The Wilmington Historical Society in Essex County, NY, has announced the purchase of a 1.91 acre parcel of land on Route 86 in Wilmington as part of a plan to construct a new home for the Society.
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. [Read more…] about Statewide Preservation Conference Set For Albany, Apr 26-28
Jack A. Roberson is the new Executive Director of the Adirondack Rail Preservation Society (ARPS). He takes the position effective immediately.
In an announcement sent to the press. President of the Board and Chief Executive Officer Bill Branson said: “Mr. Roberson joins the ARPS continuing a life-long career in the railroad industry. He brings expertise and experience in all aspects of operations, tourism marketing, and finance. His leadership will contribute greatly to implementing the long-term ARPS strategy to expand and improve rail passenger services into the Adirondack region.” [Read more…] about Adirondack Rail Preservation Society Names New Director
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. [Read more…] about Ten Broeck Mansion Living History Day BBQ May 6th
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. [Read more…] about New Book Reveals Mystery of Albany Mummies
Humanities New York has announced they are now offering Quick Grants of $500 for in-person public humanities programs.
These matching grants are intended for small and volunteer-run organizations. Available now, proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis while funds last. [Read more…] about Humanities New York Introduces Quick Grants
Historian and professor of American History Ted Hilscher is set to give an illustrated lecture on the barns of the Hudson Valley, on Tuesday, April 10th from 7 to 8:30 pm, at the Van Buren Hall in Kinderhook.
‘Barns of the Hudson Valley’ will give an overview of local barns in the Hudson Valley, mostly in Columbia and Greene Counties. [Read more…] about Barns of the Hudson Valley Lecture in Kinderhook Apr 10th
A new book by Kim McCartney, James Richmond, and Karen Staulters, Milton, New York: A New Town in a New Nation (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2018) takes a look at the growth of the shire town of Saratoga County from its first settlement on the eve of the Revolutionary War to the conclusion of the Civil War.
The book offers the story of pioneers, farmers, entrepreneurs, politicians, people of color, industrialists, mill workers, teachers, and soldiers. [Read more…] about Milton, NY: New Local History Published
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Robert Chiles new book, The Revolution of ’28: Al Smith, American Progressivism, and the Coming of the New Deal (Cornell University Press, 2018) explores the career of New York Governor and 1928 Democratic presidential nominee Alfred E. Smith.
The Revolution of ’28 charts the rise of that idiomatic progressivism during Smith’s early years as a state legislator through his time as governor of the Empire State in the 1920s, before proceeding to a revisionist narrative of the 1928 presidential campaign, exploring the ways in which Smith’s gubernatorial progressivism was presented to a national audience.