The New York State Historical Association, established in 1899, had evolved by the middle of the twentieth century into what has been called “the Cooperstown Idea”—programs for the scholar, the teacher, the student, the enthusiast. Its fundamental mission was to help citizens connect with their history. The program was known for its leadership and innovation. Over the past few decades, challenges connected with resources, changing demographics, and technology have occasioned a reexamination of the Association's role and mission. Reflecting on these challenges, and drawing lessons from its own past, the Association has developed and continues to evolve a number of new strategies, including collaboration to expand institutional reach, expanding its role in National History Day, assembling focus groups for advice on exhibits and programs, increasing the range of its public events to attract new audiences, experimenting with new approaches to interpretation, developing blogs and other social media approaches, and strengthening its graduate training program for future museum professionals.
- The Farmers' Museum
- History Day
- New York state and local history
- New York State Historical Association
- historical exhibits
- public programs
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