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.

Path Through History Weekend invites both locals and visitors to enjoy rich New York culture and heritage at hundreds of events throughout the state. Interactive science
museums, homes of former presidents and artists, and former battlefields are among the cultural and historic sites that will offer reenactments, activities and tours throughout weekend. Many historic districts and parks will host festivals, live music, crafts and local foods.

The Path Through History program was introduced by Governor Andrew Cuomo in 2012 and uses 13 themes to organize more 700 heritage sites across the state. The
program offers local road markers to help direct you to sites, signage on major state highways, and a website that includes maps and a list of historical sites organized by theme and region.

A preview of New York State's Path Through History Weekend:

Bliss and Blues in the Adirondacks: More than 20 blues bands will perform at the Lake Placid Blues and Heritage Festival, June 19-21 at 12 different venues around Lake Placid in the North Country. Scheduled performers include, Shakura S'aida, Alexis P. Sutter Band, and Professor Louie
and the Crowmatix. 

Hear Cannons in the Capital Region: In Saratoga National Historical Park, Revolutionary Soldier Life Weekend will fill the fields with soldiers in period dress performing musket drills, cannon firings and daily duties. 

Voices from the past in the Catskills: Eight men and women, their voices silent for ages, will return to tell their stories at the Fourth Annual Living History Cemetery Tour Saturday, June 20 at the New Kingston Valley Cemetery. Guided one-hour tours begin at 4 p.m.

Play Native American games in Central NY: Native American crafts and games will celebrate local history at Roberson Museum and Science Center in Binghamton.
Exhibits display artifacts from ancient fossils, to Digital Planetarium shows, such as "Earth, Moon & Sun," a kid-friendly primer on astronomy basics guided by "Coyote," a character adapted from Native American traditions.

Celebrate Juneteenth in Chautauqua-Allegheny: Juneteenth, the oldest celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States, will feature dancing, singing and storytelling at the Juneteenth Festival on June 20. The free event in Western New York will be hosted by African
American Center for Cultural Development
. There will be games, music and food on tap during the Juneteenth tradition that dates back to 1865.

Revisit the fight for women's rights in the Finger Lakes: Susan B. Anthony was a pioneer for women's rights and civil rights for all. Anthony's red brick home, now a National Historic Landmark in Rochester, the Susan
B. Anthony Museum
, was campaign headquarters for the National American Women Suffrage Association in the 1890s when Anthony was its president. Here, Anthony strategized with famous reformers such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton,
Matilda Joslyn Gage and Frederick Douglass was famously arrested in 1872 for attempting to vote.

History Mystery in Buffalo: Explore Buffalo's rich history while gathering clues, solving riddles, taking photos and making videos during a historical scavenger hunt at Buffalo's Canalside. Designed to help participants learn about Buffalo's heritage and history, groups gather together to compete and complete this 90-minute course. The event will run every Saturday throughout the summer until August 29, 2015.

Unlock the history of the Hudson Valley: In 1828, the D&H Canal opened to supply coal to New York City from Pennsylvania. Five locks have been preserved as a National Historic Landmark and on June 21 at 2 p.m., trustees of the D&H Canal Historical Society and Museum in High Falls will lead a free Five-Lock Walk and explain how this engineering
feat changed the face of the region. 

Find your Civil War forefather in Long Island: Did your ancestors fight in the Civil War? Find out on June 20, from 1 - 3:30 p.m. with Civil War Ancestry Historian Bob Farrell. Free searches for the Civil War soldiers in your family tree will be provided at the Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site in Huntington Station. While there, you can compete in Walt Whitman-era games, listen to period music and learn about America's renowned poet while touring the farmhouse where he was born in 1819.

Play ball like it's 1864 in New York City: Celebrate Father's Day with a live old-fashioned baseball game played with 1864 rules, balls, bats, and uniforms. The 1864 Baseball Game will take place June 21 at 2 p.m. on the grounds of the
Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum in the Bronx. After the game, kids can join team members. Guided visits of the mansion will also be available.

Take the Lighthouse Challenge in 1000 Islands/Seaway: How many lighthouses can you find?
Seven lighthouses, some normally closed to the public, will participate in the 2015 Lake Ontario CNY Lighthouse Challenge on June 20 and 21. Participants will receive a souvenir at each lighthouse. The 81-year-old Oswego Lighthouse, home to the H. Lee White Maritime Museum & Center, is the starting point. Registration includes a touring booklet with directions and information about the lighthouses.

Visit the Path Through History Weekend page at www.iloveny.com for a full list of events, searchable by location and special interests.

In conjunction with Path Through History Weekend, I LOVE
NEW YORK's social media will be highlighting the Path Through History Weekend with photos, videos, event itineraries and more. Follow I LOVE NEW YORK on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or use #LoveNYHistory to join us on the journey down New York's Path Through History.


About Path Through History

Path Through History highlights historically and culturally significant sites and events throughout New York State. The program, introduced by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, builds on New York's already robust heritage tourism attractions. The initiative is currently focused on 13 themes including: Arts & Culture, Natural History, U.S. Presidents, Women's Rights, Canals & Transportation, Civil Rights, Colonial History, Immigration, Innovation & Commerce, The Revolutionary War, Native American Heritage, Sports History and the War of 1812. Important heritage sites and events across the state were selected with input from leading historians. For more information, visit www.iloveny.com/paththroughhistory.

About New York State

New York State features 11 beautiful vacation regions. New York's attractions feature landmarks such as Niagara Falls, the largest park in the continental U.S. in the Adirondacks and treasures such as the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown and the Corning Museum of Glass. New York State offers diverse activities for all: outdoor fun - snowmobiling, skiing and snowboarding, fishing, hiking and
boating, year-round festivals and exploring the rich history and culture of one of the 13 original colonies. Visitors also enjoy the fine cuisine, beverage trails and farm-to-table fresh foods.  For more information, visit http://www.iloveny.com. Media can find press releases and more at thebeat.iloveny.com.

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Melanie Klausner

Finn Partners

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Eric Scheffel

Empire State Development

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