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
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
In 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: www.benfranklinsworld.com/194
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.
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
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
Witches are in the news and three New Yorkers have tales to tell.
From Queens to Ithaca to Chittenango, New Yorkers figure prominently in the witch stories in American history. And there is Broadway too.
This week I examined the status of witches through the lens of the New York experience here.
It’s that time of the year again. It is time to start preparing your proposals for the 2018 version of Hunger Games, the Regional Economic Development Councils.
This time however, I suggest the history community try something different. Continue reading
The Association of Public Historians in New York State (APHNYS) has announced their Region 7 (Fulton, Herkimer, Montgomery, Oneida, Otsego, and Schoharie counties) spring meeting has been set for Saturday, May 5, 2018, from 9 am to 3 pm.
The meeting will be held at the Waterville Library, 206 White Street in Waterville. The schedule includes: Continue reading