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GHHN eNewsletter

2015 Spring Edition



2199 Saw Mill River Road

Elmsford, NY 10523



Priscilla Brendler 

Executive Director


Kerry Sclafani

Program Coordinator

E-Newsletter Editor  



Registration for our Annual Membership Boat Cruise will open on MAY 12- Look for an eblast announcement! Remember - the boat can only hold 100 people and the spots go fast! Register early and don't miss the boat!

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!


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Questions? Call 914.592.6726 or email Priscilla Brendler at [email protected] 

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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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Hudson Valley Heritage Fair
Come explore all
 that the region has to offer at the inaugural Hudson Valley Heritage Fair! With table displays from the top historical destinations in the region, living history presentations, and so much more! Don't miss out on this chance to experience our region's historic sites - all in one place! 

This event is FREE and open to the public!

Sunday, May 17th
11:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Locust Grove Estate
2263 South Road, Poughkeepsie


We invite you to join us after the Heritage Fair for a special presentation by 'Museum Anarchist' Franklin Vagnone, followed by a networking reception and whiskey tasting.

What would our historic sites look like if we completely threw out the traditional historic house model and tried truly out-of-the-box thinking to engage visitors? The idea is being tested at the Historic House Trust of New York City. The concept, called The Anarchist Guide to Historic House Museums, was developed by Franklin Vagnone and Deborah E. Ryan. It calls for the holistic reexamination of the current historic house museum model and the establishment of a paradigm from the perspective of human habitation. For more about Franklin Vagnone, click here.

Join us after the presentation to mingle with your colleagues in the field for food, wine, and a special whiskey tasting!

The presentation and reception are free, but space is limited and advance registration is required.


The Hudson Valley Heritage Fair is presented in partnership with:



Security Solutions Webinar

Our Security Solutions workshops were a great success - but we know not everyone could attend the in-person sessions. That's why we're presenting a condensed version of the workshop as a 2 hour live webinar! Join presenter Donia Conn to learn about the policies that you can put in place at your organization to address threats and protect your organization and your collections. With careful planning, awareness of warning signs, and proactive security solutions, organizations can reduce the window of opportunity for theft of historical collections.  

June 9, 2015
10 AM - 12 PM
 Our Behind the Scenes on 
May 15, 2015 at Manitoga, the Russel Wright Design Center has SOLD OUT!
BTS will return in the Fall!
Don't Forget to Register Your Events for Path Through History Weekend!
The online event submission for 2015 Path Through History Weekend is ready and waiting!
Path Through History Weekend will be held this year on June 20-21.  If your organization is holding an event during this time frame that connects with New York history, we encourage you to submit the event today. Don't forget to include a photo with your submission to more effectively promote your event! If you have already registered your event - Thank You! We appreciate your partnership as we work together to showcase New York's unparalleled history. Path Through History Weekend would not be possible without the efforts of countless organizations throughout the State working hard to deliver programming that helps connect people to New York's history. 

Consolidated Funding Application Workshops 

Empire State Development is offering a series of Consolidated Funding Application workshops that will provide an overview of an application process that makes available up to $750 million in economic development funding from agency programs through one application. Workshops in the Mid Hudson region will be presented on May 29 at SUNY New Paltz, June 10 at Westchester Community College, and June 23 at Mount Saint Mary College. For more information and to register, please see this calendar.
Registration is NOW OPEN!
Plan to attend the Conference on New York State History,June 18-20 at Niagara University! Don't miss the premier annual gathering of academic and public historians, librarians and archivists, educators, museum professionals, and publishers in New York State. To register, visit and click "Register Online." Early bird rates are available through May 22nd - with additional discounts for members of the New York State Historical Association, Archives Partnership Trust, Association of Professional Historians of New York State, among others.
Save the Dates!
The 2015 Hudson River Valley Ramble, the premier outdoor events program of the Hudson Valley, will be held every weekend in September. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more on the Hudson River Valley Ramble and for information on event registration and sponsorship benefits, please visit the Ramble website. Sponsorship deadlines for the 2015 Ramble are June 20 (for printed materials) and the third week of July (for tee shirts). The registration deadline for event registration is June 18 for inclusion in the 2015 Ramble program guide.
CLHO Annual Meeting
The Connecticut League of History Organization's Annual Meeting, Monday, June 1 in Meriden. This year's theme,  "Making History Collections Relevant in a Modern World" explores traditional and non-traditional ways that cultural organizations make their collections accessible and relevant to their communities. Author and Museum professional Rainey Tisdale is the keynote speaker. For more information, and to register, please click here:
Prioritizing Collections for Housing and Conservation Treatment 
CCAHA Guidelines


Museums, libraries, and historic houses have many collection needs that can be prioritized.  This guide outlines two components of collection care, improving storage and conservation treatment, and provides criteria for assigning categories and descriptions.  Along with maintaining a stable environment, good quality boxes and enclosures are necessary for preventing preservation problems.  By assigning criteria and determining priorities, collections that are at risk of housing-related problems such as poor quality boxes and acidic folders can get the attention they need most urgently.  This guide will not only aid in establishing criteria for collections housing and conservation treatment but will also help to keep your list of preservation priorities current. Keep reading.

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