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GHHN eNewsletter

2015 Summer Edition


2199 Saw Mill River Road

Elmsford, NY 10523



Priscilla Brendler 

Executive Director


Kerry Sclafani

Program Coordinator

E-Newsletter Editor  

Awards for Excellence
Call for Nominations!
GHHN's Awards For Excellence program seeks to recognize and commend exceptional efforts among GHHN members. Awards are made to projects that exemplify creativity and professional vision resulting in a contribution to the preservation and interpretation of the historic scene, material culture and diversity of the region. 

Awards will be presented at Greater Hudson's 2015 Annual Conference on October 16, 2015 at Purchase College, SUNY.

This year we are trying something new - the nomination process will be done entirely online! The submission deadline is August 31! For more information on this new nomination process and for the nomination guidelines, please visit:
 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 

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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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Save the Date - October 16, 2015!
GHHN Annual Conference 
On Friday, October 16, 2015, Greater Hudson Heritage Network will hold its 2015 Annual Conference at Purchase College, SUNY in Purchase, New York.  This annual conference attracts approximately 200 museum professionals from throughout the Hudson Valley and Metropolitan region. This year's conference theme is "Creativity Connects" and we are exploring the ways in which heritage and history organizations can think creatively - to connect to new audiences, new funding sources, new stories to tell, and new ways to engage with their communities. Watch your inboxes - registration will be opening soon!

Be an active part of this exciting conference!
Call for Presenters - we are looking for dynamic and interesting presentations on the many ways that thinking creatively can impact our organizations in positive ways. Got an idea for a session? Visit:

Or, become a sponsor or exhibitor! Click the link below to learn more about our various sponsor or exhibitor options. Visit: 

The Annual Conference is presented in partnership with:



On-Demand 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've recorded a condensed version of the workshop as a 2 hour 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. Webinar is on - demand: simply register and watch at your leisure!

webinar available until 9/16
Applications Available for Technical Assistance Grants 

Applications are now available to eligible municipalities and 
not-for-profit organizations to
compete for Technical Assistance Grants (TAG), a signaturegrant program of the Preservation League of New York State and the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA). The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor has provided additional support for the fall TAG funding round. A total of $28,690 is available, which includes $18,690 from NYSCA and $10,000 from the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor. Funds from the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor must be used within the corridor. 

Not-for-profit arts/cultural groups and municipalities managing arts/cultural facilities are encouraged to apply. The applicant group may apply for short-term, standalone projects that advance the preservation of historic sites, museums, opera houses and theaters, arts facilities and other culturally important institutions that are located in historic buildings and structures that are open to the public. These professional studies include: building conditions surveys, engineering/structural analyses, feasibility/reuse studies and specialized building conservation 
studies. Preparation of architectural plans and specifications are not eligible. Grant amounts will not exceed $3,000 and the total cost of the applicant's project may not exceed $3,500. Each applicant must provide $500 toward the total project cost. 

The application deadline for the Fall TAG round is Tuesday, September 8. Guidelines for grants
are posted on the League's website at Prospective applicants must discuss proposed projects with Preservation League staff before receiving an application. Contact the Preservation League at 518-462-5658 x 10 for more information or to request an application. For more information about the TAG, please click here.
Photocopying Guidelines
CCAHA Guidelines


Photocopying, whether frequent or occasional, is harmful to all library and archival materials. The short,
intense light exposure required to make a photocopy is harmful to collection items, but most of the
damage caused during the photocopying process is from improper handling. This is especially true
regarding bound collection materials. In order for the text to be readable when using a conventional
photocopier, a book must be opened to a 180 degree angle and pressed against the glass platen,beneath the copier cover. Many books cannot withstand this pressure: spines and sewing break; pages become loose and possibly lost.
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Are You Ready to Ramble?
September 5-27, 2015
The Hudson River Valley Ramble is an event series that takes place each weekend in September to celebrate the history, culture and natural resources of the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area, as well as the amazing landscape, communities, and trails throughout the region. Every September, participation continues to grow. 'Ramblers' come not only from the Hudson Valley region and New York State, but from other regions of the country as well to discover the riches our Valley has to offer. Whether you are interested in a challenging hike, bike ride or paddle, an inspiring walk through the grounds and homes of some of the Valley's most notable artists, authors, and Great Americans, a trip back in time to experience the significant role the region played in the Revolutionary War, or a family-fun festival or river exploration event, the Hudson River Valley Ramble truly offers something for everyone! There are activities for all ages - click here to learn more and to find an event today!
NEA Our Town Grant Program
The Our Town grant program supports creative placemaking projects that help to transform communities into lively, beautiful, and resilient places with the arts at their core. Creative placemaking is when artists, arts organizations, and community development practitioners deliberately integrate arts and culture into community revitalization work - placing arts at the table with land-use, transportation, economic development, education, housing, infrastructure, and public safety strategies. This funding supports local efforts to enhance quality of life and opportunity for existing residents, increase creative activity, and create a distinct sense of place. Projects should represent the distinct character and quality of their communities, and be carried out by a nonprofit organization in partnership with a local government entity. 
Application deadline is September 21, 2015. 

You are required to use to apply. Before you apply through for the first time, you must be registered. Registration is a multi-step process; Takes time (allow two weeks); and must be completed before you can submit your application.

Fitch Charitable Foundation Invites Applications From Mid-Career Professionals in Preservation/Architecture

The James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation is accepting applications for the James Marston Fitch Mid-Career Fellowship, the Samuel H. Kress Mid-Career Fellowship, and the biennial Richard L. Blinder Award. Projects will be evaluated based on a range of criteria, including the potential for the project to make a meaningful contribution to the academic and/or professional field of historic preservation in the United States and the innovativeness and creativity of the planned project. Applicants must be mid-career professionals with at least ten years' experience in historic preservation or related fields, including architecture, landscape architecture, architectural conservation, urban design, environmental planning, archaeology, architectural history, and the decorative arts.

Visit the Fitch Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions:
 To learn more about GHHN and the programs and resources we offer please visit us at! 

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