A Native American pipe tomahawk gifted to Seneca leader Cornplanter by George Washington in 1792, and stolen from the State Museum, has been reacquired through a donation and returned to the collections.
The artifact is on exhibit in the State Museum’s main lobby through December 30. The pipe tomahawk was stolen from the State Museum between 1947 and 1950. Continue reading
The 41st Annual Conference of the New Netherland Institute has been set for September 22nd, 2018 at the New York State Museum in Albany.
This year’s theme/title is “Conflict and Collaboration in the New World,” and the conference will feature seven presentations by scholars of New Netherland and the Dutch Atlantic. NNI’s annual dinner will follow the event. Continue reading
A new podcast, “A New York Minute In History,” is being launched which explores the story of New York State and the unique tales of New Yorkers.
The podcast is hosted by New York State Historian Devin Lander and Don Wildman, host of “Mysteries at the Museum” on Travel Channel. It is produced by WAMC’s Associate News Director Jim Levulis. Continue reading
The New York State Museum is has opened a new exhibit, Art of the Erie Canal.
On display through September 23, 2018, this companion exhibition to the State Museum’s current Enterprising Waters: New York’s Erie Canal looks at the art inspired by the canal and the opportunities it afforded artists, both trained and untrained, working in a variety of media, such as paintings, photographs, sketchbooks, ceramics, and beadwork. 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
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
Historian Robert Chiles is set to speak at the New York State Museum’s Huxley Theater on Thursday, March 22nd at 7 pm on Al E. Smith and his presidential run in 1928.
Chiles uncovers a distinctive strain of American progressivism that resonated among urban, ethnic, working-class Americans during Smith’s early years as a state legislator through his time as governor of the Empire State, before exploring the ways in which Smith’s gubernatorial progressivism was presented to a national audience during the 1928 presidential campaign. Continue reading
The New York State Museum’s exhibits are always outstanding. But the three special exhibits at the Museum now – on the bicentennial of the Erie Canal, New York State in World War I, and the centennial of woman suffrage in our state – are unprecedented and exceptionally strong. It is worth a trip to Albany just to see them.
The storylines and captions are superb, with clear development and explanations, enough text to tell the stories, but not so much that visitors’ interest will wane. The artifacts, photos, and documents are engaging, even dramatic. For instance, the canal exhibit features a reconstruction of a “windlass” – a large apparatus for lifting cargo from canal boats into a warehouse. It is a restoration of a 19th century windlass located by Museum staff some years ago in Mohawk, New York, dismantled, moved to Albany, and carefully restored and reassembled. Continue reading
Jennifer A. Lemak and Ashley Hopkins-Benton’s new book Votes For Women: Celebrating New York’s Suffrage Centennial (Excelsior Editions, 2017) chronicles the history of the women’s rights and suffrage movements in New York State and examines the important role the state played in the national suffrage movement.
The work for women’s suffrage received a boost more than seventy years before the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment at the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848 when Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, and one hundred supporters signed the Declaration of Sentiments asserting that “all men and women are created equal.”
This convention served as a catalyst for debates and action on both the national and state level, and on November 6, 1917, New York State passed the referendum for women’s suffrage. Its passing in New York signaled that the national passage of suffrage would soon follow. On August 18, 1920, “Votes for Women” were constitutionally granted. Continue reading
A companion catalog to the New York State Museum exhibition of the same name, Aaron Noble’s new book A Spirit of Sacrifice: New York State in the First World War (SUNY Press, 2017) documents the statewide story of New York in World War I through the collections of the New York State Museum, Library, and Archives.
Within the collections are the nearly 3,600 posters of the Benjamin W. Arnold World War I Poster Collection at the New York State Library. The book interweaves the story of New York in the Great War with some of these posters, and artifacts from museums, libraries, and historical societies from across New York State, to illuminate the involvement of New Yorkers in the War. Continue reading