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  • Monday, January 16, 2023 9:58 AM | Raymond LaFever (Administrator)

    The APHNYS Board of Directors held its organizational meeting on January 9 and elected the following slate of officers:

    President – Ray LaFever, Town of Bovina Historian

    1st Vice President – Julie Madlin, City of Ogdensburg Historian

    2nd Vice President – Lauren Roberts, Saratoga County Historian

    Secretary – Samantha Hall-Saladino, Fulton County Historian

    Treasurer – Zachary Studenroth, Village of Southhampton Historian

    The board welcomed two new members, elected at last fall’s annual meeting in Kingston, Stan Cianfarano, Warren County Historian and Jason Parkman, Town of Elbridge Historian. A complete list of our officers and directors, as well as of our regional coordinators, is on our website at Association of Public Historians of New York State - APHNYS Officers, Trustees and Regional Coordinators

    I’m taking on the role as APHNYS President with some trepidation, following in the footsteps of Christine Ridarsky, Rose Tucker, Gerry Smith and Carol McKenna, but I’m grateful for the great Board of Directors who help to ensure the smooth running of things and to keep me on my toes. I’m particularly grateful to Julie and Lauren for stepping into the Vice President positions. I’m breathing a little easier!

    Kudos and hats off to Christine Ridarsky, who shepherded APHNYS through one of its most challenging times as everyone coped with the pandemic. She was instrumental in making it possible for members to renew and to register for our conference on-line. Christine also led us through a much-needed change to our by-laws. And a thank you to departing board member and 1st Vice President Matt Urtz, who was instrumental in coordinating the streaming options at our conferences over the past three years, among many other things during his tenure on the board. Matt still intends to be involved with APHNYS, thank goodness.

    We have started work on our fall APHNYS conference, which will be September 18-20 in Ithaca in Region 10. We will have a streaming option for those not able to come in person. More information, including the call for proposals, is coming soon. And we’ll be encouraging our regions to hold a spring regional meeting. One suggested topic of discussion at these meetings will be succession planning.

    While we interpret and save the history of our communities, we have to think of the future of preserving that past. As we think of retiring from our positions, or even before that thought enters our minds, it wouldn’t hurt to start looking around for someone suitable to follow us and make sure that whatever information we have as local government historians passes smoothly to our successors.

    Succession planning is something that APHNYS is working on also. APHNYS is getting new faces and new viewpoints on our board, but we are always looking for more. Out of our twelve regions, three of them have no regional coordinator, so we’re hopeful that some of you will step up to ensure that all the regional coordinator spots filled, allowing us to get a broad perspective statewide.   

    So, here’s to a successful 2023 for APHNYS and all local government historians.

    Ray LaFever

    President, Association of Public Historians of New York State (APHNYS)

    PS – If you haven’t joined APHNYS or renewed your membership, I hope you will consider doing so today. You can join on-line at Association of Public Historians of New York State - Join ( or send in a membership form to APHNYS, P.O. Box 1363, Sag Harbor, NY 11963. You can download the form at 2023 APHNYS Dues and Membership Form.pdf

  • Thursday, October 27, 2022 10:59 AM | Ray LaFever (Administrator)

    APHNYS was delighted to host a live taping of the A New York Minute in History podcast at our 2022 conference in Kingston. Hosts Devin Lander and Laura Roberts spoke with City of Kingston Historian Taylor Bruck, APHNYS President Christine L. Ridarsky, and Madison Count Historian Matt Urtz,  as well as Susan Hughes, historian and archivist for the conference's presenting sponsor the William G. Pomeroy Foundation and Don Widman, host of the podcast American History Hit. Learn more and listen at Live From the APHNYS | A New York Minute in History - WAMC Podcasts.

  • Thursday, June 23, 2022 10:32 AM | Raymond LaFever (Administrator)

    APHNYS is seeking nominations for its awards, given every year at its annual conference. Here are the categories for the awards:

    Franklin D. Roosevelt Local Government Historian Professional Achievement Award

    Awarded to an appointed historian for lifetime achievement in the practice of public history in NYS.

    Edmund J. Winslow Local Government Historian Award for Excellence – Recognition for excellence in one or more public history projects or publications.

    APHNYS Award for Excellence in Promoting Local History – Excellence in cooperation and promoting local history through research, writing, and other related accomplishments.

    Hugh Hastings Award – Honoring citizens and government officials who work to promote, preserve, and stimulate interest in the history of NYS.

    Joseph E. Meany Award – Excellence in promoting and/or preserving military, labor, or marine projects or publications.

    To submit a nomination, go to this link for the form:

  • Monday, June 20, 2022 3:23 PM | Raymond LaFever (Administrator)

    The APHNYS Registered Historians program is looking for a few good historians to participate. Nothing says honor and distinction than being recognized by both your fellow historians and your own municipality as a registered historian. Over the last few years, an increasingly larger number of historians have become registered with APHNYS. These historians have shown their commitment to their own profession and their area by performing all the duties of the job.

    The APHNYS Registered Historians Committee has streamlined the process. Click on the link below for the application form. Take the time to read the form fully and add the requested supporting material. The deadline submission for this program is July 1, 2022.

    Association of Public Historians of New York State - Registered Historians (

    Our address for mailing completed packets is:

    Sandra Bradford

    Attn: Registered Historians Program

    5588 Mark Taber Road

    Trumansburg, NY 14886

    Or, better yet, scan the application and documentation submit the complete application packet as a PDF file to:

    Take the time to look over the program. It denotes those who truly strive to promote excellence in history. Those who complete the program will be recognized at the 2022 Conference in Kingston with a certificate and a special Registered Historians pin.

  • Friday, June 17, 2022 11:20 AM | Raymond LaFever (Administrator)

    The 2022 Association of Public Historians of New York State (APHNYS) annual conference will be held in Kingston, New York, September 19–21. You are invited to spread the word about your organization, institution, products, or services to the 80+ public historians in attendance, our 400+ members, and New York’s 1,600+ government-appointed historians. 

    Information about how you can be a sponsor, exhibit at the conference and advertise in our annual conference program is in our APHNYS 2022 Annual Conference marketing opportunities.

  • Monday, August 02, 2021 10:46 AM | Julie Madlin (Administrator)

    Last year was a year like we've never experienced before. As we struggled with the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, we also marked the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment that recognized U.S. women’s right to vote and the 150th anniversary of the 15th Amendment that enfranchised black men, as well as the anniversaries of innumerable other “Watershed Moments” in local, state, and national history. As the Association of Public Historians of New York State gathers in Oswego, at the convergence of the Oswego River and Lake Ontario, we seek to examine the various ways in which public historians interpret and commemorate “Watershed Moments,” as well as the role water has played in shaping the communities we serve.

    We've got an exciting program planned for you! Look for the full program on our website soon!

  • Wednesday, February 24, 2021 5:06 PM | Raymond LaFever (Administrator)

    Applications are now being accepted for the fourth grant round of the Pomeroy Fund for NYS History, a partnership between the Pomeroy Foundation and Museum Association of New York (MANY).

    This round will provide $50,000 in grants to assist 501(c)(3) history-related organizations in New York State with capital needs expenses in 2021.

    Grant requests will be considered for technology equipment, facility maintenance equipment, furnishings, major material purchases, renovations, refurbishments, remodeling and rehabilitation.

    Eligible organizations must be a history-related organization located in New York State and have an annual operating budget of $150,000 or less. If your organization received funding from the Pomeroy Fund in 2020, you are eligible to apply, but preference will be given to those who have yet to receive funding.

  • Wednesday, September 23, 2020 10:31 AM | Ray LaFever (Administrator)

    Did you miss the 2020 Virtual Conference & Annual Meeting? Or was there a session that you was so good you want to see it again? No worries! All conference sessions were recorded and are now available on APHNYS's YouTube channel. View them here.

  • Sunday, September 20, 2020 12:17 PM | Ray LaFever (Administrator)

    The 2020 Virtual Conference Program is now available. Click here to view it. This program will serve as your guide to the conference. If you are registered, please take some time to review the program prior to the start of the conference. It includes useful information on how to access the sessions and tips for using Zoom. To join sessions, you will just need to click on the session title. We look forward to seeing you on September 21-22, 2020!

  • Wednesday, September 02, 2020 12:21 PM | Ray LaFever (Administrator)

    Join APHNYS for its first virtual conference and annual meeting on September 21-22, 2020. We had to cancel our in-person conference due to COVID-19, but that won't stop us from getting together online to learn from each other and conduct the business of the organization. All sessions will be held using Zoom video teleconferencing technology. The event is free for all APHNYS members, officially appointed government historians, and anyone interested in learning about the work we do, but pre-registration is required. Click here to register.

    APHNYS Vice President Matt Urtz and the 2020 Program Committee has worked hard to pull together a wonderful line of presentations, including plenary session on the Inclusive Historians Handbook. The handbook, co-produced by the Association for State and Local History and the National Council for Public History and co-edited by former New York State Historian Robert Weible, is a dynamic reference source that supports inclusive and equity-focused historical work in public settings by sharing a knowledge base that invites more people to engage in history projects.

    Other conference sessions focus on topics such as documenting COVID-19, tools for sharing history in a virtual environment, historic markers, and resources available from the New York State Archives. We will also offer training for new historians and a session on applying to become an APHNYS Registered Historian. Look for a complete program soon!

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