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New York History Conference

The New York State Museum, State Library, State Archives, and the New York State Archives Partnership Trust, in collaboration with the Hudson River Valley Institute at Marist College and the Cooperstown Graduate Program at SUNY Oneonta, are excited to announce the first annual New York History Conference. The goal of the conference is to provide an inclusive and engaging forum in which historians, educators, museum professionals, archivists, and librarians can share research and resources on the practice, research, preservation, and teaching of New York State history. 

Please note that the Gardiner and Pomeroy foundations are Conference Presenting Sponsors.

When: June 20-21, 2024

Where: New York State Cultural Education Center, 222 Madison Avenue, Albany NY 12230

Registration* and Hotel Information:
*Registration to the conference is Sold Out. However, if you would like to take part in the Beer History of Albany Trolley Tour, please call (518) 486-5723
For hotel information, please visit: NYHC Hotel Information

Contact: If you have questions, please contact

Conference Scholarships: For the 2024 New York State History Conference, a limited number of registration/travel scholarships are available for educators and graduate students. To apply, please write a brief paragraph about why you want to attend the conference and send to Scholarships will be awarded on a rolling basis to eligible applicants.

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Pre-Conference Tours

  • The Beer History of Albany Trolley Tour

    2:00pm, June 20th, 2024
    Registration Required

    For nearly 400 years, Albany stood as a bustling center of brewing and beer making. Serving as one of the earliest industrial endeavors in North America, the city's breweries grew into some of the largest and most productive in the United States, with millions of barrels of its renowned "Albany Ale" traversing the Western Hemisphere.

    Join Craig Gravina, co-founder of the Albany Ale Project, as he unravels the hidden history of the capital city. See where New York's vast historical narrative converged with a world of malt and hops, in stories threaded with controversies and triumphs. Explore the city's sites where a fusion of culture and beer shaped Albany's heritage, defining its unique place in the annals of brewing history.

    Aside from being a world-class beer drinker, Craig Gravina is an exhibition designer, an author and beer writer, a public historian and co-founder of the Albany Ale Project—a research project re-discovering the Upper Hudson Valley’s pre-lager, ale brewing heritage. Craig lives in Albany with his wife, two teenage children, two cats and a dog—who are all mildly annoyed by his beery interests but love him anyway.

  • Dutch Holdings of the Office of Cultural Education

    2:00pm, June 20th, 2024
    Registration Required

    In 1624 the Dutch West India Company established the first Dutch settlement in America on present-day Manhattan Island.  The Dutch made a lasting impact on New York State.  To commemorate four centuries of Dutch history, the Office of Cultural Education (NYS Archives, Library, and Museum) will host a tour of our Dutch holdings – from 17th century records and bibles to archeological findings and decorative arts.      

Opening Reception Keynote Speaker

"All That Has Disappeared: Latinxs and Urban Redevelopment, 1937-1962" by Pedro Regalado.

Pedro A. Regalado is Assistant Professor of History at Stanford University where he researches and teaches the history of race, immigration, planning, and capitalism in urban America. His first book, Nueva York: Making the Modern City, is a history of New York City’s Latinx community during the twentieth century, from the “pioneers” who arrived after World War I to the panoply of Latinx people who rebuilt the city in the wake of the 1975 fiscal crisis. Across a range of topics, from urban renewal to the rise of Latinx bankers, US military operations in Central America to drug workers who repurposed tenement buildings, Nueva York demonstrates how the democratic ideals of the city hinged, in large part, on the experiences of Latinx New Yorkers.

Regalado’s work has been featured in the Journal of Urban History, Boston Review, The Washington Post, Platform, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Public Books. Before coming to Stanford, Regalado was a junior fellow of the Society of Fellows at Harvard University. Born in the Dominican Republic, he was raised in New York City’s Washington Heights.

Lunchtime Keynote Speakers

"Rethinking Revolutionary New York: A Conversation about Haudenosaunee Histories and the Sullivan Campaign" with Alyssa Mt. Pleasant and Andrea Lynn Smith

The Sullivan-Clinton Campaign is the Revolutionary War event most overtly commemorated in New York, with over 250 historical signs and markers -- and yet, the history told on the markers is misleading in many ways. In our conversation, we contrast this account with Haudenosaunee perspectives on the event and on the Revolutionary War more generally. The upcoming anniversary of the Revolutionary War offers a powerful opportunity to introduce varied experiences during the war as well as the wide range of positions held by different people today.  By reading against the grain, by offering an unexpected use of existing sources, and by considering yet-untapped resources, we can develop a richer and more complex reading of this military expedition and other pasts.  Moving beyond the Sullivan campaign, we ask how we can begin to understand and interpret indigenous history and consider why some people feel unprepared.  

Alyssa Mt. Pleasant is a scholar whose research focuses on Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) history during the Revolutionary War era. Her publications include the co-authored article “Materials and Methods in Native American and Indigenous Studies: Completing the Turn” and “Independence for Whom?: Expansion and Conflict in the Northeast and Northwest.” Mt. Pleasant holds a PhD in History from Cornell University and has been a faculty member in History, American Studies, and interdisciplinary Ethnic Studies departments at Yale University and the University at Buffalo (SUNY).  She served as founding Program Director of the Native American Scholars Initiative at the American Philosophical Society, connecting campus- and community-based researchers with archival collections. A descendant of the Tuscarora and Seneca Nations through her father’s lineage, she had dedicated much of her scholarly career to service with and for Native youth in college and university settings. In 2024 she was elected to membership in the American Antiquarian Society.

Andrea Lynn Smith is a professor of anthropology at Lafayette College, Easton, PA.  She specializes in collective and public memory and settler colonialism.  Her most recent book, Memory Wars: Settlers and Natives Remember Washington’s Sullivan Expedition of 1779 (2023), considers the public memory of a Revolutionary War expedition.  Previous books include Rebuilding Shattered Worlds: Creating Community by Voicing the Past (2016), which explores the role of place-loss in community identity in the aftermath of urban renewal.

  • Steering Committee Information (Click to View)

    City of Rochester - Christine Ridarsky, Historian, and Board Member - Association of Public Historians of New York State  
    Cooperstown Graduate Program, SUNY Oneonta - Dr. Gretchen Sorin, Director  
    Cooperstown Graduate Program, SUNY Oneonta - Dr. William Walker, Associate Professor  
    Hudson River Valley Institute, Marist College - Andrew Villani, Executive Director 
    Hudson River Valley Institute, Marist College - Dr. Thomas Wermuth, Co-Founder and Director 
    New Netherland Institute - Dr. Deborah Hamer, Executive Director 
    New-York Historical Society Museum & Library – Allyson Schettino, Director of Curriculum and Instruction
    New York State Archives - Dr. Jim Folts, Head of Researcher Services
    New York State Archives - Monica Gray, Director of Archival Services
    New York State Archives Partnership Trust- Tom Ruller, New York State Archivist (retired) 
    New York State Archives Partnership Trust - Janet Braga, Executive Director 
    New York State Council for the Social Studies - Lisa Kissinger, Board President 
    New York State Museum - Devin Lander, New York State Historian 
    New York State Museum - Dr. Jennifer Lemak, Chief Curator of History
    New York State Library - Cara Janowsky, Associate Librarian, Public Services
    New York State Library - Elizabeth Jakubowski, Senior Librarian, Manuscripts & Special Collections
    New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation - Cordell Reaves, Coordinator, Community Affairs 
    Rutgers University Newark - Dr. John Kuo Wei Tchen, Director, Clement A. Price Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience 
    SUNY Brockport - Dr. Michael Boston, Associate Professor, Department of History, and Editor in Chief of the Afro-Americans in New York Life and History Journal
    The Seneca Nation - Dr. Joe Stahlman, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer
    University at Albany- Susan McCormick, Department of History


All times and locations are subject to change

New York State Cultural Education Center, Albany, N.Y.
June 20-21, 2024

NY History Lightning Round – Thursday, June 20, 2024, 5-6pm, Huxley Theater

-Robin Campbell & Richard Hamm, University at Albany, “The Scoundrel and the Prostitute”
-Brad Edmondson, Independent Historian, “Conflict in the Adirondacks, 1973-1993”
-Rachel Greenfield, Independent Historian, “The Father/Son trademark case of 1900”
-Edythe Ann Quinn, Hartwick College, “Never to Fail in Anything He Undertakes’: Abolitionist, Rev. Levin Tilmon, African American Minister and Entrepreneur”
-Lauren Kozakiewicz, University at Albany, Communities in Conflict: Abortion Reform in New York
-Antoinette Sutto, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Library and Archives, "From the Hybrid Corn Revolution to the Atomic Age: Farmers and Scientists on Long Island in the Twentieth Century”
-Wunetu Tarrant, Guild Hall, “Ayím Kutoowonk Shinnecock Language Initiative”
-Youwei Xing, Clemson University, “The Erie Canal and the Economic Transformation of Nineteenth-Century New York State”

Conference Sessions – Friday June 21, 2024, 9:00am – 5:00pm, Cultural Education Center

Session 1—9:00am-10:15am
Huxley Theater—Maintaining Haudenosaunee Futurity: Conflict over Land and Language
-Moderator: Michael Oberg, Professor, SUNY Geneseo
-Montgomery Hill, Assistant Professor, University at Buffalo: “A History of Documentation”
-Kelly Hopkins, Assistant Professor, University of Houston: “We Have a Power to go Where We Please:’ Haudenosaunee Communities Confront Imperial Expansion”
-Elana Krischer, Visiting Assistant Professor, Marist College: “Un/settling the Empire State: The Holland Land Company and the Limits of Western Expansion in Nineteenth-Century New York”

Meeting Room A/B—The Importance of Clothing to the Presentation of the Historical Narrative
-Moderator: Connie Frisbee Houde, Curator Clothing and Textiles at the New York State Museum
-Maeve Kane, Associate Professor Department of History SUNY Albany
-Deborah Emmons-Andarawis, Executive Director and Curator of Historic Cherry Hill

Librarian’s Room—The Public and Its Health
-Moderator: Diana Gildea, Human Geography, Lund University
-Eric Cimino, Department of History, Molloy College: “The Nurses Emergency Council, Settlement Houses, and the 1918 Influenza Pandemic in New York City”
-Micah Blaichman, Ph.D. student, New York University: "Sanitary Government: AICP, Public Baths, and the Battle to Clean New York City"
-Semaj Campbell-Blakes, Ph.D. Candidate in History, Syracuse University: “Young Mothers and The Creation of a Reproductive Health Crises in the Urban North 1955 - 2005”

Members Lounge—Freedom Seekers, Free Blacks, and the Struggle for Abolition and Emancipation in New York State
-Moderator: Josh Poole, Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center
-Peter Bunten, Executive Director, Mid-Hudson Antislavery History Project and Vice President, Underground Railroad Consortium of New York State: “Interface between local freedom seekers, enslaved people, free Blacks and their collective impact in the abolition movement”
-Paul Stewart, Co-founder, Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region: “Role of free Black activists who reorganized schools, churches, newspapers, self-help societies and businesses strengthening local Black communities”
-Saladin Allah, Director of Community Engagement, Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center and Member of the United Nations ICSWG for the Permanent Forum on People of African Descent

Library Classroom—Educator Workshop: New/Twentieth Century Media
-Rich Pyszczek, Buffalo Public Schools/NYPHT & NFCSS: “Rich Newberg Reports: Buffalo Black History Showcase”
-Matthew Hendley and Ed Beck, State University of New York at Oneonta: “Chronicling a Crisis: SUNY Oneonta's Pandemic Diaries Project” Matthew Hendley, Professor of History, State University of New York at Oneonta Ed Beck, Open & Online Learning Specialist, Faculty Center for Teaching, Learning & Scholarship, State University of New York at Oneonta

Session 2—10:35am-11:50am
Huxley Theater—Black Communities in New York State
-Moderator: Cordell Reaves, Coordinator, Community Affairs, NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
-Michael B. Boston, Department of African and African American Studies, SUNY Brockport: “Booker T. Washington and the National Negro Business League in New York State”
-Amy Godine, Independent scholar, and writer: “Erasure and Recovery: The Story of the Black Woods”
-Bryan S. Thompson, Municipal Historian, Town of De Kalb: “The Lost Black Community of Massena, New York”

Meeting Room A/B—The SEEK Program in the City University of New York (CUNY): Conflict, Confrontation, and Change
-Moderator: Carol Giardina, History Department, Queens College
-Annie Tummino, Head of Special Collections and Archives, Queens College Library
-Obden Mondésir, Oral Historian, and Archivist, Haitian Studies Institute at Brooklyn College
-Conor ‘Coco’ Tomás Reed, Program Director of the Shape of Cities to Come Institute

Librarian’s RoomArcheology and the Physical Evidence of Military Activity in New York
-Moderator: Michael Lucas, Curator of Historical Archeology, New York State Museum
-Matthew Kirk, Principal Investigator of Hartgen Archeological Associates: “Recent Archeology of the Early Military Academy at West Point”
-Charles Vandrei, Archeologist and Historic Preservation Officer, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation: “Archaeology at Lake George Battlefield Park”
-Tim Abel, Consulting Archaeologist

Members Lounge—Ethnic Identity and Religious Community in New York State
-Moderator: Elizabeth Stack, Executive Director, American Irish Historical Society
-Mark Richard, SUNY Plattsburgh, “Creating a Catholic Community in the Québec-New York
-Brad Kolodny, Jewish Historical Society of Long Island, “The Jews of Long Island, 1705-1918.”
-Patrick Grigsby, Texas A & M University, “A Dangerous Pantomime: Machine Politicians and Irish Nationalism in New York City, 1845-1872”
-Terry Golway, College of State Island, “Confirm or Deny: The Problem of Identity for Irish Revolutionaries in America”

Library Classroom—Educator Workshop: Agency in Teaching Marginalized Histories
-Allyson Schettino, New-York Historical Society Museum & Library, “Teaching Indigenous Responses to the Crisis of Colonization”
-Mary Liz and Paul Stewart, Underground Railroad Education Center, “The UGRR: a New Interpretation of an Old Story”

Session 3—2:15pm-3:30pm
Huxley Theater—Telling Untold Stories
-Moderator: Christine Ridarsky, Rochester City Historian  
-Becky Chapin, Geneva History Museum, “Beyond the Hudson: Exploring Slavery in the Finger Lakes”
-Beau Lancaster, Historian and Professor, City University of New York: “Public knowledge and acknowledgment of historic African-American LGBTQ+ sites”
-L.C. Santangelo, Lecturer, Princeton University: “He Was a Lady: Transing New York at Century’s Turn”

Meeting Room A/B—The COVID-19 Pandemic in New York State: Documenting the Ordeal and Interpreting Its History
-Moderator: Robert W. Snyder, Manhattan Borough Historian, Professor Emeritus of Journalism and American Studies, Rutgers University

-Anna Maria Kowalchuk, Executive Director, Livingston County Historical Society and Museum: “Curator of ‘1918 Influenza Pandemic and COVID-19: Deadly Viruses a century apart’”
-Jennifer Lemak, Chief Curator, New York State Museum: “New Yorker’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic”
-Meral Agish, Interim Director, Queens Memory Project at Queens Public Library
-Carlos S Rico, Fordham University: “Co-founder of Bronx Covid-19 Oral History Project”

Librarian’s Room—The National Votes for Women Trail
-Moderator: Judith Wellman, Professor Emerita, SUNY Oswego
-Nancy Brown, Founder, The Elizabeth Cady Staton Hometown Association: “What can historic sites tell us about the movement for women’s suffrage in New York State”
-Lilian Williams, Associate Professor, Director of Community Engagements, University of Buffalo: “Identifying and marking sites for Charlotte Dett and Mary Talbert”
-Karen Pastorello, Tompkins Cortland Community College: “Researching and nominating Elixa Wright Osborne and the Auburn Branch of the Educational and Industrial Union”

Members Lounge—New York in the Revolution
-Moderator: Thomas Wermuth, Co-Founder & Director, Hudson River Valley Institute
-Zachary Diebel, PhD Candidate, Binghamton University
-Daniel Hulsebosch, N.Y.U. School of Law: "Confiscation in the American Revolution: Taking Property, Making the State"
-Vic DiSanto, Museum Associate, Iroquois Museum: “Andre's Captors Revisited: Setting the Record Straight”

Library Classroom—Educator Workshop: Methods and Student Research
-Gretchen Sorin, William Walker and Kathryn Boardman, Cooperstown Graduate Program/SUNY Oneonta: “Connecting Historians, Educators, and Students through National History Day” 
-James Jenkins, Jordan Jace, Vicki Weiss, NYSED Office of Cultural Education, “Connecting Your Collections to the K-12 Curriculum”

Session 4—3:45pm-5:00pm
Huxley Theater—Fighting for LGBTQIA+ Lives: From Rights and Legislation to Preservation and Remembrance
-Moderator: Ren Lee, Agora Project Fellow, Museum Association of New York
-Ashley Hopkins-Benton, Senior Historian/Curator, New York State Museum: “New York State Museum, Human Rights Ordinance, Albany NY”
-Jeff Iovannone, Preservation planner, Landmark Society of Western New York: “Firebrand Books, Ithaca NY”
-Hugh Ryan, Writer, and Curator: “The Women’s House of Detention. Manhattan NY”

Meeting Room A/B—Digital Public History: Making History Accessible to a Wide Audience
-Moderator: Don Wildman, television history adventurer
-Lauren Roberts, Historian, Saratoga County: “A New York Minute in History” podcast and producer of “Harnessing Nature: Building the Great Sacandaga Lake”
-Peter-Christian Aigner, Director, Gotham Center for New York City History: “Gothams Center's New York Revolutionary Trail” interactive website and app
-Paul A. Miller, Independent writer, photographer, and filmmaker: “Searching for Timbuctoo”
-Devin Lander, New York State Historian: “A New York Minute in History” podcast and the collaboration between the William G. Pomeroy Foundation, the New York State Museum, and WAMC-Northeast Public Radio

Librarian’s Room—Our Whole History: Putting People in Place for Richer Historic Narratives
-Moderator: Kjirsten Gustavson, Coordinator of the Interpretation Unit for NYS
-Kim Hill, Interpreter of Native American History for NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation-Bureau of Historic Sites
-Lavada Nahon, Interpreter of African American History for NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation-Bureau of Historic Sites
-Zachery Veith, Historic Site Assistant, Staatsburgh State Historic Site

Members Lounge—And Equity for All: Building Diverse and Inclusive Archives
-Moderator: Bob Clark, Director of Archives, Rockefeller Archive Center
-Jasmine Bumpers, Archivist, Access Services Unit of the New York State Archives
-Jennifer Burns, Lecturer, Department of Africana Studies at the University at Albany
-John Diefenderfer, Archivist, Archival Advisory Services Unit of the New York State Archives
-Jessica Murray, Project Consultant, NYC Disability Rights Archive, College of Staten Island, CUNY

Library Classroom—Educator Workshop: Migration and Movement
-Jessica Terry-Elliott, Syracuse University, “Black Parade: To, From, and To Central New York”
-Liz Burns Taormina, Institute for Curriculum Services: “Coming to America: The Jewish Immigration Experience, 1880 – 1924”  

2024 NY History Conference Tentative Schedule 
All Times are Subject to Change

Thursday June 20
1:00pm–Conference registration (ongoing)
2:00pm-3:30pm–Tour of Albany brewing history with Craig Gravina
2:00-3:30pm–Concurrent tours of NYS Archives, Library and Museum
5:00pm-6:00pm–Lightning round
6:00pm-7:00pm-Opening reception
7:00pm-8:00pm–Opening public keynote presentation: Dr. Pedro A. Regalado, Stanford University

Friday June 21st
8:30am-9:00pm—Welcome, registration, and networking (coffee, light refreshment)
9:00am-10:15am—Session 1 (3-4 concurrent)
10:20am-10:35am—Break (Coffee)
10:35am-11:50am—Session 2 (3-4 concurrent)
1:00pm-2:00pm—Luncheon keynote panel (panelists to be confirmed)
2:15pm-3:30pm—Session 3 (3-4 concurrent)
3:30pm-3:45pm—Break (coffee)
3:45pm-5:00pm—Session 4 (3-4 concurrent)

Conference Background: Since the mid-1950s there has been an annual New York State history conference. Over the decades different organizations have led this initiative and most recently in 2022 the Cooperstown Graduate Program, SUNY Oneonta organized and hosted a statewide history conference. Beginning in 2024, the New York State Office of Cultural Education, along with several partner organizations, will facilitate and host a new annual statewide conference that will bring together historians, archivists, museum professionals, librarians, and educators to share research, resources, and best practices related to the field of New York State history.

Presenting Sponsors

Presented By the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation and the William G. Pomeroy Foundation.

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Conference Partners

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Supporting Sponsors

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