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  • 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 | MANY Staff (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 | Anonymous

    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 | MANY Staff (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. 


    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 | MANY Staff (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.

  • October 09, 2019 9:26 AM | MANY Staff (Administrator)

    Federal Grant Awarded to Fort Ticonderoga to Restore Historic Fort Walls


    Fort Ticonderoga, a premiere historic and travel destination, has been awarded the Save America’s Treasures Grant, funded by the Historic Preservation Fund and administered by the National Park Service, Department of Interior through a competitive process.

    The property was awarded $465,000 to be utilized in the restoration of the north demi-lune, a stone defensive structure connected to the fort. Originally constructed in the 18th century, the north demi-lune was used to defend Fort Ticonderoga against invaders and was part of the fort’s outer defenses that Ethan Allen and Benedict Arnold saw as they crossed Lake Champlain on their journey to capture the fort in May of 1775 securing America’s first victory in the Revolution.

    The grant project will include the preparation of contract documents for the repairs that will conform to all necessary historic preservation standards. The restoration work itself will prevent further wall movement and deterioration by using modern preservation methods that will safely stabilize this national treasure while preserving its historic integrity. The project will begin in January 2020 and utilize the skills of a consulting structural engineer and preservation architect. Upon completion, this restoration project will allow visitors to safely access the north-demi lune.

    “The Save America’s Treasures Grant is a major win for Fort Ticonderoga,” said Beth Hill, Fort Ticonderoga president and CEO. “The ability to fund the restoration of the north demi-lune will provide stabilization for the fort in the future and will allow visitors to safely view the beautiful landscape Fort Ticonderoga has to offer for generations to come. This grant wouldn’t have been made possible without the support of U.S. Senator Charles Schumer and Congresswoman Elise Stefanik. We thank them for their continued efforts to help preserve this treasure that is an important part of our nation’s history.”

    “Even before the American Revolution, our founding fathers considered Fort Ticonderoga an American treasure, because of its key role in the French and Indian War. Not to mention, this spectacular gem of Essex County is a major tourist attraction, drawing visitors from far and wide, and boosting our Upstate economy as a result,” said Senator Schumer. “By allowing Fort Ticonderoga to refurbish its original walls, this federal investment will ensure that it is preserved for generations of New Yorkers and Americans to come. I’m proud of the role I played in securing this federal funding, and will always battl

    e to maintain and preserve Upstate New York’s historical treasures for the long-term future.”

    “I’m grateful to the National Park Service for prioritizing the upkeep and restoration of a North Country historical treasure: Fort Ticonderoga,” said Congresswoman Elise Stefanik. “Advocating for the maintenance of historical sites in my district is a top priority for me and for my constituents. This Save America’s Treasures Grant will be instrumental in ensuring Fort Ticonderoga remains a commemorated site and tourist destination for many years to come.”

    The Save America’s Treasure grant will provide visitors safe access so they can continue to experience and appreciate this nationally significant historic site and landscape. From the vantage of the demi-lunes, visitors have views of the Ticonderoga peninsula, Lake Champlain, Mount Defiance, Mount Independence and the Green Mountains of Vermont and can gain perspective on why Ticonderoga was so strategic to the 18th-century world. Public and school tour groups will utilize the space for educational programs as new generations of museum-goers are introduced to Fort Ticonderoga’s remarkable story.

    About Fort Ticonderoga:
    Welcoming visitors since 1909, Fort Ticonderoga preserves North America’s largest 18th-century artillery collection, 2,000 acres of historic landscape on Lake Champlain, and Carillon Battlefield, and the largest series of untouched Revolutionary War era earthworks surviving in America. As a multi-day destination and the premier place to learn more about our nation’s earliest years and America’s military heritage, Fort Ticonderoga engages more than 75,000 visitors each year with an economic impact of more than $12 million annually and offers programs, historic interpretation, boat cruises, tours, demonstrations, and exhibits throughout the year, and is open for daily visitation May through October. Fort Ticonderoga is supported in part through generous donations and with some general operating support made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

  • October 09, 2019 9:16 AM | MANY Staff (Administrator)

    The Strong Museum Receives Rare
    Chairman’s Special Award from
    National Endowment for the Humanities
    ($700,000 in Funding Will Support Expansion Exhibits)

    ROCHESTER, NY—The Strong is pleased to announce that it has received a $700,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) in the most recent round of federal awards. The museum was the only project nationwide this year to receive the “Chairman’s Special Award,” which highlights major exhibit projects that present significant topics in the humanities. The funding will support the implementation of Digital Worlds (tentative title)—a 24,000-foot exhibit planned as part of the museum’s expansion that will explore the influence of electronic games on cultural history.

    “With the help of this grant, The Strong will be able to build a truly one-of-a-kind experience that will make the museum even more of a national destination,” says Steve Dubnik, president and CEO of The Strong. “Support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and other organizations is vital in helping transformative projects like ours to be successful so that we can share the cultural impact of play and electronic games with the world. We’re honored to be selected for the Chairman’s Special Award and appreciate NEH’s recognition of the importance of video games to our ever-changing social history and cultural fabric.”

    The National Endowment for the Humanities supports humanities research, education programs, cultural preservation, films, exhibitions, and virtual reality projects across the United States. This year, they awarded $29 million for 215 projects including The Strong’s.

    “NEH grants help strengthen and sustain American cultural life, in communities, at museums, libraries, and historic sites, and in classrooms,” says NEH Chairman Jon Parrish Peede. “NEH is proud to help lay the foundations for public engagement with America’s past by funding projects that safeguard cultural heritage and advance our understanding of the events, ideas, and people that have shaped our nation.”                                              

    The Strong’s project—Digital Worlds—will tell the story of how video games have shaped the way that people connect, play, and learn. It will include two distinct areas, tentatively titled Level Up and High Score. In Level Up, guests will be fully immersed in the world of video games and assume the role of a character on a quest as they move through interactive spaces that put them directly into the video games, asking them to complete puzzles, navigate mazes, solve riddles, and face obstacles. In High Score, guests will learn about the evolution of the video game industry and how the games are made. The space will put an emphasis on gaming artifacts from the museum’s world-renowned collections and explore how game designers wed the humanities, art, and STEM fields to create immersive, compelling games.

    Says Jon-Paul Dyson, The Strong’s vice president for exhibits and director of the International Center for the History of Electronic Games, “Video games are perhaps the most important medium of the 21st century. Just as the novel fueled imagination in the19th century and film and television defined the cultural narratives of the 20th century, electronic games today are rapidly driving cultural and social change. We look forward—with the help of NEH—to continue to tell that important story to visitors from around the world.”

    The new exhibits are slated to be open to the public in 2022.  

    About The Strong
    The Strong is the only collections-based museum in the world devoted solely to the history and exploration of play. It is home to the International Center for the History of Electronic Games, the National Toy Hall of Fame, the World Video Game Hall of Fame, the Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play, the Woodbury School, and the American Journal of Play and houses the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of historical materials related to play. 

    About the National Endowment for the Humanities
    The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is an independent federal agency created in 1965. It is one of the largest funders of humanities programs in the United States. Because democracy demands wisdom, NEH serves and strengthens our republic by promoting excellence in the humanities and conveying the lessons of history to all Americans. The Endowment accomplishes this mission by awarding grants for top-rated proposals examined by panels of independent, external reviewers.

  • September 26, 2019 8:37 AM | MANY Staff (Administrator)

    Did you know that New York State is home to more than 1,800 museums? It's a fact! The Empire State ranks #2 in the nation for number of museums, according to the institute of Museum and Library Services, an independent federal agency. READ MORE

  • September 23, 2019 10:24 AM | MANY Staff (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.

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