2023 New York Archives Magazine Speaker Series
Mapping the Empire State: Discover New York through 10,000+ Maps Preserved at the State Archives
January 31, 2023 - Online via Zoom
Tom Ruller, New York State Archives
Clare Flemming, New York State Archives
When one hears the term “primary source,” maps may not be the first thing that comes to mind—but these records are often rich resources, full of information. Watch a visually compelling and engaging program that highlights some of the cartographic resources preserved and made accessible at the State Archives. The rich collection of maps preserved by the State Archives spans the colonial period to the present day. These maps, and the information they contain, serve as a valuable resource for understanding communities, major public works projects like the Erie and Oswego canals, the changing environment and the lives of the individuals who have lived in our state over the past 400 years.
A Bridge to Justice: The Life of Franklin H. Williams
February 7, 2023- Online via Zoom
Authors Enid Gort and John Caher discuss their new book, A Bridge to Justice: The Life of Franklin H. Williams. Williams was a visionary and trailblazer who devoted his life to the pursuit of civil rights—not through acrimony and violence and hatred, but through reason and example. A Bridge to Justice sheds new light on this practical, pragmatic bridge-builder and brilliant yet complex individual whose life reflected the opportunities and constraints of an intellectually elite Black man in the 20th century.
MARCH 21, 2023 - Online via Zoom
Ross Levi, New York State Division of Tourism, I LOVE NY
Tom Ruller, New York State Archives
You don’t have to be a historian to appreciate New York State’s rich and diverse heritage. A wealth of memorable experiences—living history museums, forts and military landmarks, homes of presidents, great writers, activists and artists—awaits. Join Ross Levi and Tom Ruller for an engaging presentation that takes you across New York’s 11 unique regions to discover historic sites, abundant waters, natural wonders and more.
April 25, 2023 Online via Zoom
Elizabeth Jakubowski, New York State Library
Heather Carroll, New York State Archives
Enterprising culinary artists and fearless taste-testers at the New York State Library and New York State Archives came together to forge a series called “Tasting History.” All recipes were discovered in the collections of the Library and Archives and brought to fruition – including amazing meat sculptures, wartime “salads,” yummy desserts, and perhaps too much gelatin? Elizabeth Jakubowski (New York State Library) and Heather Carroll (New York State Archives) will showcase some of the recipes they found, how said recipes reflected the tastes of the times they were written, and share some of their favorites.
Co-sponsored by the New York State Library
Renewed or Ruined? Teaching Urban Renewal in New York State
May 10, 2023 - Online via Zoom
David Hochfelder, University at Albany, SUNY
Jordan Jace, New York State Archives Partnership Trust
Join David Hochfelder and Jordan Jace from the Archives Partnership Trust's ConsidertheSourceNY.org to discuss the history of urban renewal and its impact on communities in New York. David is collaborating with our ConsidertheSourceNY.org Diversity and Collaborative Knowledge team to gather documents statewide for the creation of an educator resource focused on the societal impact of urban renewal projects.
Researching New York Families: Writing the Book on the State Archives Records and Untold Discoveries
Join Tom Ruller and professional genealogist Jane E. Wilcox as they discuss Jane’s new book, New York State Archives—A Guide: For Family Historians, Biographers, and Historical Research, published by the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society. Jane will share insights and discoveries gleaned from poring through hundreds of colonial and state government records held by the archives and tell some stories of the people she met along the way.
Co-sponsored by the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society