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He tried to check out a Robert E. Lee book from the library and got jailed instead

RICHMOND, Va.

He tried to check out a Robert E. Lee book from the library and got jailed instead

Wyatt Tee Walker is one of the few civil rights movement strategists still alive. Walker, who would later serve as chief of staff for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., was arrested 17 times for challenging segregation in Virginia and other parts of the South.

National Parks turn 100 and they're showing their age

National Parks turn 100 and they're showing their age

The National Park System is turning 100 - but the system faces a $12 billion maintenance shortfall that's left everything from bridges to restrooms in disrepair. Is there a way to fix it?

Thruway rest stop in Montgomery County offers history lessons

MONTGOMERY COUNTY

Thruway rest stop in Montgomery County offers history lessons

A new rest area opened Thursday on the New York State Thruway to provide travelers a chance to take a break from driving, eat food produced in the Mohawk Valley, and sit in the grass while they watch the day-to-day operations of a lock on the Erie Canal.

Longtime community leader Malinda Myers dies at 96

SCHENECTADY

Longtime community leader Malinda Myers dies at 96

The way Malinda Myers explained it to Marilyn Bisgrove, Schenectady never really wanted a college.

A first-class effort to save old Alplaus post office

ALPLAUS

A first-class effort to save old Alplaus post office

Community members are circulating an online petition to save and potentially restore the old Alplaus Post Office.

Wanted: Historians to fill local positions

Wanted: Historians to fill local positions

It was nearly 100 years ago now that the New York State Legislature considered the role of a historian important enough to require every municipality to have one.

Schoharie County walking history tours begin today

Schoharie County walking history tours begin today

The devastation wrought by Hurricane Irene in 2011 is the kind of history Jeff O’Connor would like to forget. He’s much happier unearthing events from the 18th century.

Archaeological dig at Schenectady church yields bits of history

SCHENECTADY

Archaeological dig at Schenectady church yields bits of history

J. Dean Dykstra, minister of First Reformed Church, took Laura Lee up to a window on the second floor of the church facing Union Street.

Amid political divisions, Americans ponder Declaration of Independence

WASHINGTON

Amid political divisions, Americans ponder Declaration of Independence

This Fourth of July is the 240th anniversary of the colonists declaring their independence from Great Britain by adopting the declaration. Set against perhaps one of the most raucous political climates in American history, what does this anniversary — and the Declaration of Independence itself — mean to Americans?

New Blenheim Bridge nearing approval

SCHOHARIE COUNTY

New Blenheim Bridge nearing approval

A Schoharie County official said he’s waiting on a routine approval from the Federal Emergency Management Agency before work can begin to replace the Blenheim Bridge. The original bridge spanned Schoharie Creek and was the longest surviving covered single-span bridge in the world before it was washed away by Tropical Storm Irene in 2011.

Dress said to originate from Battle of Little Bighorn

Dress said to originate from Battle of Little Bighorn

In the 140 years since the Battle of the Little Bighorn, few people have known about the dress a Cheyenne woman is believed to have made from the uniforms of dead soldiers.

Juneteenth celebrates slavery's end, African American traditions

SCHENECTADY

Juneteenth celebrates slavery's end, African American traditions

The Hamilton Hill Arts Center held the opening ceremonies for the 16th annual celebration of Juneteenth at the African American Burial Ground in Vale Cemetery on Friday.

Hamilton tours take off at Albany's Schuyler Mansion

ALBANY

Hamilton tours take off at Albany's Schuyler Mansion

When all the Broadway buzz around “Hamilton” began drifting up north to the Capital Region, Heidi Hill had a great idea.

Finally, Albany slaves to get dignified burial

ALBANY COUNTY

Finally, Albany slaves to get dignified burial

For those men and women enslaved by the Schuyler family in the 17th and 18th century, there was no Emancipation Proclamation, no Juneteenth Celebration.

Capital Region Scrapbook: A glimpse of summer 45 years ago

Capital Region Scrapbook: A glimpse of summer 45 years ago

Summer action means leaps into cold water, line shots into center field and hip moves with plastic hoops.

Ali 'tells it like it is' in 1968 Union College visit

Ali 'tells it like it is' in 1968 Union College visit

Muhammad Ali was mad. And dynamic. And funny. He was all those things in a visit to Union College in 1968.

Aviation fan, 12, is eager guide at Aerosciences Museum

GLENVILLE

Aviation fan, 12, is eager guide at Aerosciences Museum

Educating one’s self can be a lot fun. Just ask 12-year-old Isaiah Gershon, a volunteer guide at the Empire State Aerosciences Museum on Route 50 in Glenville.

Historic Eastfield Village keeps traditional arts, trades alive

Historic Eastfield Village keeps traditional arts, trades alive

For most people, it’s hard to imagine historic Eastfield Village in Nassau without Don Carpentier.

BALLSTON SPA

Portions of rail from Port Authority station slated for Ballston Spa memorial

An artifact from the 9/11 terrorist attacks will be coming to Ballston Spa.

Flint House event will cover broom corn industry, more

Flint House event will cover broom corn industry, more

For decades throughout the 19th century, farmers in and around the village of Scotia were responsible for Schenectady County earning the distinction as the broom corn capital of the world.

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