At the Archives September 2020 eUpdate

Packing Niagara grapes and peaches for market. Youngstown, NY 1911. Source: NYSA_ A3045-78.
One of the most noteworthy instances of treason in United States Colonial history occurred in New York. Major John André was working with American Major General Benedict Arnold, who was attempting to help the British capture the fort at West Point. As André was heading towards the British lines with documents given to him by Arnold tucked in his boot, he was captured, near Tarrytown, on September 23, 1780. The New York State Archives holds the documents hidden in André's boot!

Explore the documents of this infamous treason by visiting our newest online educational exhibit. Bring these resources into the classroom with Classroom Connections.
FAIR THEE WELL: State Fair Plans a 2021 Comeback
When was the last time the annual New York State Fair had to be cancelled? State Archivist Tom Ruller goes straight to the source to find out.
Broome County youth demonstrating harmful effects of smoking at the 1972 New York State Fair. Source: NYSA_14655-88.
New York Archives Magazine and the New York State Writers Institute are proud to present acclaimed author and Lincoln scholar

Harold Holzer
interviewed by
Paul Grondahl
Tuesday, September 22 12:30 p.m. 

Join NYS Writers Institute Director Paul Grondahl and author Harold Holzer as they discuss insights from Harold's new book, examining the dual rise of the American presidency and the media that shaped it.
New York State Family History Conference Launches September 10
Uncover family stories from home as you participate in the online conference experience and learn what you need to know to make more family history discoveries. With 14 live-streamed classes (September 10-12), 30+ on-demand classes (September 10 - October 15), and live Q &A with select speakers, there's something for everyone. <<MORE INFORMATION>>

The New York State Archives and Archives Partnership Trust are proud exhibitors. Stop by our "booth" at the virtual exhibit hall and say hello!
The New York State Archives announces its thirty-first annual Student Research Awards program to promote and recognize excellence in student research. We now accept online submissions. Visit our website to access the updated guidelines and entry form.

Winners of the 2020 Student Research Awards will be announced in October during American Archives and New York State History Month. Stay tuned!
New York State Archives
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