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GHHN eNewsletter

2014 MidWinter Edition



2199 Saw Mill River Road

Elmsford, NY 10523



Priscilla Brendler 

Executive Director


Kerry Sclafani

Program Coordinator

DHP Regional Coordinator/Archivist

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DHP Grant Deadline:
March 3, 2014
2014-2015 Documentary Heritage Program (DHP) Grant Application Guidelines and Forms are NOW AVAILABLE on the NYS Archives website!
Click here for guidelines
IMPORTANT: Prequalification requirement for all grant applicants! New York State has implemented a new statewide prequalification requirement for not-for-profits applying for grants. In order to be eligible to apply, all New York State grant applicants (including DHP grant applicants) are required to prequalify using the New York State Grants Gateway. The pre-qualification registration process requests information about organization's capacity, legal compliance, and integrity. This process may take up to a few weeks to complete. It is advised that you begin the prequalification registration process immediately if you are considering applying for a 2014-2015 DHP Grant.
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.


NYLA Advocacy Day

February 26, 2014


Libraries make for better communities, a better informed public, bridge the 'digital divide' and support the functioning of democracy. Supporting library funding is an investment in New York's economic recovery, an investment in New York's educational and cultural infrastructure, an investment in New York's citizens, and an investment that will produce a substantial return and make a lasting positive difference for New York State. Join with library advocates on across the state on February 26th to urge the governor to fully fund libraries. Want to take the bus to Albany? Click here for registration information.

Request from DCHS
As part of their celebration of the centenary of the Dutchess County Historical Society, DCHS is requesting all historians, historical societies, and other knowledgeable groups to identify businesses currently in operation in the county that were around 100 years or more ago. Please contact Executive Director Betsy Kopstein-Stuts by phone at 845-471-1630 or email her at [email protected].
Preservation Survey
Now Available!
The Preservation Statistics Survey is a project to document and analyze the preservation activities of cultural heritage institutions in the United States. Preservation activities encompass a broad range of tasks to assure the long-term access to traditional and digital cultural heritage collections in libraries, museums, archives, historical societies, and more. The Preservation Statistics Survey records how these preservation programs are administered (leadership, staffing, and funding) as well as preventive preservation activities (library binding, mass deacidification, environmental monitoring, disaster planning, outreach, training, and others), conservation activities, reformatting and digitization activities, and digital preservation responsibilities.

Any library in the United States conducting preservation activities may complete the FY2013 Preservation Statistics Survey, which will be open from January 15, 2014 to April 15, 2014. Click here for the survey.

Tourism Action Day!

March 4, 2014

Join with your colleagues to discuss with your legislators the importance of tourism to the state's economy! Deadline to register: 2/27/14.

Contact Kelly Boucher for more information and to register:

(518)465-2300 or [email protected]

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Registration is NOW OPEN!  

On Friday, March 21, 2014, Greater Hudson Heritage Network will hold its 2014 Annual Conference at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York.  This year's conference theme is "TecHistory: Blending Technology and History to Reach New Audiences". The conference is presented in partnership with the Sound & 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.  

With technology expanding at a faster rate than ever before, it is important for heritage keepers to embrace the change and keep up with the times. By exploring new ways of incorporating technology, sites can exhibit their collections in new educational and interpretive ways; take fresh steps to attract and engage a more diverse mix of visitors by using their permanent collections more creatively; and show how libraries, museums, and archives can continue to serve their entire community and make history a more meaningful presence in people's daily lives.
The Annual Conference will feature keynote speaker Tom Scheinfeldt, producer of Found History and Associate Professor of Digital Media and Design and Director of Digital Humanities in the Digital Media Center at the University of Connecticut. Tom has written and lectured extensively about the history of museums and the role of history in culture. The 2014 Annual Conference will also feature break-out presentations by your peers, breakfast, luncheon, exhibitor hall, networking opportunities, the Awards for Excellence ceremony, and more!
The afternoon program will include the presentation of the 2014 Awards for Excellence which seeks to recognize and commend exceptional efforts from the field.  Awards are made to projects and organizations that exemplify creativity and professional vision resulting in a contribution to the preservation and interpretation of the historic scene, material culture and diversity of the Greater Hudson region- from the Battery to Albany.

Members: $45.00
Non Members : $55.00

Has your site used technology in a new way? 
Tell us all about it - become a Presenter!
Deadline for Call for Presenters
is TOMORROW -2/20!

Don't forget - you can also Exhibit or Sponsor the Conference!
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Care & Storage of Historic Collections


6 Days Until Our Next Webinar! Register Today!
This multi-part webinar series provides in-depth training from conservators on the care, handling and storage of collections. This program is designed for staff and volunteers at museums, historical societies, libraries, and archives
All Webinars Only $10 Each!
Webinar 3B- 2/25/14: Low Tech Storage Solutions: Books and Paper
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Webinar 3C- 3/25/2014: Low Tech Storage Solutions: Photographs
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Webinar 3D- 4/8/14: Low Tech Storage Solutions: Historic Objects  (Part 1)
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Webinar 3E-5/13/14: Low Tech Storage Solutions: Historic Objects (Part 2)
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

**please note that the first two of the webinars take place at 1:00 PM and the last three take place at 10:00 AM.
Can't make the live webinar? Not a problem! All our webinars are recorded - after the live webinar, all participants receive a link to the recording of the webinar - so you can watch it whenever you'd like!
psst- missed the January webinar on Care and Storage? No worries- we recorded it! Give us a call or email [email protected] today to learn how to access the recording!






The 2014 Conservation Treatment Grant Program, administered by Greater Hudson Heritage Network (GHHN), on behalf of the Museum Program of the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), provides support for treatment procedures to aid in stabilizing and preserving objects held 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.

For more information on the Conservation Treatment Grant Program, including grant guidelines and required forms, please click here.
Application Deadline:
June 2, 2014
Storing Your Photographic Collection: A Guide to Choosing the Proper Materials for Long Term Storage

The first step in preserving a photographic collection is to re-house the collection material in storage folders and boxes that meet the proper storage criteria. Placing photographic materials in direct contact with good quality materials limits the amount of acids and other pollutants that will damage your photographs over time. When purchasing supplies, the most important factor is to ONLY buy materials that have passed the Photographic Activities Test (PAT), which ensures the storage materials do NOT react with the silver in the photographic image. If housing supplies are constructed of paper or paperboard, make sure they are lignin-free and either buffered or non-buffered. In the case of plastic materials, use only the following types of plastic: polyethylene, polypropylene, and polyester. Again, make sure these materials have passed the PAT

test! Keep reading


NYS Historic Preservation Office wants to hear from YOU!  
The NYS Division of Historic Preservation is preparing a new plan and needs to hear from you. Every five years the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation creates a blueprint for the future identifying challenges and outlining actions to help guide preservation across the state. Such plans are required by federal law as part of funding New York receives to conduct historic preservation activities. Public input is crucial, and the Division of Historic Preservation encourages everyone to participate.


You can find the short survey here


For more information, call 518-237-8643, ext. 3109, or visit the preservation planning pages of the NYS Historic Preservation Office's website.

Museums in Action               
Join MANY in Albany March 30-April 1! Museums in Action is the annual professional conference of the Museum Association of New York. Unique in form and function, this conference invites conversation and inspires action. Museums in Action is the conference where YOU do the talking! Your ideas form the basis of the conference program.This year's conference sessions will address the theme of STEM to STEAM as well as Museum "Must-Haves" topics. For more information on the conference, including registration, please click here.
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