Museum Exhibits

Do Your Part! - World War I Poster Art

 a new exhibition opening at the New York State Military Museum on July 5, showcases the variety of patriotic and motivational posters created 100 years ago during the Great War.  After the US entered the conflict in 1917, the federal government effectively created dozens of motivational posters urging its citizens to support the war effort.  Dramatic posters urged citizens to buy war bonds, join the military, save starving European refugees and donate money to charitable groups including the Red Cross, Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) and Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA).  

The exhibition features a variety of personal items worn and used by the US Army servicemen such as a Campaign hat, Overseas cap and ID disks. Also showcased in the exhibition are items sent to the Doughboy including a Red Cross supplied razor and small shaving mirror. 

 

 

 

Civil War Paintings

Now on Display.

This exhibit highlights some of the finest Civil War artwork from the collection of the Military Museum on a rotating basis.

The first installment of the exhibit  includes works by Thure de Thulstrop and James Walker, including Thulstrup’s vivid paintings that were used to create a set of chromolithograph prints in 1886 that become the most popular and best-selling prints ever produced, and Walker’s twelve-foot long painting of the Battle of Resaca that had been believed to be lost since 1959 but was recently discovered and restored.

This exhibit  is available  for viewing during Museum Hours.

  • Thulstrup Painting
    “Hancock at Gettysburg,” by Thure de Thulstrap depicts a critical moment during the Battle of Gettysburg when Major General Winfield Scott Hancock rides along the Union lines to steady the troops as the Confederate army bombards the Union position on Cemetery Ridge prior to Pickett’s Charge.
  • Battle Of Resaca
    James Walker’s mural of the Battle of Resaca depicts Major General Daniel Butterfield’s division in the background charging Confederate lines, while Union officers, including Joseph Hooker, Oliver O. Howard, and Daniel Sickles assemble in the foreground.

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Battleground for Freedom:

New York During the Revolutionary War

From the American surprise attack on Ft. Ticonderoga on May 10, 1775 to the British withdrawal from New York City on November 26, 1783, New York State was a major stage for much military drama throughout the Revolutionary War. With its many lakes and rivers that served as principal transportation and communication routes throughout the colonial era, New York State was of critical strategic importance in the young nation’s battle for freedom.

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A Call Not Unheeded

New York’s Militia and National Guard, 1792-1916

A Call Not Unheeded traces the evolution of New York State’s military forces from the end of the Revolutionary War to the eve of World War I and the prominent role New York’s militia and National Guard played in many national and state conflicts such as the War of 1812 and the Spanish American War, and numerous strikes and riots in New York State throughout the 19th century.

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Hot Spots in the Cold War: Korea and Vietnam

Spring or early summer 2018

After World War II the United States and Russia locked into a Cold War, an extended period of contested ideologies amid heightened political and diplomatic tension. Although the two super powers engaged in no direct combat with each other during the Cold War, they both fought a series of proxy wars in regional hot spots throughout the world. For the United States, wars in Korea (1950-1953) and Vietnam (1955-1975) proved to the hottest.

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Empire for Union

New York and the Civil War

Empire for Union provides an overview of the enormous contributions of New York State to the Civil War, both on the battlefield and on the home front. This exhibition considers the shifting and assorted political and economic realities throughout the state during the war and focuses on the role of New York troops in the general course of the war and on the daily realities of a soldier’s life.

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Fiery Trial and Sacrifice

New York and the First World War

Fiery Trial and Sacrifice chronicles America’s road to war and the contributions made by New York State’s military forces such as the 27th Division—proudly known as “New York’s Own;” the “Fighting 69th”—New York City’s famed Irish regiment; the 77th Division - known as “The Melting Pot Division” because many of its members were first generation immigrants; and the 369th Infantry

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World War II

United for Victory

In a war that raged across the globe, 1.7 million New Yorkers served in America’s armed forces and millions more contributed to the nation’s enormous industrial production to help achieve victory. United for Victory examines the causes of the war and America’s general strategy and tactics, and highlights the contributions of each branch of service with a special emphasis on New York’s 27th Division.

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The museum is closed on
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