Links & Resources

Albany County History, Heritage and Cultural Links

ACHC Historical Society Sites

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.

Albany City Historian

City history and links to City Hall history and City Charter. For City Historian, search the City Staff Directory page.

Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center

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. 

Albany Institute of History and Art

"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."

Albany Rural Cemetery

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. 

Discover Albany

"The Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc. was incorporated in 1976 to promote the New York State Capital as a destination for visitors and convention delegates. Today, (they are) known as Discover Albany. Discover Albany is an independent, not-for-profit corporation and serves as Albany County's Official Tourism Promotion Agency (TPA), as well as an administrator of the Capital-Saratoga Region and Hudson River Valley marketing efforts."

Discover Albany - Heritage Tourism

Part of Discover Albany, links to Albany History and selected historic and heritage site.

Dutch Settler’s Society of Albany


Founded in 1924, the Dutch Settlers Society of Albany strives to perpetuate the memory of the individuals who settled in the greater Albany area during the Dutch colonial period of 1624 - 1664. The Society is charged with collecting and preserving information pertaining to the early history of Albany (Fort Orange, later Beverwijck) including genealogical records of the settlers and their descendants.  

Empire State Plaza & New York State Capitol - Tours

The NYS Office of General Services offers a number of free guided and self-guided tours in Albany: NYS Capital, 100 Years of Women's Suffrage Tour, State Education Building, NYS Executive Mansion, and Empire State Art Collection.

Historic Cherry Hill

Built in 1787, Historic Cherry Hill tells a story of America through the lives and experiences of five generations of an Albany, New York, family. House tours, educational programs, Edward Frisbee Center for Collections & Research.

National Register for Historic Places - Albany County

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.

Pruyn House

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.

Schuyler Mansion

Shaker Heritage Society

Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region

"Researches and preserves the local and national history of the anti-slavery and underground railroad movements, their international connections, and their legacies to later struggles and engages in public education and dialogue about these movements and their relevance to modern society." 

USS Slater

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. Open for tours April through November.

Van Schaick Mansion

Located in Cohoes, the Van Schaick Mansion has a rich history that is tied to both the French and Indian War & the American Revolution. Built circa 1735.

Capital Region History, Heritage and Cultural Links

Crailo State Historic Site

Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor

"The Erie Canalway National Heritage corridor preserves our extraordinary canal heritage, promotes the Corridor as a world-class tourism destination, and fosters vibrant communities connected by more than 500 miles of waterway."

Hudson River Valley Greenway

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 both riverside and countryside communities in 14 counties.

Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area

Through a partnership with the National Park Service, the 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.

Hudson River Valley Ramble

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 landscape, communities, and trails throughout the region. 

2017 dates (18th Annual Ramble): Sep 2/3, 9/10, 16/17, 23/24, 30 and Oct 1, 2017

New York State History, Heritage and Cultural Links

Dutch Barn Preservation Society

"The New World Dutch Barn, as it has come to be known, is one of the last physical reminders of the pre-industrial agricultural heritage of eastern New York and New Jersey." Visit the Dutch Barn Preservation website to learn more about efforts to study and preserve New World Dutch barns. Rotterdam Junction, NY.

I Love New York

New York State's main tourism site.

Lakes to Locks Passage

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.

Let’s Rock the Cradle

Suffrage history and heritage in preparation for the centennial of women's history in 2020. Particular focus on NYS.

New York State Museum

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.

NY Cultural Heritage Tourism Network - NY Women’s History

A collaborative effort to recognize and promote women's heritage and suffrage in NYS. 

NY Cultural Tourism Network

An organization of museum attractions, historical societies, businesses and individuals working together to promote arts, culture and heritage to and within New York State.

NY History Blog

"The New York History Blog promotes 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."

NYS Archives Partnership Trust

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.

NYS Bureau of Historic Sites

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.

NYS Convention & Tourism Bureaus

Links to convention and tourism bureaus across New York State. 

NYS Department of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation

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.

NYS Heritage Area System

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.

NYS Heritage Trails

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.

NYS Path Through History

Gateway to heritage tourism site where you can access information about sites across NYS and plan your own trip using one of thirteen themes. 

2017 Path Through History Weekends: June 17-18 & October 7-9.

Organization and Operation Resources for Non-Profits

Association of Public Historians of NYS

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.

Charity Navigator

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.

IRS - Information for Charities & Other Non-Profits

Internal Revenue Service (direct link to the "Tax Information for Charities and Other Non-Profits" page)

Museum Association of New York (MANY)

In partnership with others, MANY seeks to strengthen the state's museum and cultural community via advocacy and professional development. 

NYS Attorney General’s Office

NYS Charities Bureau

NYS Office of 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.

NYS Charities Bureau - Registry Search

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.)

NYS Cultural Agency Chartering and Incorporation

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 NYS 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.

NYS Historic Preservation Office

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.

NYS History Month

Celebrated each November. Historical societies and sites are encouraged to present events, tours, lectures, discussions, publications, and exhibitions that highlight the importance of NYS history and the role we (and the public) play in preserving it.

NYS Path Through History - Submit Events

Use this link to submit your organization's event. Path Through History Weekends "are a showcase of New York State's rich and fascinating history and will feature hundreds of events happening at historic and cultural destinations throughout the state." 

2017 Path Through History Weekends: June 17-18 & October 7-9.

Tech Soup

Tech Soup provides information, training, product donations, and networking to allow non-profits to make better technology decisions.