1997 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 written by Laura Lynne Scharer, the Jefferson County Historian at the time. The book offers basic information and resources to public historians who are often appointed without any real guidance about what and how to do their jobs. 

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

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