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Connections: How to better understand and represent local municipal histories

Feb 15, 2019

SUNY Geneseo has an ambitious plan to create a Center for Local Municipal History. Professor Michael Oberg says there is an acute need, because "In many places we've lost sight of our local history." There are hundreds of historians in the state of New York, most unpaid and appointed by local municipalities. As a consequence, most are white.

Oberg wants to help historians see the layered local histories that might allow students and residents to feel more connected to their own communities. Our guests:

  • Michael Oberg, distinguished professor of history at SUNY Geneseo
  • Taylor Stoermer, nationally recognized historian and author of the forthcoming "Public History: A Field Guide"
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