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November 1906

Oswego Canal: locks and prism at Fulton



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November 28, 2023

12:30 pm

New York State was key in the “Underground Railroad” network that sheltered and escorted Freedom Seekers from southern parts of the country to freedom in the north in the decades leading up to the Civil War. Representatives of three cultural-heritage organizations dedicated to New York’s Underground Railroad will present on the freedom seekers’ experiences: Charlotte Jackson (Queens), Mary Liz and Paul Stewart (Albany), and Saladin Allah (Niagara Falls).

Register here: "The Freedom Seeker's Experience through New York"

NY State Archives Welcomes High School Students from Kahnawake Survival School

The NYS Museum hosted a student visit of forty 11th graders from the Kahnawake Survival School, whose mission is to "produce proud and self-sufficient Kanien’kehá:ka youth through a powerful curriculum based on Kanien’kehá:ka language, beliefs, and traditions." The Museum invited Jordan Jace of the Archives Partnership Trust and Vicky Weiss of the NYS Library Manuscripts and Special Collections to host a presentation that featured documents related to Indigenous history.

In Focus:

Laura Wittern-Keller, Ph.D., Lecturer, U. Albany and

NYSA Hackman Research Resident

Class of 2023

Professor Laura Wittern-Keller has been awarded our donor-funded Hackman Research Residency grant to study records in the New York State Archives for her project "The Censors’ Demise: The Death Throes of the New York State Motion Picture Division." Of her time here this summer, Laura wrote:

"The Hackman Residency has given me the gift of time, something that researchers often have so little of --time to think and reflect and figure out new ways to approach research questions. Without that luxury of time made possible by the Hackman Research Residency, I would not have made a major discovery for my article on New York’s film censors."


Saturday, November 18

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

NYS Museum, Huxley Theatre

222 Madison Ave., Albany (Empire State Plaza)

 The event is free and open to the public.


Join Albany Waterway Inc. for a panel discussion and community forum on the economic benefits, cultural attractions, and civic pride created by urban canals in Buffalo, Providence, across Canada and beyond.


Hear about successful canal projects outside the Capital Region and the vision for a transformative canal project for downtown Albany. The canal project is a re-imagining of Albany’s rich historic, social, and economic connections to the Hudson River and Erie Canal that helped make the Empire State the most prosperous in the nation and Albany one of the nation’s largest cities. The canal project coincides with statewide bicentennial celebrations in 2025 being planned for the 200th anniversary of the 1825 completion of the Erie Canal between Buffalo and Albany.




Anthony Masiello, former New York State senator and Mayor of Buffalo who will detail the economic impact of Buffalo’s Canalside, which reclaimed an industrial wasteland with $300 million in new development. Canalside has become the city’s biggest attraction with more than 1,000 annual events, including concerts and fairs in the summer, and ice skating and hockey on an adjacent rink in the winter.


Ken Orenstein, former Executive Director of the Providence Foundation, who will  speak to the positive changes to that capital city by the restoration of a river and the relocation of an interstate highway and Amtrak rail lines to inspire an urban oasis that attracts tens of thousands to the city, benefitting the economic, social and environmental needs of its residents.


Dan Rubinstein, a writer and stand-up paddleboarder based in Ottawa, Canada who traversed hundreds of miles on his paddleboard across Canada and to New York City and back by way of canals and rivers. He is writing a book about his waterborne adventure and will share the profound bond he formed with canals and urban waterways.

Len Tantillo, acclaimed maritime artist and award-winning painter of historical scenes, who is also a board member of Albany Waterway Inc., will offer a visual representation to create “a Venice for Albany.”


Professors Denis Foley and F. Andrew Wolfe will discuss their archaeological dig and exciting discoveries at the site of original Erie Canal Lock 1 along the proposed northern end of the canal project in the warehouse district in North Albany.


The event will be moderated by Paul Grondahl, author, Times Union columnist and Opalka Endowed Director of the New York State Writers Institute at the University at Albany. It will include a panel discussion and audience Q&A.

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