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Park/History Advocacy Day: Who Advocates for History?

On March 13, I participated in Park Advocacy Day. These advocacy days are part of the annual budget ritual in Albany. Groups of people representing different issues converge on the capital to meet with and lobby state legislators on behalf of their area of concern. Such people are physically identifiable due to their tote bags, […]

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History Organizations in the News

With this post, I catch my breath and bring to you some items about what others are doing. It is good to share, learn from others, and draw on the experiences of different organizations and people beyond the annual conference…which most people can’t attend and even while there can only attend one session per time […]

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Trump versus Star Trek: The Battle is Engaged

Trump versus Star Trek: The Battle is Engaged

We the People Live Once again Star Trek has proven itself as an accurate predictor of our present. Nearly 50 years ago an episode of the original Star Trek series predicted the meltdown we just witnessed in the abortive effort to repeal and replace Obamacare. By perhaps no coincidence whatsoever, the very day that the […]

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Getting to Know You: Familiarizing I LoveNY with You

“Getting to Know You” from The King and I I LoveNY conducts familiarization tours. The purpose of these tours as one might expect is to familiarize tour operators with potential tourist destination sites in the state with the hope that they will organize tours to them. These familiarization tours involve bringing people to the actual […]

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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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