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The New “New York State History Advisory Group”

AP  Ben Gorenstein credit  posted by News Channel 13 On June 2, 2016, I wrote “The New York State Historian Position: Creating the New York State History Advisory Coalition.” In my post, I noted the vacancy in the position for the Deputy Commissioner for the Office of Cultural Education. The Office of Cultural Education includes […]

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History Anniversary Funding

Lockport Erie Canal Locks There is always an anniversary somewhere. For the state, three come to mind now: the Women’s Suffrage Centennial, World War I Centennial, and the Erie Canal Bicentennial. State funding for anniversaries has been problematic over the years to be polite about it. Each time has been an exercise in reinventing the […]

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I LoveNY Funding

This post is the second in a series examining the awards granted by New York State through the REDC process. Initially, I am focusing on the awards granted by I LoveNY through its Market New York program, the funding most directly related to cultural heritage tourism involving New York State history. The analysis is in […]

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Show Me the Money: I LoveNY Funding

History Community to Albany As part of the REDC funding, I LoveNY has the opportunity to award $13.5 million to applicants.  The description in the REDC awards booklet is: Market New York is a grant program established to strengthen tourism and attract visitors to New York State by promoting destinations, attractions and special events. Funding […]

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Should Andrew Jackson Have Banned Catholics?

Field of Dreams in the City on a Hill For centuries the City on a Hill has been buffeted by the tides of religious strife threatening to undo the realm that the eyes of the world are upon. We all remember the dread experienced by the Puritans when confronted by the quaking Quakers. These fearsome […]

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January History News

Image from Who Was Walter Cronkite During the month of January, a number of history-related actions occurred that may be of interest to the larger history community. Below are brief notices about these items including the topics of: Funding Training I Love NY Signs State Museum County Meetings: Saratoga and Putnam Counties Indian Paths in […]

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Demographic Deluge or Democratic Disaster? The 2016 Elections

Clinton-Trump Probably Won’t Be The Next ‘Dewey Defeats Truman’ by Harry Enten, October 16, 2016 (Getty Images) When the 2016 election year began, the Democrats were singing “Happy days are here again.” The old FDR song seemed very appropriate for the coming year. The Democrats expected to win the presidential election. The Democrats expected a […]

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New York State Indian Paths through History

The diminished status of local and state history in New York extends to the first human settlers here as well. First contact between the European colonists and the Indian Nation inhabitants famously begins with Henry Hudson sailing the river the river that flows both ways that now bears his name. Over the course of the […]

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2020 Presidential Election: The Battle Is Engaged

The 2016 presidential election was distinctively different from all previous ones. It continues to reverberate throughout the land. It was the subject of two posts here. First on the historical role of New York State governors in presidential elections from Martin Van Buren who became president to the Cuomos who have not so far. The […]

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Who Will Tell Our State Story?

Who Will Tell Our State Story?: Demographic Decline and the Demise of New York State History The decline in the population of New York State bodes poorly for the preservation of New York State history as a viable component of the social fabric. The implications are disastrous although not immediate. There is still time to […]

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