Join us in Oswego for our 2021 Annual Meeting!

We are delighted to announce that we will be meeting in Oswego in 2021 -- a year later than planned. We were scheduled to gather there in 2020 but were forced to cancel our in-person meeting due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Fortunately, the Lake Ontario Events & Conference Center was willing to work with us to postpone our arrangements for a year. We will retain the original theme we had intended for 2020.

The year 2020 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 2021 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.

Call for Proposals

Deadline: June 15, 2021

All presenters will be required to register and pay for the conference. Please contact Program Committee co-chairs Mark Slosek ( and Lauren Roberts ( with questions.

Session Types

Unless otherwise noted, sessions are 75 minutes in length; 15-20 minutes of that should be reserved for discussion.

Panel sessions are organized around a facilitator/chair and 3–4 presenters. Generally, each panelist speaks for 15–20 minutes, followed by comment and/or discussion led by the facilitator and time for questions from the audience. Individual presentations should be at least loosely connected by topic or theme.

Skills sessions are training sessions designed to teach practical skills. The session type is ideal for demonstrating the use of new or innovative tools or techniques.

Workshops are longer, more-focused training sessions in which presenters work directly with participants to teach them a new skill or concept. Workshops may be up to three (3) hours in length. You may wish to set a limit on the number of attendees to ensure that participants can actively engage and interact with the presenters.

Individual sessions allow a single presenter to give a longer, lecture-style talk on a single topic or theme. Session are 45 minutes long, including time for questions from the audience.

Registration Information

Coming soon!

Travel & Lodging

The Conference will be held at the Lake Ontario Event & Conference Center, 26 East 1st Street, Oswego, NY 13126. The facility is served by two on-site hotels. The Best Western PLUS Captain's Quarters is connected directly to the conference center, while the Quality Inn& Suites Riverfront is just next door. Both offer complimentary continental breakfast, as well as free parking, internet, WiFi and access to the Health Club, which includes an indoor swimming pool, hot tub, sauna, steam room and the fully-equipped Captain's Club Fitness Center.


Best Western

26 East 1st Street

Oswego, NY 13126

 $129 (315) 343-4040

Quality Inn**

70 East 1st Street

Oswego, NY 13126

 $109  (315) 343-1600

*In order to receive your group's special discounted rate, individuals are asked to mention APHNYS when making their reservations. Deadline is August 20, 2021.

**Suites may be reserved at the Quality Inn for an additional $20/night

AII reservations must be guaranteed with a valid credit card or accompanied by a first night room deposit. The individual sleeping room cancellation or change policy requires a 24-hour advance notification in order to avoid a cancellation fee of one night's room charge.

Check in after 3 p.m. Check out by 11 a.m.

2021 Annual Meeting

"Watershed Moments"
September 13–15, 2021
Lake Ontario Events & Conference Center
Oswego, New York

Call for Proposals

Registration Information will be posted in July

Travel & Lodging

Marketing Opportunities

(Coming soon!)

APHNYS is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

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