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GHHN eNewsletter


2015 Fall Edition


2199 Saw Mill River Road

Elmsford, NY 10523



Priscilla Brendler 

Executive Director


Kerry Sclafani

Program Coordinator

E-Newsletter Editor  

 C2CNYS Circuit Rider Program Extended Until 10/1/16!
Because of popular demand and thanks to IMLS's gracious support, the Circuit Rider program has been extended! 

The Circuit Rider will come to your organization for a half-day site visit focusing on a topic that is determined in advance an will discuss various areas of stewardship with you, help identify your specific collections issues, suggest and prioritize basic steps to improve care of your collections, review your existing documents and forms, provide you with templates, and suggest site-specific resources. Best of all, the program is completely FREE to participants who apply during the grant period. 
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And that's not all! There are exciting new C2CNYS webinars and workshops coming this spring. Stay tuned for more information!

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

Today's historical community is as dynamic as it is diverse. It includes scholars, curators, preservationists, librarians, archivists, genealogists, 
re-enactors and local and community historians. In November, historians across the state will work together to strengthen the state's history community and raise New Yorkers' appreciation of the value and impact of New York State's history. To learn more about what's going on around our great State during November, click here. 
Does your museum need a personalized roadmap for how to improve operations, community engagement or collections care? The Museum Assessment Program (MAP) - funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by AAM-will provide resources and a peer reviewer to offer expert recommendations. Apply by December 1. For more information, please visit:
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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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Help Make Your Events More Accessible to People Who Are Hard of Hearing or Deaf
Theatre Development Fund's (TDF) TAP Plus program, in partnership with the New York State 
on the Arts (NYSCA) with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, makes available grants of up to $5,000 for open captioning services in order to increase attendance by people who are hard of hearing or deaf at cultural events that are open to the public in New York State. TAP Plus strongly encourages applications from all
regions of the state. Only organizations funded by the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) in Fiscal Year 2015 are eligible to apply. Priority will be given to new applicants and to proposals that initiate services
rather than to established services.
Maximum request: $5,000. Application Deadline is November 23, 2015. For more information on how to apply, please 
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2016 Conservation Treatment Grant Program - Application Deadline is March 1, 2016!
WHAT WE FUND: Support of up to $7500 is available for conservation treatment of paintings, works on paper, textiles, furniture, frames, sculptures, historical, ethnographic, and decorative objects owned by eligible organizations. Funding is also available for treatment costs for supports, frames, stands and mounts that are integral to the treatment of the object.

WHAT WE DO NOT FUND: Grant will not support treatment of archival collections. Grant will not support staff salaries. Funds are not available for preventative care, re-housing or re-formatting of objects, purchases of storage furniture, or upgrading environmental systems.

IMPORTANT UPDATE! Our application process is now PAPERLESS. 

For more information on the new application process, grant guidelines, and listings of past grantees, please visit our website at:

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The Conservation Treatment Grant Program is a partnership of Greater Hudson Heritage Network and the New York State Council on the Arts.

GHHN's Annual Conference a 
Great Success!
On Friday, October 16, 2015, Greater Hudson Heritage Network held its 2015 Annual Conference at Purchase College, SUNY in Purchase, New York. Museum professionals from throughout the Hudson Valley and Metropolitan region joined together to see the many ways to think creatively - and connect to new audiences, new funding sources, new stories to tell, and new ways to engage with their communities. The Conference featured a Keynote by Ken Jackson, Featured Speaker Linda Norris, luncheon, the Awards for Excellence presentation, breakout presentations by our peers in the heritage community and special tours of the Neuberger Museum of Art. To see photos from the Conference, please click here. 
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Museum Education Act! 
The Museum Education Act (MEA) is a new bill proposed by the Museum Association of New York (MANY) and the NYS Education Department (NYSED).  The new bill builds on a piece of legislation advanced as a Regent's Budget Priority in 2006/2007 and creates a grant program to be administered by the Commissioner of Education acting on behalf of the Board of Regents. The Museum Education Act (MEA) creates a bridge between our state's vital museums and our local schools by providing grant funding to help prepare students and adult learners for success in the 21st century while ultimately making New York more competitive in the global economy.  

We need your help to advocate for this important piece of legislation. Please contact your local Assemblymember and Senator and ask that they co-sponsor Senate Bill 5001/Assembly Bill 8199. Tell them why it matters to your organization and why it is important to their region. The more co-sponsors we have, the better! MANY has developed a MEA Toolbox for the museum community that includes information on the bill and why it is important for your museum, template letters to the editor about the bill, and handy sheets you can fill in regarding your institution's economic impact and who your elected leaders are. Click here to learn more about the MEA and to access the toolkit. 
Workshops and symposia, one-on-one guidance, statewide conservation grants, responsive technical assistance, annual awards, and email alerts on breaking news of the field.   These are just some of the services provided to museum and history organizations by Greater Hudson Heritage Network for over 30 years. We are a network where all can swap ideas and share collective wisdom.  

We know that you believe in the importance of the exploration and preservation of our past, and admire the work of the hundreds of museums, libraries, historical societies, archives and unique sites that contribute to the cultural heritage of our celebrated region. December 1, 2015 is  #GivingTuesday, a movement that celebrates and supports giving and philanthropy. This year, Greater Hudson Heritage Network seeks your support to continue its behind the scenes work to strengthen these cultural resources for public use today and in the future.

Greater Hudson's programs, publications, and professional services do not come cheaply. Income from program registrations and memberships, even in a normal year, does not cover our expenses; we must rely on contributions to help bridge the gap.  And, despite inflation and rising costs, we have managed to keep fees at the level of past years! That is why we ask you to help us keep the breadth and quality of our programs intact by making a contribution today. Help us serve you and the Hudson Valley Heritage community for the future! 

This #GivingTuesday, please consider making a donation to GHHN. Thank you for your generosity!

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Researching New York Conference
November 19-20
University at Albany, SUNY

Celebrate New York History Month at Researching New York! More than 20 sessions explore New York State history from a wide variety of perspectives. Some offer a response to the call to examine understandings of community-whether based on geographic or physical location or drawn together by shared cultural, political, religious, ethnic, racial, or gender identities and common experiences. How do these understandings tell the stories of the past, but also help to engage with New York communities of today? To learn more about the Conference, and to register, visit

The early registration discount ends on 11/13!

The Coby Foundation: Inviting Grant Applications for 2016
Does your museum have a collection of quilts? Samplers? Were there dressmakers in your community whose clothing has survived? Important living artists or craftspeople in your community who use sewing in their work? The Coby Foundation, the nation's only foundation dedicated to supporting projects in the textile and fashion field, is inviting applications for its 2016 funding year

Projects may be in the arts or humanities, contemporary or historical, but all must have a public benefit. As such,
most funding goes toward exhibitions, with a smaller amount underwriting public programs and publications from university presses. The Coby Foundation's funding is restricted to organizations in the Northeast and 
Mid-Atlantic.To learn more about past grant funded projects, click here.

The Foundation has three grant meetings a year and deadlines are in November, March and July. Most grants range from $5,000 to $50,000. 
Those interested in applying are asked to 
submit a preliminary inquiry- a two-page description plus budget by mail or e-mail.
Visit for more information.
Last Call for Public History Award Nominations!
National Council on Public History awards recognize excellence in the diverse ways public historians apply their skills to the world around us. The award program promotes professionalism and best practices among public historians and raises awareness about their activities. Recipients will be honored during the annual meeting, March 16-19, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland.

Award Categories are: Excellence in Consulting Award; Outstanding Public History Project Award; New Professional Award; Student Project Award; Graduate Student Travel Award. 
Guidelines and current and past recipients are listed on the NCPH website: 
Nominations for these awards are due December 1, 2016.  
Hudson River Valley Greenway 
Grants Program
The next deadline for the Hudson River Greenway Grants Program is December 4th. This program offers financial assistance (approximately $5,000-$10,000) to designated Greenway Communities or Greenway Compact Communities within the Greenway Area. Projects should relate to community planning, economic development, natural resource protection, cultural resource protection, scenic resource protection, or open space protection. Applications must be postmarked or emailed by 4:00PM: December 4, 2015. For more information, applications and guidelines, please visit the program webpage.
NEH - Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections Grant
The Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections grant program of the National Endowment for the Humanities helps cultural institutions meet the complex challenge of preserving large and diverse holdings of humanities materials for future generations by supporting sustainable conservation measures that mitigate deterioration and prolong the useful life of collections. 
Application Deadline: December 1.

Action Alert: Urge Congress to #Act4Good and permanently reinstate charitable giving tax incentives!
Please join us in urging Congress to act immediately to permanently restore these provisions that are so important to our communities and the many people charitable organizations serve across the country. We are counting on your help to show House and Senate leadership the collective impact the charitable community has in every state. Money, food, and land that could have been donated to develop counseling programs for at-risk youth, provide nutrition assistance to hungry children, and preserve swaths of pristine land have been diverted, wasted, or permanently lost due to uncertainty over the status of tax incentives needed to make these donations possible.Three easy ways you can help:
  1. Add your organization's name to our sign-on letter here between now and December 1 to tell Congress how important it is to act immediately on permanently restoring and extending charitable giving incentives;
  2. Send an email directly to your Senator or Representative, using language we have drafted, or adding your own story and what nonprofits mean for your community; and
  3. Share your action on Facebook or Twitter using #Act4Good.
We also have created a resource center with additional information on how to help with this effort, including sample letters, e-mails, and call scripts.
 To learn more about GHHN and the programs and resources we offer please visit us at! 

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