Links & Resources
Albany County History, Heritage and Cultural Links
The sites managed by the ACHC member historical societies are individually listed on the Sites page. This includes: Cedar Hill Schoolhouse, M.B. Earl Store, Mynderse-Frederick House, Saddlemire Homestead, Ten Broeck Mansion, and society exhibit spaces.
City history and links to City Hall history and City Charter. For City Historian, search the City Staff Directory page.
The Albany Heritage Area, encompassing all of downtown Albany, is one of 18 Heritage Areas and Corridors in New York State. The visitor center in Quackenbush Square houses an exhibit about Albany history, information about the capital region and walking tours, and the Henry Hudson Planetarium.
"Founded in 1791, the Albany Institute of History & Art is one of the oldest museums in the United States. It also is the major repository for the region's heritage, with nationally significant collections."
This active cemetery is an exceptional example of the 1800's rural cemetery movement with 467 acres of wooded landscape, winding roads, and historical burial monuments. National Historic Landmark.
The Dutch Settlers Society of Albany focuses on the early Dutch colonial history and peoples of Albany.
The Hudson River Valley Ramble is an annual event series that celebrates the history, culture and natural resources of the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area, as well as the amazing landscape, communities, and trails throughout the region. 2016 dates: September 3/4, 10/11, 17/18, & 24/25.
A listing of Albany County cultural resources considered worthy of preservation by the National Register of Historic Places. Includes both active and inactive places and historic districts.
The Pruyn House Complex is the educational, historical, and cultural center for the Town of Colonie. The complex includes the restored original house, gardens, and historical buildings moved to the site.
Moored on the Hudson River in Albany and extensively restored, the USS SLATER is the last remaining 563 Destroyer Escorts afloat in the United States. (During World War II, 563 Destroyer Escorts battled Nazi U-boats on the North Atlantic protecting convoys of men and material. In the Pacific they stood in line to defend naval task forces from Japanese submarines and Kamikaze air attacks.) Open for tours April through November.
Located in Cohoes, the Van Schaick Mansion is one of the most historic homes in New York State with a rich history that is tied to both the French and Indian War & the American Revolution.
Capital Region History, Heritage and Cultural Links
Information for the tourist and business traveller.
Heritage tourism information from the Albany County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
The Greenway is a voluntary collaboration between state, regional, and local municipalities to preserve, enhance, and develop the scenic, natural, historic, cultural, and recreational resources of the Hudson RIver Valley, by thinking regionally and planning locally. The Greenway includes communities with river access and those without 14 counties.
New York State's main tourism site.
The Museum Association of New York (MANY) is a statewide organization committed to strengthening the state's museum and cultural community via advocacy and professional development. Two organizations, Museumwise and the Museum Association of New York, consolidated in January 2013 as MANY.
Information for meeting planners. A collaborative effort by members of the Destination Marketing Organizations of New York State to assist planners looking for convenience, accurate information, and resources to assist in making important site selection decisions in New York State.
The Bureau of Historic Sites provides technical and program support to New York's state-owned parks and historic sites. Part of the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation.
New York State views cultural agencies, including historical societies, as educational organizations instead of non-profit businesses. There are two different incorporation types within the New York State Education Department; charter and certificate of incorporation. Charters are only granted to museums and historical societies with collections, while certificate of incorporation are granted to cultural agencies that do not own collections.
The official NYS Education Department (NYSED) site for current materials and resources related to New York State’s cultural institutions, open educational resources, and cultural events. Includes an interactive map of New York State with cultural institutions divided by county.
New York's State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) helps communities identify, evaluate, preserve, and revitalize their historic, archeological, and cultural resources. The SHPO works with governments, the public, and educational and not-for-profit organizations to raise historic preservation awareness, to instill in New Yorkers a sense of pride in the state's unique history and to encourage heritage tourism and community revitalization. Part of the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation.
New York State History, Heritage and Cultural Links
Crailo is the museum of the Colonial Dutch in the Hudson River Valley located in Rensselaer.
The Dutch Barn Preservation is dedicated to the study and preservation of New World Dutch barns.
Through a partnership with the National Park Service, Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area collaborates with residents, government agencies, non-profit groups and private partners to interpret, preserve and celebrate the nationally-significant cultural and natural resources of the Hudson River Valley. One of forty-nine federally recognized National Heritage Areas throughout the United States.
Highlights the natural, historic, cultural, and recreation assets along the scenic interconnected waterways that link upstate New York and southern Quebec, including the Upper Hudson River, Champlain Canal, Lake George, Lake Champlain, Richelieu River, and Chambly Canal.
The New York Cultural Heritage Tourism Network is an organization of small, medium and large museum attractions, historical societies, businesses and individuals working together to promote arts, culture and heritage to and within New York State.
The New York State Museum is a center of art, science, and history dedicated to exploring the human and natural history of the state. Located at the Empire State Plaza in Albany.
The Archives Partnership Trust was founded in 1992 to preserve and increase public access to archives from over 350 years of New York State's colonial and state history.
The Capital building, located on State Street in Albany, is open for tours Monday through Friday and on select Saturdays. Widely considered one of the most beautiful capital buildings, it was as completed in 1899 and is currently undergoing restoration.
Historic Preservation is a function of the NYS Department of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation. It includes: the Bureau of Historic Sites, the Historic Preservation Field Services Bureau, the NYS Heritage Area system, and the NYS Heritage Trails.
The NYS Heritage Area system is a state-local partnership established to promote special areas of historic, cultural, and natural significance across New York State. Part of the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation.
Listings of significant NYS sites related to historical themes - the Revolutionary War, Underground Railroad, Women's Heritage, and Theodore Roosevelt. Sites include homes, museums, battlefields, and churches. Part of the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation.
The New York History Blogpromotes the state’s history community including: new research and publications; newly available collections; public history advocacy and historic preservation efforts; exhibits and events; conferences and grants; and new stories from New York’s past.
Gateway to tourist destinations that are part of the NYS Path Through History program. Destinations are aligned with at least one of 13 themes: Arts & Culture, Canals & Transportation, Civil Rights, Colonial History, Immigration, Innovation and Commerce, Native Americans, Natural History, Revolutionary War, Sports History, U.S. Presidents, War of 1812 and Women’s Rights.
A collaborative effort by the NY Cultural Tourism Network and others to recognize and promote women's heritage and suffrage in NYS. Includes the women's suffrage trail across New York State.
Organization and Operation Resources for Non-Profits
An organization for New York State's duly appointed municipal historians. Affiliate membership is open for any cultural agency, educational institution, corporation, historical societies, museums, or individual interested in NY State history and the work of the public historians of New York State.
Financial and administrative information about non-profits.
The Executive Service Corps of the Tri-Cities (ESCOT) provides management consulting and business advice at affordable cost to non profit organizations and government units.
Financial and administrative information about non-profits.
Internal Revenue Service (direct link to the "Tax Information for Charities and Other Non-Profits" page)
NY Attorney General's one-stop resource for charitable organizations, fundraisers, grantmakers and members of the public. Contains financial reports of charities active in NY, guidance for those who manage charities and solicit charitable contributions, tips for those considering donating to charity, and links to other resources.
Search for charities registered with the NYS Office of the Attorney General. Some organizations, such as religious organizations, are exempt from registering with the office and may not appear in the Registry. (Part of the NYS Charities Bureau website.)
Tech Soup provides information, training, product donations, and networking to allow non-profits to make better technology decisions.