The Association of Public Historians of New York State (APHNYS) will hold their 2023 Annual Conference in Ithaca, NY, September 18-20, 2023. The conference draws more than 100 government-appointed historians and affiliates from across the state. The conference theme is “Home, Sweet Home” and its various implications.
How have people connected with the places they call home, whether their birthplace, adopted community, or ancestral origins? How have geographies and landscapes influenced people’s social, cultural, and economic experiences, whether in urban, suburban, or rural homes? How have people used the land they call home? How have people’s homes been a point of pride? How have people defined or redefined their homes? Their families? How have home spaces reflected safety and protection, or threat and vulnerability? What disruptions to homelife—war, captivity, enslavement, migration, natural disasters—have people faced? What have been the experiences of those without homes, those displaced from their homes, or those who lived in places they might not have considered home?
At this year’s conference, New York’s public historians are invited to explore these and other questions relating to the concept of home and its influence on the lives of people throughout our state’s history.
The conference will be held at the Hotel Ithaca, at 222 South Cayuga Street. For more information, including registration and a complete schedule, can be found here.