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  • January 11, 2019 1:37 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Apply for funding to attend the conference!

    William G. Pomeroy Foundation

    The William G. Pomeroy Foundation makes grants to 501(c)(3) organizations, municipalities and educational institutions with budgets under $50,000 to support causes and work aligned with their mission, striving to make a meaningful difference in communities and in the lives of patients and their families. Learn more and apply today.

  • January 08, 2019 4:46 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    DHPSNY Collections and Community Survey

    We need your help!  As collecting institutions (archives, libraries, museums, cultural heritage institutions, etc.) we ask, whose stories are we listening to? What voices are represented in our holdings? What materials and formats are we collecting that record these various histories? What are we doing to build, maintain, and strengthen trusting, reciprocal relationships with community partners? 

    I invite you to join the Documentary Heritage and Preservation Services for New York (DHPSNY) on a multi-year research project to develop a plan that guides collecting institutions and individuals to under-documented topics in New York State History and connects them with local, regional and state-wide program resources to ensure an equitable and robust historical record remains for future generations.

    This survey is the first step in identifying collections and community partnerships. The results of this survey will help us to connect with communities across the state and develop a strategy for greater inclusion and access to resources and services.

    Please complete this online survey between now and January 18, 2019.

    We ask that, if you know of anyone or any group in your community that have collections of cultural or historical significance who may want to participate, please forward this survey to them, or let DHPSNY know by contacting us at or 215-545-0613.

    If you have any difficulty accessing the survey. please reach out to DHPSNY or 215-545-0613.

  • January 02, 2019 1:08 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Preservation League of New York State, the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation announced today that their annual Preserve New York grant applications are now open. Launched in 1993 through a partnership between NYSCA and the Preservation League, Preserve New York makes grants for historic structure reports, building condition reports, cultural landscape reports, and cultural resource surveys. Since 2017, The Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation has provided generous additional support for projects in Nassau and Suffolk Counties.

    Through its Preserve New York grant program, the League has strategically invested in the rehabilitation of historic places, leveraged significant additional cash and in-kind resources, and protected properties at the local, state and national level through landmark designations. These grants help municipalities and not-for-profit organizations conserve and protect their cultural resources and are an important catalyst in realizing community preservation goals. “The Preservation League of New York State plays a vital role in our state’s culture and our communities, ensuring that the historic structures that embody our heritage and generations of artistry can be appreciated for years to come,” said New York State Council on the Arts Chair Katherine Nicholls. “NYSCA is deeply grateful for our Preserve New York partnership, which supports our mission to sustain and expand our state’s cultural resources.”

    Preserve New York will have over $250,000 grant funding available in 2019. This includes over $210,000 in funding from NYSCA and $40,000 from The Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation for projects in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. “This collaboration between the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation and the Preservation League of NYS focuses on our Long Island historic communities.

    These awards offer professional evaluation and awareness on how to best to proceed toward protecting their historic structures,” said Kathryn M. Curran, Executive Director of the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation.

    Not-for-profit organizations with 501(c)(3) status and units of local government are eligible to apply. Arts and cultural organizations are particularly encouraged to apply. Applicants cannot apply to Preserve New York and the New York State Council on the Arts for the same project.

    Guidelines and a list of frequently asked questions for Preserve New York are available on the League's website at

    Applications are not available online. Prospective applicants must discuss their proposed project with Frances Gubler, Manager of Technical & Grant Programs at the League by calling (518) 462-5658 x 10 or by email at

    The Preserve New York application deadline is March 25th.

    The Preservation League invests in people and projects that champion the essential role of preservation in community revitalization, sustainable economic growth, and the protection of our historic buildings and landscapes. It leads advocacy, economic development and education programs across New York State.

  • December 05, 2018 2:16 PM | Anonymous

    Attention: MANY Members

    Fellow Member, Michael Hardy, has a contract with Connect Travel, and is able to extend an early registration discount for MANY Members to attend the trade show at $1,950 dollars if we can get 5 or members to sign up.  In addition, a donation of $100 will be made to MANY for every participant that joins the collaboration! This trade show, in it second year, is specifically for organizations wanting to make progress in and explore the potential of the international group tours and foreign individual traveler (FIT) markets.  The “MANY Collaborators Fee” of $1950 each for 5 or more MANY Member partners can be obtained by reaching out to Michael at . If we cannot get the five participants, he has been given permission to offer single MANY organizations the early sign-on offer of $2950 ($1,000 off the $3950 registration fee - an extension of the Oct. 31 Deadline). Please feel free to visit and contact Michael with interest and/or questions. He can easily send you more information to help with your decision but the 40 guaranteed appointment with qualified buyers over two days in Kissimmee, FL, Feb. 20-22, 2019 is certain to be of interest to your group sales and/or admission staff(s).  Michael can also be called at 585-721-6032.  Deadline December 15., 2018

  • November 01, 2018 3:51 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The New York State Archives is pleased to announce the availability of the guidelines and application for the 2019-2020 Documentary Heritage Program (DHP) grants.  DHP grants support improved access to historical records in New York State by funding arrangement and description projects and documentation projects. Detailed information about these projects and the DHP Grants is available online at:

     Applicants are encouraged to contact the DHP office to discuss their projects and file a notice of intent to apply. 

  • October 22, 2018 11:46 AM | K. Michelle Arthur

    Brookside Museum/Saratoga County Historical Society is pleased to announce the public launch of our "Digital Docent."  The "Docent," found on our website (, is a computer algorithm that directs on line visitors through the Brookside Museum/SCHS collection by providing them with suggestions of objects to view that are related to what they have previously clicked on in our collection.  

    The software was created by the partnership of Trajectory Sports and Datanomers and utilizes "Intelligent Machine/Artificial Inteligence" infrastructure.

  • October 12, 2018 10:12 AM | Anonymous


    “There’s a museum about that?” is a question we sometimes get when telling people about the Museum of disAbility History, on line at http:// museum of and in our building at 3826 Main Street in Amherst, New York. A twenty year old project of People Inc., the largest disability service provider in Western New York, the museum was founded to spread understanding of disabilities and the lives of people who possess them. It is the only brick and mortar museum dedicated to the history of disability in the United States.

    Disability has a long, complicated history, and it has been our task to interpret the wide, frequently changing variety of understandings over time in Western societies of what is regarded as the normal body and mind.  The peculiar spelling of “disAbility” in our title projects these hopes: it is intended to suggest what society has come increasingly to understand: given the opportunity to participate and be self-determining, people with disabilities bring many abilities that are socially useful. All museums have purposes. Ours also has this mission.

    The museum occupies much of the ground floor of a building dedicated to People Inc.’s training program, and has exhibits largely consisting of tall panels with explanatory texts and illustrations and of material artifacts. We also have an expanding archive and a reference library in the basement of our facility, which have been of use to academic researchers. Our catalog records reveal over 8,000 entries, some of them conglomerate collections, compromised of documents, public records and clippings, published books, photographs, and physical objects.  Members of the general public have consulted these collections, which proven especially useful in tracking family and friends who were once institutionalized in now closed state institutions and perhaps buried in unmarked graves on the site of those facilities.

    The range of artifacts that a museum dedicated to disability can be a surprise on first reflection. Viewers expect perhaps artificial arms and legs, cereal boxes with photos of disabled athletes, and television and movie promotions featuring cast member with disabilities. But a recent acquisition may be more of a surprise. It tells complex and engaging stories.

    The New York State Museum mounted an exhibit, The Lives They Left Behind: Suitcases from A State Hospital in 2004 based on the unique artifacts found at Willard State Hospital, a New York State institution for those diagnosed with psychological illnesses. After Willard closed in 1995, 500 suitcases belonging to those who were resident were found in the vast, long sealed attic. The contents of these suitcases tell poignant personal stories, and illuminate the random processes by which people ended up in such institutions. With support from the van Ameringen and the Nathan Cummings foundations, a 1500 square foot travelling suitcase exhibit was created in 2004, and it toured the country, going to 30 venues in 11 different states, before it came to reside at the Museum of disAbility History, with the assistance of the Community Consortium.

    “Where are the suitcases?’ we were frequently asked by visitors, who have the craving for authenticity familiar to those who work in museums, They have been in the possession of the New York State Museum, which wasn’t going to further display them, but felt legally bound to keep them from further display, because of questions about legal ownership and in connection with that, concerns about protecting the identities of their owners. The New York State Museum is now attempting to locate descendants or more distant relatives of the suitcase owners, and return these possessions to them.

    After long negotiations, involving legal issues touching on these privacy and ownership questions, the Museum of disAbility History has managed with the needed permission of a surviving relative of one of the suitcase owners and the cooperation of the New York State Museum, to take possession on-loan of the suitcase of a former resident of Willard. Lawrence Mocha, an immigrant from Austria-Hungary, was born in 1878 and committed to Willard in 1916, where he resided until his death in 1968, He may have suffered a traumatic brain injury before immigrating, but he was symptom free sufficiently to have been admitted into the United States by immigration officers in 1907. Mocha defies the usual stereotypes about those institutionalized for mental illness. Whatever problems ultimately led him at a certain point in his life to go to Willard, while resident there he carved out an almost independent life for himself as the institution’s much needed cemetery-keeper. He lived on his own in a small house on the grounds, going to meals in the kitchen when he pleased. He was eccentric, but hardly detached from reality, or difficult to get along with.

    Mocha’s life after coming to Willard was not that different than many other of its institutionalized people. He got used to living there, and his needs were provided for as they were not reliably on the outside. Like many immigrants – and the foreign-born constituted a disproportionate percentage of the institutionalized population – his networks of personal support may well have been fragile or nonexistent. While New York State provided a solution to the problems he had in living independently, like other residents his dignity was preserved to the extent he worked on the grounds, assisting in the maintenance of the complex community that Willard supported. After being there many years, Mocha petitioned to leave, but was denied, perhaps on the basis of doubts that he could live on his own after being provided for so long. It is also said that the authorities recognized that his labor in maintaining the cemetery was needed.

    The stories of Mocha and nine other individuals who were the basis of the suitcases exhibit are found in Darby Penney and Peter Stastny, The Lives They Left Behind (2008). Stories of this sort are ones that the Museum of disAbility History is dedicated to telling. Stop in; you’ll be surprised.

    The rollout for the exhibit of Mr. Mocha’s suitcase will occur at the Museum of disAbility History on 18 October 2018.  We gratefully acknowledge the generosity of the Community Consortium and of the New York State Museum.

    David Gerber, Chair, Board of Trustees, Museum of disAbility History




  • September 21, 2018 11:34 AM | Becky Wehle

    Ten groups in Cayuga, Livingston, Monroe and Ontario Counties have secured grants totaling more than $71,000 from Preserve New York, including Genesee Country Village & Museum. The museum was given a grant of $7,560 to have an intensive-level Cultural Resource Survey of our site conducted by Blake Held, A.I.A. He will be photographing many of the buildings in the Historic Village, sifting through our archives, and ultimately creating a report based on National Park Service standards that we will hopefully use as the basis for a future nomination to the National Register of Historic Places.

     Preserve New York is a signature grant program of the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and the Preservation League of New York State, and is made possible with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

  • August 21, 2018 9:06 AM | Kathryn Kosto

    The Creative Licence Theater Collective is partnering with the Albany County Historical Association to produce “Tales of Old Albany” - a new podcast that will engage audiences with true, historical tales from around Albany County, with the stories brought to audible life by a cast of some of the region’s top acting talent.

    The program, researched and written by former ACHA intern and current Schuyler Mansion interpreter Jessie Serfilippi, will focus on the lives and friendship of two of Albany’s most important citizens, Brig. General Abraham Ten Broeck and Major General Philip Schuyler. The first of the four part series, titled “My Now Departed Friend,” will reveal the deep loss felt by both the Schuylers and the Ten Broecks following the death of Schuyler’s son-in-law Alexander Hamilton, as well as a look at how the Founding Father’s shocking death was felt throughout the city of Albany.

    “It all started with a letter,” says Creative License co-founder and producer Aaron Holbritter., “written by Dirck Ten Broeck, son of Abraham Ten Broeck, to his father, describing in detail the circumstances surrounding Hamilton’s death.” As it happens, Dirck, who had served as a law clerk for Hamilton before starting his own practice, had a meeting scheduled with Hamilton at his office on what would be the day of the duel. Ten Broeck was en route to that meeting when he was stopped in the street and told that Hamilton had been shot. He rushed to the Bayard’s home, where Hamilton had been taken,and was there when he succumbed to his injuries the next day. “It’s this incredibly heartbreaking letter that you can just tell was written in the throes of grief,” explains Holbritter, “and the actor/director in me immediately thought, ‘This should be performed somehow!’”

    After consulting with Serfilippi and discovering the close relationship between the Schuyler and Ten Broeck families through the letters they shared, the idea for the podcast began to take shape. “We try to take these letters and look at them in the broader historical context, but hearing them speak in their own words makes them feel very real.”

    Serfilippi and Holbritter have also crafted dramatic scenes between characters to help create a dynamic experience for the listener. “The letters are tremendous, but we wanted to create a dramatic way to connect these people and stories and for that to work, you need some really strong actors. So we went for the big guns.” Local theater stalwarts Chris Foster and Patrick White will bring to life Abraham Ten Broeck and Philip Schuyler, respectively. They’ll be joined by Creative License mainstays Ian LaChance (Dirck Ten Broeck) and Isaac Newberry (Alexander Hamilton), as well as Krysta Dennis (Angelica Schuyler Church) and Angela Potrikus (Elizabeth Van Rensselaer Ten Broeck), among others. Holbritter and Creative License co-founder Casey Polomaine will act as the story’s narrators.

    Episode one of the series will be released on September 1st on iTunes. People will be able to find links for the podcast at the ACHA’s website as well as Creative License’s. Subsequent episodes in the first series will look at the long friendship of Ten Broeck and Schuyler, their roles in the all-important Battle of Saratoga, and the lives of some of their offspring, including the couple that brought the family together officially, Philip’s son, Rensselaer Schuyler, and Abraham’s daughter, Elizabeth Ten Broeck. Those episodes are scheduled to drop every two weeks through October.

  • August 17, 2018 11:21 AM | K. Michelle Arthur


    BALLSTON SPA, NY, August 13, 2018–Saratoga County Historical Society (SCHS) announces the appointment of K. Michelle Arthur, Ph.D., as executive director.

    “We are thrilled to welcome Michelle to the organization. She has dedicated her career to engaging, educating and inspiring others to better understand how the past influences our lives today in an increasingly global landscape,” said Ervin Murray, President of the SCHS Board of Trustees. “She brings an abundance of hands-on knowledge and demonstrated successes in exhibit curating, program and curriculum development, grant writing and fundraising, marketing, and community outreach.”

    As executive director, Dr. Arthur is charged with fulfilling the vision of Saratoga County Historical Society: to lead Saratoga County in the preservation of its history and inspire the community to keep history alive for all to explore. She is responsible for the strategic planning and successful execution of all SCHS’s departments and teams.

    “Saratoga County Historical Society is a vital resource of information, educational programs for all ages, art, culture, and, of course, history. I have made it my priority to share all that this organization has to offer through out the Capital Region,” said K. Michelle Arthur, Ph.D. “I look forward to connecting with and forging strong relationships and partnerships with Capital Region leaders and organizations.  The Brookside Museum stands as a center of community in the region, and I am committed to exciting, engaging, and welcoming all of the members of our community.”

    Dr. Arthur is an educator who employs a multitude of innovative approaches to engage her audiences, from interactive simulations to visual thinking strategies. She most recently was the education coordinator at Shaker Heritage Society and an educator at MiSci in Schenectady. She has been a curator at the Yager Museum of Art and Culture at Hartwick College, as well as at The Morgan Library and Museum, in the Department of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts.  Additionally she lectured for thirteen years at The Cloisters, which is the Medieval branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art besides teaching at The Brooklyn Museum, S.U.N.Y. New Paltz, S.U.N.Y Oneota, and Hartwick College.

    True to her profession, Dr. Arthur is affiliated with numerous professional organizations including the Association of Art Museum Curators and the New York Council of Nonprofits. She has compiled an impressive list of published articles on a variety of topics, as well has having presented papers at national and international conferences.

    Dr. Arthur is proficient in French, Middle French, German, Italian, and Latin. She holds a Ph.D. in art history from Binghamton University, a master’s degree in art history from Hunter College, and a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Brandeis University.

    For more information on SCHS, visit


    Saratoga County Historical Society’s mission is to keep history alive through interactive educational programs and innovative exhibits that engage Capital Region communities with the exciting stories of

    Saratoga’s past, instill a deeper understanding of how the past and present connect, and inspire all about how this knowledge impacts the future. As a non-profit organization, programs and services are made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. For more information, please visit or call 518.885.4000.

The Museum Association of New York strengthens the capacity of New York State’s cultural community by supporting professional standards and organizational development. We provide advocacy, training, and networking opportunities so that museums and museum professionals may better serve their missions and communities.

Museum Association of New York is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization. 

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