As part of a $59,966 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Humanities Collections and Reference Resources planning grant for the preservation and digitization of collections awarded to Historic Huguenot Street (HHS) in April, historians and authors Firth Haring Fabend and David William Voorhees have begun a scholarly evaluation of historical New Paltz documents at HHS and partner institutions: the Town of New Paltz, the Reformed Church of New Paltz, and the Haviland-Heidgerd Historical Collection at the Elting Memorial Library. Continue reading
The Rome Historical Society (RHS) is set to present “Growing the Collection” a special program featuring items recently donated to the Society, on Thursday, July 19th at 7 pm.
Every year dozens of people donate books, photographs, and other objects to local historical societies and museums so that these tangible pieces of the past can be preserved for future generations. Continue reading
The Columbia County Historical Society (CCHS) has announced two new exhibitions at the James Vanderpoel ‘House of History,’ located within the historic Village of Kinderhook. Continue reading
An illustrated lecture on early Albany-Troy piano makers by piano conservator and historian Wally Stock has been set for Tuesday, March 13th, from 7 to 8 pm, in Kinderhook.
The lecture will include makers in Albany, Troy, and Nassau during the period from 1830’s through the 1890’s. Continue reading
The St. Lawrence County Historical Association is offering a low cost chair-caning workshop on three consecutive Wednesday evenings, March 7, 14, and 21 from 7-9 pm. Carl Stickney, instructor for the workshop, has decades of experience in chair caning.
Participants in the workshop should bring a chair with the old caning removed. The appropriate chair, which will take a caned seat, has holes around the inner edge of the opening in the chair seat frame. These holes are also visible from the underside of the chair. It is expected that participants will be able to complete the caning of one chair during the course of the workshop. Continue reading
Over 200 artifacts from Theodore Roosevelt’s Sagamore Hill National Historic Site can be viewed online on Google Arts & Culture by people around the world due to a new partnership between Google and the National Park Service.
With this new virtual collection, users will be able to step into the rooms of Theodore Roosevelt’s home and Summer White House to see his Rough Rider hat and saber from the Spanish American War, his Bronco Buster bronze sculpture by Frederic Remington, the Cape Buffalo taxidermy trophy taken by Roosevelt during his 1909-1910 African safari, and many other treasures of the museum, here. Continue reading
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