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08/26/2021

Robert Abrams has donated his collections to New York State Archives, NYC Department of Records, and The Bronx County Historical Society. Visit these institutions to learn more about the various roles Abrams held throughout his career and join us on September 23rd as Robert Abrams and Letitia James discuss the role of the Attorney General and the importance of public service. Tickets are FREE! Register online. https://loom.ly/XVsizvQ

Happy National Park Service Founder’s Day! #OTD in 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed into law what is now called the...
08/25/2021

Happy National Park Service Founder’s Day! #OTD in 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed into law what is now called the Organic Act, which established the #NationalParkService. Did you know that New York State is home to 24 National Parks, 4 National Heritage Areas, 28 National Natural Landmarks, 273 National Historic Landmarks, AND 6,228 National Register of Historic Places Listings? That’s A LOT of history!

Happy National Park Service Founder’s Day! #OTD in 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed into law what is now called the Organic Act, which established the #NationalParkService. Did you know that New York State is home to 24 National Parks, 4 National Heritage Areas, 28 National Natural Landmarks, 273 National Historic Landmarks, AND 6,228 National Register of Historic Places Listings? That’s A LOT of history!

#OTD in 1853, some believe the first potato chips were prepared by Chef George Crum at Moon's Lake House, near Saratoga ...
08/24/2021

#OTD in 1853, some believe the first potato chips were prepared by Chef George Crum at Moon's Lake House, near Saratoga Springs, although earlier recipes exist. Whatever you believe, there's no doubt that they are delicious. #PotatoChips #SaratogaSprings

#OTD in 1853, some believe the first potato chips were prepared by Chef George Crum at Moon's Lake House, near Saratoga Springs, although earlier recipes exist. Whatever you believe, there's no doubt that they are delicious. #PotatoChips #SaratogaSprings

It's National Radio Day! And through the years, we've written about radio history, featuring  several stations, like WGY...
08/20/2021

It's National Radio Day! And through the years, we've written about radio history, featuring several stations, like WGY and WAMC. Grab the latest magazine, turn on your favorite station and enjoy the day! #radio #NationalRadioDay #PublicRadio
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It's National Radio Day! And through the years, we've written about radio history, featuring several stations, like WGY and WAMC. Grab the latest magazine, turn on your favorite station and enjoy the day! #radio #NationalRadioDay #PublicRadio
News Radio 810 & 103.1 WGY WAMC Northeast Public Radio

Attorney General Robert Abrams was sworn in by Court of Appeals Judge Lawerence Cooke in 1979. Join us on September 23rd...
08/19/2021

Attorney General Robert Abrams was sworn in by Court of Appeals Judge Lawerence Cooke in 1979. Join us on September 23rd as Robert Abrams and Letitia James discuss the role of the Attorney General and the importance of public service. Tickets are FREE! Register online. https://loom.ly/XVsizvQ
League Of Women Voters of NYS
Government Law Center at Albany Law School
Albany Law School
New York State Writers Institute
Historical Society of the NY Courts
New York State Bar Association

Attorney General Robert Abrams was sworn in by Court of Appeals Judge Lawerence Cooke in 1979. Join us on September 23rd as Robert Abrams and Letitia James discuss the role of the Attorney General and the importance of public service. Tickets are FREE! Register online. https://loom.ly/XVsizvQ
League Of Women Voters of NYS
Government Law Center at Albany Law School
Albany Law School
New York State Writers Institute
Historical Society of the NY Courts
New York State Bar Association

Abraham Yates, a former shoemaker, became “The Sheriff of Albany County” in 1754. Russell Shorto tells the story of Yate...
08/16/2021

Abraham Yates, a former shoemaker, became “The Sheriff of Albany County” in 1754. Russell Shorto tells the story of Yates—a man whose grit, sense of right and wrong, and lifelong determination to stand up for the abused and against authority—marked his turn away from Britain, twenty years before the colonies revolted. Read the full story from the Summer 2016 issue, here. #Monday Memories https://loom.ly/Md5YqBA

Abraham Yates, a former shoemaker, became “The Sheriff of Albany County” in 1754. Russell Shorto tells the story of Yates—a man whose grit, sense of right and wrong, and lifelong determination to stand up for the abused and against authority—marked his turn away from Britain, twenty years before the colonies revolted. Read the full story from the Summer 2016 issue, here. #Monday Memories https://loom.ly/Md5YqBA

#OTD in 1969, the Woodstock Music & Art Fair opened in New York State on Max Yasgur's Dairy Farm. Read about it in "Wood...
08/15/2021

#OTD in 1969, the Woodstock Music & Art Fair opened in New York State on Max Yasgur's Dairy Farm. Read about it in "Woodstock and Historical Memory" from the Fall 2010 back issue.

#OTD in 1969, the Woodstock Music & Art Fair opened in New York State on Max Yasgur's Dairy Farm. Read about it in "Woodstock and Historical Memory" from the Fall 2010 back issue.

Historical case records from Westchester County offer an interesting perspective on the criminal justice system of the e...
08/12/2021

Historical case records from Westchester County offer an interesting perspective on the criminal justice system of the early twentieth century—especially what population was incarcerated. Read “Preserving Law and Order” from the Fall 2010 back issue to learn more. #TBT #law #order #justicesystem #lawandorder #justice #NewYorkHistory #NewYorkArchives #Nyhistory #history #historybuff

Historical case records from Westchester County offer an interesting perspective on the criminal justice system of the early twentieth century—especially what population was incarcerated. Read “Preserving Law and Order” from the Fall 2010 back issue to learn more. #TBT #law #order #justicesystem #lawandorder #justice #NewYorkHistory #NewYorkArchives #Nyhistory #history #historybuff

In former Attorney General Robert Abrams book, The Luckiest Guy in the World: My Journey in Politics, Abrams discussed h...
08/11/2021
The Luckiest Guy in the World: My Journey in Politics a discussion with author Robert Abrams

In former Attorney General Robert Abrams book, The Luckiest Guy in the World: My Journey in Politics, Abrams discussed his pride in public service and how he strove to make a difference for New Yorkers. Join us on September 23rd as we continue this conversation with Abrams and current NYS Attorney General Letitia James. Tickets are FREE! Visit our website to register and watch Abrams Online Speaker Series on YouTube. https://loom.ly/QCQSchU
League Of Women Voters of NYS
Government Law Center at Albany Law School
Albany Law School
New York State Writers Institute
Historical Society of the NY Courts
New York State Bar Association

The Luckiest Guy in the World: My Journey in Politics a discussion with author and former New York Attorney General Robert Abrams and New York State Archivis...

#OTD in 1890, at Auburn Prison in NYS, William Kemmler became the first person to be executed by electric chair. Kemmler...
08/06/2021

#OTD in 1890, at Auburn Prison in NYS, William Kemmler became the first person to be executed by electric chair. Kemmler was sentenced for the murder of his girlfriend Tillie Ziegler. You can read more about Auburn Prison and the electric chair in back issues (Winter 2006 and Spring 2011). #ElectricChair

#OTD in 1890, at Auburn Prison in NYS, William Kemmler became the first person to be executed by electric chair. Kemmler was sentenced for the murder of his girlfriend Tillie Ziegler. You can read more about Auburn Prison and the electric chair in back issues (Winter 2006 and Spring 2011). #ElectricChair

Happy Birthday Louis Armstrong! An amazing entertainer with endless energy, Armstrong spent 300 days a year on the road....
08/04/2021

Happy Birthday Louis Armstrong! An amazing entertainer with endless energy, Armstrong spent 300 days a year on the road. In his spare time, he filled scrapbooks with collages and hand-decorated cases for his reel-to-reel recordings. He certainly takes the cake for creative energy!! Learn more about his creative endeavors in the Spring 2003 back issue or from the Louis Armstrong House & Archives in Flushing, NY. #OTD #HappyBirthday #LouisArmstrong

Happy Birthday Louis Armstrong! An amazing entertainer with endless energy, Armstrong spent 300 days a year on the road. In his spare time, he filled scrapbooks with collages and hand-decorated cases for his reel-to-reel recordings. He certainly takes the cake for creative energy!! Learn more about his creative endeavors in the Spring 2003 back issue or from the Louis Armstrong House & Archives in Flushing, NY. #OTD #HappyBirthday #LouisArmstrong

Join us in September for an engaging conversation between current NYS Attorney General Letitia James and former Attorney...
08/02/2021

Join us in September for an engaging conversation between current NYS Attorney General Letitia James and former Attorney General Robert Abrams as they discuss the importance of public service and the role of the Attorney General. Register today! https://loom.ly/XVsizvQ League Of Women Voters of NYS Government Law Center at Albany Law School Albany Law School New York State Writers Institute Historical Society of the NY Courts New York State Bar Association

Join us in September for an engaging conversation between current NYS Attorney General Letitia James and former Attorney General Robert Abrams as they discuss the importance of public service and the role of the Attorney General. Register today! https://loom.ly/XVsizvQ League Of Women Voters of NYS Government Law Center at Albany Law School Albany Law School New York State Writers Institute Historical Society of the NY Courts New York State Bar Association

#OTD in 1819, Herman Melville was born to Allan and Maria Gansevoort Melvill (the “e” was added later) in New York City....
08/01/2021

#OTD in 1819, Herman Melville was born to Allan and Maria Gansevoort Melvill (the “e” was added later) in New York City. In 1830, his family moved to Albany because of his father’s poor financial situation. Court records held in the New York State Archives hold detailed information about just how bad that situation was and document the family’s financial downfall. Learn more in the Winter 2014 back issue. #hermanmelville #NewYorkHistory #NewYorkStateArchives #Nyhistory #history #vintage #historybuff #historygeek #newyorkstate

#OTD in 1853, Central Park in New York City was created when the State Legislature put aside more than 750 acres on Manh...
07/21/2021

#OTD in 1853, Central Park in New York City was created when the State Legislature put aside more than 750 acres on Manhattan Island. The park and how it came about has been a frequent subject in the magazine. Check out "Central Park: A Pastoral Vision" by Cynthia S. Brenwall in our Fall 2019 issue, which showcases the plans for NYC's most famous park.
#CentralPark #ILoveNY #Archives #CentralParkArchives

#OTD in 1853, Central Park in New York City was created when the State Legislature put aside more than 750 acres on Manhattan Island. The park and how it came about has been a frequent subject in the magazine. Check out "Central Park: A Pastoral Vision" by Cynthia S. Brenwall in our Fall 2019 issue, which showcases the plans for NYC's most famous park.
#CentralPark #ILoveNY #Archives #CentralParkArchives

It's National Moon Day, so get out there and look up! You can read about the Dudley Observatory in our Summer 2006 issue...
07/20/2021
Summer 2006, Volume 6, Number 1 :: New York State Archives Partnership Trust

It's National Moon Day, so get out there and look up! You can read about the Dudley Observatory in our Summer 2006 issue: https://loom.ly/hmq651w The observatory started out on Goat Hill in Albany after a social club heard a talk by a note astronomer. The observatory is now in Schenectady. MiSci - Museum of Innovation & Science, Schenectady #NationalMoonDay

Charting the Stars Elizabeth Dougherty Goat Hill in North Albany was an unlikely location for the new science of astronomy in 1856.  Yet over the next 150 years, the Dudley Observatory would help change the way astronomers saw the universe.

Mosquitos are always a challenge in the summer, but did you know that the New York Supreme Court's 1798 term was cut sho...
07/16/2021

Mosquitos are always a challenge in the summer, but did you know that the New York Supreme Court's 1798 term was cut short due to Yellow Fever? The summer magazine features an image of the minutes of Oct. 16 in that year that halted the proceedings because the fever was raging in NYC. #mosquitos #history #yellowfever

Mosquitos are always a challenge in the summer, but did you know that the New York Supreme Court's 1798 term was cut short due to Yellow Fever? The summer magazine features an image of the minutes of Oct. 16 in that year that halted the proceedings because the fever was raging in NYC. #mosquitos #history #yellowfever

Today, we celebrate the indomitable Helen Keller. Learn about her trips to Japan as a goodwill ambassador in our Summer ...
06/27/2021

Today, we celebrate the indomitable Helen Keller. Learn about her trips to Japan as a goodwill ambassador in our Summer 2006 issue. You can order this back issue and others at https://loom.ly/mopgsAQ
#HelenKellerDay

Today, we celebrate the indomitable Helen Keller. Learn about her trips to Japan as a goodwill ambassador in our Summer 2006 issue. You can order this back issue and others at https://loom.ly/mopgsAQ
#HelenKellerDay

Whose Beach Is It? An 1892 court case captured the often-fraught relations between Southampton, NY’s wealthy resort popu...
06/26/2021

Whose Beach Is It? An 1892 court case captured the often-fraught relations between Southampton, NY’s wealthy resort population and its year-round residents. Read all about in in the Summer 2012 back issue.
#beach #summer #southamptonny #beachy #vintage #archives #NewYorkArchives

Whose Beach Is It? An 1892 court case captured the often-fraught relations between Southampton, NY’s wealthy resort population and its year-round residents. Read all about in in the Summer 2012 back issue.
#beach #summer #southamptonny #beachy #vintage #archives #NewYorkArchives

It's #NationalWorkFromHomeDay because this is what we look like when we have to work in the office! We want to give a sh...
06/24/2021
Digital Collections : Still Image : Office worker at her desk, 1924 [NYSA_A3269-88_B1_25]

It's #NationalWorkFromHomeDay because this is what we look like when we have to work in the office! We want to give a shout out to all the archivists, writers and historians who worked from home this past year. They sent us fascinating work, many relying on digital archives to tell the stories in New York Archives magazine. Thank you!
Image: https://loom.ly/6lgC9cs

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Did you miss our speaker series event, Telling New York Stories? Don't worry, you can see the video here: https://loom.l...
06/16/2021

Did you miss our speaker series event, Telling New York Stories? Don't worry, you can see the video here: https://loom.ly/db8XmS4. We celebrated 20 years of the magazine with former NYS Archivist V. Chapman-Smith, founding editor Judy Hohmann, graphic designer Kris Fitzgerald, NYS Writers Institute Director Paul Grondahl, and renowned historian Laurence Hauptman.

Did you miss our speaker series event, Telling New York Stories? Don't worry, you can see the video here: https://loom.ly/db8XmS4. We celebrated 20 years of the magazine with former NYS Archivist V. Chapman-Smith, founding editor Judy Hohmann, graphic designer Kris Fitzgerald, NYS Writers Institute Director Paul Grondahl, and renowned historian Laurence Hauptman.

It's #FlagDay! Read about Suye Narita, a Japanese woman who was caretaker of Grant Cottage for seven decades. Part of he...
06/14/2021

It's #FlagDay! Read about Suye Narita, a Japanese woman who was caretaker of Grant Cottage for seven decades. Part of her job was to raise and lower the flag each day, even during a time when US law prevented her from becoming a citizen. It's in our Fall 2015 back issue.

It's #FlagDay! Read about Suye Narita, a Japanese woman who was caretaker of Grant Cottage for seven decades. Part of her job was to raise and lower the flag each day, even during a time when US law prevented her from becoming a citizen. It's in our Fall 2015 back issue.

#OTD in 1939, the National Baseball Hall of Fame opened its doors in Cooperstown, NY, the home of baseball. But was it r...
06/13/2021

#OTD in 1939, the National Baseball Hall of Fame opened its doors in Cooperstown, NY, the home of baseball. But was it really? Read "The Ongoing Fable of Baseball" in the Summer 2003 issue about the true origins of America’s pastime. #baseball #halloffame #cooperstownny #archives #NewYorkArchives
https://loom.ly/W0e-j6M

#OTD in 1939, the National Baseball Hall of Fame opened its doors in Cooperstown, NY, the home of baseball. But was it really? Read "The Ongoing Fable of Baseball" in the Summer 2003 issue about the true origins of America’s pastime. #baseball #halloffame #cooperstownny #archives #NewYorkArchives
https://loom.ly/W0e-j6M

Did you know Rhinebeck was once the violet capital of the world? Many will now know the fascinating history about the fl...
06/10/2021

Did you know Rhinebeck was once the violet capital of the world? Many will now know the fascinating history about the flower industry in this Dutchess County town thanks to the William G. Pomeroy Foundation’s New York State Historic Marker Grant Program. You can also read more about it in our summer issue. @WGPFoundation

Did you know Rhinebeck was once the violet capital of the world? Many will now know the fascinating history about the flower industry in this Dutchess County town thanks to the William G. Pomeroy Foundation’s New York State Historic Marker Grant Program. You can also read more about it in our summer issue. @WGPFoundation

Did you know that the town of McGraw, New York was once the site of a revolutionary and groundbreaking experiment? You c...
06/08/2021
NY Central College - A Beacon on the Hill (1849 - 1860)

Did you know that the town of McGraw, New York was once the site of a revolutionary and groundbreaking experiment? You can learn about it in this documentary https://loom.ly/sv0uyZg and read more in our upcoming Summer issue. Subscribe now so you don't miss it!

Before the Civil War there was an integrated college in a rural Central New York village that hired the first black professors (one hundred years before Oberlin…

Happy #NationalCheeseDay! Break out your brie and read about a time when New York was the cheese capital of the country....
06/04/2021

Happy #NationalCheeseDay! Break out your brie and read about a time when New York was the cheese capital of the country. It's in "The Cheese Stands Alone" from the Winter 2013 back issue.

Happy #NationalCheeseDay! Break out your brie and read about a time when New York was the cheese capital of the country. It's in "The Cheese Stands Alone" from the Winter 2013 back issue.

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