Colonial New York Scholar to Address NYSHA Meeting


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nysha_logo_press-release3Dr. Timothy Shannon, Professor of History at Gettysburg College, will address members of the New York State Historical Association (NYSHA) at its 110th Annual Meeting. The meeting, held Thursday, July 18, at 4:00 pm at the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, New York, is open to members of the association.

According to the Fenimore Art Museum’s webpage, NYSHA is “a private, non-governmental educational organization. It is closely affiliated with its sister organization, The Farmers’ Museum.” The website also publishes what it calls NYSHA’s “strategic plan”, as follows:

“NYSHA will be best served in the next several years by improving and strengthening our programs, operations, and financial position; further developing our marketing effectiveness and fund raising capacity; and looking closely at the Association’s longer-term ambitions. We must position ourselves to tackle selective capital needs and more ambitious projects by building a strong foundation, quantifying and prioritizing our needs, and developing the case for support.”

Dr. Shannon’s address is entitled “The Baronet and the Mohawk Chief: William Johnson and Hendrick in Colonial New York.” He teaches early American, Native American, and British history. He is the author of Iroquois Diplomacy on the Early American Frontier (2008), Atlantic Lives: A Comparative Approach to Early America (2004), and Indians and Colonists at the Crossroads of Empire: The Albany Congress of 1754 (2000), which won the Dixon Ryan Fox Prize from the New York State Historical Association and the Distinguished Book Award from the Society of Colonial Wars. He is also co-author with Victoria Bissell Brown of Going to the Source: The Bedford Reader in Early American History (second edition, 2008). His articles have appeared in the William and Mary Quarterly, the New England Quarterly, and Ethnohistory. He is currently working on a biography of eighteenth-century Indian captive Peter Williamson.

The winner of the Paul S. Kerr History Prize, awarded each year to the best article published in the academic journal New York History, will be announced at the annual meeting. Winners of the Dixon Ryan Fox Manuscript Prize, for the best unpublished, book-length monograph dealing with some aspect of New York history; and the Henry Allen Moe Prize for Catalogs of Distinction in the Arts will also be announced

A reception follows the meeting. Docents will be available to guide visitors through the Fenimore Art Museum and the 2013 feature exhibitions between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m.

To join NYSHA visit www.fenimoreartmuseum.org/fenimore/membership. To RSVP for the Annual Meeting, contact Corrine Armstrong, c.armstrong@nysha.org or call (607) 547-1425.

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