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Pre-Conference Workshops

Extend your learning opportunities and gain hands on experience with these immersive and interactive pre-conference workshops. All workshops will be held at the Hilton Albany unless otherwise noted.

Space is limited; advance registration required. 


Full conference attendee*: $25

MANY member: $35

Non-member: $45

*Registration code sent in conference registration email or email

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Pre-conference workshops are sponsored by Discover Albany.

Saturday, April 6 // 1 - 5 PM

Preservation Plans: A Writing Workshop

Amanda Murray, DHPSNY Program Manager, Documentary Heritage and Preservation Services for New York

Kate Jacus, DHPSNY Preservation Specialist, Documentary Heritage and Preservation Services for New York

A preservation plan is an essential document that helps collecting institutions thoughtfully and carefully chart a course for the preservation of their collections. In this 4-hour workshop, participants will learn about the components that go into an effective preservation plan, methods for prioritizing preservation needs, and how to use a preservation plan as a tool for advocacy. Time will be given to individual reflection and writing of institution-specific goals, as well as group feedback and discussion. Participants will leave with a framework for their own preservation plan in place as well as an understanding of how to build objectives and strategies for completion.

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Saturday, April 6 // 1 - 3 PM

Breaking Barriers: Navigating the Digital Frontier in Museums –A Workshop on Enhancing Accessibility and Engagement through Building Digital Collections


Kelli Bogan, Consultant

Tom Blake, Consultant

Want to build a digital collection but don’t know where to start? This workshop aims to empower institutions to set up a digital collections infrastructure. By the end, participants will have a broad understanding of digitization equipment, digital collections solutions and other resources required for success, will gain hands-on experience by setting up a practice site, including creating catalog records using metadata best practices, and will receive guidance for next steps. This workshop is designed for anyone looking to start digital collections.  participants are encouraged to bring a laptop for a hands-on experience.

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Saturday, April 6 // 1 - 3 PM

Saving Your Collections: A Disaster Planning Workshop

Samantha Mahoski, Curator/Archivist, Hart Cluett Museum

John Diefederfer, Archivist, NYS Archives

New York State is at high risk for natural disasters and emergencies. But how do we protect our collections in case of an emergency? And how do we prepare our institutions for when disaster strikes? The Capital New York Alliance for Response, with a voluntary advisory board of area experts, works to build strong partnerships between cultural stewards and first responders in the Capital Region to help ensure the protection of our collections through advocacy, education, networking, and real-time emergency assistance. Capital NYAFR is dedicated to serving libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural organizations across the Capital Region to improve disaster planning, response, and recovery efforts to minimize loss and damage to our historic sites and valued collections.

This workshop will take place at the Hart Cluett Museum.

Capacity limited to 20 people.

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Saturday, April 6 // 1 - 3 PM   

Voice Your Value: The Impact of OurStoryBridge  in NYS Museums, Now and in the Future

Jery Huntley, Founder and President, OurStoryBridge Inc.

Kelly Bartlett, Project Coordinator, OurStoryBridge Inc.

Jessica Moquin, Executive Director, Chenango County Historical Society and Museum

Joanna (Jo) Case, Curatorial Assistant, Schoharie County Historical Society

Learn how OurStoryBridge can help the voices of your community give value to your institution and strengthen your Semiquincentennial commemorations! Join Founder and President of OurStoryBridge Inc. Jery Huntley, MLS, Jessica Moquin, Chenango County Historical Society, and Joanna Case, Schoharie County Historical Society, for a pre-conference workshop exploring how the innovative methodology developed by OurStoryBridge can bring freely accessible, short-form digital oral history projects to your institution. 

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Saturday, April 6 // 1 - 3:30 PM

Uncovering and Celebrating Stories Yet Untold: Digging Into LGBTQIA+ Stories Hiding in Plain Sight in Collections, Historic Sites, and Galleries

Ashley Hopkins-Benton (she/her), Senior Historian and Curator of Social History, New York State Museum

Dr. Jeffry Iovannone (he/him), Preservation Planner, Landmarks Society of Western New York

Margaret Middleton (they/them), Independent exhibit designer and museum consultant, independent consultant

Lauraberth Lima (they/she), Professor of Museum Studies, Cultural Consultant, New York University

Kit Thomas (they/them she/her), Artist

LGBTQIA+ lives are frequently underrepresented in our museum collections and interpretation, as well as in registries of historic sites. Once we have determined to preserve and share more queer stories, where do we start? This workshop will explore diverse examples of stories that have been uncovered, and how we are documenting them and sharing with visitors. Participants will discuss potential stories at their own sites, and begin to explore resources to help learn more about them.

This workshop will take place at the New York State Museum.

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Pre-Conference Workshop Cancellation Policy

If for any reason, MANY cancels a pre-conference workshop, we will issue you a full refund. 

If you cancel your registration before Monday April 1, that request must be made in writing via email to We will refund you the full amount of your registration, minus a $15 administrative fee

Refunds requested after April 1 will not be granted, including requests made based on absence due to illness, late arrival and/or weather conditions. You are welcome to give or sell them to a colleague attending the conference. Please inform MANY staff of any pre-conference workshop registration transfer.

Please see your hotel confirmation email for your individual hotel reservation cancellation policy. 

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Museum Association of New York is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization. 

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