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  • March 05, 2020 1:11 PM | Megan Eves (Administrator)

    The Fort Plain Museum proudly presents the Annual American Revolution Mohawk Valley Conference

    June 11 - 14, 2020

    The conference is back at the Fulton-Montgomery Community College and is limited to 200 seats (sold out for 2018 and would have been sold out for 2019). The Bus Tours are limited to 55 seats per tour. There is a $10 discount if you sign up for the conference by May 15, 2020. Please sign up early so you don't miss out.

    We have another great lineup of historians/authors:

    Andrew Jackson O’Shaughnessy - The Architect of the British War for America: Lord George Germain

    Craig Bruce Smith - The Interests of Our Dearest Country: Honor and the Continental Army

    James Kirby Martin - A Contagion of Violence: The Human Slaughter in Frontier New York: 1775-1783

    Mark Edward Lender - John Brown's Raid on Fort Ticonderoga in September 1777

    Lindsay M. Chervinsky - Councils of War and the Cabinet: How the Revolutionary War Shaped the Presidency

    David Head - George Washington and a Very Mysterious Business: Tracking Down the Newburgh Conspiracy

    Eric H. Schnitzer - The Value of Revisionism: Don Troiani's Campaign to Saratoga – 1777

    Todd W. Braisted - In Reduced Circumstances: Loyalist Women and British Government Assistance, 1779-1783

    Katie Turner Getty - Women Aiding American Prisoners of War and Escapees in New York

    James E. Richmond - War on the Middleline: The Founding of a Community in the Kayaderosseras Patent in the Midst of the American Revolution

    Wayne Lenig - Fort Plain, Fort Plank and Fort Rensselaer: the Revolutionary War Fortifications at Canajohary

    Robert A. Selig - Saturday Dinner Speaker - "In the Morning We Began to Strip and Bury the Dead:” A Context for Burial Practices During the American War for Independence

    South River Heritage Consultants - Stone Arabia and Klock's Battlefields Study Update

    Conference Presentations are (June 12-14): 1 on Friday Evening, 6 on Saturday (all day), 1 on Saturday Evening during the Dinner, and 4 on Sunday (ending at lunch time).

    We would​ like to welcome back, the Master of Ceremony, the Voice of the Mohawk Valley, Bob Cudmore. After a one year absence, Bob will be back to introduce our line-up of wonderful speakers. Welcome back Bob!

    Conference Location:

    The Fulton-Montgomery Community College's Theater - The Visual Arts & Communications Building (Campus Map Building #2) - 2805 NY-67, Johnstown, NY 12095 - Please Park in Lots 5, 4 or Visitor's Lot - Please Click Here - FMCC Campus Map 2020

    Bus Tours:

    Bus Tour #1

    Forts & Fortified Homes of the Mohawk - Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 8:00 AM

    This is an in-depth, never done before tour of the historic forts, fortified homes and sites that formed the defensive perimeter around Fort Rensselaer (Fort Plain). Site visits will include Fort Failing, Fort Ehle, Fort Clyde, Fort Plank, Fort Rensselaer, Fort Kayser, Fort Paris, Fort Nellis, Fort Klock and more. The Lunch stop will be at the Fort Plain Museum.

    Bus Tour #2

    Stone Arabia & Klock’s Battlefields, 240 Years Later - Friday, June 12, 2020 - 8:00 AM

    This is an in-depth, never done before tour of the Stone Arabia and Klock’s Battlefield Historic Sites. This detailed tour of the Stone Arabia Battlefield will follow the avenues of approach, view battle areas, visit the historic churches burned in battle, and the sites of Forts Kayser & Paris, several farms that were burned. We will stop at the Palatine Church that was spared the torch. Similar stops are also planned for Klock’s Battlefield. A lunch stop will be included.

    Bus Tours include admissions to all historic/museum sites, lunch, and a tour booklet. Both Bus Tours will pick up and drop off at the college, located at 2805 NY-67, Johnstown, NY 12095, parking lots B and C (please see college campus map above).

    Fundraiser Dinner:

    American Revolutionary War Battlefield Preservation - Saturday, June 13th - The Bridge Walk at the Perthshire - 112 Perthshire Drive, Amsterdam, NY 12010 - 5:30 PM

    Robert A. Selig - "In the Morning We Began to Strip and Bury the Dead:” A Context for Burial Practices During the American War for Independence - The presentation will start at the conclusion of dinner.

    The dinner includes a choice of three entrees (will include a vegetarian option) with sides, salad and dessert.

    There will also be a Cocktail Hour with cash bar.

    Living History and Genealogy:

    Friday, June 12, 2020 - Various Historic Sites/Museums and Times

    Visit several Mohawk Valley historic sites and museums for living history demonstrations and genealogy related talks. Genealogy information will be available for viewing.

    More information will be posted soon.

    Conference Registration:

    Ways to Register:

    Register online (credit card and processing fees apply): Please Click Here to Register Online

    Register by mail: Please Click Here for 2020 Conference Registration Form

    Register by email:

    Register by phone: 518-774-5669

    Conference Lodging:

    The Holiday Inn Johnstown/Gloversville is the official Conference Lodging. The Holiday Inn is located at 308 N Comrie Ave, Johnstown, NY 12095. The Holiday Inn is holding a block of rooms at a Conference rate of $105.00 plus tax/fees per night for June 10 through 13, 2020. Guests must call (518) 762-4686 before May 15, 2020 and the rooms have been booked under “Conference on the American Revolution”.

    Please Click Here for Other Lodging Needs

    Conference Sponsors:

    Please Click Here for Conference Sponsor Information

  • March 05, 2020 10:57 AM | Hadley DesMeules (Administrator)

    Iroquois Museum Opens 2020 Season with Identity/Identify 

    Who is Haudenosaunee?  Who is not, and who gets to decide? These are the questions at the center of a thought-provoking new exhibit in the Iroquois Museum's main gallery. Praised as “quite timely” by the Oneida Trust & Enrollment Department in Wisconsin, Identity/Identify presents individual and collaborative artistic responses from across Iroquois Country that speak to these issues. The exhibit explores how definitions and designations of membership determine access to tribal and federal resources, rights, residency options, and other components of cultural and community participation.

    Artwork from the Iroquois Museum's collection and work created specifically for the exhibit will address the political, often polarizing, issues surrounding blood quantum standards; the position and challenges of mixed race individuals; those whose connections to heritage are through their father's (rather than mother’s) lines; and those who grew up off reservation. 

    The exhibit features video, sculpture, beadwork, mosaic, painting, and photography by Peter Jones, Hayden Haynes, and Michael Jones from Seneca territory; Margaret Jacobs, Natasha Smoke Santiago, and Ionawiienhawi Sargent from Akwesasne; Brenda Hill, Rick Hill, and Robert D’Alimonte from Tuscarora; Karen Ann Hoffman from Oneida, Wisconsin; Tahatie Montour, Angel Horn, and Danielle Soames from Kahnawake; Andrea Chrisjohn from Kingston, NY; Shelia Escobar and Lance Hodahkwen from Syracuse; Rosy Simas from Minneapolis; Ric Glazer Danay from California; and Melanie Printup Hope from Toronto. Identity/Identify runs through November 29, 2020 with an opening reception on May 2 with special guest writer and playwright Drew Hayden Taylor.  Curated by the Iroquois Museum with project consultants Andrea Chrisjohn and Melanie Printup Hope. 

    The Iroquois Museum is located 40 miles west of Albany in Howes Cave, NY.  For hours and additional information, visit or call 518.296.8949.

     Identity/Identify is made possible in part with support from Poets & Writers and a Humanities NY Action grant. 

  • February 21, 2020 2:42 PM | Megan Eves (Administrator)

    Sharing Women's History in the Hudson Valley

    Eleanor Roosevelt holding a press conference. Eleanor Roosevelt was the first First Lady to hold a press conference. By the end, she had held 348 press conferences as First Lady! NPS Photo

    As the 2020 centennial of the 19th Amendment approaches, the National Park Service is preparing to commemorate the story of the struggle for women’s suffrage nationwide. This story is complex and interwoven with issues of civil and political rights for all Americans. We are holding an event to explore how historic sites and cultural organizations within and around the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area can work together to share the many facets of this multi-layered story with the public. 

    Hike to from New York City to Albany, New York led by suffragist leader, "General" Rosalie Jones [January 1, 1914]. Photo: George Grantham Bain Collection, Library of Congress.


    local partners within and adjacent to the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area (HURV) to share commemoration plans and facilitate collaboration.


    a richer narrative of suffrage history within the region by weaving together sites that represent different parts of the story.


    National Park Service resources and projects available for partner use.

    Please RSVP for the event!

    To RSVP, contact Rebecca Flemer at or call (267) 670-1338. Please let us know your phone number, any dietary restrictions and how you heard about the event.

    Learn more:

  • February 21, 2020 2:37 PM | Megan Eves (Administrator)

    Since 2016, the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) in Washington, D.C., has galvanized more than 1,500 cultural institutions from seven continents and 50 countries with the award-winning #5WomenArtists social media campaign. Through #5WomenArtists during Women’s History Month, NMWA aims to help the public answer—without hesitation—“Can you name five women artists?”

    Join us in March on social media using #5WomenArtists to share important contributions by women in their collections or exhibitions. If they’re interested, we’d like them to submit their information to this survey: to participate in #5WomenArtists and stay up-to-date on news and events related to the campaign.

    Learn more about #5WomenArtists:

  • February 07, 2020 9:20 AM | Steve Bodnar

    William G. Pomeroy Foundation Opens New Grant Round for 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, Feb. 3.

    This roadside 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 covers the following counties: Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Schuyler, Tioga and Tompkins (Region 10); Monroe, Ontario, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne and Yates (Region 11); and Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Livingston, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming (Region 12).

    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, March 2, 2020. Primary source documentation is necessary to support the text on a marker. The final application deadline is Monday, April 6, 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 map with listings of current markers and plaques.

    About the 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 nearly 1,000 historic roadside markers and plaques nationwide. Grants cover the cost of a marker, pole and shipping. Visit:

    # # #

    Media Inquires

    Steve Bodnar
    Communications Manager
    William G. Pomeroy Foundation
    (315) 913-4068
  • February 03, 2020 9:42 AM | Megan Eves (Administrator)

    The NYSCA/GHHN Creativity Incubator Grant Program provides NYS museums with financial support (up to $5,000 each) to experiment with and/or implement ideas inspired by the spirit of the Creativity Incubator workshops, held from 2017-2019. 

    For the past three years the "Creativity Incubator," a partnership between the Greater Hudson Heritage Network (GHHN) and the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) Museum Program, has offered "creativity labs" in seven different museums across New York State. With the goal of encouraging museums to think more imaginatively about the interpretation of their collections and to explore new ways to engage with contemporary audiences, these labs were an opportunity to brainstorm ideas using an actual collection or space. Based on feedback from those participants, GHHN and NYSCA are now offering funding to help empower museums to make change. This could involve testing out ideas, partnering with other Creativity Incubator participants to explore new approaches, or for those who are ready - to implement. We anticipate funding at least seven grants at a maximum of $5,000 each in multiple regions of New York State. No match is required.

    Priority* will be given to participants from one of the seven Creativity Incubator sessions, held from 2017-2019. 

    The project may only occur between March 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020.


    Applications will be accepted online until 2/15/2020. 

    There are two ways to apply for the Creativity Incubator grant - through a written narrative or a maximum 4-minute video. You may select either method - there is no benefit to selecting one over the other. Regardless of the method you choose, you will need to answer all the application questions. Both methods also require you to fill out the organization questionnaire (contact information, EIN number, operating budget, etc.) and accept that the amount awarded is $5,000.

    You will need to answer the following questions:

    1. What problem are you trying to solve? 

    (Hint: this should be able to be explained in one or two sentences).

    2. What do you plan to do?

    3. What questions do you want to explore?

    4. How is your approach creative and different? Has anyone tried it before?

    5. Do you face any challenges in being creative?

    6. Who will work on this and what is their background?

    Remember, if you are submitting a video application, your 4-minute video must answer all the questions above however you choose to visualize it.

    For the guidelines and more information, please visit:

  • January 29, 2020 9:32 AM | Megan Eves (Administrator)

    Deadline: EXTENDED to Friday, March 17, 2020, 4:00 PM

    New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), in connection with the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, is seeking proposals from parties interested in conceptualizing and operating an approximately 15,000 SF cultural center (the “Cultural Education Center”) and an approximately 18,000 SF public outdoor memorial (the “Outdoor Memorial”) honoring the lives and contributions of freed and enslaved Africans in East Harlem. 

    The Outdoor Memorial will be located at the historical site of the Harlem African Burial Ground, and the Cultural Education Center will be sited adjacent to the Outdoor Memorial. Both the Cultural Education Center and Outdoor Memorial will be located at Manhattan Block 1803 Lot 1, also identified as 2460 Second Avenue (the “Site”). The Cultural Education Center and Outdoor Memorial are expected to be built as a part of the future mixed-use redevelopment of the Site, referred to as the E126th Street Redevelopment Project (the “Project”).

    NYCEDC plans to designate an operator for the Cultural Education Center and Outdoor Memorial to participate in the Project on the basis of factors stated in the RFEI which include, but are not limited to: the quality of the proposal, experience of key staff identified in the proposal, demonstrated successful experience in performing services similar to those encompassed in the RFEI, and the financial capacity of the respondent.

    It is the policy of NYCEDC to comply with all federal, state and City laws and regulations which prohibit unlawful discrimination because of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status and other protected category and to take affirmative action in working with contracting parties to ensure certified Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs) share in the economic opportunities generated by NYCEDC’s projects and initiatives.


    Optional informational sessions will be held at 12pm at NYCEDC and at 6:30pm at The Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College on Thursday, November 7, 2019. Those who wish to attend either session should RSVP by email to on or before October 31, 2019

    Respondents may submit questions and/or request clarifications from NYCEDC no later than 5pm on Friday, January 17, 2020. Questions regarding the subject matter of this RFP should be directed to For all questions that do not pertain to the subject matter of this RFEI please contact NYCEDC’s Contracts Hotline at (212) 312-3969. Answers to all questions will be posted by Thursday, January 23, 2020, to

    Submission Requirements

    Detailed submission guidelines and requirements are outlined in the RFEI, available as of Monday, October 21, 2019. The RFEI is available for in-person pick-up between 9:30am and 4:30pm, Monday through Friday, from NYCEDC, One Liberty Plaza, 165 Broadway, 14th floor, New York, NY 10006. To download a copy of the solicitation documents please visit will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis beginning 4pm on Monday, January 6, 2020.

    Deadline: EXTENDED to Friday, March 17, 2020, 4:00 PM

     Please submit five (5) sets of your expression and one (1) digital copy USB flash drive of your expression of interest to:

    NYCEDC, One Liberty Plaza, 165 Broadway, New York, NY 10006
    Attention: Maryann Catalano, Chief Contracting Officer, Contracts.

  • January 27, 2020 4:59 PM | Megan Eves (Administrator)

    2020 NYCMER Annual Conference: 
    Monday, May 11, 2020
    Teachers College, Columbia University
    Call for Proposals
    Due January 27, 2020, 11:59pm


    As we enter a new decade, the New York City Museum Educators Roundtable invites presenters to explore ways in which we can grow our institutions and programming with a focus on engagement both inside and out.

    The museum field is in a moment of immense progress and change – internally, in the public-facing realm, and through our collaborations. With calls for accountability, transparency, equity, and increased access, it is apparent that communication and engagement in all facets of our work is integral to the growth and betterment of our institutions. Proposals for this year’s conference should examine how we interact, participate, and collaborate with our audiences, colleagues, internal stakeholders, and/or professional networks. The topic of ENGAGE! can be approached from a theoretical or practical perspective, and can include existing methods and best practices or ideas for the future.

    The Conference Committee is interested in breakout session, poster and case study proposals that represent the interests of institutions varying in size and discipline, and museum education professionals at all career stages. Breakout session proposals should include interactive, practical, and replicable content, which can support educators’ professional development and skill-building.

    How to Apply
    Review the call for proposals, use the templates to help you plan your proposal (links provided within the call for proposals), and then submit your proposal via the 2020 NYCMER Annual Conference submission form, by January 27, 2020, 11:59pm.

    Looking for help or inspiration?
    Join us for Conference #Winning - How to Survive and Thrive, a NYCMER monthly program, on January 13, at Teachers College. There, you can meet the NYCMER VP, get help applying, think about how you can brand yourself, practice networking with colleagues, and learn how you can continue the conversation after the conference. For registration and more information, click here.

    If you have a session idea in mind, but would like to partner with other museum professionals on your proposal, the NYCMER Vice President, Brian Levine, may be able to help. Email him directly at

    About NYCMER:
    Since 1979, the New York City Museum Educators Roundtable has provided a platform for museum educators to come together and discuss matters important to the field. Through ongoing workshops, gatherings, and annual conferences, NYCMER provides museum educators with a community space to explore, exchange, and implement ideas in our growing profession.  
    We invite you to join us at NYCMER’s 2020 Annual Conference, to be held on Monday, May 11, 2020 at Teachers College, Columbia University! Interact with peers and take part in a wide array of panel discussions, workshops, and other professional development opportunities.


    The 2020 NYCMER Annual Conference is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

  • January 22, 2020 4:16 PM | Megan Eves (Administrator)

    Applications are now available for the 2020 cycle of the Preserve New York Grant Program. This program is a partnership between the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and the Preservation League of New York State. We also are thrilled to have generous additional support from The Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation for projects occurring in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. The Preserve New York grant program is made possible through the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

    Preserve New York is open to 501c3 nonprofits and municipalities who steward historic buildings, or who are looking to do broad community preservation planning projects. Preserve New York generally funds between $3,000 and $10,000. Applicants are required to contribute at least a 20% cash match toward the total cost of the project. Eligible project types include:

    • Building Condition Reports
    • Historic Structure Reports
    • Cultural Landscape Reports
    • Cultural Resource Surveys

    As you can see, these projects are all preservation planning studies. We do not offer funds for bricks and mortar projects. Thorough explanations of these project types as well as examples of previously funded projects are available on our website.


    For your convenience and information, we have several workshops and one webinar coming up shortly about the Preserve New York program and other aspects of historic preservation in New York State:


    These workshops and webinar are a chance to learn important information about how to apply, frequently asked questions, and see examples of successful previous projects. Here’s the schedule at a glance:


    • January 23rd, 2020: Binghamton
    • January 30th, 2020: Elmira
    • February 3rd, 2020: Webinar – available anywhere!
    • February 24th, 2020: Hornell


    Please visit the link above if you’d like to register to participate in one of these presentations. We look forward to having you join us!


    Guidelines for the Preserve New York program are also available on our website, but a PDF copy is attached to this here for your convenience. Please feel free to disseminate this information far and wide within your circles; we would love to speak with your friends and colleagues about potential projects.


    This year, in order to apply, interested applicants are being asked to fill out the Preserve New York Application: Part I on our website whereas before, interested applicants were asked to call the League. Now you can fill out the Part I application and send it in any time you’d like! This form will help League staff to determine eligibility for the program and answer any questions you might have/provide some technical assistance on the process. After submitting Part I, you will hear from League staff about next steps for your project and receive Part II of the application form (along with instructions) if you are deemed eligible.

    Please let us know if you have any questions by emailing

  • January 16, 2020 5:07 PM | Megan Eves (Administrator)

    Here at the National Museum of American History we’re embarking on a new strategic planning process. In order to do that we’re reaching out to nationwide to get the word out about this work. Our hope is that the National Museum of American History can become a vibrant and sustainable American history museum for the whole nation. In order for that to happen, we need to hear from the American people across the country so we know how to best create the path forward.  

    What does it mean to be a physical museum in a digital world?

    What role does a history museum have in the future, let alone the National Museum of American History?

    How can we be more meaningful to everyday Americans?

    These are just a few of the many questions that we are grappling with and inviting our stakeholders and the public at large to participate in and help us as we seek to transform *your* museum. 

    We hope that you will share your voice with us and come along on this important journey.

    To access the survey, you can visit  

    It’s also vitally important that you share the survey out so it can reach the most people possible across the country. We would appreciate it if you could share the survey out to your audiences and on your social media with the attached image and this (or similar) text:  

    Help the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History by taking this brief survey to share what you’d like to see from *your* National Museum 

    The survey is also fully available in Spanish at the linkónImporta


    The survey closes at the end of January, though we are considering extending it for longer to meet our goals.

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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