Category Archives: Public History

Mellon Renews Support of Public Humanities Fellowships

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The Trustees of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation have approved a grant of $600,000 to Humanities New York to provide ongoing funding for the Public Humanities Fellowship, which offers support, mentoring, and training for graduate students in the humanities at nine partner universities to develop a public-facing humanities project, often in cooperation with a community group or nonprofit organization. Continue reading

Longfellow House-Washington’s Headquarters, NHS

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ben_franklins_worldIn this episode of the Ben Franklin’s World podcast, Supervisory Park Ranger Garrett Cloer joins us to explore the Longfellow House-Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site so we can discover more about the Siege of Boston (1775-76), the birth of the Continental Army and the life and work of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

You can listen to the podcast here:

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Mass History Alliance Advocates for State, Local History

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Mass History AllianceOn 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.

New York History Blog Marking 10 Years

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A recent call from the California State Library praising the work of the The New York History Blog and inquiring about how to model the blog’s successes in The Golden State, reminded me that it’s been ten years.

It couldn’t have happened without the many supporters and contributors, our long time advertiser The Adirondack Experience, and especially our longest and most generous supporter Suzanne Clary, executive director of the Jay Heritage Center. Without the generous contributions of our supporters, we simply could not have produced the most widely read publication about New York State history these long years.

In addition to keeping the state’s history community informed about new publications, newly available collections, the efforts of public history and historic preservation advocates, and notices about exhibits, events, conferences, and events, The New York History Blog has served as an important place to discuss the challenges, and I think there are some notable successes of this largely volunteer effort.  Continue reading

Historians Need to Keep Promoting History

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A post here on The New York History Blog last December summarized the work of University of Richmond historian Edward Ayers, who has been proactive in getting history out to the public.

Ayers served as president of the Organization of American Historians, 2017-2018, and in April, at the OAH’s annual meeting, delivered his presidential address, “Everyone Their Own Historian.”

You can see a video of his speech at the OAH website. It is useful because it goes into some of the same issues that the historical enterprise here in New York is confronting. Continue reading