Amazon decided to locate its new headquarters in Long Island City, Queens, New York, and Alexandria, Virginia. These two locations possess the characteristics Amazon considers desirable. They have highly educated and mobile workforces. They are located at both national and international transportation hubs. They have significant other business sectors so Amazon will not be the 600 pound gorilla that everyone turns towards to solve local problems. They have an excitement about them: people want to move there. The bottom line is that the midsize cities of mid-America simply do not have the base to support the Amazon behemoth. The other major cities simply do not have the resources or the proximity to the politicians and regulators Amazon needs to buy and sell. [Read more…] about Election Results: Amazon Versus Hallmark Communities
The subject was “Impact of Arts and Cultural Organizations on the State’s Economy” and the purpose was “To examine the impact New York’s artistic and cultural institutions have on the economy of the State.” To read my blog on the meeting click here.
What can we learn from the controversy over the naming of the Tappan Zee Bridge? What lessons can be drawn by looking at the larger picture? I recently examined the issue by starting with the above-the-fold headline in my local paper on August 31, 2018:
Cuomo or Tappan Zee: Names Feed Identity Crisis by Frank Esposito, Rockland/Westchester Journal News [Read more…] about New York History and the Name Tappan Zee Bridge
America has always been a diverse country. America has always been a country of multiple ethnicities, multiple races, and multiple religions. The individual peoples have changed over time. Generally the number increases, but we have always been a country of numerous different peoples. Yet we also are the country of We the People, the opening words on the document that constitutes us a nation. How can we be both? [Read more…] about Feinman: Fellow Americans And Tribal Rivalries
On August 28, 2012, Governor Andrew Cuomo launched the Path through History program.
The plenary address was given by Kenneth Jackson of Columbia University. In his address, Jackson spoke of the ways in which New York had been a national leader over the centuries. He recounted various events, named various people and places, and highlighted the prominence of the Empire State. He also noted how much better other states like Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Virginia were at touting their history. You would never know that George Washington spent more time here than in any other state during the American Revolution.
How have things gone in the last six years? What should we advocate for during this gubernatorial election year? To read more go to Make New York State History Great Again.
How should we advocate on behalf of state and local history? Perhaps instead of focusing at the state level, we should think more locally.
I recently wrote about the Long Island history community and the recently held Long Island Historian Summit. You can read about it here: Advocating for State and Local History: A Regional Case Study
We are a storytelling species. Recently, I shared an example of the potential for storytelling in our communities using primary source documents.
In subsequent posts, I intended to share examples from different formats and venues that show how some historians are reaching audiences in ways that go beyond the standard tour. [Read more…] about Storytelling: Using Your Documents To Tell A Story
I have heard the ads, haven’t you? Yes, it’s time to start the back-to-school shopping. At least so
so say the marketeers.
That also means it’s time to start thinking about school field trips. One of the issues with field trips is even if the school permits them there is the cost of the bus. Here we have a clear cut example of an advocacy “ask.” The history community can ask the legislature for money for a specific action – to defray the costs of busing students on field trips to historic sites. Read more at Funding Field Trips: An Advocacy Item.
On June 4, 2018, I attended the annual Massachusetts History Conference. For the second year in row, the event was hosted by the Massachusetts History Alliance. This new and still-forming group drew my attention because of its mission: to advocate on behalf of state and local history.
To read about the efforts of this group go to Who Advocates for State and Local History?: The Massachusetts History Alliance Experience.
In the school district of the Village of Port Chester, where I live, a teacher offered an extra-credit option to create a fugitive slave advertisement. It created quite a stir, so I wrote about the reaction here.
Illustration: An American fugitive slave advertisement.