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July 27, 2013

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Area history buffs — and perhaps some students — have more time to check out the state’s role in the Civil War. 

“An Irrepressible Conflict: The Empire State in the Civil War” at the New York State Museum in Albany had been set to close in September. Now it will be open until March 23, the Associated Press has reported. 

Displays feature artifacts such as firearms and other equipment produced in New York, and the earliest photograph of abolitionist Frederick Douglass, who’s buried in Rochester. The exhibition also highlights the stories of some of the nearly 450,000 New Yorkers who fought. 

Earlier this month, the exhibition was given an Award of Merit from the American Association of State and Local History. 


While area colleges have been gleaning recognition for academic programs and community service, two public colleges recently were noted for giving of a different vein. 

The Red Cross Life Share Program and SUNY Scholarship Partnership have recognized SUNY Cobleskill for the highest participation rate among four-year SUNY schools in blood donations to the American Red Cross, a media release said. The recognition marks the sixth consecutive year the college has received the honor. 

The State University College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill collected 533 units of blood from among an enrollment of 2,615 students, resulting in a 20.38 percent participation rate. The participation level earned the college a Platinum Standard Life Share Level, which provides a $2,000 scholarship for a member of the college’s Student Government Association, the organization which usually sponsors the blood drive, the release said. 

The State University College of Technology at Delhi also ranked as a SUNY leader in American Red Cross blood donations, a release from that campus said, and the college earned a $1,000 scholarship. 

SUNY Delhi also announced that the A. Lindsay and Olive B. O’Connor Foundation of Hobart has earmarked $28,000 in matching grants to support the college’s O’Connor Center for Community Engagement in 2014. 

The grant will allow the center to continue helping with students with volunteerism opportunities and other programs, the release said.

DENISE RICHARDSON is a staff writer for The Daily Star. Contact her at

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