A fine museum and research center concerning New York State residents who have served from the American Revolution through Iraq and Afghanistan.
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
From the website; 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.
Begun in 1863, the collection has not had a secure, permanent home until the Governor announced in 2001 that the historic armory in Saratoga Springs, NY would be renovated to house the collection. The building, designed by Isaac Perry and constructed in 1889, is a fine example of armory architecture that was popular in upstate New York in the late 1800’s.
The museum houses over 10,000 artifacts dating from the Revolutionary War to Desert Storm that relate to New York State’s military forces, the state’s military history and the contributions of New York’s veterans.
The artifacts include uniforms, weapons, artillery pieces, and art. A significant portion of the museum’s collection is from the Civil War. Notable artifacts from this conflict include Colonel Elmer Ellsworth’s uniform, the medical kit of Jubal Early’s surgeon, and the uniform and bugle of Gustav Schurmann.
Included in the museum are significant holdings relating to New York’s 27th Division in World War I and World War II and notable state military regiments such as the 7th, 69th, 71st, and 369th New York Infantry.
The museum also owns the largest collection of state battle flags in the country and the largest collection of Civil War flags in the world. The flags date from the War of 1812 through the 1991 Gulf War.
The library and archive holdings in the Veterans Research Center include a 2000 volume library of military and New York State history, over 6,000 photographs, unit history files, broadsides, scrapbooks, letters and maps. Highlights of the library and archives material include over 2300 Civil War photographs, a collection of Civil War era newspaper clippings arranged by New York units, and New York National Guard service cards and service records dating from the 1880’s to 1965.
Museum Publications: Genealogy Resources in the New York State Military Museum and Veterans Research Center; Veteran Oral History Program Self-Interview Packet; and the Library and Archives Guide.
The museum floor is completely accessible for people using wheelchairs. The research room is currently located in the basement which is only accessible via stairs.
There is no admission charge to visit the museum or use the research center.
Tuesday – Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sunday: 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Research Center Hours:
Tuesday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Appointments are required.
If you have a research question you may mail it to:
New York State Military Museum
61 Lake Avenue
Saratoga Springs, NY, 12866
Note: the Museum is closed on Mondays and on all New York State Holidays.
Thanks to @juliasgenes for calling this to our attention on one of the genealogy message boards. Seems a fitting day to tell it to the readers of Upstate New York Genealogy Blog. – Happy Memorial Day! We thank all veterans past and present for their service.
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