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John Warren

About John Warren

John Warren is the founder and editor of The New York History Blog and the online news magazine Adirondack Almanack. He's been a media professional for 30 years with a focus on history, journalism and documentary production. He has a Master of Arts degree in Public History and is a media specialist at the New York State Writers Institute. John lives in the Adirondack Park and his weekly Adirondack Outdoors Conditions Report airs across Northern New York on the North Country Public Radio network.

Effort Underway To Move NYS History Month To October


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Legislation has been introduced which would amend the Arts and Cultural Affairs Law to change New York State History Month from November to October according to an announcement made by the Office of State History.

The move comes on the heels of a revival of sorts for New York’s History Month, which suffered from years of being ignored.  November was designed New York State History Month in 1997 by the State Legislature.

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Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island Reopen With NYS Funds


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Statue of Liberty Shutdown AvertedFunds from New York State will reopened the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island today, in the wake of the U.S. government shutdown that closed the two iconic federally operated historic sites on Friday.

The two sites have played important parts in America’s immigration history and have a significant impact on the New York State economy. According to an annual report by the National Park Service, 4.5 million people visited Liberty Island in 2016, generating $263.2 million in visitor spending per year and supporting 3,400 jobs, with an economic output of $364 million. Continue reading

Bill Is Due: New York History Blog Needs You


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Steve Suloff BillThis is our annual IT bill – $479. If you find the New York History Blog useful – can you kick in a little?

Without bills like these – and folks like you who help pay them – we simply wouldn’t be able to publish each day.

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NYSHA Defunct: New York State Historical Association Is No More


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The Hancock House in TiconderogaAfter nearly 120 years, the New York State Historical Association (NYSHA) is no more.  On March 13,  2017, the State Board of Regents approved NYSHA’s request to amend its charter to change its name to Fenimore Art Museum, revise its corporate purposes, designate the Commissioner of Education as agent for corporation service; and update the organization’s IRS dissolution language (pdf link).

The move follows years of debate over the role of the organization as a statewide advocate for the New York State History Community, a troubled history of publishing the State’s history journal New York History, and questions about NYSHA’s support for the long-standing annual spring meeting of the State’s historians, the Conference on New York State History. Continue reading

Friends of New York History Meeting Nov 17th


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New-York-State-Map1A meeting of friends of the New York State history community will be held in the conference room of the New York State Writers Institute on Thursday, November 17th at 10 am. The Writers Institute is on the third floor of the SUNY Albany Science Library, where a joint meeting of the Conference on New York History and the Researching New York Conference will be taking place Nov. 17-19, 2016.

This meeting, coordinated by SUNY Oswego Professor Emerita Judith Wellman and New York History Blog Editor John Warren, will bring together those interested in establishing Friends of New York History-style group to coordinate and support advocacy strengthening New York’s historical enterprise and history community. Discussions are expected to include recent advocacy efforts and a framework for future efforts; the establishment of a “Friends of New York History” group; and the future of the New York History Blog. Continue reading

Albany Times Union Covers State Historian Controversy


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NYS MapPaul Grondahl at the Albany Times Union has picked-up the story of the recent downgrading of the State Historian’s position, which we’ve been covering on The New York History Blog.

You can find the Times Union story here. We’ll have another essay by Devin Lander on his plans as State Historian later this week.

You can read all our reporting and commentaries about the State Historian’s position here.