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Published May 18 | State History

Stay up to date on events related to the Bicentennial of the Erie Canal and add your organizations events at

Published May 16 | State History

Apply for a scholarship to attend the 2017 AASLH Annual Meeting. Scholarships are available for diverse attendees, employees of small museums, and new professionals in four states.

AASLH Douglas Evelyn Scholarship for Diversity (2)

AASLH Small Museum Scholarship (2-5)


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Published May 16 | State History

The National Museum of African American History and Culture has announced the Freedmen’s Bureau Transcription Project. Using the Smithsonian Transcription Center, this crowdsourcing initiative aims to transcribe images of the Bureau’s nearly two million records. Once transcribed, the records are...

Staatsburg Costumed Interpreters
Published May 16 | State History

STAATSBURG, N.Y. (5/15/17) — The “Gilded Age Experience Deluxe Audience Participation Tour” at Staatsburgh State Historic Site, also known as Mills Mansion, will have visitors participate in activities that give them the flavor of life at the mansion 100 years ago.  The tour features a cast of...

Published May 15 | State History

By: Carole West, Director of Youth Education and Eight Square Schoolhouse

According to Tompkins County historian Carol Kammen, this proclamation "...recognizes the long struggle for a woman to be able to take her place in the world outside her home."   

Included in this struggle...

Cottage Lawn Farmers Market
Published May 15 | State History

The 3rd Annual Cottage Lawn Farmers’ Market on the grounds of the Madison County Historical Society located at 435 Main Street in Oneida will open every Tuesday from 3- 7 pm from May 16- September 5.(The market will not be open on Tuesday, July 4). The market will feature fresh local,  seasonal...

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Published May 11 | State History

From the AAM:

Good governance is essential to the work of museum trustees and directors, providing the very foundation for the museum’s success. Together the board and the director set the direction of the museum, obtain and manage the resources needed for it to fulfill its mission...

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Published May 11 | State History

By: Chris Brusatte

This article appeared on the National Council for Public History's blog History@Work on May 3, 2017

Historical interpretation has come a long way from the days when museums would sequester African and Asian...

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Published May 9 | State History

By: Andrew K. Koch

This article appeared in the May 2017 issue of Perspectives on History, published by the American Historical Association

In his essay “Many Thousands Gone,” the 20th-century novelist and social critic James Baldwin observed, “The story of the Negro in...

Perspectives on History
Published May 9 | State History

By David Pace

This article appeared in the May 2017 issue of Perspectives on History, published by the American Historical Association.

This is not a time for business as usual. In a “post-truth” age of “alternative facts” and “fake news,” historians must ask fundamental...

Devil Hounds Poster
Published May 9 | State History

The year 2017 marks the centennial of the United States' involvement in World War I: Congress declared war on Germany on April 6, 1917, and with that, the U.S. entered the "Great War" that had been raging in Europe since 1914.

In commemoration of that anniversary, and in conjunction with...

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Published May 9 | State History

Applications are due Friday, June 16 for a Fall 2017 program!

Open to any tax-exempt organization in New York State, Humanities New York's Reading & Discussion Programs for...

Published May 8 | State History

Giuliana Bullard

Washington, DC--Friday, President Donald Trump signed into law a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the federal government through the...

Drew Gilpin Faust Photo
Published May 5 | State History

Harvard University President and renowned historian Dr. Drew Gilpin Faust will be presenting her lecture "From the Civil War to 9/11: American Confronts Mass Death" at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum June 7th at 7:00pm.  

Harvard University President Drew Gilpin Faust first...

Knives from Walden lost in the Lusitania
Published May 4 | State History

Follow the link below to view the latest newsletter released by the Office of the Orange County Historian that includes fascinating documentation about a $50,000 Knife Cargo from Walden, New York, that was lost with the sinking of the Lusitania in 1914. Additional information about upcoming ...

Published May 2 | State History

This article orgininally appeared in the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Newsletter Primary Source.

Project Snapshot

Grant Program name: National Leadership Grants For Museums
Grant log number: MG-10-13-0009-13
Year Awarded: 2013

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Published May 1 | State History

By: Nick Sacco, Park Guide, Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site

This article was originally published on the Broadside Blog of the American Association of State and Local History.

As a former classroom teacher and a current front-line interpreter with the National Park...

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Published May 1 | State History

The field of public history has experienced significant growth as an academic discipline, but public history extends well beyond the academy.
The State of New York is exceptionally rich in its number of museums,historic sites, and archival repositories, and historic preservation is not...

New York State History Day Logo
Published May 1 | State History

Winners of the 2017 New York State History Day competition held in Cooperstown April 24th, 2017 at the Fenimore Art Museum, Farmers Museum and Baseball Hall of Fame were announced.  Congratulations to all who participated in this wonderful event and to those who are moving on to National History...