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100 Years Of New York’s Local Government Historians Law

Categories: NYS History

One hundred years ago, on April 11, 1919, New York Governor Al Smith signed the “Historians Law.” The first law of its kind in the United States, the Historians Law allowed for every village, town, and city in the state to have an official historian to gather and preserve historical records. On this episode of A New York Minute In History, host and New York State Historian Devin Lander is joined by Clifton Park Historian John SchererSaratoga County Historian Lauren Roberts, and former Broome County Historian and past president of the Association of Public Historians of New York State Gerald Smith to discuss the role of local historians and the integral part they play in their communities.

For those interested in learning more about the Historians Law, click here.