2021 Events



The Lemmon Slave Case: New York’s Battle Against

Friday, September 17 at 12:30 P.M. - Online via Zoom REGISTER NOW!

Hon. Albert M. Rosenblatt, Former Associate Judge, New York City Court of Appeals, President Emeritus, Historical Society of the New York Courts
Tom Ruller, New York State Archivist

On the eve of the Civil War in 1860, New York’s highest court, The Court of Appeals, upheld a petition granted by the Superior Court in New York City for the release of eight enslaved people, including six children brought to New York by Virginians Jonathan and Juliet Lemmon on their way to Texas. Join the discussion of this celebrated case that brought up hard questions about slavery within the United States and challenged the slavery laws between the northern and southern states.

Democracy in Action: The Role of Attorney General and the Public Good

 Thursday, September 23 at 7:00 p.m. - Cultural Education Center, Albany

Take part in the most exciting event in Albany this fall! Join the Archives Partnership Trust for an engaging evening of conversation between current New York State Attorney General Letitia James and former Attorney General Robert Abrams, author of Luckiest Guy in the World: My Journey in Politics. Listen in as they discuss the importance of public service, and Abrams’ groundbreaking work on environmental, consumer protection and civil rights issues that forever transformed the role of the office of Attorney General. Hear first-hand the legacy he leaves behind for all New Yorkers and the Nation. 


The People’s Records: Celebrating 50 Years of New York State Archives

Tuesday, October 26 at 12:30 p.m.  - Online via ZoomREGISTER NOW!

Tom Ruller, New York State Archivist
Retired State Archivists Edward Weldon, Larry Hackman, V. Chapman Smith and Christine Ward

Join us in celebrating the 50th anniversary of the New York State Archives. Learn about how good public policy created the nation’s largest State Archives; its role in preserving and making accessible over 250 million records of New York and its people; and an essential resource for policy makers, researchers, educators and all citizens.


Mystery Solved at the State Archives! Paying for the Constitutional Convention of 1787 

Tuesday, November 9 at 12:30 p.m.  - Online via ZoomREGISTER NOW!

Adam Levinson, Esq., Statutesandstories.com
John P. Kaminski, Co-Editor and Director, Center for the Study of the American Constitution, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Sergio Villavicencio, Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society
Tom Ruller, New York State Archivist

Alexander Hamilton was one of three delegates sent by New York to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. Over two hundred and thirty years later, we are still learning new information about the process states used to send delegates to the convention which led to the creation of the Constitution. Hear more about how newly discovered journal entries in the New York State Archives shed light on our country’s formative period.  


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Researching and Writing About The Life of Disability Rights Activist Lucy Gwin

Tuesday, December 7 at 12:30 p.m. - Online via Zoom

James M. Odato, Author, Adjunct Faculty, State University of New York at Albany
Tom Ruller, New York State Archivist

Hear the amazing story of author, advocacy journalist, disability rights activist, feminist and founder of Rochester’s Mouth magazine, Lucy Gwin. After an automobile accident left her with a brain injury, Gwin became a tireless advocate for the equal rights of people she termed "dislabled." Learn more from author James Odato more about the monumental impact and staunch dedication Gwin and other key disability rights activists and organizations had to the belief that disability rights was a critical part of the civil rights movement. 




Exploring the People and Places that Make New York Great 

Tuesday, January 18 at 12:30 p.m.  - Online via ZoomREGISTER NOW!

D. Joshua Taylor, President, New York Genealogical & Biographical Society
Tom Ruller, New York State Archivist

When conducting genealogical research, sometimes a family's most treasured document or greatest clues can be found in local or state repositories. Join us for an informative discussion on utilizing different types of archives and how they can be woven together to tell a more complete picture.


Black History Month: A Conversation 
with Mary Liz and Paul Stewart, co-founders of the Underground Railroad Education Center

Tuesday, February 1 at 12:30 p.m. - Online via ZoomREGISTER NOW!

Join Tom Ruller and Mary Liz and Paul Stewart for an exploration of records, resources and historic sites at the State Archives and across New York State that help to document the experience of African Americans in New York State before and during the abolitionist movement and its connection to today’s civil rights movement in the United States.


Hidden in the Archives: Stories of New York’s Forgotten Female Figures

Tuesday, March 15, 2022 at 12:30 p.m. - Online via ZoomREGISTER NOW!

Jasmine Bumpers, New York State Archives
Amy Murrell Taylor, Professor of History, University of Kentucky
Jennifer Burns, Lecturer of African Studies, SUNY Albany
Tom Ruller, New York State Archivist

Though the stories of several prominent historical female figures have been explored, many more stories of everyday women whose impact on government, civil rights, labor, education, and war exist. Hear accounts about some of these interesting, lesser known 19th century New Yorker women that were found in historical repositories throughout the state. 


New York State as a Leader in Environmental Protection

Tuesday, April 5, 2022 at 12:30 p.m. - Online via ZoomREGISTER NOW!

Aaron Mair, Director, Adirondack Wilderness Water and Jobs Coalition 
Tom Ruller, New York State Archivist

The environment has become one of the most critical issues of our time. Environmental policies developed in New York State have set national and international precedents. Join Tom Ruller and Aaron Mair as they discuss the history of environmental affairs reflected in records preserved at the State Archives and how, for over 125 years, New York has taken steps to steward our natural environment.


December 1813: The Fall of Fort Niagara and the Burning of the Niagara Frontier

Tuesday, May 10, 2022 at 12:30 p.m.- Online via Zoom

Richard Comstock, LTC, Retired and APT Steward 
Richard V. Barbuto, Professor Emeritus of Military History at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas and former NYSA Hackman Research Resident
Tom Ruller, New York State Archivist

Join guest host Richard Comstock and Dr. Richard Barbuto as they discuss the War of 1812 and the human catastrophe of the burning of the Niagara Frontier in December 1813. Only one home was spared along the 37-mile-long border and upwards of 6,000 refugees fled into the snowy forests heading for the Genesee River and safety.


History Education: Bringing History Organizations and Educators Together

Tuesday, June 7, 2022 at 12:30 p.m. - Online via Zoom

Grace Leatherman, President, National Council for History Education (NCHE)
Dr. Kristri Fragnoli, President, New York Council for History Education (NYCHE) and Professor, Lally School of Education, College of St. Rose
Lavada Nahon, Interpreter of African American History for the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation
Jennifer Hesseltine, North Country Liaison and K12 Education Consultant & Strategist
Tom Ruller, New York State Archivist

Learn more about efforts to build a statewide network of historians, archivists and educators for the promotion of authentic history education that elevates the voices of the underrepresented, uses historical records, and develops the next generation of active and engaged New York State citizens. The conversation will focus on applying a regional approach to this work given the demographic and geographic diversity of New York State and the Trust’s new website Considerthesourceny.org.

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