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May 30, 2018

Dear MANY members,

I am excited to welcome you to our new e-newsletter, This Month in NYS Museums. With 560 individual, organizational, and industry members and growing, we have a lot of great stories to share. Each month, we will feature original reporting by our Marketing and Social Media Coordinator, Sarah Heikkinen. Her articles will share the work of three MANY member’s programs and achievements with three themes:

  • how museums are growing institutional resources, including welcoming new staff and board members and securing funding for projects
  • how museums are working with their community and visitors;
  • and how we use our exhibitions and collections in new ways.

For this issue, Sarah has written about the Lakes to Locks Passage Canal Community Roundtables, how the Preservation League’s Seven to Save program will help the Shaker Heritage Society preserve their unique collection of buildings, and how the property the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum received from the Dyson Foundation will support their expansion into a science learning campus.

Five months ago, we launched a new website linked to our communications platforms with forums designed for members to share information about programs, exhibitions, achievements and events. Only MANY members can post to the forums, but they are open to by read by all of our stakeholders. Posts are welcome from individual as well as organizational members, both of whom can post about their work in the forum.

We have so much to learn from the great work we are all doing. I will share my experiences and contribute something I have learned to the newsletter each month. Enjoy the newsletter, post something to the member forum, and join us for the re-launch of the Museum Institute at Great Camp Sagamore (registration opens June 1, 2018), for our professional development workshops, and for our MANY Meet-Ups in your region this fall.

With sincerest thanks for all of your support,

Erika Sanger
Executive Director, MANY

From Our News Section 


Chasing Opportunities: Developing Bold Plans at the Mid-Hudson Children's Museum

Over the next three years, the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum (MHCM) in Poughkeepsie, NY will be developing and building an exciting and bold new museum campus along the city’s waterfront. 
“It feels like the stars are aligning,” says Lara Litchfield-Kimber, Executive Director of the MHCM.

The expanded campus, “The Museums at Upper Landing,” will be built on the Upper Landing Property, which currently includes a pocket park along Poughkeepsie’s northern waterfront and will eventually be home to four museums, including the Children’s Museum, which borders the property.



Real Stories from Real People: Rediscovering the Communities of the Champlain Canal

Members of the Capital Region community gathered in Waterford on May 4 for the first of a series of four roundtable programs celebrating the history of the Champlain Canal and the communities who helped build it.

Organized by Lakes to Locks Passage, Inc., the programs were facilitated to not only raise awareness of the vibrant history of canals in New York, but to encourage museum professionals to collaborate with their communities and develop engaging experiences for visitors. Attendees of the Waterford workshop included local town historians, representatives from the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, and Waterford history buffs.


Exhibitions & Collections

Movers and Shakers: Preserving Historical Collections in the Capital Region

With historic buildings that make up a broad collection of the simplistic architecture of a nearly forgotten religious group, an herb garden and orchard filled with crops grown since the 18thcentury, and hiking trails across acres and acres of original pastural land, the Watervliet Shaker National Historic District presents a unique opportunity for visitors to gain a deeper appreciation for an often-ignored aspect of American history.

“You really can equate Shakers with the concept of Americana,” says Starlyn D’Angelo, Executive Director of the Albany Shaker Heritage Society. D’Angelo is currently partnering with the Preservation League of New York State to draw statewide attention to the Shaker Heritage Society and the surrounding historic district. The Shaker’s tremendous influence on American culture, D’Angelo says, is why it’s imperative that the historic district is protected.


Letters from Erika

Get Out and Talk to Strangers: Lessons from AAM 2018 in Phoenix

I grew up in New York City playing on blacktop surfaces and walking along rivers bounded by concrete walls. I now live in a 200-year-old farm house on three acres of land adjacent to a “kill,” in a county with a population of less than 160,000 people. Learning the names of plants and trees does not come easily - Howard Gardner’s multiple intelligence theory would place my skill set firmly in the visual-spatial category. Activities that call upon naturalistic intelligence can be a challenge.


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Museums in the News

Small Upstate NY Museum Gets $100K Matching Gift From Donor - US News
Officials at The Hyde Collection in Glens Falls say a regional benefactor who wants to remain anonymous says every dollar donated to the art museum through the end of June will be matched, up to $100,000. Learn more about this incredible gift at the link above.

Museum Series Part 1: Knowing Your Audience - Destination on the Left
In this episode of Destination on the Left, a Break the Ice Media podcast, host Nicole Mahoney talks with Rob Cassetti, Corning Museum of Glass, and Tom SchulerMetropolitan Museum of Art about how museums can better understand their audiences. Listen to part two and part three next!

Inside the Metropolitan Museum of Art's "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination" Exhibition - Vogue
The new Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute exhibition, Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination,” opened on Thursday, May 10. Learn more about why the Met's latest exhibition is impressive in this wonderful write-up from Vogue's Steff Yotka. 

LACMA and Arizona State University Team Up for a New Grad Program Aimed at Diversifying Museum Leadership - artnet
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Arizona State University are teaming up to establish a new master’s program aimed at bringing more curators of color into the profession. ArtNet's Henri Neuendorf tells us why this matters in this May 9 article. 

So You Want to Date a New York Museum? - The New Yorker
In this Shouts & Murmurs piece, Ayo Edebiri and Olivia Craighead hilariously imagine what it would be like to date New York City museums (if they were sentient beings, of course).  

Member News

At the Table and Off the Menu: The Role for Museums in Public Policy
By: Conner Wolfe, Conner Wolf Consulting

GlassBarge: Celebrating 150 Years of Glassmaking in Corning, NY
By: Amanda Sterling, Corning Museum of Glass

Tonto, Teepees, & Totem Poles Exhibit Takes a New Look at Stereotypes
By: Stephanie Shultes, Iroquois Indian Museum

Suitcases Exhibit
By: David Gerber, Museum of disABILITY

Exhibition: Jerusalem Between Heaven and Earth at the Derfner Judaica Museum
By: Emily Leary, Derfner Judaica Museum

Tri-County Trivia Tournament Scheduled for June 5th
By: Samantha Hall-Saladino, Albany County Historical Assocation

Save the Date!

Gallery "Walk and Talk" @ the Oneida County History Center
June 4, 6:00pm
More info here

1st Annual Tri-County Triva @ the Joseph E. Zaloga American Legion Post
June 5, 6:30-8:30pm
Register your team here.
Hosted by the Albany County Historical Association, Rensselaer County Historical Society, and Schenectady County Historical Society.
More info here

"From Cyde to Buffalo" & "In the Footsteps of John Muir" Opening Reception @ the Erie Canal Museum
June 12, 5:00-7:00pm
More info here

Albany's Hidden Underground Railroad History: A Walking Tour
@ Albany Visitors Center
June 17, 1:00-2:30pm
More info here.
Hosted by the Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region.

1812 Weekend @ Genesee Country Village & Museum
June 23-24, 10:00-4:00pm (both days)
More info here

Warm Up 2018 @ Museum of Modern Art
June 30, 12:00pm
More info here

See our Exhibitions & Events Forum for more upcoming events in New York State!

Want to be featured in next month's newsletter?
Here's how:

  1. Do you have a suggestion for what our Marketing & Social Media Coordinator should feature in the next newsletter? Send all article ideas, photos, and upcoming events to Sarah Heikkinen ( with the words "MANY Newsletter" in the subject line. Keep our three main issues in mind when you're brainstorming ideas: Resources, Community, and Exhibitions & Collections.
  2. Publish your stories to the Member News blog and any own announcements to the Member News Forum and the Exhibitions & Events Forum.
  3. Tag @nysmuseums in your posts on Twitter and Instagram.

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