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American Revolution 250th Update

I have returned from the American Revolution in the Mohawk Valley conference run by the Fort Plain Museum and am preparing for the July 4 parade by the Lower Manhattan Historical Association. This seems like a good time to catch up on what has been going on in the world of the American Revolution 250th. […]

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College Race-Role Immersion Game Controversy

In May, a controversy over a college role-immersion game went public. The game is part of Reacting to the Past. The specific application is the Frederick Douglass game set in 1845. That game has now been pulled. At this point, I am not sure if the controversy has subsided or if it is simply the […]

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An Historic Preservation Tsunami: Are We Becoming Indians?

On May 15 of this year, I was hit with an historic preservation tsunami. It was totally unexpected. It occurred so quickly and powerfully I scarcely realized what had happened. The source of the tsunami was the Sunday New York Times. It was not one article. Instead it was a series of independent articles that […]

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Where Is Your Community Gathering Place?

“Every community or neighborhood has a gathering place.” So Bill Sauers, President of the Greece Historical Society in upstate New York, begins his May newsletter under that title. He devotes the column to the Dutch Mill founded in 1928 as a hot dog stand that grew over time. As the years rolled by the restaurant […]

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May 9: V-U Day or V-R Day?

More and more the current war in the Ukraine resembles World War II. It has bombed out cities, tanks galore, genocide and even a budding world alliance against the perpetrator of the war. It also will soon have its equivalent of V-E Day and V-J Day. The United States celebrated Victory in Europe Day on […]

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Local Colleges, Local History, Local History Teachers

Teaching local history in a time of statewide tests is a perpetual challenge. It is easier to teach about when slavery was ended in Texas than it is when it ended in your own state. It is easier to teach about the Battle of Yorktown than it is what happened in the American Revolution in […]

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Advocacy: Do’s and Don’ts From New York

Activists have returned to Albany, and some lawmakers don’t like it That was the headline of a recent article in New York. The advocacy issue here is secondary to advocacy decorum. Now that legislative buildings are open again, the quiet of Covid has been disrupted by the pleas of in-person advocates. Here is how one […]

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Lessons from an Advocacy Session: Connecticut

The New England Museum Association (NEMA) held a series of advocacy sessions for the six New England States; March 14-18 9:30-10:30 am – Rev Up! New England Museum Week webinar National politics get a lot of attention, but state and local government make a huge difference in our daily lives and communities. Celebrate how your […]

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History Museum Advocacy: Federal Level

To follow-up on my previous blog on museum advocacy at the Federal level, I want to explore the possibility of history advocacy at the Federal level. In particular, I wish to call people’s attention to the National Coalition for History: The National Coalition for History (NCH) is a consortium of over 50 organizations that advocates […]

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Museum Advocacy: The Federal Level

It’s advocacy time. The State legislature buildings are open. Given the uncertainty due to COVID regarding the opening dates, some of the in-person efforts have been curtailed or have migrated to virtual this year. In this blog, I will review a federal level museum advocacy program. I next will propose a federal level history advocacy […]

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