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
In the previous post, I raised the issue of the state of civics in education. I examined the situation in some states including Virginia, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Connecticut.
At the beginning of this school year in September, the Connecticut High School History Council (CTHSHC) issued a call to high school students. CTHSHC, a program of the Connecticut Public Affairs Network (CPAN), is a statewide student group conceived by Glastonbury High School seniors. It is made up of students from all around the state who share a passion for history and civics and want to create constructive change using their interest. [Read more…] about Peter Feinman: Civics and High School History Education
The annual conference of the American Historical Association will be held January 3-6, 2019, in Chicago. I have reviewed the program book and there are many sessions which are of value to history organizations, municipal historians, and educators.
If someone is attending the conference and would like to report on them to the history community, that would be appreciated. [Read more…] about Sessions of Value at the American Historical Association Conference
What is the state of civics education?
A call to arms was raised in 2017 by William Dunlap, president of the New Hampshire Historical Society, in an op-ed piece in the Union Leader. He noted that about 70% of the fourth graders in the state participated in the Historical Society’s education programs. That figure seems unusually high and I doubt that too many other historical societies can claim to reach such a proportion of students in their state. It certainly provides the Historical Society with a statewide insight otherwise lacking.
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