Dear Members of our Museum Community,
Welcome to our April edition of "This Month in NYS Museums!"
In this newsletter, we spoke with Dr. Sarah Litvin, the Director of the Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History about how several history museums and historic sites came together to form the History Alliance of Kingston in order to share local history and resources with each other and their community.
When the Fenton History Center realized that they had gaps in their LGBTQ+ collection, the Center committed to building a community archive and started by crowdsourcing objects to include in their Protest and Pride: The LGBTQ+ Community in Chautauqua County exhibition.
In this month's Letter from Erika, MANY Executive Director Erika Sanger shares some top line data from the State of NYS Museums survey with some optimism in our initial findings.
On May 7, Rob Fields, Former President & Executive Director of Weeksville Heritage Center will share how he spearheaded a crowdsourcing campaign that raised over $700,000 to help save Weeksville.
On May 14, Hannah Fox, the Director of Projects and Programmes for Derby Museums in the UK will join us from the new Museum of Making at the Derby Silk Mill, opening May 21. Hannah will share the journey they've been on to embed co-production and human-centered design methodologies into a major museum renovation. Click here to learn more and to register for all of our upcoming virtual programs.
Lastly, incase you missed it, we are pleased to present our 2020 Annual Report.
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Map of 2021 State of NYS Museums Respondents
Historic Huguenot Street Awarded $349,999 from the National Endowment for the Humanities to Digitize Archival Collections
Historic Huguenot Street (HHS) is proud to announce the museum and historic site has been awarded a $349,999 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Humanities Collections and References Resources program to preserve and digitize significant historical documents from its own archival collections, as well as portions from the Town of New Paltz, the Reformed Church of New Paltz, and the Haviland-Heidgerd Historical Collection at Elting Memorial Library. The project encompasses thousands of early-American documents ranging from the mid-1600s to 1830.
Roberson Museum and Science Center Exhibition Haudenosaunee: People of the Longhouse features culture and history of Six Nations
Roberson Museum and Science Center is pleased to announce the re-opening of Haudenosaunee: People of the Longhouse on April 30. This exhibition has been reworked in collaboration with experts, faithkeepers, and staff members to display the history and culture of The People of the Longhouse.
“It is Roberson’s honor and privilege to highlight the Haudenosaunee Nation; a culture that continues to thrive in our region,” said Michael Grasso, Executive Director. “Roberson Museum is built adjacent to a significant pre-colonial archaeological site and we have a duty to educate the community about this vibrant history and begin acknowledging the past and the land we occupy.”
Award-Winning Author Annette Gordon-Reed to Receive Empire State Archives and History Award
The New York State Archives Partnership Trust will award Annette Gordon-Reed, an award-winning author and history professor, the 2021 Empire State Archives and History Award on Tuesday, May 18 at 7:00 p.m. in the Cultural Education Center in Albany, New York. Harvard History Professor Gordon-Reed is known for her research on Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings, and her Pulitzer Prize winning biography, The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family.
The public is invited to hear Annette Gordon-Reed speak about her distinguished career as an author, historian and professor with prominent Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer. Tickets can be purchased by phone at 518-486-9349 or online at www.nysarchivestrust.org. The program will be held at the Cultural Education Center located at 222 Madison Avenue, Albany, New York.
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