2018 MidWinter eNewsletter

Join us during 2018 for a series of workshops and webinars to learn about funding opportunities from the sources themselves; hear presentations from other organizations who have written successful applications; and tour successful funded projects as a method for de-mystifying the process to inspire heritage sites to apply for their own potential preservation projects. The series will feature 3 workshops and 3 webinars - some presented in partnership with the Preservation League of NYS and the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area/Hudson River Valley Greenway.

Finding Funds for All Your Collections Management Needs 
Thursday, March 8, 2018
Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
GHHN Members: $45  NonMembers: $55
Mold, insects, and rodents cause considerable damage to museum, library, and archival collections. Unfortunately, infestations are not usually limited to one collection type, but can spread... to textiles, leather, paper, photographs, baskets, furs, and wooden objects. During this program, conservator Donia Conn will help attendees learn to identify a range of common insect and rodent pests; how to identify active and inactive mold; and how to prevent and respond to infestations on a small budget. Afterwards, we will focus on identifying grant opportunities for the preservation and conservation of damaged or endangered collections and historic interiors: the NYSCA/GHHN Conservation Treatment Grant Program, the NYSCA/GHHN Collection Needs Assessment Grant Programs, as well as state and federal funding sources. Workshop fee includes a lite breakfast, networking luncheon, resource materials, and site tour.

Finding Funds for All Your Collections Management Needs (WEBINAR)
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
GHHN Members: $15  NonMembers: $25
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
This webinar, presented by Museum Consultant Kathleen Craughwell-Varda, provides an overview on the storage of object collections focusing on best practices and low-tech solutions. The program is designed for staff and volunteers at museums, historical societies, libraries, and archives. The webinar will provide an analysis of best practice for organizing and furnishing collection storage rooms on a budget as well as a funding source overview of the NYSCA/GHHN Conservation Treatment Grant Program, the NYSCA/GHHN Collection Needs Assessment Grant Program, and additional state, federal and foundation funding sources. 

To learn more about both of these programs or to register, visit:

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

2018 NYSCA/GHHN Conservation Treatment Grant Program: Deadline is June 1!
A partnership of the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and Greater Hudson Heritage Network (GHHN) that provides support for treatment procedures by professional conservators to aid in stabilizing and preserving objects in collections of museums, historical and cultural
organizations in New York State. Support of up to $7500 is available for conservation treatment of paintings, works on paper, textiles, furniture, frames, sculptures, historical, ethnographic, and decorative objects owned by eligible organizations. Funding is also available for treatment costs for supports, frames, stands and mounts that are integral to the treatment of the object.  We strongly encourage you to call us in advance of applying to discuss your eligibility and your request. 

Portal Opens: March 1, 2018
Application Deadline: June 1, 2018

For more information on the application process, grant guidelines, and listings of past grantees  please visit our website:

Image: Union College Permanent Collection, Théodore Olivier Mathematical Model (20), Intersection of Two Cylinders of Equal Diameter.  Before Treatment.

The Conservation Treatment Grant 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.
NYSCA/GHHN Creativity Incubator:
Western NY Session 

Save the Date - May 1, 2018!
In these days of changing demographics, shrinking attendance, 
tightened budgets, increased competition, and exponential growth  of technology & social media, institutions need to keep their exhibitions fresh, their work relevant, and take bold steps to keep up with the times.  To address this statewide need, NYSCA and GHHN have created the Creativity Incubator, a 2-year pilot partnership program which invites staff in museums to test out experimental interpretive approaches.  We visited the Hudson Valley, Long Island and the Mohawk Valley in 2017. 

Now we're heading to Western NY! The next NYSCA/GHHN Creativity Incubator workshop will be held on  Tuesday, May 1, 2018  at one of these 7 sites*!
  • Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum, North Tonawanda  
  • Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History, Jamestown
  • The Cobblestone Society & Museum, Albion
  • Geneva Historical Society, Geneva
  • Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site, Buffalo 
  • Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester 
  • Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at St. Bonaventure University, St. Bonaventure
Remember - the location of the workshop will be determined by you - anyone can vote (once per device) - so help us spread the word! Tell your colleagues, family, and friends they can help to choose the winning site!    Voting and workshop registration will open on our website  www.greaterhudson.org  on  Monday, March 19th! 
Excellence in Historic Preservation Awards
The Preservation League of NYS' annual Awards program allows PLNYS to highlight projects that offer new examples of best practices in historic preservation. Self-nominations are allowed and encouraged and there is no entrance fee. The League especially encourages nominations that provide case studies or models incorporating energy efficiency, adaptive reuse, or New York's Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit program. 

For more information and to see previous award winners, please visit: www.preservenys.org/guidelines.html
Deadline for nominations is on or before February 15, 2018.
2018 Path Through History Weekends
June 16-17 and October 6-8, 2018

Registration is Open! Path Through History Weekends are a showcase of New York State's rich and fascinating history and will feature hundreds of events happening at historic and cultural destinations throughout the state. Host sites can participate in one or both of the weekends; there is no obligation to participate in both. We welcome your partnership as we work together to showcase New York State's unparalleled history. 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. Click on the link below to register your event! 

Email pthweekend@iloveny.com  with any questions you have about Path Through History Weekends. 
NYSCA/GHHN Collections Needs Assessment Program: Deadline is June 1!
The Collections Needs Assessment Program is a NYSCA/GHHN Grant partnership program which provides two opportunities for museums across New York State. The  Site Assessment Program  (maximum award $650)  will support professional services for a collections consultant who will come to your organization for a half-day site visit focusing on a collections related topic. The Supplies Program (maximum award $750) enables applicants who have consulted with an appropriate professional to request funds to purchase collections management supplies. Requests for archival or library collections will not be supported. 

We strongly encourage you to call us in advance of applying to discuss your request. 

Portal Opens: May 18, 2018
Application Deadline: June 1, 2018

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.
GHHN is here to help!

Priscilla Brendler 

Executive Director




Kerry Sclafani 

Program Director



Dawn Elliott is the 2018 Martha Washington Woman of History!
Historic interpreter, reenactor, preservationist, educator and researcher Dawn Elliott is this year's recipient of the Martha Washington Woman of History Award. This 
award is given by Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site each year to a woman who has made a contribution to the history of the Hudson Valley through education, promotion, or preservation. 
Ms. Elliott, of New Paltz, is Site Manager at Locust Lawn Museum, where she introduced the "Ancients Alive" event, and is also involved with interpretation at the Locust Grove Historic Estate. Ms. Elliott began volunteering at Historic Huguenot Street at the age of fourteen. This led to a position of interpreter at that location, where she created Historic Huguenot Street's Haunted Huguenot Street Halloween program. She has been associated with that location ever since. Ms. Elliott was later employed at Senate House in the same capacity of historic interpreter prior to going to Locust Lawn Estate. She is also employed at Museum Village, where her involvement extends to providing essential collections care services, designing and installing exhibits, managing a volunteer program and organizing and interpreting at their special events. She is a volunteer, interpreter and creator of programs, presentations and interpretive characterizations at historic sites up and down the Hudson River Valley. Her characterizations are extensive, representing the 17th century to the 20th century. She is a member of the Town of New Paltz Historic Preservation Commission and the founder of Scions of Patria, an organization that interprets Dutch colonial domestic life. Along with doing this, Ms. Elliott also works to promote historic preservation by trying to save endangered buildings and archaeological sites like the Revolutionary War Fishkill Supply Depot.
The award presentation will take place on March 18, 2018, at Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site during the Women's History Month program, "The General's Lady". The public is welcome to attend the program, starting at 2:00 PM. For further details or directions, call  845-562-1195.
Congratulations, Dawn!
Applying to NYSCA for 2019? 
This month, NYSCA Program Staff will host application webinars for the  Architecture + Design and Museum Programs. Join in to learn what you need to know to apply to each program! The webinars will be recorded and posted on the Program pages.
Museums with budgets under $1 million
Monday, February 12, 2018 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Museums with budgets over $1 million
Monday, February 12, 2018 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
2018 Twila Snead Commitment to Excellence Award - Nominations Now Accepted!
This award is for members of Southeastern, including individuals at any staffing level, organizations or programs created by member organizations. The award recognizes individuals, organizations or programs that achieve excellence. To learn more and access a nomination, please visit    www.senylrc.org/Twila_Snead

Deadline: Friday, April 27, 2018
One Week Left For Early-Bird Prices for MANY's Visioning Change Conference!
April 8- 10, 2018 - Rochester, NY
New York State's museums and cultural institutions are responding to our changing audiences, the promise of new technology, and the shifting availability of resources. We are creating powerful museums through new partnerships with arts and community organizations, education and environmental institutions, the tourism industry, and local governments. As we strive to define ourselves and the meaning of diversity, we are changing the questions we ask and how we tell stories about our collections. Join MANY in Rochester to discuss what comes next and help build a vibrant future! For more information and to register, click here!

Psst...Make sure to look for GHHN at the MANY Conference! We are presenting with our friends from NYSCA on our Creativity Incubator program at 1:00 PM on Monday, April 9! We'll also be available at both Lunch with the Funders on Monday and Breakfast with the Funders on Tuesday about the NYSCA/GHHN Conservation Treatment Grant Program and the NYSCA/GHHN Collection Needs Assessment Program!
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