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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.

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.

Please Contribute To The NY History Blog For 2016


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2016 Funding New York History Blog Funding CampaignThe New York History Blog relies on contributions from readers to keep publishing important news relevant to the New York State History community. We’ve seen some successes in promoting the cause of New York State’s history, among them lending our voices to help revive New York State History Month, and toward the re-establishment of a full-time New York State Historian.  We’ve promoted thousands of exhibits, events, collections, historic sites, and new publications.

Now we need your help to keep going in 2016.  Giving is easy, and this year it’s even easier – you can simply send a check to The New York History Blog, 7269 State Route 9, Chestertown, NY 12817 – or  contribute via this year’s Rally.org campaign here: https://rally.org/f/5QOqoCY4K4U Continue reading

New York State Reduces Role of State Historian


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Cultural Education Center State Museum ArchivesThe role of New York State Historian has been downgraded by the Office of Cultural Education to a lesser paid position reporting to the Chief Curator of the State Museum.

Members of the historical community from across New York State – including former State Historian Robert Weible, who retired in July – had been quietly advocating for a stronger, more independent State Historian with a focus on Public History. Continue reading

Help Keep The NY History Blog Going: Contribute


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NY HIstory Blog Logo 2015 CampaignIt’s that time of year again, when I’m on the stump asking for your help to finish funding the New York History Blog for 2015.

Over the past seven years this site has published over 5,000 stories about New York State history, we’ve promoted hundreds of history initiatives in an effort to foster a sense of shared mission and purpose among New York historians of every stripe – all because readers like you provided the little operating funds we need to keep going.

We’re now just $705 from our 2015 goal. Please help us with this final amount before the end of the year.

You can contribute to our Rally.org campaign here – https://rally.org/f/hmP6uuhdXnT – it’s easy and secure.

If you’ve already given this year, please consider a gift in the name of your favorite organization – or purchasing an advertisement for your next big event – it all goes toward the goal. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at jnwarrenjr@gmail.com.

NY History Blog, History Community Updates


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NYS MapAs we near the end of the year I thought I’d offer some updates about the status of the New York History Blog, and at the same time, some important news for the history community.

Those who attended the Researching New York Conference in Albany recently may be aware of the following developments, but this will no doubt be the first time many have heard these important announcements. Continue reading