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October 30, 2013

Holland Patent Teaching and Learning Center and Holland Patent Central School District Win State Archives Award

Albany, NY -- The New York State Archives and Archives Partnership Trust have selected the Holland Patent Teaching and Learning Center and Holland Patent Central School District to receive the 2013 Annual Archives Award for Excellence in the Educational Use of Local Government Records.

The award was presented to Patrick Peterson and Bonnie Churcher of the Holland Patent Teaching and Learning Center and to Kathleen Davis and Christine Morgan of the Holland Patent Central School District at a luncheon ceremony at the Cultural Education Center in Albany, held recently. This award is presented to a local government that has demonstrated outstanding initiative, leadership, and creativity in encouraging and promoting the use of local government records for elementary, secondary, and community education.

The School District and the Teaching and Learning Center have worked together for 20 years to bring the educational value of local government records to the forefront. They have done this by training Holland Patent teachers from kindergarten to 12th grade how to integrate local government records into classroom instruction, while also training students how to become historians through the research and development of special projects for competitions like National History Day and the Archives’ Student Research Award program.

Not only is the length of their involvement with local records unique, the depth of their collaborations is extraordinary. Over the years, the Teaching and Learning Center and School District have collaborated with county, city, town and village clerks and historians from throughout Oneida, Madison and Otsego Counties. They have partnered with local colleges, community organizations and individuals. They have shared their knowledge of the educational use of local government records with neighboring school districts, local BOCES, New York historical organizations, and world-wide via the Internet.

In Holland Patent schools local government records are used as classroom resources to teach all disciplines, help students develop critical thinking skills, and more recently, assist teachers in addressing common core standards to prepare students for college and careers.

Projects of note include: students studying the history of the Holland Patent rural schools, which indirectly resulted in the preservation of the Wethersfield School, a local one room school house; a student project that researched the popular 19th century tourist destination of Trenton Falls; a published curriculum project about the Erie Canal; curriculum developed using school district records about the cultural life and architecture of the district; and most recently, with an emphasis on civic engagement, community decision making, and science, teachers and students have been using local government records to study the impact of wind power and fracking on local communities.

Previous winners of this award include the Clifton Park/Halfmoon Public Library (2011), Jamestown City School District (2008), Town of Ithaca (2007), Ulster County (2004), and the Capital Region Teacher Center (2001).

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:

Cheryl Steinbach Annual Archives Award for Excellence in Local Government Records Management
Orange-Ulster BOCES (Orange County)

William H. Kelly Annual Archives Award for Excellence in Local Government Archival Program Development
Montgomery County

Excellence in State Agency Records Management Program Development
New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities

Bruce W. Dearstyne Annual Archives Award for Excellence in the Educational Use of Historical Records
Dr. Kristi Fragnoli, Assistant Professor of Education, The College of St. Rose (Albany County)

Excellence in the Educational Use of Local Government Records by a Local Government
Holland Patent Teaching and Learning Center and the Holland Patent Central School District (Oneida County)

Excellence in Research Using the Holdings of the State Archives
Dr. Carolyn Strange, Australian National University

Laura and Robert Chodos Award for Excellence in Student Research Using Historical Records, Grades 9-12
Ana Luiza Teodoro and Steven Faiella; Tottenville High School, New York City Department of Education; Teacher: Joanne Nolemi (Richmond County)

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

Laura and Robert Chodos Award for Excellence in Student Research Using Historical Records, Grades 4-5
Jillian Landsman, Jaeden Tice, Thomas Grismer, Ethan Metzger, Hannah Eavans, Jana Elkashef, Maeve Harkin, Nicole Hammond, Randy Rosario; Walden Elementary School, Valley Central School District; Teacher: Nancy Phelps (Orange County)

For More Information, Contact:
Emily Allen (518) 473-0130 or
Antonia Valentine (518) 474-1201