October is New York State History Month!

New York State’s history community is dynamic and diverse. In October, historians, scholars, curators, preservationists, librarians, archivists, genealogists, re-enactors, and educators will work together to promote the education and appreciation of New York State’s rich and complex history.

Please join us for special in-person programming at the New York State Museum for October 2023 History Month and explore additional resources below.

Programs & Exhibitions at the NYSM

Enjoy a month of programming highlighting the upcoming 250th anniversary of the American Revolution. Explore the diverse perspectives of those impacted by the revolution and the ongoing work to secure the freedoms for all Americans that were promised by the revolution but not delivered.

The Fidelity Medal

The Fidelity Medal: Treason at West Point

September 29, 2023 to December 31, 2023

This exhibition delves into Major General Benedict Arnold’s betrayal of West Point during the American Revolution and British Major John André’s involvement in Arnold’s plot. View important historical artifacts and information related to this aspect of the American Revolutionary War, including the rare Fidelity Medallion, three links from the Great Chain constructed across the Hudson River to prevent British ships from sailing north from New York City, and images of the papers found on André when he was captured.

Jack Kelly Presents: God Save Benedict Arnold: The True Story of America’s Most Hated Man

Dr. Christopher Minty Presents: Unfriendly to Liberty: Loyalist Networks and the Coming of the American Revolution in New York

Panel Discussion: The Continuing Revolution for All New Yorkers

Dr. Scott Manning Stevens Presents: Paths Forward: Native America and Museums

Statewide Programs & Resources

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Path Through History

Discover how I Love NY's Path Through History can guide you to over 500 historical attractions and sites across New York!

Organizations! Submit your events to Path Through History here: https://iloveny.com/pth-submit
Be sure to select “NYS History Month” as an event category.
History Month Events

Statewide Events, Programs, and More!

Visit the Office of State History events page for a comprehensive list of statewide events, lectures, site visits, and more related to New York State History Month!

Resources for Educators


Earn CTLE in New York History

The NYSM currently offers several CTLE programs with an emphasis on events and artifacts central to the history of New York State. 


October is also American Archives Month!

New York is home to thousands of repositories, including the New York State Archives, that preserve and make accessible the primary source materials that help tell the history of our great state.

Visit the New York Archives Partnership Trust "Archives Month Resource Page" to learn more!

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History Month Promotion Kit (PDF)

Download information on how to promote History Month events in your community.

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New York State 250th Commemoration Field Guide

Planning for the commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the founding of this nation is underway. Explore themes and suggestions for how your community or organization can recognize the American Revolution commemorative era from 2025 through 2033. 

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A New York Minute in History

Listen in to discover the unique tales of New Yorkers throughout American history.

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Discover the New York History Journal!

Learn how to subscribe to the journal, purchase past issues, or submit articles. 

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Compete in Capital Region History Day!

It's never too soon to learn how to participate in this "historic" competition held annually in March.

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Office of State History

Your year-round resource for NY's history-related news, events, and resources.

Featured Video

The American Origin Myth: Remembering the American Revolution with Historian Michael D. Hattem