March 2017  eNews of Note
Only A Few Spots Still Available For The 4/12  Workshop. Don't Miss out, Register Today! 

Wednesday, April 12
Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
GHHN Members: $45  NonMembers: $55
*Only 4 Spots Left!! 

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!

To learn more or to register, visit:


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

Voting For The Hudson Valley NYSCA/GHHN Creativity Incubator Is Live! Vote Today And Don't Forget To Register For The Workshop!

Creativity Incubator Workshop Series
Hudson Valley Session
Tuesday, April 25th
Location: TBA on 4/11!

Workshop Fee: $25.00
*Space is extremely limited, register today!

The Creativity Incubator workshop series will encourage staff in museums to test out experimental interpretive approaches. As part of this hands-on experience, one lucky site will have their collections or permanent installations re-imagined by creative thinkers in the field and session participants. Three sites in the Hudson Valley are vying for this opportunity: Boscobel House & Gardens, Roosevelt-Vanderbilt NHS, and Southeast Museum.

The Creativity Incubator workshop series will be led by the Museum Mavericks, some of the most creative thinkers in the field today.  In the Hudson Valley session, we are pleased to have Franklin Vagnone acting as the Museum Maverick.

The workshop morning session will feature Franklin challenging our 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 will explore the chosen site's collections, discovering the amazing stories they hold and creating new ones. The end goal of the program is to open our eyes to the possibilities and encourage museums to think more imaginatively about the interpretation of their collections and the visitor experience.
The workshop location will be one of three possible sites who are participating in a friendly competition to win the chance to be the host. The winner will be determined by an online voting poll. Click here to vote!
For more information click here.  To register for the April 25 workshop, follow this link!

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.
Save The Date! You're Invited To
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 PM - 4 PM , the public is invited to come explore all that the region has to offer at the 3rd Annual Hudson Valley Heritage Fair which will be followed in the evening by a special Town Hall Discussion about the future of the Mid-Hudson Region Path Through History and a networking reception!  
Held at Locust Grove Estate in Poughkeepsie, this event is FREE and open to the public! We invite you to participate in the Heritage Fair with a table display, living history presentation or demonstration. Don't miss out on this chance to showcase your site to the Hudson Valley community!

Interested in exhibiting at the Heritage Fair? Registration Deadline for Exhibitors is April 24th. Click the link below to register to exhibit. Hurry! Exhibit space is limited!

After the Heritage Fair, we invite you to a special Town Hall discussion on the future of the Mid-Hudson Region Path Through History followed by a networking reception with wine and light hors d'oeuvres.
The Town Hall Discussion and Reception are free, but space is limited and advance registration is required.  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. 
For more information and to register, click here. If you have any questions or concerns please call 914.592.6726. 
A Call From Humanities NY To Support the  National Endowment  for the Humanities
Dear Friend,
Thank you for participating in the work of Humanities New York!  Like you, I am dismayed by reports that the initial budget being proposed in D.C. calls for the elimination of the National Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities, among others.  The NEH is the largest source of HNY's revenue and provides the funds for our popular grants program.  Our second largest funding source is New York State, also crucially important to defend.

So we ask you to add your voice to the chorus of support for the NEH nationwide, and as a New Yorker, to defend the cultural identity of our state to our legislators.  Tell your story  to your member of Congress, Senators, and your NYS Assembly Member and Senator by using our  web form
To read the rest of the letter,  click 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.
NYSCA/PLNYS Preservation Grants Available

Applications are now available to eligible municipalities and not-for-profit organizations to compete for 2017 Preserve New York and Technical Assistance Grants (TAG), signature grant programs of New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and Preservation League of New York State (PLNYS). 

Guidelines for grants are posted on the League's website. Prospective applicants must discuss proposed projects with Preservation League staff before receiving an application.  Contact Erin Tobin, Director of Preservation, at 518-462-5658 x 12 for more information or to request an application.  For more information visit the Grant Page of PLNYS's website. 
Preserve New York
Preserve New York suppo rts historic structure reports, building condition reports, cultural landscape reports, and cultural resource surveys. Eligible projects may include but not be limited to: a historic structure report for a historic site; a building condition report for a local library; a cultural landscape report for an Olmsted-designed park; or a cultural resource survey of a downtown or residential neighborhood. To view grant guidelines, follow this link

Technical Assistance Grants (TAG)
The Technical Assistance Grant (TAG)  program started in 2012 to support discrete projects that preserve New York State's cultural and historic resources. Not-for-profit arts/cultural groups and municipalities managing arts/cultural facilities are encouraged to apply. The applicant group may apply for short-term, standalone projects that advance the preservation of historic sites, museums, opera houses and theaters, arts facilities and other culturally important institutions that are located in historic buildings and structures that are open to the public. These professional studies include: building conditions surveys, engineering/structural analyses, feasibility/reuse studies and specialized building conservation studies. Preparation of architectural plans and specifications are not eligible. Grant amounts will not exceed $3,000 and the total cost of the applicant's project may not exceed $3,500. Each applicant must provide $500 toward the total project cost.  To see grant guidelines, follow this link .

The application deadline for Spring TAG and 2017 Preserve New York is Monday, March 27, 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 .
$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  for more information,  or make an appointment today to discuss your proposal idea s.
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

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NYSCA/GHHN Collections Needs Assessment Program Supplies Portal will Open April 1, 2017!
New Grant Opportunity!
Applicants who have consulted with an appropriate professional may request funds to purchase collections management supplies. Supplies 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 (Portal open April 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.
President Trump's Plan to
Eliminate Arts & Humanities Endowments

If you think eliminating NEA, NEH & IMLS does not impact your site?  Then consider this: Have you received any or all of the following: Conservation Treatment Grant, C2CNYS Circuit Rider, participated in GHHN workshops/conference/webinars, MANY's former Ready, Set, Go! Grant, Preservation League of NYS's TAG/Preserve NY Grants, Humanities NY Vision/Action Grants, NYSCA GOS/Project/Facilities/ Architecture + Design/
Decentralization Grants?  
Then you have been supported by the IMLS, NEA & NEH! 
Show your support for the NEA, NEH & IMLS who have been supporting you! Sign the petition to Support the Arts in America - do it today, tomorrow may be too late!

The NYSCA/GHHN Collections Needs 
Assessment Program Site Visits Will Be 
Open To All Applications Starting in 2018
New Grant Opportunity!
The grant 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.  For 2017, applications to this program are by invitation only and the emails have already been sent out to the organizations.  An open call for applications will begin in 2018.  Unsure if you can apply in 2017? Give us a call!  

To learn more and to find out whether you will be eligible to apply, click here, email or call 914.592.6726. 

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.
Over 301 Events Are Already Listed! 
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  with any questions you have about Path Through History Weekends.
Only 2 Workshop Sessions Left!
Register Now To Make Sure You Don't Miss Out!

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

Thursday, June 22 
Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites
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.

Register Today For SENY-Con 2017!
SENY-Con 2017
Date: Friday, April 21, 2017
Time: 9am-5pm
Location: Southeastern Conference Room
Trainers: Southeastern's Members

SENY-Con is an annual conference to highlight the unique talents and skills that are held by the library professionals in the Southeastern region. This event is made possible due to an outpouring of enthusiasm from our members, and the event is free for all SENYLRC members. We hope you can join us!  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. Propose a workshop by March 6. Click Here for Guidelines.
4. Send field experience ideas to

For more information, visit the Teaching the Hudson Valley Website
Calls For Nomination And Participation
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. 
If you have questions or would like to participate in this exciting opportunity email Lynn Fischer Eberle at or Roy Jorgensen at
Call For Nominations for the Twila 
Snead Commitment To Excellence Award
The Board of Trustees of Southeastern NY Library Resources Council has opened the nomination period for the 2017 award. This award is designed to recognize an outstanding member library, cultural heritage organization, program, service, or staff member. The Twila Snead Commitment to Excellence award is for members of SENYLRC, including individuals at any staffing level, organizations or programs created by member organizations.
Nominations will be accepted until April 7, 2017. 

To find out more information about the award and who is eligible, click here.
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.  The application deadline is July 1, 2017 and three awards will be presented in the fall of 2017.  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  or call at 518-474-6926. 
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