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Web Design: Prioritizing What Matters

Nicholas MacDonald, Communications Manager,

Humanities NY

Noon, Friday, September 25

Looking to update your website? In the wake of COVID, many organizations are looking to improve their online presence. In the first of three programs focused on digital communications, Nicholas MacDonald will share what makes a good website, best practices in design, and how to approach building a new website.

Please submit any questions you have when you register.

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A woman and man sitting. The man is holding a microphone and speaking.

John-Duane Kingsley (right) and Danielle Bennet (middle) present at the 2019 Access and Identity MANY Annual Conference in Cooperstown, NY. Photo courtesy Gerard Gaskin


Checking Your Closets: Incorporating Queer Narratives in Historic House Museums

John-Duane Kingsley, Consultant, Twisted Preservation
Danielle Bennett, Queer Historian,

Independent Museum Professional

Frank Vagnone, President

Twisted Preservation Cultural Consulting

Noon, Monday, October 5

How should you include LGBTQIA+ diversity in your historic house? Danielle Bennett, John-Duane Kingsley, and Frank Vagnone will present case studies of historic houses that have embraced queer narratives and offer insight into how to begin thinking about including LGBTQIA+ content in your historic house museum.

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Brick building with small porch with four columns painted in a light yellow

Ten Broeck Mansion. Photo courtesy Discover Albany

Virtual Tour

Ten Broeck Mansion

Kathryn Kosto, Executive Director,

Albany County Historical Association

Noon, Monday, October 19

The Ten Broeck Mansion in Albany, New York was built in 1798 for Brigadier General Abraham Ten Broeck and his wife, Elizabeth Van Rensselaer. This tour will provide a glimpse into their life in Albany and will include an exploration of documents and objects related to the period. 

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Virtual Programming: Making Meaningful Connections

Nicholas MacDonald, Communications Manager,

Humanities NY

Caron Atlas, Arts & Democracy and Naturally

Occurring Cultural Districts

Noon, Friday, October 23

New to virtual programming? Or looking to create more meaningful interactions with your audience? In the second of three programs focused on digital communications Nicholas MacDonald and guests will look at current models for online programming, strategies for planning events, how to make the experience more engaging, and the necessity of partnerships for a successful event.

Please submit any questions you have when you register.

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48 Hudson, the Van Ostrande-Randliff House, the oldest building in Albany. Photo courtesy Historic Albany

Virtual Tour

The Van Ostrande-Radliff House

Cara Macri, Director of Preservation Services,

Historic Albany Foundation

Monday, October 26

This tour of the oldest building in Albany, the Van Ostrande-Radliff House, built in 1728 will explore a unique piece of early American Colonial history. The Van Ostrande-Radliff House is the most tangible link to Albany's Dutch past. Historic Albany Foundation is returning the structure to its original appearance and conserving later additions. 

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A Right to the City Exhibition, Anacostia Community Museum

Essential Work in the Cultural Field

Housing Access

Sarah Henry, Deputy Director & Chief Curator,

Museum of the City of New York

Melanie Adams, Executive Director,

Anacostia Community Museum

Stephanie Johnson-Cunningham, Co-Founder and Director, Museum Hue

Noon, Friday, October 30

This conversation will highlight how Anacostia Community Museum and Museum of the City of New York are addressing neighborhood change as well as the rich history of organizing and civic engagement that accompanied it. They provide resources to empower individuals and communities.

Learn More  

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NYS Museum, a brutalist style architecture situated behind water with a large metal abstract sculpture

NYS Museum. Photo by Discover Albany

Virtual Behind the Scenes Tour

New York State Museum's New Netherland Collections

New Netherland Research Center Director Dr. Charles Gehring will provide an overview of his work in the translation of Dutch documents, research, and collaborations at the NYS Museum and beyond. 

State Museum Historic Archeologist Dr. Michael Lucas will give a tour in the museum collections area of New Netherland related artifacts from sites in New York State.

Museum Chief Curator Dr. Jennifer Lemak will tour New Netherland related, and Hudson Valley Dutch Decorative arts in the Museum Collection areas.

Noon, Monday, November 2

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Mid-Hudson Children's Museum Farmers Market

Essential Work in the Cultural Field

Food In/Security

Meredith Horsford, Executive Director,

Dyckman Farmhouse Museum

Lara Litchfield-Kimber, Executive Director,

Mid-Hudson Children's Museum

Stephanie Johnson-Cunningham, Co-Founder and Director, Museum Hue

Noon, Friday, November 6

This conversation will highlight how Dyckman Farmhouse Museum and Mid-Hudson Children's Museum are literally feeding their communities. They provide farmers markets as well as tools to grow food in urban environments.

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Inside a room with tall ceilings and lined by columns. The room has a glass dome ceiling and a large window.

In the rotunda of the New York State Education Building. Photo courtesy Discover Albany

Virtual Tour

New York State Education Building Tour

Carl Morrone, Supervisor of Visitor Services,

New York State Museum

Monday, November 9

The New York State Education Building was completed in 1912 and was the first major governmental building constructed exclusively for educational purposes. It originally housed both the NYS Library and the NYS Museum. Designed by architect Henry Hornsbostel, it is an example of Beaux-Arts style architecture notable for its massive colonnade. Important interior features include the 94-foot-high rotunda, barrel-vaulted glass skylights, and the Guastavino tile vaulted ceilings. This tour is an opportunity to see inside one of the most magnificent buildings in Albany and will conclude with a short discussion about developing guided tours.

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Aerial of a river and waterfall with a steel bridge and brick building. Mountains can be seen in the background

The falls near Kinderhook, NY in the Hudson Valley. Photo by Tony Cenicola, The New York Times


Creating a Dutch Colonial Heritage Hudson Valley Tourism Experience with Russell Shorto

1  - 3 PM, Tuesday, November 10

Russell Shorto’s June 2019 NY Times article “In the Hudson Valley: A Drive Back in Time” renewed public tourism interest in Dutch colonial history.

New York’s Dutch roots give the state’s history a unique grounding, and they offer historic sites an opportunity with great potential for tourism and economic development. Mr. Shorto and tourism industry partners will join us in brainstorming ideas on how historic sites can create new tourism experiences centered around Dutch Colonial history.

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Creative Justice Initiative

Essential Work in the Cultural Field

Preserving Community Culture

Dr. Marta Moreno Vega, President and Founder,

Creative Justice Initiative

Michelle Ramos, Executive Director, Alternate Roots

Stephanie Johnson-Cunningham, Co-Founder and Director, Museum Hue

Noon, Friday, November 13

This conversation will highlight how the Creative Justice Initiative and Alternate Roots are advocating for the preservation and support of community cultural spaces created and led by Black, Indigenous, and other people of color. These organizations make meaningful connections between the communities they represent and their offerings.

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Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site, Photo courtesy of Discover Albany

Virtual Tour and Discussion

Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site:

Exploring Multiple Perspectives

Heidi Hill, Executive Director,

Schuyler Mansion and Fort Crailo State Historic Sites

Monday, November 16

How might a historic house museum tell a more complete story? Join us at Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site, where unique approaches have been in practice since 2000 to help bring more voices to the history we share. We will begin at the 1917 Visitor Center, where the 2017 exhibit installation offers a chance to re-envision the past with a model of the mansion, grounds and outbuildings, inclusive exhibit text, and visits with six different individuals who lived at, worked at or visited the Schuyler’s home in the 18th century. Hear about four additional individuals to be added to this feature soon.

In and around the mansion, a discussion on previously unexplored spaces, inclusion of the stories of people who have been left out of the narrative, as well as Schuyler’s involvement in activities that provide a more balanced view of the Major General are illuminated. You will hear about a new focus tour on the lives and experiences of the enslaved men, women and children of Schuyler Mansion, contributing to the multiple perspectives’ narrative of the Capital District Region.

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Group of men pose in front of a brick wall. Some are holding pints of beer.

Workers at George I. Amsdell Brewery, Albany, c. 1910. Photo courtesy of Albany Institute of History & Art


MANY Special Event

Albany Ale Tasting

Jim Eaton, Fort Orange Brewing

Craig Gravina, Historian

Maeve McEneny, Education & Heritage Coordinator,

Discover Albany

6 PM, Thursday, November 19

Enjoy a tasting from Fort Orange Brewing while Historian Craig Gravina and Discover Albany's Maeve McEneny guide you through 400 years of brewing culture in Albany all from the comfort of your couch! Ticket price includes 4 16oz craft beers shipped to you by Fort Orange Brewing. 

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Digital Communications: More Than Marketing

Nicholas MacDonald, Communications Manager

Humanities NY

Noon, Friday, November 20

Does your organization have a marketing plan? Does it work? In this last of three programs, join Nicholas MacDonald, Communications Manager at Humanities New York, and guests who will look at the changing landscape of communication, best practices, and evaluation.

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Waterford Lock, Erie Canal. Photo courtey of NYS Canal Corporation

Virtual Tour

Erie Canal's Locks and Infrastructure

Noon, Monday, November 23

Experience a behind the scenes virtual tour of two historic “powerhouses” located on NY’s historic Champlain Canal. NYS Canal Corporation introduces the one-of-a-kind generator facility at Lock C2 and Albany Engineering’s Jim Besha takes us inside the oldest continuously operating hydroelectric power plant in the country. Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor's historian, Duncan Hay provides background and perspective on the facilities and power generation at the turn of the century. 

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Colored Girls Museum

Essential Work in the Cultural Field

Mental Health

Chloe Hayward, LCAT, ATR-BC, Manager, 

Education Programs, The Studio Museum in Harlem

Vashti Dubois, Executive Director, Colored Girls Museum

Stephanie Johnson-Cunningham, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Museum Hue

Noon, Friday, December 4

This conversation will highlight how the Studio Museum in Harlem and Colored Girls Museum provide a holistic approach to mental health and well-being. Their therapeutic approaches and techniques are rooted in the idea that creative expression can foster healing.  

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Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College

Virtual Tour and Discussion

Innovations in Museum Practice:

Tang Teaching Museum

Michael Janairo,

Manager of Communications and Strategic Initiatives,

Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College

Noon, Monday, December 7

Join us for a tour and a discussion at The Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College, a leading academic museum and well-regarded participant in national investigations of contemporary art, education, and cultural concerns. You will see highlights of the Museum’s 16,500-object collection and gain insights about the Tang’s innovative practices.

This program has been postponed. 

Exterior of a brick building with large tree

Jane Addams Hull House Museum

Essential Work in the Cultural Field

Public Spaces

Jennifer Scott, Public Historian and Curator, Faculty at The New School

Stephanie Johnson-Cunningham, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Museum Hue

Cordell Reaves, Historic Preservation Programs Analyst, Division of Historic Preservation, New York State Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation

Noon, Friday, December 11

This conversation will highlight how museums are shaping the future of public spaces and addressing the removal of controversial monuments and the reinterpretation of historically white spaces. These speakers will share all that is involved in changing the US landscape.


Virtual Tour

NYS Capitol Building

Tours of the New York State Capitol and the Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza are organized by the New York State Office of General Services’ department of Curatorial and Visitor Services. Many visitors are unaware that OGS also maintains one of the largest public modern art collections in the country, several exhibit spaces, and the New York State Governors Executive Mansion. In this Virtual Visit we will guide you through a survey of the history, art, and architecture of the Capitol and Empire State Plaza.

Highlights include: 

    • The Million Dollar Staircase and Senate Chamber, designed by H. H. Richardson
    • The New York Assembly Chamber, designed by Leopold Eidlitz
    • The Flag Room, maintained in collaboration with the New York State Military Museum
    • The Executive Mansion, home to New York’s Governors since 1875
    • The Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza Art Collection

Noon, Monday, December 14


MANY's 2020 fall virtual programming is supported by:

Closed Caption and/or ASL Interpretation will be provided upon request. 

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