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April 2015 eNews of Note
Hack the Museum: 
Session 1 was a great success! 
Don't miss out on Session 2 - Register Today!

Hack the Museum: Session 2
Community Engagement
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

This workshop will be offered in two locations!
April 17 - Locust Grove Estate
April 20 - Wilderstein Historic Site 

No matter how fantastic a new exhibit is, if the public doesn't know about it, they won't come! Community engagement is an essential step towards making your museum a beloved institution by welcoming new visitors, involving local people, and reaching out to new audiences. This workshop will review traditional marketing methods and showcase new non-traditional exhibit design approaches that feature technology to promote long-distance visitation and longevity. 

Workshop Fee:              
GHHN Member: $45.00   
Non-member: $55.00 
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.
Security Solutions: To Preserve & Protect

Many collecting institutions fail to recognize the vulnerability of their collections to loss until it is too late. Theft plagues large and small organizations nationwide. Any organization seeking to provide the best possible security for its collections must put in place coordinated policies that address threats for long term sustainable access to the public. With careful planning, awareness of warning signs, and proactive security solutions, organizations can reduce the window of opportunity for theft of historical collections.


Presenter: Mimi Bowling, Consulting Archivist


This workshop will be offered in two locations!

May  1 - Westchester County Archives, Elmsford


May  4 - Locust Grove Estate, Poughkeepsie

9:30 AM - 4 PM


Workshop Fee:       

GHHN Member: $45.00   

Non-member: $55.00

Fee includes light morning breakfast, informational packet, and networking luncheon.


This series of workshops is supported by a grant from the New York State Library Conservation/Preservation Discretionary Program. 
SENYLRC Presents: Digital Privacy Rights and Technology Training with The Library Freedom Project
April 17, 2015
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson - Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium at the Reem-Kayden Center for Science and Computation

Presented by: Alison Macrina, Watertown Free Public Library; Kade Crockford, ACLU of Massachusetts; Jessie Rossman, ACLU of Massachusetts

Cost: $15 for members of NY3R's Councils
$5 for students (register under your .edu email for the discount, or show ID at the event.)

This workshop's goal is to teach library staff about the current state of digital surveillance, our privacy rights, and technology tools that can better protect online privacy, so that you may teach this information to the public.

To learn more about what this workshop will cover and to register, please visit SENYLRC's website: 

Read more about the Library Freedom Project on Knight News Challenge.

Historical records collecting repositories can use Preservation Week to connect our communities through events, activities, and resources that highlight what we can do, individually and together, to preserve our personal and shared collections. 

You don't need a lot of time or money, you just 
need to get started.
  • create a display about preserving and collecting personal, family, or community heritage
  • offer a preservation workshop or event
  • highlight Preservation Week on your website with a logo linked to ALA's Preservation Week resources
  • tag your online posts and photos with #preswk.
To find information, resources, templates, graphics, and ideas for celebrating Preservation Week, please visit the ALA's website at
To see where Preservation Week events are happening near you, check out the Event Map at


CLIR Digitization Grants
The Council on Library and Information
Resources (CLIR) is now accepting applications for 2015 
Hidden Special Collections and Archives awards. The national competition supports digitizing collections of rare and unique content in cultural memory institutions. Funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the program succeeds CLIR's Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives program, which awarded its final round of grants in December 2014. Grants of between $50,000 and $250,000 for a single-institution project, or between $50,000 and $500,000 for a collaborative project, may be sought for projects beginning between January 1 and June 1, 2016. For more information, visit

Interested in applying? View a recording an informational webinar here

Deadline for submissions: April 30, 2015

Preservation Assistance Grants

The NEH Preservation Assistance Grant (PAG) program is tailored to smaller institutions, and is often the first step toward securing funding for future preservation initiatives. Preservation Assistance Grants help small and mid-sized institutions-such as libraries, museums, historical societies, archival repositories, cultural organizations, town and county records offices, and colleges and universities-improve their ability to preserve and care for their significant humanities collections. These may include special collections of books and journals, archives and manuscripts, prints and photographs, moving images, sound recordings, architectural and cartographic records, decorative and fine art objects, textiles, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, furniture, historical objects, and digital materials. For more information on the grant, click here.  Applications are due May 5, 2015

To access a free informational webinar on the PAG, please click here. 
Hudson River Heritage Founders' Scholarship

Hudson River Heritage announces that a Founders' Scholarship 

in the amount of $1,000 will be awarded to an eligible student who shows an interest in the study of history and/or related fields of architectural examination and preservation. Applicants must be college-bound high school seniors from the Landmark District's component school districts Hyde Park, Rhinebeck, Red Hook and Germantown, who have shown an interest in the history of the area and have demonstrated this interest through participation in related activities.  Applications will be due no later than April 17, 2015. For applications visit  Applications should be submitted via email. For more information call Hudson River Heritage at 845-876-2474. 

Circuit Rider Program Extended!
Visits available until 10/1/15!

Click here to apply for a FREE circuit rider visit:  Circuit Rider Program 

A big thank you to Sara Pasti and Wayne Lempka at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art for hosting our March Behind the Scenes - and a very special thanks to conservator Marie Bruno who was on hand to let us pick her brain about the art of conservation! A little spring snow didn't stop us from having a great evening!
To see photos from the event, click on the photo collage at right.

For information on applying for the Awards for Excellence, please click here. 
Path Through History Weekend Event Registration Portal 
Path Through History Weekend is comprised 
of events which are heritage and cultural celebrations and special programming that promote the unique history of our State. This year, Path Through History Weekend will be held on 
June 20-21. With hundreds of museums and heritage sites offering special programming throughout the state at the start of the summer tourism season, this year is sure to be the most successful yet! 
To register your event please click on the link below:

To sign up for updates, email: 
DHP Grant Deadline:  April 24, 2015
NYS archives

2015-2016 Documentary Heritage Program (DHP) Grant Application Guidelines and Forms are NOW AVAILABLE on the NYS Archives website!
IMPORTANT: Prequalification requirement for all grant applicants! New York State has implemented a new statewide prequalification requirement for not-for-profits applying for grants. In order to be eligible to apply, all New York State grant applicants (including DHP grant applicants) are required to prequalify using the New York State Grants Gateway. The pre-qualification registration process requests information about organization's capacity, legal compliance, and integrity. This process may take up to a few weeks to complete. It is advised that you begin the prequalification registration process immediately if you are considering applying for a 2015-2016 DHP Grant
Take One Simple Step Toward Preparedness and Join the MayDay Movement!

FAIC (The Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works) is proud to carry on Heritage Preservation's MayDay initiative encouraging libraries, museums, archives, historical societies, and preservation organizations to set aside May 1 to participate in MayDay. This year, make sure your institution is prepared!

FAIC is producing a free webinar on May 1 on the Connecting to Collections Care website:
"What Next? Emergency Response and Recovery for Small and Mid-sized Institutions." 
To sign up, please go to 

FAIC will post disaster preparedness tips throughout the month of May on Facebook andTwitter. You can post about your organization's activities and see all of our posts about MayDay by using the hash tag #MayDay2015. To see tips from 2014 please click here

All activities hosted by the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation for MayDay 2015 are sponsored by Polygon Group, offering document recovery, emergency planning services, property damage restoration, and temporary humidity control across the globe.
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