Exhibits and Programs

part of the first page of the U.S. Constitution

Exhibit: Constitution Day

The NYS Library will celebrate Constitution Day on September 16, 2017.

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
September 2017

Genealogy Online with Ancestry Library Edition

Genealogy Online with 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

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Saturday,
September 9, 2017
11am-noon

From South Pearl Street to Suburbia: Jews of Albany

Picture of SynogogueHarvey Strum will discuss the history of Albany's Jewish community from the 17th Century to the 1990s.  He will focus on 1870-1950, looking at the institutions that immigrants created to adjust to life in Albany and to retain their sense of identity, like Workmen's Circle or Temple Beth Emeth.   Registration is required.

Harvey Strum has been a professor of history and political science at the Sage Colleges for the last 30 years. His areas of research are the politics of the early national period, War of 1812, American aid to Ireland in 1847, 1863, and 1880, Anti-Irish nativism in the mid 19th Century, and American Jewish History. His most recent article on Jewish history was published in spring 2016 in the Hudson River Valley Review on the impact of World War I on the Jews of the Capital District. His most recent publication was published in November 2016 in New York Irish History on American aid to Ireland during the Civil War. He is currently working on Canadian aid to Ireland in 1847,1863 and 1880.

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

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Saturday,
September 9, 2017
1:00-2:00 pm

Foundation Center Online Grant Resources

Foundation Center OnlineSenior Librarian Michael Meyer will demonstrate three 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. Foundation Maps can help funders, philanthropy networks, consultants to foundations, and other nonprofits to see broad trends at a glance and monitor changes across the sector; explore who is funding via filters, including subject areas, locations, population groups, and types of support; and go beyond who you already know in the field and discover new partners for collaboration and community. Space is limited and registration is required.

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

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Tuesday,
September 12, 2017
3:30-4:30 pm

Constitution Day Exhibit

Part of the first page of the US constitutionThe New York State Archives and Library will celebrate Constitution Day on Saturday, September 16 with a public display of New York State's handwritten 1788 copy of the United States Constitution, from the convention in Poughkeepsie where it was ratified. See the SED press release for more information.

The annual celebration of Constitution Day is an opportunity for official depositories of federal publications to share their rich resources with the public. As the New York State regional depository for U.S. government publications, the State Library receives and permanently keeps a copy of every document distributed under the Government Printing Office Depository Library Program.

Location: New York State Library, 7th floor

Saturday,
September 16, 2017

Genealogy Research with HeritageQuest Online

Genealogy Research with HeritageQuest OnlineHeritageQuest 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

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Saturday,
September 23, 2017
1:00-2:00 pm

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

TWalking Tour - Local History & Genealogyhe 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

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Wednesday,
September 27, 2017
3:30-4:30 pm
October 2017

Madeleine Thien and Peter Ho Davies

cover of Do Not Say We Have NothingAward-winning novelists Thien and Davies explore the Chinese Diaspora. Set in Canada and China, Madeleine Thien’s 2016 book, Do Not Say We Have Nothing, received Canada’s highest literary honor, the Governor General’s Award. Her 2012 novel, Dogs at the Perimeter, about a Canadian survivor of the Cambodian Khmer Rouge regime, will be re-released in a new U.S. edition in October 2017. Peter Ho Davies’ new novel, The Fortunes (2016), follows the experiences of four Chinese-Americans over the last century. The book received the Anisfield-Wolf Award and Chautauqua Prize and was named a Best Book of 2016 by NPR, Publishers Weekly, Indie Next, and The New York Times.

Program sponsored by the New York State Writers Institute; cosponsored by the New York State Office of Cultural Education and the Friends of the New York State Library. Registration is recommended.

Location: Huxley Theater, 1st Foor, Cultural Education Center

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Tuesday,
October 3, 2017
8:00 p.m

Legal Research Online with State Capital Universe and Fastcase

Legal Research OnlineSenior Librarian Stephanie Barrett will demonstrate search strategies and techniques for using State Capital Universe and Fastcase - two online databases available at the New York State Library. State Capital Universe contains information on bills, regulations and statutes for New York and other states. This online resource also has information about state legislators, issues and public policy, state newspapers of record and links to websites with related information. Fastcase is a legal database which provides searching for case law, statutes, regulations, constitutions and court rules for all fifty states. It also provides online access to selected treatises. Authority check, printing, saving and the interactive timeline will be demonstrated. Space is limited and registration is required.

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

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Thursday,
October 19, 2017
3:30-4:45 pm

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

Walking Tour-Local History and GenealogyThe 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

Register
Saturday,
October 21, 2017
11 am-noon

Foundation Center Online Grant Resources

Foundation Center OnlineSenior Librarian Michael Meyer will demonstrate three 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. Foundation Maps can help funders, philanthropy networks, consultants to foundations, and other nonprofits to see broad trends at a glance and monitor changes across the sector; explore who is funding via filters, including subject areas, locations, population groups, and types of support; and go beyond who you already know in the field and discover new partners for collaboration and community. Space is limited and registration is required.

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

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Saturday,
October 21, 2017
1:00-2:00 pm

Broadway Goes to War: "Soldier Shows" of World War I

cover of Atta BoyDuring the first World War, presentations called "soldier shows" allowed theatrical producers to not only entertain the public, but provide a show of patriotism. Some of these shows were put together by individuals who served in the military (such as Sergeant Irving Berlin), though other productions were staged by individuals with no military background. The shows featured performers who were actually in the service, such as some of Berlin's fellow soldiers from Camp Upton on Long Island, and servicemen from the 27 Division (the "New York Division"). The shows were light entertainment, with humorous skits and musical numbers, and a novelty: female characters were played by male soldiers! Proceeds from soldier shows went to projects intended to improve the lives of those serving in the armed forces of the U.S.

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

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Saturday,
October 28, 2017
2:00-3:00 pm
November 2017

A Celebration of The New Yorker Cartoons

Roz Chast (The New Yorker cartoonist) and Robert “Bob” Mankoff (The New Yorker cartoon editor)

cover of Going Into TownMore than a thousand of Roz Chast’s cartoons (featuring her “frantic and disheveled characters” recognized as “icons of American humor”) have appeared in The New Yorker since 1978. Her cartoon memoir about caring for her aging parents (Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?) was #1 on The New York Times Bestseller List for more than 100 weeks. Her new book of cartoons is Going Into Town: A Love Letter to New York (2017). Robert “Bob” Mankoff was The New Yorker cartoon editor from 1997 until his retirement in April 2017. He currently is the Humor and Cartoon Editor at Esquire and is the author of the memoir How About Never—Is Never Good for You?: My Life in Cartoons (2014).

Program sponsored by the New York State Writers Institute; cosponsored by the New York State Office of Cultural Education and the Friends of the New York State Library. Registration is recommended.

Location: Huxley Theater, 1st Foor, Cultural Education Center

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Thursday,
November 9, 2017
8:00 p.m
December 2017

Nic Stone, young adult author

cover of Dear MartinFirst time novelist Stone discusses her book Dear Martin (2017) about an African-American teenager who begins a journal to Dr. Martin Luther King to determine if King’s teaching is still relevant today after the teenager’s run-in with the police.   Loosely inspired by true events about shooting deaths of unarmed black teenagers, the book is called “raw and gripping” by award-winning young adult author (and former New York State Writers Institute speaker) Jason Reynolds.  Program sponsored by the New York State Writers Institute; cosponsored by Albany High School, the New York State Office of Cultural Education, and the Friends of the New York State Library. Registration is recommended.

Location: Huxley Theater, 1st Foor, Cultural Education Center

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Thursday,
December 7, 2017
7:00 p.m

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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Last Updated: September 14, 2017