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  • August 26, 2020 9:17 AM | Megan Eves (Administrator)

    RALEIGH, N.C. — From Nina Simone and Julius Chambers to Ella Baker and the Greensboro Four, North Carolina voices have swelled in the national struggle for equality. With the launch of the N.C. Civil Rights Trail, the epic journey will be preserved and amplified from places where leaders and followers lived, learned and took a stand for social justice.

    The N.C. African American Heritage Commission is leading the initiative with funding from the William G. Pomeroy Foundation, and with support from the International Civil Rights Center & Museum,  Visit North Carolina, and the North Carolina Office of Archives & History. The commission will work with communities across the state to designate up to 50 sites where trail markers will be placed, starting in early 2021. An interactive web portal will highlight these places and others to guide people to history and experiences from the past.

    “The national reckoning over systemic injustice heightens the relevance of our effort to develop the N.C. Civil Rights Trail,” said Angela Thorpe, director of the African American Heritage Commission, which is part of the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. “Understanding what has come before will inspire and fuel the work ahead. We need to hear the voices and proclaim the victories that have brought us this far.”

    With a target completion date of January 2023, the state’s trail follows the 2018 rollout of the U.S. Civil Rights Trail by Travel South USA, a tourism marketing organization with 15 member states. The national trail includes five North Carolina sites, including the F.W. Woolworth’s building in Greensboro, where four N.C. A&T University freshmen powered up the sit-in movement, and Estey Hall on the Shaw University campus in Raleigh, where alumna Ella Baker started the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.

    “Those sites underscore North Carolina’s role in channeling student energy into the movement,” said Visit NC Director Wit Tuttell. “Given the interest generated by the national trail, we’re excited about providing a more comprehensive look at what has unfolded across the state and give residents and visitors an opportunity to share the experience.”

    Deryn Pomeroy, William G. Pomeroy Foundation’s director of strategic initiatives, is particularly excited about the program.  “It is a wonderful way for communities to become engaged in their own history and share the stories that need to be highlighted.” The program invites communities from around the state to apply for markers which will then be reviewed by a selection committee of North Carolina historians.  Selections will be based on a series of criteria, including sites’ significance to the national Civil Rights Movement and civil rights efforts in North Carolina.

    Thorpe expects the trail to include a wide array of locations including established historic sites as well those that may only be known more locally.  One example is the YMI Cultural Center in Asheville, which was commissioned in 1892 for Black construction workers employed to build and furnish the Biltmore estate. Funded by the Vanderbilts, the Young Men’s Institute became a center of civil, cultural and business life in the neighborhood known as The Block. Featuring a gym, bathing facilities and a library, the building was used by churches, schools and civic organizations for classes, gatherings and office space. After urban renewal led to the neighborhood’s mid-century decline, the YMI Cultural Center reclaimed its place in the 1980s and is poised as a neighborhood focal point amid new energy in preservation, restoration and advancement throughout The Block.

    Other candidates include the Montford Point Marines Museum, which tells the story of the first African Americans to serve in the U.S. Marine Corps (1942-49), and the Montford Point Marines Memorial in Jacksonville; the Pauli Murray Center in Durham, where the influential lawyer, Episcopal priest, and activist for civil and women’s rights grew up; and the Historic Magnolia House in Greensboro, a Green Book site that hosted Black entertainers, icons,  and civil rights leaders.

    On the U.S. Civil Rights Trail, the International Civil Rights Center & Museum and nearby February One monument at N.C. A&T University invoke a towering victory, and the whites-only Woolworth’s counter where the four students sat prevails as a powerful symbol.

    “We celebrate the place where the sit-in movement took hold,” said John Swaine, director of the museum, which is housed in the former Woolworth’s building. “But it’s important to understand the full story, that the struggle began centuries before the sit-in on Feb. 1, 1960, and that it has endured over the decades since the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The N.C. Civil Rights Trail will lead people to a deeper comprehension of what has been achieved and the effort that lies ahead.”

    To learn more about the project or to apply for a marker, please visit: ­­­­­­­­­

    About the N.C. Civil Rights Trail:
    An initiative of the N.C. African American Heritage Commission with support from Visit North Carolina and the International Civil Rights Center & Museum, the N.C. Civil Rights Trail will be developed with community involvement across the state. Forty to 50 sites will be designated with at least 10 in Tier I and 2 rural North Carolina counties in alignment with Gov. Roy Cooper’s
    Hometown Strong initiative. Completion of the program is targeted for January 2023 at a cost of $173,500 to cover a full-time program coordinator; development of a digital GIS map; development of an interactive web portal, featuring at least 150 sites; and up to 50 physical community-based markers.

    About the N.C. African American Commission:
    Created in 2008, the African American Heritage Commission is a division of the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. The commission works across the department to preserve, protect and promote the state’s African American history, art and culture for all people. Its endeavors include the identification of heritage sites, compiling resources for educators, extending the work of national programs such as the National Park Service’s Network to Freedom Underground Railroad, and independent initiatives including Oasis Spaces: Green Book Project.

    About the William G. Pomeroy Foundation:

    The William G. Pomeroy Foundation is committed to supporting the celebration and preservation of community history; and to raising awareness, supporting research and improving the quality of care for patients and their families who are facing a blood cancer diagnosis. One of their initiative’s is helping people to celebrate their community’s history. They meet this by providing grants to obtain signage in the form of roadside markers and plaques. Since 2006, they have funded over 1,100 signs across New York State and across the United States, all the way to Alaska.

    About Visit North Carolina:
    Visit NC is part of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that oversees the state's efforts in business and job recruitment and retention, international trade, and tourism, film and sports development. Visit NC’s mission is to unify and lead the state in developing North Carolina as a major destination for leisure travel, group tours, meetings and conventions, sports events and film production. One of the state’s most vital industries, tourism generates economic activity and employment in each of the state’s 100 counties. In 2019, domestic travelers to North Carolina spent $26.7 billion and accounted for 235,703 jobs.

    About the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources:

    The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state's natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. NCDNCR's mission is to improve the quality of life in our state by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature in North Carolina by stimulating learning, inspiring creativity, preserving the state's history, conserving the state's natural heritage, encouraging recreation and cultural tourism, and promoting economic development.


    NCDNCR includes 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, two science museums, three aquariums and Jennette's Pier, 39 state parks and recreation areas, the N.C. Zoo, the nation's first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, State Preservation Office and the Office of State Archaeology, along with the Division of Land and Water Stewardship. For more information, please visit

    About the International Civil Rights Center & Museum:
    Opening 50 years to the day after four N.C. A&T University students took a seat at the whites-only lunch counter at F.W. Woolworth’s in Greensboro, the center memorializes the courageous stand they made on Feb. 1, 1960. Focusing on their actions and those of thousands of students around the country who joined the sit-in movement, the center exists as a testimony to courage and the potential of unified people on the right side of history to make change. The ICRCM seeks to preserve the legacy and significance of that event and demonstrate why institutionalized oppression has no place in the human race.



    Michele Walker

  • June 10, 2020 9:58 AM | Megan Eves (Administrator)

    Fort Hunter, NY Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site is offering online programs this month that will include a presentation by Derrick Pratt of the Erie Canal Museum.  As part of a double-header of online presentations at the end of June, Pratt will provide the program through Webex that will discuss the Erie Canal’s many connections to the earliest days of professional baseball.  Using stories from some of the game’s biggest stars and others long forgotten, discover the connection that the canal has to our national past-time.    

    This program is scheduled for Wednesday, June 24th at 6:30pm.  A link to the Webex meeting can be found on the Schoharie Crossing Facebook page or you can contact us for the link by emailing  

    The first part of the doubleheader will be on Tuesday, June 23rd at 6:30pm as the site will provide and online program titled, “Dam that Creek!”  This program will discuss the first dam across the Schoharie Creek for the Erie Canal and how it provided a means for barges to navigate through its waters. 

    Schoharie Crossing is offering this slate of online programs while the Visitor Center is closed during the COVID-19 crisis.  During NY on PAUSE, the Erie Canal historic site will provide programs through Webex as well as other online programs and social media such as Facebook Live.  Additional programs will be scheduled, so please keep in touch with us by joining our mailing list or following online. The site grounds will remain open for appropriate socially distant recreational use from dawn until dusk daily.  Please observe NYS Guidelines while visiting Schoharie Crossing.

    For information about these programs, please find us on Facebook or you can call or email the Visitor Center at (518) 829-7516,

    The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation oversees more than 250 individual state parks, historic sites, golf courses, boat launches and recreational trails, which are visited by 71 million people annually.  For more information on any of these recreation areas, call 518-474-0456 or visit, connect on Facebook, or follow on Twitter. 

  • May 26, 2020 8:51 AM | Megan Eves (Administrator)

    Image caption: Preserving the Present – Collecting in the Time of COVID-19Preservation Long Island

    Cold Spring Harbor—

    • As history unfolds around us, museums, archives, and historical societies across the state, country, and world are collecting stories and objects that define our lives during this global crisis. As a regional organization dedicated to preserving Long Island’s diverse cultural heritage, Preservation Long Island has launched Preserving the Present – Collecting in the Time of COVID-19, an initiative to build a collection around the art, objects, and stories that uniquely reflect this historic moment, from the experience of Long Island’s healthcare professionals and other essential workers, to COVID-19's impact on local businesses, workers, and those isolating and creating at home.

      Collecting art and artifacts pertaining to Long Island history since its founding in 1948, Preservation Long Island is home to what is recognized as one of the most robust and significant regional assemblages of material culture in New York State. Both diverse and comprehensive, Preservation Long Island’s collections comprise approximately 3,000 objects and 185 cubic feet of archival materials. Ranging from artistic and technological masterworks, to documentary imagery and everyday artifacts, Preservation Long Island’s collections reveal four centuries of life on Long Island.

      Long Islanders can participate in Preserving the Present in the following ways:


    • Share their stories, images, and objects on social media. Submissions must include an image and a brief description and tag @presevationlongisland. Please use the hashtag #PreserveLInow.

    • Participants may also submit images and stories online at by filling out the Preserving the Present  form.

      Preservation Long Island will share selected items on their BlogFacebookTwitter, or Instagram pages.


      Participant submissions such as objects and artifacts may be selected to be part of Preservation Long Island’s Historic Collections Archive. Owners of selected submissions who wish to have their item included in the archive will be contacted to arrange a time to collect the item(s) when it is safe to do so. 

    If you have any questions about this initiative, please contact:


    If you are interested in learning more about donating objects to Preservation Long Island’s collections, visit the Donating Objects to Preservation Long Island page.

    About Preservation Long Island

    Preservation Long Island is a not-for-profit organization that works with Long Islanders to raise awareness, appreciation, and support for the protection of our shared past through advocacy, education, and the stewardship of historic sites and collections.

    Preservation Long Island maintains and interprets historic sites and collections that embody various aspects of Long Island’s history including:

    Joseph Lloyd Manor, Lloyd Harbor

    Custom House, Sag Harbor

    Sherwood-Jayne Farm, Setauket

    Old Methodist Church and Exhibition Gallery

  • April 29, 2020 3:24 PM | Megan Eves (Administrator)

    William G. Pomeroy Foundation Opens New Grant Round for NYS Marker Program

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The next grant round of the William G. Pomeroy Foundation’s New York State Historic Marker Grant Program is currently open.

    This grant round covers the following counties: Bronx, Kings, New York, Queens and Richmond (Region 1); Nassau and Suffolk (Region 2); Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland and Westchester (Region 3).

    The program commemorates historic people, places, things or events in New York State within the time frame of 1740-1920. Grants cover the entire cost of a cast aluminum marker, pole and shipping.

    Those interested in applying for a marker grant should submit an online Letter of Intent to verify primary sources by Monday, June 8, 2020. Primary source documentation is necessary to support the text on a marker. The final application deadline is Monday, July 6, 2020. To apply for a grant or review application guidelines, visit the Foundation’s NYS marker program page:

    The Pomeroy Foundation has made adjustments to the marker grant application process to assist those who are presently unable to access primary source documentation. Details about submitting substitute documentation are available on our website. A complete grant schedule by region is also on the site.

    The NYS Historic Marker Grant Program is open to local, state and federal government entities, nonprofit academic institutions and 501(c)(3) organizations in New York State. Often, municipal historians or local historical organizations (or related nonprofits) will apply for a marker on behalf of a property owner.

    Additional Pomeroy Foundation marker programs include the Legends & Lore® Marker Grant Program, Historic Transportation Canals Marker Grant Program, National Register Signage Grant Program and National Women’s Suffrage Marker Program. The Foundation’s website also features an interactive marker map with listings of current markers and plaques.

    About the William G. Pomeroy Foundation

    The William G. Pomeroy Foundation® is a private, grant-making foundation established in 2005. The Foundation is committed to supporting the celebration and preservation of community history; and to raising awareness, supporting research and improving the quality of care for patients and their families who are facing a blood cancer diagnosis. Since 2006, the Foundation has funded more than 1,000 historic roadside markers and plaques nationwide. Grants cover the cost of a marker, pole and shipping. Visit:

    # # #


    Steve Bodnar, Communications Manager

    William G. Pomeroy Foundation


  • April 02, 2020 2:30 PM | Megan Eves (Administrator)

    Explore the HRM with New Videos, Art & Science Activities, Online Resources, and Live-Streamed Programs

    Yonkers, NY, April 2—The Hudson River Museum has launched an exciting new digital initiative, Museum From Home, for its audiences to virtually experience all the HRM has to offer. Joining other museums across the United States and abroad, the Museum will be featuring new content including engaging videos, hands-on art and science activities, lesson plans for parents and teachers, and new ways to participate and explore our exhibitions and collection. These virtual experiences will be available on the Museum’s website and shared through its social media channels using the hashtag #MuseumFromHome

    There will be a variety of recorded programs and workshops available, with new content being added each week in the categories of: Art ProjectsScience ProjectsAwesome AstronomyStorytimeTeaching Resources, and HRM Collections & Exhibitions. In addition, there will be live-streamed programs including virtual tours with curators, workshops with artists, conversations and Q&A with experts on timely topics, and community-curated exhibitions and playlists.

    For children and families, there will be a wide selection of Art & Science Projects with easy-to-follow printable guides and/or video tutorials on how to create fun projects using materials from around your home. Parents and teachers can download more in-depth lesson plans that enable students in early elementary through high school to explore the themes of exhibitions and works of art in our collection through thoughtful looking, questioning, discussion, and hands-on activities. Our youngest audiences will enjoy HRM Storytime videos—in English and Spanish—featuring books read out loud by our educators. 

    Stargazers of all ages will learn about what's happening in the night sky with weekly Awesome Astronomy videos featuring Marc Taylor, HRM's Manager of Planetarium and Science Programs, with whom you’ll be able to chat live every week, sharing your observations, questions, and at-home projects.

    The HRM Collections & Exhibitions section offers new ways to dive in and discover the Museum’s permanent collection and exhibitions, past and present. Current offerings include Derrick Adams: Buoyant, with work by acclaimed multidisciplinary artist who depicts a world where Black joy, love, leisure play central roles; Frances Hynes: Constellations, an evocative collection of abstract pastel skyscapes, and Self in the City, an exploration of the paradoxes of urban life featuring works by artists including Archibald Motley, Jr., Barbara Morgan, and Jacob Lawrence. 

    Other highlights include a variety of online exhibitions on Google Arts & Culture; a special SC Hudson River Museum app, which allows users to experience ten works from the collection using super high-resolution zoom and unique storytelling features, and other social media initiatives like #HRMStaffFavorites and #ShowUsYourSketches.

    Press contact:
    Jen McCaffery
    (914) 963-4550 x240


    The HUDSON RIVER MUSEUM ( is a preeminent cultural institution in Westchester County and the New York Metropolitan area. Situated on the banks of the Hudson River in Yonkers, New York, the HRM’s mission is to engage, inspire, and connect diverse communities through the power of the arts, sciences, and history. 

    The Museum offers engaging experiences for every age and interest, with an ever-growing collection of American art; dynamic exhibitions that range from notable 19th-century paintings to contemporary art installations; Glenview, an 1877 house on the National Register of Historic Places; a state-of-the-art Planetarium; an environmental teaching gallery; and an outdoor Amphitheater. The Museum is dedicated to collecting, preserving, exhibiting, and interpreting these multidisciplinary offerings, which are complemented by an array of public programs that encourage creative expression, collaboration, and artistic and scientific discovery. 

  • March 27, 2020 3:28 PM | Megan Eves (Administrator)


    Advocacy Alert - March 27, 2020

    Museums Included in Economic Relief Legislation


    Congress has passed a massive COVID-19 economic relief bill that includes important support for museums. Late Wednesday night the Senate unanimously approved the bill, and the House approved it today. The president is expected to sign the bill. This is the third round of legislation providing emergency responses, and by far the largest, at an estimated $2.2 trillion. It very likely won't be the last.


    "Due to the tireless work of museum advocates, we were successful in ensuring that museums are included in this critical economic relief package," said Laura L. Lott, President and CEO of the American Alliance of Museums. "We estimate that, collectively, museums are losing at least $33 million per day. With our allies across the field, AAM delivered a powerful joint letter to Congress with an audacious ask-$4 billion-as well as a universal charitable deduction. Museum advocates sent over 33,000 messages to Congress, many of them personalized. And we were heard."


    Additionally, we collaborated with others in the nonprofit sector to ensure nonprofit organizations, including museums, are eligible for small business loans (with forgiveness provisions) and that the legislation include charitable giving incentives. The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) are slated to receive $200 million collectively ($50 million for IMLS and $75 million for each endowment). All three agencies are authorized to provide direct grants to support museum operations and matching requirements are waived. We will continue to work with these agencies to ensure they understand the needs of the museum community.


    Letters like those from Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and House members from New York City supported $1 billion and $4 billion asks for museums. And advocates were able to reach House and Senate leadership with personal calls, to make the case directly. We are proud of the field and this amazing effort amid this crisis. While we have a long way to go, there is already discussion of a fourth economic relief package. The Alliance will remain engaged in this rapidly developing and fluid situation and will continue to inform and activate the museum community. Thank you for your continued advocacy at this critical time.


    In the meantime, the Alliance is a member of the National Council of Nonprofits, which has produced an initial overview of provisions that relate to nonprofit organizations. The full bill text is available online, and the U.S. Senate provides a section-by-section overview of key provisions. The Alliance shares the following highlights with museum advocates.


    Highlights of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act


    These are based on an initial analysis of the nearly 900-page bill. Additional details may become apparent through further analysis.


    Emergency Small Business Loans (emergency SBA 7(a) loans): Provides funding for special emergency loans of 2.5 times monthly payroll expenses, up to $10 million for eligible nonprofits and small businesses, permitting them to cover costs of payroll, rent, utilities, and debt service, and provides that the loans be forgiven in whole or in part under certain circumstances. (Title I, Section 1102)


    • General Eligibility: Available to entities that existed on March 1, 2020, and had paid employees.
    • Nonprofit Eligibility: Available for charitable nonprofits with 500 or fewer employees (counting each individual - full time or part time and not FTEs).
    • Loan Use: Loan funds could be used to make payroll and associated costs, including health insurance premiums, facilities costs, and debt service.
    • Loan Forgiveness: Employers that maintain employment between February 15 and June 30 would be eligible to have their loans forgiven, essentially turning the loan into a grant. The amount of loan forgiveness would be equal to the amount spent by the borrower during an 8-week period after the origination date of the loan. The portion of the loan that can be forgiven would be reduced by an amount related to positions that have been eliminated and wages that have been reduced, unless those positions and wages are restored by June 30, 2020. (Section 1106)
    • Loans will be available through SBA and Treasury approved banks, credit unions, and some nonbank lenders.

    Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL): Eliminates creditworthiness requirements and appropriates an additional $10 billion to the EIDL program so that eligible nonprofits and other applicants with 500 or fewer employees can get checks for $10,000 within three days. (Section 1110)


    Charitable Giving Incentive: Includes a new above-the-line deduction (universal or non-itemizer deduction that applies to all taxpayers) for total charitable contributions of up to $300. The incentive applies to contributions made in 2020 and would be claimed on tax forms next year. (Section 2204) The bill also lifts the existing cap on annual contributions for those who itemize, raising it from 60 percent of adjusted gross income to 100 percent. For corporations, the bill raises the annual limit from 10 percent to 25 percent. Food donations from corporations would be available to 25 percent, up from the current 15 percent cap. (Section 2205) 


    Nonprofits that Self-Fund Unemployment: Only reimburses self-funded nonprofits for half of the costs of benefits provided to their laid-off employees, as explained in this recent blog article. (Section 2103)


    Employee Retention Payroll Tax Credit: Creates a refundable payroll tax credit of up to $5,000 for each employee on the payroll when certain conditions are met. The entity had to be an ongoing concern at the beginning of 2020 and had to have seen a drop in revenue of at least 50 percent in the first quarter of 2020 compared to the first quarter of 2019. The availability of the credit would continue each quarter until the organization's revenue exceeds 80 percent of the same quarter in 2019. For tax-exempt organizations, the entity's whole operations must be taken into account when determining the decline in revenues. Notably, employers receiving emergency SBA 7(a) loans would not be eligible for these credits. (Section 2301)


    Industry Stabilization Fund: Creates a loan and loan guarantee program for industries like airlines to keep them solvent through the crisis. It sets aside $425 billion for "eligible business" which is defined as "a United States business that has not otherwise received economic relief in the form of loans or loan guarantees provided under" the legislation. It is expected, but unclear, whether charitable nonprofits qualify under that definition for industry stabilization loans. Mid-sized businesses, including nonprofits, that have between 500 and 10,000 employees are expressly eligible for loans under this provision. Although there is no loan forgiveness provision in this section, the mid-size business loans would be charged an interest rate of no higher than two percent and would not accrue interest or require repayments for the first six months. Nonprofits accepting the mid-size business loans must retain at least 90 percent of their staff at full compensation. (Section 4003)


    Other Significant Provisions


    Direct Payments to adults of $1,200 or less and $500 per child ($3,400 for a family of four) to be sent out in weeks. The amount of the payments phases out based on earnings of between $75,000 and $99,000 ($150,000 / $198,000 for couples).


    Expanded Unemployment Insurance: Includes coverage for workers who are furloughed, gig workers, and freelancers. Increases payments by $600 per week for four months on top of what state unemployment programs pay.


    Amendments to the New Paid Leave Mandates: Lowers the amounts that employers must pay for paid sick and family leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act* (enacted March 19) to the amounts covered by the refundable payroll tax credit - i.e., $511 per day for employee sick leave or $200 per day for family leave.


    Significant Spending: The bill also calls for large infusions of cash to the following sectors:

    • $150 billion for a state, tribal, and local Coronavirus Relief fund
    • $130 billion for hospitals
    • $30 billion for education
    • $25 billion for transit systems

    Legislative Summaries

    *See: Analysis of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

  • March 27, 2020 9:44 AM | Megan Eves (Administrator)

    The Action Grant application is now open in the grants portal! Action Grants offer up to $5,000 to implement humanities projects that encourage public audiences to reflect on their values, explore new ideas, and engage with others in their community. Proposals related to the Women's Suffrage Centennial are welcome. The deadline is May 1st for projects starting July 1st, 2020, or later. 

    Vision Grants have an April 1st deadline as HNY's budget for these has been expended.  Apply for up to $1,500 in funding to support the planning stage of a humanities project. Vision Grants will reopen in Fall, 2020.

    Quick Grant applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis until that budget is expended.

    To discuss a proposal idea with a staff member, sign up for a phone appointment. 

  • March 12, 2020 11:25 AM | Megan Eves (Administrator)

    How long do we expect collections to last in museums? Ten years? A hundred? A thousand? We tend to assume that once an item is in a museum it will last forever. Sadly, this is often not the case. Objects begin to decay the moment they are made. If a museum's conditions are right and the objects are cared for correctly, we can delay the decay process. If objects are not cared for properly, we witness the deterioration taking place before our eyes via rust, cracks, mold, warping, rips and tearing, fading, flaking, etc.

    The best weapon to delay this process is the proper care and housing of collections. However, collections care and storage can be a challenge in museums based simply on the variety, size, and number of items they contain. When combined with considerations regarding storage space, storage methods, and shelving, the challenges of storing one item among many become complex. Storage and handling methods have a direct impact on the useful life of collections and accessibility of information. Damage can be avoided by preventing overcrowded, careless, or haphazard storage conditions. Chemically unstable and improperly fitting shelving and storage enclosures accelerate the deterioration of materials they are intended to protect.

    Through this training series the longevity of collections can be extended significantly by putting into practice the collections care training and guidelines demonstrated in the workshops.

    Full-day workshops include light breakfast, luncheon, afternoon coffee break, and reference materials.

    Click here to register. You'll be able to register for one, two, or all three sessions in the same transaction. You can also access the registration portal by visiting our website at:

  • March 10, 2020 9:24 AM | Megan Eves (Administrator)

    NORWICH, N.Y. – The Chenango County Historical Society (CCHS) is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment – which granted women the right to vote – with commemorative programming throughout the year.

    With March being both National Quilting Month and Women’s History Month, the CCHS will unveil “Quilts of Chenango,” featuring more than a century of textile artistry, to honor the creative pursuits of local women before and after they were officially recognized as full citizens of the United States.

    Photo: Members of the Chenango Piecemakers collaborate on their latest quilting project. Both antique and contemporary quilts will be featured in the Chenango County Historical Society’s “Quilts of Chenango” exhibition, opening at 4:30 pm on March 24.

    “Quilting as a creative endeavor was sometimes overlooked and undervalued, in much the same way that women’s voices in governance were,” said Executive Director Jessica Moquin. “This historic anniversary of women’s suffrage provides a new perspective through which to view this beloved pastime.”

    For generations, quilting has been an important means of artistic expression for women. Originally born out of domestic necessity, the art form’s evolution has paralleled that of women’s role in society.

    CCHS is collaborating with the Afton Historical Society, the Chenango Piecemakers, and the Greene Historical Society to include both antique and contemporary quilts in the exhibition, which opens at 4:30 p.m. on March 24. An added interactive element during the opening offers visitors the opportunity to join 4-H for a hands-on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics) activity of paper quilting. Participants will be making 12x12 paper quilt squares and figuring out the science of quilting.

    First established in 1939, CCHS received an absolute charter in 1956. Ward School No. 2 was acquired in 1958 with renovations beginning immediately. Since reopening as a museum in 1962, Ward School No. 2 has been the home of the CCHS for more than five decades. The campus has expanded greatly since then, with the acquisition of the one-room Ross Schoolhouse (Preston), Loomis Barn (Tyner), a maple sugar house, and the Chenango Canal building, home to packet boat model the “Lillie.”

    The primary organization dedicated to actively and comprehensively preserving the history of Chenango County, CCHS celebrates local culture – unique traditions, noteworthy residents, and unusual stories. Museum visitors are immersed in the center of Chenango County’s past through exhibits exploring the rich history of the local region.

    Admission to the museum is a free-will donation left up to each visitor’s discretion, and approximately 75 percent of CCHS’ public programming is offered free of charge. The museum’s hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. For more information, call (607) 334-9227 or visit


    About CCHS: The mission of the Chenango County Historical Society and Museum is to lead and support the advancement of research, education, and enjoyment of Chenango County history.

  • March 05, 2020 1:11 PM | Megan Eves (Administrator)

    The Fort Plain Museum proudly presents the Annual American Revolution Mohawk Valley Conference

    June 11 - 14, 2020

    The conference is back at the Fulton-Montgomery Community College and is limited to 200 seats (sold out for 2018 and would have been sold out for 2019). The Bus Tours are limited to 55 seats per tour. There is a $10 discount if you sign up for the conference by May 15, 2020. Please sign up early so you don't miss out.

    We have another great lineup of historians/authors:

    Andrew Jackson O’Shaughnessy - The Architect of the British War for America: Lord George Germain

    Craig Bruce Smith - The Interests of Our Dearest Country: Honor and the Continental Army

    James Kirby Martin - A Contagion of Violence: The Human Slaughter in Frontier New York: 1775-1783

    Mark Edward Lender - John Brown's Raid on Fort Ticonderoga in September 1777

    Lindsay M. Chervinsky - Councils of War and the Cabinet: How the Revolutionary War Shaped the Presidency

    David Head - George Washington and a Very Mysterious Business: Tracking Down the Newburgh Conspiracy

    Eric H. Schnitzer - The Value of Revisionism: Don Troiani's Campaign to Saratoga – 1777

    Todd W. Braisted - In Reduced Circumstances: Loyalist Women and British Government Assistance, 1779-1783

    Katie Turner Getty - Women Aiding American Prisoners of War and Escapees in New York

    James E. Richmond - War on the Middleline: The Founding of a Community in the Kayaderosseras Patent in the Midst of the American Revolution

    Wayne Lenig - Fort Plain, Fort Plank and Fort Rensselaer: the Revolutionary War Fortifications at Canajohary

    Robert A. Selig - Saturday Dinner Speaker - "In the Morning We Began to Strip and Bury the Dead:” A Context for Burial Practices During the American War for Independence

    South River Heritage Consultants - Stone Arabia and Klock's Battlefields Study Update

    Conference Presentations are (June 12-14): 1 on Friday Evening, 6 on Saturday (all day), 1 on Saturday Evening during the Dinner, and 4 on Sunday (ending at lunch time).

    We would​ like to welcome back, the Master of Ceremony, the Voice of the Mohawk Valley, Bob Cudmore. After a one year absence, Bob will be back to introduce our line-up of wonderful speakers. Welcome back Bob!

    Conference Location:

    The Fulton-Montgomery Community College's Theater - The Visual Arts & Communications Building (Campus Map Building #2) - 2805 NY-67, Johnstown, NY 12095 - Please Park in Lots 5, 4 or Visitor's Lot - Please Click Here - FMCC Campus Map 2020

    Bus Tours:

    Bus Tour #1

    Forts & Fortified Homes of the Mohawk - Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 8:00 AM

    This is an in-depth, never done before tour of the historic forts, fortified homes and sites that formed the defensive perimeter around Fort Rensselaer (Fort Plain). Site visits will include Fort Failing, Fort Ehle, Fort Clyde, Fort Plank, Fort Rensselaer, Fort Kayser, Fort Paris, Fort Nellis, Fort Klock and more. The Lunch stop will be at the Fort Plain Museum.

    Bus Tour #2

    Stone Arabia & Klock’s Battlefields, 240 Years Later - Friday, June 12, 2020 - 8:00 AM

    This is an in-depth, never done before tour of the Stone Arabia and Klock’s Battlefield Historic Sites. This detailed tour of the Stone Arabia Battlefield will follow the avenues of approach, view battle areas, visit the historic churches burned in battle, and the sites of Forts Kayser & Paris, several farms that were burned. We will stop at the Palatine Church that was spared the torch. Similar stops are also planned for Klock’s Battlefield. A lunch stop will be included.

    Bus Tours include admissions to all historic/museum sites, lunch, and a tour booklet. Both Bus Tours will pick up and drop off at the college, located at 2805 NY-67, Johnstown, NY 12095, parking lots B and C (please see college campus map above).

    Fundraiser Dinner:

    American Revolutionary War Battlefield Preservation - Saturday, June 13th - The Bridge Walk at the Perthshire - 112 Perthshire Drive, Amsterdam, NY 12010 - 5:30 PM

    Robert A. Selig - "In the Morning We Began to Strip and Bury the Dead:” A Context for Burial Practices During the American War for Independence - The presentation will start at the conclusion of dinner.

    The dinner includes a choice of three entrees (will include a vegetarian option) with sides, salad and dessert.

    There will also be a Cocktail Hour with cash bar.

    Living History and Genealogy:

    Friday, June 12, 2020 - Various Historic Sites/Museums and Times

    Visit several Mohawk Valley historic sites and museums for living history demonstrations and genealogy related talks. Genealogy information will be available for viewing.

    More information will be posted soon.

    Conference Registration:

    Ways to Register:

    Register online (credit card and processing fees apply): Please Click Here to Register Online

    Register by mail: Please Click Here for 2020 Conference Registration Form

    Register by email:

    Register by phone: 518-774-5669

    Conference Lodging:

    The Holiday Inn Johnstown/Gloversville is the official Conference Lodging. The Holiday Inn is located at 308 N Comrie Ave, Johnstown, NY 12095. The Holiday Inn is holding a block of rooms at a Conference rate of $105.00 plus tax/fees per night for June 10 through 13, 2020. Guests must call (518) 762-4686 before May 15, 2020 and the rooms have been booked under “Conference on the American Revolution”.

    Please Click Here for Other Lodging Needs

    Conference Sponsors:

    Please Click Here for Conference Sponsor Information

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