Historian’s Manual

In 1997 the County Historians Association of New York State (one of the two agencies that formed into APHNYS in 1999), published But What Am I Supposed to Do? A Handbook for New York State’s Local Government Historians. The book was by Laura Lynne Scharer, who was at the time the Jefferson County Historian.  The book offers basic information and resources to public historians who are often appointed without any real guidance and what and how to do their jobs.  After Laura Lynne Scharer’s death, APHNYS vowed to update this important publication and make it available to historians.  That project is still ongoing so that all information can be current and vital to the job of the local government historian.  Until that project is completed, we have uploaded the original publication in chapter format.  On occasion, drafts of the updated chapters will also be viewable on this page.

Title Page       Table of Contents_Forward_Preface          For the New Historian

Research Methods            Research Sources                    Writing and Publishing

Public Presentations         Education Outreach                  Historic Preservation

Archives and Records      Community Promotions             Public Relations

Notes_Credits_Appendices