April 2017  eNews of Note
What do toilet paper and candy have to do with finding a foil to the established narrative at your site? 

On Tuesday, April 25 the Hudson Valley session of the NYSCA/GHHN Creativity Incubator workshop series was held at Boscobel House and Gardens, the winner of the online competition to be the host organization in the Hudson Valley. Franklin Vagnone was the workshop's Museum Maverick challenging attendees to consider their perception of the museum experience-exploring why audiences should care and inviting them to step outside their routine scope of work and explore the core concepts of interactivity, engagement & relevancy. In the afternoon session, participants explored Boscobel's collections, discovering the amazing stories they hold and creating new ones.  At the end of the workshop attendees presented creative imaginary exhibitions based on real Boscobel collections items. A big thank you to Boscobel for hosting the workshop, NYSCA for their most valued partnership and Franklin Vagnone for his inspired creativity!
To see more pictures from the workshop, click here
The next Creativity Incubator will take place in Long Island, stay tuned for details on the voting!  

Registration for the June 9 workshop opens on May 1.
Click here for more information or follow #creativityincubator to stay up to date on Creativity Incubator news.  

The Collection Needs Assessment Program, a NYSCA/GHHN Partnership Program, is made possible with funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
You Won't Want To Miss The 
Hudson Valley Heritage Fair On May 7!
Mark your calendars because you won't want to miss out on this event!  On Sunday, May 7 from 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM , the public is invited to come explore all that the region has to offer at the 3rd Annual Hudson Valley Heritage Fair h eld at Locust Grove Estate in Poughkeepsie, this event is FREE and open to the public!
For more information and to register, click here. If you have any questions or concerns please call 914.592.6726. 
NYSCA/GHHN Collections Needs Assessment Program Supplies Portal Closes On May 1, 2017!
New Grant Opportunity!
Applicants may request funds to purchase collections management supplies which may include but are not limited to: storage boxes, acid-free tissue paper, artifact trays, dividers, UV filtering film, Tyvek sheeting, tape, tags, labels, and environmental monitors. Supply requests for archival or library collections will not be supported.   The program will offer awards of up to $750 per museum for relevant supplies requests on a first-come, first-served basis.

Application Deadlines
May 1 and October 1 (Portal open September 1).  

To learn more click here

The Collection Needs Assessment Program, a NYSCA/GHHN Partnership Program, is made possible with funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
18th Annual Hudson River Valley Ramble
Register Your Event for the 2017 Hudson River Valley Ramble!
This year's Hudson River Valley Ramble  will be held September 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 23-24, 30-October 1.  Submit your event by June 9th to be included in the Ramble booklet, which is distributed region-wide and beyond to high-traffic tourism destinations.  Sponsorships are also available at all levels, and more information can be found here.
Upcoming Grant Opportunities
NEH Preservation Assistance Grant
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Preservation Assistance Grants help small and mid-sized institutions-such as libraries, museums, historical societies, archival repositories, cultural organizations, town and county records offices, and colleges and universities-improve their ability to preserve and care for their significant humanities collections.
To learn more about the Preservation Assistance Grant and how to apply click here. The application deadline is May 2, 2017.
Hudson River Valley Greenway Grant Program
The program provides matching grants to Greenway Communities and Greenway Compact Communities. Greenway Communities are eligible to receive up to $10,000 for plans or projects consistent with the five Greenway criteria: natural and cultural resource protection, economic development, public access, regional planning, and heritage and environmental education. 
The application deadline is May 5 and September 8 (applications must be postmarked or emailed by 4:00PM).
For more information, guidelines, and applications, click here .
New York State Assembly Grants Action News
You can find more information about s tate, federal, and private grant information from the New York State Assembly. For more information,  click here.
$1,500 Grants Available Now for Suffrage Plans
2017 marks 100 years since New York State signed woman's suffrage into law, three years before the US passed the 19th Amendment. This was a milestone for the state and a transformative moment in American democracy. Equal opportunity is as important a topic today as it was when Susan B. Anthony was arrested in Rochester for attempting to vote.
This historical moment is the perfect time to frame a statewide discussion about the social, professional and political equality of women-and by extension, all citizens-in New York State. Through dialogue about our shared history and our common future, the New York Women's Suffrage Centennial (The Centennial)  will produce a statewide conversation that celebrates the accomplishments of the past while helping us become a more just and equitable society for all. 
If you're planning programs for this year that relate to the themes of The Centennial, apply today to HumanitiesNY(formerly NY Council for the Humanities) for a Vision or Action grant to support your work! Visit http://humanitiesny.org/our-work/special-initiatives/womens-suffrage/  for more information,  or make an appointment today to discuss your proposal idea s. Grants are awarded on a rolling basis. 
The New York Landmarks Conservancy 
Sacred Sites Grant Program
The Sacred Sites Program assists religious organizations with two statewide matching grant programs: Sacred Sites Grants and Sacred Sites Challenge grants. Congregations located in New York City are additionally eligible for our third grant program: Consulting Grants. Historic synagogues located in New York City's five boroughs are eligible for our fourth grant program: Jewish Heritage Fund Grants. 
For more information, click here. The application deadline is June 1, 2017.
CLIR Grant Program Recordings at Risk Will 
Help Preserve Audio & Audiovisual Recordings
The Council on Library and Informatio n Resources (CLIR) is now accepting applications for the pilot cycle of the Recordings at Risk Program, a national regranting program administered by CLIR to support the preservation of rare and unique audio recordings of high scholarly value in the US. Generously funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the program will run four competitions from Jan 2017 to September 2018, and will award a total of $2.3 Million.   
Open Competitions: Audio and/or Audiovisual Media
Deadlines: June 2017, December 2017, and May 2018
Following the initial competition for reformatting at NEDCC, CLIR will launch a series of three open competitions for audio and/or audiovisual digitization. Awards for the open competition will range from $10,000 to $50,000 and will cover costs of preservation reformatting for audio and/or audiovisual content by eligible institutions working independently or with qualified service providers.
For complete information and guidelines, visit CLIR Recordings at Risk
NYSA Student Research Awards Contest
The New York State Archives invites students to apply to the Student Research Awards Contest. The contest is open to all New York State students between grades 4-12 who use historical records in their research.  All students must use historical records, as well as other primary and secondary sources, in their research.  Projects must be nominated by teachers or administrators in the school attended by the student(s). Community members such as municipal historians and public librarians may also nominate students.  Entries from home-schooled students are welcome.  To find out more about the contest you can visit the archive's website at   www.archives.nysed.gov  or call at 518-474-6926.
The application deadline is July 1, 2017 and three awards will be presented in the fall of 2017. 
The next Visitor Experiences workshop will take place in less than a month.
Register now to reserve your spot!

Monday, May 22
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM

GHHN Members: $45  NonMembers: $55

Join GHHN as Kathryn Boardman of The Cherry Valley Group presents concrete examples of how to positively interact with visitors, create a welcoming and engaging experience, and inspire lasting and meaningful memories for visitors, as well as for staff and volunteers. The workshop will feature open discussions, hands-on work sessions and creative problem solving of real-life museum, historic house and historic site situations. Workshop fee includes a lite breakfast, networking luncheon, resource materials, and site tour.  

Space is limited - Register Today!

To learn more or to register, visit:

Click here 
to see photos from our last Creating Best Visitor Experiences Workshop on December 6 at the Staatsburgh State Historic Site!

This program is made possible by funding from the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area.

The Mid-Hudson Region  Path Through  History; Help Determine Its Future! 

Sunday, May 7
Locust Grove
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

You are invited to join us for a lively Town Hall group discussion about the future of Mid-Hudson Region Path Through History following the Hudson Valley Heritage Fair at 5:00 PM on May 7 at Locust Grove Estate in Poughkeepsie.  Your participation is critical to ensure the needs of the heritage community are met. If you have ideas for the future direction of Path Through History, this is your time to share them!  Following the Town Hall discussion there will be a networking reception with light hors d'oeuvres and wine.
The Town Hall Discussion and Reception are free, but space is limited and advance registration is required. 
For more information and to register, click here. If you have any questions or concerns please call 914.592.6726. 
Support for the Town Hall Discussion is provided by Market NY through I LOVE NY/ New York State's Division of Tourism as a part of the Regional Economic Development Council Awards. 
Only Two Sessions Left In This Workshop Series, Register Now Or You Could Miss Out! 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Historical Society of Rockland County

Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Staatsburgh State Historic Site

9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
GHHN Members: $45  NonMembers: $55

Guided by GHHN's collection care professionals, participants will learn the proper hands-on methodology of collections care by working directly with collections at four locations in the Hudson Valley. Through our train-the-trainer focus, this full-day workshop will equip attendees with the knowledge and skill sets necessary for cleaning, handling, and storing collections along with the tools to teach their volunteer base these critical skills.

Space is limited - Register Today!

Click here to view photos from Session 1 at Lyndhurst, and here to see those from Session 2 at Roosevelt-Vanderbilt State Historic Site.

To learn more or to register, visit:


This workshop is made possible by funding from the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area. 

Over 350 Events Have Been Registered On The Path Through History Site.
Have You  Registered Your PTHW Event Yet? 

Due to overwhelming positive feedback from our recent survey,  next  year  Path Through History Weekends will be held in two seasons: 
Spring - on Father's Day weekend (June 17-18, 2017) 
Fall - on Columbus Day weekend (October 7-9, 2017)

Host sites can  participate in one or both of the weekends; there is no obligation to participate in both. If your organization is holding an event during these time frames that connects with New York State history, we encourage you to participate so we can include it in our promotional efforts.  Don't delay,  click here  to register your event today!

Email pthweekend@iloveny.com  with any questions you have about Path Through History Weekends.
A Few Spaces Available In The 
SENYLRC Historic GIS Workshop 

Join SENYLRC at Southeastern for a workshop on Historic  GIS with  Gretta  Tritch Roman on May 10 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. 

The application of geographic information system (GIS) technology to historical analyses provides an interactive tool to graphically represent and geographically locate a large amount of historic data in a single image. Layers of information are compiled to offer the unique opportunity in the study of history to analyze time and space as simultaneous factors. The resulting interactive maps can be embedded on webpages, blogs, online exhibitions, etc.

In this hands-on workshop you will learn to georeference historic maps and overly data for user-oriented interactivity using freely available mapping tools: QGIS, Mapbox and Carto.

For more information and to register, click here
Save the Date! THV's  2017  Summer 
Institute Will Take Place July 25, 26, and 27!
July 25-27, Hyde Park
Building Community with Place-Based Learning
Teaching the Hudson Valley's Summer Institute will continue for another year! You can help make this the best yet by doing the following things:
1. Hold the dates.
2. Spread the word. Let us know how you can help, and we'll send flyers, cards, PDFs, whatever you need. Email us.
3. Send field experience ideas to  info@teachingthehudsonvalley.org

For more information, visit the Teaching the Hudson Valley Website
Call For Participation in the  
4th Annual Hudson Valley Taste of History!
The Fourth Annual Hudson Valley Taste of History will take place in September and October 2017! Don't miss out on the chance for your site to be a part of it!

During two months in the autumn of 2017, several historic sites in Dutchess, Orange and Ulster Counties will offer tasty treats to visitors who come to learn and enjoy the history of our region.
In previous years, Taste of History participant organizations offered visitors a variety of tasty treats thematically connected to their site such as home baked corn bread, Dutch cookies, apple fritters, treats from vintage cook books, beer and wine tasting, Native American snacks as well as a bacon festival! Additionally, s everal sites have partnered with local eateries and Bed & Breakfasts to offer tourists a special getaway. 
Organizations, other than member sites of Mid-Hudson Historic Destinations, are welcome to participate.  Sites may participate for one day, two days, or the full weekend. 
Time is running out, don't miss out on a chance to participate! If you have questions or would like to participate in this exciting opportunity email Lynn Fischer Eberle at lynn.eberle@aol.com or Roy Jorgensen at royjorg354@aol.com.
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Priscilla Brendler 

Executive Director




Kerry Sclafani 

Program Director



Zoe McWhirter

Program Assistant



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