The 26th Conference on New York State History

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Syracuse, June 9-11, 2005

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Thursday, June 9
2:00-9:00 PM Registration / Marshall Hall
2:00-9:00 PM Room check-in / Sadler Hall
3:00-5:00 PM Tour, Erie Canal Museum
Driving directions will be available at registration.
6:00 PM Dinner ("Dutch Treat")
Directions to restaurant will be available at registration.

Friday, June 10
8:00-4:00 PM Registration and Exhibits / Marshall Hall
8:00 AM Continental Breakfast / Alumni Lounge
9:00 AM-9:00 PM Room check-in / Sadler Hall

9:00 AM Opening session / Marshall Auditorium
Welcome: Field Horne, conference chair
Greetings: President Cornelius B. Murphy, Jr., SUNY ESF
Keynote: Peter Webber, Director, Syracuse University Press
"Introducing the Encyclopedia of New York State"

9:30 AM Concurrent Sessions

Highways / Marshall Auditorium
"The Politics of Twentieth-Century Bridge Construction: Elevating Transportation Routes in Syracuse"
Dennis Connors, Onondaga Historical Association
"Cutting Down the Dust: Onondaga County's Paved Roads 1900 to 1950"
James Darlington, SUNY Cortland
Comment: Thomas S.W. Lewis, Skidmore College

Constructed Memories / Marshall 213
"Local History in New Deal Murals: A Long Island Case Study"
Natalie Naylor, Hofstra University (emerita)
"Public Memory, Private Meaning: New York City's Vietnam Veterans"
Philip Napoli, Brooklyn College
Comment: Elizabeth Lasch-Quinn, Syracuse University

Individual Papers / Marshall 327
"The Dissenter: Harvey Swados, New York Intellectuals, and Mid-Century America"
Greg Geddes, SUNY Binghamton
Comment: to be announced

"An Albany Ship for Ireland: Irish Famine Relief"
Harvey Strum, The Sage Colleges
Comment: John J. McEneny, Member of the Assembly, 104th A.D.

11:00-11:15 AM Break / Alumni Lounge

11:15 AM -12:45 PM Concurrent Sessions

First Nations / Marshall Auditorium
"The Tutelo Indians Return Home to New York"
Heriberto R. Dixon, SUNY New Paltz
"The Stockbridge Indians in New York, 1784-1829"
Lion G. Miles, Independent
Comment: Lawrence Hauptman, SUNY New Paltz

Writing and Publishing Local History for Popular and Academic Markets: A Panel Discussion / Marshall 213
Claire Parham, College of St. Rose and Siena College
Paul Malo, Publisher
Glenn Wright, Syracuse University Press
Field Horne, Publisher

Individual Papers / Marshall 327
"Mapping the Journey: Catskill Tourism from Stagecoach to Automobile"
Jo Margaret Mano, SUNY New Paltz
Comment: Suzanne Etherington, New York State Archives

"Creating an Electronic Research Collection on New York's Environmental History"
Flora Nyland, SUNY ESF and Prudence Backman, New York State Archives
Comment: Christian Dupont, Syracuse University Library

12:45 PM Lunch / Alumni Lounge

Speaker: Diane Shaw, Carnegie Mellon University
"City Building on the Eastern Frontier"

2:00 PM / Concurrent Sessions

The Automobile / Marshall Auditorium
"Power for the People?: Leaded Gas, Automobiles and the Environment in New York State 1924-39"
Kenneth S. Mernitz, Buffalo State College
"Architecture for the Automobilist in Ulster County, 1900-50"
William B. Rhoads, SUNY New Paltz (emeritus)
"Patents and Peaks: The Auto in Monroe County"
Carolyn S. Vacca, Monroe County Historian and St. John Fisher College
Comment: Thomas Leary, Youngstown State University

Forest History / Marshall 213
"Documenting Change for the Future: Fort Drum's Forests"
Heather C. Wagner, Colorado State University Research Associate and Jason E. Wagner, Department of the Army
"The Reforestation Movement in New York State: FDR's Hyde Park Program"
John Auwaerter, SUNY ESF
"The Development of New York's Wood-Based Economy"
Hugh O. Canham, Forest Economist
Comment: Sarah Vonhof, SUNY ESF

Personalities and Politics / Marshall 327
'"They Hope to Build an Abolitionist Party Upon the Ruins of the Whig Party":
William H. Seward's Early Relationship with Anti-Slavery'
Stephen J. Valone, St. John Fisher College
'"A Most Revolting State of Affairs": Theodore Roosevelt and the Assembly's City Investigating Committee of 1884'
Edward P. Kohn, Bilkent University (Turkey)
"The March of Humbug: Reading Horace Greeley's New York, 1834-42"
James M. Lundberg, Yale University
Comment: Richard A. Greenwald, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

Research in the Digital Age: A Practicum / Computer Laboratory, Marshall 303
Limit 20 people: sign up on your registration form
Larry Naukam, Rochester Public Library
Mary Beth Sullivan, Independent Archivist

4:00-6:30 PM Tour and reception / Onondaga Historical Association
Driving directions will be available at registration.

6:30 PM Dinner / Traditions of Syracuse

8:00 PM The Wendell Tripp Lecture in New York State History 
Welcome: Christine Ward, NY State Archivist

"What's Elvis got to do with it? Palatine migration and New York's colonial legacy"
Dr. Philip Otterness
Warren Wilson College, Asheville, S.C.

Saturday, June 11

8:00-10:00 AM Registration / Marshall Hall
8:00 AM Continental Breakfast / Alumni Lounge

8:00-12:00 Exhibits / Marshall Hall

8:45-10:15 AM Concurrent Sessions

Cayuga County Topics / Marshall Auditorium
"Pricing the Land: Speculation, Money and Settlement on the Early American Frontier - The Cayuga Land Claim Case Study"
Scott W. Anderson, SUNY Cortland
"Losing Local Power: The Coevolution of Socioeconomic and Physical Forces in Cayuga County, 1800-1900"
Eric J. Greenfield, SUNY ESF
Comment: Robert Devino, Finkelstein Memorial Library

Individual Papers / Marshall 213
"From Protestant International to New York Provincial: Language and Ethnicity in New Paltz, 1678-1834"
Eric Roth, Huguenot Historical Society
Comment: Joseph S. Tiedeman, Loyola Marymount University

"Niagara Falls and Nationality in the Early Republic"
Tom Kanon, Tennessee State Library and Archives
Comment: Thomas Chambers, Niagara University

10:15-10:30 Break / Alumni Lounge

10:30 AM-Noon Concurrent sessions

Public Health / Marshall Auditorium
"Yellow Fever in New York City, 1791-99"
Bob Arnebeck, Independent
"A Tale of Three Cities: Community Responses to the 1918 Flu Epidemic"
Teresa K. Lehr, SUNY Brockport
Comment: Eric v.d. Luft, Upstate Medical University

Individual Papers / Marshall 213
"Jacob A. Riis' Campaign to Bring Nature into the Tenements"
Joni Ciehomski, SUNY Buffalo
Comment: Natalie Naylor, Hofstra University (emerita)

"The French Empire in the Chautauqua Region, 1608-1763"
Jacob Ludes III, N.E. Association of Schools and Colleges
Comment: Edward Knoblauch, College of St. Rose

12:00 Noon Lunch / Alumni Lounge

Speaker: Victor F. Escamilla, Columbia University
Why New York? A Jazz Question

Registration form

Onondaga Historical Ass'n tour $5
Erie Canal Museum tour $5
Digital workshop $5

All room prices are per bed; if you wish to share a room please give names.
Parking is free for those staying in the dorms. Those staying off-campus should park at Irving Garage on Irving Avenue; parking passes will be provided by SUNY ESF.
Thursday night $32
Friday night $32

Those who wish off-campus lodging must make their own reservations. A block of rooms is being held until May 10 at the Genesee Grande Hotel, 1060 East Genesee Street at University Avenue; the rate is $76 per room, single or double. You must call them direct at (800) 365-HOME or (315) 476-4212. Rooms may be available after the cut-off date but the availability and rate are not guaranteed after that date.

From Albany: Thruway to I-690; use exit 13, turn left on Townsend Street, left on Adams Street, right on Irving Avenue to campus.
From Rochester: Thruway to I-690; bear right on I-81, then use exit 18, left on Adams Street, right on Irving Avenue to campus.
From Binghamton: I-81 to exit 18, turn right on Adams Street, right on Irving Avenue to campus.
From Watertown: I-81 to exit 18 (see Rochester directions).

Program Committee
Robert Arnold, New York State Archives
Marla Bennett, SUNY ESF
Thomas Chambers, Niagara University
Michael Groth, Wells College
Lisa Keller, SUNY Purchase
Edward Knoblauch, New York History Net
Natalie Naylor, Hofstra University (emerita)
Edythe Ann Quinn, Hartwick College
Eric Roth, Huguenot Historical Society
William H. Siener, Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society

Institutional Partners
Historical Society of Saratoga Springs
New York History Net
New York State Archives
Onondaga Historical Association

Field Horne, Conference Chair
Box 215
Saratoga Springs NY 12866-0215 
Telephone: 518-587-4962 



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