Association of Public Historians of NYS Meeting

The Association of Public Historians of New York State (APHNYS) has announced the schedule for the APHNYS 2010 Annual State Conference. The event will be held at the Hyatt-Regency Hotel in Buffalo, April 18th through April 20th, 2010.

The purpose of this APHNYSis to promote and encourage a greater understanding of the history of New York State and its local jurisdictions, promote and encourage the work of the officially appointed local government historians in New York State and its legal jurisdictions, and the Office of the State Historian, and to foster a spirit of cooperation and collegiality among all public historians in New York State. An overview what each day offers is below, but full details about the conference can be found at

Conference attendees have the opportunity to take advantage of both history and skills sessions, which are denoted in the following way: (S) &#8211 Skills Session OR (H) &#8211 History Session

Here’s a quick rundown of what each day offers&#8230-

SUNDAY, APRIL 18, 2010

Pre-Conference Activity: Tour of Buffalo City Hall, followed by Buffalo Naval Park/Original Erie Canal Slip

Conference Sessions include:

Historic Preservation 101: An Introduction to the Benefits of Local Preservation Planning, Tourism and Grants (S)

Bounties, Bonds and Banknotes: How the Union Financed Victory in the Civil War (H)

The Historian & the Landmarking Process (S)

The New York and Erie Railroad and the Economic Impact of Emigrant Paupers in Chautauqua County (H)

Basic Orientation for Newly Appointed Historians (S)

Evening Activities include:

Dinner followed by either Tour of Niagara Falls or APHNYS Movie Night at the hotel.

MONDAY, APRIL 19, 2010

&#8220State of the State’s History&#8221 with State Historian Robert Weible

APHNYS 2010 Annual Meeting & Elections

Conference Sessions include:

Tricks of the Trade: Learning How to Use the New York State Library’s Online Catalog and Digital Collections Effectively to Tell Your Community’s History (S)

Bringing the War of 1812 to Life: A Public Television Station Recreates History (H)

Preserving and Presenting Tragedy in the Community (S/H)

Researching the CCC in Your Area & Preserving the Memories of Your Community’s CCC Members (S)

Websites, E-Mail, Facebook, Twitter, Blogs & More: Social Media & the Historian (S)

Discovering a Civil War Story from Niagara County (H)

Public Historian’s Roundtable

Evening Activity: APHNYS Annual Awards Banquet with Keynote by Melissa Brown, Curator of the Pan-American Expo Museum


Conference Sessions include:

Becoming an APHNYS Registered Historian: Recognition for Your Great Career (S)

More Life and Less Latin: The General Education Board’s Work in New York (H)

The 2010 Census: Why America Continues to Count (S)

Local Government Records for the Public and Family Historians (S)

A Glorious Acquisition: The Siege of 1759 at Fort Niagara (H)

After Conference Activity: The Frank Lloyd Wright Experience

Tour of the Darwin D. Martin House Complex, the most extensive residential complex Wright ever designed.

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