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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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  • May 13, 2019 4:24 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    This training aims to reflect on the engagement with and presentation of shared cultural heritage topics in museums that might be considered as being contested. The Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands organizes this training in cooperation with the Reinwardt Academy (Amsterdam University of the Arts). The training program will cover two weeks, from Sunday 1 until Friday 13 December 2019 and is open to a limited number of upcoming museum professionals and academics.

    This training originates from the need to gain more knowledge on the engagement with and the presentation of contested heritage in the Netherlands. However, as this theme is also topical in our Shared Cultural Heritage partner countries, it could be beneficial to all parties concerned to exchange knowledge, experience and perspectives on this theme. By exploring views on contested heritage from multiple perspectives, this training aims to open up the transnational dialogue on this theme, thus adding new perspectives and approaches to the spectrum from which all parties involved can benefit in practice.

    The training is centered around practice-based lectures, discussions and talks, field trips to museums, workshops and training sessions and self-study based on selected literature. These aspects require the active participation of the participants. A complete overview of learning objectives, activities, conditions and the selection process can be found in the letter “Call for Candidates” attached to this email. For an impression of the training program please see the program booklet of the first edition of the training. 

    Candidates who wish to apply for the training should meet the following requirements:

    • The candidate works in the heritage or academic field in one of these countries: Australia, Brazil, India, Indonesia, Japan, Russia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Suriname, the United States of America or the Netherlands.
    • The candidate is proficient in the English language, both in written and spoken form.
    • The candidate falls within the age range 25 - 35.
    • The candidate has a bachelor, specialist or master degree.
    • The candidate has at least three years’ work experience in the heritage or the academic field.
    • The candidate can commit to the training period: 1-13 December 2019. It is recommended that the candidate should arrive in the day before the training period commences (30 November) to guarantee attendance.
    • The motivation letter of the candidate (500 words) and a resume have to be submitted before 15 June 2019, 8 AM.

    Learn more.


  • May 13, 2019 11:34 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    image of the earthworks at Fort Wood Creek taken in 2018, courtesy of Rome Historical Society.

    Image of the earthworks at Fort Wood Creek taken in 2018, courtesy of Rome Historical Society. 

    On March 14, 2019 the French and Indian War fortification known as Fort Wood Creek was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Fort Wood Creek, located on the Rome Historical Society’s Fort Bull property, dates to 1756 when it was constructed by the British to replace Fort Bull after it had been attacked and destroyed by 362 French and their Indian allies.

    With various efforts to preserve the property going back generations, it was not until 2015 that the Fort Bull Research Group nominated the site for review by the New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Office for listing on the State and National Historic register.  

    “The Rome Historical Society, on behalf of its members and the general public would like to thank the Fort Bull Research Group for its instrumental and continuing role in the preservation and interpretation of the Society’s Fort Bull/ Wood Creek property. Their effort along with those of the State Historic Preservation Office and in consultation with local independent historians was the first truly collaborative effort of its kind to recognize and protect the property for future generations.” said Rome Historical Society Director, Arthur L. Simmons III

    The National Register is the nation’s official list of properties worthy of preservation. Listing on the National Register recognizes the importance of these properties to the history of our country and provides them with a measure of protection. Properties owned by not-for-profits are eligible to apply for state historic preservation matching grants.

    Fort Wood Creek and the Fort Bull property was also in the news recently when an American Battlefield Protection Program Grant in the amount of $68,000 was awarded to the Public Archaeology Facility at SUNY Binghamton to conduct an archaeological survey of the Fort and surrounding area in order to identify the remnants of the Battle of Fort Bull which occurred on March 27, 1756. With the survey set to begin this spring Arthur L. Simmons III said “we cannot be more excited about working with the Public Archaeology Facility on this project. This is the first time in over 25 years that any legitimate attempt has been made to identify the remaining historical resources at and around the site”.  Also known to be in the vicinity of the Fort Wood Creek/ Bull property is the remains of the Western Inland Lock Navigation Canal, The First Contract Portion of the Erie Canal and the currently watered remains of the Improved Erie.

    “This is where it all came together, the original gateway to the west, the Oneida Carrying Place. From its Native American origins through 18th century conflicts to 19th Century channeled waterways, there is no other place in North America that would have such a diverse role in our nation’s history than this small strip of land.” said Rome Historical Society Director, Arthur L. Simmons III

    The Rome Historical Society is located at 200 Church Street, Rome, NY and is a non-profit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code.  For more information, call (315) 336-5870, like them on Facebook, or visit their website at www.romehistoricalsociety.org

  • May 09, 2019 1:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Cornell University Press is pleased to announce that the journal New York History, published in association with the New York State Museum, will begin its second century of publication with a new look and an expanded mission. With volume 100, number 1, to appear this summer, New York History will feature a fresh design and offer more space and devote greater editorial attention to public history and the essential work done in museums and historical societies across the state. More space will be devoted to exhibit reviews, and new features like “Artifact NY” and “Community NY” will highlight museum collections and community engagement. The journal editors are also actively soliciting articles that address curation, programming, and other aspects of the work of public history.

    As a brief preview of what is new in New York History, it is valuable to highlight two short pieces that indicate new directions. The summer 2019 issue will contain a short piece by Christine L. Ridarsky, Historian of the City of Rochester, exploring the history of Rochester’s LGBTQ+ communities. Focusing a new exhibit at the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County titled Stonewall: 50 Years Out, Ridarsky describes the fruitful collaboration between the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley (recently renamed the Out Alliance) and the public library’s Local History & Genealogy Division. The exhibit demonstrates the power of joining archival resources with community stories, and Ridarsky’s piece is the first installment of the now-regular “Community NY” feature. The other new feature series, “Artifact NY,” kicks off with a contribution from Don Wildman. Wildman, the host of Travel Channel’s long-running hit, Mysteries at the Museum, helps us excavate the history of lower Manhattan by looking at a nineteenth-century wooden water main. Unearthed during routine electrical maintenance around Coenties Slip Park near South Street Seaport in 2004, the main pipe (featured in photographs paired with the article) is a curiosity in itself and, more importantly, inspires stories of municipal development and politics, human need, and technical challenges as New York City grew. The ancient pipe now is housed and carefully preserved in the New York State Museum.

    Articles, features, and reviews for coming issues of New York History can be sent for editorial consideration to NYHJ@nysed.gov. Subscription inquiries can be sent to nyhjournal@cornell.edu or to the attention of New York History at Cornell University Press, 512 East State Street, Ithaca NY 14850.


  • May 08, 2019 2:54 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Proceeds support efforts to preserve historical archives and make them accessible to the public

    Brooklyn, NY— On Wednesday May 1, Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) hosted over 100 guests for the 15th annual library dinner at its landmark Pierrepont Street building. The Library Dinner raises vital funds in support of Brooklyn Historical Society’s efforts to preserve, digitize and make the collections increasingly available to the public.

    The Library Dinner raised $300,000 for the institution’s Othmer Library, a research library comprising special collections, archives and manuscripts, images and oral history collections. This unique collection of Brooklyn and Long Island materials provides important insights into our nation’s history and heritage. Each year, thousands of students, scholars, and other users visit to examine manuscripts, maps, photographs, books, and other materials.

    The evening commenced with a cocktail hour in Brooklyn Historical Society’s Great Hall where Tom Finkelpearl, Commissioner of NYC Department of Cultural Affairs gave opening remarks. After cocktails, guests made their way to the Othmer Library where Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams formally welcomed patrons. BHS President Deborah Schwartz made her own remarks and introduced honoree Peter Meyer, Market President for TD Bank. Meyer accepted an award for his many accomplishments and contributions to Brooklyn’s diverse communities and delivered a brief speech before Schwartz invited guests to enjoy dinner. After dining, BHS Chair Jim Rossman introduced this year’s Library Dinner speaker, writer and Pulitzer Prize winning architecture critic Paul Goldberger, for a special presentation on the importance of Brooklyn in his work followed by a brief question and answer.

    This year’s event honored Peter Meyer of TD Bank. As Market President for TD Bank in New York City, Peter Meyer is responsible for Commercial, Small Business, Middle Market and not-for-profit Banking. Meyer joined TD in 2002 to execute the bank’s aggressive expansion into the market. During this time, TD has grown to 142 retail stores and has become a major lender to small and middle market companies as well as to not-for-profits and healthcare institutions. Active in the community, Peter is past Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Queens Museum, past Chairman of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and continues to serve on the Executive Committees of each organization. He is a trustee of his alma mater St. Joseph College and is active in a number of other local nonprofit and civic organizations.

    Paul Goldberger served as the distinguished speaker for the evening. Goldberger is a Contributing Editor at Vanity Fair and served as the Architecture Critic for The New Yorker from 1997 to 2011. He holds the Joseph Urban Chair in Design and Architecture at The New School. Goldberger began his career at The New York Times, where in 1984 his architecture criticism was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Criticism. He is author of numerous books, including Why

    Architecture Matters. His most forthcoming book, BALLPARK: Baseball in the American City, will be released to the public on May 14. Signed advance copies were provided as a gift to all attendees.

    Notable guests in attendance included New York City Council Member for the 40th District Mathieu Eugene, Schneps Communications CEO Joshua Schneps, and Publisher and Owner of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle Dozier Hasty.

    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.



  • April 26, 2019 2:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    William G. Pomeroy Foundation® Now Accepting Online Applications for Signage Grants 

    The William G. Pomeroy Foundation, a private, grant-making foundation based in Syracuse, N.Y., will officially open the next grant round of its NYS Historic Marker Grant Program beginning on Monday, April 29. The program commemorates historic people, places or things during the years 1740 to 1919. Grants cover the entire cost of the historic marker, pole and shipping.

    The current grant round is available in the following New York State counties: Bronx, Kings, New York, Queens and Richmond (Region 1); Nassau and Suffolk (Region 2); and Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, and Westchester (Region 3).

    One of the Pomeroy Foundation’s main initiatives is to help people celebrate their community’s history through a variety of signage grant programs, including its NYS Historic Marker Grant Program, as well as its Legends & Lore® Marker Grant Program and National Register Signage Grant Program.

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

    Those interested in applying for a marker grant should submit their online Letter of Intent to verify primary sources by Friday, June 14. The final application deadline is due Monday, July 8. 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 Pomeroy Foundation website. The site also features a digital map of all the markers and plaques that have been funded. 

    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 more than 800 grants for historic signage in New York State and beyond. Visit:
    www.wgpfoundation.org


  • April 24, 2019 3:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    What visitation trends have you seen at your site over the last few years? 

    Your response is critical:

     AASLH is conducting a national survey of institutions seeking information about visitation trends between the years of 2013-2018.  Please take five minutes to complete this survey and pass along to any institutions who may be interested in participating.  Results will be shared with participants in August of 2019.  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/AASLHVisitation 


  • April 16, 2019 11:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Have you received an Erie Canalway Grant? Have you never applied for this grant, but want to learn more? Do you have funding needs that you’d like Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor to consider? Staff at Erie Canalway wants to hear your feedback on how they can improve their grant program.

    Grants discussion sessions:

    • Rochester - Tuesday, April 23, 2pm, Rochester Museum & Science Center
    • Chittenango - Thursday, April 25, 2:30pm, Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum
    • Waterford - Thursday, May 2, 2pm, Peebles Island State Park Visitor Center

    Please contact Andy Kitzmann for additional information and to RSVP: andy_kitzmann@partner.nps.gov.


  • April 03, 2019 2:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Due to popular demand, the exhibition "Last Days of the Last Tsar" at the Russian History Museum in Jordanville, NY, has been extended until May 17. The exhibition is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the tragic death of Russia's last monarch, Tsar Nicholas II, and his family. 

    On the night of July 17, 1918, Nicholas II, his wife Alexandra Feodorovna, their five children, and four loyal attendants were led to the basement of the Ipatiev House in Ekaterinburg, Siberia. There they were brutally murdered by their Bolshevik captors. "Last Days of the Last Tsar" narrates the events leading up to this grim finale and portrays the family whose life and tragic fate have fascinated the world for a century. This is the first exhibition in North America dedicated exclusively to the final months of Nicholas II and his family.

    Drawn from the rich museum, archival and library collections of the Russian History Foundation, the exhibition highlights the unique objects and documents collected by Nikolai Sokolov during the 1918-1919 investigation of the imperial family’s murder. The Foundation’s artefacts are supplemented by loans from a dozen U.S. collections, which range from splendid coronation gifts and luxurious objets d’art by Fabergé to modest personal effects found during Sokolov’s investigation. After being dispersed for a century, these objects are brought together, many of them displayed for the first time.

    The exhibition is also the first to publicly present recent findings of a DNA analysis conducted by the FBI that shed light upon the ongoing investigation into the identification of the remains of Nicholas II, his family, and their attendants.

    For information on visiting the exhibition and the Russian History Museum, please visit www.russianhistoryfoundation.org.


  • March 27, 2019 10:29 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    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

    jennifer.hochuli@student.shu.edu


  • March 18, 2019 3:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    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 challenge@neh.gov or 202-606-8309.

    Deadline: May 15.


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