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June 2018

Dear Members,

Welcome to the June 2018 issue of our newsletter. I know you expected to see this pop up in your inbox on Wednesday, but our fabulous MEA news stopped the presses!

For this issue, Sarah Heikkinen has written about The Wild Center’s uses of technology to share their resources with visitors near and far; the Corning Museum of Glass’ GlassBarge project that will engage hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers on their journey from Brooklyn north to Waterford along the Hudson River and west along the Erie Canal; and how the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is exploring the simple – or perhaps not so simple – act of collecting.

With our new cross-platform communications, you can find our amazing selection of fall professional development programs for MANY members and colleagues, including the re-launch of the Museum Institute at Great Camp Sagamore with Leaders Define Leadership, four Re-Visioning Change workshops, and a Risk Management for Collections workshopproduced in conjunction with the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands and the NY State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation. MANY will also be partnering with Humanities New York, whose staff will join us at several locations to share best practices for getting people to talk about important ideas.

We are starting our fall Meet Ups early this year in an attempt to reach all ten regions before the snow flies. If you find yourself in Capital or Hudson Valley regions on the Thursday before Labor Day weekend, please join us on August 30th at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site. Other 2018 Meet Up locations include: Sonnenberg Gardens in Canandaigua, Fort Ticonderoga on the shore of Lake Champlain, the Edward Hopper House Museum & Study Center in Nyack, The Erie Canal Museum in Syracuse, The Brooklyn Historical Society at their new DUMBO location, the Chemung County Historical Society in Elmira, the Oneida County History Center in Utica, Hadley Exhibits, Inc. at their Buffalo facility, and The Long Island Children’s Museum in Garden City. Everyone is welcome at our Meet Ups, which combine a bit of learning, some networking, and a lot of fun. Click here for more information and to register for fall programs. Some of these will fill to capacity quickly, so register now!

I am also very pleased to announce that MANY is bringing the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum on Main Street exhibition program to New York State for the tour of the Water/Ways exhibition. Museum on Main Street exhibitions are designed to inspire dialogue, connect communities, and open doors to new programming. MANY is delighted to help build the capacity of our state’s museums and cultural heritage organizations by bringing this national program to our state as we celebrate the Erie Canal bicentennial. My article in this issue shares the details of this exciting new program and how small to mid-size museums in New York State can apply to become a host site.


I look forward to seeing you soon on, near, or along the water!

Until next month,

Erika Sanger
Executive Director, MANY

From Our News Section 


Wild Center Partners with VR Technology to Extend Interpretive Resources Across Time and Space

Over the past decade, virtual and augmented reality tools have become increasingly popular interpretive resources for museums. Now, visitors are exposed to new, innovative experiences at their favorite cultural institutions, sometimes without even needing to leave the comfort of their homes. From 360 videos on Facebook and YouTube, to mind-bending apps to use on site, museums are experimenting with exciting ways to engage their audiences.

Read more >>>


Glass on the Water: GlassBarge Travels New York's Waterways

Glass may be fragile, but the meaningful connections the Corning Museum of Glass’ GlassBarge forges in the communities it visits are anything but.

On the longest day of the year, residents of the Capital Region gathered together on the Hudson in Troy, NY to learn how glassblowers at the Corning Museum of Glass (CMoG) in Corning, NY make the intricate pieces on display at CMog at a live demonstration on the GlassBarge.

Read more >>>

Exhibitions & Collections

Not Just a Piece of Cardboard: Exploring Treasures at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum


Whether we’re professional curators or not, we all do it. Some people collect art or stamps, and sometimes even more eclectic items, while other’s curatorial pursuits find them invested in America’s favorite pastime: baseball.

At the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, NY, the hobbyist will mesh with the curator in the Hall of Fame’s upcoming exhibition, Shoebox Treasures, opening next spring. Shoebox Treasures will take a deeper exploratory dive into the hobby of collecting baseball cards, examining the history, tradition, and design evolution of cards.

Read more >>>

Letters from Erika

MANY Brings the Smithsonian Institution's Museums on Main Street Exhibition Program to New York State

Are you inland or coastal? Do you travel on, in, along, around, or over? What do you celebrate at the shoreline?

I am very pleased to announce that the Museum Association of New York (MANY) will be the organizational partner for the state-wide tour of the Smithsonian Institution's Museum on Main Street Water/Ways exhibition. Museum on Main Street (MoMS) exhibitions are designed to inspire dialogue, connect communities, and open doors to new programming through an expertly designed traveling exhibit. MANY is delighted to help build the capacity of our state’s museums and cultural heritage organizations by bringing this national program to our state as we celebrate the Erie Canal Bicentennial. The exhibition and programs produced across the state about our waters will tie stories about New York’s history, art, and culture to the story of our nation and our world.

Read more >>>

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Museums in the News

Museum Marketing - Beyond Cultural and Heritage Tourism - Break the Ice Media
Nicole Mahoney from Break the Ice Media reflected on the conversations she had with attendees of MANY's Annual Conference this April in Rochester in her latest blog post. Read more here at the link above.

Nights at the Museum: When the Met Became a Movie Studio - New York Times
Have you ever thought about the work that goes into filming movies in our most treasured cultural institutions? Learn more in this great story by the New York Times' contributor, James Barron.

"Under One Roof," At NYC's Tenement Museum - CBS News
Dustin Stephens explored the impact of the newest exhibition at the Tenement Museum in New York City in this piece from CBS News. The exhibit recreated the apartments in a single building working-class immigrants lived in between 1863 and 2014. 

Dia:Beacon at 15: How the arts institution shaped the Hudson Valley - Curbed
Happy belated 15th birthday to our friends at Dia:Beacon! Learn more about the history of Dia in this great write-up from Curbed's Zoe Rosenburg. 

Floating GlassBarge brings glassmaking to the waters of Troy - Times Union
Has the Corning Museum of Glass' latest water-dwelling project docked in your city yet? We were lucky enough to catch a demonstration while the GlassBarge was in Troy. Read more in this wonderful story from the Times Union's Leigh Hornbeck. 

New York's First Candy Museum To Open in Early 201- Forbes
Calling all museum lovers with a sweet tooth! Check out this write-up on the latest niche museum to open up in New York City, by Forbes' Eustacia Huen. 

Member News

AI for Museum Websites Improves User Experience
By: Richard Stone, Trajectory Sports & Media Group, LLC

New Display at the National Bottle Museum
By: Gary Moeller, National Bottle Museum

Highlights from May Member News:

At the Table and Off the Menu: The Role for Museums in Public Policy 
By: Conner Wolfe, Conner Wolf Consulting

GlassBarge: Celebrating 150 Years of Glassmaking in Corning, NY 
By: Amanda Sterling, Corning Museum of Glass

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Save the Date!

Author & Baseball Historian David Rapp @ Rensslaer County Historical Society (RCHS)
June 29, 5pm-8pm
More info here.

2nd Annual Caribbean Cocktail Party @ Eastville Historical Society
July 5, 5pm-7pm
More info here

Grave Matters Cemetery Preservation Workshop w/ the Western NY Association of Historical Agencies (WNYAHA)
July 26, 2018, 9am-4pm
More info here

English Country Dancing w/ Don Bell for July Troy Night Out @RCHS
July 26, 2018, 5pm-8pm
More info here.

Working Like a Dog at Genesee Country Village & Museum
August 26, 2018, 9am-4pm
More info here

The Museum Institute at Great Camp Sagamore: Leaders Define Leadership
September 26-28, 2018
More info here

See our Exhibitions & Events Forum for more upcoming events in New York State!

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Here's how:

  1. Do you have a suggestion for what our Marketing & Social Media Coordinator should feature in the next newsletter? Send all article ideas, photos, and upcoming events to Sarah Heikkinen ( with the words "MANY Newsletter" in the subject line. Keep our three main issues in mind when you're brainstorming ideas: Resources, Community, and Exhibitions & Collections.
  2. Publish your stories to the Member News blog and any announcements to the Member News Forum and the Exhibitions & Events Forum.
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