Online Speaker Series

2023-2024 New York Archives Magazine Speaker Series


Tune in at 12:30 p.m. every month from now through June 2024 for an online discussion of history-themed topics. Registrants will receive a Zoom meeting link and password 24 hours before the event.

Speaker Series Calendar

New York's Contribution in Foreign Wars

December 19, 2023 - Online Zoom


New York State has a long and notable record of contributions to our Nation's wartime efforts. World War I saw the activation of New York National Guard units that included the Harlem Hellfighters and the famous “Lost Battalion.”Join Trust Steward Retired Col. Richard Comstock, and Executive Director Chuck Baylis, Military History Society of Rochester, as they shed light on the efforts and hardships of New Yorkers during wartime, and the challenges of those who served in the armed forces in foreign wars, particularly World War I.

New York's Contribution in the Foreign Wars

The Freedom Seeker's Experience through New York State

Originally Aired November 28, 2023

New York State was key in the “Underground Railroad” network that sheltered and escorted Freedom Seeker's 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 seeker's experiences: Saladin Allah (Niagara Falls), Mary Liz and Paul Stewart (Albany) and Charlotte Jackson (Queens).

The Freedom Seeker's Experience through New York State

Fun Finds in the Archives!

Originally aired October 24, 2023

Join us for this “Archives Month” special as we peer into New York State government records and locate surprising, unexpected, and just-plain-fun finds! While many government records may appear dry or dull, some items transferred to the New York State Archives from other State Agencies might startle you as they have the archivists on staff. Hosted by Thomas J. Ruller

Mapping the Erie Canal— Yesterday and Today

Originally Aired - September 19, 2023

Did you know the completion of the Erie Canal took place 200 years ago? And yet to this day the Canal is the subject of constant study and inspiration. Our speakers will describe their projects to digitally map the modern Erie Canal together with archival maps from the mid-19th Century. Resulting data shall be incorporated into a GIS system that covers the entire length of the Erie Canal and will be freely available to the public. The map’s zoom feature provides opportunities for revealing historic Canal structures in today’s settings. Plus catch a glimpse at a remarkable new artistic vision for the Albany Waterfront, itself the starting locus of the entire Erie Canal.

GIS professional, researcher, and Larry J. Hackman Research Resident Steven Talbot; Chair of the Albany WaterWayCanal Project BJ Costello; artist Len Tantillo of the Albany WaterWayCanal Project; and retired New York State Archivist Tom Ruller