New York

New York State’s Capitol Building

* The capitol took 32 years to build (1867-1899), and cost $25 million (equivalent to $500 million in today’s dollars).

* The Great Western Staircase, famously known as the Million Dollar Staircase, is a masterpiece that took an astonishing 14 years to build.

* The Capitol Flag Room has a large collection of flags, including those from the Civil War, the Battle of San Juan Hill, the Spanish-American War, and World War I and II.

Some building details from the capitol’s interior:

New York State Capitol Building

New York State Capitol Building

New York State Capitol Building

New York State Capitol Building

New York State Capitol Building

New York State Capitol Building

New York State Capitol Building

New York State Capitol Building

New York State Capitol Building

New York State Capitol Building

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The Albany Mummies

* In 1909, Samuel Brown, a board member for the Albany Institute of History and Art, purchased two ancient Egyptian mummies and their coffins from the Cairo Museum in Egypt.

* The mummies date from the 21st Dynasty and the Ptolemaic Period.

* A study of the hieroglyphs on one of the coffins revealed that it contained the mummy of a sculptor and priest named Ankhefenmut.

Albany Institute of History & Art Mummy and Coffin

Albany Institute of History & Art Mummy and Coffin

Albany Institute of History & Art Mummy and Coffin

Albany Institute of History & Art Mummy and Coffin

Albany Institute of History & Art Mummy and Coffin

Albany Institute of History & Art Mummy and Coffin

Albany Institute of History & Art Coffin

Albany Institute of History & Art Coffin

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Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site – Hyde Park, NY

* This mansion boasted having electricity before all other homes in the town.

* With its prime location, the estate has majestic views of the Hudson River and the Catskill Mountains.

* This country retreat was built in 1898 for Frederick Vanderbilt (grandson of Cornelius Vanderbilt, who built the Vanderbilt fortune) and his wife Louise, and donated to the National Park Service in 1940 for the public to enjoy.

Vanderbilt Mansion in Hyde Park, NY

Interior room in Vanderbilt Mansion – Hyde Park, NY

Vanderbilt Mansion in Hyde Park, NY

Vanderbilt Mansion – Hyde Park, NY

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