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GHHN eNewsletter

2013 Summer Edition



2199 Saw Mill River Road

Elmsford, NY 10523



Priscilla Brendler 

Executive Director


Kerry Sclafani

Program Coordinator

DHP Regional Coordinator/Archivist

E-Newsletter Editor  


Thank You! 
 Thank you to the Fishkill Historical Society and the Friends of the Fishkill Supply Depot for hosting our July Behind-the-Scenes. We loved our private tour of the Van Wyck Homestead, learning about the work of the Friends of the Fishkill Supply Depot and our walk over to the Revolutionary War burial ground! 
To check out photos from the event, please click here.
Interested in hosting the next 
at your site?

Let us know!

 Showcase your site to other in the heritage community!

September 24-27th
Are you a leader within your museum? Do you lead your organization's board or head a department? Do you aspire to become a leader in your field? Join us in exploring how to Lead with Purpose. If these topics resonate with you,apply today for the Museum Institute at Great Camp Sagamore!

The Museum Institute at Sagamore is a reflective, intensive, four day retreat at Great Camp Sagamore in the Adirondacks that gives New York State museum staff, trustees & volunteers the opportunity to learn, reflect and work with their colleagues from across the state. Where else can you do this in such an amazing setting!?

Applications are now being accepted. Acceptance to the Institute is by application only - to obtain an application and gain more information and please visit

Your Clients are looking for you!

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.


2013 Greenway Conservancy Small Grant Program 
The Hudson River Valley Greenway announces the availability of $50,000 in matching grants for the 2013 
Greenway Conservancy Small Grant Program. Grants will range from $1,000 to $20,000. The program offers funding for trail projects,including: planning and design; construction and rehabilitation; and education and interpretation. Applications can be downloaded from the Greenway website 
or requested by calling (518) 473-3835 or emailing the Greenway

All applications must be postmarked no later than 5:00 PM, Friday, September 13, 2013

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Museums, libraries, and archives have long been without adequate tools and procedures for assessing and managing collection storage and display environments. Grant funds will be used to purchase environmental monitors for FREE lending to five organizations to sign up and attend all four webinars in the sereis. The Image Permanence Institute (IPI) has developed and tested the PEM2 Monitor, which is an innovative tool for environmental monitoring and data analysis. The workshop also includes training with the PEM2 Environmental Monitors which will be lent out to participants who request the equipment. *In order to be eligible to receive one of the PEM2 Environmental Monitors, a participant MUST attend all 4 of the webinars in this series.
Presenter: Rachael Arenstein, AM Art Conservation 
All webinars in this series are from 1PM - 3PM
Webinar 2A- September 24, 2013: The Effect of Environment on Collection Materials 

Webinar 2B- October 21, 2013: Developing an Environmental Monitoring Program 

Webinar 2C- November 13, 2013: Using the PEM2 and its Software for Monitoring the Enviroment 

Webinar 2D- December 10, 2013: Sustainable Practices for Managing the Environment 







2014 Annual Meeting 


Our next Annual Meeting will be held March 21, 2014
at Marist College. It will focus on Emerging Technologies in Libraries, Archives and Museums and be presented in partnership with the Sound and Story Project of the Hudson Valley, the Hudson River Valley Institute, Southeastern NY Library Resources Council and funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Because of this date change, look for the call for nominations for the Awards for Excellence in the September eNews of Note!
Don't Forget to Register for our Behind-the-Scenes Networking Event at Washington's Headquarters!
You are invited to attend the August 
Behind-the Scenes 
Networking event hosted by Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site in Newburgh, NY. This is a unique opportunity during which GHHN members and friends can come together to enjoy a relaxing evening of conversation, discovery, food and drink, and camaraderie!  
We'll take a special look at the renovated Museum and the new exhibit "Unpacked & Rediscovered: Selections from Washington's Headquarters' Collection" .  
Join Site Manager Elyse B. Goldberg and Curators Susan Walker and Amanda Massie as they provide insight into the planning, teamwork, and execution needed to bring this long-awaited renovation and exhibit to fruition. Come and browse through this exhibit featuring military weapons, domestic implements, dolls, souvenirs of past wars, local Newburgh history, memorabilia, and so much more.  You will see an eclectic grouping of objects that represents the early years of the American preservation movement and its ideas about museums and collecting.   The exhibit utilizes an "open storage" format, where a large number of objects, over 1,300, are on display. An electronic catalog maximizes a visitor's self-directed learning experience, offering curatorial information about every object on view, along with images, details, and related object references.

We look forward to seeing you there!
Friday, August 16
5:00 - 7:00 PM
Sign up early--

previous Behind-the-Scenes events sold out!

There is a $10 requested donation to cover hospitality.


Register Now!

Managing A Mold Invasion:
Guidelines for Disaster Response
Mold, a common term for fungal growth, is one of the most serious sources of damage to library, archival, and museum collections, as well 
as a potential health threat to the people who care for collections. Molds are attracted to starches, such as the plant gums found on adhesives, sizings, and cloth; proteins, such as leather, parchment, gelatin, and animal glues; and cellulose, which is the main component of paper itself. In collections, mold can attack books, documents, art on paper, photographic prints and negatives, and other paper-based artifacts.

As mold grows and digests collection materials, it compromises and weakens them. In addition
to the immediate damage, many molds contain colored substances capable of staining the
material on which they grow. Once an item has been attacked by mold, it will be more susceptible to future damage. The weakened organic material absorbs water more easily, resulting in an ongoing cycle of damage. Keep reading.
365 Tales from Unexpected Places

This fall, libraries and historical societies are working together 

The Cube: 
A One of A Kind Recording Booth!
with the Sound and Story Project to collect new stories and breathe fresh life into old ones for A Year of Sounds and Stories: 365 Tales from Unexpected Places, a region-wide story campaign.  With funding from the IMLS,  The Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites, New Rochelle Public Library, the Hudson River Maritime Museum, the Nyack Library, and Somers Historical Society have spent the past year creating stories from their archival oral history collections and are ready to share them. Each participating organization will host a listening and recording event this fall. At each event, The Cube, a one of a kind recording booth, will collect your stories. Look for its public debut on September 15, 2013 at the Stone Ridge Library in Stone Ridge, NY for the kickoff celebration of A Year of Sounds and Stories.
To follow this project and to hear about when The Cube will be collecting stories in a IMLS logo town near you, sign up for Sound and Story's newsletter at

Going Beyond the House:

Comparing Inventories of Revolutionary Era New York and New Jersey

By Jacquetta M. Haley

Haley Research and Consulting


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


The majority of historic house museums are severely handicapped.  They survive in almost total isolation from the environment that originally 

supported their existence.  Cut off from their own 

Left: Pikes, a long lance used by infantry in formation against mounted opponents.  Plate 58 "Medieval Men at Arms II," Denis Diderot, A Diderot Pictorial Encyclopedia.

Above: Sketch of the head of a halberd or battle axe.  Sketch by Jacquetta Haley

world they face the difficult task of explaining a rural, agricultural, non-mechanized world to a consumer-oriented, technologically sophisticated, urban and suburban-based visitor population.  They have to do this in a domestic setting with few visual cues that can lead the visitor beyond the four walls of the museum into the world of late 18th century Americans.  Inventories provide some alternative objects that can be placed in or by the house, usually on a seasonal basis, that speak to the broader environment.  Keep reading
A New Generation of Museum Lighting:From Fiber Optics to LED Lighting Technology

By Joanne Leffeld, Band NY, Inc/LEDSpin


Left: Before; Right: After, with LED Lighting system hardware installed in back of case

Nearly ten years ago, our company was retained by the National Archives to design, engineer and install fiber optic lighting systems to illuminate the Constitution, Bill of Rights and Declaration of Independence and the environs of the Rotunda. At that time, fiber optic lighting was considered by many in the museum lighting field as the state-of-the-art in exhibit lighting technology for safely and effectively illuminating rare artifacts and interpretative exhibit material. Ten years later, while fiber optics still has a place in museum exhibit lighting, LED technology has become the most versatile and least invasive lighting tool available.Keep reading.

The Hudson River Valley Ramble is September 7-8,
14-15,21-22, 28-29. 


Find an event today! 


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