In Tea: Consumption, Politics, and Revolution, 1773–1776 (Cornell Univ. Press, 2023), James R. Fichter reveals that despite the so-called Boston Tea Party in 1773, two large shipments of tea from the East India Company survived and were ultimately drunk in North America. [Read more…] about Tea: Consumption, Politics, and Revolution, 1773–1776
This page includes all our stories about New York State history.
On January 22, 2024, the Englewood Police Department in Colorado received a call reporting the theft of a historical art piece from a storage facility in the 3300 block of South Santa Fe Drive in Englewood.
The theft possibly occurred the night of January 10, 2024. [Read more…] about Historic George Washington Portrait Stolen from Storage Facility
Urban Renewal in Saratoga Springs, NY from 1962 to 1986 was one of the largest urban changes in the city’s history.
The federal Urban Renewal program provided funding to clear “blighted” areas to allow for redevelopment. This program displaced the largely Black community from the West Side. [Read more…] about Urban Renewal in Saratoga Springs: A Virtual Program
In this episode of Ben Franklin’s World, Ade Solanke, an award-winning playwright and screenwriter, joins us to not only explore the life of Phillis Wheatley, but also how playwrights use and research history to help them create dramatic works of art. Works of art that can help us forge an emotional connection with the past. [Read more…] about Phillis Wheatley & The Playwright Ade Solanke
The vast majority of participants in the military events of the long 18th century left no written traces of themselves.
Fortunately for scholars, and the public, evidence of their presence survives in material form. From the arms they carried, to the archaeological evidence of their presence, the material experience of soldiering extensively survives if we look carefully. [Read more…] about Call for Papers: Fort Ticonderoga Material Culture Conference
Development in northern Halfmoon in Saratoga County, NY, is rapidly transforming this once expansive area of productive farmland into an area of winding streets and attractive homes, where landscaped lawns are replacing the hay fields, pastures and woodlands of years gone by.
In the middle of new neighborhoods called Fairway Meadows, Adams Pointe and Howland Park, at the corner of Johnson and Staniak Roads, is an old building, a remnant of the town’s farming days known as Chip’s Hall. [Read more…] about Chip’s Hall: A Saratoga County Polish Immigrant Community Center
We still have ships in Brooklyn. Take your kids to see the high-rise ocean liners tied up at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal in Red Hook. Visit the Shore Road park (immortalized in Saturday Night Fever) underneath the Verrazano at the end of 4th Avenue, and watch the freighters drowsing at anchor, or heading to and from the container ports in New Jersey.
Take an orange and black ferry (Portside Out, Starboard Home) from Battery Park to the St. George Terminal on Staten Island and see where the Brooklyn piers were. See The Flamingo Kid, whenever possible. Fleet Week. [Read more…] about Brooklyn Army Terminal & A Sea Cruise for Elvis
Some of the most glorious buildings of Poughkeepsie and its surrounding communities were the work of one man, Arnout Cannon Jr. His vision gave us such masterpieces as the Masonic Temple on Cannon Street and Rhinecliff’s Wilderstein.
Many of the homes he designed are still cherished today. However, even with all of the beauty he created, his life was full of tragedy and it would come to a quick end. [Read more…] about The Beautiful Architecture and Tragic Life of Arnout Cannon Jr
The Castello Plan, a map depicting New Amsterdam at the peak of its settlement circa 1660, just before the English took control, provides a remarkable, rare glimpse of everyday life in New Amsterdam, revealing a small but complex city at the southern tip of the island then known as Mannahatta. [Read more…] about New York Before New York: The Castello Plan of New Amsterdam
Museums, museum professionals, industry partners, and legislative leaders will be recognized for their exceptional achievements at the Museum Association of New York’s 2024 annual conference “Giving Voice to Value” in Albany, New York this April. [Read more…] about Museum Association of New York Announces 2024 Awards of Distinction