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Capital Region Path Through History

The Capital Region prides itself on its rich history and boasts a large and diverse concentration of historic and cultural attractions. From living history museums, to forts and military landmarks, to the homes of presidents and artists, there is a wealth of sites to explore the area’s heritage.  WMHT is proud to share with you some of the real moments, real life and real stories on New York’s Path Through History.

Working Landscapes | Shakers

Working Landscapes | Shakers

Cheap land in NY’s Capital Region allowed Shakers to establish a Utopian religious society

Peopling of New York | Slate Valley

Peopling of New York | Slate Valley

Immigrants traveled to slate valley where a huge deposit of slate was discovered in 1839.

Commerce and Industry Heritage | Troy

Commerce and Industry Heritage | Troy

Capital Region: Forefront of NY's commercial economy & Troy's thriving historic industries

Commerce and Industry Heritage | Schenectady/Edison

Commerce and Industry Heritage | Schenectady/Edison

The Capital Region has long been a center for science, technology and industry.

Conflict and Settlement | Dutch

Conflict and Settlement | Dutch

In 1609 Englishman Henry Hudson explored trade routes for the Dutch East India Co.

Architecture | Henry Hobson Richardson

Architecture | Henry Hobson Richardson

The architectural heritage of the Capital Region is rich and varied.

The Arts | Thomas Cole & Hudson Valley Painters

The Arts | Thomas Cole & Hudson Valley Painters

Capital region: The birthplace of the first American art movement, the Hudson River School

Military Heritage | French and Indian War

Military Heritage | French and Indian War

NY's early settlements & natural transportation networks was a strategic battleground.

Military Heritage | Revolutionary War

Military Heritage | Revolutionary War

The Hudson River Valley was a key battleground during the American War for Independence.

Freedom & Dignity | Underground Railroad

Freedom & Dignity | Underground Railroad

Human rights & social reform have been long part of the historic fabric of the region.

Politics and Government | Grant Cottage

Politics and Government | Grant Cottage

Ulysses S Grant was the commander of Union Armies in the Civil War & 18th pres of the US.

Scenic and Natural History | Thacher State Park

Scenic and Natural History | Thacher State Park

One of the Capital Region wonders lies in the Helderberg mountains south of Albany.

WMHT has partnered with Path Through History [PTH] and I Love New York to produce interesting and informative videos detailing the in-depth history of New York's Capital Region. PTH is an initiative to connect historic and cultural attractions throughout New York State. We invite you to visit the Path Through History Website: paththroughhistory.ny.gov

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