November was designated as New York State History Month by the New York State Legislature in 1997 with the addition of Section 57.02 to the state’s Arts and Cultural Affairs Law.
New York State History Month represents an opportunity for historians and cultural institutions to assert the vital importance of preserving and learning about our state’s history. It is also a time to engage with the public through programs and learning opportunities about the history of New York State and the ways to help preserve our history.
Historians, museums, historic sites, archives, and libraries across the state are invited to present events, tours, lectures, discussions, publications, and exhibitions that highlight the importance of New York State history and the role the history community (and the public) play in preserving it.
Any historical or cultural organization hosting programs for New York State History Month is encouraged to use the New York State History Month logo in their marketing. It is recommended that Path Through History sites also use the Path Through History logo.
To submit your New York State History Month event for inclusion in the statewide calendar sponsored by I LOVE NY and Path Through History click here. Check the criteria for “Event Submission” first to make sure your event qualifies. When completing the online form, select “NYS History Month” in the Event Category dropdown menu. The submission will go through a quick approval process and you will be notified when the event has been processed.
Sites and historians should use their usual marketing tools to promote their programs, including websites, social media (#NYSHistoryMonth), and press releases. The following paragraph about New York State History Month may be used for this purpose:
In 1997, November was established as New York State History Month by the New York State Legislature. The goal was “to celebrate the history of New York State and recognize the contributions of state and local historians.” New York State History Month provides the opportunity for historians, museums, and cultural institutions to highlight the ways in which history is vitally important in our lives as New Yorkers, and the ways we can all work to preserve it.