I had a great time at the APHNYS (Association of Public Historians of NYS) Conference in Lake Placid, NY last week. There were about 100 members attending, from all different sized towns, cities and historical societies. I attended some informative workshops, and plan to write about them later this week.
For today, I thought I would share a few web addresses.
First is www.ExploreNY400.com, a website about the Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial of 2009. That year will mark the 400th anniversary of Hudson and of Champlain's voyages along the river and the lake that bear their names. It is also the 200th anniversary of Fulton's first successful steamboat trip.
Many of the towns and villages along their routes have special events and celebrations planned, so please explore this website for some vacation ideas for next summer that you and the kids can enjoy.
If you are a local historian, you should go to the APHNYS website at www.aphnys.org and explore information about next year's conference, scheduled for April 27 - 30 in Albany. It will be the 10th anniversary of APHNYS so they have planned a whole day at the NYS Archives complete with Archives staff assistance so we can get an idea of what wonderful resources are held there.
Albany will have quadricentennial celebrations going on all year. And while you are in the neighborhood, a stop at the NYS Military Museum and Veteran's Research Center in nearby Saratoga Springs NY would be very interesting. They have more than 10,000 military artifacts of all types, including battle flags from the Civil War. Their website is found at www.dmna.state.ny.us/historic/mil-hist.htm.