On March 31st, the Friends of Grant Cottage held their Annual Meeting at Saratoga Spa State Park. The meeting is held every spring to discuss the financial standing of the Cottage and their achievements from the previous year, as well as news and special events for the upcoming season. [Read more…] about Friends of Grant Cottage Marking 30 Years
Monday I attended two meetings where state support for museums in New York was discussed. The first was a strategic planning workshop for the New York State Council on the Arts and the second was the Cultural Education Committee meeting of NYSED’s Board of Regents. [Read more…] about Support for NYS Museums: Speaking Out
The Seneca Nation of Indians (Onon:dowa’ga:’) will open its new Seneca-Iroquois National Museum in Salamanca, NY on August 4, 2018 at 11 am.
The new 33,000 square-foot $18 million museum and cultural center will celebrate Seneca and Native history and also have a focus on the future.
What follows is an announcement that was sent to the press.
The Rome Historical Society (RHS) is set to present “Growing the Collection” a special program featuring items recently donated to the Society, on Thursday, July 19th at 7 pm.
Every year dozens of people donate books, photographs, and other objects to local historical societies and museums so that these tangible pieces of the past can be preserved for future generations. [Read more…] about Rome Historical’s Recent Acquisitions Thursday
The Columbia County Historical Society (CCHS) has announced two new exhibitions at the James Vanderpoel ‘House of History,’ located within the historic Village of Kinderhook. [Read more…] about Columbia Co Historical Features Two New Exhibitions
The Adirondack Coast Cultural Alliance’s Annual Museum Days will take place Saturday and Sunday, June 16-17, 2018.
Sixteen museums and historic sites will offer free admission from 10 am to 4 pm.
Residents and visitors are encouraged to explore Clinton County’s artistic, agricultural, military, and industrial heritage through exhibits, demonstrations, and hands-on activities. [Read more…] about Adirondack Coast Museum Days 2018 Set
Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, New York has received a gift of $2.5 million from the Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw Charitable Trust.
The gift will fund the principal curatorial position of the Thaw Collection of American Indian Art as well as to create a new fund for special projects related to the collection.
In recognition of the gift, the position has been named the Eugene and Clare Thaw Curator of American Indian Art. Present curator Eva Fognell, who has managed the collection since 2002, will assume the new title immediately. The curatorship is the first endowed position in the museum’s history. [Read more…] about New Endowed Curator of American Indian Art at Fenimore
On May 3, 2018, the Appellate Division of New York State’s Supreme Court annulled the Village of Lake Placid’s effort to seize two parcels of land owned by the Adirondack Experience (formerly the Adirondack Museum).
The parcels, located at 2476-2478 Main Street in Lake Placid, were originally acquired by the museum in 2007 for the creation of a branch location, a plan which has since been put on hold. The Village proposes to erect a parking garage on the site. [Read more…] about Museum Wins Lake Placid Land Seizure Case
Last week we were in Washington, D.C. for Museums Advocacy Day sponsored by the American Alliance for Museums. We learned some important things about New York’s Museums that made us proud to speak up for our sector.
Oxford Economics’ 2017 national report “Museums as Economic Engines” found that the total annual economic impact of Museums in New York State is $5.4 billion dollars – equal to that of the state’s agricultural industries and second only to California in contributions to our nation’s economy. [Read more…] about NYS Museums Advocacy Report From Erika Sanger
On Tuesday, February 6, Sheila Healy, the Museum Association of New York’s government relations consultant, and I had the opportunity to attend the Assembly’s Education Committee meeting chaired by Assembly member Catherine Nolan.
Guest speaker MaryEllen Elia, Commissioner of Education, shared her 2018 budget priorities and fielded member questions. We then met with Museum Education Act (A.3892A/S.1676A) sponsors Assembly Member Matt Titone and Senator Betty Little. [Read more…] about Erika Sanger: Museum Education Act Needs Your Support