Exhibition on View
New York State Capitol
Governor's Reception Room, 2nd Floor
Monday - Friday
7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
The path that history takes is dynamic, constantly shifting in response to the decisions and actions, both large and small, that people make every day. The men and women featured in this exhibition did not set out to make history. They set out to make a change - to make a difference - in society. They could not have known at the time what their actions would set into motion or how they would change the course of history in New York State.
Like the trailblazers of our past, the inauguration of the first woman elected to serve as Governor of the State of New York, shifts the path of history and sets into motion endless possibilities for the future. History has to start somewhere. So why not here and why not now with all of us?
To paraphrase one of our former governors, Teddy Roosevelt, “The people have now chosen a woman to be in the arena.” You’ve heard of the man in the arena. There’s now a woman in the arena. And that man and that woman are willing to be marred by dust and sweat and blood to strive valiantly and spend herself in a worthy cause.
And just as we are reflecting on history today, when history looks back on our time, the question will be to all of us, in the present, the question will be whether we rose up to meet these challenges today and challenges yet unknown… …Because obstacles don’t define us. Rather, it is the unparalleled courage and character of us that defines us as a people.