June 2016 eNews of Note
GHHN Awards $89,777 statewide in Conservation Treatment Grants!

Greater Hudson Heritage Network is awarding $89,777.00 in conservation treatment grants to 20 organizations, located in 16 counties of New York State, in partnership with the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA).

From New York City to the Adirondack foothills, 2016 grants will support conservation needs of the many types of artifacts typically found in art and history museums and historical societies throughout New York State, including a"friendship" quilt, a circular bas relief in cast plaster, an early 19th century 4-wheeled horse-drawn carriage, Eliza Jumel's French secretaire abbatant desk, two 1916 carrousel horses, a wedding dress bodice and skirt ensemble, a selection of works of art on paper, lithographs, paintings on canvas and decorative arts.

Grants are awarded for prioritized, urgently needed conservation of objects that, once treated, will impact public interpretive programs, exhibitions and education. Non-profit organizations with stewardship responsibility for cultural collections, (but without in-house conservation staff) were eligible applicants; state or federally owned collections are ineligible for support. Grant funding can treat paintings, works on paper, textiles, furniture, sculpture, ethnographic, historical and decorative objects, and may also support accompanying professional treatment of frames, supports, stands and mounts if integral to the final public presentation of the object, after conservation.

Greater Hudson Heritage Network strives to provide support for conservation treatments that are executed on the highest professional level. The field of conservation is continually changing, with pioneering research and dissemination of findings on innovative materials and techniques. Although there are many paths into the field of conservation, we acknowledge practitioners who have demonstrated high levels of proficiency and advanced knowledge, adherence to the ethics and standards of the American Institute of Conservation (AIC), and are recognized for their expertise in the museum field. In 2016's grants, treatment will be provided by 33 individual conservators.

This year 53 grant applications were received at Greater Hudson Heritage Network from institutions from 32 counties in New York State, requesting an aggregate of $310,756.43 in grant support. In all, requests were made for the treatment of 147 objects of which 20 organizational awards totaling $89,777.00 were recommended by a peer panel of conservators, curators, and museum professionals. Of the 20 institutions that received funding, 16 received full funding and 4 received partial funding. 2016 Conservation Treatment Grant awards range from $1,438.00 to $7,500.00.

Of the 53 applicant institutions, twenty-five had budgets under $300,000, had thirteen budgets over $300,000 but below $1 million and fifteen organizations had general operating budgets over $1 million. Organizational operating budgets of 2016's grant recipients span a stunning range from $15,400 to $43 million. 

For the list of funded projects, please visit:
Register Today for GHHN's 5th Annual Member Appreciation Boat Cruise!

Please join us for a scenic sunset cruise on the Hudson River on Friday, June 24th. The boat departs from West Point's South Dock at 6:00 PM sharp (Boarding begins at 5:30 PM). The event is FREE!  This is our way of saying "Thank You" for all your support of GHHN. Do you know of a fellow heritage devotee who is not a member of GHHN? Bring them along as your guest and introduce them to other like-minded history enthusiasts. The boat cruise is a private event for GHHN members (and their guests) and light hors d'oeuvers and Hudson Valley wines will be served. The boat is already half full, so register now. Don't miss the boat!

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The GHHN Membership Cruise is made possible in cooperation with the West Point Museum and Greater Hudson Heritage Network. 
Thank You!

A big thank you to our friends at Groundwork Hudson Valley for hosting our Sold Out Behind the Scenes on May 20! We had a great evening learning about their initiatives in Yonkers, followed by a lovely sunset reception aboard the Science Barge! To see photos from the event,click here.

Psst - two spots just opened up for this Friday's Behind the Scenes at Belfry Historic Consultants in Beacon- Click here to register!

NEH: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Grants 
Deadline: July 19, 2016 
Grant amount: up to $350,000
Grant period: up to 3 years
Match: Not required, but in most cases, grants in this program cover no more than 80% of project costs.

NEH Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Grants (HCRR) strengthen efforts to extend the life of collections materials and make their intellectual content widely accessible. Applicants may request support for implementing preservation measures, such as digitization; preserving and improving access to born-digital sources; rehousing; and conservation treatment for collections, leading to enhanced access.

HCRR offers two kinds of awards: 
1) Implementation 
2) Planning, assessment, and pilot efforts (HCRR Foundations grants - up to $40,000).
Eligible collections materials include: books and manuscripts, photographs, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, art and material culture, digital objects, and AV collections.
For more information and guidelines, visit:

NEH'S Chronicling America Historic Newspaper Data Challenge
NEH invites members of the public to produce creative web-based projects demonstrating the potential for using the data found in the Chronicling America website. Chronicling America is a website providing access to digitized U.S. newspapers and to information about historic newspapers. The National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP), a joint effort between NEH and the Library of Congress, produces the site. For more about the humanities, visit the NEH website at www.neh.gov

What are we looking for?
NEH encourages contestants to develop data visualizations, web-based tools, or other innovative and interesting web-based projects using the open data found in Chronicling America. There are over ten million pages of digitized newspapers in Chronicling America, published between 1836 and 1922, from towns and cities across the United States. The newspapers illuminate 19th- and 20th-century American life, with stories about politics, sports, shopping, music, food, health, science, movies, and everything in between. Entries should uncover trends, display insights, explore a theme, or tell a story. Entries are due June 15, 2016.
For more information about this challenge, visit:
On May 2, 2016, Round VI of NY state's Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) program launched. This year the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) will invest up to $5 million in initiatives across the state's 10 regions to enhance, transform and increase the cultural and economic vitality of New York State communities.

Applications will be accepted from eligible organizations through the Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) until 4pm, July 29, 2016. For detailed information on the state's REDC program, please review the CFA Resource Manual (NYSCA funding is featured on pages 32-45). The contract and work period for all REDC grant categories is January-December 2017. From early May through late June, NYSCA staff, along with staff from ten other participating agencies, will present detailed information on its programs to the public at workshops across the state.

The Regional Economic Development Council's workshops will provide an overview of the Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) process and how to access up to $750 million in economic development funding from agency programs through one application. Additionally, there will be informational breakout sessions on specific categories of funding available for economic and community development projects. The workshops are open to local economic development officials, municipalities, non-profits, businesses and members of the public. The next workshop in the Hudson Valley will be held on June 13 at Iona College in New Rochelle. Click here to register.
Teaching the Hudson Valley-
Summer Institute, July 26-28
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Find your Park, Historic Site, Museum - Gain a Classroom

Explore historic sites, museums, and parks near you. Experience programs and resources available to bring K-12 subject matter to life, foster a sense of community, and encourage conversation about cultural, ecological, and social issues. Workshops, extended field experiences, tours, tips for paying for student visits plus friends, food, & fun. 

To learn more or to register, please visit: 
Hudson River Valley Greenway 
Grant Program
The program provides matching grants to Greenway Communities and Greenway Compact Communities. Greenway Communities are eligible to receive up to $10,000 for plans or projects consistent with the five Greenway criteria: natural and cultural resource protection, economic development, public access, regional planning, and heritage and environmental education. Applications must be postmarked or emailed by 4:00PM: September 9th, and December 2nd. For more information, guidelines, and applications, please visit the program website.

Over 445 Daily Events Have Already Been Registered for 2016 Path Through History Weekend! Have Your Registered YOUR Event Yet?
Path Through History Weekend will be held this year on June 18-19 and we welcome your partnership as we work together to showcase New York's unparalleled history. If your organization is holding an event during this time frame that connects with New York history, we encourage you to register your event- visit www.iloveny.com/pthweekend to learn more!

Register Today for These Upcoming GHHN/C2CNYS Workshops and Webinars!

June 22, 2016
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Museums acquire objects through various means. When an object is accepted into the collection of a museum, it begins a "new life" where it might be studied, conserved, exhibited, or loaned, and ultimately stored alongside many other objects. Join us as for an webinar overview as we introduce a newly 'donated' object to a museum and its new life. Museum Consultant Kathleen Craughwell-Varda will guide us through the 'Life-Cycle' of a Museum Object and the important principles, practices and policies of collections management and care that impact collecting in museums.

Care and Storage of Textile Collections - Workshop
July 11, 2016
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Hudson River Museum, Yonkers
$45 Members / $55 NonMembers

Making the most of available storage space and proper storage for objects is critical for all collecting institutions. Join us as Spicer Art Conservation and Gaylord Archival lead a hands-on workshop where participants will learn what tools are needed to tackle both of these challenges. Attendees will work with period collections to gain an understanding of the importance of selecting proper storage materials, and learn simple low-tech solutions that can be used for a wide range of artifact types. Mock-ups will be discussed and available to demonstrate the many solutions for object and three-dimensional artifacts, as well as textiles and costumes. Participants will learn to manipulate, cut and create storage sink mats and boxes. Basic methods for rolling and folding textiles for storage will also be presented. Workshop fee includes a lite breakfast, luncheon, and resource materials. Space is limited.

July 22, 2016
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
The Elephant Hotel/Somers Historical Society, Somers
$25 Members / $35 NonMembers

Museums acquire objects through various means. When an object is accepted into the collection of a museum, it begins a 'new life", where it might be studied, conserved, exhibited, or loaned, and ultimately stored alongside many other objects. Join us as for an animated discussion as we introduce a newly 'donated' object to a museum and its new life. Museum Consultant Kathleen Craughwell-Varda will guide us through the 'Life-Cycle' of a Museum Object and the important principles, practices and policies of collections management and care that impact collecting in museums. Workshop fee includes a lite breakfast and resource materials. Space is limited.

Join Amanda Sikarskie, Ph.D for a webinar exploring digital applications for accessing/exploring/interacting with textile collections, including social media and online exhibits. The program is designed for staff and volunteers who already know the basics of care and handling of textiles, and are looking for new and
different ways to engage the public and users with tems in their collections that aren't on display and/or not handled frequently.

To register for any (or all!) 
of these great programs, please visit www.greaterhudson.org/workshops.html

June 15 is the Deadline for Ramble Event Registration!
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.The 17th Annual Ramble will take place on September 3/4, 10/11, 17/18, & 24/25, 2016! 

The Hudson River Valley Greenway and National Heritage Area and our partners are continually working to promote your events through our website, Ramble booklet, social media, radio, print and online advertising. Devoted Ramblers look forward to these events year after year, and new people are discovering the Ramble all the time! Our website has gotten an update and is now easier to use than ever. This year, you can also submit a photo to go along with your listing on the website! It's easy and FREE! For more information, please click here. 

Sensing History: Use the Senses to Access History, Engage Audiences and Inspire our Future
Immerse yourself in GHHN's Annual Conference for a sensory exploration of the past. Discover and share strategies for using sound, taste, scent, touch, and sight to engage audiences in heritage collections and 
environments. Workshops and panels will feature approaches such as storytelling, foodways, and landscape views. Others may show how heritage sites have inspired contemporary art and performances. Explore opportunities to connect the story of your site to issues of today and action for the future! 

Keep your eyes open for an upcoming Call for Presenters as well as a Call for Awards for Excellence Nominations!
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Curious about how to best organize your collections?
Want to know who can help you to get rid of the mold on your documents? Wondering how to best store the heirloom wedding dress in your collection? Need help registering on the Grants Gateway? We have the help your organization needs to answer a broad range of questions. Learn more about the one-on-one consultations we offer! Call 914.592.6726 or email director@greaterhudson.org to schedule one today!
NYSA Student Research Award
The award consists of a cash prize and certificate. It encourages students to explore the wealth of historical records found in archives, libraries, and other community organizations throughout New York State. To learn more, click on the image above or click here. 
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