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August 2018

Dear Members, Friends, and Colleagues,

Welcome to our August 2018 edition of This Month in NYS Museums! Reading one of Sarah Heikkinen’s stories today in the comfort of an air-conditioned office brought back a memory from last fall when I visited the Seneca Park Zoo for the first time and wondered how the animals felt on overly-warm days like today. The Zoo is undergoing tremendous change under the leadership of Pamela Reed Sanchez, and we are delighted to share how they are shaping a zoo for the future of their community, their animals, and the environment.

MANY’s fall will be filled with professional development opportunities, and this month’s article about the Brooklyn Historical Society’s new location in DUMBO will give you a taste of what awaits you at one of our Meet-Ups. Looking forward to November, the third article in this issue explores why you should attend the Risk Management for Collections workshop on November 13th, led by Dr. Bart Ankersmit and Renate van Leijen from the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands in Amsterdam (RCE) and hosted by our friends at the Oneida County History Center. Space is limited for this particular workshop, so I encourage everyone to register before it fills up!

Click here for our full event schedule.

I look forward to seeing as members as I can this fall!

Until next month,

Erika Sanger
Executive Director, MANY


From Our News Section: 


Five Things You Need to Know About Risk Management for Collections

Living in the great and unpredictable state of New York can sometimes be a challenge for its year-round residents. Each season brings on a different extreme: heat, cold, inclement weather…you name it, New Yorkers have seen it. But how can cultural institutions prepare for the worst? What resources are there for museums to learn how to protect and preserve their collections?

That’s where the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands (RCE) comes in. This November, in partnership with New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP), MANY will be hosting a “Risk Management for Collections” workshop with the RCE at the Oneida County History Center in Utica, NY.

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Fresh Footprints: How the Seneca Park Zoo is Expanding to Engage Their Community

Everybody feels welcome at a zoo. Whether you’re a young child seeing an elephant for the first time, an animal lover hoping to get more involved in your community’s conservancy efforts, or a group of friends looking for a fun thing to do on a summer weekend, zoos are universal.

At the Seneca Park Zoo in Rochester, NY, new steps are being taken to broaden their audience and engage their community, all while promoting the idea that everyone, humans and animals alike, will always be welcome inside.

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Exhibitions & Collections

Breaking Down the Walled City: A Look into the Brooklyn Historical Society's New Exhibition in DUMBO

“Brooklyn is incredible, Brooklyn is an adjective,” says Marcia Ely, Vice President of Programs and External Affairs of the Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS).

And she’s right. With a new location in the famous DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) neighborhood, an exciting permanent exhibition celebrating all things Brooklyn and water, and big plans for the future, the Brooklyn Historical Society is ready to amplify the already elevated stature of one of New York City’s five boroughs.

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Letters from Erika

Museum Professionals Will Continue Their Education this Fall

As fall begins, the MANY staff and board know we will be seeing colleagues in September in Catskill, Canandaigua, Fort Ticonderoga and in Cooperstown for 2019 conference planning. But there are so many opportunities for museum professionals in October, it could be renamed “Continuing Education Month” and we could start a new tradition with all of the choices of places and ways to learn.

I don’t think I’d be exaggerating if I said that all of the museum professionals I know enjoy learning. We devour texts, track down clues to unlock mysteries, and joyfully attempt to decode beauty in nature, art, and material culture. Learning from peers in small group settings may be my favorite way to learn.

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Museums in the News:

Glassblowing barge brings the traditional craft to New York's waterways - The Architect's Newspaper
CMoG's GlassBarge is on the final legs of its journey across New York State. Read more about the architectural history of the Barge here

Welcoming 1 Million Fashion Pilgrims, 'Heavenly Bodies' Just Became the Met Costume Institute's Most Popular Show Ever - Artnet
Our members at the Metropolitan Museum of Art are making history! If you haven't had a chance to see the Met's "Heavenly Bodies" exhibition yet, check out this piece from Artnet to find out why you should. 

Carrousel Museum hires new director - Buffalo Business First
What wonderful news from our friends at the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum! Congratulations to Megan Hahin, the Carrousel Museum's new executive director, and the recipient of one of our 2018 Awards of Merit. Read more here

Erie Canal Museum looks at the Canal in pop culture -
In this lovely op-ed for, our members (and future Water/Ways hosts!) at the Erie Canal Museum in Syracuse preview one of their new upcoming programs, The Erie Canal in Pop Culture. Learn more here.

Museums are ruling Twitter with the #MuseMeme hashtag - Daily Dot
We have to admit, we loved seeing all the funny memes our members and colleagues were sharing last week for Museum Meme Day! You can see a thread of our favorite museum memes here, and read more about how other museums participated here

Member News:

Theater Troupe and Historical Association Partner for Podcast
By: Samantha Hall-Saladino, Albany County Historical Association

Brookside Museum/SCHS Welcomes New Executive Director
By: K. Michelle Arthur, Saratoga County Historical Society 

REMEMBERING WOODSTOCK: The Museum At Bethel Woods Launches 1969 Woodstock Festival Media Archive
By: Wade Lawrence, Museum at Bethel Woods

Highlights from July:

Reflecting on the World Cup and the Emotional Significance of Sports
By: Alexandra Drakakis, 9/11 Memorial Museum

Barrett Art Center Adds SEO with AI for Online Visitors
By: Richard Stone, Trajectory Sports

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Save the Date!

MANY Meet-Up #2 @ Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion State Park
September 6, 2018, 3:00pm-7:00pm
More info here.

Influence of the Dutch on the American Kitchen: An Interactive Living History Presentation @ the Ten Broeck Mansion
September 9, 2018, 1:30pm
More info here.

Workshop: Social Media Strategies for Museums and Nonprofits @ the Ticonderoga Historical Society - Hancock House
September 14, 2018, 10:00-3:00pm
Contact Margarett Gibbs for more information.

Re-Visioning Change Workshop @ SUNY New Paltz
September 14, 2018, 9:30-4:30pm
More info here.

2018 Rensselaer County Historical Society Annual Gala @ RCHS
September 20, 2018
More info here.

MANY Meet-Up #3 @ Fort Ticonderoga
September 20, 2018, 1:30pm-7:00pm
More info here.

The Museum Institute @ Great Camp Sagamore
September 26-28, 2018
More info here.

Fall Festival & Agricultural Fair @ Genesee Country Village & Museum
October 6, 2018, 10:00-5:00pm & October 7, 2018, 10:00-4:00pm
More info here.

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