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In the summer of 1997, the Governor signed into law a bill
passed by the Legislature officially designating each November
as New York State History Month. This was an initiative of
the New York State Regional Publishers Association, an organization
dedicated to the dissemination of local history research through publication.
The law (Arts and Cultural Affairs Law Section 57.02) states that the
"The Commissioner of Education, through the Office of State History" is
authorized to undertake projects during November that "celebrate the
history of New York State and recognize the contributions of state
and local historians."
From its inception, New York State History Month as been a grassroots
effort; an opportunity to reflect on the past in each and every corner of the State,
and to share, locally and statewide, the richness of that past through public programs,
publications and exhibitions.
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