Perspectives on Empire State History

November 20 & 21, 2014
University at Albany, SUNY

Sponsored by:

The UAlbany
Department of History &
History Graduate
Student Organization

The New York State Archives Partnership Trust

With additional support from:

M.E. Grenander Special Collections &Archives,
University Libraries

The College of Arts & Sciences

The Office for Research

University Auxiliary Services

The New York State Council for the Humanities


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Researching New York 2014
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Conference Update. The Conference Program is available here. We are also pleased to announce featured events for the 2014 conference, below.

On His Own Terms: A Life of Nelson Rockefeller
Richard Norton Smith
7:30 PM  Thursday November 20th
Page Hall   University at Albany, Downtown Campus
Fourteen years in the making, On His Own Terms is the first complete biography of Nelson Rockefeller. Drawing on thousands of newly available documents, some two hundred interviews, and Rockefeller’s unpublished reminiscences, Richard Norton Smith recreates this complex life, both personal and political; A political and presidential historian, a public intellectual regularly appearing on C-Span and other public affairs programs, Richard Norton Smith is the former head of 6 presidential libraries. His book, “Thomas E. Dewey and His Times,” was a finalist for the 1983 Pulitzer Prize. Sponsored by the New York State Writers Institute and the University at Albany History Department, this featured conference event is free and open to the public.

The Making of a Myth: Seneca Falls Unraveled
Lisa Tetrault, Carnegie Mellon University
Lunch Keynote  Friday November, 21st

The story of how women’s rights began in 1848, at the women’s rights meeting in Seneca Falls, New York, is a cherished American myth.  But where did that story come from?  Who invented it?  And for what reasons?  Unraveling that story by investigating its roots, which lay fifty years after the convention, Tetrault invites us to rethink the relationship of Seneca Falls to the evolution of modern women’s rights activism.  Carnegie Mellon University historian Lisa Tetrault is the author of The  Myth of Seneca Falls: Memory and the Women’s Suffrage Movement, 1848-1898.  She specializes in U.S. women’s history, memory, and social movements.

The Workers of the Erie Canal: They Built America       
4:00 PM   Friday November 21st
Recital Hall  Performing Arts Center   Uptown Campus

Written by Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill, Artistic Director of the Capital Repertory Theatre, this innovative drama examines the origins of the Erie Canal, a miraculous waterway that transformed America from a burgeoning country into a great nation. Sourced from more than 35 historical records—and created to bring professional theatre and history to school audiences—They Built America features the politicians, farmers, merchants, and laborers who came north to build the Canal.  This live performance, featuring professional actors from Cap Rep, is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the University at Albany Public History Program, this event is free and open to the public.

Researching New York brings together historians, researchers, archivists, museum curators, librarians, graduate students, teachers, Web and multimedia producers, and documentarians to share their work on New York State history. If you have any questions or comments, please contact us at We look forward to your participation at this year's Conference.

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