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GHHN eNewsletter

2014 Summer Edition



2199 Saw Mill River Road

Elmsford, NY 10523



Priscilla Brendler 

Executive Director


Kerry Sclafani

Program Coordinator

E-Newsletter Editor  


 Don't Miss the Boat!
Please join us for the 3rd Annual GHHN Membership Appreciation 
Scenic Hudson Cruise
Friday, August 8, 2014

*This event is for current
GHHN Members only.
(Individual Members AND Staff of Organizational Members!)

Membership lapsed?
Renew here and
don't miss the boat!

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

 C2CNYS Circuit Riders are still available!

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 Priscilla Brendler at [email protected] 

Interested in hosting the next 
at your site?

Let us know!

 Showcase your site to other in the heritage community!

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.



September 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, and 27-28

The Hudson River Valley Ramble is an annual event series that celebrates the history, culture and natural resources 
of the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area, as well as the amazing
landscape, communities, and trails throughout the region.  
Every September, 'Ramblers' come not only from the Hudson Valley region 
and New York State, but from other regions of the country as well to discover the riches our Valley has to offer. Click here for more information 
about this year's Ramble. 


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Registration for our last C2CNYS webinar 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 4C: Monday, August 11, 2014
Managing and Providing Access to Digital Content
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Can't make the live webinar? Missed the others in this series? 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!





Freezing and Drying of Book, Paper and Photographic Materials
CCAHA Guidelines

Because there is no standardized terminology for drying methods among disaster recovery vendors, beware of semantic confusion. Terms like vacuum thermal-drying, dehumidification-drying, and freezer-drying may be unfamiliar to vendors, or they simply may use another term. Before calling a service provider, be sure you can explain the service you are seeking. This is particularly important with services like freeze-drying; the term could correctly be used to refer either to drying through sublimation or to freeze-thaw-evaporative-drying in a vacuum chamber (listed here as vacuum thermal- drying.) While the term freeze-drying can be used to describe both processes, the second option can have very different and potentially negative results on collections materials. Keep reading

NHPRC Digital Dissemination of Archival Collections Grants

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) desires to make historical records of national significance to the United States broadly available by disseminating digital surrogates on the internet.


Digital Dissemination of Archival Collections projects may focus on the papers of major figures from American life or cover broad historical movements in politics, military, business, social reform, the arts, and other aspects of the national experience. The historical value of the records and their expected usefulness to broad audiences must justify the costs of the project. The Commission will not consider proposals that charge for access.

Eligible Activities: Grants are awarded for digitizing documentary source materials. Applicants may digitize a single collection or set of collections for online dissemination. Such online publications should provide basic access to collections. Collaborations among repositories are encouraged. Applications due December 4, 2014. 
For more information, please click here

Preservation League TAG Grants

Applications are now available to eligible municipalities and not-for-profit organizations to compete for Technical Assistance Grants (TAG), a statewid
e program of the Preservation League of New York State and the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA).
A total of $15,673 is available in the Fall grant round to provide support for projects that preserve New York State's cultural and historic resources. Applications are due on August 25.

Grant amounts will not exceed $3,000 and the total cost of the applicant's project may not exceed $3,500. Each applicant must provide $500 toward the total project cost. Not-for-profit arts/cultural groups and municipalities managing arts/cultural facilities are encouraged to apply. The applicant group may apply for short-term, discrete projects that advance the preservation of historic sites, museums, opera houses and theaters, arts facilities and other culturally important institutions that are located in historic buildings and structures that are open to the public. These professional studies include: building conditions surveys, engineering/structural analyses, feasibility/reuse studies and specialized building conservation studies. Preparation of architectural plans and specifications are not eligible. The Technical Assistance Grant program is made possible through funding from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Prospective applicants must first discuss their project with the appropriate League staff person. For Eastern New York including New York City and Long Island, contact Erin Tobin at 518-462-5658 x12. For Western and Central New York including the Southern Tier, contact Tania Werbizky at 607-257-6510. To review TAG guidelines and a list of previous grant recipients, visit the League's website at .
2014 Greenway Conservancy Trail Grant Program
The Hudson River Valley Greenway announces the availability of $50,000 in matching grants for the 2014 Greenway Conservancy Trail 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 at [email protected]

All applications must be postmarked or 
emailed no later than 5:00 PM, Friday, 
September 5, 2014.  Late, incomplete or faxed 
applications will not be accepted.
Saturday Lecture Series at Clermont
After the recent discovery that a long-lost American Revolutionary document was found to be in Chancellor Robert R. Livingston's hand, scholars have jumped to take a new look at this once-forgotten Founding Father.  Please join Clermont for a series of Saturday afternoon talks featuring new scholarship about a premier Hudson Valley Revolutionary. Each program will include a reception with 18th century foods.
Machinations, Scandals and Mysteries: the Obscure Legacy of New York's Premier Founding Father. 
August 16, 2:00 pm

Why has the Chancellor been largely forgotten in favor of his contemporaries like Thomas Jefferson and John Adams? Join former Clermont curator Travis Bowman as he reviews the Chancellor's biggest successes and investigates the personality conflicts that relegated him to obscurity. 
Admission is $10. Call 518-537-4240 for more details or to make a reservation.
Call for Proposals- 
Museums in Action Conference
2015 THEME: MUSEUMS MEAN BUSINESS If you are interested in how your institution can be an economic engine for your community, or already have been building on this concept at your institution or in collaboration with other organizations, consider submitting a session proposal! How do you prove that Museums Mean Business? Click here for more information on proposing a session.  Deadline for session proposals is September 19. 2014
Featured Job Announcement
The Dutchess County Historical Society, Poughkeepsie New York, is seeking a part-time Director

The candidate needs to have a degree in history, art history or a related field. Demonstrated success in leading a nonprofit organization can be substituted for the specific educational background. This position requires a strong understanding of museum operations in accordance with the highest professional, educational, and ethical standards. Administrative abilities are a must.

The Director oversees the management of the organization, which includes a local history collection and library, the management of two historic buildings, and a variety of programs and special events. The candidate whould have a good understanding of local history and knowledge/experience in nonprofit management. The candidate must possess excellent written and verbal communication skills, along with outstanding interpersonal and organizational abilities. The Director manages staff and works with the board, committees and volunteers. Strong computer skills, personnel, financial and facilities management experience are required.

Applicants can send a cover letter and resume to Patricia L. Prunty, President, Board of Trustees, [email protected]

Please visit our website for additional job openings!
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