Thursday, April 15, 2021 from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM EDT
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 Telling New York Stories: Celebrating 20 years of New York Archives Magazine 

Thursday, April 15th
12:30 p.m.   

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After more than 80 issues, 2,828 pages, 418 feature stories, and 517 contributors, this award-winning educational publication remains a shining example of collaboration with history enthusiasts, scholars, and historical repositories around New York State, bringing untold stories and extraordinary happenings to light. Join us for a conversation with former New York State Archivist V. Chapman-Smith, former editor Judy Hohmann, graphic designer Kris Fitzgerald of 2kDesign, and frequent contributors historian Laurence M. Hauptman and journalist Paul Grondahl. We will be talking about the magazine’s vision, evolution, and future and the importance of making history accessible to a general audience. 

About The Speakers

Former NY State Assistant Education Commissioner/NYS Archivist, V. Chapman Smith is now retired after over 30 years of executive leadership in organizational capacity building after working in the private and public sectors. She left New York State to serves as National Archives Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator and spearheaded a number of public history initiatives. She also served as Chair of the Philadelphia Federal Executive Board.  Her work included the erection of the first public monument in Philadelphia at City Hall to honor an African American 19th Century Civil Rights leader, O.V. Catto, along with a year-long education initiative for the Philadelphia School District to study his legacy. In her retirement she volunteers her time as a civil rights and social public historian.  Among these, she serves as a project manager to preserve the historical assets of Eden Cemetery, a national historic site and the oldest continuously operating African American cemetery company in the U.S. and on the board of Eastern State Penitentiary Historical Site, a site dedicated to interpreting the legacy of American criminal justice reform.


Kris Fitzgerald is principal of 2k Design, the visual communications studio she founded in 1995. In addition to designing New York Archives magazine for the past twenty years, her work includes brand identity, print collateral, web, packaging, signage, and exhibit design for clients such as the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, Union College, Avon Old Farms School and other governmental agencies, educational institutions, and non-profits. In her spare time, Kris enjoys her personal design projects, as well as being outside hiking, paddling, rollerblading, cycling, golfing, and skiing.

Paul Grondahl is the Director of the New York State Writers Institute at the University at Albany and a former longtime reporter at the Albany Times Union, where he still writes a weekly column. He is the author of several books, including political biographies of Albany Mayor Erastus Corning 2nd and Theodore Roosevelt’s early political career in Albany.

Laurence M. Hauptman
is a SUNY Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History. In 2011, Hauptman was given the State Archives Lifetime Achievement Award for his Empire State research and writing. Hauptman, the author of books on Native Americans, has been honored by the Seneca Nation, the New York State Board of Regents, the Pennsylvania Historical Association, the Wisconsin Historical Society, the New York Academy of History, the New York State Historical Association, and Mohonk Consultations.

 Judy Hohmann is the founding editor of New York Archives magazine and continued in that capacity until her retirement in 2012. She also managed the public programs of the New York State Archives ranging from exhibits and events to publications and teacher training. She has been recognized by the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference and the Society of American Archivists for her efforts to increase public awareness of archives and their importance to the foundations of our democracy. 


Josie Madison  has been the editor of New York Archives since 2013. A person of varied academic interests, she holds a PhD in American history from the University at Albany, SUNY; a Master's of Science in Education from the College of St. Rose; and a bachelor's in Art History from New York University. She considers herself extremely fortunate to be able to do work that she loves with incredibly talented people to produce a publication that gets the word out about how important and fascinating the history of our state is. If pressed, she would describe it as "the coolest job ever."

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