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Why Your Support Matters

Meet some of the budding, current and established historians who have benefitted from supporters like you and the Archives Partnership Trust’s education programs.

Where does the image of Lincoln on the penny come from?  Aaron can tell you…

Released in 1909 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth, President Theodore Roosevelt commissioned sculptor Victor David Brenner to design a new coin to feature Lincoln's likeness based on Civil War photographer (and New York resident) Mathew Brady's portrait. The new Lincoln Cent was also the first cent coin to include the motto "In God We Trust.

"The opportunity to work closely with my Town Historian and being able to read the actual words of people who had such an impact on history helped me understand history in a way that otherwise would not be possible." ~Aaron (Homer, NY) - 2015 recipient of the annual Laura and Robert Chodos Archives Award for Excellence in Student Research Using Historical Records Award, Grades 4-5.

What makes a primary source valuable? Ask Renae...

Primary sources are pieces of imformation about a historical event of period in which the cretor of the source was an actual participant in or a contemporary of a historical moment. They help you to interpret what happened and why it happened by capturing the words, throughts and intentions of the past. Visit National History Day to learn more.

"The awesome thing about working in the Archives is the thrill. Right now I am working on a re-housing project for records related to the construction of Empire State Plaza. Sorting through numerous negatives and photographs in te accessioning room and seeing New York history unfold is awe-inspiring. We have such a rich history. It is fun uncovering it --in my case -- one document at a time." _Renae Rapp, Student Research Assistant, is currently pursuing a dual M.A./M.S. degree at SUNY Albany. 

Who is Daniel D. Tompkins? Richard is happy to share...

The fourth Governor of New York (1807-1817), and the sixth Vice President of the United States (1817-25), this Westchester native played an important role in reorganizing the state militia during the War of 1812 and promoted the formation of a standing state military force.

"My 2006 and 2009 Larry J. Hackman Research Residencies were marvelously productive. The Archives team was exceptionally professional and made materials available I did not know existed. Many of these research gems have enriched my published work. Contributions to the Trust ensure opportunities for new and seasoned researchers to flourish." ~Richard Barbuto, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of History, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.