. Henry Johnson.
Ferris Coin Co. is offering two prizes of $1,000 each to the winning designs for the obverse and reverse sides of a 1.5 in (39 mm) coin-shaped silver medallion. The deadline for submissions is April 17, 2018. Continue reading