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October 2018

Dear Members, Friends, and Colleagues,

Happy Halloween and welcome to the October edition of This Month in NY Museums. We have a special treat for you this month! This issue includes articles by three guest authors who all chose to write about their museums and their communities. 

My letter, about the new Kid’s Rockwell Art Lab in Corning, delves into communities and resources. 

Brian Howard, Executive Director of the Oneida County History Center focuses on collections and the Utica community.

Starlyn D’Angelo shared her experiences with affinity group connections and cycling tourism.

The Equal Rights Heritage Center in Auburn is almost set to open. Billye Chabot, Executive Director of the Seward House Museum wrote about the Center and its importance to raising the profile of the community and Seward House, adjacent to the new Center. Her article includes a link to the live webcam so you can see when the construction is complete! 

We received 65 proposals for our 2019 Annual Conference “Access and Identity” and opened the portal for 2019 Award of Merit Nominations on Monday. Do you know someone who deserves recognition for their work? Click here to find out how to nominate them.

I hope you enjoy the articles as much as we enjoyed putting together the October issue.

Until next month,

Erika Sanger
Executive Director, MANY


From Our News Section: 

What I learned at the NYS Bicycling Summit
Hear about Star D'Angelo's experience at the NYS Bicycling Summit and learn a few tips about encouraging cycling tourists to visit your museum. 

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Collections Access and Community Relations
Brian Howard, Executive Director of the Oneida County History Center tells the story of his museum's commitment to digitization and how the process helped the museum provide access to their collections and connect with their community.

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At the Crossroads of Equal Rights
Billye Chabot, Executive Director of the Seward House Museum reveals how the new Equal Rights Heritage Center is transforming Auburn, NY!

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Letters from Erika: The Journey and The Destination 

If I am lucky along my travels, I can stop to visit a museum, meet an industry partner, or walk in one of our beautiful state parks. I wish I could accept every invitation extended along the journey, but my plans are frequently diverted before I can measure the miles to home. Last week time was on my side!

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#ICYMI - MANY on Social Media

MANY 2018 Meet-Ups

Thomas Cole House Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park
Fort Ticonderoga Edward Hopper House Museum & Study Center Erie Canal Museum Hadley ExhibitsBrooklyn Historical Society DUMBO Chemung County Historical Society

Where are we going next? 

We will be in Utica on 11/13 and in Long Island on 11/15! 

MANY 2018 Re-Visioning Change Workshops


Want to join the fun? We have two more workshops remaining:

Risk Management for Collections - Utica, November 13th

Re-Visioning Change - Long Island, November 16th

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for even more great content about NYS museums!

Museums in the News:

'Suitcases from a State Hospital Attic' exhibit to open in Buffalo - Niagara Gazette
“The Lives They Left Behind: Suitcases from a State Hospital Attic” exhibit has found a home at the Museum of disABILITY History, a project of People Inc.

Application Rejected for 8-Story Hotel Near Historic Landmark - The New York's Landmarks Conservancy 
Read about why the City Council rejected a developer’s zoning application for an 8-story hotel adjacent to the Merchant’s House Museum

New Tennessee State Museum Building Opens In Nashville - News Channel 5 Network
Shoutout to our Industry Partner, Hadley Exhibits, for building the exhibitions at this brand new museum.

Met and Brooklyn Museums Will Not Use Saudi Money for Programs on the Middle East - The New York Times
Read about how the Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Brooklyn Museumrespond to international news. 

Saratoga County Historical Society at Brookside Museum Adds Artificial Intelligence to Its Website - I LOVE NY
Read about how new technology is enhancing museums like the Brookside Museum/Saratoga County Historical Society

Member News:

Digital Docent
By: K. Michelle Arthur

Museum of disAbility History
By: David Gerber

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Save the Date!

Drinking History at Franklin Alley Social Club
November 1, 2018 from 6:00pm
Franklin Alley Social Club, 50 Franklin Street, Troy, NY 12180
More info here

Upstate Girls: Book Signing & 1-Day Exhibit with Brenda Kenneally
November 8, 2018 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Rensselaer County Historical Society, 57 2nd Street, Troy, NY 12180
More info here

FDNY Cook Off 
November 8, 2018 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm
NYC Fire Museum, 278 Spring Street, New York, NY, 10013
More info here

Toy Symposium
November 10, 2018 from 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Rensselaer County Historical Society, 57 2nd Street, Troy, NY 12180
More info here

NYSCA Regional Constituent Workshops
Mohawk Valley - Utica - 11/5
Central Region - Syracuse - 11/13
Mid-Hudson - Newburgh - 11/19
Finger Lakes - Rochester - 11/28
Southern Tier - Corning - 11/29
Western Region - Buffalo - 12/3
Long Island - Stony Brook - 12/12
More info here

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