The Rome Historical Society invites the community to experience the Erie Canal in multiple ways from the comfort of their auditorium at 200 Church Street in Rome, NY, on February 21st at 5:30 pm. The program will take place in three parts: [Read more…] about Rome and the Erie Canal: A Past, Present & Futuristic Look
In January, Governor Kathy Hochul announced $1.8 million in grants to support 27 not-for-profit organizations involved with the stewardship of state parks, trails, historic sites, and other public lands.
The grants support public-private partnerships leveraging private funds for new state park amenities, to engage in state park and historic site maintenance and beautification projects, and to provide educational programming and special events. [Read more…] about $1.8M For Sate Parks, Trails, Historic Sites and Other Public Lands
The New Netherland Institute will be offering a paid graduate fellowship working with the “Documenting Untold Stories 1664-1827: Albany County NY Archives Survey” project.
Scholars doing graduate work in History, African American Studies, Native American and Indigenous Studies, Germanic Literature, or archives management (and allied fields) are invited to apply. [Read more…] about Albany Area History Fellowship Will Document Untold Stories from 1664-1827
With the conclusion of the War of Independence in 1783, the former colonies, now states, could not move forward commercially or expand westward without new infrastructure, in particular roads and bridges.
Following authorization by state legislatures, these, however, were left to local government and private enterprise to build. [Read more…] about The Schoharie Creek Bridges at Esperance, NY
The Palatine Settlement Society will once again hold its annual Antique Show and Sale at the Arkell Museum in Canajoharie in Montgomery County, NY, on Saturday, March 2, 2024. [Read more…] about Palatine Settlement Society’s Annual Antique Sale March 2nd
The term “patent medicines” came to describe all pre-packaged medicines sold “over-the-counter” without a doctor’s prescription. In the United States very few preparations were ever actually patented, but they were wildly popular. [Read more…] about Queens of Quackery: Woman Proprietors of Patent Medicines
What follows is a 1917 essay, “The Land System in Colonial New York” by Charles Worthen Spencer published in the Proceedings of the New York State Historical Association, (Vol. 16). At the time Spencer was Professor of Political Science at the University of Nevada. It has been annotated by John Warren.
Adequate description, even in outline, of the land system of any community would comprise so much detail, both of governmental policy and practice and of the community’s reaction there-to, that in a paper of this compass only selected features may be referred to. It will be necessary, also, to confine the treatment mainly to the period between 1691 and the opening of the intercolonial war [the French and Indian War] in 1755. [Read more…] about The Land System of Colonial New York
Stakeholders, historians and others interested in New York State’s canals will gather March 2, 2024 at Monroe Community College in Rochester, NY during the Canal Society of New York State’s Winter Symposium. [Read more…] about Canal Society of New York State Winter Symposium
Paper charts of the Erie Canal are in the process of being transformed to electronic navigational charts. The Department of Commerce’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which has maintained and updated the charts since the early 1970s, are converting the charts to digital format and will make them available as electronic navigational charts. [Read more…] about NOAA Bringing Erie Canal Nautical Charts into the Digital Era
The New York State Library will host a webinar during which attendees will learn about the science behind eclipses, learn about and discuss what to expect and look for on Eclipse Day on April 8, and introduce some simple activities that smaller organizations such as libraries can do to help the public understand the phenomenon. [Read more…] about 2024 Eclipse Education Webinar Set for January 31st