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
The Board of Trustees of Historic Cherry Hill has announced the appointment of Deborah Emmons-Andarawis as Director of Historic Cherry Hill (HCH). She has been serving as Acting Director since December 2017. [Read more…] about Historic Cherry Hill Names New Director
The Ballston Area History Roundtable has announced they have changed their name to the Saratoga County History Roundtable. The new name is in recognition of the expansion of the membership, programs, and community history-related projects of the group.
The mission of the organization is to deepen the understanding of local history through presentations, discussion groups and research by history buffs throughout Saratoga County. [Read more…] about Saratoga County History Roundtable Formed
The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor has announced Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt’s appointments of seven individuals to serve three year terms on the Commission of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor. [Read more…] about Erie Canalway Heritage Corridor Commissioners Appointed
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?
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
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
One of the trends in public history programs these days is to re-examine program mission, reach out to new audiences, and reach back into the histories of groups that have been neglected or marginalized.
There are lots of examples here in New York. For instance, the mission statement of the Brooklyn Historical Society says it connects the past to the present and makes the vibrant history of Brooklyn tangible, relevant, and meaningful for today’s diverse communities, and for generations to come.” The Society features exhibits and public programs that delve into the historical roots of contemporary issues. [Read more…] about Bruce Dearstyne: Broadening Historical Programs’ Horizons