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Cornplanter's Pipe Tomahawk

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Cornplanter was a leader of the Seneca nation around the time of the American Revolution. After the war, he entered into treaties with the newly formed United States. George Washington gave him a pipe tomahawk, which was later purchased by the New York State Museum. It was stolen about 70 years ago, but has now been returned.

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Facts and Faction

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There is a very rare piece of American history on display in our area. This piece of our past has lessons for our present.

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Edmonia Lewis | She Inspires

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Learn about internationally recognized sculptor & Rensselaer County native, Edmonia Lewis.

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Ethelda Bleibtrey | She Inspires

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Learn about Ethelda Bleibtrey, the first woman ever to win three Olympic gold medals.

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Grace Hudowalski | She Inspires

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Grace Hudowalski was the first woman to hike the 46 peaks of the Adirondacks and was a pioneer in the creation of the ADK Forty-Sixers club.

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Elizabeth Freeman (Mumbet)| She Inspires

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Learn about Elizabeth Freeman (Mumbet), a slave in western Massachusetts until she sued for freedom and won.

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Albany's underbelly during Prohibition makes great fodder for William Kennedy

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There was Swifty Mead's, Big Charlie's in the South End, Mullen's, O'Malley's, and The Kenmore, with dancing in the Rainbow Room. These are just some of the speakeasies that were used during the days of Prohibition in New York State’s capital.

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Edna St. Vincent Millay | She Inspires

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A major figure in 20th century American literature, Jazz Age poet Edna St. Vincent Millay was only nineteen years old when she published 'Renaissance,' the poem that launched her career.

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Alice Morgan Wright | She Inspires

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Modernist sculptor Alice Morgan Wright was a suffragist and animal welfare advocate.

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Free Preview Screening | The Farthest: Voyager in Space

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A free preview screening Friday, August 18 from 7pm-9pm.

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Learn the story of how Theodore Roosevelt became our nation’s 26th president.

POV Documentary Blog

Featured Event: “Revolution '67” at the Detroit Historical Society's Summer Film Series

Join the Detroit Historical Society in Detroit, IL for a free screening of 'Revolution '67'.