The New York Geographic Alliance is pleased to announce that we will be celebrating our 25th Anniversary as an organization promoting geography at GeoFest 2013 at the New York State Museum in Albany. It will be a day full of workshops and tours of the museum on October 19, 2013. We believe it is fitting that we mark this occasion in our state capital.
The morning will be full of workshops on a variety of geographic topics. After lunch, our keynote address will feature Dr. Milton Sernett, Professor Emeritus from Syracuse University. He is also the author of North Star Country, a book that analyzes the impace of the Erie Canal on the reform movements of the 19th century, especially the anti-slavery movement. You can read more about Dr. Sernett in the "In the News" Section of this website. (Photo on the left: Cover of North Star Country,featuring a daguerotype of an abolitionist meeting in Cazenovia, NY to protest the Fugitive Slave Act).
We will not be charging any fees for this event, if you register beforeOctober 1, 2013. It is OUR gift to you on OUR birthday! There will be lessons presented from our new module on the Erie Canal and on the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Initiative. We will try to have presentations on other topics. If you would like to have a geographic tour of museum exhibits, there will be three offered: New York City Hall, Adirondacks Hall, and the current exhibit,Irrespressible Conflict: New York in the Civil War. We also hope to have vendors and non-profit exhibitors. The NYGA is looking for presenters. If you are interested, please contact Tim McDonnell, and he will send you an application form.
Food will be provided, and of course, there will be cake. After lunch, there will be a keynote address, a special awards presentation, and a raffle for goodies.
Registration online is now available. Use the link on the right side of this page.
This year's GeoFest will include optional tours of two or more galleries in the New York State Musuem.Photo on left: Lower East Side diarama in the New York City Gallery; Photo on Right: Breaking up a logjam in the Adirondacks Gallery.