It’s time to start looking ahead to July 4, 2026. That date marks the 250th anniversary of the establishment of the United States of America. The Founding Fathers regarded their creation as an experiment. They knew they were undertaking something never before undertaken on such a scale. They knew it might fail. [Read more…] about The American Revolution 250th: What Is New York Doing?
Angolans are in the news. Recently there has been a surge in migrants from Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo. After a decade of hardly any migration from these countries, suddenly the numbers have increased specifically to Portland, Maine and to San Antonio, Texas. The surge has reportedly overwhelmed some in those communities. Central African migrants are less likely to have relatives already in the country to whom they can turn for assistance. [Read more…] about Slavery in New York: An Angolan Case Study
Earlier this spring the Manhattan skyline changed rather dramatically. As the front page of the New York Times put it, “A Gleaming Behemoth Rises, for Better or Worse.” It’s called Hudson Yards. Do you think there will ever be an historical society there? What kind of place is it? [Read more…] about Hudson Yards: A Field of Dreams
H.R.1242, the 400 Years of African-American History Commission Act passed the 115th Congress (2017-2018). You may have missed this federal legislation so I am providing a streamlined version of it. The commission expires in 2020 with the scheduled production of a final report. [Read more…] about Slavery Quadricentennial: The 400 Years of African-American History Commission
It’s difficult to keep up with all that is going on in the history community. There are newsletters and conferences but no one gets the news letters of every individual history organization, nor can one attend all the conferences, or even the sessions at a single conference. Many of the items in newsletters are standard in nature: a lecture, a new exhibit, an anniversary and, of course, funding requests. What I want to present here are some examples of what people are doing outside the regular routine and which may serve as examples or inspirations for others.
You can read more at Promoting Local History.
This blog represents another in a series reporting on the sessions at history-related conferences. Sometimes I am able to attend such conferences, sometimes I am not. The OAH is one I did not attend. Unfortunately the online program does not include abstracts as the National Council on Public History (see conference report). It would be nice if all conference abstracts were posted online. [Read more…] about Lessons from the Organization of American History Conference
Local historical societies and museums, like local schools, local libraries, and, indeed, local communities, depend on there being a sufficient population to survive and thrive, but more New York State residents are retiring and leaving the state. What does this mean for local history? [Read more…] about Peter Feinman: NYS Demographics and Local History
The National Council of Public History (NCPH) held its annual conference March 27-30 in Hartford. I was unable to attend that conference. Fortunately, the conference abstracts are posted to the NCPH website so it is possible to get a better sense of the presentations than from just knowing the titles and the presenters. It would be nice if all conferences would include the abstracts on the conference website.
This report on the conference will cover four areas: workshops, storytelling, current issues, and careers/teaching. [Read more…] about Peter Feinman: What’s New in Public History?
History education partnerships demonstrate what people at the grass roots level can accomplish. I recently took a look at some New York State examples from the Clinton County Historical Association and SUNY Plattsburgh; the Athena Middle School History Club; and a project at SUNY Geneseo that initiated a one-day local history conference. You can read about these case studies HERE
While attendance at New York State Parks and Historic Sites has been increasing, staffing levels are on the decline advocates say, as much 22% in the past seven years. That means a decrease in lifeguards, park maintenance, and rangers, a decrease in public pool hours, and more trash and vandalism. [Read more…] about Feinman: Staffing Issues At State Historic Sites