Making History in Saratoga Springs: Health and Horses in the City, Ancient Settlements out by the Lake

Posted by Edward V. Curtin on February 16, 2012 in Archaeology, History, Museums |

Kindle(This is the first in a series on history and archaeology in upstate New York communities) Saratoga Springs in New York’s Hudson Valley region draws thousands of visitors and summer residents to events ranging from Dance Flurry in February, to the New York City Ballet in July, and the late summer thoroughbred horse races.  The […]

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State Professional Workers Union Approves Contract: Threat of Archaeologist Layoffs is Averted

Posted by Edward V. Curtin on November 3, 2011 in Archaeology, Museums |

Earlier this afternoon, the Public Employees Federation (PEF) announced that its proposed contract with the State of New York has been ratified by its membership by a more than 2 to 1 margin.  Congratulations to the PEF members who considered the new proposal and expressed their position by voting on it.  The State Museum scientist […]

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NYS Archaeological Association-Van Epps-Hartley Chapter Fall Meeting

Posted by Kerry Nelson on October 19, 2011 in Archaeology, History, Museums |

The Fall meeting of the Van Epps-Hartley Chapter of the NYSAA will be held Saturday, November 5, 2011 at 1:00 PM at the Mabee Farm’s new George E. Franchere Education Center, Route 5S, Rotterdam Junction. Guest Speaker The guest speaker will be noted author and historian, Shirley W. Dunn who will give a presentation entitled: “Mohicans on […]

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New York State Contract Negotiations Affecting Archaeologists Continue

Posted by Edward V. Curtin on October 7, 2011 in Archaeology, Museums |

The Associated Press reports this afternoon that Governor Andrew Cuomo has indicated that he would consider a shorter, 3-year contract with the Public Employees Federation (PEF), allowing PEF to renegotiate the contract earlier, and potentially at a time when the state’s economy will have improved.  The contract that PEF membership has rejected was for five […]

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Archaeology Layoffs Are Looming Again

Posted by Edward V. Curtin on September 27, 2011 in Archaeology, Museums, Uncategorized |

Earlier this year the New York State Education Department was poised to lay off five New York State Museum Scientists including the State Archaeologist and the Curators of Archaeology and Historical Archaeology.  These layoffs are imminent again following today’s failure by the members of the Public Employees Federation (PEF) to ratify the contract that PEF […]


Archaeology and History Events Around the Capital Region and Beyond, Sept. 16-18

Posted by Kerry Nelson on September 16, 2011 in Archaeology, Artifacts, History, Museums |

Archaeology and history buffs in and around Eastern New York will have some tough choices to make this weekend.  Here’s a run down of events. Hat tip to New York History Blog for several of these. Our own Ed Curtin will be giving a talk entitled “The Missing 2000 Years: The Continuing Mystery of the […]

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Hurricanes, Museums, and Disaster Preparedness

Posted by Kerry Nelson on August 30, 2011 in Archaeology, Artifacts, CRM, History, Museums |

Guy Park in Amsterdam, New York was severely damaged by flooding of the Mohawk River after Hurricane Irene.  A corner of the building was ripped off by the flood waters, which rose as high as the first floor windows at one point. Guy Park was the colonial home of Guy Johnson, the nephew and son-in-law […]

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