Fort Ticonderoga holds one of North America’s largest collections of military material culture, covering the colonization of North America and the ensuing colonial conflicts, the Seven Years’ War (a.k.a. French & Indian War), the American Revolution, and the War of 1812. [Read more…] about Featured Collections: Fort Ti’s Early American History Materials
Historic Huguenot Street (HHS) has announced the online exhibit Kasten from Mid-Hudson Valley Collections at hudsonvalleykasten.org featuring more than a dozen 18th-century Dutch-style cupboards made by American craftsmen.
Based on a furniture form popular in the Netherlands, kasten (kast singular) were adapted in the Hudson Valley for over a century and were central to many Dutch-American homes, signifying both the heritage of their owners, as well as their wealth and social status. The online exhibition highlights the enduring influence of Dutch culture in the Hudson Valley. Funding for the project was provided by a grant from the Peggy N. and Roger G. Gerry Charitable Trust and a private donation. [Read more…] about New Online Exhibit of 1700s Dutch-Style Cupboards
Over 200 artifacts from Theodore Roosevelt’s Sagamore Hill National Historic Site can be viewed online on Google Arts & Culture by people around the world due to a new partnership between Google and the National Park Service.
With this new virtual collection, users will be able to step into the rooms of Theodore Roosevelt’s home and Summer White House to see his Rough Rider hat and saber from the Spanish American War, his Bronco Buster bronze sculpture by Frederic Remington, the Cape Buffalo taxidermy trophy taken by Roosevelt during his 1909-1910 African safari, and many other treasures of the museum, here. [Read more…] about Sagamore Hill Artifacts Now Available Online
The Albert Wisner Public Library has launched a new local history site which includes text, images, videos, and audio files of the greater Warwick Valley area of Orange County, NY.
Using the Montage platform by Auto-Graphics, this new digital archive tool can archive and present materials that otherwise are difficult for small to mid-sized repositories to make affordably accessible and manage. [Read more…] about Warwick Valley Heritage Digital Collections Launched
To coincide with New York History month, the New York Public Library (NYPL) will host a class on researching early New York history using digitally available NYPL manuscript materials.
The class will take place on November 29th, from 5-7 pm, in Room 217 of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (the Library’s main branch), located at 42nd Street and 5th Avenue in Manhattan. [Read more…] about Early NY and NYPL’s Digitized Manuscript Materials
The George Eastman Museum has launched a new platform that allows public online access to more than 250,000 objects from its collections.
Objects from the museum’s photography, technology, and George Eastman Legacy collections are now searchable, and more objects from the museum’s holdings are being added on an ongoing basis. Objects from the moving image collection are expected to become accessible in the coming months. [Read more…] about George Eastman Museum Collections Now Available Online
New digital content has been added to Chronicling America, the open access database of historic U.S. newspapers that is part of the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).
The newly available digital content is from 18th-century newspapers from the three early capitals of the United States: New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.
The addition of these newspapers is an expansion of the chronological scope of NDNP, which has come under criticism for the slow pace of its digitization program. The program is expanding its current time window of the years 1836-1922, to include digitized newspapers from the years 1690-1963. [Read more…] about Digital Newspaper Program Adds 18th-Century Publications
Historic Huguenot Street has launched a new mobile app to guide visitors on a free walking tour of the National Historic Landmark District. Mobile users can download the app for free on both the App Store and Google Play by searching “Historic Huguenot Street.” [Read more…] about Huguenot Street Launches Walking Tour App
The Museum of Public Relations, the only PR museum in the world, recently launched a historical timeline documenting the history of public relations.
The timeline, “Public Relations Through the Ages,” illustrates the evolution of the PR profession and its relationship to the development of human communication. Presented jointly by the museum and Hofstra University, this timeline highlights the significant people, events and inventions which have connected messages and messengers through the ages. The timeline divides history into five ages, beginning with the earliest forms of communication and ending with the most recent developments of digital media. Each section contains images and condenses years of history into concise descriptions, providing links to additional resources for in-depth research. This tool can be accessed digitally on the museum’s website. [Read more…] about PR Museum Launches ‘Public Relations Through the Ages’
As we look forward to the new year ahead, we continue to search for and try out ideas that will strengthen state and local history here in New York. What follows is a short list of resources that might be of interest:
Of course, the best place to publicize, monitor, and comment on historical programs and issues in our state is this New York History Blog. John Warren continues to provide a unique forum here to keep up with history community news and exchange ideas. Without this blog, we would not have any way to keep in touch. We wouldn’t be able to follow news from historical programs, updates on the work and role of local historians, or discussions of New York History Month, Path Through History, the State Historian’s position, or the proposed Museum Education Act, just to cite a few examples. But keeping the blog going requires support from the state’s history community. [Read more…] about History Resources To Watch In 2016