September 2016 eNews of Note
2016 GHHN Annual Conference 
& Awards for Excellence
Friday, October 28
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Locust Grove Estate,  Poughkeepsie

Sensing History: Using the Senses to Access History, Engage Audiences and Inspire our Future
Immerse yourself in GHHN's Annual Conference for a sensory exploration of the past. Discover and share strategies for using sound, taste, scent, touch, and sight to engage audiences in heritage collections and environments. Workshops and panels will feature approaches such as storytelling, foodways, and tactile engagement. Other presentations will show how heritage sites have inspired contemporary art and performances. Join us and explore opportunities to connect the story of your site to issues of today and action for the future!

This year's Keynote Presentation will be given by Master Storyteller Jonathan Kruk. Selected "Best Storyteller in the Hudson Valley," Jonathan's been featured on CBS Sunday Morning, The National Geographic Channel, and the O'Reilly Factor - and we are thrilled to welcome him!

The 2016 Annual Conference will also feature break-out presentations by your peers; office hours that give you the opportunity to speak directly with representatives from NYSCA, NYCH, the Preservation League of NYS, Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area, and the C2CNYS Circuit Riders; breakfast; networking luncheon; full-day exhibitor hall; the Awards for Excellence ceremony; and more! For the full Conference program, click here

GHHN Members: $55.00
Non Members:     $65.00

Late Registration (after October 14)
GHHN Members: $65.00
Non Members:     $75.00

The 2016 Annual Conference is presented in partnership with:

Gold Level Sponsors

Silver Level Exhibitors

Why Exhibit at the GHHN Annual Conference?

Your Clients Are Our Members.  Let GHHN help you reach the largest gathering of museum professionals throughout the Hudson Valley/  Metro New York region!
Is your business seeking ways to connect and build relationships with the Hudson Valley/Metro New York's museums and historical organizations?  This is your opportunity to connect face-to-face and showcase your products with your target audience. Become a Conference Sponsor, Exhibitor, Supporter, Friend or eAdvertiser.

The Hudson Valley/Metro NY has the largest concentration of historic organizations in the state.  We know you'll want your museum products to be represented and to connected to the audience that uses them.    

This is your opportunity!   
The museum community will be at the GHHN  Sensing History Conference at Locust Grove in Poughkeepsie, NY in October-  where will you be? Click on the button below to learn more about becoming a sponsor or exhibitor. 

Hurry! Space is limited - First Come, First Served. 
Deadline is October 10!
Because Even Seasoned Professionals Can Use A Refresher!

Tuesday, October 4
Historical Society of Rockland County
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:

This program is made possible by funding from the  Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area.
Museum Day Live!
Museum Day Live! is an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine. Participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket. The Museum Day Live! ticket provides free admission for two people. Where will your curiosity lead you on Museum Day Live!? @MuseumDay  #BoundlessCuriosity #MuseumDayLive

To find a participating museum near you and to get your tickets, click here.
$1,500 Grants Available Now for Suffrage Plans
In 2017 it will be 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 2017 that relate to the themes of The Centennial, apply today for a Council Vision grant to support your work! Visit for more information,  or make an appointment to discuss your proposal ideas.(Reminder: A representative from NYCH will be holding office hours at the GHHN Annual Conference!)
GHHN Staff Update

September has brought with it some exciting changes! 
Kerry Sclafani is now GHHN's Program Director. You can reach Kerry at her new email: 

Zoe McWhirter, who has been GHHN's intern for the last year, is  officially joining our staff as the new part-time Program Assistant. You can email Zoe directly at 
Hudson River Valley Ramble 
Going On Now!
T he Hudson River Valley Ramble is an annual event series that celebrates the history, culture and natural resources of the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area, as well as the amazing landscape, communities, and trails throughout the region.  Every September, 'Ramblers' come not only from the Hudson Valley region and New York State, but from other regions of the country as well to discover the riches our Valley has to offer. Join the fun! To find events near you,  please visit the Ramble website. 
November is New York State History Month
New York State History Month represents an opportunity for historians and cultural institutions to assert the vital importance of preserving and learning about our state's history. It is also a time to engage with the public through programs and learning opportunities about the history of New York State and the ways in which we can help preserve our history. The New York State Museum encourages historians, museums, historic sites, archives, and libraries across the state to join us in presenting events, tours, lectures, discussions, publications, and exhibitions that highlight the importance of New York State history and the role we (and the public) play in preserving it. To learn more about NYS History Month, and how to get involved, click here. 
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Curious about how to best organize your collections?
Want to know who can help you to get rid of the mold on your documents?  Wondering how to best store the heirloom wedding dress in your collection?  Need help registering on the Grants Gateway?  We have the help your organization needs to answer a broad range of questions.  Learn more about the one-on-one consultations we offer!  Call 914.592.6726 or email to schedule one today!
SEAL 2.0 Is Here!
In order to get you up and running on the new technology, SENYLRC will be offering in-person training classes around the region as well as free webinars. Trainings will take place from 9/19 - 10-/19. Staff from all types of libraries are welcome to attend classes.

About SEAL 2.0:
Regardless of size, libraries do not have all the materials needed by their patrons. SENYLRC is continuing in a long tradition of providing libraries in the Hudson Valley with a method to borrow from each other. Southeastern Access to Libraries or SEAL is the current platform for regional interlibrary loan comprised of a virtual union catalog and electronic interlibrary loan system. SENYLRC will soon have a new platform for SEAL. If you are already a SEAL ILL System participant or a library new to regional resource sharing, we invite you to participate. There are no fees to use the service.  For more information on the training sessions, please click here. 
Reminder: IMLS Grant Deadline is 12/1!
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The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is now accepting applications for four museum grant programs.

Notable changes in FY 2017 include increases in award amount limits for Museums for America and National Leadership Grants programs. Museums for America applicants may request awards of up to $500,000, an increase of $350,000 from last year, and National Leadership Grant applicants may request research and non-research awards of up to $1,000,000, an increase of $500,000 from last year. The Museums for America and National Leadership Grants program guidelines also include information about activities of special interest to IMLS for FY 2017. See the IMLS website for program guidelines (notices of funding opportunities), instructions for completing applications, staff contacts, and webinar information for each museum grant program:

A pre-recorded webinar  detailing important information about museum funding opportunities is accessible online. 
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October 19-27, 2016
The Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York, Inc. (A.R.T.), along with hundreds of organizations in the archives community across New York State, celebrates New York Archives Week, with special commemorative activities throughout the New York City metropolitan area.  New York Archives Week is an annual celebration aimed at informing the general public of the diverse array of archival materials available in the metropolitan New York City region. 
More information coming soon - stay tuned and visit for more information!
Uncommon Approaches to the Common Core Workshops
Please join MANY at these FREE workshops for classroom teachers; school, public and academic librarians; public historians; museum, archive and historic site staff; and representatives from public television, performing arts and other cultural organizations. The goal is to share our resources and effectively support learning in and out of the classroom.

Workshops will take place across the state - to find a location near you, please click here. All workshops begin at 8:30 AM and end at 3:30 PM. Refreshments and lunch are included. For more information and to register: or call 518-273- 3400.

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