A message from Michelle Henry, GAHWNY Executive Chair
Dear Historians and Friends,
Happy New Year! I am grateful
for the opportunity to work with all of you in 2017,
especially as we approach some very exciting state
and national anniversaries. There will
be some great opportunities to work together as we
commemorate Women’s Suffrage in New York and
the start of World War I. The role of local
historian is critical in helping to promote an understanding
of how these events impacted our communities, and
how our residents contributed to these efforts.
The GAHWNY Executive Council met in October and discussed
changes to the organization’s by-laws.
We believe the changes are necessary as the organization
continues to evolve. The proposed revisions
will be included in a mailing for your review soon
and will be voted on at the program meeting to be
held in the fall. If you have any questions
about the proposed changes, please feel free to contact
me or any of the Executive Council members.
There will not be a program
held this spring, when we typically offered “basic
training” sessions. Instead, we are planning
a great fall program that will include the annual
business meeting, the Julia Reinstein Lifetime Achievement
Award, 30-year recognitions, and the Student History
Award. You will receive a registration packet
for the meeting at a later date. We look forward
to seeing you there!
The 2017 membership dues form is now available for
download on this site and will also be included in
the upcoming mailing. Please
note the change of address for the organization.
We appreciate your continued support and welcome new
members. Please keep checking our website for
updates and encourage new historians to utilize the
numerous resources that are posted here.
Michelle Henry, Chautauqua County Historian
aim is to provide up to date information on our organization
and current contact information on Government Appointed
Historians of Western New York.
Please take time to look over our website and let
us know what you think!
GAHWNY EXECUTIVE BOARD: 2017-2018
Executive Council Chair - Michelle Henry,
Chautauqua County Historian
Executive Council Vice Chair - Candace Broughton, Otto Town Historian
Secretary - Pamela Brown,
Town of Harmony & Village of Panama Historian
Treasurer - Robert Lowell Goller,
Town of Aurora & Village of East Aurora Historian
Historians! It's that time of year! Please
let us know any new historian positions or change
of contact information.
by email to:
Pamela Brown, GAHWNY Secretary
The Government Appointed Historians of Western New York (founded in 2008) is dedicated to the promotion, research, interpretation and preservation of history relating to the western portion of the State of New York.
The purpose of this organization is to provide assistance and support to its membership which consist of all officially appointed local government historians: City, County, Town and Village Historians; all duly appointed Deputies/Assistants of the same and Representatives appointed by the Seneca, Tonawanda or Tuscarora Nations within Western New York comprised of the counties within the Niagara, Southern Tier and Finger Lakes Regions of New York State.
The goal of this organization is to provide an administrative service that produces a website and two annual meetings / programs that encourage the betterment of historians within Western New York through education and training.
Our Fall meeting held Saturday, September 24, 2016
in Geneseo, Livingston County went off without a hitch
and attracted more than 70 historians and students
for a series of informative programs, a delicious
pork roast dinner, and a day of essential networking!
Pamela Brown, Town of Harmony and Village of Panama, Chautauqua County was awarded the Julia Reinstein Career Achievement award for 2016! Left to right: Amie Alden, GAHWNY Exec Chair, Pam Brown, and Devin Lander, NYS Historian. Thomas Roffe, Leicester Historian, Livingston County also received the award posthumously.
Spring 2016 meeting in Batavia featured Joscelyn Godwin discussing research for his new book on masonic history entitled Symbols in the Wilderness.
We have a new address.
Important GAHWNY Board News:
As of January 1, 2017:
Please update your files!
c/o Pamela Brown
PO Box 204
Panama, NY 14767
here to view proposed GAHWNY By laws revisions.
Reports for 2016 are due!
Be sure to submit a copy to your supervising
officer and to the State Historian (see message
From the STATE HISTORIAN
December 2016 news:
As we rapidly near the end of the year I would like to remind local government historians to send me a copy of your annual reports, which I will be reading and responding to. They can be sent via mail to the address below or via email to the email address below. Thank you and Happy Holidays!
Devin R. Lander
New York State Historian
Office of State History
New York State Museum
3025 Cultural Education Center
Albany, New York 12230
The New York State Women's Suffrage Commission
needs your help in commemorating the upcoming
100th anniversary of women's suffrage in
Was there a suffrage leader in your community? Please join in the upcoming commemoration of women's suffrage in New York State! On behalf of the Women's Suffrage Commission, State Historian Devin Lander has offered to compile information on New York suffragists who played a significant role in the Suffrage Movement statewide or nationally.
To submit a name for inclusion to highlight a peron
on the commission's website please send
to email@example.com with
a short bio (4 or 5 sentences about why the
person is significant), a photo image if available,
and a link to a website that has more information
on the person.
For a list of the commission members check out
Governor Cuomo Announces Launch of New York
State Women's Suffrage Commission:
I am pleased to announce the creation of a brand new Office of State History website found at: http://www.nysm.nysed
This is a content driven site about the history of New York State and those who are working in the field. Please consider sending in proposals for articles on NYS history, history events, exhibits, relevant history news, Artifact|NY items, “Meet the Historian” nominations, etc. The idea for the site is to share as much information as possible on New York’s history and those work going on in the field. It will only be as strong as the content we all generate together. All submissions can be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Devin R. Lander
New York State Historian
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Office of New York State Historian
2016 Call for New York History Writers
New York State Archives Research Topics
New York State Military Musuem and Veteran's Research Center
William G. Pomeroy Foundation
New York Heritage Digital Collections
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