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  • March 27, 2019 10:29 AM | Anonymous

    Graduate Research Survey: Museum Outreach Programming

    Dear Members,

    My name is Jennifer Hochuli. I am a graduate student in the Museum Professions program at Seton Hall University. For my Master’s thesis, I am researching outreach programming within museums, and my goal is to compile a list of information from museums throughout the country. I am writing to ask that you consider completing the attached survey about outreach programming at your institution. It should take no more than 10 minutes to complete and will be invaluable to my research.

    As thanks for your assistance, I am happy to send you a summary of my results and recommendations for best practices in outreach programming for you to distribute throughout your organization.

    I appreciate your help and look forward to hearing from you.

    All the best,

    Jennifer Hochuli

    Graduate Student, Museum Professions, Seton Hall University

  • March 18, 2019 3:55 PM | Anonymous

    NEH guidelines are now available for Infrastructure and Capacity Building Challenge Grants!

    Awards up to $750,000 in federal matching funds support capital expenditures, equipment & software, collections preservation & conservation, and existing digital infrastructure. These grants have a fundraising component and offer special encouragement to projects addressing the 250th anniversary of American independence and those from HBCUs, HSIs, TCUs, and community colleges. Optional drafts reviewed if sent by April 3.

    Questions welcome at or 202-606-8309.

    Deadline: May 15.

  • February 20, 2019 2:42 PM | Steve Bodnar

    The William G. Pomeroy Foundation® has officially opened the next grant round of its NYS Historic Marker Grant Program, which commemorates historic people, places or things during the years 1740 to 1918. A grant covers the entire cost of the historic marker, pole and shipping.

    This grant round is available in the following New York State counties: Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Schuyler, Tioga, and Tompkins (Region 10); Monroe, Ontario, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne, and Yates (Region 11); and Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Livingston, Niagara, Orleans, and Wyoming (Region 12).

    The Pomeroy Foundation is a private, grant-making foundation based in Syracuse, N.Y. One of its main initiatives is helping people celebrate their community’s history through a variety of signage grant programs, including its NYS Historic Marker Grant Program, as well as its newly launched National Women’s Suffrage Marker Program and the Historic Transportation Canals Marker Grant Program.

    The NYS Historic Marker Grant Program is open to all municipalities, nonprofit academic institutions and 501(c)(3) organizations in New York State. Interested individuals are encouraged to contact an eligible local organization, such as a municipal historian or historical organization. They will often apply for the grant on behalf of the individual.

    Those interested in applying for a marker grant should submit their Letter of Intent to verify primary sources by Monday, March 4, 2019. The final application deadline is Monday, April 1, 2019. To apply for a grant or review application guidelines, visit the Foundation’s NYS Historic Marker Grant Program page. A complete grant schedule by region is also available on the website. Visit the Foundation’s Historic Signage Grant Programs page for information about its new women’s suffrage and historic canal programs.

    About the Pomeroy Foundation
    The William G. Pomeroy Foundation is a private foundation established in 2005. The Foundation is committed to supporting the celebration and preservation of community history; and to raising awareness, supporting research and improving the quality of care for patients and their families who are facing a blood cancer diagnosis. To date, the Foundation has awarded nearly 800 grants for historic signage in New York State and beyond. Visit:

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    Steve Bodnar
    Communications Manager
    William G. Pomeroy Foundation

  • February 05, 2019 1:53 PM | Anonymous

    Small Museums Scholarships

    2019 AASLH Annual Meeting and Online Conference

    Philadelphia, PA

    DEADLINE: 15 May 2019

    The American Association for State and Local History will hold its Annual Meeting and Online Conference in Philadelphia, PA from 28-31 August 2019. This year’s theme, What Are We Waiting For?,examines the personal, communal, and organizational journeys that lead to vibrancy, authenticity, social change and sustainability. 

    Unfortunately, many working in our nation’s small museums feel as if we can only dream of attending this meeting. In a perfect world, boards would grant every request to fund our professional development. Institutions of modest means, however, may not have the resources to help us become effective stewards of our community’s memory.

    Websites, listservs, and social media constantly offer new sources of technical and psychological support, but nothing is better than sharing challenges, strategies and successes face-to-face. Every year, increasing numbers of Annual Meeting sessions address issues specifically affecting small museums. These sessions can be as practical and wide-ranging as training, marketing, and strategic planning. Other sessions focus on creative ways to forge and re-energize relationships with the surrounding community.

    Now in its fourteenth year, AASLH’s Small Museums Committee is offering scholarships to any AASLH members who are full-time, part-time, paid, or volunteer employees of small museums. Each $700 scholarship will cover the cost of both the conference registration and the Small Museums luncheon. Any remaining funds may be used to offset travel and/or lodging expenses. Recipients, though, must submit a post to the AASLH blog, Big Ideas for Small Museums, about their Annual Meeting experience.

    To qualify, the applicant must work for a museum with a budget of $250,000 or less. They also must either be an individual AASLH member or work for an institutional member. Application forms are available at

    The deadline for applications is 15 May. The committee will email award winners by 1 June. For questions, please contact Bruce Teeple, Small Museum Scholarship Subcommittee Chair at, or Aja Bain, AASLH Program and Publications Coordinator, at

  • February 05, 2019 1:50 PM | Anonymous

    ASCHS Changes Its Name to Long Island Historical Societies

    SOUTHAMPTON, NY. Reflecting the expansion of its services and territory, the Association of Suffolk County Historical Societies (ASCHS) has officially changed its name to Long Island Historical Societies. Permission for the name change and territory was recently received from the New York State Board of Regents.

    The organization was founded by Robert David Lion Gardiner in 1969 focusing on Suffolk County historical societies. In 2018, the organization’s Board of Trustees developed and approved a new strategic plan expanding its services and geographic reach. The name change was approved by the Board of Trustees reflecting this plan and following a survey of its membership.

    “Our expanded mission will aim to preserve local history, landmarks and historical buildings by supporting coordinating and unifying the historical societies located throughout Long Island” said Dr. Georgette Grier-Key, president of the Board of the Long Island Historical Societies and executive director of the Eastville Community Center.

    “Robert David Lion Gardiner had a great respect for Long Island’s historic stewards. When he founded ASCHS it was to recognize their efforts. Today with the name change to Long Island Historical Societies, Robert Gardiner’s original vision has expanded to be more inclusive and focused on the growth and success of these organizations,” said Kathryn M. Curran, vice president of the Board and the executive director of the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation.

    Howard Kroplick, a trustee of the Long Island Historical Societies, town historian of North Hempstead and president of the Roslyn Landmark Society said; “I am very excited about the name change since its better reflects our membership and our goal to serve as a resource hub throughout Long Island, while promoting its history.”

    For more information on becoming a member of Long Island Historical Societies, their upcoming programs and programs offered by Long Island’s historic and cultural institutions please sign up for their newsfeed by emailing
  • January 25, 2019 3:45 PM | Melissa Carlisle

    We are excited to announce that our company OnCell has acquired Authentic, a New Zealand-based company which develops My Tours and STQRY, a respected competitor in the mobile tour app technology space. As many of you may know, OnCell pioneered the first self-guided mobile tour platform for cultural sites and historic destinations, and allows organizations to offer their visitors immersive educational experiences using their smartphones and tablets. We have been a proud MANY partner and supporter through the years and are excited to offer members more options to create and support their mobile projects.

    Over the past decade, OnCell and My Tours have both succeeded at building innovative mobile tour app technology solutions designed to meet the changing needs of museums, parks, attractions, cities, and historic sites of all sizes. With location-based mobile tour delivery, native and web apps, hands-free touring, gaming, and beacons, we both have consistently evolved our platforms as new technologies became available, furthering our commitment to provide cutting-edge products for our clients.

    The acquisition strengthens OnCell’s position as a leader in the self-guided mobile tour app space, significantly increases our global presence, and expands our commitment to support hundreds of organizations in their efforts to engage and educate visitors.

    OnCell was founded by entrepreneur Thomas Dunne, who has served as Chief Executive Officer and President since OnCell’s inception in 2006. Dunne, with over 25 years of experience in application development, telecommunications, and sales, has grown OnCell to a team of nearly 20 employees.

    “This is an exciting time for OnCell. We are thrilled to add Authentic’s brands to our portfolio and welcome both their team and clients,” said Thomas Dunne. “Together, our innovative technologies will keep us ahead in the market, offering an unrivaled product and feature set.”

    My Tours was founded by technologist Glen Barnes in 2009. In recent years, Barnes, worked to acquire two additional competitors, and formed Authentic as an umbrella company in 2016. Authentic currently powers three different platforms designed for the cultural and heritage space – My Tours, STQRY, and Curtis.

    “We are delighted to be joining the OnCell team,” said Glen Barnes. “Our international client base along with OnCell’s strong US presence creates a powerful worldwide footprint and means we will achieve global scale quicker. The combined product suite will allow us to pick the best solution for our customers, from small museums to the world’s major cities. On a personal note, I am super excited to focus on continually enhancing our clients’ experiences, as Chief Product Officer of OnCell.” 

    Dunne will remain President and CEO of OnCell and Barnes will continue to play a vital role in the new company structure as Chief Product Officer, working alongside Dunne on the leadership team, as well as managing a team of engineers. Dunne plans to keep the current My Tours team to support the New Zealand office.

    “Our people are core to OnCell’s success. It is their expertise, desire to push boundaries, and passion to ship great products which allows us to expand our technology and keep us ahead in the market. We are elated to have Authentic’s team join our family,” added Dunne.

    With Authentic’s portfolio of brands, OnCell can now provide even more services to support cultural and historic sites. In addition to mobile tours, with their platform Curtis, OnCell can now offer collection management tools and an innovative mobile app that allows anyone to discover educational content about fascinating destinations across the world.

    Combined, we now power thousands of projects for our clients, delivering stories and interpretation to over ten plus million visitors this past year alone, across 19 countries, making it a clear leader in the mobile tour technology space. The new OnCell will continue to drive technology innovation while providing customers with best-in-class support for all of their platforms.

    About OnCell

    OnCell provides a full range of mobile tour technologies for museums, parks, and cultural destinations. With a variety of interactive services such as a DIY app builder, native and web apps, audio guides, beacon tours, and games, OnCell helps organizations become mobile-friendly. As mobile communication experts who are passionate about the arts, outdoors, and education, the OnCell team has worked on over 3,000 projects both in the U.S. and internationally since its inception in 2006.

    About Authentic

    Authentic is passionate about creating mobile applications to help audiences explore, engage, and discover arts and culture in new ways. Powering three platforms which address the different needs of cultural and historic sites, Authentic empowers organizations to create their own mobile tour apps, searchable websites and kiosks for their collections, and provides the ability to share their stories via an innovative app which allows visitors to search all things arts and culture in their area.

  • January 25, 2019 11:09 AM | Anonymous

    The New-York Historical Society has created an 8-piece poster exhibit based on their exhibition Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow, on view at NYHS until March 3, 2019. 

    It recounts the dramatic, national story of the struggle for black equality after the end of slavery, and explores the years from the Civil War through World War I. 

    Opening to mark the 150th anniversary of the ratification of the Fourteenth Amendment, the exhibition is organized chronologically from the end of the Civil War to the end of World War I and highlights the central role played by African Americans in advocating for their rights. It also examines the depth and breadth of opposition to black advancement. Art, artifacts, photographs, and media will help visitors explore these transformative decades in American history, and understand their continuing relevance today. Curated by Marci Reaven, vice president of history exhibitions, and Lily Wong, assistant curator.

    Interested venues can be sent the digital files free of charge (eight 40" x 30" posters), and then venues may choose how to print them and where to mount them.

    The NY-Historical Society is also partnering with Humanities New York who will offer Quick Grants of $500.00 to cover the costs of printing. 

    For more information please contact the NY-Historical Society at

  • January 23, 2019 2:14 PM | Anonymous

    Matton Shipyard Preservation & Adaptive Reuse Initiative

    Hello Matton Shipyard enthusiasts!

    We wanted to take a moment to update you on our progress with the Matton Shipyard Preservation & Adaptive Reuse Initiative.

    1. Our Feasibility Report is now available. You can check out the executive summary on our Matton webpage here: or give us a call or send an email to request a paper copy of the full report.
    2. Our first key step forward is to address other environmental needs. To that end, we’ve recently completed a Hazardous Materials Survey of the seven remaining structures. Look for additional environmental testing on the site’s grounds and shoreline to follow once the weather warms up.
    3. This summer The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum will be conducting an underwater archeological survey off of Matton’s Hudson River shoreline. These are the same folks who built and operate the Lois McClure canal schooner. We’re hoping for awesome discoveries off the Matton shoreline!

    Thanks for your continued interest in the preservation of Matton Shipyard. We couldn’t do this without your support.

    Matton Shipyard is located in Peebles Island State Park at the junction of the Mohawk and Hudson Rivers. It is strategically linked to several land and water-based recreational trails.

    Preserve our proud past and drive a sustainable future at Matton Shipyard in Cohoes.

    The historic Matton Shipyard is a rare surviving example of an early 20th century ship building and repair facility. From 1916 to 1983, Matton workers built more than 340 tug boats, police boats, WWII submarine chasers, and other vessels.

  • January 11, 2019 1:37 PM | Anonymous

    Apply for funding to attend the conference!

    William G. Pomeroy Foundation

    The William G. Pomeroy Foundation makes grants to 501(c)(3) organizations, municipalities and educational institutions with budgets under $50,000 to support causes and work aligned with their mission, striving to make a meaningful difference in communities and in the lives of patients and their families. Learn more and apply today.

  • January 08, 2019 4:46 PM | Anonymous

    DHPSNY Collections and Community Survey

    We need your help!  As collecting institutions (archives, libraries, museums, cultural heritage institutions, etc.) we ask, whose stories are we listening to? What voices are represented in our holdings? What materials and formats are we collecting that record these various histories? What are we doing to build, maintain, and strengthen trusting, reciprocal relationships with community partners? 

    I invite you to join the Documentary Heritage and Preservation Services for New York (DHPSNY) on a multi-year research project to develop a plan that guides collecting institutions and individuals to under-documented topics in New York State History and connects them with local, regional and state-wide program resources to ensure an equitable and robust historical record remains for future generations.

    This survey is the first step in identifying collections and community partnerships. The results of this survey will help us to connect with communities across the state and develop a strategy for greater inclusion and access to resources and services.

    Please complete this online survey between now and January 18, 2019.

    We ask that, if you know of anyone or any group in your community that have collections of cultural or historical significance who may want to participate, please forward this survey to them, or let DHPSNY know by contacting us at or 215-545-0613.

    If you have any difficulty accessing the survey. please reach out to DHPSNY or 215-545-0613.

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