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Path Through History Themes

Discover Historical Interests From Arts & Culture To The Revolutionary War

You don't have to be a historian to appreciate New York State's rich heritage. Path Through History themes help you find the destinations that inspire you, so you can discover attractions according to your own personal interests.

Along the Arts & Culture Path Through History, you'll discover the New York artists, writers, and performers who have always been at the forefront of American culture, like Lucille Ball, Walt Whitman, Louis Armstrong, and Thomas Cole. In addition to being the home of pioneering artists, New York State has long been a champion of the arts. One of the United States' oldest public arts institutions, the Buffalo Fine Arts Academy, operators of the Albright-Knox Arts Gallery, was founded in December 1862, ranking it among the nation's oldest public arts institutions.

Explore New York's Colonial History along the Path, with stops at museums and historic homes. At many destinations, such as the Genesee Country Village and Museum (one of the largest living history museums in the United States), costumed guides are on hand to help visitors learn more about our nation's earliest struggles to forge a uniquely American identity. Nature lovers following the Path's Natural History theme will fall in love with New York's spectacular landscapes and scenic beauty, from the Hudson Valley to Niagara Falls.

Six New Yorkers have become President of the United States and history buffs can experience presidential history here like nowhere else. You'll find a wealth of Presidential history along the Path, from Long Island to Buffalo, like the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library and Museum in Hyde Park, the first presidential library, and the only one used by its namesake while in office.

These are but a few of the Path Through History's distinct themes. Forge your own Path Through History today.

  • Artists, writers, and performers at the forefront of American culture.   more

  • From scenic railroads to canal cruises, New York is continually moving goods and people. more

  • Equal rights history is brought to life in NYS for all who celebrate liberty and justice. more

  • Find out more about New York's rich colonial history through museums and historic homes.  more

  • The Empire State has been at the center of the American immigrant experience. more

  • Learn more about New York's innovators through historic mansions and estates!  more

  • Discover more about Indian nations through art, artifacts, and more.  more

  • New York State is shaped by so many natural wonders, landscapes, and picturesque vistas! more

  • Learn of America's independence through the courage of New York's men and women.  more

  • Explore racetracks, thoroughbred horses, and sporting venues that shape American history! more

  • New York State has presidential history like nowhere else! more

  • Historic sites from forts to battlefields to museums can be visited across the state.   more

  • New York fueled the momentum for the entire nation to pass women's suffrage in 1920. more

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