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Celebrate Women’s History Month with “Music She Wrote”

Feb 13, 2017

A Celebration of Female Composers throughout the Ages

Yonkers, N.Y., (Feb. 13, 2017) - On Saturday, March 11 at 5 p.m., Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site and the Friends of Philipse Manor Hall are pleased to present sopranos Brooke Bryant and Yolanda F. Johnson, who will join forces to perform "Music She Wrote," a concert of music by female composers in honor of Women's History Month. Bryant and Johnson will be accompanied by Michael Eisenberg on harpsichord and piano. The concert will take place at Philipse Manor Hall, located at 29 Warburton Ave. in downtown Yonkers.

Learn the Story of St. Lawrence County's Towns on February 23rd

Feb 13, 2017

SLCHA photo by Judy Makowiec

Canton, N.Y. - Did you ever wonder why your town is shaped the way it is, or when it was founded? Learn more about why the county looks the way it does when John Austin speaks about the historical townships of St. Lawrence County - their historical divisions and consolidations - at noon on Thursday, February 23rd, 2017, at the St. Lawrence County Historical Association. Brown Bag Lunches are free and open to the public: bring your own lunch and enjoy a beverage and dessert provided by SLCHA.

"Robert Cumming: The Secret Life of Objects" to premiere at the George Eastman Museum on February 18

Feb 10, 2017

Photo: Robert Cumming, Prop Shoes, 1975

First major survey of Cumming's work in nearly 20 years; Exhibition preview on Friday, February 17 

Rochester, N.Y. (February 10, 2017-The George Eastman Museum will present Robert Cumming: The Secret Life of Objects, the first major US exhibition in nearly twenty years dedicated to the evolution of artist Robert Cumming's practice. The exhibition will be on view February 18 ...

The Schenectady County Historical Society and Arthur's Market present: SECRET STOCKADE

Feb 8, 2017

A Historic Tour & Lunch

Schenectady, N.Y. - The popular SECRET STOCKADE walking tours sold out last year -- so the Schenectady County historical society is bringing them back!

Discover the Stockade and its secrets on the first Wednesday of each month! Join us for a guided walking tour of the neighborhood, lunch at historic Arthur's Market, a peek inside a private 1820s Stockade home, and a visit to the Schenectady History Museum.

Join Us for Our Annual George Washington Birthday Celebration at Washington’s Headquarters

Feb 6, 2017

Washington Birthday Celebration - Washington's HQ in Newburgh

Newburgh, N.Y. - George Washington is having a birthday - his 285th - and Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site, in Newburgh, is marking the occasion with our annual George Washington's Birthday Celebration on February 18th, 19th and 20th, from 12 PM until 4 PM.  Join our George Washington reenactor as he cuts into his birthday cake, starting the festivities that will take place each day.

Winter Delights: Colonial Chocolate and Games

Feb 6, 2017

Rensselaer, N.Y. - On Thursday February 23, 2017 Crailo State Historic Site will be offering "Winter Delights: Colonial Chocolate and Games" for children, their parents and anyone interested in historic chocolate and entertainment.  Between 10:00am and 1:00 pm everyone is welcome to drop in to learn about 18th century drinking chocolate, do crafts and play indoor colonial games.

Great Shipwrecks of NY’s ‘Great’ Lakes Exhibit Visits Plattsburgh

Feb 3, 2017

The Great Shipwrecks of NY’s ‘Great’ Lakes exhibit that includes panels on Lake Champlain and Lake George shipwrecks will visit Plattsburgh, NY, from February 6 to April 28, 2017. Photo: NY Sea Grant

Plattsburgh, N.Y.  - The City of Plattsburgh, Lake Champlain Sea Grant and New York Sea Grant have announced that the Great Shipwrecks of NY's ‘Great' Lakes Traveling Exhibit will be open to the public in the second-floor atrium, adjacent to the auditorium, at City Hall in Plattsburgh, NY, from February 6 through April 28, 2017. Admission to the exhibit from 8 am to 4 pm Monday through Friday is free.

Exhibition Commemorates Anniversary of Signing of Japanese Internment Executive Order

Feb 3, 2017


Over 200 photographs including the work of Dorothea Lange and Ansel Adams 

Hyde Park, N.Y. -- On February 19, 2017 -- the 75th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066 -- the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum will open a new photographic exhibition entitled, IMAGES OF INTERNMENT: THE INCARCERATION OF JAPANESE AMERICANS DURING WORLD WAR II, with over 200 photographs including the work of Dorothea Lange and Ansel Adams. Signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Executive Order 9066 led to the incarceration of 120,000 people of Japanese descent -- including approximately 80,000 American citizens -- during World War II. The exhibit will be on display in the Library's William J. vanden Heuvel Gallery through December 31, 2017. Regular hours and admission apply.

Extra Date Added to Gilded Age Tea & Talk Series at Staatsburgh State Historic Site

Feb 3, 2017

Saturday, Feb. 11 at 1 p.m.

"Famous Love Stories of the Gilded Age" 

Staatsburg, N.Y. (2/2/17) - Due to popular demand, Staatsburgh State Historic Site has added another date for its annual Valentine Weekend program, "Famous Love Stories of the Gilded Age." This talk with tea takes place in the mansion's formal dining room on Saturday, Feb. 11 at 1 p.m. and is part of the site's popular Gilded Age Tea & Talk series. Staatsburgh is the former Hudson River estate of Ogden Mills and Ruth Livingston Mills.

A Soldier's Journey through the Heart of the Park

Jan 31, 2017

New York Central Railroad

Scheduled for Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 1:00 pm 

Utica, N.Y. - Take a whimsical and sentimental journey through the Adirondack Park in the 1940s with John Taibi.  Taibi will tell the story of his father's trip from Utica to Lake Placid on the New York Central Railroad (today the Adirondack Scenic Railroad).  Taibi's father, a World War II veteran, was sent to Lake Placid to re acclimate to normal life after living as a POW overseas.  Period photographs will be used to illustrate what his father and other POW survivors saw along the way.

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