Autumn Intermission

Due to looming deadlines and two public events scheduled for next week, I’ll be taking a short sabbatical from my blog. I aim to return before October’s end. Continue reading

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The J. Owen Grundy History Award: My Book’s First Honor

On Thursday, May 31, 2018, the Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy will be awarding Left Bank of the Hudson: Jersey City and the Artists of 111 1st Street (Fordham University Press) with the 2018 J. Owen Grundy History Award at the organization’s 18th Annual Preservation Awards.

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Chasing the Writer’s Life

In past posts, I have announced various writing and editing deadlines and alluded to the October publication of my forthcoming book, Left Bank of the Hudson: Jersey City and the Artists of 111 1st Street. Attentive readers might have noticed the recent additions of “Book” and “Events” pages to this site.

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(Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

Fordham University Press will publish Left Bank of the Hudson on October 2, 2017. The Press, my publicist, and I are working hard putting together a series of local promotional events and a small book tour. At press time, eight events are scheduled in six cities and four states. We’re hoping to add several more events in the coming weeks.

Meanwhile, my budding writing career received two notable boosts in the month of June. Continue reading

New Netherland in the Public Schools … in New York

A fellow history blogger (follow link for the story) reported that the New York State Social Studies curriculum is placing a greater emphasis on the period of Dutch colonial history in that state.

A School in the Schoolmaster's Apartment (Courtesy of German History in Documents and Images)
A School in the Schoolmaster’s Apartment, unknown artist, 16th century (Courtesy of German History in Documents and Images).

A three-day workshop will be offered for educators at the New York State Museum (a fun place, by the way) in Albany, New York this autumn. Maybe the Garden State will follow its neighbor’s example.