"The only new thing in the world is the history you don't know."
-- Harry S. Truman

History Web Sites

Local History | World and US History | Military History

Local History

New York State Museum
The New York State Museum is a significant research New York-focused institute located in downtown Albany that "conducts systematic investigations into the geology, biology, anthropology and history of New York"1. The museum has a collection of over 12 million artifacts of all kinds. This museum is a great place to research any of the previously-mentioned subjects as well as just to peruse an extensive collection. This website contains general information on their current and ongoing collections/exhibits and programs.

Albany County Local History
This is a very useful site containing many links to local historical maps, census information, historical places, town information, records, etc. If you are looking to research local records or find local historical places, this is a good place to start.

Albany Institute of History & Art
The Albany Institute of History & Art is an organization focused on preserving art and culture of the greater Albany, Hudson Valley area, and the nation as a whole. This website contains photographs of some of their current collections and exhibits.

Town of Colonie Historian
Information on the town's history as well as contact information for the town's historian, Kevin Franklin, is provided.

Shaker Heritage Society
This site contains information on the Shaker settlement in Albany. It is primarily focused on the Albany Shaker site and settlement, containing information on the buildings on the site, the evolution of the people and settlement, as well as current programs and events.

Colonie-Area Family Cemeteries
This is a small collection of local Colonie family-oriented, publically-accessible cemeteries. Some of these date back to colonial period and most have been restored. Significant background information as well as photos is provided for each cemetery.

World and History

Best of History Websites
This is a great portal-type site containing over a thousand annotated links to various history-related websites well categorized by topic. Just a few examples of the many topics available: ancient/biblical, medieval, modern, renaissance, military, art, and many more.

The American Family Immigration History Center
This site uses state of the art computer technology to bring Immigrant arrival records from 1892-1924 to one's fingertips. For a nominal fee, visitors can receive a printout of their family's data, plus a picture of the ship on which they arrived. However, the site is difficult to access, because of the number of people trying to access it.

Princeton University Library History Websites
Another good portal site containing history-related links organized by time period, topic, and region. This one was created by Princeton University. Coverage includes time periods from ancient to 20th century. There are several links to primary source documents on this site, which are great for research.

Famous Trials
I can't say enough about this site for famous trials in American history. It is, a most interesting site. Using trial transcripts, maps, and numerous other primary documents, this site has information on twelve cases, including the Salem Witchcraft Trials, the Scopes "Monkey" Trial, and the Scottsboro Boys Trial.

The History Channel
A good place to start if you like history and cable TV's History Channel.

Library of Congress American Memory
a nice site with topics including "today in history", to African American, Native American and military history, and much more.

Texts and Documents
This is a GREAT web site! Primary documents from the beginning of human history divided into two categories: Europe, and East Asia. If you want history when it was written, go here.

U.S. Historical Documents
Another good source for primary documents. This site concentrates on United States History: the complete texts of everything from the Magna Carta and Iraqois Constitution to documents collected during President O'Bama's presidency.

Contact Paul Drezelo, Adult Collection Development and Programs

To make suggestions about this site, to report dead links, or for information related to history resources, you may contact Mr. Drezelo at:

William K. Sanford Town Library
629 Albany Shaker Road
Loudonville, NY 12211

Phone: (518) 458-9274
Fax: (518) 438-0988
E-mail: drezelop@colonielibrary.org

Site last updated: 6/01/11

1. Source: New York State Museum, http://www.nysm.nysed.gov/information/aboutus/historyofmuseum.html, accessed 5/25/11.

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