Wednesday, July 15, 2015

GAHWNY 2015 Fall Conference

GAHWNY Fall meeting
Saturday, September 26, 2015
Houghton College
Allegany County
Featured Speaker: Carol Kammen, Tompkins County Historian
and co-author of the new book,
Zen and the Art of Local History


 8:30 A.M.       Registration and Refreshments – Center for the Arts Recital Hall

 9:00 A.M.       Welcome – Dr. Shirley Mullen, President Houghton College

 9:15 A.M        GAHWNY Business Meeting

10:00 A.M       Break

10:15 A.M.      Zen and the Art of Local History. Speaker: Carol Kammen, Tompkins County Historian, Cornell University teacher, and prominent author of numerous books on doing local history. Carol will discuss her new book, Zen and the Art of Local History an engaging, interactive conversation that conveys the exciting nature of local history. Divided into six major themes of being a local historian, topics and sources, staying relevant, getting it right, writing history, and history organizations, the book covers the scope and breadth of local history.

11:30 A.M.      Presentation of the Julia Reinstein Career
                         Achievement Award

12:00 P.M.      Lunch – served in the Campus Center

1:15 P.M.        The Creation of Memory: The Theory and Practice of Local History. Speaker: Michael J. Eula, Genesee County Historian and Records Management Officer. Michael has served as County Historian and RMO since August of 2014, when he succeeded the long-serving Sue Conklin. He holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of California, Irvine, along with law degrees from Newport University School of Law and Regent University School of Law. He is a Professor Emeritus of History at El Camino College in California, where he served on the faculty for twenty-three years prior to retirement in 2012.

2:15 P.M.        Break

2:30 P.M.        Portrayal of the life of Moses VanCampen: behind the scenes. Interpreter and Speaker: Brendan Heaney, teacher at Fillmore Central School. Brendan brings this brave and fearless local Indian captive and Revolutionary War hero back to life in short excerpts from a program he wrote and developed. He will then discuss the extensive research and organization that goes into producing an authentic and appealing educational live experience for audiences of all ages.

3:30 P.M.        Program concludes.
Wont you join us? Historians and general public are welcome to attend.
Download conference information here.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

GAHWNY Student History Award

We are pleased to announce that the Government Appointed Historians of Western New York (GAHWNY) has renewed the Student History Award of up to $1000 to a student (or students) graduating from one of the community colleges in Western New York listed below* with plans to continue his/her education by majoring in history at an accredited four year school in New York State.

Students must submit proof of graduation from a community college and acceptance to a four year school. The $1000 award will be divided among the number of approved applicants. Deadline for application is December 31, 2015. Funds will be awarded in February 2016. Application forms are available here.
Qualifying colleges are:  

        *Western New York Community Colleges:
        Erie Community College
        Finger Lakes Community College
        Genesee Community College
        Jamestown Community College
        Monroe Community College
        Niagara Community College

Tuesday, June 2, 2015


June 7, 2015
Noon until 4:00 p.m.


(Parking at Letchworth Central School, 5550 School Rd. Gainesville, NY)

Free Admission!
Guided Farm Tours - Farmer's Market - Children's Activities - Farm Equipment - Horse Drawn Wagon Rides - Animal Exhibit - Farm Discovery -  Pedal Tractor Race - Food
Educational Exhibits and Displays
(No pets allowed.)
For more information call Wyoming County Chamber & Tourism

Thursday, May 14, 2015

First Recipients of the GAHWNY Student History Award

Michael Schwartz and his parents, Joe and Donna Schwartz, with Amie Alden, GAHWNY Executive Chair at the GAHWNY Spring Meeting held Saturday, April 18th at Bohn's Restaurant in Batavia.  (Jason Canaan was not able to attend.)

Congratulations to the first recipients of the GAHWNY Student History Award!

The GAHWNY Executive Board is thrilled to announce the 2014 Student History Awardees:
Jason Canaan of York, Livingston County and Michael Schwartz of Rochester, Monroe County. 
Jason and Michael are both 2014 graduates of Monroe Community College.  Jason is pursuing a BA in History at SUNY Geneseo and Michael will be working on a BA in History at SUNY Brockport. Each of these two young men received an award of $500 from GAHWNY.

All proceeds from a silent auction will be dedicated to funding the next round of awards to qualifying western New York community college graduates who are accepted to four year college in New York with a history major.

The 2015 application will be available online July 1, 2015. Deadline for applications is December 31, 2015. 

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Sanford’s Niagara: A Then And Now Collection 1878 - 2014

The Niagara County Historian’s office has announced the publication of a new book that takes readers back almost 140 years to an era when Victorian architecture, steam powered machinery and large, prosperous farms were common sights in Niagara County.  The 246-page pictorial publication is a reprint of the Sanford 1879 History of Niagara County, N.Y. with Illustrations Descriptive of Its Scenery, Private Residences, Public Buildings, Fine Blocks, and Important Manufactories, and Portrait of Old Pioneers and Prominent Residents; a volume that offered 19th century readers an impressive array of detailed drawings that showed prominent area homes, farms, industrial works and landmarks.

The 2015 edition is not just a reprint of the original work. Over the past two years, Historian’s office staff members have researched the locations of the original scenes that stretch from Somerset to North Tonawanda and Royalton to Porter. Once the location of an original drawing was identified, Historian’s office staff photographed the scene as it appears today.  Contemporary readers can thus compare how the Niagara County landscape has changed over the years in a “then and now” format.
Several of the illustrations depict scenes that have changed little in 136 years such as the James M. Morse Residence in the Town of Wilson. Others like the Edwin Whitcomb Farm in the Town of Hartland reveal how the forces of industrialization, suburbanization and social and economic change has greatly altered the local landscape.  Captions provide historical information on the scenes and the people who were associated with them.

Sanford’s Niagara: A Then And Now Collection 1878 - 2014 is priced at $24.95 and will be available for purchase at:
The Niagara County Historian's Office, 139 Niagara Street, Lockport, NY  14094
Ticklebridge  Co-op 12 Market St., Bewley Building, Lockport, NY
The Dory Trading Post, 435 Main St. Youngstown, NY
Old Fort Niagara Gift Shop, Youngstown, NY
The Book Corner, 1801 Main St., Niagara Falls, NY
The Book Shoppe, 519 Main Street, Medina, NY

The Niagara County Historian’s office is a department of Niagara County government and is charged to gather and preserve legal documents, historical records, and community wide information, in order to educate the public and provide professional support regarding the history of Niagara County
For more information please call the Historian’s office at (716) 439-7324 or email

Friday, April 17, 2015

GAHWNY 2015 Spring Conference

April 18, 2015
Bohn's Restaurant
Batavia, NY
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.
- The History of the Historian in New York State.
Presented by Amie Alden, GAHWNY Executive Chair
What’s in your tool kit?”
Presented by Michelle Henry, Chautauqua County Historian.
- GAHWNY Business Meeting
- Honoring GAHWNY 1st Student History Award recipients
- Recognition Ceremony for Historians with 30 years of service
- Town Historian’s Panel: The challenges of dealing with government boards–
How town historians have dealt with expectations and sticky situations.
- The Challenges of Historical Research and Verifying Information.
Presented by Wayne Mahood
We hope you can join us!
You can download conference registration information here.
(Open to members and non-members.)

Updated 4/17/2015

Thursday, April 16, 2015

New Orleans County Historian Takes the Helm

Welcome to the new Orleans County Historian!

Matthew R. Ballard, MLS
34 East Park Street
Albion, New York
Phone: (585) 589-4174

M.L.S., Academic Librarianship, 2012 - SUNY University at Buffalo, Buffalo NY
B.S., History, 2010 - SUNY College at Brockport, Brockport NY
You can read his full bio here.