New York has a long tradition of attention to, caring for, and publishing local history. Approaches and intensity of interest have varied over the years, with strong local history publication in the late nineteenth century, an ebb in the early twentieth century but also a state requirement in 1919 for local governments to designate official historians, a sharp rise in the period of the bicentennial of the American Revolution, and, since that time, an increase in the publication of local history and other examples of progress such as the annual conference on New York State history. At the same time, though, there are substantial needs for better training, advocacy, and resources. New York's history programs are “like a cluster of wind turbines,” many exuding energy, others quiet and still. A stronger role for the State Historian is essential to strengthening the preservation, management, and use of state and local history.
- Local government (municipal) historians
- local history
- local history publications
- New York state and local history
- state historian
- © 2011 by The Regents of the University of California and the National Council on Public History. All rights reserved.