It’s June, and time for the State of New York’s semi-annual Path Through History Weekend. June 18–19, the state’s fascinating past will be revealed through 50 cultural and historic activities at museums, historic sites, military landmarks and cultural institutions featuring female luminaries, African American legacies, nature, food and explorations of battlefields and cemeteries.
A full, detailed list of activities and locations is available on the official Path Through History website. Some activities are virtual; advance reservations or tickets may be necessary.
Here’s a sampling of weekend highlights:
Canoe/Kayak the Germantown Waterfront (June 18)
Presented by the Germantown History Department, bring your canoe or kayak and participate in a guided history tour of the city’s waterfront. Tours are led by Town Historian Tom Shannon. RSVP and life jackets are required.
Indigenous and Introduced: Flora & Fungi of Olana (June 18)
Presented by Olana State Historic Site, during this guided walk, the emphasis is on sustainable foraging of both edible and medical species. Laura Chávez Silverman, the founding naturalist of The Outside Institute, leads the tour.
The Underground Railroad Stops in Auburn (June 18 –19)
Presented by Seward House Museum, guests will embark on guided tours of the home that once belonged to politician William Seward and his wife Frances, and served as an important stop on the Underground Railroad.
Stella Prince: Horton Point’s Lady Lighthouse Keeper (June 18–19)
This virtual event is presented by Southold Historical Museum & Horton Point Lighthouse. Mary Korpi presents the story of the woman who kept the torch lit at Horton Point Lighthouse on
I Dream a Dream that Dreams Back at Me: A Juneteenth Celebration (June 19)
Presented by Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, this evening of music commemorates the 156th anniversary of Juneteenth. The evening includes a concert by Grammy winner Cedric Burnside and a Silent Disco Dance Party honoring the contributions of Black Americans to modern music.
Hyde Hall Foodways Tour (June 18–19)
Presented by the Irish American Heritage Museum, guests can visit the splendid 50-room country house on the shores of Otsego “Glimmerglass” Lake to discover how cultural, social and economic factors influenced the production and consumption of food.
The second series of weekend history-themed events takes place in October.
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