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GHHN eNewsletter

2014 Fall Edition



2199 Saw Mill River Road

Elmsford, NY 10523



Priscilla Brendler 

Executive Director


Kerry Sclafani

Program Coordinator

E-Newsletter Editor  


 November is New York History Month!
In November, historians across the state will work together to strengthen the state's history community and raise New Yorkers' appreciation of the value and impact of New York State's history. We encourage you to learn more about the rich and compelling history of the Empire State! Click here to discover various history-related programs offered through the New York State Museum and a variety of organizations across our great state!

 C2CNYS Circuit Riders
are available through October 2015!

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] 

 Thank You!
Our thanks to Mavis Cain and the Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct and Steve Tilly for giving us a fantastic tour of the restoration of the Keeper's House! Thanks as well to Dee Dunn and Kathryn Slocum for hosting the reception afterward! What a great evening! To see more photos from the event, please click here. 


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.


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Behind-the-Scenes Networking Event
Hudson River Museum
November 8, 2014
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The Hudson River Museum presents Strut: The Peacock and Beauty in Art from October 11, 2014 through January 18, 2015. Organized by the Museum, it is the first scholarly survey of the peacock in art. The exhibit explores our fascination with this most glamorous of birds, a symbol of vainglory and the darling of designers and painters. Come and enjoy a special "Curator's Tour" of the exhibit with Laura Vookles, Chief Curator of Collections and a co-curator of the exhibit. After the tour, we will ascend the grand sky-lit staircase of Glenview Mansion to enjoy a private reception in the newly renovated conference room and its behind-the-scenes painting gallery. 

Saturday, November 8
3:00 - 5:00pm


 There is a $10 requested donation to cover hospitality.


We look forward to seeing you there!

Let's Talk About...Processing An Archival Collection
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. Join us for this hands-on workshop where archivist Kerry Sclafani will teach you the basics of archival processing. The workshop is a hybrid program which includes a webinar and a hands-on session. After registering, you will receive a link to view a 45 minute pre-recorded webinar that covers arrangement, description, and preservation. Watch at your leisure! Then, on November 17, we'll work together at the in-person session to process a previously unprocessed collection.

This half-day hands-on workshop and discussion will be held at the Knapp House of the Rye Historical Society in Rye, NY. Can't make the workshop? Not to worry - you can register to watch the webinar only!

Because of the hands-on nature of the program, space is very limited (10 people only!) for this workshop! We hope to see you there!

Webinar Only : $10.00
For immediate viewing!

Webinar and Workshop
November 17, 2014

10 AM - 2 PM
GHHN Member: $25.00
Non-Member: $30.00
Fee includes an informational packet. morning coffee, and networking lunch.


Questions? Contact Kerry Sclafani at 914-582-3353, 914-592-6726 or [email protected]

Winterizing Your Historic Building 
CCAHA Guidelines

Taking time to prepare a historic structure and the collections within it for the winter season requires
careful planning and continued monitoring of the building facilities and condition throughout the
season. Whether an institution has a temporary seasonal closure in the winter or remains open,
properly winterizing the building will help to safeguard collections, save money, and potentially avert disaster. Keep reading 
FREE Federal Grants Workshop!

Wednesday, November 12
9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Hudson River Museum
511 Warburton Avenue
Yonkers, NY 10701
REGISTER HERE for Yonkers location


2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Farmingdale State College
Lupton Hall, Room T101
2350 Broadhollow Road
Farmingdale, NY 11735
REGISTER HERE for Farmingdale location

Nonprofits and artists in New York are invited to learn more about state & federal support for arts & cultural activities. Any organization, or individual coordinating cultural programming is invited, including museums, libraries, historical societies, artists & performing arts groups, filmmakers, community organizations and colleges & universities. Be sure to bring your questions and proposal ideas for this interactive event.

Institute for Museum and Library Services
National Endowment for the Arts
National Endowment for the Humanities
New York Council for the Humanities

QUESTIONS: Contact the New York Council for the Humanities at [email protected] or (212)233-1131.

AASLH Call for Proposals
2015 Annual Meeting
Louisville, Kentucky
September 16-20, 2015
Theme: The Power of Possibility

Session Proposals Due: November 17, 2014

We all know that history organizations continue to operate in a highly challenging environment. Those organizations that keep within the boundaries and simply repeat past procedures, programs, and operations continue to fall behind. Those who identify the spaces of possibility and adjust strategies make inroads to the future.

In the spirit of this theme, the Program Committee seeks proposals that:
  • Demonstrate innovative approaches to telling the stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things
  • Illustrate activity that is unusual, innovative and creative-even if it didn't work
  • Introduce provocative ideas for discussion
  • Encourage public involvement in our work, connecting history to everyday life
  • Reflect and feature diverse settings and people
  • Connect personal and community histories to larger themes
  • Promote organizational review and revitalization
To learn more, please visit

MANY Awards of Merit
The Awards of Merit program acknowledges outstanding programs and individuals who have made the state's museum community richer and more relevant. They reward the innovative efforts of staff and volunteers and they provide encouragement for the development of new and remarkable projects. Nominations are sought for contributions made in 2014. For more information on how to nominate, please click here . Deadline is December 12, 2014!


NYS Library 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:

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.

ll 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.

Grant applications must be received by 5 pm January 30, 2015.
Unconference on Student Assistants, Interns and Volunteers

Friday, November 14




Come join your colleagues from academic, public and school libraries, as well as cultural heritage institutions and archives! If you supervise student assistants, interns, or volunteers, or want to get better at managing these valued library laborers, join us! This program is designed to give you best practices for creating positions, advertising, recruiting, interviewing and training.


With the assistance of facilitator Betsy Cawley of Bard College, we will establish an agenda for the unconference that will accomplish what you want to share and learn about this type of discretionary worker. Topics could include: what value does the job add to the person's education? or, what benefit do these workers add to the organization? 

Participants are welcome from across the library, archive and cultural heritage community who work with student assistants, interns, or volunteers.


Register Here! This event is offered at no charge for SENYLRC and other NY3R's Inc. members.

 To learn more about GHHN and the programs and resources we offer please visit us at! 

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