The Beat Category - history Fri, 27 Nov 2015 06:26:07 GMT Dickens Christmas Returns to Skaneateles Opening Day Is Nov. 27, "Bright Friday" Skaneateles, N.Y. - Visit Skaneateles this season, and you're guaranteed to have a Happy Christmas. Imagine, if you will, that the year is 1842. Queen Victoria has arrived in Skaneateles, the teasel capital of the world, to meet with President John Tyler. Accompanying her is Charles Dickens, whom she has commissioned to write a story about Christmas. "My hope is for a story that will illustrate the virtues we may find at Christmastime. That, and entertain my nine children," says Queen Victoria, portrayed by Maria Wechsler. Fri, 20 Nov 2015 07:00:00 GMT Lake Erie Seaway Trail Center to Host Great Shipwrecks Traveling Exhibit: Guest Speaker for Oct. 29 Hamburg, N.Y. - The Lake Erie Seaway Trail Center, 4968 Lake Shore Road Route 5, Hamburg, NY, will host the Great Shipwrecks of NY's Great Lakes Traveling Exhibit. The exhibit will be open from 10am to 4pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting October 30, 2015 and will run through January 2016. In a special presentation on Thursday, October 29 at 7pm at the Lake Erie Seaway Trail Center, New York Sea Grant Recreation and Tourism Specialist and Great Lakes Research Consortium Associate Director Dave White will open the exhibit with a program on The Future of NY's Maritime History: Dive the Great Lake Seaway Trail, the NYS Underwater Blueway Trail, and the National Marine Sanctuary Program. Thu, 22 Oct 2015 07:00:00 GMT Hudson River Valley Ramble Kick-offs This Weekend September Celebration Features Over 200 Events Albany, NY -The Hudson River Valley Ramble kicks-off this Saturday with a weekend full of activities and continues throughout September with more than 200 exciting outdoor adventures across New York's Hudson Valley. The Ramble showcases the region's incredible scenery, history, natural resources, and recreational opportunities and features walking tours, hikes, paddles, bike tours and many other diverse experiences with something for everyone. Thu, 03 Sep 2015 07:00:00 GMT New York State Hosts Path Through History Weekend Father's Day Weekend, June 20-21: Events Showcase Rich New York Culture and Heritage  Albany, N.Y. - Empire State Development (ESD) announces Path Through History Weekend, June 20-21. The weekend will feature nearly 300 events at historic venues across the state. This year the Path Through History Weekend coincides with Father's Day, encouraging New Yorkers to experience historical reenactments and events, while enjoying a memorable Father's Day with friends and family. Thu, 18 Jun 2015 07:00:00 GMT It’s time for grown-up Show & Tell at Oneida County Historical Society Event Utica, N.Y. - Everyone remembers when they hauled a treasured possession to school and told their friends why they loved it so much? Well, now they have the chance to share on a whole different level with Show & Tell for grown-ups. The public is invited to bring old photos, letters, family mementos, or even an ancient artifact to show and tell the stories behind these items. Thu, 30 Apr 2015 07:00:00 GMT Explore Nature Trails at the Iroquois Indian Museum May 23 With a Bird Walk & Live Birds of Prey! Howes Cave, N.Y. - The Iroquois Indian Museum, in partnership with the Audubon Society of the Capital Region, presents a Bird Walk and a live birds of prey show starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 23. Everyone is welcome to this free, public event at the Museum. Wed, 29 Apr 2015 07:00:00 GMT War of 1812 Symposium Draws Top International Historians Oswego, N.Y. - Register today for the Oswego International War of 1812 Symposium to learn more about the war that earned our young nation respect from around the world. The fifth annual event opens on Friday, April 17 with registration and check-in from 6 to 9 p.m. along with a meet-and-greet social and cash bar. Evening programming also includes an academic competition for students from across the U.S. who will compete for cash and prizes as well as the respect of established historians. Wed, 15 Apr 2015 07:00:00 GMT Top Three Student Historians Compete at War of 1812 Symposium Oswego, N.Y. - The top three student historians have been chosen to compete in ‘Student Night,' during the Oswego International War of 1812 Symposium at the Lake Ontario Event and Conference Center in Oswego. Come out to support the candidates and hear presentations from Oswego, N.Y. native Shannon Cilento; Anastasia Garceau, from Latham, N.Y;. and Nicole Bronsted Wagner of Greeneville, TN. The contest begins at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 17 to kick off the fifth annual event which continues through Sunday, April 19. Admission for the student competition is free and light refreshments will be served. Fri, 10 Apr 2015 07:00:00 GMT Explore the Stockade Historic District's fascinating history and architecture with new walking tours Schenectady, N.Y. - Schenectady's Stockade is a national jewel, boasting the highest concentration of historic period homes in the nation. For over 300 years Schenectadians have called the Stockade home, and the streets are alive today with the stories and legends of Schenectady's past. Join the Schenectady County Historical Society on a walking tour and discover the beauty and history of America's oldest residential neighborhood! Fri, 10 Apr 2015 07:00:00 GMT Exhibition Opening at FDR Library - "The Spirit of the Gift: Gifts of State and Affection" Hyde Park, N.Y. - The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum will open a special exhibition, "The Spirit of the Gift: Gifts of State and Affection," with a public reception and exhibit preview on Friday, April 24, 2015. The reception will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Henry A. Wallace Center, followed by an exhibit preview in the William J. vanden Heuvel Gallery in the Library and Museum. This event is free and open to the general public. Thu, 09 Apr 2015 07:00:00 GMT