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Bethel Woods - Historic Site of the Woodstock Festival logoExploring the Impact and Inspiration of the Sixties

Changemakers, artists, and influencers inspire thinking and awaken purpose throughout series of eight events from May to October 2019

Part of a Year-Long Celebration of Woodstock’s Golden Anniversary

 Bethel, NY, February 12, 2019 - Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, a nonprofit cultural center located on the historic site of the 1969 Woodstock festival, today announces Vibrations, a series of eight events celebrating the iconic festival’s Golden Anniversary from many angles. From May to October 2019, Vibrations will explore music, iconic photography, film, mindfulness, environmental stewardship, deep space and more, connecting these conversations to the legacy of the sixties and movements of today.

Bethel Woods Center for the ArtsPeace, Love & Posters Contest

Original Woodstock poster designer David Edward Byrd and renowned Broadway poster artist Frank “Fraver” Verlizzo to serve as judges

Bethel, NY, January 10, 2019 - Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, a nonprofit cultural organization located on the historic grounds of the 1969 Woodstock festival, today announced a national poster contest in celebration of the iconic festival’s 50th anniversary this year. Woodstock spawned one of the most recognizable posters of the century with its signature bird and guitar celebrating “3 Days of Peace & Music.”
 
The Peace, Love & Posters Contest invites student, amateur and professional artists to create a poster that visually expresses values of kindness, community, and our aspirations for the next fifty years. The contest opens for submissions on February 6 and ends on March 14, 2019. The grand prize winner will receive a cash prize of $2,500 and national exposure for their work.

Port of Call: BuffaloAn Unprecedented Celebration of the City’s Maritime History

A fleet of 12 historic and majestic tall ships from harbors across the United States, Canada, Spain, and the South Pacific will grace Canalside, Riverwalk and Erie Basin Marina for Buffalo’s inauguration as a host port of the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Great Lakes 2019 race from Toronto to Buffalo on July 4-7, 2019. In conjunction with the arrival of the tall ships, Basil Port of Call: Buffalo, a four-day, family-friendly celebration of the city’s maritime heritage, will take place along the downtown waterfront. Offering a unique opportunity for adults and children to view, board and explore the vessels, the festivities will feature family activities, live entertainment, historic exhibits, artisan food and beverages, and a Parade of Sail of the tall ship fleet.

Warm up at the Washingtons'Newburgh, NY (December 5, 2018)  -- You are invited to Warm Up at the Washingtons’ at Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site, in Newburgh, on Sunday, December 9th, 12 PM until 4 PM. Historic interpreters in each seasonally decorated room will greet visitors and share what took place when the Washingtons occupied the Hasbrouck farmhouse during the last winter of the Revolutionary War. The Salmagundi Consort will perform period appropriate music by an indoor Dutch jambless fireplace, and cookies and warm cider will be served near an outdoor fire.

Excelsior PR logoHighlights New York's Progressive History of Promoting Social and Equal Rights

Opening Features Unveiling of Commemorative Statue of Harriet Tubman

Complements "CNY Rising" - The Region's Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the grand opening of the New York State Equal Rights Heritage Center in Auburn, Cayuga County. The Center serves to emphasize New York State's progressive history of promoting social and equal rights, celebrate New York's equal rights pioneers, and encourage tourism at the region's many attractions and destinations. The $10 million Center is funded and supported through the Governor's Central NY Rising Initiative, the region's comprehensive strategy to revitalize communities and grow the economy.

"New York's history is rich with progressive champions who fought for justice and equality for all, and it is critical that we honor those whose heroic efforts forged a better path for everyone," Governor Cuomo said. "New York is the progressive capital of the nation and as we continue leading the way to ensure full equality, the Equal Rights Heritage Center will serve as a poignant reminder of these important pioneers and inspire us all to keep up the fight."…

NYSED Albany, N.Y. – The New York State Museum will open The Historic Woodstock Art Colony: The Arthur A. Anderson Collection on November 10. On display through December 31, 2019, the exhibition features over 100 artworks – including paintings, lithographs, sculpture and works on paper – from the major collection of artwork of the historic Woodstock Art Colony that collector Arthur A. Anderson donated to the State Museum in 2017. This exhibition introduces to the public for the first time just a sample of the highlights of this extraordinary collection, which represents a body of work that together shaped art and culture in New York and forms a history of national and international significance.

Saratoga County Historical Society“Digital Docent” Boosts Accessibility and Visitor Engagement

Ballston Spa, NY (Oct. 24, 2018) - The Saratoga County Historical Society at Brookside Museum has added a “Digital Docent” (SEO with Artificial Intelligence) to boost website visitor engagement. 

It was designed to make history and art more accessible to local residents and visitors by acting as a real-time guide when they are looking at online images.  The digital equivalent of a brick-and-mortar museum docent, the Digital Docent uses Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to know the entire Brookside Museum collection, and then make real-time recommendations that match visitor interests.

A Century of French Paiinting - Hyde CollectionGlens Falls, N.Y.—The Hyde Collection is exhibiting a collection of French prints from the Museum's permanent collection to accompany the Adirondack Film Festival screening of Mrs. Hyde, a French film about an ornery teacher who is transformed by a powerful jolt. 

A Century of French Printing, 1838 – 1938 includes twelve prints chronicling how technological advances steered the course of the medium's evolution. As the country faced social, political, and economic changes, and rose to the height of western culture, printing allowed for the broad dissemination of art among homes of all economic classes.

Prints decorated the homes of the burgeoning middle class, they illustrated newspapers, books, and magazines, and they advertised products and forms of entertainment of the age. Commercial printing was a new avenue for artists such as Alphonse Mucha (1860–1939) and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864–1901) to fund their artistic endeavors, freeing them of the burden of securing a patron like artists of the past. …

Fort Ticonderoga logoAcquisition in partnership with Open Space Institute ensures this National Historic Landmark will be forever protected

Ticonderoga, N.Y. – The Fort Ticonderoga Association today announced that it has acquired 47 acres on the east face of Mount Defiance, ensuring the entire historically important mountain will be forever protected. The acquisition was made possible through partnership with the Open Space Institute (OSI) which provided a $46,000 grant for the purchase and related expenses.

“Fort Ticonderoga has a long history of land conservation and historic preservation dating back to 1820 when William Ferris Pell purchased the garrison grounds and placed a fence around the fort ruins marking the earliest act of preservation by a private individual in America,” said Beth L. Hill, Fort Ticonderoga President and CEO. “This recent acquisition is an important addition to our 2000-acre historic campus and will preserve the historic land and its natural beauty forever.”…

Presentation at Oneida County Historical SocietyScots-Irish Immigration and Defense of the New York Frontier, 1740 to 1778

Scheduled for Saturday, October 27 at 1:00 pm

Utica, N.Y. – Join independent historian Terry McMaster to explore settlement and development along colonial New York’s western frontier.  This presentation is enhanced with maps and illustrations from 18th century sources demonstrating the migration and settlement of culturally and ethnically diverse peoples including Scots-Irish settlers in frontier villages such as Cherry Valley, Unadilla and Onaquaga and early 18th century Native American settlements. This program takes place in the History Center's main gallery on Saturday, October 27, 2018 starting at 1:00 PM.

Terry McMaster is an independent historian whose research focuses on the American Revolution in the Mohawk Valley and on the settlement patterns, family connections, and border warfare along colonial New York’s western frontier in the 18th century.  He has presented his research at Fort Plain Museum’s “American Revolution in the Mohawk Valley” conference, Hyde Hall,  and m

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