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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: NYHC Online Registration

Contact: If you have questions, please contact

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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 Confirmed

"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.

  • 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 - 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

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–Opening reception
6:00pm-7:00pm–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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