2022 Events


Risk-Takers and Change-Makers: 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 a discussion of the men and women whose efforts empowered the abolitionist cause and laid the foundation for today’s civil rights movement in the United States. Learn more about the many records and resources available that document the work, bravery and leadership of those that fought for change..


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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