The newest grant round of the William G. Pomeroy Foundation’s Historic Transportation Canals Marker Grant Program is now open. This program commemorates the historical significance of transportation canals in the United States with roadside markers. [Read more…] about Historic Canal Sign Grants Available
Washington Park was laid out in 1840 and is one of only two privately owned urban ornamental parks in New York State. At the time, Troy was an industrial powerhouse and the houses surrounding Washington Park were home to captains of industry and commerce.
The buildings imitated the homes in wealthy New York City neighborhoods. As a stand-in for Gramercy Park, Washington Park provided the “old New York” scenery in films like Martin Scorcese’s The Age of Innocence (1993) and will appear in HBO’s upcoming The Gilded Age (2021). [Read more…] about Troy’s Washington Park Assoc. Reorganizing After 181 Years
The fishing shacks at the end of Dock Street in the North Bay area of Hudson, NY, (just past the Kite’s Nest River City Garden) are part of a 14.4 acre parcel that was purchased originally in the 1600s by a German immigrant from Indigenous people. There have been businesses on the land including gristmills, slaughterhouses and tanneries.
The first Shantytown shacks were constructed in the 1880s and through the middle of the next century they functioned as sites for shad, sturgeon, and herring fishing. Active use of Shantytown continued into the 21st century until the city decreed that the shacks could no longer be used. A project to demolish most of the shacks and restore a few is part of the city’s 2017 NYS Downtown Revitalization Initiative grant. [Read more…] about Fishing History: A Hudson River Shantytown
Originally constructed in the 18th century, the north stone demi-lune was used to defend Fort Ticonderoga against invaders and was part of the fort’s outer defenses that Ethan Allen and Benedict Arnold saw as they crossed Lake Champlain on their journey to capture the fort in May of 1775 securing America’s first victory in the American Revolution. [Read more…] about Grant Awarded to Restore Fort Ticonderoga Defensive Wall
For over three hundred years, portraits of Elizabeth Tailer Nelson (1667–1734), John Nelson (1654–1734), Henry Lloyd I (1685–1763), and James Lloyd III (1769–1831) remained in the possession of the same family that commissioned them centuries ago. [Read more…] about Facing Slavery: Lloyd Family Portraits in Context
The National Park Service has announced it is seeking public input on a study to determine the feasibility of designating the Finger Lakes region of New York as a National Heritage Area. [Read more…] about Finger Lakes Being Considered For National Heritage Area Status
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Roberta Brandes Gratz’s book It’s a Helluva Town: Joan K. Davidson, the J.M. Kaplan Fund, and the Fight for a Better New York (Bold Type Books, 2020) looks back at key moments in New York City’s development, starting with the history of the J.M. Kaplan Fund and its role in shaping the city from the Second World War to the present. [Read more…] about It’s a Helluva Town: Roberta Brandes Gratz Virtual Author Talk
The Preservation League of New York State, New York State Council on the Arts, Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation, and Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area have announced the recipients of their 2020 Technical Assistance Grants. [Read more…] about Preservation Assistance Grants Awarded, New Funding Available
The Buffalo History Museum is set to begin the next phase of restoration to the lower level of its National Historic Landmark Building.
During this phase of restoration the Museum’s primary location at 1 Museum Court in Buffalo is closed through March 30th, 2021. [Read more…] about Buffalo History Museum Restoration Update
The Pomeroy Fund for NYS History, a partnership between the William G. Pomeroy Foundation and the Museum Association of New York (MANY), have announced a new grant round providing $50,000 to assist 501(c)(3) history-related organizations with capital needs expenses in 2021. [Read more…] about A New Grant Round to Support NYS History Organizations