Many of the posts in this New York History Blog report on new exhibits, public programs, outreach to schools, and other initiatives. This variety of initiatives reflects the fact that here in New York we have some of the most progressive, innovative programs in the nation.
But are there really any new ideas out there – new ways of looking at and carrying out our mission as historical societies, history museums, and other public history programs? Continue reading
The State Board of Regents and State Education Department Commissioner Mary Ellen Elia today announced the appointment of Mark Schaming as Deputy Commissioner for Cultural Education.
In his new role, Schaming will oversee the Office of Cultural Education, which includes the State Museum, New York State Archives and New York State Library. Continue reading
Registration is now open for the 2017 Museum Association of New York (MANY) Annual Conference, April 2 to 4, 2017 in Saratoga Springs, New York.
Sessions and events will be held at The National Museum of Dance and historic Gideon Putnam Hotel in Saratoga Spa State Park. Continue reading
The Museum Association of New York has announced that they are now accepting nominations for the 2016 Awards of Merit.
The Awards of Merit program recognizes programs and individuals who have enriched the museum community. They reward staff and volunteers for innovative efforts and encourage the development of new and remarkable projects. Continue reading
In 2012 Governor Cuomo unveiled New York State’s “Path Through History,” a statewide initiative that links historically and culturally significant sites, locations and events throughout New York State. Continue reading
The New York State Council on the Arts Museum Program will offer Professional Development Grants to eligible museums across New York State in 2017.
The program will offer awards of up to $750 per museum for relevant professional development on a first-come, first-served basis. Continue reading
The Congressional Commission on the American Museum of Women’s History has announced the submission of its official report to the President, Congress, and the American People.
The report contains the Commission’s ultimate recommendations on, among other items, the location, content, and governance structure of the future American Museum of Women’s History in Washington, D.C. Continue reading
The Museum Association of New York (MANY) will hold their Annual Conference from April 2-4, 2017, in Saratoga Springs.
MANY is looking for theme-based sessions as well as museum “Must Haves”. Continue reading
The Board of Directors of the Museum Association of New York (MANY) has announced the appointment of Erika Sanger as Executive Director. Sanger brings with her more than 30 years of experience as an educator and museum professional, and a background in program planning connecting museums and their collections with new audiences.
MANY represents more than 1,400 museums, zoos, botanical gardens, and aquariums in New York State. Continue reading
This year’s Massachusetts Humanities conference focused on collaboration and community among cultural organization throughout the Commonwealth. As an attendee hailing from Central New York, I was of course interested in gathering useful insight to apply to New York’s current state of affairs regarding public history institutions. Organization representatives at the conference came together and agreed that maintaining or regaining relevancy at a cultural site or institution depended on institutions’ willingness and ability to look inward and outward – inward toward the organization itself, and outward toward the larger community outside its doors. Similarly, New York State’s cultural and heritage organizations stand to benefit from increased and tangible collaboration, between sites, organizations, and communities, as well as other state and local institutions. Continue reading