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Pre-Conference Workshops

Extend your learning opportunities and gain hands on experience with these immersive and interactive pre-conference workshops.

Space is limited; advance registration required. Register for any pre-conference workshop when you register for the conference. 

If you have already registered for the conference but would like to add any workshops to your registration please email or call 518-273-3400

Pre-conference workshops are sponsored by Axiell.


10:00 AM - 3 PM    


The Practice of Mindfulness: Building Your Abundance, Awareness, and Museum Career Success

Dan Yaeger

Senior Search Consultant / Principal

Museum Search & Reference / Museum Leadership Partners


Laurie Pasteryak

Museum Strategist/Certified Yoga Instructor


Have you ever regretted hitting “send” on that email? Wish you had the courage to advocate for yourself more? Have difficulty prioritizing rest over productivity? Find yourself perplexed or anxious about your career future? Join museum community leader Dan Yaeger, and museum strategist/yoga instructor Laurie Pasteryak for a mindfulness workshop designed to build your focus and support your self-care and growth. We’ll help you discover your inner barriers, understand how a whole-person mindfulness practice can improve your life at home and work, and learn a variety of mindful physical movements and breath meditation exercises that you can use to develop resilience and inner strength.

MANY Member $65; Non-Member $70

Includes a $15 Salt City Market lunch voucher

Capacity is limited to 20 people. Advance registration required.

2 - 4 PM                                  


Centering Historic Preservation in Community: Interpreting, Funding, and Getting the Work Done


Thomas Guiler

Director of Museum Affairs

Oneida Community Mansion House


Christine Hall O'Neil

Executive Director

Oneida Community Mansion House


Michael Colmey

Director of Buildings and Grounds

Oneida Community Mansion House


Jonathan P. Carnes

Senior Associate and Project Architect

Crawford & Stearns / Architects and Preservation Planners, PLLC



The Oneida Community Mansion House proposes to host a workshop that will convene mid-to-senior level staff members from statewide small-to-mid-sized institutions to discuss the challenges of and find solutions to funding, interpreting, and doing the physical work of preserving historic structures. Using the Mansion House’s project as a starting point, it will feature a tour of the Mansion House to discuss creative ways to interpret preservation, hard-hat tours that examine the work itself to explore the decisions behind historic preservation, and a roundtable session that addresses how projects can get funded and managed through traditional and creative funding models.

This workshop will take place at the Oneida Community Mansion House

MANY Member $25; Non-Member $30. Advance registration required.

2 - 4 PM                                      


Reimagining Public History with the Reframing History Toolkit

Derrick Pratt

Director of Education & Public Programming

Erie Canal Museum


Patrick Stenshorn

Education Program Manager

Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor


Renée Barry

Erie Canal Research Fellow

Erie Canal Museum

This workshop highlights how the Reframing History Toolkit, published by the American Association of State and Local History and Frameworks, can be used to reduce polarization and encourage critical engagement through dialogue. The Erie Canal Museum supported by the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor has altered the way it presents public history to be more responsive to the needs of its community, including both content and delivery. This workshop will take participants through the Erie Canal Museum's learning process with the toolkit, then feature an interactive workshop on how participants can implement effective communication strategies at their own sites.

This workshop will take place at the Erie Canal Museum.

Capacity limited to 25 people.

MANY Member $25; Non-Member $30. Advance registration required.

2 - 4 PM                                         


Working in Real Life: Accessible AR in Historic House Museums

Rosanna Flouty

Director | Clinical Associate Professor, Museum Studies Program

New York University


Craig Kapp

Clinical Professor of Computer Science

New York University


During this 2-hour workshop, participants will explore Augmented Reality (AR) as a tool to promote engagement and support access to physical spaces for visitors with disabilities using multisensory tools. Participants will gain a greater understanding of digitally-based accessibility practices in small historic houses. They then will use their own images and/or video files to build their own accessible AR experience. After exploring various rapid prototyping tools designed for non-programmers, participants will learn how to construct an Augmented Reality experience. Our focus will be on software with free tiers for hobbyists and a simplified drag-and-drop interface. All levels welcome.

This workshop will take place at the Syracuse Marriott Downtown.

MANY Member $25; Non-Member $30 

Advance registration required.

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Conference Cancellation Policy

If for any reason, MANY cancels the conference, we will issue you a full refund. 

If you cancel your registration before Friday April 1, that request must be made in writing via email to We will refund you the full amount of your registration, minus a $45 administrative fee

Refunds requested after April 1 will not be granted, including requests made based on absence due to illness, late arrival and/or weather conditions. No refunds will be issued on special event tickets (Sunday brunch and dinner and Monday dinner) at any point due to restaurants and caterers requiring payment in advance; you are welcome to give or sell them to a colleague attending the conference.

Please see your hotel confirmation email for your individual hotel reservation cancellation policy. 

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