Exhibits and Programs


Birds Down Under

The seventh-floor exhibit for September-October 2014 highlights some of the NYS Library's rich ornithological holdings, with an emphasis on Australia and the surrounding Pacific.

Previous seventh floor exhibits | Items from the NYS Library collections on exhibit elsewhere

Online Programs

Selected past programs were recorded and can be viewed online.

Upcoming Programs and Classes

All programs are FREE and open to the public.

Event or Class Date and Time
October 2014

Family Heritage Day

The Archives Partnership Trust along with the NYS Archives, Museum and Library will present a full day of programs and activities for parents, children, families and all of those who have an interest in exploring their personal family heritage.

Location: Various locations throughout the Cultural Education Center

October 11, 2014
10 am -4 pm

cover of The Mysterious Black Migration... by L. Lloyd Stewart

The Mysterious Black Migration 1800-1820: The Van Vrankens and Other Families of African Descent in Washington County, New York

Local historian and author, L. Lloyd Stewart, will relate the little-known story of the mass migration of African Americans to Washington County during the early nineteenth century. Thousands of individuals of African descent came in search of opportunity and a better life in northern New York, but their experiences are largely absent from the historical record. Mr Stewart's book, "The Mysterious Black Migration 1800-1820," is the continuing byproduct of genealogical research he began in 2000. It is the second in a series of books relating to his family's experiences in early New York. A book signing will follow Mr. Stewart's presentation. Registration is recommended.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the New York State Libraryexternal link.

Location: New York State Library 7th floor Librarians Room

October 29, 2014
12:15 - 1:15pm
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November 2014

Ticonderoga MapHistorical Maps Available at the New York State Library

Senior Librarian Stephanie Barrett will review the different types of historical maps available at the New York State Library, including Library of Congress Land Ownership maps, Adirondack Survey maps, and maps in the Library's Digital Collections. She will also provide a demonstration of the Sanborn Map online database. Sanborn maps are valuable historical tools for anyone who wants to learn about the history of their home, their family history and the growth and development of American cities, towns, and neighborhoods. Sanborn maps are large-scale plans containing data such as the outline of each building, the size, shape and construction materials, heights, and function of structures, location of windows and doors. The maps also give street names, street and sidewalk widths, property boundaries and building use, such as stable, garage, and warehouse. Registration is required.

Location: New York State Library 7th floor Librarians Room

November 8, 2014
2:00 - 3:00 pm
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Walking Tour of the Local History & Genealogy ResourcesWalking Tour of the Local History and Genealogy Resources at the New York State Library

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 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

Nov. 15, 2014
11 am - 12:30 pm
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Accessing E-Journals at the New York State Library

ejournalsWith more and more resources now available electronically, finding, accessing, and making best use of them is essential. This course explores the skills required to locate, access, and read electronic journals at the State Library. Senior Librarian Stephanie Barrett will demonstrate how the full text available in databases such as Academic OneFile, JSTOR, and others can make it easy to research and read journal and magazine articles online. Registration is required.

Location: New York State Library 7th floor Librarians Room

Nov. 22, 2014
11 am - 12:00 pm
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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

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

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Last Updated: October 21, 2014