New York State History Month
Did you know November is New York State History Month?

Attend one of the programs featured in this newsletter or learn about the free programs our sister institutions - the New York State Library and the New York State Archives - are hosting this month.
Brain Food for the Curious
Lunchtime Talks
Bring your lunch and learn something new during our "Brain Food for the Curious" lunchtime talks!

Held on select Tuesdays from 12:10 - 12:40 pm, each program includes a 20-minute talk followed by a question and answer period.

Tuesday, November 5
“Craftivism”—using artistic skills and forms to spread an activist message—has had a resurgence in recent years, especially around feminist issues. This talk by Senior Historian Ashley Hopkins-Benton will focus on a collection of material produced by the Creative Women’s Collective in New York City in the 1980s and its ties to modern women’s movement materials.

Tuesday, November 19
Fifty years ago this year, Tom Seaver, Joe Namath, and Willis Reed delivered one of the most iconic years in New York sports history. Join Sports History Curator Stephen Loughman as he explores this significant year in New York sports history.
November Programs
Thursday, November 7
11:00 - 11:45 am
Listen to a story and create a fun art project. This program is ideal for toddlers and preschoolers.
Wednesday, November 13
12:00 - 12:30 pm
Discover Woodstock’s importance as an art colony long before the famous music festival in 1969.
Saturday, November 16
2:00 - 4:00 pm
Join us as we wish the Bronx Zoo a happy 120th birthday! Visitors will learn about the zoo’s history and create birthday cards. 
Sunday, November 17
1:00 - 4:30 pm
See a screening of the critically acclaimed 1970 documentary,  Woodstock , about the legendary three-day 1969 music festival in Bethel, New York.
Friday, November 29 and
Saturday, November 30
1:00 - 4:00 pm
Join the New York State Museum and WMHT to celebrate the characters, videos and music of Sesame Street.

*The Museum Gift Shop will take 15% off all regular price Sesame Street merchandise purchased on November 29 and 30.
Saturday, November 9, 16, 23 & 30
12:30 pm & 2:30 pm
Tour the historic State Education Building during this 45-minute tour led by State Museum staff.
Building a Longhouse

Did you know when the Museum's Kanien’kehá:ka Haudenosaunee (Mohawk) longhouse was built in 1992, it was the first life-size re-creation of a longhouse ever built inside of a museum?

Although, at first glance, the architecture of the structure itself appears fairly simple, the challenges of building a mid-16th century design in a modern museum setting were much more complicated. In addition to requiring enough room to house a 60-foot long, 20-foot wide, and 20-foot high structure, the longhouse design had to blend Haudenosaunee technology with the use of modern tools and be accessible to all museum visitors, all while adhering to current fire and building codes!

Former staff George Hamell and Ray Gonyea (Onondaga), worked closely with exhibit designers as well as consultants George Abrams (Seneca), Ron LaFrance (Akwesasne Mohawk), Dr. Hazel Dean John (Seneca), and John Fadden to build the longhouse while Delia Cook (Akwesasne Mohawk) provided the voice recording inside the longhouse.

Today, the longhouse remains a favorite among museum visitors and school groups.
Save the Date:
Taste NY Holiday Market on Sunday, December 8
Celebrate the holiday season at the New York State Museum’s 6th Annual Taste NY Holiday Market on Sunday, December 8 from 11:00 am - 4:30 pm.

Stroll through the halls of the Museum while shopping and sampling made-in-New York food and beverages from dozens of vendors, including hand-crafted beer, wine and spirits, cheese, chocolate, apple and maple products, and other edible goodies.

Living historians in period attire will share recipes from the past and visitors will learn something new during a fun cooking demonstration. Chocolate fountain station courtesy of We Do Fondue and Price Chopper/Market 32.

Gift Shop Featured Item
This red New York State Museum t-shirt is a new addition to the Museum Gift Shop, available now for $19.99. A green sweatshirt is also available for $34.99.

For more information, contact the Museum Gift Shop at 518-449-7860.