The 26th Conference on New York State History

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

(Full program and registration may be found at )

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

Edward Knoblauch