Two independent movie theaters in Albany have announced their closing. Landmark Spectrum 8 Theaters on Delaware Avenue, and Madison Theatre on Madison Avenue announced the news last week on back-to-back days. [Read more…] about Albany’s Spectrum and Madison Theaters Announce Closures
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
In the first quarter of the eighteenth century, two young travelers from Boston made trips to the Dutch Republic. One was from Boston stock, the other a Dutch New Yorker, born in Albany. They visited the same sites and wrote about their experiences, but their views are quite different.
In the eighteenth century, countless young British men went on Grand Tours to Europe as part of their cultural education. In elite circles, traveling was seen as an excellent way to become a more polished and gallant gentleman. As traveler Jonathan Belcher aptly put it, “a man without traveling is not altogether unlike a rough diamond, which is unpolished and without beauty.” [Read more…] about The Dutch Republic Through American Eyes in 1704 & 1716
In the winter of 1722, on the eve of a major conference between the Five Nations of the Haudenosaunee (also known as the Iroquois) and Anglo-American colonists, a pair of colonial fur traders brutally assaulted a Seneca hunter near Conestoga, Pennsylvania.
Though virtually forgotten today, the crime ignited a contest between Native American forms of justice ― rooted in community, forgiveness, and reparations ― and the colonial ideology of harsh reprisal that called for the accused killers to be executed if found guilty. [Read more…] about Murder and Indigenous Justice in Early America
I don’t feel old but when most of my youth’s teachers and mentors have passed on, I know I’ve arrived. When it comes to the Adirondacks and the “forever wild” provision of our state constitution, a number of us just lost a great, very determined, and very influential teacher in that field of green. [Read more…] about A Tribute to Conservationist Charlie Morrison, 1928-2024
Scott Keller, director of the Hudson River Valley Greenway and Maurice D. Hinchey Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area, has announced he will be retiring in March of 2024. [Read more…] about Hudson River Valley Greenway Director Scott Keller Retiring
The Capital District’s Dudley Observatory is considered “the oldest non-academic institution of astronomical research in America.” Originally, it was located north-east of downtown Albany, NY.
Construction there began in 1852 and the facility was dedicated in 1857. Albany’s Congressman Erastus Corning, the founder and first president of the New York Central Railroad, was instrumental in donating a high quality telescope and time-keeping system at the new Dudley Observatory in Albany. [Read more…] about The Albany Origins of the New Year’s Eve Ball Drop
The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced Environmental Protection Fund grant awards totaling $978,820 for urban forest assessment and planning projects across the state. [Read more…] about Nearly $1 Million in Urban Forestry Grants Awarded
In the 1990s, psychiatrist Mindy Thompson Fullilove came to realize that the “urban epidemics” she was studying had roots in an earlier era, when the federal urban renewal program resulted in the destruction of hundreds of Black and low-income communities.
Since then, many scholars have followed her lead, including urban planner Tanya McGee, whose recent essay opens with a description of how displacement combined with disinvestment has proved “detrimental to the well-being of Black families for generations to come.” [Read more…] about The History and Harm of Federal Urban Renewal Policy in New York State