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New York State has been at the forefront of historical and environmental movements that have blazed a trail for change and progress across the country. New Yorkers have access to that cultural heritage via two award-winning magazines published by state agencies whose work has been instrumental in creating a record of that progress. Join New York Archives Editor Josie Madison and The Conservationist Managing Editor Maria VanWie for a conversation about these two publications highlighting the state’s history and environment and the role they play in understanding and celebrating its legacy.

Josie Madison has been the editor of New York Archives since 2013. She holds a bachelor's degree in art history from New York University, a master's degree in childhood education from the College of Saint Rose, and a doctorate in American history from the University at Albany, SUNY.

Maria VanWie is the Managing Editor of The Conservationist Magazine. A bi-monthly New York State Department of Environmental Conservation publication dating back to 1946. Each issue echoes the magazine’s slogan “Bringing Nature to Your Door.” Highlighting the protection, conservation, and appreciation of the outdoors. As a bonus, 3 yearly issues of Conservationist include Conservationist for Kids. After over a decade in graphic design and a lifetime creating, Maria put down the paintbrush and picked up the dictionary in 2021, to manage the Publications Team. Since then the magazine has undergone a full redesign, added 3 new reoccurring departments, and diversified it’s content. In her free time Maria enjoys spending time with her husband, 2 small children, and golden retriever.