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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. 

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  • January 22, 2020 4:16 PM | Megan Eves (Administrator)

    Applications are now available for the 2020 cycle of the Preserve New York Grant Program. This program is a partnership between the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and the Preservation League of New York State. We also are thrilled to have generous additional support from The Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation for projects occurring in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. The Preserve New York grant program is made possible through the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

    Preserve New York is open to 501c3 nonprofits and municipalities who steward historic buildings, or who are looking to do broad community preservation planning projects. Preserve New York generally funds between $3,000 and $10,000. Applicants are required to contribute at least a 20% cash match toward the total cost of the project. Eligible project types include:

    • Building Condition Reports
    • Historic Structure Reports
    • Cultural Landscape Reports
    • Cultural Resource Surveys

    As you can see, these projects are all preservation planning studies. We do not offer funds for bricks and mortar projects. Thorough explanations of these project types as well as examples of previously funded projects are available on our website.


    For your convenience and information, we have several workshops and one webinar coming up shortly about the Preserve New York program and other aspects of historic preservation in New York State:


    These workshops and webinar are a chance to learn important information about how to apply, frequently asked questions, and see examples of successful previous projects. Here’s the schedule at a glance:


    • January 23rd, 2020: Binghamton
    • January 30th, 2020: Elmira
    • February 3rd, 2020: Webinar – available anywhere!
    • February 24th, 2020: Hornell


    Please visit the link above if you’d like to register to participate in one of these presentations. We look forward to having you join us!


    Guidelines for the Preserve New York program are also available on our website, but a PDF copy is attached to this here for your convenience. Please feel free to disseminate this information far and wide within your circles; we would love to speak with your friends and colleagues about potential projects.


    This year, in order to apply, interested applicants are being asked to fill out the Preserve New York Application: Part I on our website whereas before, interested applicants were asked to call the League. Now you can fill out the Part I application and send it in any time you’d like! This form will help League staff to determine eligibility for the program and answer any questions you might have/provide some technical assistance on the process. After submitting Part I, you will hear from League staff about next steps for your project and receive Part II of the application form (along with instructions) if you are deemed eligible.

    Please let us know if you have any questions by emailing

  • January 16, 2020 5:07 PM | Megan Eves (Administrator)

    Here at the National Museum of American History we’re embarking on a new strategic planning process. In order to do that we’re reaching out to nationwide to get the word out about this work. Our hope is that the National Museum of American History can become a vibrant and sustainable American history museum for the whole nation. In order for that to happen, we need to hear from the American people across the country so we know how to best create the path forward.  

    What does it mean to be a physical museum in a digital world?

    What role does a history museum have in the future, let alone the National Museum of American History?

    How can we be more meaningful to everyday Americans?

    These are just a few of the many questions that we are grappling with and inviting our stakeholders and the public at large to participate in and help us as we seek to transform *your* museum. 

    We hope that you will share your voice with us and come along on this important journey.

    To access the survey, you can visit  

    It’s also vitally important that you share the survey out so it can reach the most people possible across the country. We would appreciate it if you could share the survey out to your audiences and on your social media with the attached image and this (or similar) text:  

    Help the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History by taking this brief survey to share what you’d like to see from *your* National Museum 

    The survey is also fully available in Spanish at the linkónImporta


    The survey closes at the end of January, though we are considering extending it for longer to meet our goals.

  • January 16, 2020 8:44 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    31 Humanities Grants Awarded Across NYS for Public Programs on Women’s Suffrage, African-American History, Indigenous Issues, and More

    NEW YORK CITY, NY (January 16th, 2020) – Humanities New York (HNY) today has announced $150,000 in awards to 31 grantees for innovative public humanities offerings. Awards were made in every region of the state, from the North Country to Long Island. 

    “To know the humanities one has to experience them personally,” said Executive Director Sara Ogger. “The awarded programs directly engage participants in compelling topics, and ultimately, with each other. In-person opportunities seem rare in today’s climate, but look at what local libraries and museums and service providers are doing every day–HNY strives to give them the investment they need to really go.”

    These grants are made possible entirely through the National Endowment for the Humanities, a Federal agency funded through legislation by the United States Congress. Previous years have included New York State funding.

    Action Grants to community presenters enable New Yorkers to reflect on their values and engage with others in their communities. Grant recipients creatively use history, philosophy, literature, and other tools of the humanities to respond to issues and ideas that capture the imagination and passion of New Yorkers today. Focusing on relevant and timely topics, these grant projects give New Yorkers the opportunity to discuss what matters.  

    Over ten of the grants will provide funding for the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment in 2020. In Western New York, Lockport Public Arts Council will consider the struggles, sacrifices, and strategies that went into the Amendment’s passage. In the Mid-Hudson region, Putnam History Museum will explore the local history of women’s suffrage, tracing its links to the national movement. On Staten Island, Friends of Alice Austen House will present an exhibition on the 1983 landmark press photo series of Audre Lorde by Robert Alexander, exploring the implications of the series for both the women’s movement and Lorde’s legacy.

    Several grants went to organizations offering programs on African-American and African Diaspora history.In the Finger Lakes region, The History Center in Tompkins County will explore the legacy of civil rights icon Dorothy Cotton and the movement’s other, less heralded women of color. In New York City, Haiti Cultural Exchange will host a conversation series on socio-political issues facing Haiti today and what these issues mean for the Haitian Diaspora. 

    Two grants promote the understanding of indigenous history and contemporary indigenous culture in New York State. In the Mohawk Valley, the Iroquois Indian Museum will examine issues relating to Haudenosaunee/Iroquois identity, including tribal enrollment, blood quantum, and residency. On Long Island, The Whaling Museum and Education Center in Cold Spring Harbor will explore the cultural significance of whales for the Shinnecock people, past and present.


    Complete list of 2020 Grantees, sortable by region.


    About Humanities New York:

    The mission of Humanities New York is to strengthen civil society and the bonds of community, using the humanities to foster engaged inquiry and dialogue around social and cultural concerns. Established in 1975 as the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Humanities New York is a private 501(c)3 that receives Federal, State, regional, and private funding. 


    Visit Humanities New York online:

  • January 14, 2020 5:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Center for Digital Experiences at Pratt Institute offers pro-bono content strategy, usability testing, data analysis, information architecture, and/or user experience design for nonprofits, museums, and libraries. The Center for Digital Experiences is seeking community partners for course-based UX projects in Spring and Fall 2020.

    From streamlining your website’s navigation to making sense of your analytics, Pratt students will bring an empathetic, user-centered mindset to improving digital interfaces. Projects range in length from 8-15 weeks depending on the course and the nature of the project and will typically include dedicated teams of 3-5 students supervised by an expert member of the Pratt faculty.

    All projects are offered at no cost but will require a moderate degree of involvement to ensure that your practical needs are satisfied while also providing a valuable educational experience for students. This involvement typically includes one or two meetings with the students during the semester and attendance at students’ final presentations at the end of the semester. 

    For more information about each project opportunity and sample projects from past semesters, visit

    To apply please fill out a project proposal form:

    Please direct questions to

    About the Center for Digital Experiences at Pratt Institute

    The Center for Digital Experiences is a faculty-led, student-driven User Experience (UX) design, research, and strategy consultancy and academic research lab within the School of Information at Pratt Institute. Pratt DX includes students and faculty across all of the School of Information’s graduate programs but is most closely affiliated with the MS in Information Experience Design

  • January 08, 2020 9:05 AM | Steve Bodnar

    The William G. Pomeroy Foundation is now accepting applications for $1,000 need-based scholarships to attend the Museum Association of New York’s 2020 annual conference.

    These grants are available to 501(c)(3) historical societies or cultural museums in New York State with annual budgets of $100,000 or less. Eligible organizations cannot have attended MANY in the past two years.

    To apply, visit: The application deadline is Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020.

    Each organization may only receive one Professional Development Grant per year. The $1,000 grants are to be used for the following:

    • Membership in Museum Association of New York (MANY) if not already a member.
    • Registration and travel related expenses to attend the 2020 MANY conference if haven’t attended in the past two years.
    • Membership to join New York Council of Nonprofits (NYCON) if not already a member.
    • Any remaining funds can be used toward one other professional development opportunity of your choice.

    Grantees must provide a final report about their professional development experiences by the end of the calendar year, 2020.

  • January 02, 2020 2:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Erie Canalway will be calling for Heritage Award of Excellence nominations from municipalities, community groups, private entities, and non-profit organizations in January 2020. This prestigious award recognizes and celebrates significant places that make the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor a more vibrant place to live, work, and play. Please consider nominating your own great place and sharing this within your networks. The hard work, creativity, and dedication that goes into creating these places have a tremendous impact on the Canalway Corridor and deserve to be celebrated.

    You can learn more about the program here:

    If you have any questions, please contact Erie Canalway program manager, Miyoko Fulleringer, 518-237-7000 #202,

  • 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, 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 09, 2019 9:57 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Our friends at the Association of Academic Museums and Galleries have released their Call for Proposals for the AAMG 2020 Annual Conference to take place next June at the University of Kansas. This year's theme is Risk & Bravery: Action and Response in the Academic Museum. They invite you to submit through their online portal found at:

    Submission Deadline: January 6, 2020

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

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

    The New York State Archives is pleased to announce its Documentary Heritage Program (DHP) grants for 2020-2021. The new DHP Grant Guidelines and Application are now available on the NYS Archives website…/documentary-heritage-progra…

    Application deadline is Tuesday, January 14, 2020 for projects to be carried out from July 1, 2020-June 30, 2021.

    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: 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).

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