News:

12/06/12 Livingston County Receives State Archives Award

Albany, NY -- The New York State Archives and the Archives Partnership Trust have selected Livingston County to receive the 2012 William H. Kelly Annual Archives Award for Excellence in Local Government Archival Program Development.

The award was presented to Kathleen Montemarano, County Supervisor; Jim Culbertson, County Clerk; and Amie Alden, County Historian, at a luncheon ceremony at the Cultural Education Center in Albany, held recently. The award is named for William H. Kelly, the former Mayor of Asharoken in Suffolk County, who has been a tireless champion for strengthening local government archival and records management programs.
This award acknowledges the county’s hard work, under the dynamic leadership of county historian Amie Alden, in creating a model archival records program, including a state-of-the-art archives and history center. This award commends the county for recognizing the importance of preserving its archival records and making them available to the public.

“We are pleased to recognize Livingston County for their outstanding efforts to manage and ultimately preserve the records of local government,” said State Archivist Christine Ward. “This county was selected from among all local governments as having the finest program in the state in 2012. But the real winner is not this local government; rather it is the people of the State of New York. We commend all involved in this winning program and wish them continued success in the years ahead.”

Previous recipients of this annual award include Town of Russia (2011), Steuben County (2010), Westchester County (2009), Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation (2008), Suffolk County (2007), Saratoga County (2006), Town of Victor (2005), Hudson River Park Trust (2004), Ulster County (2003), Genesee County (2002), Oswego County (2001), Chautauqua County (2000).

The annual Archives Awards program recognizes outstanding efforts in archives and records management work in New York State by a broad range of individuals and organizations. A complete list of this year’s award recipients follows:

Excellence in State Agency Records Management
NYS Office of General Services

Cheryl Steinbach Award for Excellence in Local Government Records Management
Town of Somers (Westchester County)

William H. Kelly Award for Excellence in Local Government Archival Program Development
Livingston County

Program Excellence in a Historical Records Repository
Zadock Pratt Museum, Prattsville (Greene County)

Excellence in Research Using the Holdings of the State Archives
Dr. Tom Arne Midtrod, University of Iowa

William Hoyt Advocacy Award
Carl Hayden, former Chairman of the SUNY Board of Trustees
Dr. Kenneth P. O’Brien, Associate Professor of History at the College at Brockport
and President of the SUNY Faculty Senate

Bruce W. Dearstyne Award for Excellence in the Educational Use of Historical Records
Amber Quinn, Shenendehowa High School, Shenendehowa Central School District (Saratoga County)

Laura and Robert Chodos Award for Excellence in Student Research Using Historical Records, Grades 9-12
Jonah Mittler, Samuel Sommer and Max Summers, Great Neck South High School, Great Neck Union Free School District, Teacher: Frances Tria (Nassau County)

Laura and Robert Chodos Award for Excellence in Student Research Using Historical Records, Grades 6-8
Sarah Jones, Farnsworth Middle School, Guilderland Central School District,
Teacher: Deborah Escobar (Albany County)

Laura and Robert Chodos Award for Excellence in Student Research Using Historical Records, Grades 4-5
Millie Bohn, Murray Avenue School, Mamaroneck Union Free School District,
Teacher: Pamela Tanenbaum (Westchester County)