Join us on Long Island for our 2024 Annual Meeting
It's a Whale of a Tale: Outstanding Narratives in New York State History
September 16-18, 2024
Danfords Hotel & Marina
Port Jefferson, NY
The Association of Public Historians of New York State (APHNYS) is pleased to announce that our 2024 Annual Conference will be held in Port Jefferson, NY, on Long Island, September 16-18, 2024. Our annual conference draws more than 100 government-appointed historians and affiliates from across the state.
From Jay Gatsby’s Gold Coast mansions to William Levitt’s suburban tracts, Long Island has been a setting for people, places, and ideas that have significantly shaped the history and identity of New York State. The stories—both real and imagined—that have emerged from this 118-mile stretch of land jutting out from New York City into the Atlantic Ocean reflect great contributions to art, politics, literature, science, education, transportation, industry, and more. As we gather on Long Island for the APHNYS Annual Conference on September 16-18, 2024, we invite you to consider the historical contributions of your community in the context of our theme, “It’s a Whale of a Tale: Outstanding Narratives in New York State History.”
In exploring our theme, you might reflect on the various ways a narrative can be “outstanding.” For example, the narratives we craft as historians can be outstanding when they are fact-based and engagingly told. How do we hit this mark, and what else goes into crafting an outstanding historical narrative? Sometimes, it is the subjects of our historical narratives that stand out. What historical actors and events capture our attention and why? Are there subjects that have been left out of the historical narrative and if so, what should we do about it? What about the primary sources we rely on for our research? These might stand out for their ability to document certain experiences or because they reveal otherwise obscured perspectives. How have different types of sources and the narratives they represent stood out to us over time? Think, too, about the different ways historians present historical narratives, from papers, lectures, and exhibitions to podcasts, performances, and public art. What methods of delivery are compelling to different types of audiences?
Doing good history is no fluke (those of you who are up on your whale anatomy should appreciate the pun!). Let’s explore what goes into—and comes out of—outstanding historical narratives at our 2024 conference on Long Island.
Deadline: April 30, 2024
We invite proposals for workshops, panels, and presentations that explore our theme, "It's a Whale of a Tale: Outstanding Narratives in New York State History."
The Program Committee will review proposals and respond to all applicants by June 15, 2024.
All presenters will be required to register and pay for the conference. (The only exception will be for presenters attending just their session.)Submit a proposal
Registration will be opened closer to when the conference will be.
Program will be available closer to the conference.
The APHNYS Board of Directors will be holding an open meeting at the conference local.
Nominations will be opened closer to the conference
APHNYS will be seeking nominations for its awards, given every year at its annual conference. Here are the categories for the awards:
Franklin D. Roosevelt Local Government Historian Professional Achievement Award - Awarded to an appointed historian in recognition of outstanding career achievement in the practice of Public History in New York State.
Named in memory of FDR’s service as Historian of the Town of Hyde Park in Dutchess County. Nominations open to appointed municipal historians, only.
Edmund J. Winslow Local Government Historian Award for Excellence– Awarded to an appointed historian, recognizing excellence in one or more public history projects or publications in New York State.
Named in memory of Edmund J. Winslow, Senior Historian, New York State Museum (1968-1990). Nominations open to appointed municipal historians, only.
APHNYS Award for Excellence in Promoting Local History - Awarded for excellence in promoting local history in New York State through research, writing, and other related accomplishments.
Nominations open to all, including appointed municipal historians, deputy historians and co-historians.
Hugh Hastings Award – Awarded in recognition of distinguished service to and support of the public history community, through work to promote and preserve history in New York State.
Named in honor of Hugh Hastings, the First State Historian for New York State (1895-1907). Nominations open to those other than appointed municipal historians.
Joseph F. Meany Award – Awarded in recognition of excellence in a military, maritime or labor history project or publication, in New York State.
Named in honor of Joseph F. Meany Jr., Acting Historian for New York State (1994-2001). Nominations open to all, including appointed municipal historians, deputy historians and co-historians.