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Dear MANY Members,

Welcome to the April 2019 edition of This Month in NYS Museums.

April’s articles reflect on shared excellence at our 2019 conference in Cooperstown and exciting news about launching the Water/Ways exhibition on its travels across New York State. The Rochester Museum and Science Center’s Take it Down project is a model for any organization interested in engaging with their communities in safe spaces about subjects some may find difficult to talk about. The article “The Power of Museum Data Analytics” explores how the advent of social media and website analytics have moved data-driven decision making from the purview of large budget museums and corporations into everyone’s hands. In my Letter from Erika, I wrote about things I learned in Cooperstown but forgot to mention how amazing it was to see two small ice breaking boats churn winter into spring. Their persistent crossing back and forth across Lake Otsego for days echoed how museums push for success in the face of tremendous challenges. Kevin Jenning’s inspirational closing keynote reminded us all that we can shape the future, one New York Story at a time.

With best hopes for you to enjoy the articles and all of spring’s shapes and colors.

Erika Sanger
Executive Director, MANY



The Power of Museum Data Analytics

Global museums are defined as well-endowed cultural institutions located in major cities such as NYC, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Shanghai, and London. These museums have the power and financial assets to use data analytics to grow their revenue and respond to audience trends. While these global museums might have more resources at their disposal, smaller museums can benefit from big data by learning more about the power of data analytics and using simple best practices to make data-driven marketing decisions.

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How the Rochester Community Inspired "Take It Down: Organizing Against Racism"

The “Museums are not neutral” movement emboldens museums to take a stand, choose a side, and take action. For most museums, this means choosing to stand for something in their communities, usually a social issue, and taking action to be part of the conversation for change. In 2016, the Rochester Preservation Board voted unanimously to remove an offensive painted panel from the historic Dentzel Carousel at Ontario Beach Park and entrust its stewardship to the Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC).

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Exhibitions & Collections

MoMS' Water/Ways Flows into New York State

Museum on Main Street has been part of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition service visiting communities across the United States since 1994. Its exhibitions have traveled to 48 states, have been hosted by over 1,400 communities, and are used to kick-start local exhibitions and programming. After visiting just about every state, Museum on Main Street or MoMS is making its New York State debut withWater/Ways starting this June and ending in April, 2020 as it travels across the state to six different communities.

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Letters from Erika

What I Learned in Cooperstown

Each and every time I attend an event where groups of museum people come together, I learn something new. In Cooperstown, I learned about how the museum field is changing, how we are learning to iterate faster as technology expands our reach, and how in the face of innumerable challenges, our staff, boards, and stakeholders are working together to reach new levels of excellence.

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Fort Ticonderoga Receives Grant For Graduate Fellowship

The Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership has recently awarded Fort Ticonderoga a grant to support a graduate-level student intern to develop historical content about the role of the Champlain Valley in early American history...

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Accreditation & Excellence Programs: The Seward House Museum

The Seward House Museum in Auburn, New York has recently been featured on the American Alliance of Museum website as one of their success stories for completing the Museum Assessment Program (MAP).

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NY State of Health Provides Access to Affordable Health Coverage at Museums Across New York State

NY State of Health, the state's official health plan Marketplace, today announced in-person assistors will be available at 10 museums across New York State from April 15- April 27, 2019, while many public schools, colleges and universities are on Spring Break. Assistors will be on-site to answer visitors' questions about enrolling in a health plan through the Marketplace.

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Noguchi Museum Plans Major Expansion in Long Island City

The Noguchi Museum announced this week that it will undertake an ambitious expansion, which will include adding a new, 6,000-square-foot building to the campus, as well as restoring and opening Noguchi’s original studio building, which dates back to 1959.

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New Burchfield Director Focused on Work Ahead After Resignation in Milwaukee

The incoming executive director of the Burchfield Penney Art Center would like it to become a model for community engagement and dialogue.

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It's a beautiful thing when #EarthDay and #MemberMonday are on the same day! Sharing this spring image of The Met Cloisters. #DYK that The Met Cloisters are open seven days a week and their guided tour "Highlights of The Cloisters Collection" is free with museum admission?


Congressman Antonio Delgado visited The Farmers Museum with his family and invited MANY Executive Director Erika Sanger. We thank Congressman Delgado for all the work he does on behalf of New York State's museums and for inviting us along!

#MANY2019 #TBT

Throwback to one of our pre-conference workshops! Attendees got a hands on experience with DHPSNY and the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts on how to salvage wet materials due to water damage. Participants worked with paper, photographs, wood, textiles, and books.


The Anderson Falls Heritage Museum is located in Keeseville, NY, on the Ausable River. Early settlers choose this site for the Village of Keeseville because of the hydro-mechanical power generated from the Ausable River. 

#MemberMonday #MammothMonday?

It’s #MammothMonday! 

Mark the Mammoth that is...the official museum ambassador for the Chemung County Historical Society. Mark gives the museum a different voice by presenting content through his unique personality. What else about Mark? He’s is a big fan of Mark Twain and master of museum mirth.


Kevin Jennings, President of the Tenement Museum giving the closing keynote at #MANY2019 “Who's Story? Reflections on How and What Stories We Tell Reflect Whose Lives We Value”


Laura Lott, President & CEO of the American Alliance of Museums giving the opening keynote for #MANY2019


Mentor Meet-Up at the Otesaga Resort Hotel


MANY Administrator Rachel Bournique ready for pre-conference workshop registration at The Farmers Museum!

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