October 2016 eNews of Note
10/14 is Last Day for Early Bird Pricing!
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. For more about Jonathan and his Keynote, see our Spotlight box at the top right!

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 14!
$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  nyhumanities.org/grants  for more information,  or make an appointment to discuss your proposal idea s.(Reminder: A representative from NYCH will be holding office hours at the GHHN Annual Conference!)

The Coby Foundation: Inviting Grant Applications for 2017
Does your museum have a collection of quilts? Samplers? Were there dressmakers in your community whose clothing has survived? Important living artists or craftspeople in your community who use sewing in their work?

The Coby Foundation, the nation's only foundation dedicated to supporting projects in the textile and fashion field, is inviting applications for its 2017 funding year

Projects may be in the arts or humanities, contemporary or historical, but all must have a public benefit. As such, most funding goes toward exhibitions, with a smaller amount underwriting public programs and publications from university presses. The Coby Foundation's funding is restricted to organizations in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. To learn more about past grant funded projects, click here.

Grant requests are reviewed three times a year, in January, May and September. 

Visit  www.cobyfoundation.org  for more information.

Writing About Place Contest
Teaching the HUdson Valley logo Teaching the Hudson Valley  would like children from all grade levels to tell them about the places in the Hudson Valley that have special meaning to them.
Children who live or attend school in Westchester, Ulster, Saratoga, Rockland, Rensselaer, Putnam, Orange, Greene, Dutchess, Columbia, and Albany counties are eligible.

All submissions are due at midnight on Monday, November 7 and will be considered for publication on THV's blog. The classes of three students-one each from grades K-4, 5-8, and 9-12 will receive up to $900 to cover transportation and admission fees so they can share their place with classmates. 

For guidelines,  click here.

Washington's Headquarters Seek 2017 Woman of History!
Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site is now accepting nominations for the 2017  Martha Washington Woman of History Award . Each year, Washington's Headquarters selects a recipient for this award, given to a woman who has distinguished herself in the field of Hudson Valley history. The honor is presented at the Site's annual program,  The General's Lady  held in March, during Women's History Month. 
The  Woman of History  award acknowledges Martha Washington's important place in history as a devoted patriot in support of the American Revolution and the ensuing new nation.  This will be the fourteenth year the award is given, continuing the site's desire to honor women who carry on Martha Washington's legacy by sharing in their devotion to Hudson Valley history.

Nominations must be completed and received by January 9, 2017.  To access a nomination form,  click on this  link  or for more information click  here

The award will be given during a ceremony in March.

Legends & Lore Marker Program Deadline - October 31st!
The William G. Pomeroy Foundation has partnered with the New York Folklore Society to launch a new program to promote cultural tourism and commemorate legends and folklore as part of New York's history. To find out more about applying for a road side marker and eligibility,  visit their website !
GHHN Annual Conference Keynote Spotlight: 
Master Storyteller Jonathan Kruk 

This year's Keynote Presentation will be given by 
Master Storyteller Jonathan Kruk   Telling finger fables, faerie tales, and the lore of the Hudson River, he's appeared at hundreds of venues every year since 1989. 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! 
His Keynote, 
Touching Tales of Historic Spirit - Sensing Heritage Through Interactive Storytelling, and Sensory Journeys, 
demonstrates how to draw out the drama evident at historic sites with well-told tales. Jonathan re-creates local information and history as stimulating adventures. Look to be enchanted and educated with ways to better tell your site's story!  


Tired of the Same 'Ole Tour? 
Our Visitors Might Be, Too. 
Explore What to Do About It!

Tuesday, December 6
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
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 October 4 at the Historical Society of Rockland County!

This program is made possible by funding from the  Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area.
Save the Dates:
2017 Path Through History Weekends 
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. Watch your inboxes for more information in the upcoming months.  The event registration portal will open early in 2017.

Email us at pthweekend@iloveny.com with any questions you have about Path Through History Weekends.
New Office of State History Website!
The NYS Office of State History is pleased to announce the creation of a new Office of State History Website that you can find here!

This is a content driven site about the history of New York State and those who are working in the field. Please consider sending in proposals for articles on NYS history, history events, exhibits, relevant history news. Artifact NY |Items, "Meet the Historian" nominations, etc. The idea for the site is to share as much information as possible on New York's history and the work going on in the field. All submissions can be sent to statehistory@nysed.gov.
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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New York Archives Week!
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. 

For event listings, visit  www.nycarchivists.org/calendar
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: www.imls.gov/grants/apply-grant/available-grants

A pre-recorded webinar  detailing important information about museum funding opportunities is accessible online. 
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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: http://www.manyonline.org/uncommon-approaches or call 518-273- 3400.

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