Historic Housekeeping Made Simple:  A GHHN Workshop

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. Offered in 4 locations- choose one:
  • March 22 - Lyndhurst
  • April 12 - Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites
  • July 18 - Historical Society of Rockland County
  • November 1 - Staatsburgh State Historic Site
GHHN Members: $45  NonMembers: $55
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM 

Space is limited, register today!
This workshop is made possible by funding from the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area.  

Event Registration Is Ongoing For 2017 Path Through History Weekends!  

This 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.
Come to Our Senses
by Katie Boardman 
The Cherry Valley Group
(A shorter version of this article appeared as the Editors' Roost in the Summer 2014
Bulletin of the Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums.)

Educators and interpreters tell us that encouraging our visitors and audiences to  
use their senses is a  val uable interpretive skill and effective educatio nal tool. Museums, historic houses an d historic sites feature objects, plants, animals, landscapes and materials that supply opportunities to see, hear, smell, touch and taste. Even a verbal description or image of a sensory experience can evoke connections and spark memory and thought Keep reading.

Come learn from Katie in person - There are only 2 more sessions with her at The Creating Best Ever Visitor Experiences workshops! 
To learn more or to register:
Space is limited - Register today!

Upcoming Grant Opportunities
New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) FY2018 Grants
The grant portal will open February 14. For more information about program guidelines you can watch this  NYSCA webinar or you can find out more information by visiting the  Grant Guidelines Page on the NYSCA website. Application deadline is March 21, 2017.
William G. Pomeroy Professional Development Grant for Historical Societies
The William G. Pomeroy Foundation will be offering need based scholarshops of $1,000 each for historical societies in New York State for professional development purposes.  To find out more information about how the grant may be used and how to apply  click here.  The application deadline is February 27, 2017.  

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Preservation Assistance Grant
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.  

Preserve New York Grant Program from Preservation League of NYS and NYSCA
Preserve New York makes grants for historic structure reports, building condition reports, cultural landscape reports, and cultural resource surveys. Applicants must be a unit of local government or a not-for-profit group with tax-exempt status. State agencies and religious institutions are not eligible to apply. The program provides support up to 80% of the project cost. Applicants must provide 20% of the total project cost as a cash match. Grants are likely to range between $3,000 and $10,000. To find out more information click here. The application deadline is March 27, 2017. 

Technical Assistance Grants (TAG) from Preservation League of NYS and NYSCA
Grants of up to $3,000, with a required $500 match from each applicant, are available to non-profit groups and municipalities that manage historic sites, museums, arts facilities and other important institutions that serve an arts or cultural purpose and are open to the public.
For more information click here. The application deadline is 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.  For more information, guidelines, and applications, please visit the  program website. The application deadline is May 5 and September 8 (applications must be postmarked or emailed by  4:00PM). 

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. To learn more information, click here. The application deadline June 1, 2017

Teaching the Hudson Valley Explore Awards
Teaching the Hudson Valley will provide grant funding for place-based education by funding trips to culturally significant sites through the   Explore Awards. This creates opportunities for students to explore the history, environment, and culture of the Hudson River Valley. Deadline; submit your application at least six weeks prior to your planned trip.

Teaching the Hudson Valley Bus on Us
Teaching the Hudson Valley provides  Bus on Us grants designed to help with transportation costs for visits to one or more of the following Hyde Park sites: Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site, FDR Presidential Library & Museum, Home of FDR National Historic Site, Top Cottage (Roosevelt's cottage retreat), and Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site.
Deadline; applications are accepted until all funds are exhausted.
Registration Is Now Open!

MANY Conference 
April 2-4, 2017
Click here to learn more and to register!


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2017 Conservation Treatment 
Grant  Program Deadline March 1st!
The Conservation Treatment Grant Program is 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. Applications will be accepted from non-profit 501(c)3 museums, historical organizations or other cultural institutions that own, care for and exhibit collections to the public. Grant awards will be made to institutions lacking in-house conservation staff with expertise in the area for which support is requested. Collections owned by state or federal agencies are ineligible for grant support. Organizations may submit only one request, which may involve a single object or a group of related objects, all owned by the applicant institution. Objects that interpret the history/heritage of New York State are strongly encouraged to apply for conservation. Individual grant awards will not exceed $7,500. No match required. 

Please note, our application is PAPERLESS. The online application portal will remain open until the deadline of March 1, 2017 at 11:59 PM.

You may work on and/or submit your application at any point during that time period. Please contact GHHN at 914.592.6726 or director@greaterhudson.org with any questions.

Click here to apply!

For more information click  here or view this  informational webinar about the application process.

The NYSCA/GHHN Conservation Treatment Grant 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.
Meet GHHN's Newest Member!
Congratulations to GHHN Program Director Kerry Sclafani and her family on the birth of James Phineas! Phinney was born on Monday, January 23, at 3:31 PM . He weighed 7 lbs, 14 oz and measured 20.5 inches.  Mom and baby are doing well. 
Kerry will be back to work in early March.
NYSCA/GHHN Collections Needs 
Assessment Program Supplies 
Portal to 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. 
Maximum award: $750. 

Application Deadlines
May 1 (Portal open April 1) and October 1 (Portal open September 1).  Note: funds will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis. 

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.
Only 2 Sessions Left! 
Creating Best Ever Visitor 
Experiences: A GHHN Workshop

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 be offered in four locations in the Hudson Valley and will feature open discussions, hands-on work sessions and creative problem solving of real-life museum, historic house and historic site situations Offered in 4 locations- choose one:
  • May 22 - Lyndhurst
  • June 22 -Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites
GHHN Members: $45  NonMembers: $55
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Space is limited, don't delay!
This workshop is made possible by funding from the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area.  

GHHN eNewsletter
2017 MidWinter Edition

2199 Saw Mill River Road
Elmsford, NY 10523
Executive Director
Program Director    

Zoe McWhirter 
Program Assistant
Calling All Library Supporters!
Library Advocacy Day is March 1!

Be an activist. Join hundreds of lbrary advocates from around the state on Wednesday, March 1st in Albany. Your voice matters!
To find out more about how to register, travel options and talking points click here.  
Call for Nominations
SENYLRC 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.
To find out more information about the award and who is eligible click here.
2017 National Preservation Awards
Each year, the National Trust for Historic Preservation presents a select number of major awards at PastForward: the national preservation conference. These exclusive awards serve to educate and inspire, as well as raise the visibility of the preservation movement. The National Trust encourages you to help us celebrate the very best in preservation by nominating projects, individuals or organizations you believe deserve recognition through the National Preservation Awards. 
To learn more about the different awards and how to make a nomination click here.
MANY  Awards of Merit
The Awards of Merit program acknowledges outstanding programs and individuals who have made the state's museum community richer and more relevant. They reward the innovative efforts of staff and volunteers and they provide encouragement for the development of new and remarkable projects.
Nominations for contributions to the field in 2016 are due March 3, 2017.  For more information click here.
AASLH Leadership in History Awards
The American Association for State and Local History bestows Leadership in History Awards to establish and encourage standards of excellence in the collection, preservation, and interpretation of state and local history in order to make the past more meaningful to all Americans. By publicly recognizing superior and innovative achievements, the Leadership in History Awards serve as an inspiration to others in the field. Nominations for the 2017 Awards are due by March 1, 2017.
Nominations for the Leadership in History Awards are due by March 1, 2017. For more information click here.
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looking for you!

Help them find you through the GHHN Consultant Registry!


Every day we receive calls from our members looking for specialty resources for specific projects, ranging from architects to development professionals to conservators. GHHN has created a Consultant Registry to aid in your quest for professional help. Consultants who are listed with this site were carefully screened prior to acceptance; however, inclusion on this site is not an endorsement of the quality of work of any individual or business.


To look for a specific consultant, visit our website and click on the Resources tab to find the Consultant Registry. Here you will find specialists ready to help. Are you a professional who is not included in the Consultant Registry? Don't miss out on this great opportunity to advertise your services and expertise. Contact us today for more information on how to be listed.


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