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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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  • January 12, 2021 1:25 PM | Megan Eves (Administrator)
    FROM FORT TO SCREEN: PRACTICAL LESSONS LEARNED

    Fort Ticonderoga was forced to quickly adapt over 2020, launching and expanding the Center for Digital History, and tackling numerous practical, technical, and methodological challenges along the way. In this webinar, Fort Ticonderoga Museum staff will discuss their practical tips and lessons learned creating programs for an online audience, developing a virtual studio, sharing videos on social media, and engaging with educators. This program is suited for museums who are new to virtual programming, or who want some real-world advice as they seek to expand their reach.  

    Friday, February 5, 2021 at 12:00 PM Eastern Time   

    Register in advance for this free 45-minute webinar:

    https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ps52QK9wR66XSXdgSfRkzA

    Registration closes 30 minutes prior to the event. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

    For questions prior to the event, please contact VP of Collections & Digital Production Miranda Peters at mpeters@fort-ticonderoga.org

  • January 11, 2021 12:09 PM | Megan Eves (Administrator)
    In July 2021, HHV will present a National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks of American History Workshop for K-12 teachers, exploring slavery in the colonial North through historic sites of the Hudson River Valley and New York City. Participants in the workshop will examine the decisions that institutions (historic sites, museums, archives, and municipalities) have made about preservation and interpretation, and consider what this means for how we understand the history and legacy of slavery in America today.

    This workshop will use virtual visits to historic sites as texts for our content exploration, and participating teachers will work with leading scholars as well as museum professionals to explore these resources together. The program of study will be centered around Historic Hudson Valley’s award-winning interactive documentary People Not Property: Stories of Slavery in the Colonial North, which provides historic context and models an interpretive approach centered on the stories of enslaved individuals. In keeping with the opportunities available for online learning, the workshop will include a mix of large and small group discussions, virtual field trips, and time for self-directed work.

    Historic Hudson Valley will offer two, one-week sessions of this virtual workshop to allow more teachers to benefit from this remarkable program. The first week will run from July 11th-17th and the second week will run from July 25th-31st. Each session will be for a unique group of 36 teachers, and each teacher will receive a stipend of $1,300.  Application deadline is March 1, 2021.  Please direct all questions to education@hudsonvalley.org.


  • January 11, 2021 12:09 PM | Megan Eves (Administrator)

    Historic Hudson Valley's Women's History Institute is now accepting applications for low-residency summer fellowships focusing on research connected to the lives of women in the Hudson Valley, with a generous stipend and full access to our archives and sites. Apply by January 15, 2021 for notification in early February.

    Fellowship stipends are $3,000 for a minimum of 6 weeks and a maximum of three months’ duration. Research fellows are expected to produce an article or mid-term report (750 words) on a topic related to their research, after consultation with the Librarian and the Assistant Director for Collections, during the period of their Fellowship, as well as a final academic report (10-20 pages) on their findings before or at the conclusion of their Fellowship.

    The Library’s Special Collections include more than 4,000 rare books and 3,000 manuscripts as well as maps, subject files, prints and microfilm. Among the manuscript holdings that pertain to the work of the Women's History Institute are the correspondence, account books and receipt books of numerous prominent 18th and 19th century women, including members of the Hoffman, Beekman, and Van Cortlandt families, as well as documents that offer valuable insight into the lives of women who were enslaved at Van Cortlandt Manor. 


    Please contact Catalina Hannan, Research Librarian, for answers to any questions related to the fellowship program at channan@hudsonvalley.org.


  • December 01, 2020 12:56 PM | Megan Eves (Administrator)

    We at Schoharie Crossing are excited to announce a Call For Student Art to be displayed in our 2021 Virtual Exhibition, “Water’s Reflection: Seeing the Past in the Present!”  The call is open to students at the primary and secondary education levels within New York State and we encourage artists to think creatively about the theme. 

    The Erie Canal is not just a historical footnote, it was and IS a living system of amazing people, engineering, social reforms, and more!  The impact of the canal not just on New York State but also America is astonishing.  We encourage student artists to explore the canal of today, to delve into the canal of the last two hundred years and create a work of art that represents how they see that shared canal past as being present in their lives now.

    The flyer with more information is attached.  There are many wonderful resources to explore the canal online as well.  We have also attached Online Resources for Learning About the Erie Canal provided by the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor.

    We look forward to seeing how students discover the canal and create amazing works of art.

    Please contact David Brooks, Education Director, with any questions or you can direct additional inquiries to: SchoharieCrossing@parks.ny.gov

    Student Art Exhibit 2021 Call for Entries Flyer -n- Form.pdf

    Online Resources for Learning About the Erie Canal.pdf

  • November 30, 2020 11:28 AM | Megan Eves (Administrator)

    This three-part course series, offered in partnership with The Landmark Society of Western New YorkGenesee Country Village & Museum, and the Perry Main Street Association, introduces students to the field of Historic Preservation and Traditional Trades.

    Students will learn about the history of the preservation movement in the U.S., how preservation is helping to revitalize rural communities in the Genesee Valley Region and give voice to often overlooked historic contexts (Native American, African American, women, LGBTQ+). Students will learn about the skills and trades that contribute to the field, and can participate in a hands-on window restoration workshop with a national expert in the field. Through class discussions, readings and guest talks, students will engage with real world problems and opportunities in this dynamic and growing field.

    Who is this for?

    • College or high school students interested in learning more about the field of historic preservation and the traditional trades
    • Professionals currently working in the preservation field, or allied fields such as architecture, landscape architecture, planning, and museums, interested in advancing in their careers.
    • Trades professionals or others with trades skills interested in pursuing a more specialized discipline.
    • Owners of historic homes, anyone interested in historic preservation and working with their hands! 

    These courses can be combined for a full three credits or participants can choose to take any one or two classes. Contact the Center for Integrative Learning (cil@geneseo.edu) at SUNY Geneseo for further information.

    Click here to learn more


  • November 20, 2020 9:00 AM | Megan Eves (Administrator)

    AAMG CfP Graphic.jpg

    AAMG’s 2021 conference will explore how academic museums and galleries are fostering wellness and embracing new understandings of equity in the midst of one of the most challenging social, political, and economic periods in American history. This year’s conference aims to find new paths and solutions to a more just and empathetic world. We invite proposals that address these questions: How are museums and galleries becoming community hubs where emotional, psychological, and identity-centered fairness and solace can be explored, created, debated, and located? How have DEAI initiatives challenged or disrupted your institutional structure and internal practices, including collections, exhibitions, storytelling and teaching, and management? How do academic museums and galleries survive and thrive in this new higher education reality?

    Possible Proposal Topics:

    • Embedding wellness across the institution
    • Adapting and changing priorities for the better to be more equitable
    • Social emotional learning as a foundation for the educational resources 
    • Taking the wellness temperature of museums – are we healthy?
    • Helping our parent institutions address racial and gender justice practices and initiatives 
    • Creating effective political discourse in our communities
    • Expanding audience when embracing health and wellness-oriented programs and resources
    • Overcoming the impact of inequities that have long existed in higher education and society on museums/galleries 
    • Moving our staff, colleagues, students, and audiences from a focus on self-care to an emphasis on community-care

    Types of Proposals Requested

    • SESSION
    • PANEL DISCUSSION
    • BOLD IDEAS
    • ROUNDTABLE
    • POSTER SESSION

    2021 Conference Proposal Information & Guidelines

    SESSION 

    Four presenters speak for fifteen minutes each on a focused topic. There should be time left at the end for Q&A (60 min. presentations/30 min. Q&A). Proposals must include information on the four presenters, one person serving as chair of the session. The chair can also be a presenter or serve as moderator/chair. Sessions are 1.5 hours. 

    Items Needed for your Submission

    1. Title (Maximum of 10 words)
    2. Bio
    3. Headshot
    4. Description (Maximum of 75 words) If the session is accepted, this will be used in the Program*.
    5. Abstract (Maximum of 250 words) Include why your session is innovative and relevant. Describe (up to three) objectives and potential learning outcomes of the proposal. Tell us why your topic and the proposed presentations within this session relate to the 2021 theme of Wellness & Equity?
    6. Intended Audience/Track. Check all that apply (Student & Emerging Professional, Leadership & Management, Education & Community, Collections, Curatorial)
    7. Presenters (200 words). List presenters you have approached to participate in this session and provide a brief description of the topic or contribution they will make to this session. 

    PANEL DISCUSSION 

    Three-four speakers will engage in a moderated discussion. Panel discussions, including Q&A, will be 1.5 hours. (max. 30 min. presentations/60 min. discussion and Q&A). Panels are 1.5 hours.

    Items Needed for your Submission

    1. Title (Maximum of 10 words)
    2. Bio
    3. Headshot
    4. Abstract (Maximum of 75 words) If the panel is accepted, this will be used in the Program*.
    5. Description (Maximum of 300 words) Include why your panel is innovative and relevant. Tell us how your topic relates to the 2021 theme of Wellness & Equity.
    6. Intended Audience/Track. Check all that apply (Student & Emerging Professional, Leadership & Management, Education & Community, Collections, Curatorial)
    7. Presenters (200 words). List presenters you have approached to participate in this session and provide a brief description of the contribution they will make to this panel. 

    BOLD IDEAS

    These single presentations are 5-8 minutes each and will be grouped together, similar to a pecha kucha. These Bold Ideas are intended to showcase everything from the variety of work that you do (case studies) to the big challenges and solutions needed in the field, all with a focus on wellness and equity.

    Items Needed for your Submission

    1. Title (Maximum of 10 words)
    2. Bio
    3. Headshot
    4. Description (Maximum of 75 words) If the session is accepted, this will be used in the Program*.
    5. Abstract (Maximum of 250 words) Describe how your bold idea/story relates to the 2021 theme of Wellness & Equity?

    ROUNDTABLE FACILITATOR

    As the Roundtable Facilitator you will offer a 10-15 minute overview about a topic and your personal or professional connection to it, and then facilitate a conversation with those present. 

    Items Needed for your Submission

    1. Title (Maximum of 10 words)
    2. Bio
    3. Headshot
    4. Description (Maximum of 75 words) If the session is accepted, this will be used in the Program*.
    5. Abstract (Maximum of 250 words) Provide an overview for your discussion and why your skills, experiences, and interests will contribute to your success as a discussion leader, particularly as this relates to the conference theme. 
    6. Co-moderator/s. (Maximum 100 words) If you plan to have others co-moderate, please list them here and a brief description of how their skills and experience will contribute to the topic. 

    POSTER SESSION

    Share your research, demonstrating a connection to the conference theme. These poster sessions offer an opportunity to share 5-10 minute presentations about recent research and discuss the research with attendees. These will be held live during the conference.

    Items Needed for your Submission

    1. Title (Maximum of 10 words)
    2. Bio
    3. Headshot
    4. Description (Maximum of 75 words) If the session is accepted, this will be used in the Program*.
    5. Abstract (Maximum of 250 words) Tell us how your research relates to the 2021 theme of Wellness & Equity.

    Learn more: https://www.eventsquid.com/event/11514

  • November 16, 2020 1:31 PM | Megan Eves (Administrator)

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 12, 2020

    Preservation Long Island Announces Call for 2021 Endangered Historic Places Nominations

    Preservation Long Island’s Endangered Historic Places Program offers Long Islanders an opportunity to advocate for preservation priorities in their communities. Nominations are open to the public and due FRIDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2020.


    Image: Summer Club Clubhouse, Town of Islip in 2018. This site is one of Preservation Long Island’s 2019 Endangered Historic Places. Photo by Dylan Wallace.

    Preservation Long Island, a regional preservation advocacy nonprofit, is pleased to announce a call for nominations for the 2021 Endangered Historic Places Program (EHPP). Nominations are open to the public and can be submitted digitally through the EHPP 2021 portal on Preservation Long Island’s website. All nominations must be received by Friday, December 18, 2020.

    Do you know of an endangered historic place in your Long Island community? Preservation Long Island’s Endangered Historic Places Program (EHPP) offers Long Islanders an opportunity to advocate for preservation priorities in their communities while learning how to use tools like landmark designation, tax incentives, and public outreach.

    Our EHPP listing partners receive technical assistance and advocacy support as they work to preserve at-risk historic places threatened by a variety of adverse conditions, from outright demolition to the lack of sustainable long-term stewardship plans.

    EHPP listings are featured on Preservation Long Island’s website and social media. Listed sites may serve as locations for our Preservation in Progress Tour series, which highlights ongoing preservation projects at historic places throughout the region. We also support our listing partners in developing informational materials such as leaflets or brochures outlining the history of a site and its preservation needs.

    Listings are selected by a panel of Preservation Long Island staff, experts in architecture, historic preservation, and other related fields, as well as members of Preservation Long Island’s Board of Trustees.

    ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

    Significance: A nominated site must be historically, culturally, or architecturally significant and may encompass individual buildings, landscapes, structures, or any grouping thereof. However, the nominated site need not be listed on the National/State Registers of Historic Places or designated as a local landmark.

    Threat: The existence and/or integrity of the nominated site must be seriously threatened. In addition to planned demolition, threats can include a pattern of neglect or exposure that will inevitably lead to loss; the planned introduction of harmful factors or insensitive redevelopment that will substantially diminish the context or setting; or inappropriate maintenance/alterations resulting in the loss of material integrity.

    Impact: EHPP listing will have a positive impact on efforts to protect the nominated site. The nomination demonstrates substantive community interest in preservation of the site. Local listing partners are sufficiently organized and prepared to advocate for preservation goals.

    Nomination materials should be submitted online via our website at preservationlongisland.org. Nominations submitted after Friday, December 18, 2020, will not be accepted.

    Please carefully review the eligibility criteria, submission instructions, and nomination checklist. To inquire about the program or nomination process, contact our Preservation Director, Sarah Kautz, at 631-492-4664 x105 or skautz@preservationlongisland.org

    About Preservation Long Island

    Preservation Long Island is a not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to celebrating and preserving Long Island’s diverse cultural and architectural heritage through advocacy, education, and the stewardship of historic sites and collections.

    http://preservationlongisland.org

    Preservation Long Island’s advisory and technical services support the work of our local partners in communities across the region. We offer direct consultation and strategic guidance for Long Islanders supporting local preservation projects, including historic resource surveys, local landmark designation, National Register listing, and restoration or adaptive reuse of historic buildings.

    https://preservationlongisland.org/services/

    Preservation Long Island maintains an Endangered Historic Places list, recognizes excellence through our biennial Awards program, develops Special Reports, organizes Preservation in Progress events, and publishes our Preservation Notes newsletter and Blog.

    Preservation Long Island stewards and interprets historic sites and collections that embody various aspects of Long Island’s history including:

    Joseph Lloyd Manor, Lloyd Harbor http://preservationlongisland.org/joseph-lloyd-manor/

    Custom House, Sag Harbor http://preservationlongisland.org/custom-house/

    Sherwood-Jayne Farm, Setauket http://preservationlongisland.org/sherwood-jayne-farm/

    Old Methodist Church and Exhibition Gallery http://preservationlongisland.org/methodist-church/

    Contact:

    Andrea Hart, Public Affairs Director, Preservation Long Island

    ahart@preservationlongisland.org; 631.692.4664x108

    Sarah Kautz, Preservation Director, Preservation Long Island

    skautz@preservationlongisland.org; 631.692.4664x105


  • November 05, 2020 8:55 AM | Megan Eves (Administrator)

    NORWICH, N.Y. – The Chenango County Historical Society (CCHS) was recently notified that it will receive extended funding as part of the Humanities New York (HNY) CARES Emergency Relief Grants. Earlier this year, CCHS received funds during the original round of these grants, which were provided by the CARES Act and National Endowment for the Humanities to support organizations with a mission focused on the humanities. This funding is designed to be flexible, allowing organizations to allocate as necessary to support pandemic associated costs, adapt humanities programming, and cover personnel expenses.

    HNY reviewed 325 applications from a variety of institutions across the state, requesting a total of nearly $3 million in funding. Of those 325 applicants, approximately 60 percent were chosen for funding, resulting in nearly $1 million of CARES Act support to cultural non-profits across New York. The purpose of these awards is to help organizations stay vital in their communities by allowing them to retain staff, shift programming from in-person to online, and to make resources accessible to those who rely on them. Decisions on grant recipients were made after careful consideration of geographic location, mission, and the importance of reaching underrepresented communities.

    While CCHS has paused traditional programming, the organization has been able to strategically plan for the future and develop creative new ways to accomplish its mission. Virtual programming has grown exponentially, including online exhibit openings and a new “Cooking Historically” series on social media.

    “Thanks to the financial support through a grant like this, the future of our organization looks to be very promising,” said Jessica Moquin, CCHS executive director. “Being a recipient of extended funding through the CARES program is very inspiring. This additional support ensures that the unique cultural heritage of Chenango County will continue to be preserved and celebrated!”

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    Caption: Dedicated to actively sharing local history, the Chenango County Historical Society (CCHS) has utilized virtual resources – including Facebook – to offer programming throughout the current public health crisis. CCHS will receive extended funding as part of the HNY CARES Emergency Relief Grants.

    About CCHS: The mission of the Chenango County Historical Society and Museum is to lead and support the advancement of research, education, and enjoyment of Chenango County history.


  • November 02, 2020 3:44 PM | Megan Eves (Administrator)

    William G. Pomeroy Foundation Opens New Grant Round of NYS Marker Program 


    SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The next grant round of the William G. Pomeroy Foundation's New York State Historic Marker Grant Program officially opens today, Monday, Nov. 2, 2020. 

    This roadside marker program commemorates historic people, places, things or events in New York State within the time frame of 1740-1921. Grants cover the entire cost of a cast aluminum marker, pole and shipping. 

    This grant round covers the following counties in New York State: Fulton, Montgomery, Herkimer, 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. 14, 2020. Primary source documentation is necessary to support the text on a marker. The final application deadline is Monday, Jan. 18, 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 Pomeroy Foundation marker 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 mapwith listings of current markers and plaques.


    About the William G. Pomeroy Foundation

    The William G. Pomeroy Foundation® is a private, grant-making 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. Since 2006, the Foundation has funded more than 1,200 historic roadside markers and plaques nationwide. Grants cover the cost of a marker, pole and shipping. Visit: www.wgpfoundation.org 

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    Contact

    Steve Bodnar

    Communications Manager 

    William G. Pomeroy Foundation 

    steve@wgpfoundation.org 

    315-913-4060

  • October 06, 2020 12:04 PM | Megan Eves (Administrator)

    Saving Collections:  Build Your Disaster Plan

    Free Virtual Workshop Series from the Capital New York Alliance for Response

    November 2020 to May 2021

     

    You are invited to participate in an innovative program designed to help institutions like yours build a disaster plan in just six months! Attend four virtual seminars presented by leaders in the field of emergency preparedness and response. Visit our virtual office hours between seminars for an opportunity for consultation and support.

     

    Objectives:

    1. Mitigate the risks to your collections and institution
    2. Build your confidence in emergency preparedness and response
    3. Complete your disaster plan!

     

    Who should attend?

    Administrators and staff responsible for the protection of cultural collections. Priority will be given to participants from the Capital NY Alliance for Response region, which encompasses Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, and Schenectady counties.

     

    What’s the schedule?

    There are four virtual seminars, which will be recorded and posted to the CapNYAFR website for participants unable to attend them live. Interim homework and virtual office hours will ensure that goals are met, and participants supported.

     

    Monday, November 9, 2020

    Program kickoff and risk assessment

    Presenter:  Stephanie Garafolo, Northeast Document Conservation Center

     

    Monday, January 11, 2021

    Damage assessment, salvage priorities and procedures

    Presenter:  Donia Conn, Independent Consultant

     

    Monday, March 8, 2021

    Recovery procedures and services, working with vendors, insurance

    Presenter:  TBD


    Monday, May 3, 2021

    Wrap-up, testimonials and lessons learned, disaster plan maintenance

    Presenter: TBD


    How do I apply?

    Please submit the attached letter demonstrating your institution’s commitment to your participation and program goals. Participation by two staff members form a single institution is encouraged.

     

    RSVP

    Please let us know by Monday, November 2, 2020 if you wish to participate. Participation is first come, first serve.  

    Questions?

    We’d love to hear from you. Contact us at dhs@nysed.gov.


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