The 28th Conference on New York State History Slated for June 7-9 in Cooperstown

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COOPERSTOWN, NY —The 28th Annual Conference on New York State History, co-sponsored by the New York State Historical Association and the New York State Archives Partnership Trust, will bring together educators, public historians, archaeologists, librarians, genealogists and archivists to The Farmers’ Museum, Cooperstown, New York, from Thursday through Saturday, June 7-9, 2007.

The conference offers scholars of all levels a supportive setting in which to present their recent research and scholarship on the history of New York State and receive constructive comment from colleagues. This year, the conference’s Program Committee selected more than 70 papers by scholars from as far away as California and France on a wide range of topics including Local History, Education and Change, Urban History, Erie Canal Construction, and Colonial New York. Papers by educators and young scholars will highlight this year’s conference.

The highlight of the weekend will be the Wendell E. Tripp Lecture, “The Layers of New York History: A Look Across Time at Rensselaer County, “ which will be presented by Dr. Edward Countryman, of Southern Methodist University, from 12 to 1:30 pm. This lecture is free and open to the general public.

The conference also includes tours of Hyde Hall, Thayer Homestead, Hanford Mills, and the Iroquois Indian Museum, as well as specialized tours of the Fenimore Art Museum and The Farmers’ Museum. Planned evening events include tours of historic Cooperstown, Otsego Lake cruises, banquet dinners, and musical entertainment by The Lockwood Family of Greenfield, featuring John Kirk and Trish Miller performing traditional music from the turn-of-the century.

Except for the Wendell E. Tripp Lecture, which is free and open to the public, the conference is open to all by registration, in advance or at the door. Overnight accommodations are available at nearby Hartwick College dormitories and at hotels. For a conference schedule, please e-mail the conference coordinator at or visit online: for more information.

About the Archives Partnership Trust
The Archives Partnership Trust is an innovative public-private partnership that supports the education, public programming, conservation, exhibitions, and publications of the New York State Archives.

About the New York State Historical Association
The New York State Historical Association is committed to engaging and connecting a broad public audience to New York State’s unique cultural heritage through exhibitions, extensive library collections, statewide educational programs, and publications that provoke, delight, and inspire. Founded in 1899, NYSHA is a private, non-profit, membership-based, educational and cultural institution dedicated to preserving, collecting, and interpreting art and historical artifacts significant to New York State’s rich history and American culture. The Association’s remarkable collections, showcased in the Fenimore Art Museum, comprise some of the best examples of American landscape, history, and genre paintings including seminal works by Gilbert Stuart, Thomas Cole, William Sidney Mount and Benjamin West; the renown Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection of American Indian Art, a masterpiece collection of more than 800 art objects, representing a broad scope of North American cultures; and one of the nation’s most comprehensive and significant folk art collections. NYSHA’s Research Library holdings include over 80,000 volumes on American, New York State, and local history. For more information on the Association, the Fenimore Art Museum, the Research Library, or Membership, please call (607) 547-1400 or visit The Association’s mailing address is P.O. Box 800, 5798 State Hwy. 80, Lake Rd., Cooperstown, NY 13326


For more information or images, please contact:
Christine Liggio/Public Relations Office
New York State Historical Association
Fenimore Art Museum/The Farmers’ Museum
Phone: (607) 547-1472/E-mail:

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May 2007