State historian to host online program


Devin Lander, the New York State Historian, will give a talk on “History as Policy in New York State” which will outline New York State’s role in protecting and promoting its history beginning in the 1830s up to today.

The free program, which is open to all, will be held on Wednesday, May 5, at 6:30 p.m. Advance registration is required and can be completed at Registrants will receive a link and instruction on how to join this online event after registration is complete.

Lander is New York’s 16th state historian.

Before being named state historian, he was the executive director of the Museum Association of New York 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 has bachelor’s degree in history from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh and a master’s degree in public history from the University at Albany, where he is a doctoral student. Lander is co-host of the 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.


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