New York began its colonial existance as New Netherland, under the Dutch flag, following Henry Hudson's voyage in 1609. The display in the cases by the public elevator features items pertaining to this period in the state's history.
For more information on New Netherland, check out the New York State Library's New Netherland Research Center.
From the Big Apple to the Empire apple, New York has had a long relationship with the fruit and its many varieties. The New York State Agricultural Experimenation Station has developed many well-known cultivars of the apple, including the Cortland and Empire varieties you can find in many local groceries. Yet other varieties, including one of Thomas Jefferson's favorites, the Esopus Spitzenburg, were discovered as chance crossings in the state.
From the artists of the Hudson River School to Edward Hopper's portraits of New York city life, the state has attracted and inspired artists throughout time.