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GHHN eNewsletter

2015 MidWinter Edition



2199 Saw Mill River Road

Elmsford, NY 10523



Priscilla Brendler 

Executive Director


Kerry Sclafani

Program Coordinator

E-Newsletter Editor  


For information on applying for the Awards for Excellence, please click here. 
 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 

Save the Date!
Behind the Scenes will return 
March 20, 2015 when we visit the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz.
Registration opening soon!
at your site?

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 Showcase your site to other in the heritage community!

Coming this Spring!
Many repositories fail to recognize the vulnerability of their collections to loss until it is too late. Theft of documents plagues libraries and records repositories nationwide. Join GHHN this spring for a day long workshop (session will be offered twice) and/or a live webinar which will discuss security solutions for your repository. Watch your inboxes - more information to come soon!
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 moreinformation on how to be listed.


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Conservation Treatment Grant Applications Due March 2, 2015!
2015 Conservation Treatment Grant Program Webinar
The 2015 Conservation Treatment Grant Program, administered by Greater Hudson Heritage Network on behalf of the New 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. For more information on the application process, click above to watch a 15 minute webinar. Still have questions? Contact Priscilla Brendler at or call 914.592.6726. Applications are due in less than a month!
GHHN Presents:

Learn how to see your collection in a whole new way! You have a treasure trove of materials hidden in your collection storage. Don't hire a consultant - let us show you low cost, DIY solutions that will utilize your resources and help you tell new stories with your existing collections. Choose to attend either a single session (the Hack the Museum session or the Community Engagement session), or both!

Participants work in teams using pre-selected museum objects from stored collections to generate fresh exhibits.
March 9 - John Kane House/Historical Society of Quaker Hill & Pawling
March 11 - Van Wyck Homestead/Fishkill Historical Society

Participants review traditional marketing methods as well as learning about new non-traditional exhibit design approaches that feature technology
April 17 - Locust Grove Estate, Poughkeepsie
April 20 - Wilderstein Historic Site, Rhinebeck

For a detailed agenda of workshop activities,
Single Workshop:
GHHN Member: $45.00 / Non-member: $55.00

Both Sessions:
GHHN Member: $80.00 / Non-member: $100.00
Fee includes light morning breakfast, informational packet, and networking luncheon.


These workshops are presented in conjunction with the Dutchess County Department of History with generous funding provided by a Heritage Development Grant from the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area. 

Let's Talk About...Processing An Archival Collection
On Demand Webinar - 
For Immediate Viewing! 
Now Extended Until March 31, 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 
Preservation Infographic 
CCAHA Guidelines

In partnership with Penn Libraries, CCAHA has developed this free, printable poster picturing key preservation terms and guidelines in a format that's easy to understand. Museums, libraries, historic sites, and other cultural heritage institutions and organizations can feel free to use the poster in presentations and on the web to let members, visitors, and donors know how important preservation is to the longevity of collections.

Museums in Action Conference
Corning, NY  -  April 12-14, 2015


Museums are true economic engines! Locally, statewide and across the country, museums drive the economy. The scope of their impact is varied and wide, and includes audiences from all ranges of income and education. Tourists, local community members and school children are only a few of the groups that frequent museums on a daily basis. Each year nationally, more people visit museums than attend all professional sporting events and theme parks combined! Museums provide jobs, education and community spaces, and are a major attraction for tourism dollars. 
NYCH - Request for Applications

The Public Scholars Program is an evolution of New York Council for the Humanities' longstanding Speakers in the Humanities program. This new program promotes vibrant public humanities engagement across New York State by offering a selection of dynamic, compelling presentations facilitated by trained public engagement scholars.


Scholars who work in all disciplines and periods are encouraged to apply, but applicants who use their expertise as a lens through which to view pressing contemporary issues are strongly preferred. Applicants should hold an advanced degree in a humanities discipline or be able to present a strong case demonstrating their commitment to scholarship and knowledge-gathering in their field. For more information on criteria and eligibility visit our Become a Scholar page. Final decisions will be made by June 30th and Public Scholars will begin delivering lectures in the fall. To begin the application process, complete and submit the Public Scholars application by March 25th. 
Questions? Email
Compliance Webinars by NYCON
Part 1: 2/12 11 AM - 12:30 PM
Part 2: 3/19 11 AM - 12:30 PM
The Nonprofit Revitalization Act is a landmark change in the Not-for-Profit Corporation Law of the State of New York that will usher in a modern era for the operation and governance of nonprofit corporations starting on July 1, 2014. New York Council of Nonprofits, Inc. (NYCON) has prepared two practical webinars designed to help address your immediate needs in complying with the new law. Part 1 is a comprehensive overview of the Act with opportunities for Q&A. This offering will provide you with an overview and a practical set of acti ons to take to meet the new standards of the Act. Part 2 is more detailed and focused on the various topics included in the Act that are new and have implications on Board governance in general and your operations specifically. Both webinars are free and open to current NYSCA grantees only. For more information and to register, please click here

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