File #: Res 0898-2007    Version: * Name: Declaring November to be New York City History Month.
Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Committee: Committee on Cultural Affairs, Libraries and International Intergroup Relations
On agenda: 6/5/2007
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution declaring November to be New York City History Month.
Sponsors: Domenic M. Recchia, Jr., Gale A. Brewer, Lewis A. Fidler, Vincent J. Gentile, Sara M. Gonzalez, Letitia James, John C. Liu, Michael E. McMahon, Darlene Mealy, Michael C. Nelson, James Sanders, Jr., David I. Weprin, Albert Vann, Thomas White, Jr., Helen Sears, Larry B. Seabrook, Tony Avella, James F. Gennaro
Council Member Sponsors: 18
Attachments: 1. Committee Report, 2. Hearing Transcript, 3. Hearing Testimony, 4. Press Release, 5. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 6/15/07

Res. No. 898


Resolution declaring November to be New York City History Month.


By Council Members Recchia Jr., Brewer, Fidler, Gentile, Gonzalez, James, Liu, McMahon, Mealy, Nelson, Sanders Jr., Weprin, Vann, White Jr., Sears, Seabrook, Avella and Gennaro


                     Whereas, New York City was founded in 1625 as the capital of the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam; and

Whereas, Nearly four centuries after its founding, New York City is undoubtedly among the most historic cities in the United States; and

                     Whereas, New York City has played a critical and often under-appreciated role in the history of the United States, hosting one of the most important military campaigns of the American War of Independence, serving as the young republic’s first capital, and spearheading the nation’s rise to commercial prominence; and                     

                     Whereas, The City’s owes its immeasurable contributions to American finance, media, and culture to its rich and remarkable history; and

                     Whereas, Despite the enormous impact that historical events have had on the physical and social characteristics of the modern City, New Yorkers are all too often unaware of the City’s remarkable and important past; and

                     Whereas, In 1997, Governor George Pataki declared November to be New York State History Month; and

                     Whereas, Such dedicated celebrations present important opportunities to showcase the extraordinary and exciting history of New York City; and

Whereas, New York City is home to many outstanding cultural organizations dedicated to preserving the City’s past and educating new generations of New Yorkers about the City’s history; and

Whereas, The City has a responsibility to recognize the importance of its own history and to support the work of historians and educators, and a month-long celebration of City history would contribute significantly to this effort; now, therefore, be it

                     Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York declares November to be New York History Month.


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