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October 2014 eNews of Note
2015 Conservation Treatment Grant Program Announced!

Please be advised the Conservation Treatment Grant Program deadline has changed from June 1 to MARCH 2, 2015.
Please contact GHHN with any questions.

The 2015 Conservation Treatment Grant Program, administered by Greater Hudson Heritage Network (GHHN), on behalf of the Museum Program of theNew 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.

What We Fund: Support of up to $7500 is available for conservation treatment of paintings, works on paper, textiles, furniture, frames, sculptures, historical, ethnographic, and decorative objects owned by eligible organizations. Funding is also available for treatment costs for supports, frames, stands and mounts that are integral to the treatment of the object.

What We Do Not Fund: Grant will not support treatment of archival collections. Grant will not support staff salaries. Funds are not available for preventative care, re-housing or re-formatting of objects, purchases of storage furniture, or upgrading environmental systems.


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, required application forms, and listings of past grantees, please visit our website at

For information on selecting a conservator for your project, please contact the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC): 

MARCH 2, 2015

business-meeting-sm.jpgStrategic Planning: Critical Survival Skills for the 21st Century
October 24, 2014
Boscobel House & Gardens
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM (half day: 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM)


What is this thing known as "strategic planning" and why do you need it? Why are funders and professional organizations asking for strategic plans? In an age of scarce resources and increased competition, organizations find they need to be more deliberate and purposeful in their work. Essentially, being "strategic" means defining a goal and marshalling your resources towards that goal. Well-conceived plans align staff, volunteers and boards around a shared common vision, eliminating the waste that comes from lack of focus. Plans serve as a yardstick or filter to assess ideas and opportunities.


Laura Roberts, principal of Roberts Consulting, will introduce the process of strong planning in an interactive day-long workshop. When an organization defines a clear strategic agenda that is relevant to and valued by its community, it has taken the first steps towards sustainability. 


We suggest that staff and board members of organizations embarking on planning (or even thinking about beginning the process) come to the morning session. The afternoon workshop will be more interactive, a continuation of the morning discussion for those who will actually be leading planning efforts. Laura invites registrants for the full day to share whatever plans or planning documents they have with her before the workshop. She will use the experience of participating organizations to shape the day as well as provide written feedback on the plans she reviews in the weeks following the workshop. 

Following the workshop, we will have a tour of our host site - Boscobel.


Workshop Fees:

GHHN Member:

$10.00 (AM Session ONLY)  /  $45.00 (ALL DAY)

Non - Member:  

$15.00 (AM Session ONLY)   /  $50.00 (ALL DAY)


For a full workshop agenda, please click here. 


Don't miss out! This workshop is a rare opportunity to work with one of the most highly acclaimed strategic planning consultants in the industry. We encourage you to invite your board members and organizational decision makers to come and learn how important strategic planning is.  We hope to see you there!




Call for Applications: Five IMLS Museum Grant Programs
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is accepting applications in all of its museum grant programs. The application deadline for each of these programs is
December 1, 2014.

For more information about these notices of funding opportunities, including instructions for completing applications, contacts, and webinar access information, please visit the IMLS website at
  • National Leadership Grants for Museums
  • Sparks! Ignition Grants for Museums
  • Museums for America
  • Museum Grants for African American History and Culture
  • Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services Program
IMLS staff members are available by phone and email to discuss general issues relating to these funding programs.

Webinars with Program Staff
A pre-recorded webinar detailing important information about museum funding opportunities is accessible online at on the Resources Page - click on the webinars option in the sidebar. Potential grant applicants are also invited to participate in one or more of the live pre-application webinars for each grant listed above. Webinars will be taking place during the month of October and can be found in the same place as the pre-recorded webinar. 

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The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation's 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit
New York Archives Week 
The Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York, Inc. (A.R.T.), along with hundreds 
of organizations in the archives 
community across New York State, 
will celebrate the 26th Anniversary of New York Archives WeekOctober 5-11, 2014, with special commemorative activities throughout the New York City metropolitan area.  New York Archives Week is an annual celebration aimed at informing the general public of the diverse array of archival materials available in the Metropolitan New York City region.

Among the many activities free and open to the public will be open houses, lectures, workshops and behind-the-scenes tours of archives throughout the city. These special events are designed to celebrate the importance of historical records and to familiarize interested organizations and the public with a wealth of fascinating archival materials illuminating centuries of New York City history and culture. To see a listing of planned events or to submit your own event, please visit


Don't forget -- October is American Archives Month! Since 2006, American Archives Month has given the profession an opportunity to tell (or remind) people that items that are important to them are being preserved, cataloged, cared for, and made accessible by archivists. 

This year, American Archives Month is doubly significant: SAA President Kathleen Roe has kicked off the Year of Living Dangerously for Archives,encouraging archivists to take concerted actions to increase awareness of and advocate for archives. Her first call to action-Demonstrate the Values of Archives-echoes the efforts that many archivists and repositories are taking this October to celebrate American Archives Month.

To help you participate in American Archives Month and the Year of Living Dangerously for Archives, SAA has provided members with practical information and great ideas to help make your archives program more visible.

This October, take steps (big or small), to reach out to your communities, make connections, and show others the significance of archives!

NYS Conservation/Preservation Grants 
The New York State Library Conservation Preservation Discretionary online grant application for 2015-16 is now available at
If you do not currently have a user name and password to access the online application please go to
There are two important requirements for grant applicants this year. More information is available about these requirements within the grant application. All applicants are required to comply with NYSED's Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (M/WBE) participation goals for this grant.

New York State has implemented a prequalification requirement for not-for-profit entities applying for grants.  In order to be eligible to apply for an award under this grant, any not for-profit entity who is the lead applicant must prequalify using the Grants Gateway.

The New York State Program for the Conservation and Preservation of Library Research Materials provides $500,000 in law each year for preserving materials in the collection of libraries, archives, historical societies and similar agencies.  The grant awards for 2015-16 will be limited to a minimum of $2,500 and a maximum of $40,000.

Grant applications must be received by 5 pm January 30, 2015

NEH Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections Grants
NEH's Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections grants encourage sustainable approaches to preserving humanities collections. This grant program supports planning and implementation of sustainable preventive conservation projects that "pragmatically balance preservation goals, cost, and environmental impact. All projects should be designed to be as cost effective, energy efficient, and environmentally sensitive as possible." 

Planning grants of up to $40,000 (with an option of up to $50,000) are available to bring together interdisciplinary teams that will work collaboratively to identify sustainable preventive conservation strategies. Implementation grants of up to $350,000 are available to manage interior relative humidity and temperature by passive methods; install heating, ventilating, and air conditioning systems; install storage systems and rehouse collections; improve security and the protection of collections from fire, flood, and other disasters; and upgrade lighting systems and controls to achieve levels suitable for collections that are energy efficient.  For guidelines, FAQs, and sample narratives from successful applications visit the NEH Grants website at
Receipt deadline is Wednesday, December 3.
Behind-the-Scenes Networking Events Are Back!
Friends of Old Croton Aqueduct
Keeper's House
Friday, October 17
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM 
You are invited to attend the October Behind-the-Scenes Networking event hosted by Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct at the Keeper's House in Dobbs Ferry, NY. This is a unique opportunity during which GHHN members and friends can come together to enjoy a relaxing evening of conversation, discovery, food and drink, and camaraderie!   

The Old Croton Aqueduct opened in 1842 to become New York City's first major water supply system. It consisted of a masonry dam on the Croton River,a 40.5-mile long gravity-fed aqueduct, and two reservoirs in Manhattan. These masonry structures made up the first section of what is now an enormous urban water supply system that stretches over 100 miles into central New York State and transports water to over 8 million city dwellers each day. The planning and construction of this water supply system has continued virtually non-stop since it started 176 years ago.

In the beginning, Croton Aqueduct planners built six houses along the route of the original Aqueduct. They served as on-site residences for maintenance supervisors. The Keeper's House in Dobbs Ferry is the last remaining of these six houses. The Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct are restoring the house and designing a Visitor and Education Center that will feature an exhibition on the history of New York's world-renowned water supply system. Come and enjoy a 'hard hat tour' of the Keeper's House with Mavis Cain, Director, Friends of OCA, and Stephen Tilly, architect. Participants will learn about the role this house played in the aqueduct's history as well as future plans for this historic site. A reception follows at a historic home adjacent to the OCA and the Keeper's House.

Bring a friend to introduce to them to GHHN and include your staff so they may benefit from this enriching experience!

Friday, October 17
5:00 - 7:00pm


Sign up early--

Previous Behind the Scenes events sold out!

 There is a $10 requested donation to cover hospitality.


We look forward to seeing you there!

Image credit: Interior Plaster Work at Old Keeper's House, Tom Tarnowsky, 2014
Care and Handling of Scrapbooks 
October 27, 2014
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

This live, online webinar presented by the Northeast Document Conservation Center will cover the issues to consider in providing the best level of care for scrapbook collections. The webinar introduces the structure of scrapbooks, types of materials commonly found in them, methods of attachment, and the implications for preservation and conservation. Low-cost, in-house preservation approaches are discussed. The webinar is free, but priority registration goes to those who are in the NY3Rs regions that are sponsoring the webinar and GHHN members (you MUST select SENYLRC in the dropdown  asking for NY3R region - if you leave it blank you will NOT be able to register!). This is a great opportunity - the class is normally offered by NEDCC at an individual rate of $95! For more information and to register, please visit:

Thank You!
Thank you to our hosts at Friends of Historic Kingston (and especially to Jane and Ward) for a very interesting evening! We were thrilled to see not only the fantastic IBM exhibit, but the Fred J. Johnston House as well!
 To see more photos from the event, please click here to visit our Flickr page. 

GHHN Membership application/renewal is
now online!

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renew or become a member today!
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Heritage Health Information 2014


Heritage Preservation is pleased to announce a follow-up to the 2004 Heritage Health Index. At the 10-year anniversary of that watershed report, Heritage Preservation has partnered with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the National Endowment for the Humanities, together with support from foundations, to conduct the
Heritage Health Information 2014 (HHI) to assess the current state of cultural heritage collections in 2014 and the change in preservation practices in U.S. institutions since the initial study.  
This fall, the HHI 2014 survey will invite more than 14,000 collecting institutions to participate.
It is imperative that those who receive a survey complete it. A high response rate will allow us to more accurately assess the needs of our nation's collecting institutions, mark changes in preservation practices, and validate collections care success. You can help with this critical endeavor by sharing information about HHI 2014 and encouraging colleagues to complete the survey if their institution is selected. 

For more information about HHI, please visit


Apply to Host Shakespeare's
First Folio!
The American Library Association Public Programs Office, in collaboration with the Folger Shakespeare Library and the Cincinnati Museum Center (CMC), invites applications for public, academic and special libraries, small museums, historical societies, and other cultural venues for the traveling exhibition Shakespeare and His First Folio. As part of the international events planned for 2016 in observance of the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death, the exhibition will be displayed at one site in all 50 United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The traveling exhibition and tour are funded by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to the Folger Shakespeare Library and may include support from corporate sponsors. Fifty-three sites will be selected to present the First Folio and its accompanying panel exhibition in their communities for a period of four weeks.

Shakespeare and His First Folio explores one of the most important books in the world, Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & 
Tragedies, which was published in 1623, and is commonly known as the First Folio. This book was a landmark publication in terms of the preservation and editing of Shakespeare's plays, as well as the larger history of book printing and ownership. Its supreme importance in English literature and language, and the varied histories of the surviving individual copies, make the story of this book irresistible. To apply to be a host site, please visit: 

Deadline: October 24, 2014
Do you have an American Revolution in Westchester story to tell?
Are you from Bedford, Katonah, Mount Vernon, Rye, Sleepy Hollow, Tarrytown, White Plains, or Yonkers? Do you teach the American Revolution?

If you have a story to tell or would like to help others to tell it, then you are cordially invited to attend a free Revolutionary Westchester symposium sponsored by the Institute for Thomas Paine Studies at Iona College (ITPS).

Date: Friday, November 14, 2014
Time: 9:00-3:00
Cost: free
Lunch: free
Location: Iona College, New Rochelle

Many Westchester localities played significant roles during the Revolutionary War, and have fascinating stories to tell. For that reason the ITPS is very hopeful that every town in Westchester will be represented at the November symposium, that many local historians will attend and that we will present information on the important Revolutionary War events that took place in each of our localities. At the symposium, town and village historians/historical societies/historical sites will have a chance to describe their Revolutionary War programs.  For more information, please contact Gary Berton of the ITPS at


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