Dear Members of our Museum Community,
Welcome to our February edition of "This Month in NYS Museums!"
I write this introduction as we participate in the American Alliance of Museums Advocacy Day. MANY is proud to sponsor this event as advocates from across the country join 400 virtual meetings with Congressional offices. Thank you to the 70+ NYS delegates who joined us this year!
In this newsletter, Historic Cherry Hill Executive Director Deborah Emmons-Andarwis shares details about their decade-long restoration and how staff is using an NEH CARES Act grant to digitize and interpret more inclusive stories of underrepresented narratives.
We also spoke with former Senior Creative Director for the Corning Museum of Glass Rob Cassetti about his experience on the popular Netflix series Blown Away including the show's success at connecting people to the world of glass blowing.
Aaron Bouska, Vice President for Government & Community Relations at The New York Botanical Garden and Secretary for the Coalition of Living Museums, asks us to help support for zoos, botanical gardens, and aquaria by restoring the $16M in the NYS budget.
Since last March, many museums have presented virtual programming. Fort Ticonderoga's Miranda Peters, VP of Collections & Digital Productions, shares some practical tips and lessons learned from creating their own programs for an online audience.
As we look to the future of museums, this month's Letter from Erika reminds us that museums need to bring more voices to the planning table and find ways to sustainably diversify staff and audiences.
Lastly, we are excited to announce a fourth round of the Pomeroy Fund for NYS History to provide $50,000 in grants to assist history-related organizations with capital expenses.
Thank you for your support,
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DHPSNY Program Approved for Five More Years: Supports and Services to Remain Available to NYS Institutions through 2025
Documentary Heritage and Preservation Services for New York (DHPSNY), a joint program of the New York State Archives and the New York State Library, has secured a five-year contract to continue to deliver support and services to New York State’s cultural collecting institutions. With the program’s extension, over 5,000 organizations that safeguard New York’s historical records are eligible to apply for collections-related assistance and participate in education and training programs, free of cost, through 2025.
“The State Archives and State Library are excited to continue to provide support services, assessment services, and training through our DHPSNY program, ensuring that repositories across the state continue to have access to the tools they need to preserve and make available the essential materials that tell the story of New York and its people,” said State Archivist Tom Ruller.
State Librarian Lauren Moore also emphasized the importance of the program’s extension, adding that it builds on the State’s track record of supporting cultural organizations, “I am pleased that we can continue to offer valued statewide services to our library and archives communities. New York State has always been a national leader in providing preservation services and grants to our cultural communities and their stewards.”
Museums in the News
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