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Partnership Forum - Western NY

  • September 13, 2021
  • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Buffalo Museum of Science
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Monday, September 13, 2021

10 AM – 4 PM

Buffalo Museum of Science

1020 Humboldt Pkway, Buffalo, NY 14211


MANY Members $25

Non-members $30

Registration includes lunch and museum admission.

Schedule is subject to change. Forum is limited to 30 people. Advance registration required.


10 - 10:15 AM


10:15 - 11:30 AM

Museums and Universities in Partnership

Becky Wehle, President & CEO, Genesee Country Village & Museum

Juilee Decker, PhD, Associate Professor, Rochester Institute of Technology

Peter Wisbey, Curator of Collections, Genesee Country Village & Museum

Genesee Country Village & Museum and Rochester Institute of Technology might seem like an unlikely pairing, but they have forged a mutually beneficial partnership that encourages collaboration to develop tangible skills and undertake projects that have scholarly research and long-term benefits. Learn more about this unique partnership from faculty, staff, and students involved.

11:30 AM - 12 PM

MANY Update: Advocacy & Programs with Erika Sanger

12 - 1 PM

Lunch and time to visit the Buffalo Museum of Science

1- 2:30 PM

"Our Whole History" Initiative

Lavada Nahon, Interpreter of African American History for the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation

In 2021, Governor Cuomo charged the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation/Bureau of Historic Sites with crafting the ‘Our Whole History’ initiative to create and share a more balanced history of our state where all are present. In this presentation Lavada Nahon, Interpreter of African American History at NYSOPRHP/BHS will explore what it means to reinterpret history on a statewide scale to be more diverse, equitable, and inclusive as well as the triumphs, trials, lessons, and next steps on a path to create a more complete and accurate narrative for New York’s 34 historic sites, and 126 parks.

2:30 - 2:45 PM


2:45 - 4 PM

The Erie Canal, Museum Partners, and Audience Engagement

William Sweitzer, Director of Marketing, NYS Canal Corporation

David Brooks, Education Director, Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site

MANY's COVID-19 Safety Policy for In-Person Events

With the safety of our colleagues foremost in mind, attendees at programs offered by the Museum Association of New York must agree to our COVID-19 Safety Policy. Click here to read.

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