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  • August 27, 2020 11:31 AM | Megan Eves (Administrator)

    This article originally appeared in the August 2020 newsletter as a guest article by James Sauter, Partner and Co-Founder, Rove Marketing, Inc.


    We have preliminary insights from Rove Marketing’s COVID Response Satisfaction Program to share.

    Whether you are already open or are planning your reopening, listening to visitors feedback and remaining flexible in adapting measures is the key to winning consumer confidence.

    What is the most important COVID safety protocol? What did first time visitors think of their experience? Understanding visitor expectations and perceptions is more important now than ever. Continual visitor feedback not only generates valuable insights but also demonstrates that you care and want to create a safe experience for your visitors. 

    Rove Marketing, in collaboration with MANY and NYSTIA, launched a low-cost survey solution designed to help museums monitor visitor feedback on safety and satisfaction of their experience.  Data is collected at the state level so museums can benchmark their performance against state averages. Members are encouraged to participate in the program, and it is not too late to register.  

    As restrictions are lifted and tourism re-opens, museums will need to win consumers’ confidence by balancing new COVID safety measures while delivering a great experience. Their ability to meet expectations will be key to accelerating the recovery.

    Here are the top 5 insights from the data collected this far:


    1. Visitors list hand sanitizer pumps and physical distancing as the biggest areas to improve on.

    When asked what COVID measures museums can improve on, the top two answers were to add more hand sanitizer pumps and have better physical distancing protocols.

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    2. First time visitors are more difficult to satisfy

    When looking at key measures such as a visitor’s intention to recommend (their Net Promoter Score), meeting expectations on safety, and value for money, first time museum visitors are scoring New York State museums lower compared to repeat visitors.

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    *Refer to the footnote following this article to learn more about the Net Promoter Score.

    3. Younger consumers are more challenging to please

    Consumers aged 35 and younger are less likely to recommend, have higher expectations on safety measures, and see lower value for their money compared to consumers aged 35 and older.

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    4. Consumers say the staff is great but ask for better signage and more value for their money

    Across the state, museum staff are getting top grades for hospitality. But visitors generally find there is room to improve on signage and value for money.  Value for money is the number 1 driver of a strong Net Promoter Score – intent to recommend.

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    5. Consumer expectations are getting higher with time

    The statewide museum Net Promotor Score is an impressive 82. However, since late July this number has dropped to 79 – suggesting that as we acclimatize to the new COVID reality, consumers expectations are increasing over time putting more pressure on museums to do more.

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    Many of the leading museums across the state, large and small, have registered to participate in the program.  Museums such as the Baseball Hall of Fame, the Strong, the Wild Center, Intrepid, Fort William Henry Museum, Waterville Historical Society, and the Long Island Children’s Museum to name a few are benefiting from real time visitor data to improve their experience. 

    “The information we've collected with the help of Rove Marketing has been invaluable over the past 5 months.  In a time of uncertainty, the survey result data has helped The Wild Center make informed decisions on the fly.  It has helped us make strategic marketing decisions and change on-site operations to provide a more satisfying experience for our guests.”

    -The Wild Center

    It is easy to register.  Simply complete the online registration form here to start collecting data on your museum.

    Or for more information, please contact james.sauter@rovemarketing.ca.


    • Net Promoter Score:

    The Net Promoter Score aims to measure the loyalty between a customer and company.  It is based on the simple question: How likely is it that you would recommend our company to a friend or colleague?


    The Net Promoter Score is calculated as the difference between the percentage of Promoters and Detractors. The NPS is not expressed as a percentage but as an absolute number lying between -100 and +100. For instance, if you have 25% Promoters, 55% Passives and 20% Detractors, the NPS will be +5.


  • August 26, 2020 3:39 PM | Megan Eves (Administrator)


    NEW YORK CITY, NY (August 3rd, 2020) – Humanities New York (HNY) today announces Amended, a new podcast commemorating the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment by deepening our understanding of this historic event.

    Most Americans learn one, specific version of the history of woman suffrage: that a few bold, white women led a movement for equal voting rights and achieved victory 100 years ago, when the United States ratified the 19th Amendment. That, we’re told, enabled all American women to vote. But history is never as simple as the stories we tell about it. After that historic milestone, more women could cast a ballot than ever before, and yet the fight for women’s equal voting rights was, and still is, far from over.

    Amended travels from the 1800’s through to the present day to show us a quest for women’s full equality that has always been as diverse, complex and unfinished as the nation itself.

    The host of Amended is Laura Free, a historian of women and politics. She is joined by other groundbreaking scholars whose work broadens our understanding of the struggle for equal voting rights. Guests Include Sharia Benn, Bettye Collier-Thomas, Martha Jones, Lisa Tetrault, and Judith Wellman. Through vivid storytelling, they highlight some important but under-recognized women who fought injustice based on race, citizenship status, and class, in addition to advocating for the rights of their sex. Together, they’ll talk about what’s been gained, lost, and still left to be done.

    "As a white historian, part of my scholarly work has been to call out and interrogate the racism of some of the icons of the suffrage movement,” said Free, the podcast’s host. “But that work is only a small part of a broader project that so many historians are engaged in right now to recognize and lift up the voices that typical suffrage histories have marginalized or neglected in the past. I’m so glad to get the chance to be a part of a project like Amended that is doing this work. I’m also so excited to share stories about these amazing activists with our listeners."

    "We felt a huge responsibility to convey some of the complexity that is so often left out when we hear stories of women from history, so every writing and editing decision was painstaking,” said Producer Reva Goldberg. “To achieve our goals we had to create something new and different. Luckily we had some incredible shows to look to for inspiration, like Uncivil , Scene on Radio, Civics 101, 1619 and more."

    Listen to the Trailer. Now available on iTunes, Spotify, Sticher, iHeartRadio , Pocket Casts and other major platforms.

    Learn more about the host, guests and project at amendedpodcast.com

    Review episodes are available now upon request.

    About Humanities New York:

    The mission of Humanities New York is to strengthen civil society and the bonds of community, using the humanities to foster engaged inquiry and dialogue around social and cultural concerns. Established in 1975 as the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Humanities New York is a private 501(c)3 that may receive Federal, State, regional, and private funding.

    Visit Humanities New York online:

    https://humanitiesny.org

    https://instagram.com/humanitiesny

    https://twitter.com/humanitiesny


  • August 26, 2020 9:24 AM | Megan Eves (Administrator)

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame will reopen to the public on Saturday, Sept. 5 at 9 a.m. The Museum has been closed since January for the installation of a new state-of-the-art Hall of Fame experience as well as multiple new and updated exhibitions. The Museum has put in place a number of enhanced safety protocols in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and is a Saratoga Cares Stay Safe Pledge institution with a commitment to the health of Saratoga County residents, workers, and visitors.

    The Museum will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The new signature film, What It Takes: Journey to the Hall of Fame, will initially be shown at 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m., and 4 p.m. daily. Per New York State health policies, the Museum will open with a maximum of 24 visitors admitted every two hours. Guests are encouraged to purchase tickets online at www.racingmuseum.org beginning Aug. 31. Hand sanitizer stations will be available throughout the Museum and the floor has been marked to create an easy-to-follow route through the building, with added markers reminding guests to practice social distancing. Face coverings are mandatory for all guests. Museum members have special access to make reservations before the general public beginning today through Aug. 28. Members wishing to do so are invited to call (518) 584-0400 ext. 109.

    “We’re very excited to be open to the public and have the opportunity to share with everyone all the incredible projects that we’ve been working on,” said John Hendrickson, the Museum’s president. “We set out with an ambitious goal of being the best and most interactive hall of fame in the country. I believe we have accomplished that goal. Our great sport deserves a showcase venue that everyone can be proud of. This is a game-changer for the Museum and it is everything we hoped it would be when we began the process to reimagine and enliven our institution. The Museum is now an essential destination that can’t be missed.”

    What It Takes: Journey to the Hall of Fame is a 16-minute film that brings viewers on an amazing journey through the various aspects of thoroughbred racing and examines the rare honor — given to less than one percent of the sport’s participants — of reaching the game’s pinnacle and earning a coveted spot in the Hall of Fame. The immersive theatrical experience conveys the exhilaration of the sport of thoroughbred racing in America, the passion behind the heritage of the game, and the thrill of exploring the stories of  “what it takes” to be among the greatest of the greats in the Hall of Fame.

    Filmed and produced by Donna Lawrence Productions of Louisville, Ky., and narrated by famed broadcaster Bob Costas, What It Takes: Journey to the Hall of Fame, features original footage shot in 8K resolution from various racetracks and thoroughbred farms throughout the country. Numerous Hall of Fame inductees are highlighted in revealing interviews about their experience in the sport and what it took for them to earn racing’s highest honor. Hall of Famers featured include Bob Baffert, Javier Castellano, Angel Cordero, Jr., Pat Day, D. Wayne Lukas, Richard Mandella, Chris McCarron, Shug McGaughey, Bill Mott, Carl Nafzger, Mike Smith, Gary Stevens, and John Velazquez, among others.

    Following the film, guests are invited to learn about the careers of the Hall of Fame inductees on the theater’s nine interactive stations. Each of the 459 Hall of Fame inductees are represented through an in-depth digital plaque, media gallery, and achievements page. More than 100 videos and 2,100 photographs are included in the interactive Hall of Fame exhibit with more media content to be added and updated regularly. Each visitor will be provided a stylus with admission to use on all the touchscreen interactive exhibits throughout the Museum.

    Along with the new signature film and interactive Hall of Fame experience, the Museum has made several other exciting new additions and updates. Some of those include:

    Race Day Gallery

    The Museum’s new Race Day Gallery provides both a gateway to build excitement for the Hall of Fame experience and a transition for visitors following the show. Three areas of the racetrack experience are featured — The Paddock, The Track, and The Winner’s Circle — introducing visitors to the essential elements of a day at the races.

    The Paddock section explores the relationship between racehorses and their human connections prior to a race. Artifact cases showcase the equipment used during races, while large graphics and a slideshow of images from the Museum Collection illustrate the beauty of various paddocks at American racetracks. The Track section is where America’s most famous racing venues are highlighted, noting their historical significance through the use of imagery, graphics, and artifacts that showcase the unique characteristics of each course. A cross-section of racing surfaces is also on display in The Track to educate visitors on the unique composition of America’s racetracks. The Winner’s Circle area allows visitors the opportunity to bask in the joy and glory of being a champion while viewing memorable winner’s circle photographs and an historic trophy from the collection. The Winner’s Circle also provides a memorable photo opportunity with a sculptural horse and rider.

    The Race Day Gallery also features a mural by artist Greg Montgomery and a lush soundscape that adds detail and ambiance to the experience through the use of traditional sound elements found at the track, including famous race calls.

    Call the Race

    Museum guests will have the opportunity to call some of the sport’s most famous events just like a professional track announcer in a new interactive exhibit located in the Race Day Gallery. Featuring an introduction by legendary racecaller Tom Durkin, Call the Race provides guests an opportunity to study the race’s video before making the call. Each race is digitally recorded and can be downloaded to keep and relive the experience and share with others.

    The Jockey Club Gallery

    Since 1894, The Jockey Club’s primary responsibility has been the maintenance of “The American Stud Book,” ensuring the integrity of the thoroughbred breed in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. The new Jockey Club Gallery transforms the Museum’s previous changing special exhibition space (Contemporary Racing Gallery) into a new exhibition devoted to The Jockey Club and its contributions to racing in America. As part of the Hall of Fame Education Experience, The Jockey Club Gallery will feature artifacts and archival materials from The Jockey Club’s collection on loan to the Museum and two interactive touchscreen stations filled with multimedia content on the history of the organization, the services it provides the racing industry, selected race footage and statistics, and the digitized certificates of registration and foal photographs (submitted in the registration process) of some of the sport’s greatest thoroughbreds.

    The Paintings of Martin Stainforth

    British-born Martin Stainforth (1866  ̶ 1957) began his career as a wood engraver but turned to illustration before moving to Australia in the early 1900s. He took an interest in the thoroughbred racing scene in 1911 while living in Sydney and became known as the preeminent equine artist in Australia, receiving portrait commissions from owners and racing associations.

    Known for his realism and ability to capture the personality of his subjects, Stainforth moved to the United States in the mid-1920s and continued to paint the likenesses of some of the top racehorses of that era, including the Hall of Fame members featured in this Museum collection spotlight exhibition in the Link Gallery.

    Photo Finish: Juried Photography Exhibition

    Amateur and professional photographers from across North America submitted 183 photographs for consideration in our call for submissions, with the only requirement being that their images must reflect the sport of thoroughbred racing in America. This second annual Photo Finish exhibition in the Museum’s von Stade Gallery features 45 photographs by 34 photographers from 13 states and one Canadian province. An additional 26 photographs will be featured in the online exhibition, bringing the total representation of this second annual exhibition to 71 photographers from 19 states and one Canadian province.

    Edward P. Evans Gallery current exhibitions

    The Edward P. Evans Gallery showcases treasures from the Museum’s permanent collection and honors the legacy of Mr. Evans and his passion for the sport of thoroughbred racing with a series of thematic trophic exhibits. Current featured exhibits include:

     

    ·       Selections from the Edward P. Evans Trophy Collection

    ·       The Triple Crown

    ·       Selections from the James E. “Sunny Jim” Fitzsimmons Collection: trophies from the Hall of Fame trainer’s career, including the trophy won by Nashua in his 1955 match race against Swaps at Washington Park

    ·       The Legacy of Man o’ War: trophies won by descendants of Hall of Fame legend Man o’ War, including the 1937 Triple Crown trophy won by his son War Admiral

    ·       The Grand National: examples of trophies from the American and British editions of this major steeplechase event

    ·       Tiffany & Co. in the National Museum of Racing Collection

    ·       A Salute to Hollywood Park

    ·       *NEW for 2020* Seventy Years Ago: highlighting the racing achievements of 1950 and showcasing trophies won by Hall of Fame Pillar of the Turf George D. Widener, Jr. (including the 1950 Travers Stakes trophy won by Lights Up) and the 1950 San Juan Capistrano Handicap trophy won by Hall of Fame horse Noor, among others.

    McBean Gallery current exhibitions

    Located off of the Museum Lobby, the McBean Gallery is the Museum’s main special exhibitions gallery and hosts three distinct exhibitions. Current featured exhibits include:

    ·       Women in Racing: featuring an interactive exhibit, a timeline of firsts, artifacts, photographs, and artwork from the Museum Collection and on loan, this special exhibition honors the women involved in every aspect of thoroughbred racing in America, including the seven who are inducted into the Hall of Fame.

    ·       Hall of Fame Heroes: this semi-permanent exhibition celebrates the horses, trainers, jockeys, and Pillars of the Turf who made the sport of thoroughbred racing what it is today, with art, memorabilia, and multimedia on display. Hall of Fame Heroes also features trophies from the John Nerud collection.

    ·       Paintings from the Charles H. Thieriot Collection: this permanent exhibition features paintings by masters of British sporting art, including two monumental works by John E. Ferneley, Sr.

    New Gift Shop

    The Museum’s Gift Shop has been completely redesigned and features an extensive selection of racing-themed products, including clothing, books, photography, artwork, items related to Hall of Fame members, and much more. Museum members always receive 15 percent off their purchases.  

    For more information about the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, including upcoming events, please visit www.racingmuseum.org or call (518) 584-0400.


  • August 26, 2020 9:20 AM | Megan Eves (Administrator)


    • Jamestown, NY – August 19, 2020 – The Roger Tory Peterson Institute announces a weekend celebration of Peterson’s 112th birthday.

      RTPI is launching a new tradition – a full weekend of fun to celebrate the birthday of Roger Tory Peterson. Native Son. Father of the Modern Field Guide. Artist, bird lover and international ambassador for nature – all rolled into one.

      Officially, Roger’s birthday is Friday, August 28. RTPI’s party will kick off on Saturday morning, August 29 at 9 am, with Yoga with the Birds. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert at the crane pose, yoga led by Kara Bemis outdoors on RTPI’s back patio is the perfect way to start any weekend.

      Speaking of birds, at 10 am, Twan Leenders – RTPI’s Director of Science and Conservation – will host a bird banding demonstration in RTPI’s nature preserve. If you’ve never seen a live warbler or flicker up close, now’s your chance to be amazed and inspired.

      At 11 am, the outdoor party really gets rocking with live music on the back patio and great food outside our front door. What better singer-songwriter could RTPI choose than Rebecca McIlvain, whose debut album is entitled, “Cardinal Call.” What better way to spice up the day than with the Cajun cooking of Kev’s Kitchen food truck. And what better way to cool your tongue than with a taste of the grape from Bag & String or a cool brew from Big Inlet.

      Of course, it’s not a birthday party without cake – or, at least cupcakes, baked special for RTPI by Ecklof’s. RTPI will have enough single serving cupcakes on hand to mark Roger’s 112th birthday.

      For those who haven’t yet seen RTPI’s newest exhibition – Stefan Savides: Birds in Bronze – they’re in for a real treat. More than 30 exquisite bird sculptures grace the galleries alongside a curated selection of Roger’s original paintings. Special guided tours at 11am and 2pm.

      Also on display in the library – for one weekend only – will be hidden treasures from the Peterson Collection. RTPI harbors the largest collection of Roger’s artwork, films, slides and related materials. “There are so many intriguing items in the Peterson Collection,” says Jane Johnson, RTPI’s Director of Museum Operations. “I can’t wait to share some of my favorites – seldom if ever on display any other time of the year.”

      RTPI’s birthday gift to the community will be to offer a $2 discount on museum admission and a 20% discount on Peterson Guides purchased from our Snowy Owl Museum Store. The cupcakes, music, and wine and beer tasting are free to all museum visitors. Food may be purchased directly from vendor.

      In addition to the food and fun, everyone’s health and safety will be – as always – our number one concern. Guided by the CDC and other agencies, our plan calls for:

    • 1.     Most activities to be held outdoors to ensure plenty of room for social distancing,
    • 2.     Limiting the number of visitors for indoor programs to one-third our capacity, and
    • 3.     Requiring all indoor visitors to wear masks “right” and maintain "an eagle wingspan" apart.

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    The Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History was founded in Peterson’s hometown of Jamestown, New York to preserve his lifetime body of work. Peterson, the only artist-naturalist to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, is best known for his field guides. The first – A Field Guide to the Birds – published in 1934, sparked a worldwide movement to connect people with nature as never before. Peterson authored and illustrated dozens of guides – for birds, plants, insects and other natural flora and fauna – selling millions of copies and becoming an international ambassador for protecting our natural resources.

    Today, the Peterson Collection anchors a robust exhibition schedule that also features the artwork or some of the world’s most revered nature artists. The collection is available to artists, researchers and scholars, and is used to anchor an array of education and research programs – all geared toward inspiring appreciation and protection of our natural world.


  • August 26, 2020 9:18 AM | Megan Eves (Administrator)


    NORWICH, N.Y. – The Chenango County Historical Society (CCHS) recently honored the individuals and organizations who supported school field trips during the 2019-2020 academic year.

    Thanks to a grant from the Chenango County Youth Philanthropy Council, second graders from all Chenango County public school districts had the opportunity to be immersed in programs designed to enhance school curricula with hands-on activities. Interactive sessions featured pre-history, Native American culture, pioneer living and westward expansion, Victorian influences, the discovery of electricity and its impact, a lesson in the Ross Schoolhouse, the role of the Chenango Canal, and the influence of local agriculture including a tour of the Loomis Barn exhibits.

    To celebrate a successful season, each member of the Field Trip Experience team was recently presented with a commemorative CCHS sun catcher crafted by the oldest glassworks in America, Pairpoint. Every piece was individually crafted in the glasswork’s Cape Code facility. Examples of Pairpoint Glasswork’s timeless designs can be found in museums across the country, including the decorative arts collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

    Members of the Field Trip Experience team include: Gail Merian (team leader), Lane Anderson, Joyce Bliss, Diane Bootie, Laura Carey (posthumous honors), Dave Moyer, Pat O’Donnell, Betty Sherrod, Rebekah Thompson, Jeanne Urie and Judie Wright. The team was supported significantly by the American Legion Auxiliary (Norwich Post 189 - Lt. Warren E. Eaton, DSC), Birchwood Archeology, and the Daughters of the American Revolution (James Madison Chapter).

    The Field Trip Experience team is currently developing virtual offerings for the 2020-2021 academic year, and the group is continuously recruiting volunteers. Visit www.chenangohistorical.org/get-involved for additional details.

    The primary organization dedicated to actively and comprehensively preserving the history of Chenango County, CCHS celebrates local culture – unique traditions, noteworthy residents, and unusual stories. First established in 1939, CCHS received an absolute charter in 1956. Ward School No. 2 was acquired in 1958 with renovations beginning immediately. Since reopening as a museum in 1962, Ward School No. 2 has been the home of the CCHS for more than five decades.

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    Caption: The Field Trip Experience team and representatives of the American Legion Auxiliary (Norwich Post 189 - Lt. Warren E. Eaton, DSC) were recently recognized by the Chenango County Historical Society (CCHS) for supporting school field trips during the 2019-2020 academic year.

    About CCHS: The mission of the Chenango County Historical Society and Museum is to lead and support the advancement of research, education, and enjoyment of Chenango County history.


  • August 26, 2020 9:17 AM | Megan Eves (Administrator)

    RALEIGH, N.C. — From Nina Simone and Julius Chambers to Ella Baker and the Greensboro Four, North Carolina voices have swelled in the national struggle for equality. With the launch of the N.C. Civil Rights Trail, the epic journey will be preserved and amplified from places where leaders and followers lived, learned and took a stand for social justice.

    The N.C. African American Heritage Commission is leading the initiative with funding from the William G. Pomeroy Foundation, and with support from the International Civil Rights Center & Museum,  Visit North Carolina, and the North Carolina Office of Archives & History. The commission will work with communities across the state to designate up to 50 sites where trail markers will be placed, starting in early 2021. An interactive web portal will highlight these places and others to guide people to history and experiences from the past.

    “The national reckoning over systemic injustice heightens the relevance of our effort to develop the N.C. Civil Rights Trail,” said Angela Thorpe, director of the African American Heritage Commission, which is part of the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. “Understanding what has come before will inspire and fuel the work ahead. We need to hear the voices and proclaim the victories that have brought us this far.”

    With a target completion date of January 2023, the state’s trail follows the 2018 rollout of the U.S. Civil Rights Trail by Travel South USA, a tourism marketing organization with 15 member states. The national trail includes five North Carolina sites, including the F.W. Woolworth’s building in Greensboro, where four N.C. A&T University freshmen powered up the sit-in movement, and Estey Hall on the Shaw University campus in Raleigh, where alumna Ella Baker started the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.

    “Those sites underscore North Carolina’s role in channeling student energy into the movement,” said Visit NC Director Wit Tuttell. “Given the interest generated by the national trail, we’re excited about providing a more comprehensive look at what has unfolded across the state and give residents and visitors an opportunity to share the experience.”

    Deryn Pomeroy, William G. Pomeroy Foundation’s director of strategic initiatives, is particularly excited about the program.  “It is a wonderful way for communities to become engaged in their own history and share the stories that need to be highlighted.” The program invites communities from around the state to apply for markers which will then be reviewed by a selection committee of North Carolina historians.  Selections will be based on a series of criteria, including sites’ significance to the national Civil Rights Movement and civil rights efforts in North Carolina.

    Thorpe expects the trail to include a wide array of locations including established historic sites as well those that may only be known more locally.  One example is the YMI Cultural Center in Asheville, which was commissioned in 1892 for Black construction workers employed to build and furnish the Biltmore estate. Funded by the Vanderbilts, the Young Men’s Institute became a center of civil, cultural and business life in the neighborhood known as The Block. Featuring a gym, bathing facilities and a library, the building was used by churches, schools and civic organizations for classes, gatherings and office space. After urban renewal led to the neighborhood’s mid-century decline, the YMI Cultural Center reclaimed its place in the 1980s and is poised as a neighborhood focal point amid new energy in preservation, restoration and advancement throughout The Block.

    Other candidates include the Montford Point Marines Museum, which tells the story of the first African Americans to serve in the U.S. Marine Corps (1942-49), and the Montford Point Marines Memorial in Jacksonville; the Pauli Murray Center in Durham, where the influential lawyer, Episcopal priest, and activist for civil and women’s rights grew up; and the Historic Magnolia House in Greensboro, a Green Book site that hosted Black entertainers, icons,  and civil rights leaders.

    On the U.S. Civil Rights Trail, the International Civil Rights Center & Museum and nearby February One monument at N.C. A&T University invoke a towering victory, and the whites-only Woolworth’s counter where the four students sat prevails as a powerful symbol.

    “We celebrate the place where the sit-in movement took hold,” said John Swaine, director of the museum, which is housed in the former Woolworth’s building. “But it’s important to understand the full story, that the struggle began centuries before the sit-in on Feb. 1, 1960, and that it has endured over the decades since the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The N.C. Civil Rights Trail will lead people to a deeper comprehension of what has been achieved and the effort that lies ahead.”

    To learn more about the project or to apply for a marker, please visit: ­­­­­­­­­https://aahc.nc.gov/programs/civil-rights-trail

    About the N.C. Civil Rights Trail:
    An initiative of the N.C. African American Heritage Commission with support from Visit North Carolina and the International Civil Rights Center & Museum, the N.C. Civil Rights Trail will be developed with community involvement across the state. Forty to 50 sites will be designated with at least 10 in Tier I and 2 rural North Carolina counties in alignment with Gov. Roy Cooper’s
    Hometown Strong initiative. Completion of the program is targeted for January 2023 at a cost of $173,500 to cover a full-time program coordinator; development of a digital GIS map; development of an interactive web portal, featuring at least 150 sites; and up to 50 physical community-based markers.

    About the N.C. African American Commission:
    Created in 2008, the African American Heritage Commission is a division of the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. The commission works across the department to preserve, protect and promote the state’s African American history, art and culture for all people. Its endeavors include the identification of heritage sites, compiling resources for educators, extending the work of national programs such as the National Park Service’s Network to Freedom Underground Railroad, and independent initiatives including Oasis Spaces: Green Book Project. aahc.nc.gov

    About the William G. Pomeroy Foundation:

    The William G. Pomeroy Foundation is committed to supporting the celebration and preservation of community history; and to raising awareness, supporting research and improving the quality of care for patients and their families who are facing a blood cancer diagnosis. One of their initiative’s is helping people to celebrate their community’s history. They meet this by providing grants to obtain signage in the form of roadside markers and plaques. Since 2006, they have funded over 1,100 signs across New York State and across the United States, all the way to Alaska. Wgpfoundation.org

    About Visit North Carolina:
    Visit NC is part of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that oversees the state's efforts in business and job recruitment and retention, international trade, and tourism, film and sports development. Visit NC’s mission is to unify and lead the state in developing North Carolina as a major destination for leisure travel, group tours, meetings and conventions, sports events and film production. One of the state’s most vital industries, tourism generates economic activity and employment in each of the state’s 100 counties. In 2019, domestic travelers to North Carolina spent $26.7 billion and accounted for 235,703 jobs.
    VisitNC.com

    About the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources:

    The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state's natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. NCDNCR's mission is to improve the quality of life in our state by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature in North Carolina by stimulating learning, inspiring creativity, preserving the state's history, conserving the state's natural heritage, encouraging recreation and cultural tourism, and promoting economic development.

     

    NCDNCR includes 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, two science museums, three aquariums and Jennette's Pier, 39 state parks and recreation areas, the N.C. Zoo, the nation's first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, State Preservation Office and the Office of State Archaeology, along with the Division of Land and Water Stewardship. For more information, please visit www.ncdcr.gov.

    About the International Civil Rights Center & Museum:
    Opening 50 years to the day after four N.C. A&T University students took a seat at the whites-only lunch counter at F.W. Woolworth’s in Greensboro, the center memorializes the courageous stand they made on Feb. 1, 1960. Focusing on their actions and those of thousands of students around the country who joined the sit-in movement, the center exists as a testimony to courage and the potential of unified people on the right side of history to make change. The ICRCM seeks to preserve the legacy and significance of that event and demonstrate why institutionalized oppression has no place in the human race. www.sitinmovement.org

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    CONTACT:

    Michele Walker
    919-814-6660
    Michele.walker@ncdcr.gov


  • June 10, 2020 9:58 AM | Megan Eves (Administrator)

    Fort Hunter, NY Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site is offering online programs this month that will include a presentation by Derrick Pratt of the Erie Canal Museum.  As part of a double-header of online presentations at the end of June, Pratt will provide the program through Webex that will discuss the Erie Canal’s many connections to the earliest days of professional baseball.  Using stories from some of the game’s biggest stars and others long forgotten, discover the connection that the canal has to our national past-time.    

    This program is scheduled for Wednesday, June 24th at 6:30pm.  A link to the Webex meeting can be found on the Schoharie Crossing Facebook page or you can contact us for the link by emailing SchoharieCrossing@parks.ny.gov.  

    The first part of the doubleheader will be on Tuesday, June 23rd at 6:30pm as the site will provide and online program titled, “Dam that Creek!”  This program will discuss the first dam across the Schoharie Creek for the Erie Canal and how it provided a means for barges to navigate through its waters. 

    Schoharie Crossing is offering this slate of online programs while the Visitor Center is closed during the COVID-19 crisis.  During NY on PAUSE, the Erie Canal historic site will provide programs through Webex as well as other online programs and social media such as Facebook Live.  Additional programs will be scheduled, so please keep in touch with us by joining our mailing list or following online. The site grounds will remain open for appropriate socially distant recreational use from dawn until dusk daily.  Please observe NYS Guidelines while visiting Schoharie Crossing.

    For information about these programs, please find us on Facebook or you can call or email the Visitor Center at (518) 829-7516, SchoharieCrossing@parks.ny.gov.

    The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation oversees more than 250 individual state parks, historic sites, golf courses, boat launches and recreational trails, which are visited by 71 million people annually.  For more information on any of these recreation areas, call 518-474-0456 or visit www.nysparks.com, connect on Facebook, or follow on Twitter. 


  • May 26, 2020 8:51 AM | Megan Eves (Administrator)

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    Image caption: Preserving the Present – Collecting in the Time of COVID-19Preservation Long Island

    Cold Spring Harbor—

    • As history unfolds around us, museums, archives, and historical societies across the state, country, and world are collecting stories and objects that define our lives during this global crisis. As a regional organization dedicated to preserving Long Island’s diverse cultural heritage, Preservation Long Island has launched Preserving the Present – Collecting in the Time of COVID-19, an initiative to build a collection around the art, objects, and stories that uniquely reflect this historic moment, from the experience of Long Island’s healthcare professionals and other essential workers, to COVID-19's impact on local businesses, workers, and those isolating and creating at home.

      Collecting art and artifacts pertaining to Long Island history since its founding in 1948, Preservation Long Island is home to what is recognized as one of the most robust and significant regional assemblages of material culture in New York State. Both diverse and comprehensive, Preservation Long Island’s collections comprise approximately 3,000 objects and 185 cubic feet of archival materials. Ranging from artistic and technological masterworks, to documentary imagery and everyday artifacts, Preservation Long Island’s collections reveal four centuries of life on Long Island.

      Long Islanders can participate in Preserving the Present in the following ways:

       

    • Share their stories, images, and objects on social media. Submissions must include an image and a brief description and tag @presevationlongisland. Please use the hashtag #PreserveLInow.
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    • Participants may also submit images and stories online at preservationlongisland.org/preserving-the-present/ by filling out the Preserving the Present  form.
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      Preservation Long Island will share selected items on their BlogFacebookTwitter, or Instagram pages.

       

      Participant submissions such as objects and artifacts may be selected to be part of Preservation Long Island’s Historic Collections Archive. Owners of selected submissions who wish to have their item included in the archive will be contacted to arrange a time to collect the item(s) when it is safe to do so. 

    If you have any questions about this initiative, please contact: collections@preservationlongisland.org

     

    If you are interested in learning more about donating objects to Preservation Long Island’s collections, visit the Donating Objects to Preservation Long Island page.


    About Preservation Long Island

    Preservation Long Island is a not-for-profit organization that works with Long Islanders to raise awareness, appreciation, and support for the protection of our shared past through advocacy, education, and the stewardship of historic sites and collections.

    http://preservationlongisland.org

    Preservation Long Island maintains and interprets historic sites and collections that embody various aspects of Long Island’s history including:

    Joseph Lloyd Manor, Lloyd Harbor http://preservationlongisland.org/joseph-lloyd-manor/

    Custom House, Sag Harbor http://preservationlongisland.org/custom-house/

    Sherwood-Jayne Farm, Setauket http://preservationlongisland.org/sherwood-jayne-farm

    Old Methodist Church and Exhibition Gallery http://preservationlongisland.org/methodist-church/


  • April 29, 2020 3:24 PM | Megan Eves (Administrator)

    William G. Pomeroy Foundation Opens New Grant Round for NYS Marker Program

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The next grant round of the William G. Pomeroy Foundation’s New York State Historic Marker Grant Program is currently open.

    This grant round covers the following counties: Bronx, Kings, New York, Queens and Richmond (Region 1); Nassau and Suffolk (Region 2); Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland and Westchester (Region 3).

    The program commemorates historic people, places, things or events in New York State within the time frame of 1740-1920. Grants cover the entire cost of a cast aluminum marker, pole and shipping.

    Those interested in applying for a marker grant should submit an online Letter of Intent to verify primary sources by Monday, June 8, 2020. Primary source documentation is necessary to support the text on a marker. The final application deadline is Monday, July 6, 2020. To apply for a grant or review application guidelines, visit the Foundation’s NYS marker program page: https://www.wgpfoundation.org/history/nys-historic-markers/

    The Pomeroy Foundation has made adjustments to the marker grant application process to assist those who are presently unable to access primary source documentation. Details about submitting substitute documentation are available on our website. A complete grant schedule by region is also on the site.

    The NYS Historic Marker Grant Program is open to local, state and federal government entities, nonprofit academic institutions and 501(c)(3) organizations in New York State. Often, municipal historians or local historical organizations (or related nonprofits) will apply for a marker on behalf of a property owner.

    Additional Pomeroy Foundation marker programs include the Legends & Lore® Marker Grant Program, Historic Transportation Canals Marker Grant Program, National Register Signage Grant Program and National Women’s Suffrage Marker Program. The Foundation’s website also features an interactive marker map with listings of current markers and plaques.

    About the William G. Pomeroy Foundation

    The William G. Pomeroy Foundation® is a private, grant-making foundation established in 2005. The Foundation is committed to supporting the celebration and preservation of community history; and to raising awareness, supporting research and improving the quality of care for patients and their families who are facing a blood cancer diagnosis. Since 2006, the Foundation has funded more than 1,000 historic roadside markers and plaques nationwide. Grants cover the cost of a marker, pole and shipping. Visit: www.wgpfoundation.org

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    Contact

    Steve Bodnar, Communications Manager

    William G. Pomeroy Foundation

    steve@wgpfoundation.org

    315-913-4068


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