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. The conference will be held at the Hotel Ithaca, located at 222 South Cayuga Street, Ithaca, NY 14850.
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.
You can register online here to pay by credit card or to request an invoice.
If you would prefer, you can print out the registration form and mail it with your check to APHNYS, PO Box 1363, Sag Harbor, NY 11963. Please be sure to include the registration form with your payment.
The conference will be held at the Hotel Ithaca, located at 222 South Cayuga Street, Ithaca, NY 14850.
The conference will be held at the Hotel Ithaca, located at 222 South Cayuga Street, Ithaca, NY 14850. The conference rate is $139 a night.
Booking can be made on-line with the APHNYS conference rate by using this link:
You can also call 607-272-1000 to make reservations. Be sure to mention APHNYS in your phone call. The cut-off date is August 18, 2023. After that date, rooms will be subject to availability.
Final Program now available!
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The APHNYS Board of Directors will be holding an open meeting in the hotel board room from 6 pm-8 pm on September 17, the Sunday before the conference.
Nominations are now closed
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 in recognition of outstanding career achievement in the practice of Public History in New York State.
Named in memory of FDR’s service as Historian of the Town of Hyde Park in Dutchess County. Nominations open to appointed municipal historians, only.
Edmund J. Winslow Local Government Historian Award for Excellence– Awarded to an appointed historian, recognizing excellence in one or more public history projects or publications in New York State.
Named in memory of Edmund J. Winslow, Senior Historian, New York State Museum (1968-1990). Nominations open to appointed municipal historians, only.
APHNYS Award for Excellence in Promoting Local History - Awarded for excellence in promoting local history in New York State through research, writing, and other related accomplishments.
Nominations open to all, including appointed municipal historians, deputy historians and co-historians.
Hugh Hastings Award – Awarded in recognition of distinguished service to and support of the public history community, through work to promote and preserve history in New York State.
Named in honor of Hugh Hastings, the First State Historian for New York State (1895-1907). Nominations open to those other than appointed municipal historians.
Joseph F. Meany Award – Awarded in recognition of excellence in a military, maritime or labor history project or publication, in New York State.
Named in honor of Joseph F. Meany Jr., Acting Historian for New York State (1994-2001). Nominations open to all, including appointed municipal historians, deputy historians and co-historians.To submit a nomination, go to this link for the form: https://forms.gle/zFBGPPYgdNAW3Q5V8