The Architecture of Downtown Troy

The Architecture of Downtown Troy

Between fires, floods and urban renewal, it’s remarkable that Troy retains any of its historic fabric at all. Diana Waite’s new book, “The Architecture of Downtown Troy,” (Excelsior Editions; Illustrated edition – September 1, 2019), is a deep dive...
Meet the New NYS Librarian

Meet the New NYS Librarian

The nonprofit Friends of the NYS Library hosted a reception to formally introduce the new state librarian, Lauren Moore, before the Erie Canal exhibit tour and book talk at the NYS Museum last week. And while she may be surrounded by history in her new(ish) position,...
Power of the Past at the NYS Museum

Power of the Past at the NYS Museum

History is in good hands if the crowd at a recent event at the New York State Museum was any indication. The Office of Cultural Education (NYS Museum, Library and Archives) hosted an Erie Canal gallery tour and book talk that drew more than 100 history lovers. The...
Hops and Harvest

Hops and Harvest

Bluegrass and craft beverages on the Empire State Plaza? Count me – and about a thousand others – in. The stretch of spectacular weather that Albany has been enjoying continued Wednesday evening as the sun set and stars rose over the stages and tents at the Madison...
Bird Sleuth on the Case of the Carolina Wren

Bird Sleuth on the Case of the Carolina Wren

Have you noticed how quiet it has gotten outside in the evening and morning? Twilight and dawn? The crepuscular serenade of local songbirds has all but ended as the season turns from summer to fall. Except for one particular standout. Long after all the robins,...