Exhibits and Programs

illustration of two WWI soldiers, one in a kilt, from 'Songs from the Trenches'

Exhibit: World War I Posters

For our June exhibit, the New York State Library continues its commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entry into WWI with a display of poetry from World War I.

Programs and Classes

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

All programs are FREE and open to the public.

Upcoming Events or Classes Date and Time
June 2017

Bards of War: Poets at the Western Front 1914-1918

Bards of war pictureBertrand Fay, retired Professor of the Humanities from The College of Saint Rose, will recite and discuss the poets of World War I.  A selected bibliography of original WWI poetry books available at NYSL will be available for attendees.  A selection of WWI poetry books from the Library's collection will be exhibited on the 7th floor of the Library during the month of June.  Registration is required.

Support for this program was provided by an anonymous donor in honor of Leander E. Riordan, US Marine Corps, killed in action at the Battle of Saint-Mihiel, France, September 13, 1918.

Location: New York State Library, 7th floor Librarians Room, CEC

Saturday,
June 10, 2017
1:00-2:00pm
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Walking Tour of the Local History and Genealogy Resources at the New York State Library

Walking Tour - Hsitory and Genealogy at the NYSL pictureThe 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 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

Thursday,
June 15, 2017
3:00-4:00pm
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Genealogy Online with Ancestry Library Edition
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genealogy online with ancestry pictureSenior 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

Saturday,
June 17, 2017
11:00 am-12:30pm

Historical Newspapers Online at the New York State Library

Snewspaper pictureenior 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. Seating is limited and registration is required.

Location: New York State Library, 7th floor computer classroom

Thursday,
June 22, 2017
3:30- 4:30pm
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July 2017

Genealogy Research with HeritageQuest Online

Genealogy Online with HeritageQuest pictureHeritageQuest Online is a collection of genealogical and historical sources and is available for use at the New York State Library. Stephanie Barrett will discuss and demonstrate some of these sources, including the US Federal Census records, genealogy and local history digital books, Revolutionary War pension and bounty-land warrant application files, and the Freedman’s Bank records. Stephanie will also demonstrate search tips and strategies, how to save records and printing records. Seating is limited and registration is required.

Location: New York State Library, 7th floor computer classroom

Saturday,
July 15, 2017
11:00am-noon
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Walking Tour of the Local History and Genealogy Resources at the New York State Library

Walking Tour - Hsitory and Genealogy at the NYSL pictureThe 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 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

Saturday,
July 29, 2017
11:00am-noon
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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: June 16, 2017