** Online Registration has ended. If you still wish to attend GeoFest, please email Tim McDonnell. You can also register at the door for $20.
The New York Geographic Alliance is pleased to announce that we will be celebrating our 25th Anniversary as an organization promoting geography at GeoFest 2013 at the New York State Museum in Albany. It will be a day full of workshops and tours of the museum on October 19, 2013. We believe it is fitting that we mark this occasion in our state capital. The Museum is located at 260 Madison Ave. on the south end of the Empire Plaza in downtown Albany. (This website will give you directions!).
The morning will be full of workshops on a variety of geographic topics. There will be three sessions, beginning at 10:00 AM. After lunch, our keynote address will feature Dr. Milton Sernett, Professor Emeritus from Syracuse University. He is also the author of North Star Country, a book that analyzes the impace of the Erie Canal on the reform movements of the 19th century, especially the anti-slavery movement. You can read more about Dr. Sernett in the "In the News" Section of this website. (Photo on the left: Cover of North Star Country, featuring a daguerotype of an abolitionist meeting in Cazenovia, NY to protest the Fugitive Slave Act).
We will not be charging any fees for this event, if you register before October 17, 2013. It is OUR gift to you on OUR birthday! There will be lessons presented from our new module on the Erie Canal and on the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Initiative. We will try to have presentations on other topics. If you would like to have a geographic tour of museum exhibits, there will be three offered: New York City Hall, Adirondacks Hall, and the current exhibit, Irrespressible Conflict: New York in the Civil War. We also hope to have vendors and non-profit exhibitors. The NYGA is looking for presenters. If you are interested, please contact Tim McDonnell, and he will send you an application form.
THE SCHEDULE IN BRIEF:
Session A - 10:00 AM: Choose one.
The New York State Cookie Lesson - Gail Hall, Mapping Our World with Google Earth and ESRI - Alex Chaucer, Getting to the Core Using Primary and Secondary Sources - Gale Sookdeo, Watersheds: a Geographic Perspective - Tim McDonnell
Session B - 11:00 AM: Choose one.
Using Picture Books and Trade Books to Teach Geography in Common Core - Mary Duffin, Erie Canal Math-Pro Lesson - Tim McDonnell, Celebrating Geography Awareness Week - Brooke Grant, Sluices, Locks, and Hoggees - Scott Peal
Session C - 12 PM: Choose one.
Maya's Trip - an Erie Canal Module Lesson - Gail Hall, Celebrating Geography Awareness Week - Brooke Grant, Geographic Tour of the Adirondack Gallery - Tim McDonnell, Sluices, Locks, and Hoggees - Scott Peal
Food will be provided, and of course, there will be cake. After lunch, there will be a keynote address, a special awards presentation, and a raffle for goodies.
Registration online is now available. Use the link on the right side of this page.
This year's GeoFest will include optional tours of two or more galleries in the New York State Musuem. Photo on left: Lower East Side diarama in the New York City Gallery; Photo on Right: Breaking up a logjam in the Adirondacks Gallery.