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We are extremely pleased to present the following report from one of our recipients!

Jane Verostek in presentation roomI received the CLRC Professional Development Award to attend the Researching New York Conference. The conference was held at SUNY Albany – here is a link to the conference program.

In the fall of 2014 I re-opened the SUNY ESF College Archives and Special Collections after a 3 year closure. Over the past year I’ve found some wonderful items related to the college’s history and the greater history of NYS. We have in our archives personal items and writings from Louis, Robert “Bob” and George Marshall – all important figures in the history of SUNY ESF and all who played major roles in the preservation and conservation of not just the Adirondacks and Catskills – but also of Montana and the Arctic.

Cover of the Researching NY Conference ProgramAs a way of getting the word out about the gems in our archives and to meet other NYS historians I applied for a grant to attend for the first time ever for me – the Researching NY Conference and I also applied to be a speaker. I am happy to report that I was accepted to be a speaker and spoke under the session titled: The Adirondacks: Preservation and Activism. My talk was titled: The Marshall Family of NY – their history and legacy. I was followed by a speaker whose talk was Saving Lake George: One Rock at a Time who is writing a book about John Apperson and another speaker whose talk was titled Uncovering the Abandoned Village: The History and Preservation of the Tahawus Tract who is making a documentary for PBS on the Tahawus Tract.  We had a great crowd of about 40 attendees – all who were just as enthusiastic as were about our topics. To see part of my presentation and to learn more about the Marshall family visit my LibGuide on the Marshalls

Along with the presentation I gave and sessions I attended – I was able to network with professionals from other universities, museums and archives.  I was also able to attend a fascinating author talk by Ginger Strand on her new book The Brothers Vonnegut.

Thank you to CLRC for providing the funding for me to attend this conference!

Here is a quote from Robert “Bob” Marshall that I read at the end of my presentation:

“In this age of iphones and constant connectivity to the Internet”

I leave you with this quote from Bob from his book The People’s Forests from 1933:

Photo of SUNY Albany Campus by Jane Verostek“As society becomes more and more mechanized, it will be more and more difficult for many people to stand the nervous strain, the high pressure, and the drabness of their lives. To escape these abominations, constantly growing numbers will seek the primitive for the finest features of life.”