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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.

New York History Blog Marking 10 Years

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A recent call from the California State Library praising the work of the The New York History Blog and inquiring about how to model the blog’s successes in The Golden State, reminded me that it’s been ten years.

It couldn’t have happened without the many supporters and contributors, our long time advertiser The Adirondack Experience, and especially our longest and most generous supporter Suzanne Clary, executive director of the Jay Heritage Center. Without the generous contributions of our supporters, we simply could not have produced the most widely read publication about New York State history these long years.

In addition to keeping the state’s history community informed about new publications, newly available collections, the efforts of public history and historic preservation advocates, and notices about exhibits, events, conferences, and events, The New York History Blog has served as an important place to discuss the challenges, and I think there are some notable successes of this largely volunteer effort.  Continue reading

New York History Around The Web This Week

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Are you glad to see this weekly link list? Do your part my making a contribution to keep the New York History Blog publishing. Use the fundraising page at or send a check to: New York History Blog, 7269 State Route 9, Chestertown, NY 12817 Continue reading

Are You Doing Your Part?

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Every day The New York History Blog delivers news of the history community, stories from New York’s history, and information about the latest conferences, new publications, and podcasts.

We can’t do it without your support. In 2017 we paid out $1,795 more than we took in. Help us make up the difference by making a contribution today via our page, or by sending a check to:

The New York History Blog
7269 State Route 9
Chestertown, NY 12817

Thanks to all of you who help keep the site going.

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.

Please contribute today. Go to our fundraising page at:

Or send a check to: New York History Blog, 7269 State Route 9, Chestertown, NY 12817

Thanks to everyone who has contributed in 2017. You make it possible!

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