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
For the history community, one of the most important resources for Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) funding has been the New York State Office of Parks and Historic Preservation (State Parks), despite the agency is mostly concerned with parks, not historic sites.
Some of these events target specific areas within the history community such as preservation, museums, and tourism. [Read more…] about Upcoming History Advocacy Days, Conferences and Events
The New York State Board of Regents has overall responsibility for the history organizations in the state. The Department of Education which charters New York museums and historical societies operates under the auspices of the Regents.
Its purview includes the Office of Cultural Education: the New York State Archives, the New York State Library, and the New York State Museum where the New York State Historian is based. [Read more…] about History and the New York State Regents
We are in the midst of the bicentennial of the construction of the Erie Canal. It began on July 4, 1817, in Rome and ended eight years later with the Wedding of the Waters on November 4, 1825 in New York Harbor.
In 2017, the World Canals conference was held in Syracuse in honor of the bicentennial. One would think that the eight-year commemoration provides ample time to develop Paths through History along the Erie Canal. There could be multiple paths as people returned each summer for another conference and tour. Forts Plain and Ticonderoga both have annual American Revolution conferences with tours. [Read more…] about History, REDC Funding and New York State Canals
In December the latest round of Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) awards for 2018 were announced. The awards distribute funds to the different regions of the state by category. This week I reviewed the awards from I LOVENY, and listed them in alphabetical order by region and county. [Read more…] about Feinman: 2018 REDC Grants and NYS History
January marks a fresh start for the New York State Legislature. Following the November elections there may be new people in office and new people in charge of the committees and subcommittees that affect New York State’s history community. I put together three ideas for history community advocacy for the coming year. [Read more…] about A History Community Advocacy Agenda for the New Year