Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation (S.5369/A.6462) changing New York State history month from November to October.
“New York has deep historical roots and a cultural uniqueness, and history month is a great time to explore them,” Governor Cuomo said in a n announcement sent to the press. “Given that many historic sites and cultural organizations are closed in November, it makes sense to designate October as our state’s history month – giving people more opportunities to experience and learn about New York’s contributions to our nation’s progress and the arts.”
New York State History Month was created in 1977. 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. The celebration has been mostly sparse since 2002, although then State Historian Robert Weible breathed new life into the idea on The New York History Blog in 2013. That resulted in a new logo, renewed promotion by the New York State Museum, and a scattering of events and organizations linking to the effort.
“Recently it has become clear that many historical organizations, including most State historic sites, are closed in November and therefore cannot take part in the celebrations,” the announcement of the change said. “By observing New York State History Month in October, more people will have the opportunity to learn about the State’s rich history.”
The new law takes effect immediately.