The University at Albany, University Libraries, the Capital District Library Council, the NY Capital Region Alliance for Response, and the New York State Education Department have announced a half-day seminar “After the Big One: Navigating Disaster Recovery for Cultural Institutions,” set for May 21st, 2019 from 8:30 am to 1 pm, at the University at Albany’s Science Library in the 3rd Floor Standish Room. [Read more…] about Navigating Disaster Recovery for Cultural Institutions
I am writing from American Alliance of Museums’ Museum Advocacy Day where 300 museum professionals will be speaking up for museums on Capitol Hill, in Washington D.C. — 26 are from 18 of New York’s Congressional Districts comprising the largest delegation represented.
New York State Congressional Representatives are critically important to federal funding for museums. The new Chair of the House Appropriations Committee is Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY17). Senator Gillibrand (D-NY) is the author of the Institute of Museum and Library Services re-appropriation letter in the U.S. Senate. Congressman Paul Tonko (D-NY20) is one of the bill sponsors in the House. [Read more…] about Erika Sanger: MEA Update, Museums Advocacy March 11-12
The Martin Van Buren homestead, Lindenwald, a National Park Service Historic Site, and the Columbia County Historical Society have announced an all-expenses paid ‘Day of History’ partnership during Spring and Fall 2019 for all the students of Columbia County to the CCHS Rural Properties: 1737 Luykas Van Alen House and c.1850 Ichabod Crane Schoolhouse; and to the residence of the 8th U.S. President, Lindenwald, the Martin Van Buren National Historic Site. [Read more…] about ‘Day of History’ Funded Columbia County 4th Graders
Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake (ADKX), in partnership with the human resources consulting group, Adirondack Diversity Solutions, will host a 10-week summer diversity fellowship program beginning June 2, 2019.
This program is specially designed for college students from communities that have been historically underrepresented in arts organizations because of educational and economic disadvantage and ethnic background. Thanks to funding from the New York State Council on the Arts, these fellowships will offer free housing, a stipend of $6,000, along with reimbursed transportation expenses to and from the ADKX, up to $500 per fellow. [Read more…] about Adirondack Museum Offering Unique Diversity Fellowship
The New York State Museum has launched an online resource for educators about New York’s Dutch history, including an educational guide, photos of historic artifacts and artwork, and video interviews with content experts.
The educational guide provides five lessons that introduce students to Fort Orange (present-day Albany, NY) and the world of New Netherland, the first Dutch colony in North America. [Read more…] about State Museum Launches New Netherland Online Educational Guide
The William G. Pomeroy Foundation has announced their 2019 Historical Research Intern program, a chance to gain history research and archival experience in the nonprofit sector. These are paid internship opportunities.
Historical Research Interns will work with the Pomeroy Foundation team on a variety of history-related projects that will have a direct impact on enhancing digital archives, newly redesigned website, and online historic signage database. [Read more…] about Historical Research Internships in Syracuse
As someone who has written extensively about the history of peace movements in American history, I was particularly encouraged by the noted historian Larry Wittner’s piece “New York’s Long History of Peace Activism,” which appeared in the New York History Blog.
In his excellent overview he mentioned the role of the Committee on Militarism in Education (C.M.E.), an organization that was New York-based and played a vital role as a watchdog in its efforts to check the growth and establishment of the Reserve Officers Training Program (R.O.T.C.) between the world wars.
Although there have been some scholarly works that discuss its role in peace activism, what has been missing is the important and vital role that New Yorkers played in creating and supporting its efforts to check military training in both higher and secondary education. [Read more…] about How New Yorkers Challenged Militarism in Education
A Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan $2,000 Make a Difference Grant helps funds field trips for qualified schools in Sullivan County to visit the Time and the Valleys Museum.
The Museum currently offers two interactive and engaging field trip programs which fit into the global water unit, water cycle and other standards in the NYS Common Core curriculum for most grade levels. [Read more…] about Free Field Trip Admissions at Sullivan Co Museum
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
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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