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September 2015 eNews of Note

Friday, October 16, 2015 is Greater Hudson Heritage Network's 2015 Annual Conference at Purchase College, SUNY and the Neuberger Museum of Art (Westchester County).  This annual conference attracts approximately 200 museum professionals from across the state.  This year's conference theme, "Creativity Connects" explores 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. 

Be an active part of the Conference! 
Click the buttons below to submit a session proposal (We are accepting proposals until 9/16) or to learn more about our various sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities.


We look forward to seeing you at this exciting conference!
GHHN's 2015 Annual Conference is presented in partnership with:

MANY Travel Grants Now Available!
Want to attend the GHHN Annual Conference, but need a little help with funding either your travel or registration costs? Great News! Travel grants are now available through a partnership with the New York State Council on the Arts, administered by the Museum Association of New York. Travel Grants provide museum staff and volunteers the opportunity to expand their horizons through the support of travel to other museums or professional conferences and workshops. Institutions may apply for grants of up to $1,000 to support travel and/or registration fees for single or multiple participants beginning September 1, 2015. You may submit one application for multiple participants to partake of the same professional development opportunity. Examples of eligible travel include:

* Travel to view exemplary exhibitions, collections management projects or interpretive programs in New York State.

* Travel and registration fees for professional conferences or workshops in New York State.

* Travel to conduct research in New York State related to your institution's collections or exhibitions.

* Conference registration fees for regional and national museum conferences such as those offered by the American Alliance of Museums, American Association of State and Local History, and Greater Hudson Heritage Network.

* Registration fees for online training courses & in-person classes

There is no deadline for a Travel Grant, but funding is provided on a first come, first served basis. Applications may be submitted at any time, but must be emailed at least 30 days in advance of the proposed travel. (So, if you are going to apply for a Travel Grant for the GHHN Conference, you must send in application no later than 9/16!) Applicants will be notified within 30 days of receipt. To apply, complete the Travel Grant Application and email it to
On Demand Security Webinar!
Available Until 9/16/15

Missed out on the Security Solutions workshops and webinar we held in the past few months? Not to worry! 


We all could use a little more protection against collections theft. Having an alarm system is not enough. In fact, in a 2009 statewide survey, it was revealed that 54% of organizations in NY do not even have reading room security protocols in place. Are you one of these organizations? 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 low cost security solutions, organizations can reduce the window of opportunity for theft of historical collections. Don't miss out on this important training opportunity!

Presenter: Donia Conn, Consultant for Cultural Heritage Collections

After registering, you will receive a link to view the two hour webinar - Watch at your leisure! 

Questions? Contact Kerry Sclafani at 914-582-3353 or


Webinar Fee : $10.00


This webinar is supported by a grant from the New York State Library Conservation/Preservation Discretionary Program  

Call for Nominations: 2016 Martha Washington Woman of History Award 

Each March, Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site selects a recipient for the "Martha Washington Woman of History Award." This award is given to a woman who has distinguished herself in the field of Hudson Valley history and is presented at the Site's annual "General's Lady" program held in March, during Women's History Month.

We know there are many women who are dedicated to sharing and preserving our history. Perhaps you know of a woman who shares her love of history with children by telling them stories, or taking them to historic sites. Is there a woman who has done research about the Hudson Valley and has shared her findings to encourage others to do the same? Do you know a woman who has used her private time or resources to preserve a landmark of historic significance? These are just a few examples of what could qualify a woman to be a candidate for the award.

Nominations must be completed and received by January 8, 2016. To access a nomination form, click here or call (845) 562-1195.
Seven to Save: Endangered Sites Program
2016 Call for Nominations
Since 1999 the Preservation League has been assisting community leaders and decision-makers with the retention and use of threatened sites throughout the state through its Seven to Save Program. 

The Preservation League considers nominations for all threatened historic sites in New York State. For 2016-2017, the Preservation League especially encourages the nomination of endangered sites to serve as case studies or models pertaining to the following thematic categories:
  • Threats to sites with an arts or cultural use, either as a past use (e.g. opera house) or current use.
  • Threats to sites relating to a specific cultural heritage (e.g. African-American, Latino, Native American).
  • Threats to historic resources built post- World War II (e.g. buildings, neighborhoods, landscapes, public and private sector complexes).
The nomination deadline is Tuesday, October 13, 2015. To inquire about nominating sites and receive an application form, please contact Erin Tobin at 518-462-5658 x12 or
Circuit Rider Program Extended!
Visits available until 10/1/15!

Click here to apply for a FREE circuit rider visit:  Circuit Rider Program 
GHHN Membership application/renewal is now online!

Don't miss out on exciting GHHN programs-- 
renew or become a member today!
2015 Ramble - Going On Now!
The Hudson River Valley Ramble is an annual event series that celebrates 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, '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. Join the fun! For a downloadable guidebook of events, please visit the Ramble website
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NYCH Webinar: Vision and Action Grants 
Join the New York Council for the Humanities grants staff for a FREE webinar to learn more about their grant offerings with a special focus on innovative public programming for both Vision and Action grants. Vision grants are available for up to $1,500 to develop your ideas for public humanities programs that are built in partnership with your community. Action grants are available for up to $5,000 to launch humanities programs that are dynamic and address meaningful issues across New York State. 
To register, click here or visit
Call for Proposals - New York Archives Conference 2016
New York Archives Conference invites proposals for sessions that explore archival practice. Traditional presentation formats as well as formats that encourage interaction between attendees and presenters are welcome. Each session lasts a total of 90 minutes, including at least 15 minutes for questions and discussion. Proposals from new speakers are encouraged.  The conference is scheduled for June 8-10, 2016 at SUNY College at Plattsburgh. For more information on submitting a proposal, please visit proposals must be received by the NYAC 2016 Program Committee at no later than October 2, 2015.
Dutchess County Town Records Survey 
The Dutchess County Genealogical Society is attempting to make a list of county-wide resources for guardians, poor records, apprenticeships, manumissions and registrations of minor slaves, up to 1850.  If you have any of these records for your town or know where any are kept, please email Valerie LaRobardier at If you do not have any information, please let her know that too, so she can keep track of which towns have responded. Thank you!
National Medal for Museum and Library Service
Each year, the Institute of Museum and Library Services presents select museums and libraries with the nation's highest honor, the National Medal for Museum and Library Service. IMLS is now accepting nominations for the 2016 award which recognizes libraries and museums that make significant and exceptional contributions in service to their communities.
Nomination forms are due October 1, 2015. 
All types of nonprofit libraries and library organizations, including academic, school, and special libraries, archives, library associations, and library consortia, are eligible to receive this honor. Public or private nonprofit museums of any discipline (including general, art, history, science and technology, children's, and natural history and anthropology), as well as historic houses and sites, arboretums, nature centers, aquariums, zoos, botanical gardens, and planetariums are eligible.
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Call for Proposals - MANY Conference
April 17-19, 2016, Lake Placid, NY
Museums are important and relevant centers for convening communities to discuss current issues, providing education for all, and offering valuable connective resources. They are essential to their community and region. What defines a community anchor institution and how can museums fit this role? How can museums develop an identity of trust in order for this to occur? Museums are CORE: Connective, Original/Open, Reflective/Resourceful/Relevant, Essential. If you are interested in how your institution can be an integral part of your community, or already have been building on this concept at your institution or in collaboration with other organizations, consider submitting a session proposal! How do you prove that Museums are Core to Communities? Deadline: October 5, 2015

To submit a session proposal, click here. Please send all submissions to
Save the Date: NY Archives Week!
October 14 - 21, 2015
If you want an event at your repository to be listed in the 2015 Archives Week Calendar, please submit a brief description of the event here, by September 15th. 
Please stay tuned and visit for more information as it becomes available!

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