At the Archives
November 2019 eUpdate


LEFT: men filling a basket with pheasant chicks to be loaded onto a horse-drawn wagon for shipment. Rogers State Game Farm, Chenango County, NY 1931. Source: NYSA series 14297-87 .
Join us Wednesday, November 13 for "Bringing It Back Home"
November 13
Cultural Education Center | Albany 
5:00 P.M. wine and cheese reception
5:30 P.M. Remarks by Jane E. Wilcox

Get a sneak peek inside New York Genealogical and Biographical Society’s forthcoming research guide to the New York State Archives. Written by Jane E. Wilcox , this publication is geared towards genealogists and family historians who want to explore the vast collections of the State Archives. Jane will share some of her favorite discoveries in the stacks, anecdotes that will leave you chuckling, and challenges encountered along the way. Join us for drinks and hors d’oeuvres as we celebrate the impending publication of this exciting project.
New York State Archives Announces 2019 Student Research Award Winners
In celebration of American Archives Month, the State Archives and the Archives Partnership Trust announced the winners of the 2019 Student Research Awards on October 10 at the New York State Military Museum in Saratoga Springs. An annual statewide competition open to all New York State students in grades 4 – 12, the awards recognize excellence in student research and encourages students to explore the wealth of historical records held in cultural institutions and records repositories across New York State. In addition, the Trust also recognized Toni Stevens-Oliver, a Pittsford Central School District teacher, for her excellent use of historical records in the classroom.
Presenting the Chodos Family Fund Archives Award for Excellence in Student Research Using Historical Records 2019 Honorees:
Grades 9 -12
The Wheatley School, East Williston CSD

Aarya, Abhinav, Aditya, and Prameet - Herricks High School, Herricks UFSD

Grades 6-8
Eva - Ramaz Middle School

Grades 4-5
Researching New York 2019: A Conference on NYS History
November 21-23, 2019
University at Albany, SUNY
Register HERE
View program HERE

Celebrate New York State History Month with historians, archivists, public historians, graduate students, museum curators, teachers, documentarians, and others who come together to share their work on New York State history topics. The conference is sponsored by the University at Albany Department of History & History Graduate Student Assn., University at Albany M.E. Grenander Special Collections & Archives, and the New York State Archives Partnership Trust. Featured events free and open to the public include:
Thursday, 11/21
7:30 PM NYS Museum


Edward Berenson, noted scholar of modern French history, presents his new book, The Accusation: Blood Libel in an American Town (2019), a chilling investigation of a remarkable incident of antisemitism in the upstate town of Massena, New York in 1928. After a 4-year-old girl, Barbara Griffiths, vanished in the woods, townspeople and police accused local Jews of committing “ritual murder,” a popular slander against the Jews of Europe during the Middle Ages.
Friday, 11/22
7 PM Page Hall, UAlbany Downtown Campus

Driving While Black with Ric Burns and Gretchen Sullivan Sorin. Preview screening of the feature-length documentary film slated for broadcast on PBS in 2020. “The film explores the role of the automobile in the lives of African Americans in the early twentieth century, chronicling a crucial and transformative period in American racial, cultural, and social history...structured by the emergence, flourishing and eventual obsolescence of a new genre of travel literature aimed at facilitating black automobile travel during the period; including The Negro Motorist Green Book .
Saturday, 11/23
1 PM NYS Museum  

Woodstock in History and Memory A panel discussion looking at some of the lesser known history of Woodstock and how it is remembered today by those who were there. With Gerald Zahavi, UAlbany History Professor and 1969 Festival attendee; Julia Fell, Assistant Curator, the Museum at Bethel Woods; Mark Berger, 1969 Festival attendee and author of the book Something’s Happening Here: A Sixties Odyssey from Brooklyn to Woodstock; and Julie Lomoe, creator of some of the original artwork associated with the festival, and 1969 Festival attendee.
New York State Archives
The  New York State Archives  provides onsite and telephone services to the public 9:30-4:30 Mon.-Sat. | Closed on all State holidays, including Monday, November 11 (Veteran's Day) and Thursday, November 28 (Thanksgiving) | Information: (518) 474-8955 or  archref@nysed.gov .

New York Archives Partnership Trust,  a 501(c)(3) non-profit, supports education, preservation and outreach programs not funded by the state in order to make accessible archives from over 350 years of New York's colonial and state governments. Visit us at  nysarchivestrust.org .