Spring 2017 eNewsletter

Creativity Incubator - Hudson Valley Recap

On Tuesday, April 25 the Hudson Valley session of the NYSCA/GHHN Creativity Incubator workshop series was held at Boscobel House and Gardens, the winner of the online competition to be the host organization in the Hudson Valley. Franklin Vagnone was the workshop's Museum Maverick, challenging attendees to consider their perception of the museum experience. After the workshop, we asked Frank to write down some of his thoughts on the day. Here's what he had to say:
Not many people know this about me, but if the data suggests - and the situation allows, I am not afraid to change my mind.  Going in another direction (either literally or figuratively) provides me with more possibilities.  One of the reasons why I consider myself a "museum anarchist" is that I shy away from narrow mission statements or highly curated environments.  Situations like these only constrain decision-making, solidify stasis and repress innovation and experimentation. 

The Creativity Incubator, 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.
Creativity Incubator Travels to Long Island!

Creativity Incubator Workshop Series: Long Island Session
Friday, June 9th
Raynham Hall Museum 
20 W Main St., Oyster Bay
Workshop Fee: $25.00
If museum visitors are continually greeted by the 'same old - same old', why should they return? In these days of an aging audience, shrinking attendance, tightened budgets, increased competition, and exponential growth of technology & social media, institutions need to keep their exhibitions fresh and take bold steps to expand their museum's interpretation. To address this statewide need, NYSCA and GHHN are partnering on the Creativity Incubator, a 2-year pilot partnership program. 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. We are pleased to announce that the Long Island session of this program will be held at Oyster Bay's Raynham Hall Museum on Friday, June 9. 
The Creativity Incubator workshop series will be led by the Museum Mavericks, some of the most creative thinkers in the field today.  For  the Long Island session, we are pleased to have Franklin Vagnone acting as the Museum Maverick.  Franklin is a highly trained and innovative museum professional who specializes in looking at collections with a fresh new perspective- challenging long-held perceptions and offering a rule-breaking outlook on museum exhibitions. To learn more about Franklin,   please click here

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. 

We're very excited to bring this unique opportunity to museums around our great state - and hope you'll join us on this journey to think more creatively! We can't wait to see what ideas hatch!

Click here  to register (Hurry! Only a few spots left!) and follow #creativityincubator to stay up to date on Creativity Incubator news.  

The Creativity Incubator, 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.
Hudson Valley Heritage Fair A Great Success!

On Sunday, May 7th  the public was invited to come explore all that the region has to offer at the 3rd Annual Hudson Valley Heritage Fair. Representatives from 28 history organizations throughout the Hudson Valley came to showcase their sites to the public.  The event was h eld at Locust Grove Estate in Poughkeepsie, and was a great success, despite the slightly damp weather! 

To see photos from the event, please click here.
NYSCA/GHHN Collections Needs Assessment Program: Supplies Fall Deadline is October 1!
New Grant Opportunity!
Applicants may request funds to purchase collections management supplies which 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. We strongly encourage you to call us in advance of applying to discuss your request. 

Submission Deadline: October 1, 2017

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.
Important Announcement!

Due to scheduling conflicts, the Annual Membership Appreciation Boat Trip from West Point is canceled for this year.  We greatly appreciate our friends at the West Point Museum and its Director David Reel for their most generous hospitality and support in hosting the trip in previous years.
18th Annual Hudson River Valley Ramble
Register Your Event for the 2017 Hudson River Valley Ramble!
This year's Hudson River Valley Ramble  will be held September 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 23-24, 30-October 1.  Submit your event by June 9th to be included in the Ramble booklet, which is distributed region-wide and beyond to high-traffic tourism destinations.  Sponsorships are also available at all levels, and more information can be found here.
Upcoming Grant Opportunities
New York State Assembly Grants Action News
You can find more information about s tate, federal, and private grant information from the New York State Assembly. For more information,  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 http://humanitiesny.org/our-work/special-initiatives/womens-suffrage/  for more information,  or make an appointment today to discuss your proposal idea s. Grants are awarded on a rolling basis. 
Make sure to check out this fantastic NYS Women's Suffrage Centennial Resource Guide put together by our friends at Humanities NY.  Click here to access the guide. 
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. 
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.  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   www.archives.nysed.gov  or call at 518-474-6926.
The application deadline is July 1, 2017 and three awards will be presented in the fall of 2017. 
Save the Date for the GHHN Annual Conference!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Bard College/Montgomery Place

Watch for more information in the coming months - but until then, please save the date!
Final Visitor Experiences Workshop is on 6/22- Register Now!

Monday, 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 May 22 at Lyndhurst!

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

Mid-Hudson Region Path Through History; Help Determine Its Future! 

After the Heritage Fair, a group met for an 
in-depth discussion about the next steps of the Mid-Hudson Region of the Path Through History. This meeting was an exploration of the future direction of the program.  Missed the event? Not to worry! We have additional listening sessions scheduled in the next few months and will also be sending out a survey in the fall. Y our participation is critical to ensure the needs of the heritage community are met.
Support for the Roundtable Discussion was 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. 
Action Alert - President Trump Proposes Elimination of IMLS, NEH, NEA!

In his formal Fiscal Year 2018 budget proposal released on May 24, President Trump proposed the elimination of several key agencies that support museums, including the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Endowment for the Arts. The $4.1 trillion spending plan-which will now be considered by Congress-allocates a minimal amount of funding to begin the process of closing these agencies.  Specifically, President Trump's budget proposes:
  • $23 million for the Institute of Museum and Library Services-a $208 million decrease-to begin closing the agency. No new grants would be awarded.
  • $42.3 million for the National Endowment for the Humanities-a $107.5 million decrease-to begin closing the agency. No new grants would be awarded.
  • $28.9 million for the National Endowment for the Arts-a $120.9 million decrease-to begin closing the agency. No new grants would be awarded.
  • $51.1 million for State and Tribal Historic Preservation Offices, a $7.3 million decrease.
  • $719 million for salaries and expenses at the Smithsonian Institution, a $10.4 million decrease. The Smithsonian facilities capital account would receive $228 million, a $94.1 million increase over current funding.
  • $2.225 billion for National Park Service Operations, a $200 million decrease.
  • $760.5 million for the National Science Foundation Education and Human Resources Directorate, a $119.5 million decrease.
  • $37 million for the NASA Office of Education-a $63 million decrease-to begin closing the office.
Other agencies and programs that would be eliminated in this proposal include grants to civil rights movement sites, Save America's Treasures, the Office of Education at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and arts education and afterschool grant programs at the U.S. Department of Education.

Bottom line: these proposed eliminations endanger our country's cultural infrastructure. We need you to act now.
Call, write, and speak up!

#SaveIMLS  #SaveNEH  #SavetheNEA  #SaveNPS
Only Two Sessions Left In This Workshop Series, Register Now Or You Could Miss Out! 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Historical Society of Rockland County

Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Staatsburgh State Historic Site

9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
GHHN Members: $45  NonMembers: $55

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!

Click here to view photos from the Lyndhurst session, and here to see those from the Roosevelt-Vanderbilt State Historic Site session.

To learn more or to register, visit:


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

Over 475 Events Have Been Registered On The Path Through History Site. 
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 pthweekend@iloveny.com  with any questions you have about Path Through History Weekends.  #PTHWeekend
Registration is Open! THV's 2017 Summer 
Institute Will Take Place July 25, 26, and 27!
July 25-27, Henry A. Wallace Visitor & Education Center
FDR Home & Presidential Library, Hyde Park
Schools, historic sites, museums, parks, and community groups are well positioned to promote what FDR called "education in its true sense."  Many of us already are pursuing this goal by teaching an understanding of democracy, practicing civil discourse, and modeling respect for diversity.  The planning committee hopes this institute provides opportunities to share experiences and strategies for this important work.  And, as proponents of place-based learning, we aim to help educators connect students with each other, significant places, and communities.  We believe this promotes an appreciation for and stewardship of our region's diverse culture, history, and ecosystems while promoting civic engagement.  For more information and to register, visit the Teaching the Hudson Valley Website
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. 
Time is running out, don't miss out on a chance to participate! If you have questions or would like to participate in this exciting opportunity email Lynn Fischer Eberle at lynn.eberle@aol.com or Roy Jorgensen at royjorg354@aol.com.
Are you looking for specialty information 
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GHHN is here to help!

Priscilla Brendler 

Executive Director




Kerry Sclafani 

Program Director



Zoe McWhirter

Program Assistant



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