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Witherill HotelPresentation by author, Susan Howell Hamlin Monday, August 20, 6:30  p.m. at the Clinton County Historical Association Museum , Plattsburgh NY

Admission is Free

Plattsburgh, N.Y. – The iconic Witherill Hotel, located in downtown Plattsburgh until 1969, was built 150 years ago this year.  Susan Howell Hamlin, daughter of the late William Howell, former owner the Hotel, has compiled images and stories for the release of her book, Welcome to the Witherill: A retrospective on Plattsburgh¹s landmark hotel and the family who owned it.

NHP logo 2Seneca Falls, N.Y. –Women’s Rights National Historical Park is proud to announce an exhibit from artist Carol Flueckiger.  Beginning on September 1, 2018, visitors to the park will be able to view “The Solitude of Selfie,” a portfolio of mixed media drawings that visually revises “Solitude of Self,” one of the most well-known speeches delivered by Elizabeth Cady Stanton. 

Working for suffrage throughout her life, Stanton believed “The Solitude of Self” to be one of her greatest achievements. …

GlassBarge Launch - Brooklyn, N.Y., Courtesy of the Corning Museum of GlassGlassBarge will make six stops across the region from August 17-September 22

Pittsford, N.Y. - The Finger Lakes Region is welcoming GlassBarge to the area on Aug. 17, 2018. The barge was created by the Corning Museum of Glass (CMoG) to celebrate the bicentennial of the historic Erie Canal and 150th anniversary of the relocation of the Brooklyn Flint Company (known today as Corning Incorporated) to Corning, N.Y. The barge will travel across the Finger Lakes, making six stops along the way, before reaching its final destination at Seneca Lake Pier in Watkins Glen, N.Y. on Sept. 16, 2018. The last leg of the trip will then be made by land, concluding with a homecoming celebration at CMoG on Sept. 22, 2018.

Historic Huguenot Street eventNew Paltz, N.Y. (August 8, 2018) – In one month, Historic Huguenot Street is hosting a special revival of Stone House Day, a formerly annual tradition, in partnership with the Town of New Paltz. On Saturday, September 8, from 11 AM to 4 PM, the National Historic Landmark District will host Old New Paltz Stone House Day to celebrate the 340th anniversary of the settling of New Paltz by twelve French Huguenots in 1678.

This Old New Paltz Stone House Day will have a stronger focus on the diversity of Hudson Valley history by highlighting the many cultures that impacted New Paltz and Ulster County including African, Dutch, English, Esopus Munsee, and French. The Reformed Church of New Paltz will once again be a partner in this event.

National Comedy Center, JamestownFOR OPENING HIGHLIGHTS IMAGE GALLERY, CLICK HERE

Jamestown, NY (August 6, 2018) – About 30 years ago, just before Lucille Ball passed away, she told her hometown of Jamestown, NY that rather than a museum celebrating her life, there should be a place that celebrates all comedy. This past weekend, that vision was realized with the grand opening of the National Comedy Center. 

The National Comedy Center is now the first non-profit cultural institution and national-scale visitor experience dedicated to the art of comedy.  This new 37,000 square foot, $50 million facility tells the story of comedy from its origins through the present, with more than 50 immersive, interactive exhibits and rare comedy artifacts.

Remembering Woodstock

Aug 02, 2018

A view from the Woodstock audience looking up the hill toward the Food for Love stands on Friday afternoon, before the rain began. Photo by Richard Gordon. Bethel Woods Collection, gift of Richard Gordon.The Museum at Bethel Woods Launches 1969 Woodstock Festival Media Archive

Bethel, NY (August 01, 2018) – Today The Museum at Bethel Woods, located at the National Register Historic Site of the 1969 Woodstock Music & Art Fair in Bethel, NY launched an online archive of Woodstock photography and video from its collection; making rare archival images available to the public for the first time on the eve of the festival’s 49th Anniversary.

WWI Women's PosterWorld War I Centennial: Oneida County & New York in The Great War 

Downtown at its Best 

Utica, N.Y. – Two new exhibits open at the Oneida County History Center on August 9, 2018.  Read below for a description of each. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, August 9 from 5:00-7:00 pm.  Light refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public.  

World War I Centennial: Oneida County and New York in the Great War commemorates the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into the first World War by focusing on the American experience and local history of the war. …

Julie KroneSaratoga Springs, N.Y. — Legendary jockey Julie Krone, the first woman inducted into the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame, will sign autographs at the Museum on Sunday, Aug. 19 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. Autographs are $15 each with proceeds benefitting the Museum. Krone will be signing limited-edition prints of her groundbreaking victory aboard Colonial Affair from the 1993 Belmont Stakes. The prints will be sourced from original artwork by renowned artist Celeste Susany. The print is included with the autograph price.

I LOVE NY Logo - stackedCenter Expected to Welcome More Than 114,000 Visitors Each Year and Generate More Than $23 Million Annually in Local Economic Activity

View Photos of New National Comedy Center Here

NEW YORK – August 1, 2018 – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the new National Comedy Center, the first non-profit cultural institution and visitor experience dedicated to comedy, is officially open in Jamestown, Chautauqua County. The $50 million state-of-the-art museum is dedicated to telling the vital story of comedy in America, and celebrates comedy's great minds and unique voices, from Charlie Chaplin to Dave Chappelle. The National Comedy Center is presenting a weeklong celebration of comedy performances and dialogues to commemorate the grand opening, which coincides with the annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival, featuring more than 50 events including appearances by comedy greats such as Amy Schumer, Lewis Black, Lily Tomlin, Fran Drescher, W. Kamau Bell and original "Saturday Night Live" cast members Dan Aykroyd & Laraine Newman.

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