Opening Speaker in Cafeteria – Pam Brown

Pam Brown has lived in the Panama area pretty much all of her life.  Even though she retired from her position at Jamestown Public Schools as the district’s Records Management Coordinator in 2016, she still works on special projects as needed. She serves as the municipal historian for the Town of Harmony and Village of Panama. She is active in the Harmony Historical Society as the program chair and volunteer librarian and archivist. She is a trustee on the Chautauqua County Historical Society board. She also serves as the secretary of GAHWNY (Government Appointed Historians of Western New York). She is also accredited as a Registered NYS Historian through APHNYS (Association of Public Historians of New York State.)

She earned a bachelor’s degree in History from SUNY Empire College and a Masters in Library Science from SUNY at Buffalo. She also received training in records management and archival methods from the NYS Archives.  She was honored to be the recipient of the 2015 Robert Arnold Award for Distinguished Service in Records Management from NYALGRO (New York Association of Local Government Records Officers).

She has done archival and records management work for local historical agencies including the Chautauqua County Sports Hall of Fame, the Robert H. Jackson Center, WRFA Radio, the Fenton History Center and Chautauqua Institution Archives, the Chautauqua County Archives and the Resource Center to name a few. She has written successful grants for records management and historical records and served as a grant reviewer for the NYS Archives LGRMIF grant program.

She co-published a local history book, Remembering Panama with my sister Heather Schneider. She edited Clair Carlson’s book, The Jamestown Furniture Industry History in Wood 1816-1920. She has published articles in the NYS Archives magazine and local newspapers. She co-produced a documentary on a local dirt race track called the Roll-O-Bowl located near Panama.

She has presented on various local history topics at the Conference on New York State History, APHNYS and GAHWNY. Many of these presentations were co- presented with Chautauqua county historian, Michelle Henry. She is active in GAHWNY (Government Appointed Historians of Western New York).

Pam and her husband currently own and operate The Steward House B & B in Panama.

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