The New York State Archives will host “Defending Gotham in 1814: Why New York City is not the Home of the Star-Spangled Banner,” a program set for Wednesday, September 14th. [Read more…] about Defending New York City in 1814 Program Set For Wednesday
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In December 1813, during the War of 1812, there was a human catastrophe as a result of the burning of the Niagara Frontier. Only one home was spared along the 37-mile-long border and upwards of 6,000 refugees fled into the snowy forests heading for the Genesee River and safety.
Richard V. Barbuto’s book New York’s War of 1812: Politics Society and Combat (University of Oklahoma Press, 2021), looks back to the War of 1812, from the beleaguered Fort McHenry to the burning White House to an embattled New Orleans. [Read more…] about 1813: Fall of Fort Niagara & Burning the Niagara Frontier
In February 2022, the New York State Archives announced that archivists had uncovered court records detailing the 1828 legal battle by Sojourner Truth to secure her enslaved son Peter’s freedom. According to archivist Jim Folts, this case was the first time in United States history that a Black woman successfully sued a White man for a family member’s freedom.
After passage of the New York State Gradual Emancipation Act in 1799, some slaveholders illegally sold enslaved Africans to Southern planters for the expanding cotton industry. When Sojourner Truth, then known as Isabella Van Wagenen, escaped from enslavement in 1826, her former “owner,” John J. Dumont of New Paltz, Ulster County, NY, sold her five-year old son Peter to Eleazer Gedney who planned to take the boy with him to England.
When this plan fell through, Eleazer Gedney sold Peter to his brother, Solomon Gedney, who resold Peter to their sister’s husband, a man named Fowler, who was a wealthy Alabama planter. [Read more…] about Documents Reveal Sojourner Truth’s Battle to Free Her Son from Slavery
Bruce W. Dearstyne’s expanded new edition of The Spirit of New York (SUNY Press, 2022; first published 2016) explores nineteen dramatic events from New York State’s history that altered the course of U.S. history.
From the launch of the state government in April 1777 thru the tragedy of September 11th and through the debut of the musical play Hamilton in 2015, Dearstyne’s chapters describe great political changes, historical turning points, and struggles for social, racial, and environmental reform.
[Read more…] about Bruce Dearstyne’s ‘Spirit of New York’ Reissued In Expanded Edition
The New York State Archives is now accepting applications for their Larry J. Hackman Research Residency Program, which supports advanced work on New York State history, government, or public policy using historical records in the State Archives. [Read more…] about State Archives Research Residency Applications Available
The New York State Archives will host “The People’s Records: Celebrating 50 Years of New York State Archives,” a virtual program set for Tuesday, October 26th. [Read more…] about New York State Archives 50th Anniversary (Virtual Program)
The New York State Education Department’s Cultural Education Center (CEC), which houses the State Museum, State Library and State Archives, is set to re-open to the public on Monday, May 17th. [Read more…] about NYS Museum, Library & Archives Re-opening May 17th
The New York State Archives has announced the launch of Consider the Source New York (CTSNY), a new online educator resource which delivers over 2,000 primary sources, learning activities and tools for educators and students throughout the state. [Read more…] about New Online Educator Resource For New York State Teachers
New York State Archives Magazine is set to continue their online speaker series with Hidden Stories from Newly Translated Dutch Colonial Documents on Tuesday, February 16th, at 12:30 pm. [Read more…] about Stories From Newly Translated Dutch Colonial Documents (Virtual Talk)
New York Archives Magazine is set to continue its Online Speaker Series with Organizing and Preserving Your Home Archives, a discussion with D. Joshua Taylor, President of the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society, on Tuesday, January 26th. [Read more…] about Organizing Your Home Archives