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2009 Henry Allen Moe Prize presented at NYSHA Annual Meeting

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Cooperstown, NY - The Artistic Furniture of Charles Rohlfs and The Sculpture of Louise Nevelson were selected as the winners of the 2009 Henry Allen Moe Prize for Catalogues of Distinction in the Arts. The awards were presented at the New York State Historical Association’s Annual Meeting in Cooperstown, on July 16, 2009.

The Artistic Furniture of Charles Rohlfs catalogue was written by Joseph Cunningham, curator of the American Decorative Art 1900 Foundation, with a forward by Bruce Barnes and an introduction by Sarah Feyen. Three institutions - the American Decorative Art 1900 Foundation, Chipstone Foundation, and Milwaukee Museum of Art - worked together to organize the exhibition on Charles Rohlfs’ furniture.

Joseph Cunningham goes into a detailed analysis of Rohlfs’ masterpieces ranging from well-known works to lesser-known objects found in private collections. This book explores Rohlfs’ inspirations as well as his influence on other designers of the twentieth century. Beautifully designed and illustrated, the book also contains a multitude of Rohlfs’ unpublished period illustrations that reflect a mélange of styles such as Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau, and proto-modernism.

The Sculpture of Louise Nevelson: Constructing a Legend exposes all phases of Nevelson’s work from the 1940s to the late 1980s. Brooke Kamin Rapaport edited The Sculpture of Louise Nevelson, a catalogue comprised of a myriad of essays by Rapaport, Arthur C. Danto, Harriet F. Senie, and Michael Stanislawski. These essays range from detailed analysis of her works to reflections on her personal life, as well as personal thoughts from Nevelson on her own work. This Ukrainian immigrant used her feelings as an “outsider”, allowing her to embrace her artistic talent and introduce a new style into the realm of art. The accompanying exhibit is composed of over 70 works that demonstrate her tendency to use various media and the role of monochromatic color.

These exhibition catalogues present unique insights into the mind, life and works of each artist. Each artist brought an idiosyncratic measure to the world of art and are excellent choices for the 2009 Moe Prize.

Photo Caption 1: Joseph Cunningham,  curator for the American Decorative Art 1900 Foundation and a winner of the 2009 Henry Allen Moe Prize for Catalogues of Distinction in the Arts poses with Paul D’Ambrosio, Vice president and Chief Curator for the New York State Historical Association, at NYSHA’s Annual Meeting on July 16th.

Photo Caption 2: Joseph Cunningham, curator for the American Decorative Art 1900 Foundation and a winner of the 2009 Henry Allen Moe Prize for Catalogues of Distinction in the Arts speaks to the crowd after accepting his award at NYSHA’s Annual Meeting on July 16th.

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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 90,000 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 www.nysha.org. The Association’s mailing address is P.O. Box 800, 5798 State Hwy. 80, Lake Rd., Cooperstown, NY 13326

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For more information or images, please contact:
Todd Kenyon, Public Relations Office
The Farmers’ Museum
P.O. Box 30, Cooperstown, NY 13326
(607) 547-1472 / E-mail: t.kenyon@nysha.org

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New York State Historical Association Announces the Winners of the Legacy of New Netherland Essay Contest

New York State Historical Association Announces the Winners of the Legacy of New Netherland Essay Contest

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COOPERSTOWN, N.Y.— Students from schools in New York State delved deeper into the Dutch roots of New York by entering the Legacy of New Netherland: A New York State Quadricentennial Essay Contest. Keenan Kossman of East Moriches Elementary School (East Moriches, NY), Callie Kanim of Good Counsel Academy (White Plains, NY), and Eva Fu-Yun Fan of Townsend High School (New York City, NY) were announced as the winners at this year’s New York State History Day ceremony. As winners, each student received a $500 cash prize and a set of books on the Dutch colony of the New Netherland for his or her school library.

As the Netherlands and the United States celebrate 400 years of friendship with NY400 , the Royal Netherlands Embassy and the New York State Historical Association partnered to organize the Legacy of New Netherland essay contest.  Public, private, parochial and home school students from the 4th though 12th grades conducted research and wrote essays on religious tolerance, freedom of speech and New York as the center of world trade.

The students wrote in-depth essays on the Dutch influence in historical and present day New York.   Fourth grader Keenan Kossman's essay, One of the First True Americans, focused on Dutch colonist Adrian Van Der Donck, who played an important role in the 1645 peace treaty with the native peoples of Manhattan. Van Der Donck was active in the colonial government, and wrote two books about the colony.  Callie Kanirn, an eighth grader, wrote The Dutch Influence on New York, in which she provided detailed examples of the Dutch influence on American free speech, religious tolerance, and New York City as a center for world trade.  Eva Fu-Yun Fan, an eleventh grader, researched and wrote The Fight for Religious Freedom, which discussed how the Flushing Remonstrance established religious tolerance as a basic freedom for all people in the New Netherland colony. Click here to see the list of winners and read their essays .

“I commend these students for their interest and initiative in writing about Dutch-American history. It is heart-warming for me to see young people understand the importance of these legacies.  These bright, young students will have a role in shaping the future.  I hope this experience will spark a desire in them to become Dutch legacy ambassadors to their communities and to continue this friendship which spans four centuries,” said Ambassador Renée Jones-Bos.

Four hundred years ago, a Dutch ship named the Half Moon sailed into what is now present day New York City with Captain Henry Hudson at the helm.  Hudson’s voyage and the Dutch men and women who followed him led to the establishment of New Amsterdam and the New Netherland colony.  These Dutch-American settlers brought with them values of tolerance, freedom, openness and entrepreneurship. From 1609 to the present, the indelible footprint by the early Dutch settlers continues to shape the New York City of today.

Students in grades 4-12 were invited to explore New Netherland and learn how the Dutch have had a lasting impact on America’s culture and heritage, particularly in regard to the Dutch roots of three American cultural traditions: religious tolerance, freedom of speech, and New York as a center of world trade.  One hundred and eighty students submitted essays.

The competition was divided into three divisions:
•    Elementary – Grades 4-5
•    Junior – Grades 6-8
•    Senior – Grades 9-12

Elementary Division students were asked to choose a person from the colony of New Netherland and describe how and why his or her actions have helped make our country a better place today.

Junior Division students were asked to discuss why early settlements in New Netherland were a success, and how they contributed to our current way of life.

Senior Division students were asked to choose one of the three Dutch traditions – religious tolerance, freedom of speech, or New York as a center of world trade – and discuss how it has impacted our American society from colonial times to the present.  They were encouraged to pay particular attention to the tradition’s change over the last four centuries and how it has been adapted to fit the fabric of our nation today.

“The New York State Historical Association is pleased to be involved with the Royal Netherlands Embassy. The essay contest offers us a great opportunity to rediscover our Dutch colonial roots here in central New York,” said NYSHA's Vice President of Education, Garet Livermore.
  National History Day is a nationally acclaimed, yearlong history education program that annually challenges over half a million students and thousands of teachers to ask questions that uncover life-changing answers. On April 11, 1974, National History Day was launched when 129 students from the Cleveland, Ohio area attended a history competition on the campus of Case Western Reserve University.

The revolutionary program was designed to reform and invigorate the teaching and learning of history at the elementary and secondary levels. With initial support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, National History Day soon became a staple of history education in classrooms throughout the United States. Today, National History Day serves as the model for history and civics education reform. For more information on National History Day, please visit www.nationalhistoryday

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 90,000 volumes on American, New York State, and local history.

New York 400 is a yearlong celebration of the enduring friendship between the Netherlands and New York.  Events are planned in New York and the Netherlands to highlight the bonds between the United States and the Netherlands. For more information on NY400, log onto www.ny400.org

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For more information or images, please contact:
Todd Kenyon, Public Relations
New York State Historical Association
Fenimore Art Museum/The Farmers’ Museum
Phone: (607) 547-1472 / E-mail: t.kenyon@nysha.org

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Carla Bundy, Royal Netherlands Embassy, 202-274-2632 E-mail: cy.bundy@minbuza.nl

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STUDENTS FROM ACROSS THE STATE WILL CONVERGE ON COOPERSTOWN TO COMPETE AT NEW YORK STATE HISTORY DAY ON MAY 1

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COOPERSTOWN, N.Y., —On Friday, May 1, the New York State Historical Association and The Farmers’ Museum will fill to capacity when over 425 middle and high school students from across New York State arrive to participate in the annual New York State History Day competition.

Judging of all entries begins at 9:00 am and runs until early afternoon. Students will present their projects at various locations around Cooperstown, including the Fenimore Art Museum, The Farmers’ Museum, National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, and The Otesaga Hotel. Nearly one hundred community members, consisting of historians and educators, will serve as judges for the event. The day’s events culminate in an awards ceremony at the Cooperstown High School at 5:00 pm.

The state contest, sponsored by the New York State Historical Association, is a yearlong history education program that challenges students in grades 6-12 to produce exceptional scholarship on topics in history related to an annual theme. This year’s theme is “The Individual in History: Actions and Legacies,” and students from 13 regions around New York State will present their final projects in the form of dramatic performances, imaginative exhibits, multimedia documentaries, interactive web sites and scholarly research papers to a panel of judges. Students placing first and second in their categories will be eligible to compete at National History Day in College Park, Maryland, in June.

The public is welcome to view the performance, documentary, and exhibition categories, held at designated sites. A schedule with locations and times is available on the program website  (www.nyshistoryday.org) or at the Registration and Information Desk at The Farmers’ Museum on Friday, May 1.

For more information on New York State History Day, e-mail the State Coordinator at nyshistoryday@nysha.org, or visit the New York State History Day web site at www.nyshistoryday.org.

New York State History Day is sponsored by the New York State Historical Association. Major funding for the program, made possible by the generous support of Senator James L. Seward, is provided through the New York State Education Department. 

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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 90,000 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 www.nysha.org. The Association’s mailing address is P.O. Box 800, 5798 State Hwy. 80, Lake Rd., Cooperstown, NY 13326.

About National History Day
National History Day (NHD) is a nationally acclaimed, yearlong history education program that annually challenges over half a million students and thousands of teachers to ask questions that uncover life-changing answers. On April 11, 1974, National History Day was launched when 129 students from the Cleveland, Ohio area attended a history competition on the campus of Case Western Reserve University.

The revolutionary program was designed to reform and invigorate the teaching and learning of history at the elementary and secondary levels. With initial support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, National History Day soon became a staple of history education in classrooms throughout the United States. Today, National History Day serves as the model for history and civics education reform. For more information on National History Day, please visit www.nationalhistoryday

Todd Kenyon, Public Relations
New York State Historical Association
Fenimore Art Museum/The Farmers’ Museum
Phone: (607) 547-1472 / E-mail: t.kenyon@nysha.org
 

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Submission Information

Essay submissions must be postmarked by March 1, 2009.

Four copies of the essay must be submitted by the sponsoring teacher along with one copy of the entry form. Click here to download entry form . (PDF file)

By submitting an essay to this contest, participants give permission to contest officials to publish winning or finalist entries.

Entries will not be returned to students after the competition.

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Judging

The goal of this essay contest is to help New York State students connect with the history in their communities while developing their research, writing, and critical thinking skills.

Student essays will be judged by historians, educators, and museum professionals who have both an interest and expertise in colonial New York history.

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Requirements

 Requirements – All Divisions:
- Participating students must be sponsored by a teacher who prepares the contest registration materials and submits the essay according to contest rules.
- Only one essay will be accepted per student.
- Essays must be written by one student.  No group submissions will be accepted.
- Essays must be researched and developed during the 2008-2009 academic year.
- All essays must be original work.  Any form of plagiarism will result in disqualification.

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