GHHN eNewsletter
2016 Summer Edition

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2016 Ramble Booklets Available!
The 2016 Hudson River Valley Ramble Guidebook is available now! The book should be arriving at various locations throughout the Hudson Valley and in your mailbox this week! You can also download a PDF copy here.

If you would like a copy (or more) sent to you please call (518) 473-3835 or email your name, address, and quantity desired to [email protected]

To explore the more than 225 Ramble events featured this year, visit:
Circuit Rider Program 
Please note: Due to the overwhelming response from the heritage community, there is currently a wait list to request a Circuit Rider to visit your site. Thank you for your patience and your interest in the Circuit Rider program.

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

Free Poster Exhibition Offering:
A Place for All People
The Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture and the Washington Monument. Photo by Alan Karchmer.

Celebrate the opening of the Smithsonian's newest museum by displaying SITES' free A Place for All People- a historic, limited-edition poster exhibit celebrating the opening of the newest Smithsonian museum, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, September 24, 2016.

Based on the Museum's inaugural exhibitions exploring African American history, culture and community, the poster exhibit is accompanied by a broad range of programming ideas and educational resources to help venues connect to the Museum's opening events. Printed poster exhibit sets will be sent to venues that request them in the order requests are received. After the limited supply is requested, subsequent venues will be provided with high-resolution digital files and complete instructions for printing. All venues will receive a complete user guide including supplementary programming ideas and educational resources to engage their community with both the exhibition and the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Each host venue will be required to complete a short Exhibitor Survey following their exhibit display.

Upcoming Grant Opportunities
NEA Our Town Grant Program
The program supports creative placemaking projects that help to transform communities into lively, beautiful, and resilient places with the arts at their core. 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 12, 2016. Get more information at:
Greenway Conservancy Trail Grant Program
The deadline for the 2016 Hudson River Valley Greenway Conservancy Trail Grant Program is September 9th. Applications must be emailed or postmarked by 4:00 PM. Eligible projects include trail planning and design, construction and rehabilitation, and education and interpretation. For more information, applications and guidelines, please visit the program webpage.

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 4:00PMSeptember 9th, and December 2nd. For more information, guidelines, and applications, please visit the  program website.

Teaching the Hudson Valley Explore Awards
Teaching the Hudson Valley will provide grant funding for place-based education by funding trips to culturally significant sites through the  Explore Awards. This creates opportunities for students to explore the history, environment, and culture of the Hudson River Valley. Submit your application at least six weeks prior to your planned trip.

Teaching the Hudson Valley Bus on Us
Teaching the Hudson Valley provides Bus on Us grants designed to help with transportation costs for visits to one or more of the following Hyde Park sites: Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site, FDR Presidential Library & Museum, Home of FDR National Historic Site, Top Cottage (Roosevelt's cottage retreat), and Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site.
Applications are accepted until all funds are exhausted.

William G. Pomeroy Foundation Legends and Lore Marker Grants Available
The William G. Pomeroy Foundation partnered with the New York Folklore Society in 2015 to launch a grant program to celebrate legends and folklore as part of New York's history. Grants are available to 501(c)3 organizations and municipalities within New York State. Apply online. Deadline is October 31, 2016.


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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.


GHHN 2016 Annual Conference

Annual Conference & Awards for Excellence
October 28, 2016
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Locust Grove Estate, Poughkeepsie

Sensing History: Using 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! 

This year's Keynote Presentation will be given by master storyteller Jonathan Kruk. Selected "Best Storyteller in the Hudson Valley," Jonathan's been featured CBS Sunday Morning, The National Geographic Channel, and the O'Reilly Factor - and we are thrilled to welcome him!
Be an Active Part of this Exciting Conference:
Call for Presenters - This year, we are looking for breakout sessions that address how you
have used the harnessed the power of the five senses to elevate your interpretation, public and/or educational programming, exhibits,
hands-on or immersive experiences, etc.
If your visitors can see, hear, smell, taste, or touch history as a result of your efforts- we want to learn all about it!  Session proposals are due August 23 - for more, click here:

Become a Sponsor or Exhibitor - Click the link below to learn more about our various sponsor or exhibitor options. Visit:

Watch your inbox - registration will be opening soon!

The Annual Conference is presented in partnership with:

Annual Conference Supporters

Gold Level Sponsors

Silver Level Sponsors

Historic Housekeeping Made Simple:
A GHHN Workshop

Guided by GHHN's collection care professionals, participants will learn the proper hands-on methodology of collections care by working directly with collections at four locations in the Hudson Valley. Through our train-the-trainer focus, this full-day workshop will equip attendees with the knowledge and skill sets necessary for cleaning, handling, and storing collections along with the tools to teach their volunteer base these critical skills.Offered in 4 locations- choose one:
  • September 13 - Historical Society of Rockland County
  • March 22 - Lyndhurst
  • April 4 - Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites
  • July 2017 - Staatsburgh State Historic Site
GHHN Members: $45  NonMembers: $55
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
This workshop is made possible by funding from the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area.  

Creating Best Ever Visitor Experiences: A GHHN Workshop

Join GHHN as Kathryn Boardman of The Cherry Valley Group presents concrete examples of how to positively interact with visitors, create a welcoming and engaging experience, and inspire lasting and meaningful memories for visitors, as well as for staff and volunteers. The workshop will be offered in four locations in the Hudson Valley and will feature open discussions, hands-on work sessions and creative problem solving of real-life museum, historic house and historic site situationsOffered in 4 locations- choose one:
  • October 4 - Historical Society of Rockland County
  • December 6 - Staatsburgh State Historic Site
  • May 22 - Lyndhurst
  • June 22 -Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites
GHHN Members: $45  NonMembers: $55
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
This workshop is made possible by funding from the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area.  

Call For Nominations - GHHN Awards for Excellence! Be In It To Win It!

Call for Nominations! Greater Hudson Heritage Network'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 2016 Annual Conference on October 28, 2016 at Locust Grove Estate in Poughkeepsie, NY.

We have streamlined our Awards process. Awards may be made to organizations or individuals in the following areas:
 Education
 Individual Achievement
 Program
 Publication

Any GHHN member organization or individual can be nominated for projects completed in the last 12 months prior to October 2016. (projects conducted from October 2015 through October 2016). Projects not yet completed must have reached a point sufficient to permit judgment of merit. You are encouraged to nominate your own organization.

All submissions will be made online. The portal opened August 1, 2016 and will remain open until 11:59 PM on August 31, 2016. You may fill out your nomination at any point during that date range.To learn more about the submission process or to begin your online nomination, please click here. 
Upcoming GHHN/C2CNYS Webinar
Preservation, Access, Curation, and Interpretation of Textile Collections in the Digital Age - a GHHN/C2CNYS Webinar
August 26, 2016
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Basic Quilt Index record for _Vanne Pique Fest Onee Rouge._ Courtesy of the Quilt Index and the Michigan State University Museum.
Photo: Basic Quilt Index record for "Vanne Pique Fest Onee Rouge." Courtesy of the Quilt Index and the Michigan State University Museum.

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 items in their collections that aren't on display and/or not handled frequently.

Celebrate NYS History!

Nov. 17-19, 2016
This year, celebrate New York History Month at the Conference on New York State History in partnership with the Researching New York Conference at University at Albany, SUNY. To learn more, please click either image!
textile conservation workshop 

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