September 2019 eNewsletter
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GHHN Annual Conference - September 24, 2019
Bear Mountain Inn & Conference Center
GHHN Members: $75
NonMembers: $85

We are experimenting with history! Consider the 2019 GHHN Annual Conference as a field guide to find new ways to connect with science at your heritage organization - from injecting a historic perspective into STEM programs at your site; to analyzing how visitation at museums and historic sites can impact health and well-being; to exploring the many ways that science can help us understand our collections better - through conservation, forensics, and imaging technology. 

Join us on Tuesday, September 24 at the Bear Mountain Inn & Conference Center  to discover strategies and find inspiration for exploring how to connect with science at your heritage organization.

The Annual Conference will once again feature the extremely popular "Follow the Speaker" conference format - designed to help sites engage at a more direct level with our presenters. The conference will be a full day of learning, conversation, networking with your peers, office hours opportunities with grant funding organizations as well as a lite breakfast, networking luncheon, full-day exhibit hall, the  Awards for Excellence  ceremony and poster session (Winners announced! See press release at right), and more!  
​We hope to see you on September 24!

Cocktails at the Carousel!

Please join GHHN on  Monday, September 23 from 5 PM - 7 PM  
at the Bear Mountain Merry Go Round for Cocktails at the Carousel!

Cocktails, carousel rides, and conversation to kick off our 2019 Annual Conference! 

Tickets are $36/pp and include two hour open bar, carousel rides under the stars, and hot and cold hors d'oeuvres.  Space is limited - quit horsing around and register today!
Harnessing the Power of Stories: Webinar Series
Three webinars: September 10, October 11, and October 29*

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Webinar Fee: GHHN Members: $15 / NonMembers: $25

*Can't make the live webinar? No worries! Sign up anyhow - and we'll send you the recording after the webinar takes place!

Interpreters as Storytellers:  Shaping the Narrative, Sharing the Story with Tom Lee, Consultant Educator and Storyteller 

September 10, 2019
POSTPONED- watch for a reschduled date soon!

Every compelling story, from the simplest to the most complex, can be distilled down to a few basic and common components. Participants will gain insights into identifying the structure or "bones" of any story and how they can enrich their tour programs by applying this view of story structure to a range of stories embedded in their tours. Biographical sketches, the chronology of the construction of a house, the political and economic forces in play at any period of history, as well as popular stories and folktales can be shaped into compelling, engaging stories.
Connecting Collections and Audience: The Theater-Artists' Approach to Telling the Story of the Objects in the Collection with Sean McNall, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival

October 11, 2019

The history field often overlooks the art of theater when developing historic interpretation. The skills taught in theater provide effective forms of thinking for historic interpretation and audience engagement. In this webinar, fun and challenging theater-based activities will be explored through voice and movement exercises, acting techniques, improvisation, and facilitated reflection to invite participants into the process of telling stories about the objects in the museum. 
Make History Live! Character Development with Kandie Carle, Artistic Director East Haddam Stage Company and Living History Performance Artist

Tuesday, July 23

Living history interpretation is an educational medium where staff use performance to create a world, tell a story, stimulate learning, engage the senses and teach lessons through interpretation, clothing styles, pastimes, handicrafts, and reenactments. Visitors are transported to another time and place in their imaginations where they experience the past. Whether it be first-person or third, whether you are the interpreter or the training partner for staff, this comprehensive webinar will help participants feel comfortable with making history live. 

GHHN is excited to offer these programs in partnership with the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area /Hudson River Valley Greenway (HRVNHA/HRVG).
The Hudson River Valley Greenway and National Heritage Area announce the availability of two funding opportunities

Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area Heritage Development Grant Program
A total of $25,000 is available for projects that support programming, interpretation, and marketing of the Hudson River Valley's historic and heritage sites.

DEADLINE: September 6, 2019

2019 Greenway Conservancy Trail Grant Program
Grants up to $75,000 for trail construction, planning, design, rehabilitation and design.
$50,000 will be set aside for Water Trail projects. See application for details.

DEADLINE: November 8, 2019
Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area Program Sponsorship
Awards of up to $2,500 per sponsorship for programs and events that reinforce the Heritage Area’s mission and themes of Nature and Culture, Corridor of Commerce, and Freedom and Dignity.

The Project Needs Your Help!   is a new resource developed by the New York State Education Department's Office of Cultural Education to connect teachers to New York's cultural education community. Participating organizations can promote programs, resources, and events for free.  Click here for the flier.
To participate in the project:

  • Go to to take a six-question survey. Your survey results will help determine the search criteria needed to best describe your organization’s education programming and resources. is a searchable directory of New York’s 4600+ museums, libraries, historical societies, science centers, parks, zoos, university art galleries, planetariums, and more.

Teachers, Families, and Students—Discover the exciting educational programming and resources offered by cultural organizations across New York. Get started by selecting “Search Learning Resources” to search by location, type of organization, subject, grade level, and program type.

Cultural Organizations—Login to update your organization’s information and add your events and programs to our statewide calendar. Email  for more information and to request a secure login. was created by the New York State Education Department’s Office of Cultural Education, with input from New York’s teachers and cultural organizations.
Humanities New York Grant Opportunities

The 2020 Women's Suffrage Centennial is just around the corner. If your organization is thinking about a project, consider applying for a Vision Grant. Consult the resource guide for organizations that HNY put together for the NYS centennial in 2017.

DEADLINE: October 1st, 2019--Action Grant

If you have an idea, make an appointment to discuss it with staff (and if you are in the Capital Region on August 20th, come see us in person at a grants workshop hosted by Congressman Paul Tonko, call his office to register, 518-465-0700).

Humanities New York will also be at the GHHN Annual Conference September 24th and hosting Office Hours to discuss opportunities--register today!
September 21 is Museum Day!

Museum Day is a one-day event in which participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide free entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket. Participants are allowed to download one ticket per email address. The ticket provides free general admission on Saturday, September 21, 2019, for two people.

Learn more, find participating museums, and get tickets by clicking the button!
Register Your 2019 Path Through History Weekend Events Today!
New York State's "Path Through History," is a statewide initiative that links historically and culturally significant sites, locations and events throughout New York State. This effort to highlight our rich heritage aims to not only showcase the state's history and cultural significance, but also promote tourism and economic development in communities across the state.

The 2019 Fall Path Through History Weekend will take place Columbus Day Weekend (October 12-14, 2019) - and registration is already open!

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.
Sites that sign up will receive a variety of promotional materials to distribute, including rack cards, brochures, lawns signs, and stickers for a social media contest. Make sure to register your event by September 9 to be included in our lawn sign and sticker mailings.

We hope you'll join us in celebrating New York State's history - click on the button below to register your event.
Registration Now Open!

NYSCA/GHHN Creativity Incubator:
NYC/Metro Session
November 21, 2019
Location TBA
Museum Maverick:  Andrea Jones
This is the 7th and FINAL CI Workshop session. Interested? Make sure to sign up make sure to sign up ASAP because all our sessions have SOLD OUT!

Keep an eye out for location announcement.
​What is the NYSCA/GHHN Creativity Incubator?

The NYSCA/GHHN Creativity Incubator workshop series invites staff in museums to test out experimental interpretive approaches. Each workshop session is completely different! The end goal of the program is to open our eyes to new possibilities and encourage museums to think more imaginatively about the interpretation of their collections and the visitor experience. We're very excited to bring this unique opportunity to museums around our great state and hope you'll join us on our journey to think more creatively. 

Applications Open for Erie Canalway IMPACT! Grants

Do you have a project idea that will make an IMPACT in the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor? Our grants have a new name and a larger funding amount, but they have the same objective: to help you bring your ideas
to life.

Grants range from $2,500 to $12,000. We will award up to $60,000 this year, thanks to additional support from the NYS Canal Corporation. Projects awarded must meet one or more of our preservation and management goals:

  • Creating a historic and distinctive sense of place;
  • Enhancing recreational opportunities;
  • Making the Corridor a "must-do" travel experience;
  • Preserving canal heritage;
  • Ensuring natural resource protection;
  • Stimulating economic growth.

DEADLINE: Friday, October 18, 2019 at 4pm

Applicants are strongly advised to contact program staff to discuss proposed projects prior to submitting an application. We encourage you to call early in your proposal development to produce a competitive application.

Please contact Andy Kitzmann, 518-237-7000 x201, .
Get Ready for the 20th Annual Ramble!
The Hudson River Valley Ramble is an annual event series that celebrates the history, culture and natural resources of the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area, as well as the amazing landscape, communities, and trails throughout the region. Every September, ‘Ramblers’ come not only from the Hudson Valley region and New York State, but from other regions of the country as well to discover the riches our Valley has to offer.

The 20th Annual Ramble will take place on September 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, and 28-29 of 2019!
For more information, please visit:
The Preservation League of NYS Announces 2019 Technical Assistance Grants

The Technical Assistance Grant program launched in 2012 to support discrete projects that preserve New York State’s cultural and historic resources.

Grants of up to $4,000, with a required 20% match from each applicant, are available to nonprofit 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.

DEADLINE: 11:59 PM EST Monday, September 30, 2019

A signature grant program of the New York State Council on the Arts and the Preservation League of New York State, made possible with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. The Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area has provided generous additional support for Technical Assistance Grant projects in the Heritage Area. Thank you to the Erie Canalway Heritage Corridor for past Technical Assistance Grant support for projects in the Heritage Corridor.
ArtsWestchester Announces 2020 Arts Alive Grant Opportunities

Westchester Application Deadline: Wednesday September 18, 2019 at 11:59 PM
Rockland Application Deadline: Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at 11:59 PM

The Arts Alive grant category is one of ArtsWestchester’s most effective means of supporting arts activity for Westchester and Rockland County’s geographically, economically and ethnically diverse population. This funding opportunity helps to ensure that residents throughout Westchester and Rockland have access to the arts in their communities, particularly in areas where access is limited.

ARTS ALIVE PROJECT GRANT  Constitutes the largest component of the Arts Alive funding category. These grants support community-based arts and cultural projects developed by cultural groups and organizations, individual artists and collectives. Other types of nonprofit organizations that offer arts activities as part of their on-going operations may also apply. Supported projects must be fully open to the public. Artists and Unincorporated arts organizations may apply for project grants in tandem with a fiscal agent organization.
Project Grant Award Amounts: $1,000 to $5,000

ARTS ALIVE ARTIST GRANT  supports the creation and presentation of new work by professional artists. An essential element of this funding is the inclusion of community engagement component. The project must engage a segment of the community through a public program, such as an exhibition or performance that is open to the public and/or the inclusion of community involvement in the development and creative process of the artists’ project.
Artist Grant Award: $2,500

ARTS ALIVE ARTS EDUCATION GRANT  supports lifelong learning in the arts. Funded activities may take place in classrooms, after-school programs or community sites including agencies serving people with disabilities, day-care and senior centers.
Arts-In-Education Grant Award: $1,000 to $2,500

Arts Alive Project Grants are made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program (DEC) – a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Legislature – and administered by ArtsWestchester
Here's What We've Been Up To Since Our Last eNewsletter!
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  • We had a fantastic hands-on Historic Housekeeping workshop at Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum in Centerport. Many thanks to our hosts and to the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation for funding the training! See the photos here.

  • Our third session of Harnessing the Power of Stories was a blast - many thanks to our incredible presenter, Kandie Carle, Victorian Lady and to the HRVNHA/Greenway for funding these trainings! Click here to see the photos.

  • We announced awardees for both the NYSCA/GHHN Collection Needs Assessment Program and the NYSCA/GHHN Conservation Treatment Grant Program. Combined, we regranted $135,589 to 48 organizations in NYS this year!

  • GHHN was honored to be at Fall Media Night promoting I LOVE NY's #PTHWeekend at Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum with our friends from the Corning Museum Of Glass!

  • We awarded seven Awards for Excellence this year to deserving projects - read the press release here. Make sure to stop by the Awardee poster session at the Annual Conference to learn more about the projects we've honored this year!

  • We're busily gearing up for the 2019 Annual Conference on September 24, as well as our night before kickoff party - Cocktails at the Carousel! Have you registered yet? Click here for more information

We're so glad to have gotten to spend time with you all - our fellow heritage keepers! And don't forget to follow us on our social media channels (including our Instagram account @theghhn) to see what we're up to!