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GHHN eNewsletter

2013 Midwinter Edition



2199 Saw Mill River Road

Elmsford, NY 10523



Priscilla Brendler 

Executive Director


Kerry Sclafani

Program Coordinator

DHP Regional Coordinator/Archivist

E-Newsletter Editor  



Friday, February 22

5:00 - 7:00 PM


Behind-the-Scenes Networking Event


Samuel Dorksy Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz

New Paltz, NY


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 Monday, February 25

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM  


Let's Talk About....

Archival Description


Van Wyck Homestead

Fishkill, NY


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Friday, March 22

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM


Behind-the-Scenes Networking Event


Stepping Stones

Katonah, NY




Tuesday, April 23

10:30 AM


Connecting to Collections Webinar #1: Protecting Cultural Collections




Friday, April 26

5:00 PM- 7:00 PM



Networking Event


Crawford House

Newburgh, NY 


DHP Grant Application Now Available! 
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The 2013-2014 Documentary Heritage Program Grant Guidelines are now available.  They may be obtained by emailing the New York State Archives or by visiting the State Archives website. Applications for Archival Documentation and Arrangement & Description projects will be considered. Postmark deadline is Friday, March 1, 2013 for projects to be carried out from July 1, 2013-June 30, 2014.
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Thank You! 
 A big thank you to Elaine and Kim at Mount Gulian Historic Site for hosting a 'White Glove Tour' for our January Behind -the-Scenes Networking Event. We had a great time and loved the opportunity to examine items from your collection! 
To check out photos from the event, please click here.
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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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Museumwise: The Museum Association of New York presents:
What Does It Mean
To Be Diverse? 
April 14-16, 2013
Doubletree Syracuse
Syracuse, NY
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The Conservation Treatment Grant Program, administered by Greater Hudson Heritage Network in association with the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), provides support for treatment procedures to aid in stabilizing and preserving objects in collections of museums, historical and cultural organizations in New York State. The work must be performed by, or under direct supervision of, a professional conservator.


Applications will be accepted from non-profit museums and 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.

Eligible institutions of all sizes are welcome to request support from this state-wide program; those with small budgets are encouraged to apply. Priority consideration will be given to applicants who have not yet received three consecutive treatment grants.

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Deadline: Monday, June 3, 2013 

Connecting to Collections  
Comes to New York!
GHHN has recently been awarded the 2-year
Connecting to Collections Statewide Implementation Grant for the State of New York from IMLS to address the needs of "at risk"  collections (identified in New York's planning project): books and paper, photographic collections, digital materials, and historic objects. We will be offering training through webinars, a circuit rider program, how-to videos and a knowledge portal on our new Connecting to New York's Collections website.  
April 23: Disaster Prevention & Preparedness
May 21: Response and Recovery
Presented by Kathleen Craughwell - Varda, Museum Consultant

In this two-part interactive workshop, participants will gain the skills needed to complete their own disaster plan, implement an effective disaster response, and understand the critical steps to recovery after an emergency. Pre and post disaster collection priorities will be identified, as well as understanding practical decision-making skills. Participants will learn basic salvaging techniques for a variety of materials, including books, documents, photos and historic objects.


The Connecting to New York's Collections project is funded by a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services and administered IMLS logoby GHHN.The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation's 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. Through grant making, policy development, and research, IMLS helps communities and individuals thrive through broad public access to knowledge, cultural heritage, and lifelong learning.
Let's Talk About....Archival Description! 
Greater Hudson Heritage Network and the Hudson Valley Documentary Heritage Program (DHP) invite you to join us at the Van Wyck Homestead in Fishkill as we discuss archival description. Archival description is the process of gathering information about historical records and providing access to those records through access tools. Description helps to provide essential information about records, facilitate retrieval of information and helps to determine the usefulness of records for researchers. DHP Regional Archivist Kerry Sclafani will present an informative session on the major elements of description, how to properly describe your records and how to create a useful finding aid.  Come and discuss challenges and share experiences with other historical organizations!
Monday, February 25, 2013
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Van Wyck Homestead
504 Rte 9
Fishkill, NY

Space is limited! Sign up today!


Fee includes information packet and a light morning breakfast

GHHN members: $10.00

Non-members: $15.00


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This program is made possible with funds from the Documentary Heritage Program of the New York State Archives, a program of the New York State Education Department and Greater Hudson Heritage Network.

Behind-the-Scenes Networking Event at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art
Please join us at our February Behind-the-Scenes Networking event hosted by the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz. This is a unique opportunity during which GHHN members and friends can come together to enjoy a relaxing evening of conversation, discovery, wine and cheese, and camaraderie!
The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at the State University of New York at New Paltz (the Dorsky), located at the geographic center of the SUNY New Paltz campus, is one of the largest museums in the SUNY system, with more than 9,000 square feet of exhibition space distributed over six galleries. The Dorsky's permanent collection comprises more than 5,000 works of art, with areas of focus that include American Art, with an emphasis on the Hudson Valley and Catskill Regions, 19th, 20th and 21st century photography and metals.
We will enjoy a special evening at the museum, which will include a Director's tour of the museum and its current exhibitions (Russel Wright: The Nature of Design and Photo-Rapide: François Deschamps and Malian Portrait Photography ).  The Collections Manager will lead a discussion about the museum's collections and how they are used by the faculty and students.  
We look forward to seeing you there!
Friday, February 22
5:00 - 7:00 PM
Sign up early--

previous Behind-the-Scenes events sold out!

There is a $10 requested donation to

cover hospitality.


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New Opportunities in Social Media

by Lee Price, Director of Development, CCAHA


Just ten years ago, most of the communications of cultural organizations were one-way. We mailed out newsletters, sent out press releases to newspapers and magazines, and solicited through annual appeals. The museum told its audience what it was up to. The audience was supposed to attentively listen-and then write a check.


Ten years is a long time in this new digital age. Social media is in the process of transforming nonprofit fundraising, a tectonic shift that is still underway. No one can pretend to predict what the landscape will look like ten years further down the road. But it's safe to say that communications will never be predominately one-way again. We've entered a new age of audience engagement. Read More

Call for Poster Presentations: NYAC
The 2013 NYAC Poster Session Committee is accepting proposals for the NYAC conference poster session, "Archives and Historical Collections in the Empire State", to be held at the 2013 NYAC Conference co-sponsored by Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York (ART) and Palmer School of Library and Information Science. The conference will be held at LIU Post Campus, Long Island University in Brookville, NY on June 5-7, 2013. For submission instructions and deadlines, please click here.

What Really Was In that House?

Comparing Inventories of Revolutionary Era New York and New Jersey

By Jacquetta M. Haley

Haley Research and Consulting


This is the fourth in a series of installments that will discuss how various categories of furnishings are represented in the different inventories. The four groups will be examined to determine if there are variations in the types and numbers of objects in each category.

Jacobus Verplanck Family Bible, 1687. The Verplanck family recorded births, deaths and marriages here from 1701 to 1911. Courtesy of Mount Gulian Society, Beacon, New York.
The three previous installments have dealt with items that the 21st century person probably would call indispensable, necessities of the first order - someplace to sit, artificial light sources and heating accoutrements.  They recall basic subsistence but provide little insight into the character, the personality of the 18th century householder.  And, as the inventories that have been used primarily relate to middle and upper class households, they undoubtedly overstate the prevalence of even these basic household furnishings. 
It's time to look at some extraneous objects, those that were not required for basic survival and comfort but fulfilled other needs for the 18th century residents of New York and New Jersey. 
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Recording Stories in Sound: the Basics of Audio Recording and Interviewing
A FREE Sound and Story Workshop 

Are you curious about the world of audio recording? Does a family member have a cherished story you'd love to record? Are you looking for a way to become more involved with your community? Learn about audio recording, interviewing techniques, and volunteer opportunities at The Sound and Story Project's upcoming workshop, Recording Stories in Sound: the Basics of Audio Recording and Interviewing.  This free workshop will be held on March 16th from 10am to 1pm at the Adriance Memorial Library in Poughkeepsie, NY. Whether you want to record your aging parents, the sounds in your neighborhood or become a Sound and Story volunteer, this workshop will get you off to a good start.

For more information or to reserve your spot, email Eileen McAdam at [email protected]. To hear about more workshops sign up for Sound and Story's newsletter at and "Like" them at
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