• Welcome to the New York State Military Museum

    Welcome to the New York State Military Museum

    The mission of the museum and research center is to preserve, interpret and disseminate the story, history and records of New York State’s military forces and veterans.

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  • Sherman Tank Returns!

    Sherman Tank Returns!

    Our Sherman Tank returns to the NYS Military Museum from Fort Drum after a year long restoration, to it's permanent exhibit spot.

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  • CIVIL WAR PAINTINGS | Coming Soon

    CIVIL WAR PAINTINGS | Coming Soon

    This exhibit will highlight some of the finest Civil War artwork from the collection of the Military Museum on a rotating basis. Click for more details...

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  • A CALL NOT UNHEEDED

    A CALL NOT UNHEEDED

    The exhibit features a dazzling array of militia and National Guard distinctive unit dress uniforms, ballot boxes and decorative bronze trophies that interpret the social organization of the National Guard, original artifacts from the USS Maine, and a carronade captured during the 1857 Dead Rabbits Riot in New York City.

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  • Battleground for Freedom

    Battleground for Freedom

    No less than 120 military engagements occurred on New York soil, more than in any other state, ranging in scale and significance from the decisive Battle of Saratoga to numerous bitter skirmishes and ruthless raids that raged throughout the frontier settlements...

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  • Some Great Past Exhibits

    Some Great Past Exhibits

  • The Military Museum and Gift Store will be closed for renovations next week from Monday, February 1st through Friday, February 5th. The museum will re-open with normal hours of operation resuming on Saturday, February 6th at 10AM.

Welcome to the New York State Military Museum

The mission of Friends is to be a support to the museum, to aid in fund raising for exhibits and displays, as well as assisting in drawing attention to the museum through programs, lectures and events. As the board of trustees, we are the elected board which helps direct the membership to facilitate the support mission of the non profit group.

 

Winter 2015/Spring 2016 Calendar of Events

  

Upcoming events at the New York State Military Museum

 

 

Sponsored by the Friends of the New York State Military Museum  and the Friends of the Saratoga Battlefield 

 

 

 Saturday, Feb. 20, 2:00pmMakin Taken: The 27th Infantry Division's Baptism by Fire November 20 - 24, 1943.  Pat Chaisson, author and retired New York Army National Guard officer, will trace the course of the four-day Battle of Makin, the first clash between US Army troops and their Japanese opponents in the Central Pacific Theater of Operations during World War II. FREE!

 

Saturday, Feb. 27, 2:00pmUSS Virginia:  From Sail to Nuclear PowerRay Misciewicz, a nuclear engineer and expert on nuclear submarines, discusses the ten US Navy vessels named Virginia, from the 28-gun sailing frigate built in 1776 to the nuclear powered attack submarine commissioned in 2004.  FREE!

 

Saturday, March 5, 2:00pmSaratoga Springs and the Civil War – Lance Ingmire, a Civil War enthusiast and contributing author to Saratoga Springs: A Centennial History, provides an overview of the contributions of Saratogians to the Civil War and identifies significant local sites, buildings, and landmarks associated with the war and Saratoga’s veterans. FREE!

 

Saturday, March 19, 2:00pmThe Life and Wars of John Stark – Richard and John Polhemus give due to one of America’s greatest yet least celebrated heroes of the Revolutionary War, John Stark, a captain with Rogers Rangers during the French and Indian War and a general during the American Revolution who defeated the British at the Battle of Bennington. FREE!

 

Saturday, April 2, 2:00pmShe Called Him Raymond – Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, Ray O’Conor shares the compelling story of love and loyalty between Helen Gregg, daughter of Irish immigrants in New York City, and Clarence Raymond Stephenson, a B-17 pilot during World War II. FREE!

 

Friday, April 8, 6pm-9:30pmNight at the Brewseum – Sample a wide selection of the finest craft beers around along with food from local restaurants and caterers at the fifth annual Night at the Brewseum.  The popular event sells out quickly, so order tickets by calling the Museum Store at 518-226-0490.  Co-sponsored with Saratoga Lions Club. Tickets are available online here. Tickets will also be available at the Museum Store.

 

Saturday, April 9, 2:00pmCommander Will Cushing: Daredevil Hero of the Civil War – Jamie Malinowski describes the thrilling life and exploits of Will Cushing, exploring the psychology of the daredevil soldier and what Cushing’s heroics and tragic death can tell us about the ways we remember the glories of war. FREE!

 

Saturday, April 16, 1:00pm – When Books Went to War – Lawyer, historian, and critically acclaimed author Molly Manning recounts how during World War II the War Department teamed with librarians and the publishing industry to create the Armed Services Editions, pocket-sized paperbacks for millions of GI’s fighting throughout Europe and the Pacific. FREE!

 

Ever Upward: The History of the New York Air National Guard

Now on display.

Since its humble beginnings in 1908, the New York Air National Guard (NYANG) has evolved from an informal group of amateur aerial enthusiasts to today’s professionally trained and equipped Air Reserve Component of the United States Air Force.

The New York Air National Guard is a key participant in our country’s national defense and international wartime operations as well as a valuable asset to aid all New Yorkers during natural disasters and civil disturbances.

Displaying rare images and artifacts from the Military Museum’s collection, "Ever Upward" will present New York’s early air units and aerial pioneers, the creation of the Air National Guard, service during the Cold War and the Global War on Terror, in-state aid during national disasters, and international missions to the earth’s remote Polar Regions.

 

  • Deep Freeze 109th
    Ski-equipped LC-130 from the 109th Airlift Wing, New York Air National Guard, landing at Shackleton Glacier, Antarctica, November 2007.
  • F 16 Fighter
    F-16 Fighting Falcon, 174th Fighter Wing, New York Air National Guard, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan, 2003.
  • Havens Dallas
    Pilot Beckwith Havens aboard a biplane, Texas State Fair, Dallas, Texas, October 1911. Within a year Havens would bring his aerial expertise to the New York to become the first pilot in the entire National Guard.

Military Museum/Armory-1912

From our Archives-a piece of history of our New York State Military Museum:

 A rifle team of Co. L, 2nd Regiment from Saratoga Springs posing in front of the armory (now the Military museum). with the Mott Trophy in 1912. The Mott Trophy was an intra-regimental trophy named in honor of Major Selden W. Mott, a former commander of the Third Battalion of the Second Regiment. It was awarded annually from around 1908-1915 and then again briefly for a couple of years around 1925. Note the heavy front door of our museum with the iron gates on the sides. The front doors were replaced a few years ago with newer glass doors, and the iron gates were lost for several years, but in recent years were re-installed by the front door.

  • Military Museum/Armory-1912

    From our Archives-a piece of history of our New York State Military Museum:

     A rifle team of Co. L, 2nd Regiment from Saratoga Springs posing in front of the armory (now the Military museum). with the Mott Trophy in 1912. The Mott Trophy was an intra-regimental trophy named in honor of Major Selden W. Mott, a former commander of the Third Battalion of the Second Regiment. It was awarded annually from around 1908-1915 and then again briefly for a couple of years around 1925. Note the heavy front door of our museum with the iron gates on the sides. The front doors were replaced a few years ago with newer glass doors, and the iron gates were lost for several years, but in recent years were re-installed by the front door.

  • West Point Museum exhibits trophy flags presented to Gen. George Washington until 2017

    King's Color of the British Seventh Regiment of Foot (Photo courtesy West Point Museum Collection/all rights reserved)

    • King's Color of the British Seventh Regiment of Foot
      King's Color of the British Seventh Regiment of Foot (Phot courtesy West Point Museum Collection/all rights reserved)
        October 20, 2015

    By Michael McAfee (West Point Museum, Curator of History)

    • King's Color of the British Seventh Regiment of Foot
      King's Color of the British Seventh Regiment of Foot (Phot courtesy West Point Museum Collection/all rights reserved)

    WEST POINT, N.Y. (October 19, 2015) - Congress, in grateful recognition of the invaluable services of General Washington during the American Revolution, presented him with the first British flag captured in 1775 and one of the last surrendered flags from Yorktown in 1781. These flags descended to Washington's step-grandson and adopted son, George Washington Parke Custis.

    Custis, the father-in-law of Robert E. Lee, maintained the flags and other relics of his stepfather in his estate in Arlington, Virginia. Custis called the flags the "Alpha and Omega" of the war. One, the King's Color of the British Seventh Regiment of Foot, was taken at Chambly in Canada in October of 1775, and was the first enemy flag captured by the US Army. The other, a flag of a German battalion in service of the British, was surrendered in October of 1781, at Yorktown, Virginia, the climatic American victory.

    In 1858, concerned for the ultimate preservation of these relics, Custis gave them to the War Department (now the Department of Defense). In accordance with a previous Act of Congress the flags were brought to West Point, the designated depository for trophies of war and have remained here as two of the most important national historic treasures. Although displayed for years in previous sites of the West Point Museum they have been on display only once before in Olmstead Hall - during the 2004 bicentennial exhibition in commemoration of the opening of the West Point Museum to the public in 1854.

    To better protect and preserve the "Alpha and Omega" they will be on display for only two years before being returned to "rest" until their next exhibition. All are invited to view these important relics before the closing of the exhibit in 2017. Also on display in the Flag gallery of the Museum are works of art from the American Revolution drawn from the extensive and priceless art collection of the West Point Museum.

    The West Point Museum is open at no charge, seven days a week, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. The Museum is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. For more information call 845-938-3590 or visit the Museum on Facebook.

  • New Banners

    New Banners, Designed by Lucille Leonard

     

    Glenn Galloway, building mechanic, hanging the new banners on October 15. The banners, designed by Lucille Leonard, are 18' x 4' and feature a variety of historic images from our collection showing New York soldiers from the Civil War through World War II.

  • New Exhibit at the New York State Military Museum tells the Story of the New York Air National Guard

    November 21, 2015

    F-51H Mustang fighters from the 136th Fighter Squadron, 107th Fighter Group, New York Air National Guard, on alert, 1953 (Gil Cohen, Runway Alert, National Guard Heritage Painting.)

    F-51H Mustang fighters from the 136th Fighter Squadron, 107th Fighter Group, New York Air National Guard, on alert, 1953 (Gil Cohen, Runway Alert, National Guard Heritage Painting.) – Photo via Wikipedia.

    Story by Eric Durr

    The 100-year-old history of the Air National Guard in New York is the subject of a new exhibit at the New York State Military Museum here.The exhibit —“ Ever Upward: The History of the New York Air National Guard” — uses photographs and artifacts — like an Iraq anti-aircraft gun from the Persian Gulf War — to tell the story of the 5,600 – member New York Air National Guard.With five wings and the air defense sector charged with monitoring the airspace over the entire United States east of the Mississippi, the New York Air National Guard is the largest in the nation.The museum, which is run by the New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs, tells the story of New York’s military history, but also acts as a repository for the historical items and records belonging to the New York National Guard. The staff decided to prepare an exhibit about the New York Air National Guard, because “New York has such a rich tradition for the Air Guard,” said Courtney Burns, the museum director.“The New York National Guard had the earliest aviation component in the National Guard,” he added.

    The New York National Guard acquired its first aircraft in 1911, when New Yorker Glen Curtiss loaned one of the airplanes manufactured at his Hammondsport, New York, plant in the Finger Lakes to the New York National Guard. Pilot Beckwith Havens also came with the plane.He joined the New York National Guard Signal Corps 1st Company and flew his plane during exercises in Connecticut in 1912.Haven’s one-man show then became the Aviation Detachment of the 1st Battalion Signal Corps, New York National Guard, in 1915. Then in November 1915 that unit , based in Mineola, New York, became the 1st Aero Company, New York National Guard.The 1st Aero Company went on to make the first mass long distance flight in U.S. military history when 10 aircraft flew to Princeton, New Jersey from Mineola and then returned the next day on Nov. 18 and 19, 1916.The first licensed pilot in the U.S. military, Frederick Humphrys, flew with the New York National Guard, and the first woman to join the Air National Guard, Capt. Norma Parsons, served in the New York Air National Guard’s 106th Field Hospital.The oldest unit in the Air National Guard, the New York Air National Guard’s 102nd Rescue Squadron, part of the 106th Rescue Wing, was originally organized as the 102nd Aero Squadron in 1917 and the reconstituted as the 102nd Observation Squadron of the New York National Guard in 1920.

    Douglas O-38 102d Observation Squadron, New York National Guard and based at Miller Field, New Dorp, Staten Island, New York City, 1933. The squadron provided divisional aviation for the 27th Division, New York National Guard. Note squadron emblem on side of fuselage. (Photo via Wikipedia)

    Douglas O-38 102d Observation Squadron, New York National Guard and based at Miller Field, New Dorp, Staten Island, New York City, 1933. The squadron provided divisional aviation for the 27th Division, New York National Guard. Note squadron emblem on side of fuselage. (Photo via Wikipedia)

    Discovering this history as he created the exhibit was exciting, said Christopher Morton, the museum’s curator.“These guys helped establish the Air National Guard and helped put it on a firm footing, “he said.Airmen flew as part of the Army until 1947 when Congress created the United States Air Force and the Air National Guard was created along with it. One of the first Air National Guard units was the 138th Fighter Squadron which was federally recognized at Hancock Field Air National Guard Base in 1947. In 1953 the 138th Fighter Interceptor Squadron became the first Air National Guard unit to go on alert as part of the air defense of the United States.Today the 138th Attack Squadron is part of the 174th Attack Wing which operates the MQ-9 remotely piloted aircraft.

    The flying jacket and helmet used by Maj. Gen. John Fenimore, a commander of the 109th Airlift Wing, which flies missions to Antarctica, and later the adjutant general of New York from1995 to 2001, is among the exhibits in "Ever Upward: The History of the New York Air National Guard" show which opened at the New York State Military Museum in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., on Friday, Nov. 20. The exhibit includes photographs and artifacts to tell the story of the 5,600-member New York Air National Guard, the largest in the United States. The museum is managed by the New York State Divison of Military and Naval Affairs. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Major Corine Lombardo/Released)

    The flying jacket and helmet used by Maj. Gen. John Fenimore, a commander of the 109th Airlift Wing, which flies missions to Antarctica, and later the adjutant general of New York from1995 to 2001, is among the exhibits in “Ever Upward: The History of the New York Air National Guard” show which opened at the New York State Military Museum in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., on Friday, Nov. 20. The exhibit includes photographs and artifacts to tell the story of the 5,600-member New York Air National Guard, the largest in the United States. The museum is managed by the New York State Divison of Military and Naval Affairs. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Major Corine Lombardo/Released)

    This history is told in a collection of photographs, documentation and artifacts which include flying jackets, helmets, and other items used by Air Guard members, Morton said. The exhibit also discusses the role of New York’s 109th Airlift Wing in conducting missions in the Arctic and Antarctic, the combat missions conducted by the 174th Fighter Wing in the Persian Gulf War, and missions being conducted by the New York Air Guard today.It takes several months to create a museum exhibit, which includes conducting research, identifying photographs and artifacts which tell the story, and then constructing the exhibit, Morton said.

    The Air Guard exhibit will be on display in the museum’s temporary display space for about a year, Morton said.The New York State Military Museum and Veterans Research Center is housed in the historic New York State Armory in Saratoga Springs and is a component of the New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs. The mission of the museum and research center is to preserve, interpret and disseminate the story, history and records of New York State’s military forces and veterans. The collection is divided into the museum and the library/archives holdings.The museum has permanent exhibits telling the story of New York’s men and women in the Civil War, World War I, World War II, the Revolutionary War and as members of the state militia in the 19th Century. The museum holds more than 10,000 artifacts dating from the Revolutionary War to the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
    **This work, New exhibit at the New York State Military Museum tells the story of the New York Air National Guard, by Eric Durr, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

  • KEEP THEM ROLLING

    KEEP THEM ROLLING

    G. William Glidden, MAJOR (NYARNG Ret)
    North Country Historian, NYS MILITARY MUSEUM

    With the 70th anniversary of World War II in Europe, veterans of the conflict, who recently participated in New York State’s Veterans Oral History Project, say they’re doing it so future generations know the sacrifices they made - and so their stories aren’t consigned to some history text for students to slog through during the school year.

    As the population of World War II veterans diminishes, the need to preserve their stories grows. In 2008, one northern New York veteran, Paul Hillman, owner of Fort Edward Express, whose orange colored tractors pulling tank trailers may be found in our area south of S. Glens Falls on Route 9; and on Route 9 in Plattsburgh, passed away at the age of 103. At the age of 40, Paul Hillman, as Assistant Division Automotive Officer of the 4th Armored Division, 3rdArmy, took part in the biggest, the most stunning, and the most confused battle on the Western Front during the last days of World War II, the Battle of the Bulge.

  • Museum Hours

    Tuesday - Saturday | 10:00 am - 4:00 pm (Closed Sunday & Monday)

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    Appointments are required.
    Tuesday – Friday | 11:00 am to 4:00 pm

    The museum is closed on
    all New York State & Federal Holidays.

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    (518) 581-5100

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