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State Historians Gather at UAlbany to Share Research on New York’s Rich History

Contact(s):  Catherine Herman (518) 956-8150

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Hudson 400

The conference is part of UAlbany's celebration of the Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial.

ALBANY, N.Y. (November 16, 2009) -- More than 150 historians from across the state will visit the University at Albany as it hosts the 12th annual conference, Researching New York 2009, from November 19- 20. The conference will bring together researchers, archivists, museum curators, librarians and the next generation of historical scholars to share their work on the rich history of New York State. The Conference marks the third part of the University’s Hudson 400 program celebrating the Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial.

A featured event at the conference will be the keynote presentation, Seeing with Explorers’ Eyes and Finding the Wild in the Hudson Valley, by environmental historian and University of Cincinnati professor David Stradling at noon in the Campus Center Ballroom. Other conference topics include Economic Development in Western New York; Conservation and Education policy; Race and Religion: Politics and Citizenship; and Migrations to New York. UAlbany History Department graduate students will present their research in several sessions with participation from University faculty.

A special off-site session -- funded by a grant from the New York State Council for the Humanities -- will be a free public talk at 7 p.m. on November 19 by Columbia University historian Kenneth T. Jackson, who will present The Future of History in the Empire State at the New York State Museum. Other off-site sessions will include an open house at the New York State Archives and New York State Library and a workshop on using the Library’s electronic resources. There will also be Gallery talks led by curators of three new exhibitions at the Museum.

Researching New York 2009 is co-sponsored by UAlbany’s Department of History and the History Graduate Student Organization and the Archives Partnership Trust.

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UAlbany alumna Catherine Bertini, '71
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