Tuesday, March 25, 2014

2014 New York Archives Conference

Wednesday, June 4 – Friday, June 6, 2014

Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY.

The Preliminary Program for the 2014 New York Archives Conference (#NYAC2014) is now available on the NYAC website. Click here to find out about workshops and sessions they will be offering, as well as speakers for the plenary and luncheon.  
Application forms for Professional Development grants to enable archives students, archivists, librarians, and others with archives or records management responsibilities to attend the conference can also be found on the website. www.nyarchivists.org/

Check back at the NYAC website as they will soon be posting the Conference registration and full fees.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Delaware Lackawanna Western Railroad

The Dansville Area Historical Society is having a  program on the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad and its impact on Livingston County and Dansville.


Thursday, March 27 at 7 p.m.
North Dansville Town Hall auditorium
14 Clara Barton Street, North Dansville, NY.

The program will be presented by Leicester town historian Tom Roffe, who himself worked for Amtrak for five years, and then left to work at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. before becoming a town historian. This event is free to the public.

For more information visit the Dansville Area Historical Society website.

Monday, March 3, 2014

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, 2014. Funds will be awarded in February 2015. Application forms are available by clicking the "Student History Award" button on the menu bar above.

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

GAHWNY Executive Committee:
Executive Council Chair – Amie Alden, Livingston County Historian
Executive Council Vice Chair – Michele Henry, Chautauqua County Historian
Secretary – Candace Broughton, Otto Town Historian, Cattaraugus County
Treasurer – Doris Bannister, Wyoming County Historian
Past Executive Council Chair – Susan Conklin, Genesee County Historian

Monday, February 17, 2014

GAHWNY 2014 Spring Conference.

Join us at Bohn's Restaurant in Batavia, NY on Saturday, April 12, 2014 for our annual spring conference. Even if you are not an historian, you are welcome to attend. You can download the conference information here.

In the spring we like to focus on tools you can use to assist you in your duties as historian. We like to refer to it as "Spring Training." Here is what is on the agenda:

8:30 am - Registration & Refreshments

9:00 am - Welcome: GAHWHY Executive Chair

 9:15 am - The Barn Quilt Trail: Combining history, tourism, agriculture, and art. Presented by Lynn Belluscio, Town & Village of Leroy historian.

10:15 am - Local History Meets 21st Century Technology: Reaching a larger audience with Oncell Audio Tours. Presented by Amie Alden, Livingston County historian and GAHWNY Executive Chair.

11:00 am - Navigating the New Era of Self-publishing: New ways to publish your books. Presented  by Cindy Amrhein, Asst. Wyoming County Historian and GAHWNY webmaster.

11:45 am - GAHWNY Business Meeting.

12:15 pm - Lunch. Service recognition for  historians with 30 years of service as historian.

1:15 pm - Town Historians Panel: New and Tried & True project ideas. Panel members are: Candace Broughton, Otto Town Historian, Cattaraugus County; Joe Cassidy, Alabama Town Historian, Genesee County; Valerie Griffing, Nunda Town Historian, Livingston County.

2:30 pm - Promoting NYS History with Digital Collection Projects. Presented by Barbara Ciambor,  Outreach Librarian, Rochester Regional Library.

3:30 pm - Spring Meeting Concludes.

Come join us!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

William G. Pomeroy Foundation Grant for Historic Markers

The deadline is drawing near to apply to the William G. Pomeroy Foundation for a historic roadside marker.

March 14, 2014 is the deadline for municipalities in our region to submit primary information for the grant to receive a roadside marker for a historic site. Historians in all the towns, cities, and villages in the GAHWNY region are eligible to apply. We hope that all our historians will take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to highlight our area of the state.

For more information and grant application please visit the William G. Pomeroy Foundation website.

Items of Interest

March is National Women's History Month

Celebrating extraordinary and often overlooked women in American history. As historians, we no doubt have many of these women in our own community. You can visit the National Women's History Project website for more information.

Michelle Henry, Chautauqua County Historian, will be giving a presentation on one of the remarkable women of her county, Sarah Sinfield, Civil War Heroine. The event takes place on March 29th from 9:00AM -  noon, with catered lunch. You can download the informational flyer here. RSVP by March 20th.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

2014-2015 NYSA DHP Grant

2014-2015 NYSA DHP Grant Guidelines
and Application are now available.

The New York State Archives is pleased to announce its Documentary Heritage Program (DHP) grants for 2014-2015.

DHP Grant Guidelines and Application for 2014-2015 are available on the New York State Archives website here.

Postmark deadline is Monday, March 3, 2014 for projects to be carried out from July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015.