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December 2014 eNews of Note
Don't Forget! Important Reminder!
The 2015 Conservation Treatment Grant Program Deadline Has Changed!

Reminder! 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 the
(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. Organizations may submit only one request, which may involve a single object or a group of related objects, all owned by the applicant institution.

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

Let's Talk About...
Processing An Archival Collection 
On Demand Webinar - For Immediate Viewing! 
Available through February 2015

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. In this pre-recorded webinar, archivist Kerry Sclafani will teach you the basics of archival processing. 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! 

Contact Kerry Sclafani at 914-582-3353 or [email protected] 
Congratulations to Jackie Haley!
Please join with us in congratulating GHHN Board Member Jacquetta Haley in her new role as a StEPs-CT mentor for their 2015 -- 2017 class. The StEPs-CT program is a two-year enrichment program designed to help
small museums and historical societies achieve success in six areas of institutional competence. Program mentors coach participating institutions as they progress through the StEPs-CT program, working collaboratively to help set organization-specific goals, identify and teach to knowledge gaps, maintain regular contact with organizational liaisons, and act as cheerleader both in person, online, and on the phone.  After completing a doctorate in American History, Jackie decided her future lay in history museums rather than academia. She worked on five historic properties owned by Historic Hudson Valley for 12 years before becoming an independent consultant on furnishings plans, development of interpretive strategies, and exhibitions. You may recognize her name from the "What Was Really In That House?" article series featured in our eNewsletters from the Spring of 2012 until the Fall of 2013. Jackie has been a Board Member of GHHN from 2003- 2009, and again from 2010 to the present, acting as President of the Board from 2006-2009 and again from 2010-2011. She is a tireless supporter of GHHN and has been instrumental in refocusing our strategic priorities, including serving as chair of our Strategic Planning Committee. 
Congratulations, Jackie!

To learn more about the StEPs-CT program, please click here. 


The Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area announces the availability of $50,000 in matching funds through its 2015 Heritage Development Grant Program. Grants will fund projects that support programming, interpretation, and marketing of the Hudson River Valley's heritage and historic sites. 

Applications are available at:
Application Deadline: February 6, 2015
Upcoming NEH Grant Deadlines!
NEH is soliciting proposals from institutions to participate in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP). NDNP is creating a national digital resource of historically significant newspapers published between 1836 and 1922, from all the states and U.S. territories. This searchable database will be permanently maintained at the Library of Congress (LC) and will be freely accessible via the Internet. NEH intends to support projects in all states and U.S. territories, provided that sufficient funds allocated for this purpose are available. One organization within each U.S. state or territory will receive an award to collaborate with relevant state partners in this effort. Previously funded projects will be eligible to receive supplements for continued work, but the program will give priority to new projects. In particular, the program will give priority to projects from states and territories that have not received NDNP funding. Projects are typically based on statewide collaborations between major repositories of microfilm of historic newspapers and institutions with the technical capacity to launch long-term digitization efforts. Program questions should be directed to NEH's Division of Preservation and Access at 202-606-8570 or [email protected]
Applications are due: January 15, 2015

Psst...NEH also has Planning and Implementation Grants available for Museums, Libraries and Cultural Organizations. These grants provide support for museums, libraries, historic places, and other organizations that produce public programs in the humanities. NEH encourages projects that explore humanities ideas through multiple formats. Planning grants support the early stages of project development, including consultation with scholars, refinement of humanities themes, preliminary design, testing, and audience evaluation. Implementation grants support final scholarly research and consultation, design development, production, and installation of a project for presentation to the public. For more information on both of these grants, please visit 
 Applications are due: January 14, 2015
Circuit Rider Program Extended!

Click here to apply for a FREE circuit rider visit:  Circuit Rider Program 
Thank You!
Thank you to our hosts at the Hudson River Museum (and especially to Chief Curator of Collections, Laura Vookles) for a very interesting afternoon! We loved our special Curator's Tour of the Strut exhibit!
To see more photos from the event, please click here to visit our Flickr page
GHHN Membership application/renewal is now online!

Don't miss out on exciting GHHN programs-- 
renew or become a member today!
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Kerry Sclafani 

Program Coordinator

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Deadline Extended! 
Heritage Health Information 2014 Surveys now due 12/19!


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 was distributed to more than 14,000 collecting institutions who were selected to participate. It is imperative that those who receive a survey complete it. The deadline to complete the survey has been extended until 12/19/14! 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 by encouraging colleagues to complete the survey if their institution is selected. 

For more information about HHI, please visit


2015 MANY Conference
April 12 -15, 2015
Corning Museum of Glass


Registration opens on 1/30/15! 

For more information about the conference, please click here

Call for Proposals!
The Conference on New York State History is now seeking proposals for the 2015 event at Niagara University (June 18-20). Don't miss the chance to take part in the premier annual meeting of academic and public historians, librarians and archivists, educators, museum professionals, and publishers in New York State.

Presentations may consider any aspect of New York State's history, throughout any time period. We're especially interested in proposals that highlight how partnerships between historical and cultural organizations can promote better public understanding of history. Proposals should include a completed proposal form, found at and a description of presentation, including a brief discussion of sources, methodology, and argument (300-word maximum).

Submit proposals by January 15, 2015 to [email protected].
For more information, please visit
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


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