2021 New York Archives Magazine Speaker Series


Organizing and Preserving Your Home Archives with the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society

January 26 - Online via Zoom

New York Archives Magazine Online Speaker Series and New York Genealogical & Biographical Society were joined by New York State Archivist Tom Ruller and NYG&B President D. Joshua Taylor for a discussion of best practices for maintaining your home archives, including identifying materials to preserve, organizing objects and papers, and steps to ensure your collections remain an integral part of your family’s story.

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Hidden Stories from Newly Translated Dutch Colonial Documents with the New Netherland Institute

February 16 - Online via Zoom

New York State Archivist Tom Ruller, New Netherland Institute Senior Historian Dennis J. Maika, New Netherland Research Center Director Charles Gehring, and former New Netherland Research Center Associate Director Janny Venema discussed insights from the forthcoming Volume 13. Correspondence, 1658–1660. Previous volumes of translations of Dutch colonial manuscripts are available on the the State Archives Digital Collections. 

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Creating Change with Changemakers: Disrupting Museum Storytelling with the Rochester Museum and Science Center

March 4 - Online via Zoom

Presenters discussed how a community curation model, including sourcing objects from contemporary individuals, can enhance the accuracy, quality, diversity, and authentic representation within an exhibit, and how the voices of the community can push museum professionals and leadership to evolve their thinking around creating an exhibit. 

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Telling New York Stories: Celebrating 20 years of New York Archives Magazine with the Editor Josie Madison

April 15 - Online via Zoom

2020 marked an important milestone for New York Archives - its twentieth year of publication!

More than 80 issues, 2,828 pages, 418 feature stories, and 517 contributors later, this award-winning educational publication remains a shining example of collaboration with history enthusiasts, scholars, and historical repositories around New York State, bringing untold stories and extraordinary happenings to light. Join us for an interactive discussion with Editor Josie Madison, PhD and special guests.

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The Luckiest Guy in the World: My Journey in Politics a discussion with author Robert Abrams

April 20 - Online via Zoom

State Archivist Tom Ruller and former New York Attorney General Robert Abrams discussed Abrams' journey in politics and pride in public service and how he strove to make a difference for New Yorkers by launching landmark cases on environmental issues, such as Love Canal, and creating path-breaking initiatives concerning consumer protection and civil rights. 

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2021 Empire State Archives & History Award: An Evening with Annette Gordon-Reed

May 18 - Albany

The Empire State Archives and History Award acknowledges Pulitzer Prize winning author Annette Gordon-Reed for her outstanding contributions to advance the understanding and uses of history in society.

400 Years Later: The charter that launched the colony of New Netherland with the New Netherland Institute

June 3 at 12:30 P.M.  - Online via Zoom

New Netherland Research Center Director Charles Gehring, author and researcher Jaap Jacobs, professor of History and International Relations Wim Klooster, and State Archivist Tom Ruller recognized the granting of a charter by the States General of the Netherlands to the Dutch West India Company on June 3, 1621 to operate what eventually became the colony of New Netherland.

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