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March 2014 eNews of Note
Please join us on March 21, 2014 at Marist College as we explore "Techistory: Blending Technology and History to Reach New Audiences". 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 museums can continue to serve their entire community and make history a more meaningful presence in people's daily lives. Through the use of the latest digital technology and social media outlets, sites can repurpose their history collections and breathe new life into the stories that represent the diverse histories of the Hudson Valley. The conference will explore how using emerging technologies in libraries, archives and museums can expand our audiences reaching a new generation of users.

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, as well as break-out presentations by your peers, breakfast, luncheon, exhibitor hall, The Cube, networking opportunities, the 2014 Awards for Excellence ceremony, and more! Click here for the entire 2014 Annual Conference Program. We hope to see you there!

Time is running out - Don't delay!!

GHHN Members:  $45.00
Non Members:      $55.00

Don't forget - you can also Exhibit at 
or Sponsor the Conference! 
Let's Talk About..
Processing An Archival Collection


Friday, March 28

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site

Newburgh, NY


Archival collections come in all shapes, sizes, and measures of complexity. Some arrive at your organization in good order. Most do not. Others present special conceptual and archival challenges. Greater Hudson Heritage Network and the Hudson Valley Documentary Heritage Program (DHP) invite you to join us for this hands-on workshop where DHP Regional Coordinator/Archivist Kerry Sclafani will teach you the basics of archival processing. The workshop will cover appraisal, accessioning, arrangement and description and then we'll work together to process a previously unprocessed collection. This half-day hands- on workshop and discussion will be held at Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site. We hope to see you there!

Because of the hands-on nature of the program, space is very limited for this workshop! Sign up today!


GHHN members: $10.00   

Non-members:     $15.00

Fee includes information packet and a light morning breakfast





Questions? Contact Kerry Sclafani at 914-592-6726, 914-582-3353 or



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 the Greater Hudson Heritage Network.


DAR and SAR to hold Lineage

Research Workshop

Do you have a patriot of the American Revolution in your family tree? Ever wondered if you did? Local chapters of the Daughters of and Sons of the American Revolution are holding a Lineage Research Workshop. Anyone interested in delving into their family history in search of patriot ancestors is invited to this event on Saturday, April 5, 2014. There will be two seminar-like sessions, one at 11:00 AM, and another at 2:00 PM, downstairs at the Starr Library in Rhinebeck.  During these sessions you will hear from representatives from the DAR, SAR, and the Local History room at the Starr Library. Information about their organizations will be given in an open, casual, classroom-like setting in which your questions will be answered at any time. Refreshments will be served, and the collections of the Starr library will be available for help with on-site research. 


For more information see the Chancellor Livingston Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution website:, the Columbia Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution website:, the DAR national website: and the SAR national website:

Contact Chancellor Livingston Chapter Regent, Sarah K Hermans for details at or (845) 518-4008  

 Need collection care assistance?
We'll come to you! For FREE! 

What is a circuit rider? Historically, the term referred to clergy who traveled to minister to settlers and congregations.

Our "Circuit Riders" are a team of statewide trained professionals in the field of collection management and conservation - who will come to you! The site visits are available to historic houses, museums, historic sites, historical societies, libraries, and archives. Circuit Riders will discuss various areas of stewardship with you, and help identify your specific collections issues including but not limited to:


* Collection Policy & Procedures  

* Disaster Preparedness Plans

* Environmental Controls & Monitors

* Storage Solutions

* Any other issues regarding Books & Paper, Photographs, Ceramics, Metal & Wooden tools, Archaeological & Ethnographic Artifacts, Furniture, Paintings, Decorative Arts, and Textiles.


Best of all, the service is completely FREE! Don't miss out on this fantastic opportunity!


Apply today at

Questions? Call 914.592.6726 or email





Legal Aspects of Records 
Management Workshops
The law has a great impact on records. It influences how we manage them, access them, secure them, and how long we keep them. This FREE course, offered by Local Government Office Region 9 will explore how statutory laws and court decisions affect records management programs and the importance of a good records management program in protecting your organization during law suits. This workshop will: Explain the legal requirements of a records management program; Review federal and state laws that greatly impact records management; Review court cases that affect records management; Explain how the legal discovery process works; Explain the consequences of not preserving records; Provide practical steps for going forward.

This workshop is being offered in two locations:
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Town of Haverstraw Town Hall
1 Rosman Road
Garnerville, NY 10923


Thursday, April 10, 2014
10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Town of Hyde Park Town Hall
4383 Albany Post Road
Hyde Park NY 12538

To register for either workshop,  please click here:

Questions? Contact Linda Bull, CRM
Regional Advisory Officer, New York State Archives, Region 9
connecting to collections collageWEBINAR SERIES THREE:
Our next webinar is on 3/25!

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. The series begins with an overview on care, handling and storage of historic collections, and continues with four individual webinars that will cover each of the discuss designing proper storage environments (low-tech solutions), managing storage rooms, developing retrieval systems, tagging critical collections in preparation for an emergency or disaster response, plus much more!

**The first webinar is strongly encouraged before taking any of the other webinars in this series.**
Choose any or all of the following webinars:

Webinar 3C- 3/2014: Low Tech Storage Solutions: Photographs

Webinar 3D- 4/8/14: Low Tech Storage Solutions: Historic Objects Part 1

Webinar 3E-5/13/14: Low Tech Storage Solutions:Historic Objects Part 2

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!

Each webinar is only $10!
A priceless investment in caring for your collection...

psst- missed the first two webinars in the series? No worries- we recorded them! Give us a call or email today to learn how to access the recording! 
Conservation Treatment Grant 
Application Deadline: June 2, 2013 
Click here for more information, including grant guidelines and application
NHPRC Extends Deadline for Comments to 3/31!
Given the extensive changes being proposed and in response to requests, the NHPRC has extended the comment period on the proposed DRAFT grant guidelines for FY15 in all six categories.The new deadline to submit comments is Monday, March 31, 2014.  Comments are welcome from individuals and organizations who are interested in these NHPRC programs.  General comments on all programs can go on the overview of the proposed changes:

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SENYLRC Twila Snead Award
SENYLRC is pleased to announce the establishment of a new annual award to recognize an outstanding member library, cultural heritage organization, program, service or staff member. For more information, including eligibility requirements, award criteria, and a nomination form, please click here. Nominations are due by April 25, 2014.
Preservation Survey
Now Available!

The Preservation Statistics Survey is a

project to document and analyze the preservation activities  of culturaheritage 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.

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. 


Look for us at the Breakfast with the Funders session on Tuesday morning - we'll be available to answer any questions you might have about the 2014 Conservation 

Treatment Grant!

MAAM 2014 Annual Meeting Call for Proposals
The Mid-Atlantic Association oMAAM logo 2f Museums (MAAM) is now accepting submissions for session proposals for the fall 2014 Annual Meeting. This year's meeting will be held in Washington DC, October 22-24, 2014. To submit a session proposal, and for descriptions of conference themes, please click here

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