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NYSHA Research Library to Open Exhibit on the Bicentennial of Cooperstown

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COOPERSTOWN, NY, July 18, 2007—An exhibit celebrating the bicentennial of the incorporation of the Village of Cooperstown in 1807 will open on July 19th at the New York State Historical Association Research Library. The exhibit, Cooperstown, 1807-2007, in Images and Documents, features maps, historical photography, ephemera, County records and manuscripts drawn from the library’s permanent collection that offer insight into Cooperstown’s history.

The exhibit includes maps of the village from 1811, 1853 and 1868, which illustrate changes in the village over time, such as differences in streets and street names, construction of and changes in buildings, and locations of landmarks and historic sites. The exhibit also contains historical photographs of Cooperstown from several vantage points, which enables us to visually compare Cooperstown of the past to the village we know today.

The documents on display are Cooperstown publications from 1807, the year of Cooperstown’s incorporation including the Otsego Herald, Cooperstown’s first newspaper, and Phinney’s Almanac, a popular publication in the area of the time. Some manuscripts from a recently donated Otsego County collection show activity at the county seat in 1807.

A highlight of the exhibit is three panels on Cooperstown’s history entitled, “Cooperstown Incorporated: 200 Years of Village Life.” Created by students of the Cooperstown Graduate Program, these panels feature images and historical information on Cooperstown for the years 1807,1907, and 2007.

Cooperstown was founded in 1786 when William Cooper first came to the area from Burlington, N.J. Cooper moved to his tract of land in 1787 and eventually brought his family from New Jersey to Cooperstown, including his son James, who later became a well-known novelist. Cooperstown became the county seat when Otsego County was formed in 1791. It was incorporated as the Village of Otsego in 1807 and was reincorporated as Cooperstown in 1812. Because of Otsego Lake and the rural setting, Cooperstown gradually became well known as a summer resort and vacation spot. The museums of The New York State Historical Association – the Fenimore Art Museum and The Farmers’ Museum – and The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum contribute to Cooperstown’s being a cultural center and tourist attraction.

The exhibit is open to the general public during regular library hours: Monday through Friday, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturdays in July, from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm. For more information on the exhibit or the Research Library, please call (607) 547-1470.

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 renowned 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:
Christine Liggio/Public Relations Office
New York State Historical Association
Fenimore Art Museum/The Farmers’ Museum
Phone: (607) 547-1472/E-mail: cliggio@nysha.org

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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 conference@nyhistory.net or visit online: www.nyhistory.net 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 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:
Christine Liggio/Public Relations Office
New York State Historical Association
Fenimore Art Museum/The Farmers’ Museum
Phone: (607) 547-1472/E-mail: cliggio@nysha.org

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May 2007
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New York State History Day Students Earn Unprecedented Wins at National History Day Competition

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COOPERSTOWN, NY, June 21, 2007—Six New York State entries in the National History Day competition, held June 10-14 at the University of Maryland in College Park, won several top honors and special awards, earning the state its most wins in a single program year.

“New York State’s success at National History Day this year is unprecedented. We have never won as many awards or placed as well in the rankings before,” remarked Tobi Voigt, New York State History Day Coordinator. “Kudos to our students who spent months conducting research, drawing conclusions, and creating their final projects. They have developed amazing skills that will serve them well in college and in life.”

Forty-six students from across New York State attended the annual competition, and all placed well above average in their categories, which included exhibits, documentaries, performances, and historical papers. Eleven entries qualified for the finals, which narrowed the hundreds of entries to the top 14 in each category.

Top Honors
7th grader James Marlow from Staten Island took home the 1st place gold medal for his Junior Individual Exhibit Willowbrook State School: From Atrocities to Sweeping Reforms. James attends Genesis at Xaverian School in Brooklyn, and participated in History Day for the first time this year.

10th grader Charlotte Burger from Massapequa won the 2nd place silver medal for her Senior Individual Documentary Writing History With Lightning: The Triumph and Tragedy of America's First Blockbuster. Charlotte is no stranger to History Day; she's competed at the National contest several times. In her last year with the program, she is pleased to place Nationally. Look for Charlotte's films at student film festivals all over the country!

Rachel Aguilar from West Nyack wowed audiences and judges alike with her Junior Individual Performance entitled Philippines. She took home the third place bronze medal in her category. Rachel attends Felix Festa Middle School in Rockland County.

Special Awards
Three New York History Day projects won prestigious Special Awards, given to recognize outstanding entries focused on certain subject matter.

8th graders Caitlin Palumbo and Danielle Gordon from Brooklyn were honored with the Ancient Order of Hibernians Special Award that recognizes an outstanding entry on Irish history and heritage. In addition to a large cash prize, the Caitlin and Danielle have been invited to share their Junior Group Performance, entitled Ireland's Daughters as Domestic Servants: The Bridge Between the Tragedy of the Famine and the Triumph of Success in America at the Order's conference in Albany in July.

Sisters Kristie and Kaitlyn Coleman of Brooklyn were awarded the Rachel Carson Centennial Prize that recognizes an outstanding entry on environmental issues. Their Junior Group Exhibit, entitled The Trials and Tribulations of the Riverkeeper's Fight to Protect the Hudson River was also selected as a finalist in the competition.

Cooperstown 10th graders Dieter Ulken and Yale Weiss won the George C. Marshall 20th Century History Award for their Senior Group Exhibit, Airlift Saves a City. Their exhibit focused on the Berlin Airlift, and was also a finalist in their categories.

Top Rankings
Eight additional New York History Day projects placed within the top 12 in the world for their respective categories:

*6th place: Senior Group Documentary: Saved from the Ashes: The Triumph and Tragedy of the Kindertransport by Aliyana Gewirtzman and Jessica Seminelli, Clarkstown South High School, West Nyack, NY
*8th place: Junior Group Exhibit: Trials and Tribulations of the Riverkeeper's Fight to Protect the Hudson River by Kaitlyn & Kristie Coleman, Genesis at Xaverian, Brooklyn, NY
*8th place: Senior Group Performance: Lessons From the Past, Opportunities For the Future: The HIV/AIDS Epidemic by Marianne Jacob, Preeti Kohli, Nandini Venkateswaren, Herricks High School, New Hyde Park, NY
*10th place: Senior Historical Paper: Terence MacSwiney: The Triumph and Tragedy of the Hunger Strike by Jason Perlman, Hunter College Campus Schools, New York, NY
*10th place: Senior Group Exhibit: Airlift Saves a City, Dieter Ulken and Yale Weiss, Cooperstown High School, Cooperstown, NY
*11th place: Junior Group Documentary: Warsaw Ghetto Uprising by Matt Kigler, Jordan Naft, Bruce Rubin, Felix Festa Middle School, West Nyack, NY
*12th place: Senior Historical Paper: Tragedy in Armenia: The Forgotten Genocide by Mattea Cumoletti, Academy of the Holy Name Upper School, Albany, NY
*12th place: Senior Group Exhibit: Tibet and the Dalai Lama: Triumph and Tragedy in the Himalayas by Katie Anania and Kim Leon, Cooperstown High School, Cooperstown, NY

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.org
New York State History Day has been sponsored and coordinated by the New York State Historical Association since 1980. 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. 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.

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, 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:
Christine Liggio/Public Relations Office
New York State Historical Association
Fenimore Art Museum/The Farmers’ Museum
Phone: (607) 547-1472/E-mail: cliggio@nysha.org

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Students From Across the State 'Triumphed" at The New York State History Day Competition

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COOPERSTOWN, NY, May 1, 2007—On Friday, April 27th, various venues in Cooperstown were transformed into lively living history museums with the addition of more than 350 middle and high school students and their families from across New York State convening for the New York State History Day competition. Students from 11 regions throughout New York State presented their award-winning work reflecting this year’s National History Day (NHD) theme: Triumph and Tragedy in History in the state finals held at the New York State Historical Association (NYSHA), The Farmers’ Museum, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and The Otesaga Hotel. The day’s events culminated in an awards ceremony at the Cooperstown High School Auditorium 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. Students from 11 different regions throughout New York State presented 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. First and second place winners in each category advance to National History Day at the University of Maryland, College Park, in June, to compete with history scholars from throughout the country.

This is the 27th year that the New York State Historical Association has sponsored the state-level History Day competition. Under the direction of New York State History Day Coordinator Tobi Voigt and John Buchinger, Associate Director of Education, student participation increased 30 percent over last year. The Cooperstown Community benefited greatly from the influx of visitors this year. New York State History Day “filled accommodations and restaurants and enlivened Main Street,” according to local proprietor Ed Landers; the event has “significant economic impact for our community.” Recognizing both the educational and economic value of New York State History Day, State Senator James L. Seward has championed government support of the program.

The popularity of History Day is related to the degree of ownership students feel in researching and designing their projects. “The History Day program is a natural fit for students. It gives students the opportunity to choose a research topic that they are most interested in, which not only keeps them engaged but also makes for an enormously meaningful learning experience. Students are not just looking at this as something for school, but something that matters in their own lives, said John Buchinger, Associate Director of Education.

“The New York State History Day competition is the capstone of a yearlong process. Students spend months collecting quality research, analyzing their findings, and presenting strong arguments as to how their chosen topic relates to the annual theme, ‘Triumph and Tragedy in History.’ The level of work presented at this competition is top notch, and we are extremely pleased to honor and recognize these efforts here in Cooperstown,” said Tobi Voigt, New York State History Day Coordinator.

The following students placed in the top three in each category; first and second place winners will go on to the national competition:

Junior Historical Paper

• 3rd Place: From Triumph to Tragedy: The Versailles Treaty Fails to Establish a Lasting Peace. Gabriel Kabak, Ramaz Middle School
• 2nd Place: Lyndon Baines Johnson: The Triumph of the Great Society and the Tragedy of Vietnam. Kalman Victor, Ramaz Middle School
• 1st Place: The Creation of the State of Isreal. Aviv Lipman, Woodmere Middle School

Junior Web Sites
• 3rd Place: Hiroshima: Triumph and Tragedy. Peter Blanco, Woodmere Middle School
• 2nd Place: Triangle Fire. Mallory Merryman, Felix V. Festa Middle School
• 1st Place: Louis Armstrong & New Orleans Jazz. Emma Smith, Hunter College Campus Schools

Junior Individual Documentary
• 3rd Place: The Shah of Iran. Mahsa Taskindoust, Felix V. Festa Middle School
• 2nd Place: Winning the Race to the Moon: Lasting Value or Passing Moment. Julia Buff, Genesis at Xaverian
• 1st Place: Stonewall Jackson at Chancellorsville: Triumph and Tragedy. Stephanie Mackowski, Allegany-Limestone Central Schools

Junior Group Documentary
• 3rd Place: The All American Girls Professional Baseball League. Abby Levy, Kyra Malamood, and Megan Malamood, Farnsworth Middle School
• 2nd Place: Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. Matt Kigler, Jordan Naft, and Bruce Rubin, Felix V. Festa Middle School
• 1st Place: Vincent's Impression. Molly Pearlman, Shyah Miller, Greg Brodersen, Cooperstown Middle School

Junior Individual Performance
• 3rd Place: Kindertransport: A Journey from Desperation to Hope. Ilana Kaufman, Hunter College Campus Schools
• 2nd Place: Emma Goldman. Allegra Kuney, Felix V. Festa Middle School
• 1st Place: Philippines. Rachel Aguilar, Felix V. Festa Middle School

Junior Group Performance

• 3rd Place: Korean War. Koeun Choi and Rachel Refkin, Felix V. Festa Middle School
• 2nd Place: Spinning for a Living: A Lowell Mill Girl's Day. Meagan Freeze and Jillian Doyle, Genesis at Xaverian
• 1st Place: Ireland's Daugthers as Domestic Servants: The Bridge Between the Tragedy of the Famine and the Triumph of Success in America. Caitlin Palumbo and Danielle Gordon, Genesis at Xaverian

Junior Individual Exhibit
• 3rd Place: John F. Kennedy: 100 Days of Triumph and a Tragic End in Dallas. Victoria Anania, Cooperstown Middle School
• 2nd Place: Victory in the Face of Defeat: The Battle of Monocacy. William Reis, Cooperstown Middle School
• 1st Place: Willowbrook State School: From Atrocities to Sweeping Reforms. James Marlow, Genesis at Xaverian

Junior Group Exhibit

• 3rd Place: Caeser. Bart Czarnik and Nick McGill-Behr, Felix V. Festa Middle School
• 2nd Place: The Triangle Factory Fire: Death by fire, Birth by Law . Quinton Hughes and Alana Holt, Honeoye Falls-Lima Central Schools
• 1st Place: The Trials and Tribulations of the Riverkeeper's Fight to Protect the Hudson River. Kaitlyn Coleman and Kristie Coleman, Genesis at Xaverian

Senior Historical Paper

• 3rd Place: John Snow and the Triumph of Cholera. Meryl Natow, George W. Hewlett High School
• 2nd Place: Tragedy in Armenia: The Forgotten Genocide. Mattea Cumoletti, Academy of the Holy Name
• 1st Place: Terence MacSwiney: The Triumph and Tragedy of the Hunger Strike. Jason Perlman, Hunter College Campus Schools

Senior Web Site
• 2nd Place: China's Drive for Modernization: The Triumph and Tragedy of Change. Shirou Wu, Commack High School
• 1st Place: McCarthyism: A Tragic Attempt to Triumph over Communism. Darren Huang, Herricks High School

Senior Individual Documentary
• 3rd Place: 444. Amit Kohli, Herricks High School
• 2nd Place: A Country's Triumph after Tragedy: Cambodia. Samantha Rothberg, Scarsdale High School
• 1st Place: Writing History With Lightening: The Triumph and Tragedy of America's First Blockbuster. Charlotte Burger, Massapequa High School

Senior Group Documentary
• 3rd Place: The Atomic Bomb: How It Started One War and Ended Another. Ryan Beres, Forest Sonnenfeldt, and Aaron Lemle, Ethical Culture The Fieldston School
• 2nd Place: Saved from the Ashes: The Triumph and Tragedy of the Kindertransport. Jessica Seminelli and Aliyana Gewirtzman, Clarkstown South High School
• 1st Place: Truth and Liberation: Overcoming the Adveristy of Apartheid. Peter DiMarco, Jordan Stein, and Vijay Jain, Herricks High School

Senior Individual Performance
• 3rd Place: To Live and Die Baseball. Andre Kuney, Clakstown South High School
• 2nd Place:Wagner's Gesamtkunstwerk: Separating the Madness for the Music. Virginia Ofer, Cooperstown High School
• 1st Place: Attica. Calvin Ho, Herricks High School

Senior Group Performance
• 3rd Place: Mistaken Identity: The Triumph of Japanese Americans in the Face of Tragedy. Jonathan Hudson, Jin Park, Jina John, Leena Jube, Clarkstown South High School
• 2nd Place: AIDS/HIV: The Plight Continues . Nandini Venkateswaren, Marianne Jacob, and Preetu Kohli, Herricks High School
• 1st Place: Ianfu. Young Song, Brian Chang, Clara Park, and Sahil Doshi, Herricks High School

Senior Individual Exhibit

• 3rd Place: "The Light Within:" A Triumph of Friendly Persuasion Over Slavery. Lauren Katz, Commack High School
• 2nd Place: The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire: The Spark of Reform . Liesl Hall, Cooperstown High School
• 1st Place: Rust on the Covenant Chain. Michael Tarantelli, Honeoye Falls-Lima Central Schools

Senior Group Exhibit
• 3rd Place: "They Hit the Pavement Just Like Rain:" The Tragedy and Triumph of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire. Sondra Lipshutz, Andolika Mohan, and Anu Lingala, Clarkstown South High School.
• 2nd Place: Airlift Saves a City. Dieter Ulken and Yale Weiss, Cooperstown High School
• 1st Place: Tibet and the Dalai Lama: Triumph and Tragedy in the Himalayas. Katie Anania and Kim Leon, Cooperstown High School

Special awards were as follows:

Ancient Order of Hibernians Award
Junior Group Performance
Ireland's Daughters as Domestic Servants: The Bridge Between the Tragedy of the Famine and the Triumph of Success in America
Caitlin Palumbo & Danielle Gordon, Genesis at Xaverian

Bassett Healthcare Award

Junior Group Documentary
Smallpox: the Road to Eradication
Jillian Perrillo & Olivia Kennison, Worcester Central School

National Archives and Records Administration
Junior Historical Paper
1936 Berlin Olympics
Anthony Conte, Felix V. Festa Middle School

Senior Historical Paper
The Eradication of Smallpox: The Triumph Over Disease
Cecille Bernstein, Hunter College Campus Schools

Junior Individual Documentary
Stonewall Jackson at Chancellorsville: Triumph and Tragedy
Stephanie Mackowski, Allegany - Limestone Central School District

Senior Individual Documentary
The AAGPBL: A Microcosm of Women
Alexandra Rheinhardt, Cooperstown Central High School

Junior Group Documentary
The All American Girls Professional Baseball League
Abby Levy, Kyra Malamood & Megan Malamood, Farnsworth Middle School

Senior Group Documentary
A Rose Rises From the Ashes
Katherine Wells & Sohee Rho & Casey Gerety, Guilderland High School

Junior Individual Performance
Kindertransport: A Journey from Desperation to Hope
Ilana Kaufman, Hunter College Campus Schools

Senior Individual Performance
The Triumph and Tragedy of Mr. John Dee
Joseph Cittadino, Liverpool High School

Junior Group Performance
Korean War
Koeun Choi & Rachel Refkin, Felix V. Festa Middle School

Senior Group Performance
Lincoln and the Suppression of Habeas Corpus: The Triumph of Civil Rights and the Tragedy of Civil Liberties
David Glekel, Felipe Restrepo & Peter Gross, Ethical Culture The Fieldston School

Junior Individual Exhibit
The Sinking of America's Neutrality in WWI: The Lustitania
Jenna Hastings, Honeoye Falls-Lima Central Schools

Senior Individual Exhibit
The Creation of the Transcontinental Railroad: A Technological Marvel with a Human Cost
Jordan Friedman, George W. Hewlett HS

Junior Group Exhibit
Surviving Slavery
Dijon Johnson, Christine Brown, Brandon Brown & Shameeka Skeete, I.S.78 Roy Mann

Senior Group Exhibit
An American Triumph and Tragedy: Manifest Destiny
Artur Dmowski & Joel Kaplan & Perry Fisher & Mohammod Arafat, Stuyvesant High School

SUNY-Fredonia Ethnic and Minority Studies Award
Senior Individual Exhibit
Rust on the Covenant Chain
Michael Tarantelli, Honeoye Falls-Lima Central Schools

Senior Group Exhibit
The Colors of Little Rock
Najiba Keshwani, Samantha Katz, Rachel Simon, Bonnie Schiffman & Molly Lenowi, Herricks High School

Honorable Mention:
Junior Group Exhibit
Immigration Sensation: Immigration in the Late 1800's
Jamie Harper & Codee Spinner, Cassadaga Valley Central School District

Folk and Jablonka Award
Junior Individual Exhibit
Voyage of the Damned- Refuge Denied
Jenna Kurz, Woodmere Middle School

National Baseball Hall of Fame Award
Senior Individual Documentary
The AAGPBL: A Microcosm of Women
Alexandra Rheinhardt, Cooperstown Central High School

New York State Historical Association Award
Junior Group Documentary
Preservation
Sarah Mohamed Ali, Aleena Hussain & Nada Gaber, An Nur Islamic School

Senior Individual Exhibit
Rust on the Covenant Chain
Michael Tarantelli, Honeoye Falls-Lima Central Schools

The Farmers' Museum Award
Senior Individual Documentary
Woody Guthrie: Dust Bowl Balladeer
Brendan Blendell, The Doane Stuart School

The Freeman's Journal Award
Junior Group Performance
Rising From the Ashes: The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire
Anna Milgramm, Jenn Bard & Jeanie Gribben, Woodmere Middle School

Thomas W Malone Award
Junior Individual Documentary
Stonewall Jackson at Chancellorsville: Triumph and Tragedy
Stephanie Mackowski, Allegany - Limestone Central School District

Senior Group Performance
Lincoln and the Suppression of Habeas Corpus: The Triumph of Civil Rights and the Tragedy of Civil Liberties
David Glekel & Felipe Restrepo & Peter Gross, Ethical Culture The Fieldston School

Upstate History Alliance Award of Excellence
Junior Group Exhibit
Immigration Sensation: Immigration in the Late 1800's
Jamie Harper & Codee Spinner, Cassadaga Valley Central School District

Women's History Award
Senior Group Documentary
A Rose Rises From the Ashes
Katherine Wells & Sohee Rho & Casey Gerety, Guilderland High School

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.

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.

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, 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:
Christine Liggio/Public Relations Office
New York State Historical Association
Fenimore Art Museum/The Farmers’ Museum
Phone: (607) 547-1472/E-mail: cliggio@nysha.org

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Students from Across New York State Will Convene in Cooperstown for the Annual New York State History Day Competition

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COOPERSTOWN, N.Y., April 12, 2007—On Friday, April 27, the New York State Historical Association and The Farmers’ Museum will host over 400 middle and high school students and their families from across New York State for the annual New York State History Day competition.

Judging of all entries begins at 9:00 a.m. and runs until early afternoon. Students will present their projects at various locations around Cooperstown, including 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 “Triumph & Tragedy in History,” and students from 11 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.

This year’s entries range from world history topics, such as the Holocaust and Julius Caesar, to local New York State subjects including the Willowbrook State School on Staten Island and the Canandaigua Treaty. Although projects vary in their focus on local, state, national, and international history, all student entries address how their topic can be viewed as a both a triumph and tragedy in history. A high school senior from Albion, NY, investigated the role of the media during the Vietnam War by interviewing media personalities and veterans for her individual documentary, “Triumphs and Tragedies: The Media During the Vietnam War.” Two eighth graders from Brooklyn examined the daily life of female Irish immigrants in the nineteenth century and present their final analysis in the dramatic performance, “Ireland's Daughters as Domestic Servants: The Bridge Between the Tragedy of the Famine and the Triumph of Success in America.” In their group exhibit, “Bridges of Wishes,” two high school students from Clifton Park, NY, address the triumphs and tragedies Ruby Bridges faced when she became the first black child to attend an all-white school in the mid-20th century American south.

Community members are welcome to view the performance, documentary, and exhibition categories, held at designated sites. A schedule with locations and times will be available in the Main Barn at the Registration and Information Desk in The Farmers’ Museum on Thursday and Friday, April 26 and 27.

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.

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, 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.org

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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: cliggio@nysha.org

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April 2007
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New York State Historical Association Research Library Offers Genealogy Workshops

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COOPERSTOWN, NY, March 14, 2007—The New York State Historical Association Research Library will be offering two workshops for both the beginner and advanced genealogist. The workshops will be held on Wednesday, April 11, and Thursday, April 12, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007: Researching Your Family History: An Introduction
In this introductory workshop, participants will learn how to conduct family history research using the genealogy records available at the New York State Historical Association Research Library. Major genealogical sources such as vital records, Bible records, and tombstone inscriptions will be highlighted. In addition, Revolutionary War and Civil War soldiers will be covered as well as demonstrations on popular online databases.

Thursday, April 12, 2007: Census Records: Your Pathway to Your Ancestors
The first federal census was taken in 1790. During this workshop, participants will learn how to search censuses and use the indexes to them in their family history research. Participants will also learn how to use the census taken by New York State.

The workshops will be taught by Wayne Wright, Associate Director of the Research Library of the New York State Historical Association. He has a Masters of Library Science degree from the State University of New York at Albany. Since 1978 he has assisted genealogical researchers and has helped to build the library’s genealogical collection. He has contributed articles to New York History and authored the "Tracing New York Roots" feature in Heritage magazine. He is also the author of Thornton W. Burgess: A Descriptive Book Bibliography, of which a revised edition was published in 2000. He has compiled several family genealogies including one on the family of James Fenimore Cooper.

Workshops will be held from 10 am to 12 pm in the Research Library. Each session is $10 for NYSHA members and $15 for non-members. Workshop fee includes use of the Research Library for the day of the workshop, handouts, and supplies. Workshops are limited to 15 participants; please reserve your space early by contacting JoAnn VanVranken at (607) 547-1470 or via email at library@nysha.org.

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, 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:
Christine Liggio/Public Relations Office
New York State Historical Association
Fenimore Art Museum/The Farmers’ Museum
Phone: (607) 547-1472/E-mail: cliggio@nysha.org

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March 2007
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Antiquarian Book Fair To be Held in Cooperstown

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COOPERSTOWN, NY, June 18, 2007—Featuring more than 50 booksellers from the United States and Canada, the 13th Annual Antiquarian Book Fair returns to Cooperstown on Saturday, June 30 at the Clark Sports Center from 10 am to 4 pm. The proceeds benefit the New York State Historical Association.

The book fair will feature a rich selection of old and rare volumes on a wide range of topics as well as maps, prints and ephemera. Browsers and buyers alike will have the opportunity to view collectors’ editions of books on history, letters, and children’s topics.

The 13th Annual Antiquarian Book Fair will be held at the Clark Sports Center located on Susquehanna Avenue in Cooperstown, NY. Admission for the fair is $3 for the general public; members of the New York State Historical Association are admitted free of charge.

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:
Christine Liggio/Public Relations office
New York State Historical Association
Fenimore Art Museum/The Farmers’ Museum
Phone: (607) 547-1472/E-mail: cliggio@nysha.org

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June 2007
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What Did They Do Before There Was TV? Entertainment in the Age of the Magic Lantern

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July 2007

Students explore the recreational activities in which people participated during the nineteenth century to balance the rigors of work in their lives. Purchase Yorkers - Entertainment Cover

Learning Goals: 
Examine how late 1800s leisure activities reflected prevailing social and cultural attitudes and values
Examine the business skills needed to be an entrepreneur
Analyze the visual impact of and the written words found in various advertising posters
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17 (overview - 2; lesson 1 - 4; lesson 2; 6; lesson 3 - 5)
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Art and History: A View through the Past

Grade Level: 
pre-K to 2nd

Through the use of our folk art, fine art, and American Indian art collections, take a guided tour of American history as seen by its artists and craftspeople. Specific themes and topics for these guided tours can be widely tailored to suit the curriculum needs of your class.

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On-site
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tour
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1 Hour
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The Impact of Railroads on New York State in the 1800s

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Students learn how railroads began to overtake the Erie Canal in importance in the mid-1800s, were vital to the Civil War, connected all major cities in New York State, and promoted the growth of other cities and towns by the 1870s.

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19 total (cover page - 1; teacher guide - 6; student DBQ - 5; primary source documents - 7)
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June 2000
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