An informally curated list of sites, blogs, social media, museums, libraries, and other resources dedicated to history in and around Albany, New York.  Suggestions always welcome at paula.lemire@gardenalley.net or paula.lemire@yahoo.com.  Please note that inclusion in this list does not mean an endorsement of any political, religious or other personal opinions expressed in individual links, only that such links include some material relevant to Albany history.

98 Acres In Albany - A community history project examining the neighborhoods demolished for the Empire State Plaza

The A-List - A "curated sampling" of Albany culture and history

African American Cultural Center of the Capital Region

Albany Bagel - purveyors of bagels, but with some fascinating local history posts

Albany Ale Project - a look at the city's long history of brewing

Albany Archives - promoting and retelling Albany's history since 2012 (often with a fun sense of humor)

Albany Church Grounds Project - documenting historic burials

Albany County Convention and Visitors Bureau - operates the Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center at Quackenbush Square

Albany County Hall of Records


Albany County Historical Association - see Ten Broeck Mansion below

Albany County History Collaborative

Albany Daily Photo

Albany History Blog

Albanyhistory.org - Albany history from 1777 to 1861

Albany History Events Listing - from the Times Union

Albany Institute of History and Art - includes a growing digital gallery with many items from their collection

Albany Muskrat - blog about "all things Old Albany"

Albany Postcard Project
- an imitative of the Albany Archives (see above)

Albany Public Library - local history at the Main Branch's Pruyn Collection

Albany Rural Cemetery - burial place of President Chester Arthur

Albany Rural Cemetery - History & Photos Blog - highlighting historic or otherwise interesting burials


Albany...the way it was -
one of the most active and well-moderated Facebook groups dedicated to Albany

Albany...the way it was on Flickr - a truly vast collection of Albany images.

All Over Albany - not a history site, but one of the most informative sites for all things local which often includes articles of historical interest

American Italian Museum and Heritage Association

The Arabella Chapman Project - University of Michigan project to document the first African-American to graduate from the precursor of Albany High School

Betty Fink's Genealogy Page - a terrific local genealogy resources (please note the new URL)

The Book House - independent bookstore with an excellent selection of local history titles

Capital Cobblestone Project - Exploring the history behind the names of Albany's streets

Capital District Civil War Roundtable

Capital District Genealogical Society

Capitol District History and Culture - Facebook group

Cherry Hill - historic house museum and site of the famous 1827 murder

City Hall - Albany's City Hall designed by H.H. Richardson

City Historian:

Tony Opalka
21 McKinley Street
Albany, NY 12206. 
Phone:  518459-3994
E-mail: topalka1@nycap.rr.com

County Historian:

Albany County Historian
Albany County Office Building
112 State Street, Room 800
Albany, NY 12207
Phone: 518-447-5516
E-mail: JTRAVIS@AlbanyCounty.com

Daughters of The American Revolution - General Peter Gansevoort Chapter

Doc Circe Died For Our Sins - "Exploring Albany's Inglorius Past and Dubious Future" (but don't let the subtitle scare you off)

Don Rittner - excellent blog by local historian and author Don Rittner

Dutch Apple Cruises - offers a number of historic excursions on the Hudson River at Albany

Dutch Settlers Society of Albany

Flickr.com - Albany Photo Group -
photostream for Albany...the way it was (see above) with over 6,000 images and growing.

Fort Crailo - 18th-century house museum across the river in Rensselaer

Friends of Albany History - a new Facebook page devoted to Albany's history

Friends of The Evangelical Protestant Cemetery - a new group formed to restore the oldest surviving cemetery within the city of Albany

Friends of the Schuyler Mansion - supporting Albany's Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site since 1977

Fulton History - a massive searchable database of historic newspapers which includes such local titles as the Albany Argus, Albany Evening Journal, and The Knickerbocker News

Genealogical Resources - extensive list from familysearch.og

Ghosts of Albany - ghost tours in downtown Albany

Grains Once Scattered - Ramblings On The History of St. Paul's Church In The City of Albany

Half Moon Replica Ship


Hartgen Archaeological Associates

Historia Albanica

Historian - Capital District Roman Catholic Diocesan Cemeteries

Historic Albany Foundation

A History of Here -
Albany history blog (contains quite a few posts on the Pine Hills section)

Hoxie! -
Carl Johnson's excellent blog highlighting history from the Albany, Troy, and Schenectady area.

Irish-American Heritage Museum

Jewish Virtual Library - An overview of  Albany's Jewish history

Len Tantillo - historic paintings of the Albany area

The Neighborhood The Disappeared - documentary focusing on the largely Italian-American neighborhood displaced by the Empire State Plaza

New York State Capitol

New York State Archives

New York State Library

New York State Museum

Partners For Albany Stories

People of Colonial Albany - extensive social history project documenting Albany's residents through 1800.

Ten Broeck Mansion - historic mansion and home of the Albany County Historical Association

Ten Broeck Triangle - historic neighborhood blog

Twitter:

     @AlbanyArchives
    
     @albanyhistory

     @AlbanyMuskrat

     @HoxsieAlbany

Underground Railroad Workshop - The Underground Railroad and Abolition in Albany (includes the Stephen & Harriet Myers House restoration project)

USS Slater - World War II Destroyer Escort docked as a floating museum at Albany

Washington Park Conservancy

Wikiepedia - History of Albany, New York

Other sites in Albany County:

Bethlehem Historical Association

Historical Society of the Town of Colonie

Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area

Hudson River Valley Ramble

National Register of Historic Places (Albany County listings)

New Scotland Historical Association

New York State Path Through History

Pruyn House

Ravena Coeymans Historical Society

Shaker Heritage Society

Spindle City Historical Society (Cohoes)

The Van Schaick Mansion (Cohoes)

Virtual Watervliet

Neighboring and Nearby Counties:

Greene County Historical Society

Montgomery County History and Archives

Rensselaer County Historical Society

Saratoga County Historical Society

Schenectady County Historical Society

Last updated - May 1, 2015


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