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12/06/12 Shenendehowa High School Teacher Wins State Archives Award

Albany, NY -- The New York State Archives and the Archives Partnership Trust selected Amber Quinn, a Shenendehowa High School teacher, to receive the 2012 Bruce W. Dearstyne Award for Excellence in the Educational Use of Historical Records. This award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding initiative, leadership, and creativity in encouraging and promoting the use of historical records for elementary and secondary education.

The award was presented to Ms. Quinn at a luncheon ceremony at the Cultural Education Center in Albany, held recently. The Dearstyne award is named for a former division director of the State Archives who was a strong advocate for the use of historical records in the classroom.

This award commends Ms. Quinn for her outstanding work with high school history students. The award recognizes her insistence that students research, examine and analyze historical records to help them develop the skills used by professional historians, including developing their own, informed, interpretations of historical events. The award also recognizes Ms. Quinn's successful efforts to encourage her students to locate and use historical records from their local community, and to participate in National History Day and the State Archives' Student Research Award program.

Previous winners include Nancy Phelps, educator, Walden Elementary School (2010), Bryan Thompson, Town of DeKalb Historian (2009), Grace Johnson, Jeff Kresge and Rick Walters from the Jamestown City School District (2008); Tee-Ann Hunter, Town Clerk, Town of Ithaca (2007); and Susan Stessin-Cohn, educator, Ulster County (2006).

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)