The New York State Museum has announced “Open Wounds: The Fifty-Year Legacy of the Attica Prison Uprising,” a new exhibit recognizing the 50th anniversary of the Attica Prison Uprising, opening on Saturday, September 9th. [Read more…] about 50th Anniversary of Attica Prison Uprising Exhibit in Albany
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The New York State Museum has announced “WTC Commuters: Selections from the Kristen Artz Collection,” a new exhibit commemorating of the 20th anniversary of 9/11, set to open on September 11th in the World Trade Center Gallery. [Read more…] about NYS Museum Commemorating 20th Anniversary of 9/11
The Seneca Lake Archaeological and Bathymetric Survey Project is an underwater exploration occurring on Seneca Lake that aims to preserve the history of New York’s canals by using state-of-the-art equipment to capture never-before-seen images of intact canal shipwrecks from the early nineteenth century in the deepest waters of the lake. [Read more…] about Underwater Imaging of Seneca Lake Canal Shipwrecks Underway
The latest episode of Empire State Engagements features a conversation with Ashley Hopkins-Benton of the New York State Museum. She discussed her panel exhibition on the history of the Pride Center of the Capital Region, as well as her work to recover and incorporate more LGBTQ+ history into the State Museum’s content. [Read more…] about Ashley Hopkins-Benton On LGBTQ+ History At NYS Museum
The latest episode of “Empire State Engagements” features a conversation with New York State Museum Senior Historian and Curator Brad Utter about his recent exhibit on the Erie Canal, “Enterprising Waters,” as well as his book of the same title, published by SUNY Press in 2020. [Read more…] about Brad Utter Talks About His Canal Exhibit, Book Experience
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
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.