Join us in Ithaca for our 2023 Annual Meeting!

"Home, Sweet, Home"

The Association of Public Historians of New York State (APHNYS) is pleased to announce that our 2023 Annual Conference will be held in Ithaca, NY, September 18-20, 2023. Our conference draws more than 100 government-appointed historians and affiliates from across the state.

Named after the island home of Homer’s King Odysseus, Ithaca sits on the southern shore of Cayuga Lake and is the seat of Tompkins County in the Finger Lakes region of Central New York. As we gather in Ithaca this fall, we consider the pull that the city’s mythological eponym had on its homesick hero and invite you to explore our theme— “Home, Sweet Home”—and its various implications.

How have people connected with the places they call home, whether their birthplace, adopted community, or ancestral origins? How have geographies and landscapes influenced people’s social, cultural, and economic experiences, whether in urban, suburban, or rural homes? How have people used the land they call home? How have people’s homes been a point of pride? How have people defined or redefined their homes? Their families? How have home spaces reflected safety and protection, or threat and vulnerability? What disruptions to homelife—war, captivity, enslavement, migration, natural disasters—have people faced? What have been the experiences of those without homes, those displaced from their homes, or those who lived in places they might not have considered home?

At this year’s conference, we invite New York’s public historians to explore these and other questions relating to the concept of home and its influence on the lives of people throughout our state’s history.

We invite proposals for workshops, panels, and presentations that explore this theme. Deadline: April 30 2023. The Program Committee will review proposals and respond to all applicants by June 15, 2023.

Final Conference Program 

APHNYS Board Meeting

The APHNYS Board of Trustees will hold an open meeting from 6-8 pm on Sunday, September 17.


Register online

Travel & Lodging

The conference will be held at the Hotel Ithaca, 222 South Cayuga Street, Ithaca, NY 14850.

Association of Public Historians of New York State Awards

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:

2023 Conference

September 18–20, 2023
Hotel Ithaca
Ithaca, New York

Call for Proposals now available!

Conference Program


Travel & Lodging

Marketing Opportunities

APHNYS Annual Awards

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

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