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Welcome to the March 2019 Edition of This Month in NYS Museums!

Dear Members, Friends, and Colleagues,

We are pleased to be able to share with you two articles about how historic places in New York are telling stories about their communities in new ways. At the Dyckman Farmhouse in upper Manhattan, the City’s oldest farm has changed the way they welcome visitors, expanded public program offerings, partnering with artists and writers, and presenting text bi-lingually. When the History Center in Tompkins County opens its doors to the public later this spring, visitors and community members will find a new, open space equipped with state-of-the-art technology to help them explore people, land, architecture, culture, and the environment.

We will soon be sharing MANY’s 2018 annual report and have included highlights in this newsletter as a sneak peek. 

My letter encourages you to take a break from your daily routine and take our survey. Stakeholders, community members, legislators, funders, and museum leaders all want to know how we are doing in New York and we need your data to paint as full a picture as possible of the incredible range of museums that call New York home.

If you aren’t able to join us in Cooperstown next week, I look forward to seeing you soon in my travels,

Thank you for your continuing support,

Erika Sanger
Executive Director, MANY



Museum Association of New York 2018 Annual Report Sneak Peak

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How the Dyckman Farmhouse Engaged its Local Community

Over the past four years, Dyckman Farmhouse Executive Director Meredith Horsford has focused on making the museum an inclusive community resource through expanded public program offerings and a growing list of community partnerships.

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Exhibitions & Collections

Interpretation by Design: Examining The History Center in Tompkins County

When faced with the opportunities presented by a new exhibition space the History Center in Tompkins County was allowed to analyze and adjust collection interpretation. Institutions can reshape their visitor interpretation and experience and can stimulate discussion on how should a visitor experience a certain space.

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Letters from Erika

Tell Us About Yourself

One of the first questions I was asked when I became the MANY Executive Director was “when are you going to do a salary survey again?” We were very fortunate that the AAM had just taken on the enormous task of conducting a national salary survey and we were eager to be included. 

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New York City Gives $2.8 M to 175 arts Organizations, Thanks to Metropolitan Museum of Art's Mandatory Admissions Fees

When the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York announced a change to its admissions policy in 2018, striking its much-loved pay-what-you-wish ticketing in favor of mandatory fees for non–New Yorker visitors, many criticized the institution for doing away with one of the many things that made it special.

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Four Things I Learned When I Started Thinking about Museum Accessibility

For museums, accessibility can seem overwhelming and downright scary. Any type of change within an institution, whether it be big or small, requires money, time, and resources.  Even newer museums built post-ADA are not always doing enough. Accessibility is more than ADA compliance; it’s about community building. 

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A Long Island House Holds the Story of Washington's Spy Ring

Raynham Hall, a historic house museum a few blocks from the bay that gives this hamlet on Long Island’s North Shore its name, has long been known as a nexus of activity during the American Revolution.

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IMLS Names Finalists for National Medal for Museum and Library Service

The Institute of Museum and Library Services announced 30 finalists for the 2019 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for community service.

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The Studio Museum Conceives Its Future in a Traveling Exhibition

Black Refractions: Highlights from the Studio Museum in Harlem first brings highlights from the iconic New York institution’s collection to the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco.

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Clean House to Survive? Museums Confront Their Crowded Basements

With storage spaces filled with works that may never be shown, some museums are rethinking the way they collect art, and at least one is ranking what it owns.

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What's Wrong With This Diorama? You Can Read All About it.

On the first floor of the American Museum of Natural History, a diorama depicts an imagined 17th-century meeting between Dutch settlers and the Lenape, an Indigenous tribe inhabiting New Amsterdam, now New York City. It was intended to show a diplomatic negotiation between the two groups, but the portrayal tells a different story.

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NEH guidelines are now available for infrastructure and capacity building challenge grants!

Small Museums Scholarships Available to Attend the 2019 AASLH Annual Meeting and Online Conference

Graduate Research Survey: Museum Outreach Programming

Collections Manager, Education and Volunteer Program Coordinator, Museum Director and more!

Visit our brand new job board to search for museum jobs or to post your job opportunities!

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300 museum professionals from around the country in Washington, DC for the 11th annual Museums Advocacy Day!


MANY made a visit to Cooper Hewitt during our NYC Board Meeting to explore their Immersion Room.


To the Cobblestone Museumin Albion, NY! Did you know that 905 of all cobblestone structures in America are located within 75 miles of Rochester, NY?


 The MANY team traveled to Cooperstown, NY to look at our pre-conference workshop spaces at the Fenimore Art Museum, the Farmers Museum, Cooperstown Graduate Program, and the National Baseball Hall of Fame. See you there?


We've gathered in the Curtis Theatre at the George Eastman Museum to reflect on fall 208 programs, get a sneak peak of what's to come at the 2019 conference, and look ahead to fall 2019 programs!


To the Bird Homestead and Meeting House! Also known as the Bouton-Bird-Erikson Homestead, the house and farm are located in Rye, NY on the Blind Brook estuary, off the Long Island Sound. The home was owned by five generations of the Bouton-Bird-Erikson family. 


The Medina Railroad Museum is the largest railroad and toy train museum in New York State and is housed in one of the largest standing wooden freight depots that was built in 1905. It features interactive displays, 6000 artifacts, photos, and a huge model railroad


New York State has more than 7,600 freshwater lakes, ponds, and reservoirs...over 70,000 miles of rivers and streams flow within our state;s geographical boundaries. To celebrate #worldwaterday MANY is excited to partner with the Smithsonian Museum on Main Street Program for Water/Ways.

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2019 Annual Conference "Access & Identity"
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