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Dear MANY members,


Welcome to the August edition of This Month in NY Museums. With temperatures falling at night and the edges of the sugar maples in my yard beginning to turn, we know fall is just around the corner. We also know fall is here because our Meet Ups start today! If you haven't had a chance to check out our fall schedule, click to see where you can join us for a Meet Up or a Workshop.

This month's issue focuses on some really big projects happening around the state that you may or may not know about. The Darwin Martin House has been under construction since before many current museum professionals entered the field and the results are an amazing testament to historic preservation and restoration. On the leading edge of museum and community partnerships, you will find Urban Archive, an app that is opening and sharing equal access to digitized museum collections and carefully curated selections of old family photographs. If you find yourself in Capital Region between now and the end of the year, a visit to the Albany Institute to see the exhibition "The Schuyler Sisters and Their Circle" should be at the top of your list. With loans from twenty-four museums and collectors, objects and paintings are on display that haven't been together for more than two centuries.


With best wishes for the end of summer, 

Erika Sanger, Executive Director



Navigating the Construction Zone: How the Darwin Martin House Remained Open and Engaged Visitors During its 25-year Restoration Project

Frank Lloyd Wright's Darwin Martin House during its

25-year long restoration.

In 2018, New York State’s Regional Economic Development Councils (REDC) awarded over $15 million for capital improvement projects to museums. Museums are using these funds to expand gallery and exhibition spaces, improve facilities to increase accessibility, and adapt new spaces. These museum capital projects involve major construction projects that often serve as a catalyst for economic investment in their regions.  All of these projects strengthen museums’ ability to implement their missions and serve their communities and their visitors. READ MORE


Urban Archive and the "City as the Museum"

Urban Archive partnered with LinkNYC to create more than 1,800 digital kiosks in all five boroughs. Working with the Museum of the City of New York, these kiosks now include historic images that show passerbys what that

street looked like years ago.

Across New York City you’ll find the ubiquitous public telephone booth. While some are still in use and others are out of order, the booths remain a physical reminder of the past. Arts and cultural organizations are finding new ways to use the booths located high traffic areas where these public pay phones once stood. Urban Archive is turning these spaces into digital kiosks to connect people to the history that surrounds them, turning New York City sidewalks into a museum space. READ MORE


Creating an Exhibition: "The Schuyler Sisters and Their Circle" at the Albany Institute of History & Art

Portrait of Catharine Van Rensselaer Schuyler, on loan from the New-York Historical Society, on display at the Albany Institute of History & Art Portrait of Catharine Van Rensselaer Schuyler, on loan from the New-York Historical Society, on display at the

Albany Institute of History & Art

The journey to bring Catharine Van Rensselaer Schuyler’s portrait to “The Schuyler Sisters and Their Circle” exhibition at the Albany Institute of History & Art began in Spring 2018. Implementing an exhibition like “The Schuyler Sisters” is like planning and weaving a coordinated complex web with a little detective work mixed in. Curator Diane Shewchuk worked for eighteen months to develop the exhibition. This included negotiating loans from other institutions, some taking over a year to secure and organize shipment or pick-up. READ MORE


“And you may ask yourself, well, How did I get here?”

Talking Heads, "Once in a Lifetime" music video, 1981

In honor of the upcoming commemoration of Labor Day, a holiday that was designed to honor American workers but now mostly celebrates the end of summer, this letter reflects on trends I have noticed in the museum labor field.

There is a lot to read in online forums about salary transparency, about how our museum staff and boards often don’t reflect our communities, and about how our institutions are not as successful as they could be because of their lack of diversity. But in this letter, I will speak from my own experience. READ MORE

Member News

New England Museum Association Annual Conference

NEMA will be in Burlington, Vermont this November for the 101st Annual Conference. Take advantage of the country’s largest regional gathering of museum professionals, with 90+ professional development sessions, lively discussions, and tons of networking opportunities that challenge your intellect and boost your museum passion to a whole new level. LEARN MORE

These Museums Helped Welcome Immigrants and Refugees to their Community, and Yours Can Too!

Welcoming America's annual Welcoming Week enlists organizations around the country to welcome new immigrants and refugees into their new communities. This year, the American Alliance of Museums is a national partner of Welcoming Week and is calling on museums to get involved on September 13 - 22. Use your spaces and resources to unite your community and show that not only we are stronger together, but the future depends on our unity! LEARN MORE

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MANY on the Move

Wednesday, September 4

Ganondagan State Historic Site, Victor, NY


Wednesday, September 11

Explore & More, Buffalo, NY

Workshop & Meet-Up

Monday, September 23

Adirondack Experience, Blue Mountain Lake, NY


Find out where your nearest workshop and meet-up will be this fall!

Museum Corner

Congrats to the Seward House Museum on receiving $10,000 from Preserve New York to complete a building condition report.

Congrats to the Rensselaer County Historical Association being named on of the 10 museums selected across the country to be part of a Smithsonian Institution pilot program.

Happy Retirement to Executive Director Nancy Richner from Hofstra University Museum of Art!

Welcome Ben Sandberg, the new Executive Director at The History Center in Tompkins County!

Do you have something to celebrate? A new hire? A grant? Milestone?

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Listening to

Someone Lived Here

Explore the studio and home of abstract expressionists Lee Krasner and Jackson Pollock


Photographic Processes Video Series from the Eastman Museum


Women's Work: Suffrage Movement Comics

by Artist Caitlin Cass at Burchfield Penney Art Center


What are you listening to, watching, and reading in the museum sphere?

Share what's on your radar! 


in the News

Smithsonian comes to Troy in pilot partnership program with Rensselaer County Historical Society

Allocating Funds for 13 Projects in Auburn's Downtown Revitalization

Group of New York City Teachers Visit Penn Dixie Fossil Park to Dig for Fossils and Engage Students

Children's Museum of Oswego Celebrates Re-Opening

Culture Pass Program gave out more Than 70,000 museum, theatre tickets in its first year

How 'Hamilton's' popularity energized Schuyler Mansion restoration efforts

The future of Cayuga County history: Apathy, digital age among challenges

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Access and Identity: Leading for the Future

The Museum Institute at Great Camp Sagamore

September 24-27

The Institute is the perfect place for emerging and established leaders to develop strategies to face new challenges. What you learn in this immersive, participatory program will help you affect positive change in your organization, your career, and your community.

Only a few places remain! Register by September 6.

Learn more



Grant Opportunities

Humanities NY

 Vision Grants

Action Grants 

Quick Grants


Inspire! Grants for Small Museums

Museum Assessment Program

Museum Grants for African American History and Culture

Museums Empowered

Museums for America

Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services

*All IMLS grant deadlines are November 15


Instagram Catch Up

#WelcomeWednesday to one of our newest Industry Partners, Available Light Inc.!  Since 1990, Available Light has created compelling, innovative, and economical lighting solutions for wildly diverse project types around the globe including Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library (pictured), National Museum of the American Indian and Museum, and Museum at Bethel Woods to name just a few! Welcome to MANY!

#WelcomeWednesday to Planting Fields Foundation! It's easy to get lost in the wonders of this estate that feature 409 acres of greenhouses, rolling lawns, formal gardens, woodland paths, and an impressive plant collection. The original historic estate buildings also remain intact including Coe Hall, a 65 room Tudor Revival mansion built by Foundation founder William R. Coe. Planting Fields Foundation has partnered with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation to preserve and interpret this now public garden and arboretum and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Welcome to MANY! #nysmuseums #plantingfields Photo 1 Cloister Garden and Circular Pool, This garden takes you from Oyster Bay to perhaps the Lake District. Its brick cottage at one end of the garden is surrounded by flowers and features a fountain in the middle of the pond.

Please enjoy this photo of one of the more famous inhabitants at Tanglewood Nature Center and Museum, Bernice, when she was out and move among the taxidermy. Tanglewood Nature Center and Museum offers over ten miles of trails, has exhibits that feature more than 40 native and exotic animals, and is always free!  (  @tanglewood_nature_center)

MANY visited the @albanyinstitute to see “The Schuyler Sisters & Their Circle” exhibition. This exhibition features over 25 loaned items from across the state from The Met to Fort Ticonderoga and more to illustrate the Schuyler sisters’ lives. This exhibition is on view until December 29, 2019.

✨This is a #WelcomeWednesday Special Edition ✨ We’re welcoming our new Association Administrator Rachel Ruller to the MANY Team and who’s that she’s with It’s Clover the Porcupine who wandered into our office over the weekend and is now our mascot! Leave a welcome in the comments and meet up with the MANY team this fall for a workshop or meet-up. Welcome both to MANY!

The Utica Zoo cares for more than 200 animals representing 99 species including this North American porcupine named Widget. Join MANY on August 28 for a Mohawk Valley Meet-Up at the Utica Zoo! Meet-Up with Widget, your regional museum colleagues, and take a behind the scenes tour with the Utica Zoo! Meet-ups are free but registration is required. Learn more and register at the link in our bio. (  Spence Heath Photography)

#WelcomeWednesday to one of our newest Industry Partners the Naglee Fine Arts! Based in Elmira, NY, Naglee Fine Art specializes in moving and packing art and keeping it safe. They have an on-site woodshop where they can design and create any custom crate necessary to safely move the art. In addition to working with clients and museums across the States and the world, Naglee works with #nysmuseums like the @arnotartmuseum, the @hfjmuseum, and @rockwellmuseum. Welcome to MANY! (  @nagleefinearts)

A National Historic Landmark, Ganondagan is the only New York State Historic Site dedicated to a Native American theme and the only Seneca town developed and interpreted in the United States. Situated on over 560 acres, Ganondagan marks the original 17th century Seneca town, including the Bark Longhouse (pictures)- a full size replica complete with 17th century Seneca objects.  @ganondagan #nysmuseums

Who wouldn’t want to play at the brand new Explore and More - The Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Children’s Museum located in Canalside, Buffalo’s waterfront. This 43,000 square foot museum focuses on hands on learning and encourages children to ask questions and decide what interests them to explore further.  @exploremore716 #MuseumMonday #nysmuseums

See more @nysmuseums and tag us in your photos!

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