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?
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