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AS OF JULY 1, 2014, 
GREATER HUDSON HERITAGE NETWORK
NO LONGER ADMINISTERS DOCUMENTARY HERITAGE PROGRAM (DHP) SERVICES. 

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR YOU?
As of July 1, 2014, GHHN will no longer be providing DHP services. This means the workshops, training sessions, site visits and technical assistance provided by GHHN and the DHP to historical records holding repositories in the Hudson Valley will no longer be supported by the New York State Archives. Kerry Sclafani will no longer be the Regional Archivist for the Hudson Valley Region. She will, however, continue her work as GHHN Program Coordinator two days a week. Starting July 1, she can be reached at info@greaterhudson.org. 

We at Greater Hudson Heritage Network have been honored to provide DHP services to the historical records holding repositories in the Hudson Valley area (Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan and Ulster counties) for the past 14 years. We would like to thank heritage organizations in the Hudson Valley for your support of GHHN and the DHP program. 

We are greatly disappointed and saddened the DHP program and its activities will no longer continue in their current format, but we are excited to see what the future holds for the DHP program. Please see the letter below from Christine Ward of the New York State Archives for more information about the changes to the DHP services. 
 
 
Priscilla Brendler
Executive Director
Greater Hudson Heritage Network
Dear Friends of GHHN:
Please read on for a message from Christine Ward of the New York State Archives
 
CHANGE IN DHP SERVICES
We are writing to let you know of changes that are planned for the regional services portion of the New York State Archives Documentary Heritage Program (DHP).  Our aim is to move the DHP in a direction that will bring the best quality and most comprehensive services to New York's historical records community with the resources available to us. 

DHP Regional Services For over 25 years the DHP regional services have provided technical assistance and training through contracts between the New York State Education Department (SED) and nine regional providers, which have included seven 3Rs library councils, the Museum Association of New York, and the Greater Hudson Heritage Network. We thank the organizations that have contributed to the success of this program and advancements in preservation and access for New York's heritage. 

When the contracts between the SED and these agencies expire on June 30, 2014 there will be changes to the contractual process for operating this part of the program.  The DHP competitive grants program will not change and will continue to be operated from the New York State Archives' central offices.  

Service Delivery Changes Instead of nine separate DHP contracts, the SED will seek a single, statewide five-year contract to deliver a set of supports and educational services for eligible archives, libraries, historical societies, museums, and other institutions that hold historical records and/or library research materials and operate programs to preserve them and make them accessible. The contract will cover DHP services and also incorporate elements of the New York State Library's Conservation/Preservation Program. 

Interim Assistance Until the new statewide contract is in place, the State Archives will provide basic support to the historical records community through email and phone communications and delivery of on-line resources. Repositories in need of archival assistance may contact Pamela Cooley at the New York State Archives (pcooley@mail.nysed.gov, (518) 474-5393) starting July 1 and until further notice. For preservation-related assistance, organizations may continue to contact Barbara Lilley at the New York State Library (blilley@mail.nysed.gov, (518) 486-4864).
 
Christine W. Ward
New York State Archivist and 
Chief Executive Officer of the Archives Partnership Trust
Room 9C49
Cultural Education Center
Empire State Plaza
Albany, New York 12230
518-473-7091
518-473-7058 [FAX]
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