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Western NY Partnership Forum

Buffalo Museum of Science 

1020 Humboldt Pkwy, Buffalo, NY 14211

Monday, September 13

10 AM - 4 PM


MANY Members $25

Non-members $30

Registration includes lunch and museum admission.

Schedule is subject to change. Forum is limited to 30 people. Advance registration required.

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10 - 10:15 AM Welcome

10:15 - 11:30 AM 

Museums and Universities in Partnership

Becky Wehle, President & CEO, Genesee Country Village & Museum
Juilee Decker, PhD, Associate Professor, Rochester Institute of Technology
Peter Wisbey, Curator of Collections, Genesee Country Village & Museum

Genesee Country Village & Museum and Rochester Institute of Technology might seem like an unlikely pairing, but they have forged a mutually beneficial partnership that encourages collaboration to develop tangible skills and undertake projects that have scholarly research and long-term benefits. Learn more about this unique partnership from faculty, staff, and students involved.

11:30 AM - 12 PM MANY Update: Advocacy & Programs with Erika Sanger

12 - 1 PM Lunch and time to visit the Buffalo Museum of Science

1 - 2:30 PM

"Our Whole History" Initiative

Lavada Nahon, Interpreter of African American History for the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation

In 2021, New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation/Bureau of Historic Sites launched the ‘Our Whole History’ initiative to create and share a more balanced history of our state where all are present. In this presentation Lavada Nahon, Interpreter of African American History at NYSOPRHP/BHS will explore what it means to reinterpret history on a statewide scale to be more diverse, equitable, and inclusive as well as the triumphs, trials, lessons, and next steps on a path to create a more complete and accurate narrative for New York’s 34 historic sites, and 126 parks. 

2:30 - 2:45 PM Break

2:45 - 4 PM 

The Erie Canal, Museum Partners, and Audience Engagement

William Sweitzer, Director of Marketing, NYS Canal Corporation

David Brooks, Education Director, Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site

The Erie Canal has always relied on being part of a larger system of waterways and interconnectedness; much like the museum field of today, partnerships show “that the common interest is individual interest”* and we should all be “wise enough to pursue it.” As we consider future engagement and reimagining the canal system in New York, how do museums, working groups, and other organizations partner to continue the legacy of this 200 year old wonder of the modern world? David Brooks of Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site and Bill Sweitzer of the NYS Canal Corporation provide insight on how historical institutions, museums, and government are leveraging partnerships to refocus the view of the history of canals of New York.

*Quote from a letter to DeWitt Clinton from Thomas Jeffereson, March 19, 1822 on the success of progress building the Erie Canal

Registration: MANY members $25 // Non-members $30; includes lunch.

Schedules are subject to change. Each forum is limited to 30 people. Advance registration is required.

MANY's COVID-19 Safety Policy for In-Person Events

With the safety of our colleagues foremost in mind, attendees at programs offered by the Museum Association of New York must agree to our COVID-19 Safety Policy. Click here to read

Partnership Forums are supported by:

The Museum Association of New York strengthens the capacity of New York State’s cultural community by supporting professional standards and organizational development. We provide advocacy, training, and networking opportunities so that museums and museum professionals may better serve their missions and communities.

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

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