ThumbC-SPAN recording of historian Mike Wallace’s Plenary Address wherein he discusses how the history of today would be interpreted in the future and making history a vital piece of current education.

He talked about the history of the preservation of public history in New York City and about his own career and the historical and public policy issues with which he had dealt.

Wallace is the co-author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898. He is a distinguished professor of history at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, part of the City University of New York, where he founded the Gotham Center for New York City History. His most recent book, A New Deal for New York, examines the future of post-September 11 New York City in the light of its past.

This was a featured program on Friday, August 28, 2009, at 1:30 p.m. ET at the American Association for State and Local History Annual Meeting, Making History a 21st Century Enterprise, held Wednesday, August 26, 2009 – Saturday August 29, 2009, at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown.

Watch the full recording.