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We have a cover! Keep an eye out for our Winter 2022-2023 issue very soon! Cornell University Press. With content from J...
12/13/2022

We have a cover! Keep an eye out for our Winter 2022-2023 issue very soon! Cornell University Press. With content from Jennifer Lemak, Nolan Cool, Jeroen Dewulf, Dillon Streifeneder, Zachary Deibel, Daniel Koch, John Boos, Hamilton Craig, and Paul C. King.

December's  takes us way back to Vol. 27, No. 2 (Apr 1946). "The Background of an American (Being the True Chronicle of ...
12/08/2022

December's takes us way back to Vol. 27, No. 2 (Apr 1946). "The Background of an American (Being the True Chronicle of a Boy of Twelve. Part II" by Orrin Wood Robertson, edited by Mary E. Cunningham features diary entries from Robertson as well as lovely images of winter scenes. To read the full essay, visit www.jstor.org/stable/23149593. Also check out new content in New York History from Cornell University Press.

The cover image for the forthcoming New York History Journal Volume 104 Number 2 comes from the collection of the New Yo...
12/01/2022

The cover image for the forthcoming New York History Journal Volume 104 Number 2 comes from the collection of the New York State Museum. Be sure to get your copy from Cornell University Press!

Manhattan Skyline and Brooklyn Bridge at night, c. 1929, Irving Browning photographer. Courtesy of the New York State Museum, donation in memory of Paul and Gertrude Meistrich and Sue Ben-Dor.

November's  features Dr. Jack Hodgson. Hodgson holds a PhD from Northumbria University where he is currently an Associat...
11/21/2022

November's features Dr. Jack Hodgson. Hodgson holds a PhD from Northumbria University where he is currently an Associate Lecturer, and a BA and MA from Teesside University. His work focuses on the history of youth and transnational organizing during the twentieth century. Jack is currently working on a book project tentatively entitled Young Reds in the Big Apple which examines children's Communist organizing across New York in the 1920s and 1930s.

Read Hodgson's essay, "From the Bronx to Stalingrad: Harry Eisman and the Young Pioneers of America in New York City" in the latest issue of New York History Journal from Cornell University Press: https://doi.org/10.1353/nyh.2022.0008

Reminder: THIS THURSDAY!"Babe Ruth Gets Political: Sports and Identity Politics in the Roaring Twenties." Join Journal e...
11/14/2022

Reminder: THIS THURSDAY!

"Babe Ruth Gets Political: Sports and Identity Politics in the Roaring Twenties." Join Journal editor Dr. Robert Chiles for an in-person presentation at the New York State Museum on Thursday, November 17 at 7:00 PM! http://www.nysm.nysed.gov/programs/sports-and-identity-politics

11/03/2022

The Black Experiences in Saratoga County exhibit will be open through Sunday, November 6. Visit the exhibit before it is too late! https://bit.ly/3ULkD3u

November's  by Edward Longacre explores a forgotten episode of the Civil War in New York City ahead of the November 1864...
11/03/2022

November's by Edward Longacre explores a forgotten episode of the Civil War in New York City ahead of the November 1864 elections. The essay, "The Union Army Occupation of New York City, November 1864," appeared in Vol. 65 (1984) of New York History Journal. Read the full article at https://www.jstor.org/stable/23173230 and subscribe for new content from Cornell University Press

Today’s  features Dr. Steven Carl Smith, Assoc. Prof. and Asst. Chair in the Department of History & Classics at Provide...
10/18/2022

Today’s features Dr. Steven Carl Smith, Assoc. Prof. and Asst. Chair in the Department of History & Classics at Providence College . He is the author of An Empire of Print: The New York Publishing Trade in the Early American Republic (2017).

Dr. Smith’s essays have appeared in Early American Studies, the Journal of the Early Republic, the Maryland Historical Magazine, Literature in the Early American Republic, and The Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America.

His essay, “Politics in the Margins: Elkanah Watson, DeWitt Clinton, and the History of the Erie Canal in the Early American Republic,” appears in the current issue of New York History Journal from .

Before arriving at Providence College, he was the Andrew W. Mellon Early American Literature and Material Texts Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s McNeil Center for Early American Studies. His research has been supported by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the American Antiquarian Society, the Library Company of Philadelphia, the New York Public Library, the New York State Archives, New York State Library, and the New York State Historical Association.

Steven Carl Smith is an Associate Professor and the Assistant Chair in the Department of History and Classics at Provide...
10/17/2022

Steven Carl Smith is an Associate Professor and the Assistant Chair in the Department of History and Classics at Providence College. He is the author of An Empire of Print: The New York Publishing Trade in the Early American Republic (2017) and his essays have appeared in Early American Studies, the Journal of the Early Republic, the Maryland Historical Magazine, Literature in the Early American Republic, and The Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America. Before arriving at Providence College, he was the Andrew W. Mellon Early American Literature and Material Texts Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s McNeil Center for Early American Studies. His research has been supported by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the American Antiquarian Society, the Library Company of Philadelphia, the New York Public Library, the New York State Archives, New York State Library, and the New York State Historical Association.

Join the New York State Museum  for a timely conversation with historian Michael Hattem  on "The American Origin Myth: R...
10/07/2022

Join the New York State Museum for a timely conversation with historian Michael Hattem on "The American Origin Myth: Remembering the American Revolution" as we approach the 250th anniversary. Thursday, October 13 at 7:00 PM at the Museum's Huxley Theater in Albany. https://bit.ly/3Mbr9N4

10/07/2022

Breaking news! Did you catch the new PBS documentary, Harriet Tubman: Visions of Freedom when it premiered on October 4th? Even if you did, save the date and plan to join the Seward House Museum and WCNY for a FREE community streaming on Thursday, November 3rd from 5:30 to 7:30 PM at the Carriage House Theater. A reception will precede the screening; an audience Q&A panel with Tubman specialists will follow.

Seating is limited and advanced pre-registration is required to attend. Please register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/harriet-tubman-visions-of-freedom-screening-and-discussion-event-tickets-430431380847

Today's  features an essay by Don R. Gerlach from the January 1971 issue of New York History, "After Saratoga: The Gener...
10/06/2022

Today's features an essay by Don R. Gerlach from the January 1971 issue of New York History, "After Saratoga: The General, His Lady, and 'Gentleman Johnny' Burgoyne." October 17 marks the 245th anniversary of Burgoyne's surrender following the Battles at Saratoga, considered by many historians to be the turning point of the American Revolution. To read the full essay, download from JSTOR at https://www.jstor.org/stable/23162970. Also, don't forget to check out the latest in from Cornell University Press.

Hear ye, hear ye!
10/03/2022

Hear ye, hear ye!

October is .

Celebrate New York State History Month with a submission to New York History Journal from Cornell University Press. The journal is always seeking articles on all periods and topics in New York history.

Educators, community historians, and museum professionals should consider submitting to the journal’s TeachNY, ArtifactNY, and CommunityNY features.

Submission information can be found at https://www.cornellpress.cornell.edu/new-york-history-2/

10/03/2022

Call for Proposals Now Open! MANY is seeking proposals for conference sessions, workshops, panel discussions, facilitated discussion, and peer-to-peer learning experiences that focus on our 2023 conference theme Finding Center: Access, Inclusion, Participation, and Engagement.

Proposals should share how you and your colleagues:

→ Connect with and grow organizational and human resources;
→ Build capacity, revenue, and access;
→ Align values with mission to create inclusive experiences;
→ Research, accession, and deaccession collections;
→ Increase participation and engagement;
→ Secure and improve endangered historic structures;
→ Use objects and collections to tell complicated stories;
→ Write new cases for support and increase economic impact;
→ Identify digital divides and integrate virtual access;
→ Change organizational culture to build equity and inclusion within your staff;
→ and create opportunities to support democracy.

Deadline to submit is Monday, November 2022 at 5 PM

Learn more about how to submit a session proposal and about our conference theme: https://buff.ly/3rwxskJ

October is .Celebrate New York State History Month with a submission to New York History Journal from Cornell University...
10/03/2022

October is .

Celebrate New York State History Month with a submission to New York History Journal from Cornell University Press. The journal is always seeking articles on all periods and topics in New York history.

Educators, community historians, and museum professionals should consider submitting to the journal’s TeachNY, ArtifactNY, and CommunityNY features.

Submission information can be found at https://www.cornellpress.cornell.edu/new-york-history-2/

John P. Irish teaches AP U.S. History, AP Lang and Comp, American Studies, and Special Topics in Humanities at Carroll S...
09/19/2022

John P. Irish teaches AP U.S. History, AP Lang and Comp, American Studies, and Special Topics in Humanities at Carroll Senior High School in Southlake, Texas. He is a nationally certified consultant in AP U.S. History for the College Board and has served as a Question Leader, Table Leader, and Reader for the AP U.S. History Exam. He was a member of the College Board AP U.S. History Test Development Committee for ten years (was the co-Chair for two years and the CBA for two years) which is the group responsible for creating the new exam, overseeing continuing changes to the curriculum, and developing / presenting trainings for teachers across the country at state and national venues. He has published three books in the series on the Historical Thinking Skills for the redesigned AP History courses which are published by W.W. Norton. He has become the AP author/consultant of the Alan Brinkley textbook, American History, beginning with the updated 16th edition, to be published in 2022. He holds a Bachelors in Political Science and Philosophy, a Masters in Philosophy (thesis topic: John Locke’s Theory of Property), a Masters in Humanities (thesis topic: The Enlightened Puritan: the Intellectual Thought of John Adams), and a Doctorate in Humanities (dissertation topic: Social Thought in the Life, Times, and Writings of Fitz-James O’Brien) from Southern Methodist University. The focus for his dissertation research was on early 19th century American social thought, with special emphasis on the writings of Fitz-James O’Brien – the Irish Poe.

September's  Monday features John P. Irish. Dr. Irish teaches AP U.S. History, AP Lang and Comp, American Studies, and S...
09/19/2022

September's Monday features John P. Irish. Dr. Irish teaches AP U.S. History, AP Lang and Comp, American Studies, and Special Topics in Humanities at Carroll Senior High School in Southlake, Texas.

He is a nationally certified consultant in AP U.S. History for the College Board and has served as a Question Leader, Table Leader, and Reader for the AP U.S. History Exam. He was a member of the College Board AP U.S. History Test Development Committee for ten years (was the co-Chair for two years and the CBA for two years) which is the group responsible for creating the new exam, overseeing continuing changes to the curriculum, and developing / presenting trainings for teachers across the country at state and national venues.

He has published three books in the series on the Historical Thinking Skills for the redesigned AP History courses which are published by W.W. Norton. He has become the AP author/consultant of the Alan Brinkley textbook, American History, beginning with the updated 16th edition, to be published in 2022.

Irish holds a Bachelors in Political Science and Philosophy, a Masters in Philosophy (thesis topic: John Locke’s Theory of Property), a Masters in Humanities (thesis topic: The Enlightened Puritan: the Intellectual Thought of John Adams), and a Doctorate in Humanities (dissertation topic: Social Thought in the Life, Times, and Writings of Fitz-James O’Brien) from Southern Methodist University. The focus for his dissertation research was on early 19th century American social thought, with special emphasis on the writings of Fitz-James O’Brien – the Irish Poe.

09/14/2022

New Acquisition: Singer Industrial Sewing Machine, ca. 1972
Some artifacts in our collection hold the stories of multiple individuals. This sewing machine, recently donated to the NYSM, belonged to Tsui Ping Chu, an immigrant from Hong Kong. Chu used it in her home to sew clothing for her daughters and herself. For her, sewing was a hobby, an enjoyable pursuit that also allowed her to connect to her family history back in Hong Kong, where her family worked in a textile business. Her daughters and husband recall hearing the sound of the sewing machine in the evenings, her pride in the textiles she created, and the happiness it brought her.

Prior to Chu, this Singer industrial sewing machine was used in a sweatshop in Manhattan’s Chinatown. Garment work was a common employment for many immigrant women in the Lower East Side, and Chinatown was a major garment production center. Labor regulations brought about by earlier accidents, including the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, as well as the growth of union representation in some shops, meant that it was a safer occupation than it had once been. Garment work was not easy though, and Chinatown garment shops unionized later than those in other immigrant communities, meaning low wages and long hours were prevalent. To the women who used it in the sweatshop, this sewing machine may have represented opportunity, but also long, grueling, low-paid work.


09/07/2022

From the Collections: Emergency Call Box

September is National Su***de Prevention Month. If you or someone you know is in crisis, call or text the Su***de & Crisis Lifeline at 988. Services are free and available 24/7. All calls are confidential.

In 1984, two emergency phones were placed on the Mid-Hudson Bridge in Poughkeepsie, NY. Thought to be the first such arrangement in the country, the phone was linked to a 24-hour hotline connecting the caller directly to a mental health specialist. Today, emergency call boxes like these are common across the United States.

***deAwareness

September's  features a Spring 2016 article by Immaculada Lara-Bonilla examining the grassroots organization and activis...
09/01/2022

September's features a Spring 2016 article by Immaculada Lara-Bonilla examining the grassroots organization and activism for greater access to higher education at Hostos Community College. View the entire article on Project MUSE: http://doi.org/10.1353/nyh.2016.0018

08/17/2022

The summer 2022 issue of New York History Journal is out! The new issue's table of contents and the free sample article, "Salutary and Well-Intentioned Violence: The 1858 Quarantine Fires in Staten Island" by Andy McCarthy, a reference librarian at the New York Public Library, can be found at https://cornellpress.cornell.edu/new-york-history/

Subscribers will be receiving their copies in the mail shortly, or you can access your digital subscription at Project Muse.

August’s  introduces readers to Andy McCarthy a reference librarian in the Irma and Paul Milstein Division of U.S. Histo...
08/15/2022

August’s introduces readers to Andy McCarthy a reference librarian in the Irma and Paul Milstein Division of U.S. History, Local History, and Genealogy at NYPL The New York Public Library . He is a former news researcher for ABC News, and he worked for eight years as a New York City double-decker bus tour guide, conducting about three thousand tours for ninety thousand passengers.

McCarthy’s essay, “Salutary and Well-Intentioned Violence: The 1858 Quarantine Fires in Staten Island,” appears in the Journal’s summer issue and is available for free from at https://www.cornellpress.cornell.edu/new-york-history/.

Photos from New York State Museum's post
08/10/2022

Photos from New York State Museum's post

The new issue's table of contents and the free sample article, "Salutary and Well-Intentioned Violence: The 1858 Quarant...
08/09/2022

The new issue's table of contents and the free sample article, "Salutary and Well-Intentioned Violence: The 1858 Quarantine Fires in Staten Island" by Andy McCarthy, a reference librarian NYPL The New York Public Library, can be found at https://cornellpress.cornell.edu/new-york-history/. Cornell University Press

Check out the cover for our summer issue featuring details from Julio De Diego's "Nichos No. 2" (1947), in the collectio...
08/09/2022

Check out the cover for our summer issue featuring details from Julio De Diego's "Nichos No. 2" (1947), in the collection of
New York State Museum's Historic Woodstock Art, Arthur A. Anderson Collection! .

08/05/2022

The Saratoga County History Center at Brookside Museum is pleased to sponsor a presentation by Dr. Myra B. Armstead of Bard College entitled “From Slavery to Freedom: Blacks in Saratoga from the Colonial Period through Gradual Manumission.” Learn more at https://bit.ly/3Stc2kQ

From the July 1961 issue of New York History Journal, William S. Ewing features the dispatches of James Furnis, a Britis...
08/04/2022

From the July 1961 issue of New York History Journal, William S. Ewing features the dispatches of James Furnis, a British military officer in North America. The manuscript materials highlighted in this essay are in the collection of the William L. Clements Library, “An Eyewitness Account by James Furnis of the Surrender of Fort William Henry August 1757," 265 years ago this month.

For the full article, visit http://www.jstor.com/stable/23158604. Cornell University Press

Timeline photos
08/02/2022

Timeline photos

High above The Buffalo History Museum, a 24-foot neon sign with Nancy Bowen's name will illuminate nightly during "Hodinöhsö:ni’ Resurgence: Marie Watt, Calling Back, Calling Forward." The sign, designed by Watt and assembled by Lite Brite Neon Studio in Brooklyn, invites visitors in to learn more about Bowen, an Indigenous woman tried for murder in Buffalo in 1930–31. The trial and its coverage in the media were problematic, raising issues of sovereignty, conflicting belief systems, and biased reporting. [Content adapted from the Buffalo History Museum.]
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📍 Visit the Buffalo History Museum at 1 Museum Ct, Buffalo, to explore this exhibition through 10/30. [📷 The Buffalo History Museum]

Check out the video of this fascinating conversation with Dr. Jack Tchen.
07/21/2022

Check out the video of this fascinating conversation with Dr. Jack Tchen.

Video of the compelling NYSM program, "Three New York Chinatown Stories at Tuck High" is now available online!
http://www.nysm.nysed.gov/education/videos/three-new-york-chinatown-stories-tuck-high

The Tuck High Company store, acquired by the New York State Museum in 1980, embodies tens of thousands of stories about what Chinatown was truly about. Jack Tchen, cross-cultural historian and co-founder of the Museum of Chinese in America, shares three stories interweaving the lives of a tea merchant, a “laundryman,” and the Irish “Mayor of Chinatown” in this Museum presentation.

Educators can earn CTLE credit by watching the program and completing the survey linked below. (Please allow up to two weeks to receive confirmation of completion.)

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