The Albany Institute of History & Art is set to re-open its doors to the public on Saturday, July 25th. The museum will re-open with new protocols in place to help create a safe environment. [Read more…] about Albany Institute of History & Art Reopening Saturday
A new full-color digital graphic novel by the Association of the United States Army Book Program, Medal of Honor: Henry Johnson, recognizes the remarkable acts of Henry Johnson of Albany during the First World War.
USS Slater, the last Destroyer Escort afloat in America, is expected to depart Albany via tugboats on Sunday, July 5th at 7 am for her voyage to Staten Island for shipyard repairs.
The voyage is expected to take approximately 20 hours, but due to traffic on the river it is impossible to predict arrival times. Updates on USS Slater‘s location will be posted on Facebook throughout the day. [Read more…] about UPDATE: USS Slater Headed Down The Hudson
The Albany Institute of History & Art has announced the launch of a new 3D digital tour of their Hudson River School exhibition.
The Albany Institute has one of the largest collections of Hudson River School style paintings and now, visitors can explore the landscapes and scenes of the Hudson River School painters from anywhere in the world. [Read more…] about Hudson River School Exhibit Digital Tour Launched
Noted local historical archeologist David R. Starbuck has said that the interconnected routes from the Richelieu River at the north end of Lake Champlain to Albany has the highest density of military sites in North America in the 1700s.
The large military encampments that attended the big campaigns of that era were among the largest cities in America, albeit for short intervals. [Read more…] about Settler Fears of Indian Conflict Near Albany Before 1664
Women played a crucial role in the American Revolution, but information about them can be hard to come by. HVA Press has recently discovered and republished Catherine Schuyler: A Woman of the Revolution by Mary Gay Humphreys, which was first published in 1897. [Read more…] about Catherine Schuyler: Not All Rev War Heroes Were Men
The Researching New York 2020 Conference, the only general statewide history conference, has announced a call for papers. The conference is planned for November 19-21, 2020, at the University at Albany. [Read more…] about Researching New York Conference Call for Papers
The modus operandi was to use “lonely hearts” ads to lure lonesome women into romantic situations in order to make use of their financial resources. In several cases (at least) the victims were then murdered.
Raymond Martinez Fernandez had come up with the scheme, then was joined in the enterprise by Martha Beck in the late 1940s. But their killing spree halted when they were arrested in Michigan, where they admitted to having murdered a woman and her young daughter. Because they were in a state with no death penalty, they also felt comfortable telling police there about a widow they had murdered in New York State. [Read more…] about Executions Ended ‘Lonely Hearts Killers’ Spree
The Albany Film Festival, set for Saturday, March 28th, at the University at Albany uptown campus, will feature panel discussions, and conversations with actors, filmmakers and authors whose books have been made into movies, along with screenings of feature-length films, a contest for film shorts, an awards ceremony, and a viewing of a new large scale outdoors video projection. [Read more…] about Albany Film Festival VIP Passes Available
King Philip’s War (also known by other names) took place in 1675–1678, mostly between native inhabitants of New England and New England Colonists.
The conflict was one of the greatest calamities of seventeenth century New England and extraordinarily violent. For example, after being defeated, native leader Metacomet was killed, his corpse beheaded, and then drawn and quartered – his head was displayed in Plymouth for more than 20 years. His son was among those enslaved and transported to Bermuda. [Read more…] about King Philip’s War & Violence Talk in Albany