The Center for Local and Municipal History was founded in SUNY-Geneseo’s Department of History in the fall of 2018, the Geneseo Center for Local and Municipal History takes as its mission the promotion of local history in New York State. The impetus was the recognition that students at SUNY-Geneseo know little about local history in a state with an extraordinary and entirely unparalleled infrastructure for studying the state’s unique history.
Here what students have to say about this unique program:
"The chance to handle documents dating back to the 1700s, to hone my skills in interpreting and digitizing records, and to learn about my home town and county through the centuries was wonderful. Better yet, I've made life-long connections and continue to volunteer at my local records and archives. I'm so grateful I had this opportunity, and would recommend an internship through the Geneseo Center for Local and Municipal History to any student interested in local history. "
- Leslie Maste
"To summarize, what you have in the option to invest in local history as part of the curriculum at Geneseo is an opportunity to make use of the considerable advantage being in a historic part of New York offers and use that advantage to drive student success, all while being surrounded by the best historians money can’t buy. Not doing so would be doing a disservice to the future classes of students who will have to face the same decisions I did, but without the chance for meaningful and intellectually stimulating work that I was offered. If maintaining academic success and promoting student achievement during and after graduation is prioritized in your line of thinking, do consider with an open mind any proposals made by the Geneseo Center for Local and Municipal History."
- Simon Goslin