The New York State Museum is making a seven-panel exhibition available to museums, libraries, and cultural organizations to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Attica Prison Uprising in September 1971. This exhibition presents various viewpoints from the prison uprising and its aftermath, and discusses the wider impacts of the event and why this story is important fifty years later. [Read more…] about Attica Prison Uprising Traveling Exhibition Available
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In this episode of A New York Minute In History, Devin and Lauren research the life of Audrey Munson, America’s first supermodel. Born in upstate New York, Munson was one of the most famous models of the early 20th Century, and posed for the top American artists in the Beaux Arts movement. [Read more…] about Audrey Munson: Early Supermodel from Upstate NY
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 academic journal New York History, now being published by Cornell University Press working with staff from the New York State Museum, seeks to unify the diverse field of New York State history and meet the needs of a growing historical community that includes scholars, public historians, museum professionals, local government historians, and those seeking an in-depth look at the Empire State’s history. [Read more…] about New York History Journal Call for Papers
In 1844 New York State published a volume on birds in Natural History of New York. Written by James E. DeKay with hand-colored lithographs by John William Hill, it was the State’s first attempt at a comprehensive scientific cataloging of New York’s birds. At the time about 301 species of birds were known to be present in the state.
Sixty years later another effort was made to bring together the State’s bird knowledge. The first of the two-volume of Birds of New York – Water Birds and Game Birds – was published to much acclaim. The book was a collaboration between wildlife artist Louis Agassiz Fuertes and author Elon Howard Eaton. Birds of New York listed an additional 100 species – several of which were then “well known,” but unknown in the 1840s. The book would serve as a model for those that followed.
The New York State Museum Chartering Program webpage has been recently updated with new information and documents.
Step-by-step instructions to apply, amend, extend, dissolve, merge, or consolidate museum charters have been added to simplify the application process. [Read more…] about New York State Museum Chartering Website Updated
The journal New York History, published by Cornell University Press, has published a free article online by historian Marsha E. Barrett, “Millionaires are More Democratic Now: Nelson Rockefeller and the Politics of Wealth in New York.” [Read more…] about Nelson Rockefeller and the Politics of Wealth
The New York State Museum has announced programming to commemorate the 19th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Beginning Friday, September 11, 2020, a display of World Trade Center artifacts will be added to the Windows on New York exhibition in the museum’s Madison Avenue lobby window. [Read more…] about NY State Museum Commemorating 9/11
Created by the New Amsterdam History (NAHC) Center, Mapping Early New York, is digital map with a time-slider linked to information from the Castello Plan of 1660.
The database includes information on families from detailed sources and connected with map features, particularly tax parcels. [Read more…] about New Website Maps 1660 New York
The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is set to offer a free online History Camp this summer for elementary, middle, and high school students.
Each class — led by National History Teacher of the Year Mary Huffman — will provide students and their families with an immersive, entertaining, and hands-on opportunity to explore United States history. [Read more…] about Gilder Lehrman Institute Online History Camp