Exhibits and Programs

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Exhibit: 230 Years and Counting: The United States Census

Our March exhibit covers the 230 year history of the US Census and features information about how to participate in this year's census for 2020.

Programs and Classes

All programs are FREE and open to the public.

Upcoming Events or Classes Date and Time
March 2020

Black Women’s Activism in Troy, NY before the American Civil War

Jennifer Burns portraitToday histories written about the Underground Railroad and the activism of Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth often serve as a source of pride and recognition of the courage and ingenuity of black women in American history. But at the same time, that astonishing “secret” system and those brave women are only a part of a much larger story about black women’s activism in New York state.

In this talk, Dr. Jennifer Thompson Burns will discuss the rich activist tradition of black women in Troy, NY, who mobilized to uplift the free black community and abolish slavery in America, preceding the American Civil War. 

Location: Librarians Room, 7th floor

Program Postponed
April 2020

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

Genealogy tour groupThe 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. Cara Janowsky, Associate Librarian will lead the tour. 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

Program Postponed

Dress and Appearance in American Crime and Justice

Frankie Y. Bailey portraitIn popular culture, mass media, and real-life narratives about crime and justice, looks matter. Police officers make decisions about citizens based on appearance and demeanor. Citizens respond to the uniforms and special equipment of the police officers they encounter. In everyday encounters and in courtrooms, appearance – skin color, body type, hair style, tattoos, posture, facial expressions – shape perceptions. This presentation ranges from colonial America to the present, exploring the use of clothing in impression management, social control, and the criminal justice process.

Frankie Y. Bailey is a professor in the School of Criminal Justice, UAlbany. She specializes in mass media, material culture and crime history.

Location: Librarians Room, 7th floor

Program Postponed
May 2020

From Tessie the Tanner to Homework: Women in Fulton County’s Glove and Leather Industry

Black and white photo of woman in leather glove factoryWhen 90% of the world’s gloves came from Fulton County, women made up over 70% of the workforce in the industry. From the advent of the personal sewing machine underlining homework’s importance as an essential piece of a family's income, to women who worked the tannery floor years before Rosie started riveting, explore the complicated history of the leather industry and women’s important role in the export that put Fulton County on the map.

Join us for a presentation by Samantha Hall-Saladino, the Executive Director of the Fulton County Historical Society in Gloversville and the Fulton County Historian.

Location: Librarians Room, 7th floor


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

Directions and Parking

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

You can also receive future program announcements via our Facebook page.

Evaluation Form: People who have recently attended a class or other event are invited to complete an evaluation online.

Last Updated: March 16, 2020