Exhibits and Programs

book: The Story of the Dulcimer

Exhibit: Dulcimer and Folk Music Books in the NYS Library

The Library's March exhibit features items from the Jean Ritchie collection in the New York State Library, including books about dulcimer music, dulcimer building and folk music throughout the world. 

Programs and Classes

All programs are FREE and open to the public.

Upcoming Events or Classes Date and Time
March 2019

Foundation Center Online Grant Resources

Foundation Center Senior Librarian Michael Meyer will demonstrate two online products from the Foundation Center that are available at the New York State Library. The Foundation Directory Online provides accurate details on over 100,000 US foundations and corporate donors and over 2.2 million recent grants. Foundation Grants to Individuals Online is an online database of over 8,500 foundation and public charity programs that fund students, artists, researchers, and other individual grant seekers.  Space is limited and registration is required.

Location: New York State Library, 7th floor Computer Classroom

Register Online
Saturday,
March 9,
2019
1 - 2 p.m.

Historical Newspapers Online at the New York State Library

newspapers Newspapers can serve as useful primary sources for historical research. They reflect the time period in which they were created and provide a glimpse into society at the time. Senior Librarian Stephanie Barrett will discuss online databases available at the New York State Library that contain full-text historical newspapers. She will demonstrate the effective use of America's Historical Newspapers and the Historical Newspapers (New York Times) with an emphasis on newspapers published in New York State. She will also demonstrate how to find and access New York State digital newspapers freely available on the Internet.

Space is limited and registration is required.

Location: New York State Library, 7th floor Computer Classroom

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Thursday,
March 14,
2019
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

New York Chancery Court Records: Breaking through Genealogical "Brick Walls" in Early New York

Chancery Circuits Map of NYGenealogists are familiar with probate court records. Pre-1847 Chancery Court records in the State Archives may provide additional information about the lives of obscure ancestors, including guardianships, divorces, and mortgage foreclosures. The records include the extensive Chancery records formerly in New York City, transferred to the Archives in 2017.

The presenter, Jim Folts, is the Head of Researcher Services, New York State Archives and has special expertise in court, land, and canal records. He will provide an overview of Chancery Court records and discuss access strategies for finding case files and minute book entries that relate to people in early New York.

Seating is limited and registration is recommended.

Location: Cultural Education Center, Librarians Room (7th Floor)

Register Online
Saturday,
March 16,
2019
1 - 2 p.m.

Walking Tour of the Local History and Genealogy Resources at the New York State Library

genealogy resources at NYSL The New York State Library is a treasure chest of resources for those tracing their family histories. Join us for a tour highlighting published genealogies, local histories, church records, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) records, United States and New York State Census records, newspapers on microfilm, city directories and more. The subject specialist for genealogy and local history at the New York State Library will lead the tour.

The tour is limited to 15 individuals and registration is required.

Location: New York State Library 7th floor – meet in front of Genealogy/Local History/Equipment desk

Register Online
Thursday,
March 21,
2019
3 - 4 p.m.

Genealogy Online with FamilySearch

Family Search The NYS Library and the NYS Archives have partnered to become a FamilySearch Affiliate Library. FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have onsite access to digital microfilm data that is not available to researchers using FamilySearch resources from their home computer. Senior Librarian Stephanie Barrett will demonstrate how to access genealogical records and family trees included in this database. She will also demonstrate how to print and save records.

Seating is limited and registration is required.

Location: New York State Library, 7th floor Computer Classroom

Register Online
Thursday,
March 28,
2019
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Foundation Center Online Grant Resources

Foundation Center Senior Librarian Michael Meyer will demonstrate two online products from the Foundation Center that are available at the New York State Library. The Foundation Directory Online provides accurate details on over 100,000 US foundations and corporate donors and over 2.2 million recent grants. Foundation Grants to Individuals Online is an online database of over 8,500 foundation and public charity programs that fund students, artists, researchers, and other individual grant seekers.  Space is limited and registration is required.

Location: New York State Library, 7th floor Computer Classroom

Register Online
Saturday,
March 30,
2019
1 - 2 p.m.
April 2019

Cradle of the Union: Albany History Uncovered

Erik SchlimmerPlease join us as author Erik Schlimmer takes us on a virtual tour of Albany street names, weaving among war heroes, criminals, founding fathers, and Dutch settlers.  Within Albany's city limits there are 785 streets, and author Erik Schlimmer figured it was time to historically decode every single street name. During his four-year-long research project he examined nearly 1,000 print and online sources and interviewed historians, residents, and fellow researchers.

Erik has been an adventurer for decades and is the the author of Thru Hiker's Guide to America (2010), Blue Line to Blue Line (2013), History Inside the Blue Line (2014), My Adirondacks (2015), Among the Cloud Splitters (2016), and Cradle of the Union (2019). He's also written for The Trek, Mountain Biking Magazine, National Geographic Explorer, Canoe and Kayak and other publications.

Registration is required.

Location: Cultural Education Center, Librarians Room (7th Floor)

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Saturday,
April 6,
2019
1 – 2 p.m.

Genealogy Online with Ancestry Library edition

AncestrySenior Librarian Stephanie Barrett will demonstrate the Ancestry Library online database which is accessible at the New York State Library. Learn how to access Census records, genealogy and history book, maps and other resources included in this database, as well as, the resources on Ancestry NYS page which are freely available to all New Yorkers. Stephanie will also demonstrate search tips and strategies, how to save records, printing and how to create a family tree via Ancestry.

Seating is limited and registration is required.

Location: New York State Library, 7th floor Computer Classroom

Register Online
Thursday,
April 18,
2019
3 - 4:30 p.m.

 

Online Programs: Selected past programs were recorded and can be viewed online.

Reasonable Accommodation: Please let us know if any reasonable accommodation is required (Americans with Disabilities Act) at least three business days prior to the program date by calling 518-474-2274. The New York State Library and the Cultural Education Center are accessible to visitors with mobility impairments.

Location: Unless otherwise indicated, programs are held in:

Librarians Room
New York State Library
Cultural Education Center, 7th floor
222 Madison Avenue
Albany, NY 12230

Directions and Parking

More information: For more information about these classes, call at 518-474-2274.

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Evaluation Form: People who have recently attended a class or other event are invited to complete an evaluation online.

Last Updated: March 18, 2019