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GHHN eNewsletter

2014 Spring Edition



2199 Saw Mill River Road

Elmsford, NY 10523



Priscilla Brendler 

Executive Director


Kerry Sclafani

Program Coordinator

DHP Regional Coordinator/Archivist

E-Newsletter Editor  


 Let's Talk About...
Historical Photographs
Friday, May 16 
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Ellenville Public Library & Museum 
40 Center Street 
Ellenville, NY

Can you tell the difference between an ambrotype and a daguerreotype? Do you know the proper way to house glass plate negatives? Do you need some pointers on how to date photographs? Greater Hudson Heritage Network and the Hudson Valley Documentary Heritage Program (DHP) invite you to join us as we discuss historical photographs. This informal and informational session held at the Ellenville Public Library & Museum in Ellenville, will help you to identify different formats of and date historical photographs as well learn how to properly care for and store these historical treasures. The workshop will feature a hands-on portion where you will have a chance to test out what you've learned about dating and identifying historical photographs!

GHHN Members: $10.00
Non Members :   $15.00
Fee includes informational packet and lunch.

Because of the hands-on nature of this workshop, space is extremely
limited - don't delay! Register today!

Questions? Contact Kerry Sclafani at 914-582-3353 or [email protected]
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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.



Bring a NYCH reading and discussion program to your community! 

Open to any tax-exempt organization in New York State, New York Council for the Humanities' Adult Reading & Discussion Programs and Grants bring together community members for a series of thematically-linked text-based conversations about important humanities ideas and themes. Your organization chooses a theme, decides how many sessions to hold, and finds a local scholar to facilitate the discussions. After you're awarded the program, you then select the texts from our themed book lists that work best for your organization. Applications
are due Friday, June 13.
To learn more about this program, please click here.


Please join us for the 3rd Annual GHHN Membership Appreciation 
Scenic Hudson Cruise
Friday, June 13, 2014

Registration will open on May 13

*This event is for current
GHHN Members only.
Membership lapsed?
Renew here and
don't miss the boat!

Thank you to our hosts
The West Point Museum for their generous hospitality!

Path Through History Weekends Promotion Kicks Off May 14th!
Get a taste of history at Metro-North's Getaway Day Staycation Showcase Featuring Path Through History, next Wednesday, May 14th, 11:30 AM - 6:30 PM in New York City. Held at Grand Central Terminal's Vanderbilt Hall and the outdoor taxi stand area, this partnership serves as a kick off for Path Through History Weekends. Join us as New York State presents historic re-enactors, performances, exhibits and artifacts, and displays with information on heritage travel getaways you can take this spring and summer. To learn more, please click here.
35th Conference on
New York State History 
The 35th Conference on New York State History will take place on June 12-14th and will be hosted by Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York. 

The Conference on New York State History is an annual meeting of academic and public historians, librarians and archivists, educators, publishers, and other interested individuals who come together to discuss topics and issues related to the people of New York State in historical perspective and to share information and ideas regarding historical research, programming, and the networking of resources and services.

Please visit here to register for the conference, and to add meals, lodging and additional workshops. The full conference program and details can be found here.
The New York State Archives announces its twenty-fourth annual Student Research Awards program to promote and recognize excellence in student research. The main purpose of the awards program is to encourage students to explore the wealth of historical records held in historical records repositories* in New York State. A secondary purpose is to increase cooperation between schools and organizations that administer historical records useful for education. 

Students, working individually or in groups, develop projects such as research papers, papers reconstructing the past, exhibits, documentaries, performances, PowerPoint/Prezi entries, websites, or proposals for the designation of a historical marker, property or district. The Student Research Awards program is a statewide competition open to all New York State students in grades 4-12.For more information, please click here. Entries must be postmarked no later than July 1, 2014.

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Low Tech Storage Solutions: Historic Objects Part 2: Paintings, Decorative Arts, and Textiles
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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Registration for our next webinar series is 
This webinar series is based upon the Library of Congress Digital Preservation Outreach and Education (DPOE) program which aims to foster national outreach and education to encourage individuals and organizations to actively preserve their digital content. The multi-part webinar series will focus on how to collect, preserve, and make available significant at-risk digital contents. All webinars in this series will be taught by Mary Molinaro, Associate Dean for Library Technologies, University of Kentucky Libraries.
All Webinars Only $10 Each!
Webinar 4A: Monday, June 2, 2014
Identifying and Selecting Digital Content
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Webinar 4B: Monday, July 7, 2014
Storing and Protecting Digital Content
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Webinar 4C: Monday, August 11, 2014
Managing and Providing Access to Digital Content
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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!






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.
Click on the postcard image below to watch a short webinar on applying for the 
Conservation Treatment Grant!
Conservation Treatment Grant 2014 webinar
Application Deadline:
June 2, 2014
Path Through History Weekends

The Path Through History Weekends will be held this year on June 7-8 and 

14-15.  If your organization is holding an event during this time frame that connects with New York history, we encourage you to submit the event today. If you have already registered your event - Thank You!
We encourage all who haven't had the chance to register to do so by May 11th so you can receive these important materials as soon as possible. The online event submission for the 2014 Path Through History Weekends is ready and waiting! 
A statewide press release about Path Through History Weekends was sent out last week - to read it, please click here. For additional information about the Path Through History Weekends, please  click here. 
We appreciate your partnership as we work together to showcase New York's unparalleled history. Path Through History Weekends would not be possible without the efforts of countless organizations throughout the State working hard to deliver programming that helps connect people to New York's history.
Questions? Email us at 


Light Exposure of Artifacts on Exhibit 
CCAHA Guidelines

Light is a common cause of damage to collections. Cumulative over time, visible and ultraviolet (UV) light cause irreversible damage and can cause not only fading, but weakening, discoloration, and brittleness in paper, leather, and adhesives. Damage caused by light can be mitigated by controlling the intensity of light and amount of UV light artifacts are exposed to. When artifacts are placed on exhibition, steps should be taken to ensure that light exposure is controlled, monitored, and recorded. Keep reading.


New York Archives Conference
June 4-6, 2014
Binghamton, NY  
Come hear the SAA's Vice President, President Elect, Kathleen Roe speak about the opportunities and dilemmas facing the holders of New York's rich documentary heritage; join us for an evening reception at the Endicott Visitor Center; and wrap the conference up at the concluding luncheon as Aynur de Rouen gives a presentation of Binghamton University's Vera Beaudin Saeedpour Kurdish Library & Museum Collection. 
Attend one of our four workshops: on modifying collections environments and storage; on the need for archives policies; on the basics of archives; and the SAA DAS workshop on appraising electronic records.

We are offering sessions on audio-visual archiving, preservation, and digitization; preserving the record of the Southern tier; conducting an inventory of electronic records; archives in the public interest; oral histories; careers in archives and historical societies; how to avoid and recover from disasters; supporting the Common Core with primary resources; the Digital Public Library of America; and roundtables on being a lone arranger and succeeding; on how to think through a digitization project; and speed mentoring for those new to the profession. This year we're also featuring a set of three Members' Choice roundtables.

The conference concludes with a choice of tours of the Bundy Museum of History and Art, the Phelps Mansion, and the Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park.

Join us for intellectual and professional development, networking, food, and fun at the NYAC conference in Binghamton!

Find the program and register at

Contact the 2014 NYAC Chair, Debra Kimok, with any questions or concerns


RFP - Uncommon Approaches to the Common Core Conference
The second Uncommon Approaches to the Common Core conference will be held in Albany on August 12 - August 13.

You are invited to submit a proposal for an interactive lab in one of six curriculum areas: The Arts, English Language Arts, Math, Science, Language other than English (LOTE), or Social Studies. Lessons or curriculum used during the lab must be aligned to the Common Core Learning Standards and must demonstrate inquiry through the use of primary sources and/or other cultural resources, such as historic objects, multimedia objects, maps, works of art, or natural resources such as plants, soil or rocks. The presentation team must consist of two or more people, each from one of the following professions; a classroom teacher, a librarian, a teaching artist, or a cultural educator (an educator from a museum, archive or records repository, public media, historic site, nature center, zoo, performing arts center, or other cultural organization) and must demonstrate mastery in the area of inquiry-based learning. Your team members should come from different professions.


For more information and to submit a proposal, please visit
SENYLRC Annual Meeting
Registration is now open for the 47th Annual Meeting of the Council on Friday, June 6, 2014!

You can register here:

This year's meeting will be held on Friday, June 6th from 8:30am - 1:00pm at The Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Home in Hyde Park, NY. Delicious and yummy breakfast and . lunch will be provided by Gourmet to Go. This year's featured speaker is F. Kennon Moody, expert FDR researcher. Tours of the brand new, renovated and awesome FDR Presidential Library will be available to attendees following lunch.

Annual Meeting Cost: (This event is partially subsidized by SENYLRC)
SENYLRC Governing and HRVH Members - $20 
SENYLRC Non-members - $35

Full details of the event, including a schedule and link to registration are available at:

Please RSVP by May 30, 2014.
Questions? (845) 883-9065
2014 Hudson River Estuary Grants Now Available

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced the availability of $621,500 for the 2014 Hudson River Estuary Program Grants. Funding is available for these competitive grants in the state fiscal year 2013-2014 through the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) and the Natural Resources Damages Fund (NRD). The Hudson River Estuary Grants Program implements priorities outlined in DEC's 2010-2014 Hudson River Estuary Action Agenda  aimed at conserving or improving clean water; fish, wildlife, and their habitats; waterway access; the resiliency of communities; and river scenery. Grant descriptions and grant applications are available online at the  New York State Grants Gateway, a one-stop location that streamlines the way grants are administered by the State of New York. Applicants must be registered in the Gateway in order to apply. Not-for-profit corporations must 'prequalify'. 


Visit the Estuary Grants Program for more information. 

IMPORTANT: The NYS Grants Reform team has scheduled a series of webinars to help potential applicants learn how to use the Gateway system to complete an online grant application. These webinars will be held every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 9:00 AM from April 24 - May 29th. 
2014 Dutchess Heritage Days History Fair and Civil War Reenactment
Are you a history organization interested in putting up a display at this event? Interested in volunteering at the event? Contact Dutchess County Historian Will Tatum at 845-486-2381 or [email protected] 



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