Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake (ADKX) has announced new live programs starting this Monday, July 6 at 7:30 pm. [Read more…] about Virtual ADKX: Monday Talks, Trivia Nights Start Monday
As the last enslaved people living in New York State were officially freed on July 4th, 1827, celebrations reigned.
According to the New-York Spectator, people packed the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church on the corner of Church and Leonard Streets in Manhattan. The major societies for the support and liberation of African American people were there. Banners and flags festooned the church. “Several hymns written for the occasion were sung.”
Portraits of John Jay, a founder of the Manumission Society who had himself owned five people until 1800, and Matthew Clarkson, who introduced a bill for the gradual end of slavery to the New York State Legislature, were hung near a bust of Daniel D. Tompkins, who as Governor of New York had proposed this date as the day for emancipation. [Read more…] about July 4th, 1827: Freedom Day
This week on The Historians Podcast, Janny Venema tells how she came to Albany, New York, from The Netherlands 35 years ago and went to work translating New Netherland colony early Dutch manuscripts with Charles Gehring. She is retiring now and heading back to The Netherlands. Venema is author of Beverwijck: A Dutch Village on the American Frontier, 1652-1664 (SUNY Press, 2003) and a biography, Kiliaen van Rensselaer (1586-1643): Designing a New World (SUNY Press, 2011). [Read more…] about Janny Venema On Her Time In Albany Translating Dutch Records
The painful effects of racial bias and the long legacy of slavery are now on full display in our country. While many people live their lives shielded from such brutal realities, others must live them each day; carefully and often wary that any encounter could be fatal.
This different reality is a topic that causes discomfort, pain, and fear. Honest communication about race and the legacy of slavery in America is necessary to initiate change and foster a more equitable society. Conversation alone will not address or repair these issues. What is essential is dialogue towards understanding and empathy. [Read more…] about Preservation Long Island Offering Racial Bias Virtual Events, Resources
Old Fort Niagara, is considered the oldest continuously occupied military site in North America. It opened in 1934 as a historic site and public museum. The Fort, originally built to protect the interests of New France in North America, is located near Youngstown, Niagara County, NY, on the eastern bank of the Niagara River at its mouth, on Lake Ontario.
The site has reopened to visitors, following a 15-week closure due to the ongoing pandemic. Daily hours of operation have been shortened slightly from 10 am to 4 pm to allow for extra cleaning before and after hours. [Read more…] about Old Fort Niagara Has Reopened
The Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation (SSPF) has announced this week’s Summer Sunday Stroll is Wealth & Wellness: Franklin Square. The tour is being led by NYS Assemblywoman and former SSPF Executive Director, Carrie Woerner on Sunday, July 5th at 10:30 am, with a second tour at 1 pm.
Historic Franklin Square in Saratoga Springs is a veritable showcase of American architectural history and home to some of the oldest private residences in the city. This tour meets at the northwest corner of Division Street and Broadway. [Read more…] about Wealth & Wellness: Saratoga Summer Strolls
The series of conflicts known as Kieft’s War (1643-1645) owe their origins to several factors.
Primary among these was the Dutch inability to understand the concepts of land use among native people. When the Dutch gave wampum, muskets, and other trade goods during land negotiations, they believed they were purchasing the land. Native people however, considered the Dutch to have, at best, leased the land. Convinced they had purchased the land in and around Manhattan, Dutch settlers drew ever closer to Native American villages. And, when Native Americans hunted on the ground the Dutch believed they had purchased, the New Netherlanders sought to punish the offenders. [Read more…] about Kieft’s War Against Native People: A Primer
The Museum Association of New York (MANY) has announced the election of four new members to its Board of Directors and the election of two members to their second terms.
Newly elected board members are Mariano Desmarás, Michael Galban, Lara Litchfield-Kimber, and Emily Martz. Peter Hyde and Georgette Grier-Key have been re-elected to their second terms, bringing the total board size to 23. [Read more…] about Museum Association Announces New Board Members
In this episode of Ben Franklin’s World, we explore Douglass’ thoughtful question within the context of Early America: What did the Fourth of July mean for African Americans in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries?
The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor has announced the recipients of the 2020 Erie Canalway Heritage Award of Excellence. This years recipients are Erie Canal Heritage Park at Port Byron and Gateway Harbor of the Tonawandas in North Tonawanda and Tonawanda. The Port of Newark in Newark received Honorable Mention. [Read more…] about Erie Canalway Heritage Award Winners Announced