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Thou Art the Man! – King David and Judge Kavanaugh

The American Civil Religion posits that we are a city on a hill. At this point both political parties have abandoned that idea. The longtime staple of presidential politics and the America culture has been banished from public discourse. It died with the death of John McCain. We no longer aspire to a leadership role […]

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The New York State Assembly Committee on Tourism Meeting September 26, 2018

ASSEMBLY STANDING COMMITTEE ON TOURISM, PARKS, ARTS, AND SPORTS ASSEMBLY SUBCOMMITTEE ON MUSEUMS & CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Oral Testimony by Invitation Only SUBJECT: Impact of Arts and Cultural Organizations on the State’s Economy PURPOSE: To examine the impact New York’s artistic and cultural institutions have on the economy of the State.   […]

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A Rose by Any Other Name Is Still the Tappan Zee Bridge

What can we learn from the controversy over the naming of the Tappan Zee Bridge? What lessons can be drawn by looking at the larger picture? Let’s examine the data and see if we can put the pieces together. Start with the above-the-fold headline in my local paper on August 31, 2018: Cuomo or Tappan […]

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Make New York State History Great Again

On August 28, 2012, Governor Andrew Cuomo declared his intention to make New York State history great again. The occasion was the launching of his Path through History project. I attended the program in Albany and still have the materials and souvenirs from that day. The program was intended to generate revenue (and jobs) through […]

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Advocating for State and Local History: A Regional Case Study

How should the history community advocate on its behalf? Perhaps instead of focusing at the state level for the advocacy for state and local history, one should think smaller. In this post, I wish to address the recent example by the Long Island history community and to make some suggestions about the next steps. Long […]

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Storytelling: Using Your Documents to Tell a Story

We are a storytelling species. In this post I would like to share one example of the potential for storytelling in our communities using primary source documents. In subsequent posts, I intended to share other examples from different formats and venues showing how different history organizations and people are reaching out to audiences in different […]

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Funding Field Trips

I have heard the ads, haven’t you? Yes, it’s time to start the back-to-school shopping. At least so say the marketers. That also means it’s time to start thinking about school field trips. One of the issues with field trips is even if the school permits them there is the cost of the bus. Here […]

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Who Advocates in Your State for State and Local History?: The Massachusetts History Alliance Experience

On June 4, 2018, I attended the annual Massachusetts History Conference. The conference was held at Holy Cross. The University of Massachusetts was a supporter through its Amherst Program in Public History, Boston Public History and Archives Tracks and the Joseph P. Healey Library. Mass Humanities, Massachusetts Historical Society, Massachusetts State Historical Records Advisory Board, […]

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Runaway Slave Ads: Should They Be in the Curriculum?

In the school district of the Village of Port Chester where I live, a teacher offered an extra-credit option to create a runaway slave ad. The ad was to include: 1. The amount of the reward 2. The name and age of the runaway 3. A five-sentence description of the runaway 4. The moment and […]

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