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The year 2020 brought the Covid-19 pandemic, an election like no other and economic hardship to many. Much history  was ...
12/31/2020

The year 2020 brought the Covid-19 pandemic, an election like no other and economic hardship to many. Much history was created and we are sure future issues of the magazine will tell many 2020 stories. But we are not sad to say goodbye to this challenging year and welcome 2021 with hope, (and all the champagne in these barrels.) We are grateful to tell the stories of New York State and grateful for your readership. Happy New Year! #champagnetoast #champagnefactory #Rheims #1898

In 1657, the Flushing Remonstrance petition was signed in the Dutch Colony of New Netherland, protesting the ban on Quak...
12/27/2020

In 1657, the Flushing Remonstrance petition was signed in the Dutch Colony of New Netherland, protesting the ban on Quaker worship. Want to learn why that document is important? Read “The Importance of Flushing” by Russell Shorto from the Winter 2008 issue. https://loom.ly/_nw2G5Q
#newnetherland #NewYorkHistory

A charming collection of Christmas cards in the New York State Archives  sheds light on the personal life of Governor W....
12/24/2020

A charming collection of Christmas cards in the New York State Archives sheds light on the personal life of Governor W. Averell Harriman. The collection includes cards illustrated by senders as illustrious as Grandma Moses, Rube Goldberg, and Winston Churchill (seen on the cover). Get your hands on a back copy of the Winter 2020 issue to read all about it: https://loom.ly/_YmSNE0

Looking for a great last minute holiday gift for the history buff in your family? Give a subscription to New York Archiv...
12/22/2020

Looking for a great last minute holiday gift for the history buff in your family? Give a subscription to New York Archives magazine. The next issue will be rolling off the presses soon. Learn more. https://loom.ly/_YmSNE0
#magazine #subscribe #lastminute #holidaygift

A devastating blizzard struck Buffalo on January 28, 1977, causing the deaths of twenty-nine people and paralyzing the c...
12/19/2020

A devastating blizzard struck Buffalo on January 28, 1977, causing the deaths of twenty-nine people and paralyzing the city for over a week. Governor Carey called on President Carter for aid. Subscribe now to read more by Timothy Kneeland about the drama that unfolded. It's in our upcoming winter issue: https://loom.ly/_YmSNE0

Did you know there were thriving stagecoach businesses in New York State? In our upcoming winter issue, we take you back...
12/17/2020

Did you know there were thriving stagecoach businesses in New York State? In our upcoming winter issue, we take you back to the early 1800s when Thorp & Sprague’s Mohawk Valley Stage Line ran a daily route between Albany and Utica.

Our army of archivist authors just keeps growing. March on over to our website to see what they are writing home about: ...
12/14/2020

Our army of archivist authors just keeps growing. March on over to our website to see what they are writing home about: https://loom.ly/_YmSNE0

When the Empire State Plaza was built, a cornerstone was laid, of course. But what did they put in it? To find out, read...
12/13/2020

When the Empire State Plaza was built, a cornerstone was laid, of course. But what did they put in it? To find out, read New York State Archivist Tom Ruller’s letter about a neighbor who asked that very question. The records in the State Archives are here to answer questions, solve mysteries and ensure that the facts of history are available and accessible to all of us. Check it out in our Winter Issue. #SundayFunday

Just a snapshot of what a story headline looks like after it gets printed and before it is “designed”. Get the whole sto...
12/11/2020

Just a snapshot of what a story headline looks like after it gets printed and before it is “designed”. Get the whole story about Thorp & Sprague’s Mohawk Valley Stage Line in the upcoming issue. https://loom.ly/_YmSNE0 #designed #creativeprocess #sneakpeek

Still working on that holiday gift list? A subscription to New York Archives magazine would make the perfect gift for th...
12/09/2020

Still working on that holiday gift list? A subscription to New York Archives magazine would make the perfect gift for that hard to shop for history lover. Don’t delay, sign up today! https://loom.ly/_YmSNE0
#perfectgift #historylover #holidaygiftlist #NewYorkHistory

In 1783, General George Washington bid his officers farewell at Fraunce’s Tavern in New York City. Read more about the d...
12/04/2020

In 1783, General George Washington bid his officers farewell at Fraunce’s Tavern in New York City. Read more about the days leading up to his retirement in “Evacuation Day” from the Fall 2010 issue. https://loom.ly/cRVwepc
#newyorkcity #georgewashington #NewYorkHistory

A fascinating journal recorded experiences with Joe McCarthy: "I realized what power these men exert in our present gove...
12/01/2020

A fascinating journal recorded experiences with Joe McCarthy: "I realized what power these men exert in our present government, and when I realized with a surge of emotion that they could so paint me as to disgrace me before my children, my family, my friends...I was never so deeply, completely depressed in my life." Larry Tye tells us more in our fall issue, out now. https://loom.ly/_YmSNE0
Image: Wisconsin Historical Society

#HappyBirthday to #MarkTwain! Did you know he wrote parts of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer while he was living in Elmira,...
11/30/2020

#HappyBirthday to #MarkTwain! Did you know he wrote parts of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer while he was living in Elmira, New York? Here he is working in his studio at Quarry Farm. #Shoutout to Elmira College - Gannett-Tripp Library for this image from their Mark Twain Archive.

Weekday wondering….What historic New Yorker would you like to have met and why? #NewYorkHistory #historybuff  #ilovenewy...
11/27/2020

Weekday wondering….What historic New Yorker would you like to have met and why? #NewYorkHistory #historybuff #ilovenewyork

While 2020 certainly has had its share of challenges, we are grateful for the support of our community of history lovers...
11/26/2020

While 2020 certainly has had its share of challenges, we are grateful for the support of our community of history lovers and hope that you have many blessings to count this holiday. Wishing you a safe, healthy and happy Thanksgiving! #happythanksgiving #grateful #thanksgiving #hope #NewYorkHistory #NewYorkArchives

We probably all feel like we could use a little magic about now. Before David Copperfield, Harry Kellar, or Houdini, a m...
11/20/2020

We probably all feel like we could use a little magic about now. Before David Copperfield, Harry Kellar, or Houdini, a magician who called himself the “Fakir of Ava” dazzled American audiences with eye-popping deceptions and grand illusions. His career ended in obscurity, but his flair for show business still seems modern. Get the Spring 2010 back issue to read about him. https://loom.ly/_YmSNE0 #FlashbackFriday

Did you know our current issue features an article by acclaimed historian and Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer? Don't miss ...
11/18/2020

Did you know our current issue features an article by acclaimed historian and Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer? Don't miss out! https://loom.ly/Z8PWvyQ Subscribe now.

Ever have a day that feels like you're doing this? Maria Spelterina actually did it! This one is from the Daredevils of ...
11/16/2020

Ever have a day that feels like you're doing this? Maria Spelterina actually did it! This one is from the Daredevils of Niagara Collection from the Niagara Falls Public Library. If you think your Monday's tough, take a look at the rest of the collection here: https://loom.ly/dkKocN8

We're working on a fascinating story for our winter issue by writer Ann Sayers about how the Watervliet Shakers took in ...
11/15/2020

We're working on a fascinating story for our winter issue by writer Ann Sayers about how the Watervliet Shakers took in more than 1,100 children. "An examination of Watervliet journals reveal desperate widower farmers with large families, abandoned single mothers, and lonely orphaned children—all seeking security within the Shaker world. The anecdotes that follow, as well as references to census and other records, lay bare poignant dramas."
Photo: New York State Museum

Read about three Civil War #veterans in Madison County who helped other returning soldiers navigate the complicated proc...
11/11/2020

Read about three Civil War #veterans in Madison County who helped other returning soldiers navigate the complicated process of applying for pensions and benefits. "Helping Hands" by Matthew Urtz is in our Winter 2019 issue. Order a copy here: https://loom.ly/mopgsAQ
#VeteransDay

Does the word "stagecoach" conjure up exciting images of fleeing desperados? Well, in upstate NY, not so wild, just reli...
11/06/2020

Does the word "stagecoach" conjure up exciting images of fleeing desperados? Well, in upstate NY, not so wild, just reliable transport. Check out Dave Waite's upcoming story about Thorp & Sprague’s Mohawk Valley Stage Line. Subscribe now so you don't miss it.
Photo: New York State Archives

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11/05/2020

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Registration for our next New York Archives Magazine Online Speaker series event with author and historian Edward F. Countryman are filling fast! Sign up now for a fascinating discussion next Tuesday, November 10th at 12:30pm: http://ow.ly/DZ6f50CaqfJ

Did you miss the first New York Archives Magazine Online Speaker Series? Watch Harold Holzer talk about his new book on ...
11/04/2020
The Presidents vs. the Press - an author discussion with Harold Holzer

Did you miss the first New York Archives Magazine Online Speaker Series? Watch Harold Holzer talk about his new book on the presidency and the press with guest interviewer Paul Grondahl of the New York State Writers Institute now on YouTube! https://loom.ly/eHFKmio

The Presidents vs. the Press: The Endless Battle between the White House and the Media--from the Founding Fathers to Fake News a discussion with author Harol...

The first week of November 1911 was a busy time for George Lunn, like many other candidates right now. Lunn was all over...
11/01/2020

The first week of November 1911 was a busy time for George Lunn, like many other candidates right now. Lunn was all over Schenectady campaigning for office in the final days leading up to the election. It paid off. He became Schenectady’s first and only Socialist mayor, as well as the first Socialist mayor in New York State. Read Bill Buell's great story in our Spring issue.

Happy Halloween from the staff of New York Archives magazine! Greetings from Kingston, at the cemetery of the Old Dutch ...
10/31/2020

Happy Halloween from the staff of New York Archives magazine! Greetings from Kingston, at the cemetery of the Old Dutch Church, where Gov. George Clinton, the first governor of NY, is buried. Kingston is, of course, our first capital. #Halloween #NYSHistory #Kingston #cemeteries

One of our favorite covers almost looked a little different. To save resources, we typically receive low resolution file...
10/29/2020

One of our favorite covers almost looked a little different. To save resources, we typically receive low resolution files for concept development and later request high res files for production. For the Fall 2012 cover, we selected a beautiful hand tinted portrait, but when we received the hi res image, it was sepia. The original color image could not be located. Using the tinted image as a reference, we recreated it with the high res image provided. A little Photoshop magic can make a big difference! #BehindtheDesign #DesignDetails #creativeprocess #magazinedesign #behindthescenes

On this date in 1858, the 33rd governor of New York State and 26th President of the United States, Teddy Roosevelt, was ...
10/27/2020

On this date in 1858, the 33rd governor of New York State and 26th President of the United States, Teddy Roosevelt, was born. In addition to being a statesman, politician, conservationist, naturalist, and writer, he was also quite adept in his handling of the press. Read about it in the current issue. https://loom.ly/_YmSNE0 #HappyBirthday #TeddyRoosevelt

#ShoutoutSaturday "Well George, back in 2019 I would have been very surprised to see something like this."  #2020 #anyth...
10/24/2020

#ShoutoutSaturday "Well George, back in 2019 I would have been very surprised to see something like this." #2020 #anythingispossible #sendintheclowns
Image: Albany Institute of History & Art

The topics included in our pages span the breadth of New York’s history. You never know what interesting morsel you migh...
10/22/2020

The topics included in our pages span the breadth of New York’s history. You never know what interesting morsel you might find! In our Spring 2018 issue, “Daily Bread” told how the Erie Canal influenced flour production in America by setting the stage for a centralized food system and industrial scale agriculture. The story also included a tasty recipe for shortbread! https://loom.ly/J7T3Oio

In 1873, wilderness guides carried a frail young doctor up and down the stairs of his Saranac Lake hotel, made beds of b...
10/21/2020
“Saranac Lake” - An interview with Amy Catania, Executive Director of Historic Saranac Lake

In 1873, wilderness guides carried a frail young doctor up and down the stairs of his Saranac Lake hotel, made beds of balsam branches for him in their guide boats and paddled him around to hunt. A few years later, that doctor, E.L. Trudeau, opened a facility for TB patients, shaping the economy of the area for decades to come. Watch author Amy Catania discuss her article in our current issue: https://loom.ly/swl-uXg
Historic Saranac Lake

#CaptionThis! Create a caption (silly or serious) for this photo from the collections of the New York State Archives. Th...
10/20/2020

#CaptionThis! Create a caption (silly or serious) for this photo from the collections of the New York State Archives. The winning caption entry gets a free one year subscription to the magazine!

Sure, it's Sunday, but it's not too early to start thinking about Student Research Awards. If you have kids or if you're...
10/18/2020

Sure, it's Sunday, but it's not too early to start thinking about Student Research Awards. If you have kids or if you're an educator, check out this great opportunity. For official guidelines, go to https://loom.ly/qk_s_BE

New York Times bestselling author Larry Tye was given access to previously untapped sources for his new book Demagogue: ...
10/16/2020

New York Times bestselling author Larry Tye was given access to previously untapped sources for his new book Demagogue: The Life and Long Shadow of Senator Joseph McCarthy. Watch him discuss his article in our current issue: https://loom.ly/qmDXfzw

As 1872 opened, a jealous quarrel over Josie Mansfield ended with one of her wealthy lovers shooting the other. As the y...
10/14/2020

As 1872 opened, a jealous quarrel over Josie Mansfield ended with one of her wealthy lovers shooting the other. As the year went on, a jumble of further social and sexual conflicts exploded in the greatest sensation of the nineteenth century. Join author Bill Greer in a free online discussion on October 20th about his new book, A Dirty Year: Sex, Suffrage, and Scandal in Gilded Age New York, part of our Online Speaker Series. Click here to register: https://loom.ly/w2F2GWs

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