Exhibits and Programs

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Exhibit: New York State Landmarks

Our September exhibit highlights popular and lesser known landmarks throughout New York State.

Programs and Classes

All programs are FREE and open to the public.

Upcoming Events or Classes Date and Time
September 2019

Erie Canal Book Talk and Gallery Tour

Schneider book and original manuscriptThe Office of Cultural Education presents a gallery tour of the NYS Museum exhibit Enterprising Waters: New York's Erie Canal lead by Senior Historian Brad Utter, followed by a book talk, Everything Worthy of Observation: The 1826 New York State Travel Journal of Alexander Stewart Scott by author Paul G. Schneider, Jr.

A book signing will take place after the presentation, with books available for purchase, and Alexander Stewart Scott's original travel journal, which is now in the NYS Library's collections, will be on display.

Scott was a 21-year-old Canadian law-school graduate in 1826, when he set off on a combination vacation/family visit from Quebec City to Albany. From there, he headed to Wayne County in Western New York, and eventually Niagara Falls, with some of his trip taking place via the Erie Canal. Luckily for us, he recorded notes on what he had seen and done during his 110-day trip. He was a good writer and the 136-page diary is a good read, as historian Paul G. Schneider, Jr. found 190 years later, when he transcribed it in 2016. Schneider also researched Scott, life in New York State and Canada in the 1820s, and what it was like to travel in the U.S. fifty years after the founding of our country. Schneider's transcription, with his notes, has just been published as Everything Worthy of Observation: The 1826 New York State Travel Journal of Alexander Stewart Scott, and now the "good read" is an even better read.

Location: NYS Museum South Hall (Gallery Tour) and Huxley Theater, 1st Floor (Book Talk), Cultural Education Center

September 25, 2019

Gallery Tour:
6:00–6:45 pm

Book Talk:
7 - 7:30 pm


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

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

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Last Updated: September 4, 2019