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  • September 23, 2019 10:24 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum Receives International Award for its Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market 


    TORONTO, ONT. – The Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum has been recognized by the Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) with the 2019 Leading Edge Award for Business Practice for its creation and operation of the Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market.

    ASTC is the international professional association for all science centers and museums worldwide, and is comprised of over 350 museums from 20 countries. Now in their 15th year, the Roy L. Shafer Leading Edge Awards are presented annually by ASTC to recognize extraordinary accomplishments in business practice, visitor experience, and leadership in the field of science centers and museums worldwide.  The award is presented at the 2019 ASTC Annual Conference in Toronto, Ontario (Canada) on September 21.

    The 2019 Roy L. Shafer Leading Edge Award for Business Practice recognizes the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum’s effort to fight urban food insecurity in the City of Poughkeepsie by making fresh, locally sourced food accessible to city residents and families; ensuring affordability of food options; and educating the public on nutrition and meal preparation using food available at the market. The project grew from Museum’s strategic shift toward deepening community wide impact and engagement.

    The Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum opened the Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market in 2017, and in doing so, became the first children’s museum in the United States to open a public farmers market as a strategy to reduce food insecurity among the families it serves. “Here in Poughkeepsie, the impact of their work is significant. According to the USDA, MHCM is located at the epicenter of one of the worst food deserts in the country,” states City of Poughkeepsie Mayor, Rob Rolison. “In fact, there is no grocery store in this part of our City, and too often low-income residents have no options to even acquire fresh food to feed their families. Because the Museum works with some of our most vulnerable inner-city families, it saw firsthand how food insecurity and hunger was affecting its neighbors and the young children it serves.”  Since 2017, it has become a national model for museums looking to increase their impact on their local communities. 

    The Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market is a seasonal farmers market that runs weekly on Monday afternoons from June through September in the Pavilion of the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum. The Market is open to the public and features farm fresh vegetables, fruits, eggs, poultry, baked goods, maple products, honey, pickles, beer and other agricultural products available from local Hudson Valley farms.  With a grant from MVP Healthcare, the Market was able to become a certified SNAP Market in 2018 in addition to participating in the WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program.  Combined, these two programs help to ensure the affordability of fresh produce and farm products for low-income individuals and families.  

    Named Hudson Valley Magazine’s “2019 and 2017 Best Museum” and Hudson Valley’s “2018 and 2017 Favorite Kid-Friendly Museum,” the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum is the ideal destination for families with young children. With exhibits that focus on early literacy, art, STEM, and the local community, the museum provides an educationally rich environment through which children have the opportunity to develop foundational skills, to engage in purposeful play, and to develop interpersonal connections. The Museum is located in the heart of the historic waterfront in Poughkeepsie, nestled between two city parks, just steps away from the Poughkeepsie Metro-North Train Station, Walkway Elevator and fabulous restaurants. The Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm and Sundays from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, and on select Monday holidays. Admission is $10.00 per person. Children under 1 year are free. Visit mhcm.org or call (845) 471-0589 for more information.


  • September 20, 2019 10:46 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Rochester Museum & Science Center Request for Qualifications- Inspiring Women Exhibition:

    Celebrating regional woman who changed our world

    In 2020, the Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC) and more than 15 community partners will launch an exhibit celebrating women of western New York who changed our world. To help ensure equitable representation and authentic voice in the presentation of featured stories, we are seeking diversity and inclusion consultants to participate in the exhibit development process.

    RFQ for Diversity Consultants - final2.pdf

    Please provide feedback about the RFQ process and referrals to the Project manager contact below:

    Kathryn Murano Santos, Senior Director, Collections and Exhibitions

    Rochester Museum & Science Center

    657 East Avenue

    Rochester, NY 14607

    kmurano@rmsc.org

    585 697 1929


  • September 20, 2019 10:40 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    RIT and Genesee Country Village & Museum seal partnership with $1.3 million gift

    University and museum will collaborate on projects, research and exhibits

    Caption (left to right) RIT Liberal Arts Dean James Winebrake, Genesee Country Village & Museum President and CEO Becky Wehle, and Anne and Phil Wehrheim meet at the museum. Credit A. Sue WeislerRIT.

    (left to right) RIT Liberal Arts Dean James Winebrake, Genesee Country Village & Museum President and CEO Becky Wehle, and Anne and Phil Wehrheim meet at the museum.

    Credit: A. Sue Weisler/RIT.

    Rochester Institute of Technology has received a $1.3 million gift to endow its partnership between the university and Genesee Country Village & Museum.

    The gift comes from RIT alumnus Philip Wehrheim and his wife, Anne. Wehrheim received a degree in business from RIT in 1966.

    The gift marries Wehrheim’s interest in both RIT and the museum. 

    “For me to be able to do this for the museum and also for my alma mater is a perfect fit,” he said.

    James Winebrake, dean of the College of Liberal Arts, said that while his college will manage the gift, the fund will support projects involving all colleges at RIT.

    “Experiential learning is a hallmark of our university,” Winebrake said. “This gift will guarantee opportunities for our students to gain valuable experience while benefitting the museum and the community for years to come.”

    Becky Wehle, president and CEO of the living history museum in Mumford, N.Y., 12 miles southwest of RIT’s Henrietta campus, said she is enthusiastic about the potential the gift holds for both organizations.

    “RIT is an extraordinary place with world-class programs, faculty and students who have already proved to be great partners throughout the past three years,” she said. “We are thrilled that Phil and Anne Wehrheim’s support will allow the partnership to expand and benefit both institutions.”

    $1 million of the donation will be used to endow the partnership, which could include funding research projects and stipends for faculty and students to work collaboratively with museum staff. The remaining $300,000 will be used to establish and maintain exhibit space for students who worked with the partnership to highlight fruits of the collaboration.

    The museum and RIT have worked together on numerous projects in recent years, and a memorandum of understanding to collaborate was signed in 2016 to “develop, promote and implement mutually-beneficial projects and activities” related to their respective missions. Students used 3-D printing to fabricate appropriately-sized hands for mannequins, worked with Amelia Hugill-Fontanel, assistant curator in the Cary Collection, to dismantle and move the museum’s 19th-century printing press and developed streetscapes of the historic Corn Hill neighborhood of Rochester.

    Over the past three years, more than a dozen RIT students have served as interns at the museum, working in the curatorial, marketing and gallery departments.

     “This partnership provides students and faculty from across the university with an incredible opportunity to combine theory and practice in a meaningful way through multidisciplinary projects,” said Juilee Decker, associate professor of museum studies and chair of the RIT-GCV&M Partnership Steering Committee.

    Since the museum partnership began three years ago, faculty members also have been taking advantage of it in their classes. 

    A multi-disciplinary team of engineering students this fall will work to develop a process for managing the museum’s maintenance records. The database will be helpful for documenting work done as well as for planning and budgeting future restoration.

    Photography students from RIT’s College of Art and Design shoot photos there each year; a group of researchers from hospitality and tourism management in the Saunders College of Business are conducting market research on a project on authenticity and sincerity in project exhibits; and students and faculty are using technology to enhance the visitor experience during museum tours using volumetric renderings to tell stories.

    Wehrheim grew up in Scottsville, a village between RIT’s Henrietta campus and Mumford, and said he’s always been “a bit of a history buff,” thanks, in part, to his mother, who sold antiques and gave him an appreciation of fine artwork and glass.

    He was close friends with Stuart Bolger, the founding director of the museum, and served on its board of trustees for more than 15 years, supporting projects including bringing buildings to the museum property. He was chair of the board when the museum started to discuss a partnership with RIT and was instrumental in bringing it to fruition.

    “I love the place. It’s great,” Wehrheim said. “The people there have been wonderful.”

    While a student at RIT, he credits his experiential learning – at the time, called “work block” – to help him succeed in school. RIT’s co-op program continues today, as one of the oldest and largest in the nation.

    “You schooled for about a three-month period and worked for a three-month period,” he said. “As a young guy, I was very impressed with how well it worked. I was a very practical learner and didn’t like sitting in a classroom. I liked hands-on learning. So, I sing the praises of the school for that reason, and this partnership continues that tradition of learning.”


    For more information, contact Greg Livadas at 585-475-6217 or Greg.Livadas@rit.edu.

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    Genesee Country Village & Museum is the largest living history museum in New York and the third largest in the country. The museum, with its 19th-century historic village, John L. Wehle Gallery, vintage baseball park and nature center, is located in Mumford, 20 miles southwest of Rochester and 45 miles east of Buffalo. Visit www.gcv.org for more information.

    Rochester Institute of Technology is home to leading creators, entrepreneurs, innovators and researchers. Founded in 1829, RIT enrolls about 19,000 students in more than 200 career-oriented and professional programs, making it among the largest private universities in the U.S.

    The university is internationally recognized and ranked for academic leadership in business, computing, engineering, imaging science, liberal arts, sustainability, and fine and applied arts. RIT also offers unparalleled support services for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. The cooperative education program is one of the oldest and largest in the nation. Global partnerships include campuses in China, Croatia, Dubai and Kosovo. 

    For news, photos and videos, go to www.rit.edu/news.

    To follow RIT on social media, go to www.rit.edu/socialmedia.

  • September 11, 2019 9:37 AM | Steve Bodnar

    The William G. Pomeroy Foundation has officially opened a new grant round of its Historic Transportation Canals Marker Grant Program. This historic marker program commemorates the history of these important canals across the U.S. Grants cover the entire cost of a marker, pole and shipping.

    The Pomeroy Foundation is a private, grant-making foundation based in Syracuse, N.Y. One of its main initiatives is to help people celebrate their community’s history through a variety of roadside marker grant programs, including its historic transportation canals program.

    Canal marker grants are available to 501(c)(3) organizations, nonprofit academic institutions, and local, state and federal government entities within the U.S. For details on how to apply, visit the Foundation’s Historic Transportation Canals Marker Grant Program webpage. The deadline to submit an online letter of intent is October 18, 2019. The grant application deadline is November 15, 2019.

    “Across the country, canals have long been an important factor in enhancing commerce, travel and development,” said Paula Miller, Executive Director of the Pomeroy Foundation. “Communities want to commemorate the historical significance of transportation canals and this grant program creates the perfect opportunity to do just that with historic markers.”

    Markers proposed for the Historic Transportation Canals Marker Grant Program must commemorate a historical canal fact that occurred more than 50 years from the year of the application. Currently, that year is 1969. The colors of the canal markers are blue with black highlighted lettering and border. There are two unique logos for grant recipients to choose from that will allow the markers to be recognizable as commemorating a historic canal. Markers are 18” x 32” cast aluminum with a 7’ aluminum pole.

    Visit the Pomeroy Foundation’s historic transportation canals webpage for program details and application guidelines.

    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 900 grants for historic roadside markers and plaques in multiple states. Visit: wgpfoundation.org


  • September 06, 2019 9:46 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Save the Date! The University at Albany, SUNY is presenting "Safety Culture for Cultural Organizations" workshop on October 17 at the Science Library.

    "Museums, Libraries, Archives- are there hidden hazards in YOUR collections? Are there chemical or biological risks lurking in the stacks? What healthy and safety issues should your organization actively plan for?"

    Join presenter John Van Raalte, Director of Hygiene Services, OEHC Of Eastern New York who will help identify potential risks, outline protections, and explain how you can create a safety culture for your cultural organization.


    Learn more and register today!


  • August 12, 2019 12:41 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Congressman Tonko will be hosting an Arts and Humanities Grants Workshop, August 20 at HVCC Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium, 80 Vandenburgh Avenue in Troy, 9:00 AM check-in, 9:30 AM -12:30 PM workshop. Hear from National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, Institute of Museum and Library Services, and Humanities New York. Learn about resources available through various grants and programs. Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop, tablet or other wi-fi enabled mobile device for maximum involvement.

    There is no charge for this workshop.

    Please email Congressman Tonko’s Office to register, marilyn.smith@mail.house.gov



  • August 05, 2019 10:18 AM | Steve Bodnar

    The William G. Pomeroy Foundation, a private, grant-making foundation based in Syracuse, N.Y., has officially opened the next grant round of its NYS Historic Marker Grant Program. The program commemorates historic people, places or things during the years 1740 to 1919.

    One of the Pomeroy Foundation’s main initiatives is to help people celebrate their community’s history with historic roadside markers. Grants cover the entire cost of a marker, pole and shipping.

    The current grant round is available in the following New York State counties: Columbia, Delaware, Greene, Sullivan and Ulster (Region 4); Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Warren and Washington (Region 5); and Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton and St. Lawrence (Region 6).

    The NYS Historic Marker Grant Program is open to all 501(c)(3) organizations, municipalities and nonprofit academic institutions 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 Friday, Sept. 13, 2019. Primary source documentation is necessary to support the text on a marker. The final application deadline is Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. To apply for a grant or review application guidelines, visit the Foundation’s NYS marker grant webpage. 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 next grant round for the historic canals program opens on Friday, Sept. 6, 2019.  Grant applications for the other national programs are accepted on a rolling basis.  The Foundation’s website also features a digital mapof all the markers and plaques they have funded. 

    About the Pomeroy Foundation
    The William G. Pomeroy Foundation® is a grant-making foundation based in Syracuse, N.Y. One of its initiatives is helping communities celebrate their history. Since 2006, the Foundation has funded over 875 roadside markers and plaques in multiple states. Grants cover the cost of a marker, pole and shipping. Visit:
    www.wgpfoundation.org

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    Steve Bodnar
    Communications Manager
    William G. Pomeroy Foundation
    steve@wgpfoundation.org
    315-913-4068

  • May 23, 2019 11:06 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

     Curated by high school students, exhibition culminates four-month research project to foster and share understanding of LGBTQ history 

    [May 22, 2019] Brooklyn, NY— Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) is pleased to announce the opening of A Queer Look at Brooklyn, an LGBTQ-focused exhibition researched and curated by high school students in BHS’ Spring 2019 Teen Council internship program. On view from May 30, 2019 through May 2020, this exhibition focuses on the evolution of LGBTQ experiences from the 19th century to present day through the lens of struggle, privilege, and acceptance.

    A Queer Look at Brooklyn is broken down into four panels which explore how themes of community, gentrification, and advocacy have historically affected Brooklyn’s queer experience. Beginning with an examination of Walt Whitman’s veiled articulation of his own sexuality in comparison to the later experiences of Crown Heights’ inclusive community at Starlite Lounge, the LGBTQ call for change in response to the HIV/AIDS crisis, and the artistic and politically driven DUMBA Collective, this exhibition considers the ways race, class and gender have shaped LGBTQ expression over time.

    A Queer Look at Brooklyn complements Brooklyn Historical Society’s groundbreaking On the (Queer) Waterfront, the first exhibition to focus explicitly on the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer history of Brooklyn, which is currently on display at BHS’ Pierrepont location. While On the (Queer) Waterfront centers queer history along Brooklyn’s waterfront from the 1800s to through World War II, A Queer Look at Brooklyn emphasizes queer history throughout the borough over the last half century.

    This exhibition is researched, written, and curated by 21 high school students representing diverse backgrounds, neighborhoods, grade levels, and schools across New York City. Students spent four months researching and writing content for A Queer Look at Brooklyn before debuting their work to the public. Their research process included using resources at Brooklyn Historical Society’s Othmer Library, listening to oral histories from BHS’ collections, and conducting intergenerational interviews for first-hand accounts. In addition to sharpening their research and writing skills, students gained invaluable experience by developing new relationships with peers as well as mentors, and expanding their historical point of view. The four-month curation process began in February 2019 and culminates with the unveiling of A Queer Look at Brooklyn during an opening reception at Brooklyn Historical Society on Wednesday, May 29 at 5:30pm. This event is free and open to the public.

    Now in its third year, Teen Council is Brooklyn Historical Society’s after-school internship program for New York City teens. By focusing on timely topics affecting marginalized communities, Teen Council creates an opportunity for youth involvement in telling repressed stories and preserving history. Teen Council is one of several education-focused initiatives from Brooklyn Historical Society which aim to enhance education outside of school curriculum and assist future generations in bridging the gap between the past, present and future.

    Teen Council members gain resume-worthy experience that will offers a leg up for competitive summer and senior year internships, and exposure to careers in museums, archives, informal education, public history, and more. All students involved in the program are compensated with a stipend, letters of recommendation for college and scholarships, and credit/volunteer hours toward graduation where applicable.

    Teen Council at Brooklyn Historical Society is generously supported by the Pinkerton Foundation, the Michael Tuch Foundation, Inc. and the Ferriday Fund Charitable Trust. Additional support is provided by BHS education funders: Hearst Foundation, Con Edison, the Morris and Alma Schapiro Fund, the Sterling National Bank Charitable Foundation, the Kinder Morgan Foundation, and Investors Foundation. Programs are also made possible by the New York Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and are supported, in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council.

    A Queer Look at Brooklyn will be on display at Brooklyn Historical Society (128 Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn, NY), from May 30, 2019 until May 2020. BHS is open to the public Wednesday to Sunday from 12pm to 5pm. Suggested admission is $10 for adults, $6 for seniors and teachers, and free for members, veterans/military personnel, and students of all ages.

    About Brooklyn Historical Society

    Founded in 1863, Brooklyn Historical Society is a nationally recognized urban history center dedicated to preserving and encouraging the study of Brooklyn's extraordinary 400-year history. Located in Brooklyn Heights and housed in a magnificent landmark building designed by George Post and opened in 1881, today's BHS is a cultural hub for civic dialogue, thoughtful engagement and community outreach. In May 2017 BHS opened a second site in DUMBO’s Brooklyn Bridge Park.


  • May 13, 2019 4:31 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Urban Heritage Strategies in Rotterdam (the Netherlands), which will take place August 19-30, 2019). The course is executed as part of the Shared Cultural Heritage Program and sponsored by the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in New York. The short course on Urban Heritage Strategies aims to develop a better understanding of the complex relationship between urban development and heritage management. It addresses themes such as urban heritage management, urban planning, gentrification, community participation, adaptive reuse and more. If you are engaged in urban management or heritage conservation as a government official, working for an NGO, a consultant, an advisor or a lecturer or if you are an academic or researcher in urban heritage management or conservation then this course is right for you.  The course is provided by the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies of Erasmus University in Rotterdam and it is developed and executed in close collaboration with the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands.

    This year’s course is tailored to four countries: the United States of America, South Africa, Brazil and the Netherlands. These countries partner in knowledge exchange on heritage conservation. For that reason, the Dutch government provides a full tuition fee waiver for selected applicants from the United States of America. Applicants can apply and find more information here: https://www.ihs.nl/en/education/short-courses/urban-heritage-strategies The deadline for application is June 1st, 2019.


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