Devin Lander, New York State Historian, Explains Role Of Public Historians & Current Projects

Every town, village, city, and county in New York State is required to appoint a public historian to promote the history of their municipality. What is it that they do and who do they report to? Click the link below for this week’s episode of The State of Greater Western New York Report as the New York State Historian answers these questions and more.

First, apologies for some audio glitches on the host end. The guest audio is fine.

Devin Lander, New York State Historian, comes on our show and reveals the path that led him to his current position. He also tells us about the nature of his duties. He goes on the state why and how local public historians are selected, who they report to, and what they typically do. He then explains the difference between a local historical society and a local historian.

In the second half of the show, Lander invites the audience to explore some of the activities and events he has been involved with and is currently promoting. His ongoing A New York History Minute In History podcast can be accessed at He also highlights the coming 250th anniversary of America and what the State and local historians plan on doing.

Our guest happily answered questions from the live audience. In fact, these are probably some of the same questions you had. Would you like to be a live audience member so you can ask our guests questions? Click here to join the growing number of members who share your feelings on because then we can automatically send you the link to watch our shows live.

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