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#OTD in 1837, John Burroughs was born in the Catskill Mountains. An American literary naturalist, he shared his love of ...
04/03/2022

#OTD in 1837, John Burroughs was born in the Catskill Mountains. An American literary naturalist, he shared his love of nature and an enduring friendship with President Theodore Roosevelt. Read about it in “Portrait of a Friendship”.
https://loom.ly/3bn4t_k #NewYorkHistory #NewYorkArchives #Nyhistory #NYHistoryMagazine #history

Lucy Gwin found her mission as a disability rights activist, protest organizer, and advocacy journalist. Learn more abou...
03/18/2022

Lucy Gwin found her mission as a disability rights activist, protest organizer, and advocacy journalist. Learn more about this extraordinary woman in “This Brain Had a Mouth,” featured in our Winter 2022 issue: https://loom.ly/uPn2lBI #WomensHistoryMonth #disabilityrights

Did someone say PIE? Enjoy a slice while reading this story about the 1964-65 World’s Fair in NYC: https://loom.ly/ZVwT9...
03/14/2022

Did someone say PIE? Enjoy a slice while reading this story about the 1964-65 World’s Fair in NYC: https://loom.ly/ZVwT9xY #NationalPiDay

Spring forward: it’s #DaylightSavingsTime! Why do we still observe this twice a year?  Read “A Century of Saving Dayligh...
03/13/2022

Spring forward: it’s #DaylightSavingsTime! Why do we still observe this twice a year? Read “A Century of Saving Daylight” from our Fall 2018 issue: https://loom.ly/Aj0woao Bonus points if you complete the accompanying Educators Guide: https://loom.ly/Li7nEq4

Did you know that between 1949 and 1974, the federal government spent $1.6 billion for urban renewal projects  in over n...
03/10/2022

Did you know that between 1949 and 1974, the federal government spent $1.6 billion for urban renewal projects in over ninety locations around New York State? Learn more about those projects and the people affected by them in "Renewed or Ruined?" by David Hochfelder in our winter issue, out now.
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March 15: join us! "Hidden in the Archives: Stories of New York’s Forgotten Female Figures." Hear accounts of everyday w...
03/08/2022

March 15: join us! "Hidden in the Archives: Stories of New York’s Forgotten Female Figures." Hear accounts of everyday women whose impact on government, civil rights, labor, education and war were discovered in historical records: https://loom.ly/HCixnw8 #internatonalwomansday

Two women in the arts forged an exchange between the United States and Soviet Union that eased Cold War tensions and ent...
03/05/2022

Two women in the arts forged an exchange between the United States and Soviet Union that eased Cold War tensions and entertained theatergoers. Go behind-the-scenes in “Dolly Diplomacy,” published in our Spring 2020 issue https://loom.ly/p3mf3A4 #womenshistorymonth #youthartmonth

From agitator to historian, the work of Edmund Bailey O’Callaghan -- child of Ireland, political organizer in Canada, an...
03/01/2022

From agitator to historian, the work of Edmund Bailey O’Callaghan -- child of Ireland, political organizer in Canada, and finally a New Yorker -- gave NYS its earliest history as a Dutch colony. Read "The Radical Archivist" by Stephen McErleane: https://loom.ly/zTUCNc0 #irishamericanheritagemonth

The ConsidertheSourceNY.org Diversity and Collaborative Knowledge Network is a statewide program dedicated to historical...
02/23/2022
Diversity and Collaborative Knowledge Program :: Consider The Source Online

The ConsidertheSourceNY.org Diversity and Collaborative Knowledge Network is a statewide program dedicated to historical records reflecting a diverse history. Let us know if there are records from Black, LGBTQ, Indigenous and other communities that can add to the stories of our state. #BlackHistoryMonth #CelebratingDiversity https://loom.ly/iKwRgGo

Welcome to the ConsidertheSourceNY.org Diversity and Collaborative Knowledge Network. This is a statewide program dedicated to locating and making accessible historical records reflecting the history and perspective of diverse individuals and communities and providing professional learning for both....

Presidents and the press have had an interesting, albeit complicated, relationship. Esteemed author Harlold Holzer share...
02/21/2022

Presidents and the press have had an interesting, albeit complicated, relationship. Esteemed author Harlold Holzer shares insights gleaned from studying the past in "Media Management" (Fall 2020 issue): https://loom.ly/Z8PWvyQ #presidentsday

Today is National Love Your Pet Day, and we know Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt would agree. Here's a sneak peek at thei...
02/20/2022

Today is National Love Your Pet Day, and we know Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt would agree. Here's a sneak peek at their beloved Fala from the upcoming Spring 2022 issue: https://loom.ly/_YmSNE0 #averygoodboy #nationalloveyourpetday2022

The Derby Bookstore owned by sisters in the early 20th century is a testament to female entrepreneurship during a time w...
02/13/2022

The Derby Bookstore owned by sisters in the early 20th century is a testament to female entrepreneurship during a time when jobs were limited for women. Check out our upcoming Spring Issue for more about the savvy Derby sisters, Cora, Eva and Annie. #books #womenownedbusinesses #GALENTINESDAY

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02/12/2022

Photos from New York State Archives's post

The Rochester Blackalls had a unique relationship with Frederick Douglass, sharing letters and even protecting the aboli...
02/09/2022

The Rochester Blackalls had a unique relationship with Frederick Douglass, sharing letters and even protecting the abolitionist. Read "Preserving Family Memories by Remembering an Icon" (Spring 2018 issue): https://loom.ly/ESClmRg #BlackHistoryMonth

The will of Samuel Sitwell of New York City was ripped apart and then sewn back together for some reason. A judge accept...
02/06/2022

The will of Samuel Sitwell of New York City was ripped apart and then sewn back together for some reason. A judge accepted the document in 1767 even though it was tough to read. Conservation technicians Paul Lee and Peter Wolfgang gingerly reconstructed the document so that it can be understood. Just one of the amazing things taking place at the NYS Archives.

With the #WinterOlympics opening today in #Beijing, we thought we'd look back to the 1936 Winter Games when #LakePlacid ...
02/04/2022

With the #WinterOlympics opening today in #Beijing, we thought we'd look back to the 1936 Winter Games when #LakePlacid athlete Jack Shea earned "A Gold Medal For Conscience." From the Spring 2016 issue: https://loom.ly/MTM8Kng

Happy birthday Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman to receive a medical degree in the U.S.! From Geneva to NYC, lea...
02/03/2022

Happy birthday Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman to receive a medical degree in the U.S.! From Geneva to NYC, learn how she paved the way for other women into the field of medicine (Spring 2020 issue): https://loom.ly/IGmy1Ck #NationalWomenPhysiciansDay #OTD

REMINDER: Join us at 12:30pm today (Feb 1) for "Risk-Takers and Change-Makers" with Underground Railroad Education Cente...
02/01/2022

REMINDER: Join us at 12:30pm today (Feb 1) for "Risk-Takers and Change-Makers" with Underground Railroad Education Center co-founders. Details: https://loom.ly/FM5VOoI #BlackHistoryMonth

It's the moment you've been waiting for: your chance to win a free year's subscription to New York Archives! In our Wint...
01/25/2022

It's the moment you've been waiting for: your chance to win a free year's subscription to New York Archives! In our Winter issue, out now, we dropped a hint that there would be trivia about the Million Dollar Staircase at the NYS Capitol. What type of stone was used to build the staircase? First right answer wins!

Kick off Black History Month with Underground Railroad Education Center co-founders. "Risk-Takers and Change-Makers" lau...
01/22/2022

Kick off Black History Month with Underground Railroad Education Center co-founders. "Risk-Takers and Change-Makers" launches February 1 at 12:30pm online. Register now! https://loom.ly/FM5VOoI

The Blizzard of ’88 hit New York City on March 12, 1888, and raged for 36 hours with winds gusting up to 85 miles an hou...
01/20/2022

The Blizzard of ’88 hit New York City on March 12, 1888, and raged for 36 hours with winds gusting up to 85 miles an hour. Twenty-one inches of snow fell and drifts were as high as 50 feet. The “great white hurricane” paralyzed the East Coast and claimed 400 lives in the Northeast. Enjoy this article by our founding editor from our Winter 2008 back issue. #blizzard #storms

As property #taxbills roll out in January, let’s remember that tax bill records can be a boon to #researchers. A town of...
01/13/2022

As property #taxbills roll out in January, let’s remember that tax bill records can be a boon to #researchers. A town of Otsego 1799 tax assessment roll describes genealogical information, house assessments and tax amounts. Also, the handwriting is pretty gorgeous. Read more in our Fall 2013 back issue.

Our winter issue features a story about a walking cane with a fascinating history. The Sugar House Cane came from an old...
01/07/2022

Our winter issue features a story about a walking cane with a fascinating history. The Sugar House Cane came from an old beam from the Sugar House Prison in lower Manhattan, for captured colonists. The cane's in the collection of the Delaware County Historical Association. #HistoryInTheMaking

Join us January 18 at 12:30 P.M. for the first 2022 Online Speaker Series event with The New York Genealogical & Biograp...
01/06/2022

Join us January 18 at 12:30 P.M. for the first 2022 Online Speaker Series event with The New York Genealogical & Biographical Society - NYG&B: "Exploring the People and Places that Make New York Great." Registration is free! https://loom.ly/ZiPsNJo

#OTD in 1865, the New York Stock Exchange opened its first permanent headquarters, near Wall Street in Manhattan. Read a...
01/04/2022

#OTD in 1865, the New York Stock Exchange opened its first permanent headquarters, near Wall Street in Manhattan. Read about Sylvia Porter, the pioneering financial journalist on whom the board of the New York Stock Exchange bestowed "honorary pants" so she could visit. She also made the cover of Time magazine in 1960. The full story is in our Winter 2016 back issue.

Happy New Year! #OTD in 1863, President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. Learn more about Lincoln and his t...
01/01/2022

Happy New Year! #OTD in 1863, President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. Learn more about Lincoln and his ties to NYS history in our Lincoln themed issue, guest edited by the venerable Lincoln scholar, Harold Holzer. https://loom.ly/9gt-WoQ

#OTD in 1904, the First New Year's Eve celebration was held in Times Square, New York City. While the first ball dropped...
12/31/2021

#OTD in 1904, the First New Year's Eve celebration was held in Times Square, New York City. While the first ball dropped to welcome in 1908, its design has changed significantly over the years. This year as you watch it drop, we will be wishing you all a very Happy New Year full of good health, happiness and prosperity. #HappyNewYear

#OTD in 1860 Harriet Tubman arrived in Auburn, NY on her last mission to free enslaved people, having evaded capture for...
12/28/2021

#OTD in 1860 Harriet Tubman arrived in Auburn, NY on her last mission to free enslaved people, having evaded capture for 8 years on the Underground Railroad. But before she ended up in Auburn, she helped a group of abolitionists free Charles Nalle in Troy. Read the story in the Summer 2010 back issue. #harriettubman #undergroundrailroad #NewYorkHistory #NewYorkArchives #Nyhistory #NYHistoryMagazine

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#TBT The #Buffalo Public Library (now Buffalo & Erie County Public Library - Central Library) did much more than lend books during the Great War. Read all about it in the Fall 2018 issue of New York Archives Magazine: http://ow.ly/A6b050HkyBA
2018 State Archives Student Research Award winner Alan Wang delves into the story of how Lewis Henry Morgan and Ely S. Parker’s chance encounter in a bookstore helped bring attention to the Tonawanda Seneca’s legal fight for their land. Read his article, "Many Legacies," in the Spring 2019 issue of New York Archives Magazine: http://ow.ly/Fmiw50GnDn1 #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth
Tuesday, December 7: join us for a special New York Archives Magazine Online Speaker Series with author James M. Odato, University at Albany, SUNY. Hear the amazing story of author, advocacy journalist, disability rights activist, feminist and founder of Rochester’s Mouth magazine, Lucy Gwin. After an automobile accident left her with a brain injury, Gwin became a tireless advocate for the equal rights of people she termed "dislabled." RVSP here: http://ow.ly/iGXW50Gq93O #DisabilitiesHistoryDay
"The People's Records: Celebrating 50 Years of New York State Archives;" New York Archives Magazine Fall 2021 Highlights and Educator Guide; "Democracy in Action" recap. So many ways to mark #ArchivesMonth and #NYSHistoryMonth! https://conta.cc/2Yno5cx
Have you heard of Sidney Franklin, the bullfighter from Brooklyn who transformed into a toreador in Mexico? The American Jewish Historical Society (AJHS)Sidney Franklin Collection gives a unique and surprising perspective across a range of histories. Read the Fall 2015 piece in New York Archives Magazine to learn more: http://ow.ly/LZTi50G0Jbw #HispanicHeritageMonth #Latinx
Have you read "La Curación en el Norte ('The Cure' in the North)" by Amy Catania, Executive Director of Historic Saranac Lake? In the first half of the 20th century, Latin Americans traveled to Saranac Lake to treat and cure their tuberculosis, bringing Latino culture with them: http://ow.ly/FNyk50G0JKu New York Archives Magazine #HispanicHeritageMonth #Latinx
400 Years Later: the Charter that Launched the Colony of New Netherland, a New York Archives Magazine Online Speaker Series with New Netherland Institute [originally aired June 3, 2021] is now available online! Watch the full recording: https://youtu.be/PgmY9pvLizk
"The Luckiest Guy in the World: My Life In Politics," a New York Archives Magazine Online Speaker Series event with former New York Attorney General Robert Abrams [originally aired April 20, 2021] is now available online! Watch the full recording: https://youtu.be/re26eux5_hg
Did you know violets were among the most popular cut flowers in the late 19th and early 20th centuries? During that time, this fragrant flower was an integral part of the Hudson Valley economy in New York State. So much so that "Violet Belt" became a nickname in the region, with Rhinebeck, New York earning the title, “Violet Capital of the World.” By 1923, an estimated 40 million violets were being grown in Rhinebeck’s greenhouses. The newly released summer edition of New York Archives Magazine features an article about the "Violet Capital" by Pomeroy Foundation Historian & Archivist Susan Hughes. Read it here: https://bit.ly/3wCknr4 Visit the NYS Archives Partnership Trust (New York State Archives) for information about subscribing: https://bit.ly/3vzgt0Q #archives #nyshistory #hudsonvalley #historicmarker
Have you heard of Sidney Franklin, the bullfighter from Brooklyn? The American Jewish Historical Society (AJHS)'s Sidney Franklin Collection gives a unique and surprising perspective across a range of histories. Read the Fall 2015 piece in New York Archives Magazine to learn more: http://ow.ly/NtM750EUTyw #LGBTQI #PRIDE
Have you visited The Le***an, Gay, Bis*xual & Transgender Community Center National Archives in Manhattan? Featured the Summer 2017 issue of New York Archives Magazine, The Center's archives contain nearly 150 manuscript collections including photographs, posters, video and other materials. Learn more about their collections: http://ow.ly/S1Jq50EURPY #LGBTQI #PRIDE
In the 1960s, Manhattan’s Chinatown suffered from both racism and a housing shortage. In the 1970s, Chinese Americans undertook the first Chinese tenants’ struggle in the city’s history. Read "We Won’t Move" by Shouyue Zhang in the Winter 2021 issue of New York Archives Magazine: http://ow.ly/OjLN50Esqh0