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James S. Kaplan

About James S. Kaplan

James S. Kaplan has been a Tax and Estates Lawyer in Lower Manhattan for more than 35 Years. For more than 12 years he served as Consulting Special Tax Counsel to the New York City Law Department, and for the last 18 years ran the Tax and Estates Department at a midsize Wall Street law firm. He is also an active working historic guide and writer of historical articles. He was recently awarded the Coin of Excellence by the U.S.Army’s Regimental Association for his work in promoting knowledge about General Horatio Gates, the first Adjutant General of the U.S. Army.

NYS History Education: A View From the Street


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Charging_Bull_statueI recently returned from the 35th annual conference on New York State History in Poughkeepsie, which I attended for the first time. I understand this was the largest convocation of history professionals in New York State, and that the attendance at this conference was the highest ever. As my perspective and background is perhaps slightly different from most attendees at the conference, I feel it appropriate to provide certain observations.

Unfortunately, while others at the conference were somewhat more upbeat, my perception is that for the reasons set forth below there is at all levels an appalling lack of knowledge about critical elements of the history of New York State, and that we as a society suffer from this lack of knowledge every day. While I believe there are individuals in the history community who are in good faith seeking to address this problem, I am not sure that the efforts are close to adequate.

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