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MANY members are invited to submit news and short articles from their museums or cultural institutions in New York State. News posts are welcomed at any time and are posted right away. All members are encouraged to share their stories and update the MANY community on any exciting developments occurring in their organizations. 

What to share:

  • Updates from your institution like new exhibitions, approved grant funding, etc.
  • Lessons learned from recent or ongoing projects
  • Organization milestones
  • Reflections on the museum field and new trends
  • Advice and guidance for museum professionals

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  • Do not post event announcements or forum topics (i.e. advice-seeking, deaccessing announcements, etc.). Post upcoming events on our Events Calendar or discussion topics on the Member Discussion Forum.
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  • December 15, 2019 11:30 AM | Gary Urbanowicz

    On Sunday, December 15 at 11:30 a.m. sharp, in the best tradition of the fire service, an FDNY ladder truck will bravely rescue Santa from his perilous perch on top of the New York City Fire Museum. Once safely inside, Santa will take gift requests and pose for photos. Christmas carols will be performed live by John Clacher’s Fire House Band on the 3rd floor. It is free to watch the rescue, and admission to sit with Santa inside the Museum is $10. Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.nycfiremuseum.org, by phone 212-691-1303 or in person at the Fire Museum’s gift shop. Children of all ages are invited to attend!

    The New York City Fire Museum, located in a 1904 firehouse at 278 Spring Street, is the official museum of the FDNY. Proceeds from the Annual Santa Rescue benefits their fire safety education program designed to teach children how to prevent fires within the home and how to stay safe and escape should one occur.


  • December 04, 2019 8:51 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)





  • December 04, 2019 8:49 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Documentary Heritage Program is a statewide program established in 1988 by the New York Documentary Heritage Act (Education Law, Section 140) to provide financial support and guidance to not-for-profit organizations that hold, collect, and make available New York State's historical records.

    Documentary Heritage Program (DHP) grants are designed to build a more comprehensive and equitable documentation of New York State’s history and culture by supporting projects that identify, survey, collect, arrange, describe, and make available records that relate to groups and topics traditionally under-represented in the State’s historical record.

    For more information about DHP grants, please review the Applying for a Grant and FAQ pages.

    For assistance, contact us at:

    Email: DHS@nysed.gov or

    Phone: (518)474-6926

    Learn more about additional funding opportunities from the New York State Archives and the New York State Library, along with free support services for collecting institutions from Documentary Heritage & Preservation Services for New York (DHPSNY).


  • November 15, 2019 9:26 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Le Moyne College Arts Administration Program Announces the First Annual

    IMPACT AWARDS Celebrating Arts & Culture

    Le Moyne College's Impact Awards celebrate those who work behind the scenes to produce, present, curate and/or teach the arts. These awards focus on recognizing the leaders, managers, teachers and community leaders who help to ensure art makes it to the eyes and ears of the communities they serve.

    February 24, 2020 
    Reception 5:30 p.m. | Award Presentations: 6:30 p.m.
    W. Carroll Coyne Center for the Performing Arts | Le Moyne College
    Tickets: $10 per person (purchase here)


    Learn more here


  • November 13, 2019 4:12 PM | Michael Perekrestov

    The Russian History Museum opened a new special exhibition. Revealing the Divine: Treasures of Russian Sacred Art presents over 160 liturgical and devotional objects created in the Russian Orthodox tradition.

    Intricately painted icons, richly embroidered vestments, glittering chalices, hand-illustrated books, ornamented Easter eggs – these objects and many more provide insight into the importance of sacred art in the religious life of Russia and the Russian diaspora.

    Visit our new exhibition at the Russian History Museum!

    On view through November 3, 2020.

  • November 05, 2019 2:37 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Applications for the American Alliance of Museums' Museum Assessment Program (MAP) in the areas of Education & Interpretation, Board Leadership, Organizational, Collections Stewardship, and Community & Audience Engagement are due December 1.

    The Institute of Museum and Library Services has announced our new funding.

    What’s happening?

    • The existing Organizational, Collections Stewardship, and Community & Audience Engagement assessments are getting fresh updates
    • DEAI (diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion) components will be integrated into all assessments
    • Museums will have more time to complete the Self-Study Workbook and activities, which will be spread throughout the year long process
    • Museums will have more touch points with the Peer Reviewer throughout the process
    • New activities and tools will help move museums from increasing awareness to taking action and implementing change
    • Enhanced training and peer-to-peer engagement for the Peer Reviewers

    What’s not changing? The tried and true core structure of MAP—the self-assessment, site visit by a peer, and a recommendation-laden report—remains in place.

    Learn more: https://www.aam-us.org/programs/accreditation-excellence-programs/museum-assessment-program-map/

  • November 04, 2019 10:06 AM | Steve Bodnar

    The William G. Pomeroy Foundation officially opened the next grant round of its New York State Historic Marker Grant Program today, Monday, Nov. 4, 2019.

    The marker program commemorates historic people, places, things or events in New York State within the time frame of 1740-1920. Grants cover the entire cost of a marker, pole and shipping.

    This grant round is available in the following counties: Fulton, Herkimer, Montgomery, Oneida, Otsego and Schoharie (Region 7); Jefferson, Lewis and Oswego (Region 8); and Cayuga, Cortland, Madison and Onondaga (Region 9).

    The NYS Historic Marker Grant Program is open to local, state and federal government entities, nonprofit academic institutions and 501(c)(3) organizations in New York State. Often, municipal historians or local historical organizations (or related nonprofits) will apply for a marker on behalf of a property owner.

    Those interested in applying for a marker grant should submit an online Letter of Intent to verify primary sources by Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. Primary source documentation is necessary to support the text on a marker. The final application deadline is Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. To apply for a grant or review application guidelines, visit the Foundation’s NYS marker program page. A complete grant schedule by region is also on the Foundation’s website.

    Additional marker grant programs include the Legends & Lore® Marker Grant Program, Historic Transportation Canals Marker Grant Program, National Register Signage Grant Program and National Women’s Suffrage Marker Program. The Foundation’s website also features an interactive, digital map that can be filtered across several categories to view current markers and plaques.

    About the Pomeroy Foundation

    The William G. Pomeroy Foundation® is a grant-making foundation based in Syracuse, N.Y. One of its initiatives is to help communities celebrate their history with fully funded roadside markers. Since 2006, the Foundation has funded nearly 1,000 roadside markers and plaques in multiple states. Grants cover the entire cost of a marker, pole and shipping. Visit: www.wgpfoundation.org

  • October 30, 2019 10:51 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Findnyculture.org is a new resource developed by the New York State Education Department's Office of Cultural Education to connect teachers to New York's cultural education community. Participating organizations can promote programs, resources, and events for free. The project will also be the most comprehensive list of New York State's cultural organizations, providing opportunities for networking, research, disaster preparedness, and more.


    To Participate:

    ·      Send an email to info@findnyculture.org with your name, title, and organization name to request a secure login. 

    ·      Login to update your organization’s information and add your events and programs to our statewide calendar. 

    Click here to learn more.

    Click here to download the flier.


  • October 29, 2019 9:14 AM | Megan Eves (Administrator)



    NEW YORK, NY - October 28, 2019 - Urban Archive, the technology nonprofit that creates new connections between people, places, and historical institutions, today announced the release of its first web app, making its popular geospatial application available to anyone with an internet connection for the first time. Since launching an iOS app in 2016, Urban Archive has merged open city data with the digital collections of dozens of museums, libraries, and city agencies, making it easier than ever for the public to explore New York’s changing urban environment in a single place. 

    To-date, the location-based platform has mapped nearly 100,000 historical images from the collections of more than 40 organizations, breathing new life into hidden archives and forgotten histories. Urban Archive partners range from large institutions—including the Museum of the City of New York, Queens Public Library, the New-York Historical Society, and the New York City Department of Records and Information Services—to smaller organizations like the Alice Austen House in Staten Island and Village Preservation. The location of each photograph is standardized, verified, and then cross-checked for accuracy by a team of historians and researchers under the direction of Urban Archive before it is published to the platform. 

    "New-York Historical has an unparalleled photographic record of New York history, and we’re thrilled that working with Urban Archive allows us to engage more users with our vast photo collections, making history come alive in unique and exciting ways," said Michael Ryan, New-York Historical Society vice president and director of the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library. 

    Urban Archive adds fresh content to the platform daily and regularly releases original “Stories” — curated narratives about specific historical events or themes much like a museum exhibit. By being in a 

    Urban Archive Releases First Web App — A Digital Time Capsule for Exploring New York History 

    New App Unlocks Rich Visual Record of 100,000 Geolocated Historical Images from the Hidden Archives of 40+ New York Cultural Institutions 

    unique position to draw upon the archives of so many institutions at once, Urban Archive’s Stories often shed new light onto our collective understanding of past events. Today, users can browse 370 Stories here, including: 

    The Birthplace of the Metropolitan Opera: a Story about one of the best places to hear an aria, as told by the Museum of the City of New York 

    Mark Twain’s New York: a Story that explores the great American writer’s many connections to New York City, as told by the New-York Historical Society 

    Rebuilding the Bronx: a Story of the disinvestment and physical decay that afflicted the Bronx from the 1970s into the 1990s, as told by New York City Department of Housing Preservation & Development 

    Environmentalism in Brooklyn: a Story of the dynamic history of environmental activism and development, as told by the Brooklyn Collection 

    Good Times in Bay Ridge: a Story that features sites and spots frequented by Bay Ridge locals in the 1940s, as told by the New York City Department of Records and Information Services 

    These stories, among others, are indexed under the contributing organization’s profile page on the platform. 

    “We are happy to partner with Urban Archive by providing information and historical images to City residents—from tours of City sites that George McAneny helped save (i.e., Castle Clinton) to scavenger hunts amongst grand old Bay Ridge houses,” said Pauline Toole, commissioner of the New York City Department of Records and Information Services. “We have been delighted to share images from the Municipal Archives through their app. The expansion into a web-based version will engage so many more New Yorkers in this history.” 

    Unlike existing repositories, Urban Archive visualizes the historical transformation of New York’s built environment in an entirely new way. This new tool geolocates the digital collections of various institutions, centralizes them in one place, and then superimposes these assets with additional data points, including tax-lot data from NYC’s open data portal (PLUTO database). Users can easily navigate the map to uncover new knowledge about the city’s past and present or leverage Urban Archive Search to mine through the metadata and collections at large. 

    “By lowering the barriers to interaction with digital collections, Urban Archive presents new and exciting opportunities for the Museum of the City of New York to connect with the public and to create personalized experiences that are based on our current exhibitions,” said Sheryl Victor Levy, vice president of marketing & communications, Museum of the City of New York. “We are grateful for the partnership and for the ability to give exposure to our extensive built environment collection for New Yorkers and visitors from around the world.” 

    Explore Urban Archive’s new web app or visit urbanarchive.nyc for more information. 

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    About Urban Archive Urban Archive is a technology nonprofit that creates new connections between people, places, and historical institutions. Its mission is to inspire learning that is rooted in what’s local — the architecture, culture, and unique stories of New York. 

    To connect with Urban Archive, follow @UrbanArchiveNY on Instagram and Twitter and download the Urban Archive app, available for free in the App Store. For more information please visit urbanarchive.nyc

    Media Contacts Urban Archive: press@urbanarchive.nyc


  • October 18, 2019 11:37 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Learn More about Museums for All at December 11 Webinar

    Are you interested in learning more about Museums for All, an initiative dedicated to expanding community access? Mark your calendar to join staff from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Association of Children’s Museums on December 11 at 2 p.m. Eastern to learn more about how and why more than 450 museums participate in the program. Find more information on attending the webinar on the IMLS website.


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