The academic journal New York History, now being published by Cornell University Press working with staff from the New York State Museum, seeks to unify the diverse field of New York State history and meet the needs of a growing historical community that includes scholars, public historians, museum professionals, local government historians, and those seeking an in-depth look at the Empire State’s history. [Read more…] about New York History Journal Call for Papers
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Nelson Rockefeller and the Politics of Wealth
The journal New York History, published by Cornell University Press, has published a free article online by historian Marsha E. Barrett, “Millionaires are More Democratic Now: Nelson Rockefeller and the Politics of Wealth in New York.” [Read more…] about Nelson Rockefeller and the Politics of Wealth
New York History Journal Returns to Print
A new issue of the journal New York History was published in September 2019 under a new collaboration between the New York State Museum and Cornell University Press. The issue marks a return to print, after being a digital-only publication since 2012, and nearly ceasing publication when the New York State Historical Association (NYSHA) went defunct in 2017.
The New York State Historical Association began publishing the journal geared toward a popular and academic audience in 1919. It was first published as The Quarterly Journal of the New York State Historical Association, and since 1932 as New York History.
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A Visit To Schoharie Crossing (Liz Covart Podacst)
A “little short of madness.” That is how Thomas Jefferson responded when two delegates from New York approached him with the idea to build the Erie Canal in January 1809.
Jefferson’s comment did not discourage New Yorkers. On January 4, 1817, New York State began building a 363-mile long canal to link the Hudson River and Atlantic Ocean with the Great Lakes and the Midwest. [Read more…] about A Visit To Schoharie Crossing (Liz Covart Podacst)
New Directions for ‘New York History’ Journal
The journal New York History turns a century old in 2019 and this summer readers will find volume 100, issue number 1, in their mailboxes and see notices of the digital delivery of the journal in their email inboxes.
The most anticipated change at the journal, which is under new stewardship of Cornell University Press collaborating with the New York State Museum, is a welcome return to the past. The journal, after being a digital-only publication since 2012, will return to glorious print. Readers will be able to peruse bound paper issues and consult PDF and reflowable e-journals as their interests and reading needs determine. We know that paper and screens have their respective and complementary places in our reading lives, and the editors of the journal have ensured that all readers will have a choice of formats. [Read more…] about New Directions for ‘New York History’ Journal
NYSHA Defunct: New York State Historical Association Is No More
After nearly 120 years, the New York State Historical Association (NYSHA) is no more. On March 13, 2017, the State Board of Regents approved NYSHA’s request to amend its charter to change its name to Fenimore Art Museum, revise its corporate purposes, designate the Commissioner of Education as agent for corporation service; and update the organization’s IRS dissolution language (pdf link).
The move follows years of debate over the role of the organization as a statewide advocate for the New York State History Community, a troubled history of publishing the State’s history journal New York History, and questions about NYSHA’s support for the long-standing annual spring meeting of the State’s historians, the Conference on New York State History. [Read more…] about NYSHA Defunct: New York State Historical Association Is No More
Bruce Dearstyne: Remembering and Forgetting History
Governments are often challenged in developing policies about what to emphasize in public history programs such as statues and commemorations, and what to leave out, neglect, or relegate to the shadows. A few examples that may be of interest:
LOCAL DECISION MAKING
In March of this year, Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe vetoed a bill to prevent local governments from taking down monuments to the Confederacy. The issue is a sensitive one, especially so this year. McAuliffe framed it as an issue of the state needing to let communities decide on a case-by- case basis. [Read more…] about Bruce Dearstyne: Remembering and Forgetting History
5 Opportunities To Promote New York History
New York’s history community is arguably the most diverse, energetic, and imaginative of any state’s. There is always more exciting work to be done to strengthen our programs, raise the visibility of state and local history, and help coordinate our work.
Here are five opportunities for consideration and action. [Read more…] about 5 Opportunities To Promote New York History