The National Park Service/National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom (NTF) Conference was held September 11-14, 2019, in Niagara Falls. The title of the conference was “Crossings: Bridging the Authentic Underground Railroad Past to the Present.” The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) was a partner. [Read more…] about Peter Feinman On National Underground RR Conference
I recently began a series of conference reports. The series will include conferences I attended and conferences with abstracts posted on the web that I did not attend but know about and consider worth reporting on. [Read more…] about The American Revolution: An Academic Perspective at SHEAR
Historians can often be isolated. They need fellow historians to thrive. After years in graduate school, perhaps more writing a dissertation – how many colleagues will you have who share the same interest?
We are a social species and storytellers, so we periodically need to gather. I recently explored how important that is. You can read about it here.
On September 8, I had the honor of boarding the Amistad docked in Yonkers, New York. The event was a last minute one, arranged in part through African American Westchester 400 (AAW400) and the City of Yonkers. I am a member of that committee. Although the 400th Anniversary is over, the work continues to tell the story of the African contributions to the our county, state, and country.
August 28, 2019, marked the seventh birthday of the Path through History project.
I was there on August 28, 2012, with hundreds of others for the opening fanfare. People were excited about this new initiative to revitalize cultural heritage tourism in the state. [Read more…] about Peter Feinman: After 7 Years ‘Path Through History’ Still Falls Short
This August 28-31, the joint American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) and International Coalition of Sites of Conscience Annual Meeting will convene in Philadelphia to learn, engage in fellowship, tour, and address this year’s theme, What Are We Waiting For? Depending on the work at hand, this theme serves different purposes. It is a call to action, a challenge to embrace difficult work now. It is also a cautious whisper, a reminder to slow down and get it right. Although different issues warrant different responses, consideration of the question is essential in light of the challenges our field, communities, nation, and planet are facing. [Read more…] about American Association for State and Local History Conference
The New York History Blog is updated several times daily, so it provides a very frequent and widely read venue for notifications. I recommend that organizations use The New York History Blog to make announcements and promote themselves. You can write an essay about what you are doing and how it relates to history in New York State, or submit press releases about your news and events (learn how to submit here). [Read more…] about Some History Events That Are Outside The Ordinary
The history community does not do a good job advocating for itself. I am not referring to the actions an individual history organization may take on behalf of its own organization. I’m referring to collective action on behalf of the entire history community within the state.
The major exception to this generalization is the historic preservation community. It sometimes has its own statewide organizations, conferences, and agenda items for lobbying state legislators. Unfortunately, the history community itself may be lacking such an organized and concerted effort. [Read more…] about History Advocacy: What Should New York Do?
The subject was the topic of two recent conference presentations: “Entertainments at Taverns and Long Rooms in New England, 1700-1900” at Historic Deerfield; and in the keynote address at the recent Massachusetts History Alliance conference. In addition, there is an article in the current issue of Near Eastern Archaeology about the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the 19th century. [Read more…] about NY History Museum History: Some Recent Articles
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?