Eleanor Roosevelt’s achievements as a pioneering First Lady are all the more remarkable when we consider the circumstances under which they took place: the ongoing crisis of the Great Depression, the relentless social pressure to confine herself to genteel hostessing in the White House, and her complicated relationship with her husband. [Read more…] about Eleanor Everywhere: A Pioneering First Lady
New York State Library
The New York State Library will host a digital equity roundtable conversation on Friday, September 9th. This program is intended to be an opportunity for digital inclusion practitioners across New York to connect and communicate with one another.
Digital inclusion involves the activities necessary to ensure equitable access to and use of information and communication technologies for participation in social and economic life including for education, social services, health, social and community participation. [Read more…] about State Library Hosting Digital Equity Roundtable
But that celebratory patriotism is just one of several distinct forms: celebratory, the communal expression of an idealized America; mythic, the creation of national myths that exclude certain communities; active, acts of service and sacrifice for the nation; and critical, arguments for how the nation has fallen short of its ideals that seek to move us toward that more perfect union. [Read more…] about Contested History of American Patriotism
Through newspapers, political conventions, and petition drives, African American activists in New York State wrangled with the contradictions of living in a state that enshrined emancipation in its constitution even as it restricted black voting rights. They developed an understanding of citizenship and suffrage as natural rights that a state could not abridge without serious consequences to itself and its citizens. [Read more…] about Black Press in Antebellum New York State
During the imperial crisis and the Revolutionary War, partisans in the city of New York hotly debated the issues that divided Americans into Patriots and Loyalists. Much of that work occurred in the city’s half-dozen newspapers, which were part of larger networks of circulation in North America and across the Atlantic to Britain. [Read more…] about New York Newspapers and the American Revolution
During that period, New York also developed perhaps the most comprehensive system of public schools in the United States. [Read more…] about Race, Schooling, and the Right to Vote in New York
The New York State Library has just installed an exhibit featuring nine display cases of interesting and inspirational material from their collections on the country and people of Ukraine.
The State Library was founded in 1818, and has a wide amount of material to choose from. Categories include general works on Ukraine; history and culture; writing and art; maps; old and current periodicals; and illuminating federal documents and congressional hearings. [Read more…] about Ukraine Exhibit at the New York State Library
The New York State Library has recently acquired the complete works of Lincoln scholar and Archives Partnership Trust Board Member Harold Holzer. The collection covers his 49-year career as a writer, lecturer, and historian specializing in Abraham Lincoln and Civil War era. [Read more…] about NYS Library Acquires Lincoln Scholar Harold Holzer’s Papers
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
These funds help libraries construct new buildings, create additions, update electrical wiring and computer technology, improve broadband infrastructure, meet energy efficiency standards, renovate facilities to provide full accessibility to library users with disabilities, and provide meeting spaces to accommodate community needs. [Read more…] about $34M in State Aid Awarded To Public Libraries for Construction, Renovations