Mar 13, 2023
Devin Lander, New York State Historian at the New York State Museum, will speak on the planning underway and vast opportunities to commemorate the 250th of the American Revolution in NYS as part of the 'New York and the 250th: A Historic Opportunity' panel at the 2023 NYS Tourism Conference.
The 250th commemoration is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to promote and strengthen the historical resources of New York State! The broad-based approach taken by New York State to this commemoration has the potential to reposition New York as THE key state not only during the Revolutionary era but throughout US history and make all parts of the state attractive to heritage tourism visitors.
- Learn about the current planning taking place at the state, federal and local levels related to the 250th commemoration.
- Gain an understanding of the thematic approach NYS is taking and how it allows for promotional opportunities in every part of the state.
- Hear first-hand examples of what counties are currently doing and how to model them in your own community.
Devin Lander is New York’s 16th State Historian. Previous to being named State Historian, he was the Executive Director of the Museum Association of New York (MANY) and worked as Deputy Legislative and Policy Director for the Chair of the New York State Assembly’s Tourism, Arts, Parks and Sports Development and Governmental Operations Committees. He holds a BA in History from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh and a MA in Public History from the University at Albany where he is currently completing work on his PhD dissertation on the Millbrook Commune of the 1960s. Devin is also co-host of the award-winning podcast A New York Minute in History produced by WAMC-Northeast Public Radio and co-editor of the New York History journal published by Cornell University Press. He was elected as a New York Academy of History Fellow in 2020.
New York State Historian
New York State Museum
About the New York State Museum
The New York State Museum is a center of art, science, and history dedicated to exploring the human and natural history of the state. Established in 1836, it is the oldest and largest state museum in the country. From its beginning, the Museum has been home to some of the nation’s leading scientists, including the founders of American paleontology, ethnology, botany and mycology. Its collections rank among the finest in many fields and total more than 16 million scientific specimens and one million cultural objects.
Located at the southern end of the architecturally stunning Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza in Albany, the New York State Museum welcomes visitors from across the globe and thousands of students each year. Its 100,000 square feet of exhibition space features several new exhibitions per year in addition to long-term exhibitions. The Museum also offers a variety of educational public programs for learners of all ages.
The New York State Museum is a program of The University of the State of New York / The State Education Department / Office of Cultural Education.