November 2018 eNews of Note
GHHN Annual Conference & Awards for Excellence

Flipping the Narrative:
Voices Unheard, Stories Untold

GHHN Annual Conference and  Awards for Excellence  was held on September 25, 2018 at the Bear Mountain Inn and Conference Center. Our 2018 Annual Conference celebrated sites who have "Flipped the Narrative" - a move to interpret historic sites and the collections within from different perspectives, ensuring that a more holistic version is presented to visitors and our communities. We spent the day discovering strategies and finding inspiration for exploring untold stories.

Our new format, "Follow the Speaker" allowed for all participants to hear all the speakers, as well as gave the opportunity to engage at a more direct level with each of our presenters. We once again featured office hours opportunities with grant funding organizations as well as a lite breakfast, delicious luncheon, a full-day exhibit hall, the  Awards for Excellence  ceremony and poster session, and lots of time for valuable networking!​ Though it was a dreary day outside, the rain couldn't dampen our spirits! A great big thank you to all our supporters, sponsors, exhibitors, friends, GHHN Board members, presenters, and attendees for making our Annual Conference such a great success! A nd we look forward to our 2019 Annual Conference next Fall - look for an official announcement in early Spring!
Here's what some attendees had to say " The content was rich, and the follow-the-speaker format was innovative."

" Though it was a rainy, miserable day, the lovely setting made the event all the more pleasant, as did the food--which was uncommonly good for such an occasion! Also, the theme was timely--virtually all participants were eager to hear from the speakers--and the hosts very welcoming, which helped to establish a congenial atmosphere"

" It was so well organized and so interesting to be a part of! I was able to learn a lot, and have the chance to speak with people so knowledgeable and passionate about what they do! ...I am very grateful I had the opportunity to go to the GHHN Conference!
Looking for funding opportunities for historic preservation, trails, interpretation, and more at your historic site? We're here to help you find ones you may not know about!

GHHN is excited to offer these programs - in partnership with the Preservation League of New York State (PLNYS) and funded by the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area /Hudson River Valley Greenway (HRVNHA/HRVG).
Focus on Funding:
Final Webinar

Finding Funds for Your Historic Preservation Project

Tuesday, November 27
GHHN/PLNYS Members: $15
NonMembers: $25
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Psst - Did you miss either of the the previously held webinars in this series? No worries! We have recordings available!

Please contact Kerry at if you are interested in viewing them!
GHHN Awarded $150,000 Grant From Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation for 2019 Conservation Treatment Grant Supprt for Nassau and Suffolk Counties

GHHN (Greater Hudson Heritage Network) is honored to enter into a partnership with
the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation for $50,000 for three years to provide
dedicated funding for Nassau and Suffolk County museums through the Conservation Treatment Grant Program.
Launched in 2000, the Conservation Treatment Grant (CTG) Program is a partnership with the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and the GHHN, made possible with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

The Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation will provide additional dedicated support for conservation treatment projects in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. These additional dedicated funds will be made available during the 2019 Conservation Treatment Grant
program grant year.
Image: 2015 NYSCA/GHHN Conservation Treatment Grant Program Grantee, Portrait of Robert Morris Russell (1832) by William Sydney Mount, Long Island Museum, Gift of the Estate of Sarah B. Russell, 1956. Conservation Treatment in Progress
Save the Date! Behind-the-Scenes is Back!

Join Us January 12, 2018 at the Hudson River Museum to Explore Maya Lin: A River is a Drawing

Maya Lin: A River Is a Drawing  is a groundbreaking exhibition developed in close collaboration between the HRM and this visionary artist, focusing on the theme of the Hudson River. With the Museum’s architectural features and location along the banks of the river as a potent backdrop, Lin will create a series of new works and ambitious site-specific installations that invite visitors to interact. The exhibition presents twelve works, with continuous focus on bodies of water, particularly the Hudson River. It begins in the lobby space with  Pin River—Hudson Watershed , 2018, one of the largest in the series of her pin-river sculptures to date, composed of more than 20,000 pins. In the Museum’s Courtyard,  Reed River , 2018, an immersive installation is created from more than 200 bamboo reeds in the form of a 3D drawing of the Hudson River basin. Another outdoor installation,  Concrete River , 2018, is on HRM’s veranda and overhang looking out to the river vista. The piece connects existing cracks, holes, bumps on the grounds, by filling them in with painted silver lines, visually connecting the Museum’s campus to the river.
DHPSNYS Lauches Annual Statewide Survey

DHPSNYS launched an annual Statewide Constituent Needs Survey on Monday, 
October 29. This important survey was developed for collecting institutions to help identify urgent collections care needs in New York State. Your responses will directly shape the scope and content of DHPSNY's programs and services.

If you did NOT receive an email on Monday, October 29 and would like to participate in the survey, contact  to receive a personalized link to complete the survey. Send your organization's name and the email address of the person best qualified to answer questions about your collections. If your organization is unable to complete the survey online, you can also write at the same address to request a PDF copy.
Breaking News!
GHHN Receives $30,000 Grant from Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area

GHHN (Greater Hudson Heritage Network) is honored to enter into a partnership with the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area for $30,000 to support the Harnessing the Power of Stories Workshop and Webinar Series.

Museums are all about stories! The museum experience should engage visitors with hands-on and minds-on activities, storytelling, employ historical imagery, and evoke the spirit of historical persons from the past. To create truly memorable museum experiences, sites must invest in their staff - especially the interpreters who are the front line of museums as they engage with visitors more than any other staff member. 

To address this need, GHHN will present a three-part workshop and three-part webinar training series. Scheduled for Spring, Summer and Fall of 2019, each workshop and webinar is meant to work in tandem providing a structural scaffold in which to aid in the development of creating an engaging interpretive experience. In this series, participants will explore the craft and applications of storytelling, theater and living history concepts to gain insight into the key elements of an engaging narrative. 

Presenters will include Tom Lee (pictured above), Consultant Educator and Storyteller; Sean McNall, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival; and Kandie Carle, Artistic Director East Haddam Stage Company and Living History Performance Artist.
Wanted! A Worthy Candidate for the 2019 'Martha Washington Woman of History Award"
Each year, Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site selects a recipient for the  Martha Washington Woman of   History Award . This award is given to a woman who has distinguished herself in the field of Hudson Valley history. Any woman who has made a significant contribution to the field of Hudson Valley history through education, promotion, or preservation is eligible to be nominated for this award.
The award is presented at the Site’s annual program,“The General’s Lady,” held in March, during Women’s History Month. Is there a woman from the local Hudson Valley area you feel deserves to be the 2019 recipient of this honor? If so, then nominate her!   Nominations must be completed and received by January 11, 2019.
To access a nomination form, please click on the button at right or call 845.562.1195.
Call for Nominations!
MANY Awards of Merit
Do you know an organization or individual 
who deserves special recognition for their work in 2018? MANY’s Awards of Merit recognize outstanding and innovative 
programs, staff, and volunteers who have enriched New York State museums with new and remarkable projects. Any organization or individual can nominate an organization, person(s), or project completed in 2018 at a museum, heritage, or cultural organization in the state of New York. Nomination of oneself or one’s organization is permissible and encouraged. 
The Award of Merit winner receives discounted registration to the annual conference (Cooperstown, April 7-9, 2019) to help them accept the award in person.

Nominations are due by Friday, November 30, 2018 . Email the  Nomination Form  and supporting materials to
We've Had A Busy Fall!

From exploring funding opportunities for historic sites, to reprising our session on the NYSCA/GHHN Creativity Incubator at MANY's Re-Visioning Change Workshop in the Capital Region, to hosting the Risk Management for Collections workshop with our friends at the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands and the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation, to presenting on the escape room experience we created at the 100th Annual New England Museum Association Conference - and oh yeah, holding our Annual Conference! - we've sure been busy! Make sure to check out all the photos from our recent adventures on both Flickr (click the orange button below) and on our Facebook page (click on the Facebook logo down below!)