Last week, CCAHA Housing Technician Benjamin Iluzada taught participants about the common issues that plague collections of all size in Common Collection Conditions: Assessing the Condition of Your Collection's Housing. Breaking issues into four categories, he demonstrated how to identify and prevent threats posed by pests, ambient conditions, object-related issues, and housing-related issues. He also explained how institutions can prevent damage caused by these issues, as well as how to address damaged objects, both in-house and externally.
We’re excited to announce that DHPSNY is teaming up with the New York Council of Non-Profits (NYCON) to present a new board governance webinar series that will cover a new topic every Tuesday in July! This series is intended to provide a high-level overview of the types of issues boards may find relevant to focus on in the current environment. Join us as we explore recruitment, engagement, and assessment strategies to strengthen board leadership, connection, and community. Learn more and register below.
When it was established at the end of the 19th century, the Oneida County History Center (OCHC) in Utica served, in part, to bring the outside world to Oneida County residents. Today, it is the residents who are sharing their stories with OCHC to ensure the community’s story can be told to the world and future generations. This work is a part of the History Center’s project Quarantined in the Time of Corona: Oneida County Experiences during COVID-19.
We're excited to announce a new webinar in our Common Collection Conditions series! Join us on Monday, June 22 at 1:00 PM for Assessing the Condition of Your Collection's Housing, presented by Benjamin Iluzada, Housing Technician at CCAHA.
Next week, DHPSNY will be conducting three more regional Conversations on Local History live online! Join us on Monday, June 8 at 1:00 PM for our Long Island Conversation or on Tuesday, June 9 for one of our two NYC sessions (see below for details).
In light of recent events, DHPSNY will host our remaining Conservations on Local History live online! So far, we have held three virtual conversations that have provided us with valuable insight from individuals across the State. We look forward to continuing these discussions live online next month, starting with the Southern Tier on Monday, June 1.
We're excited to announce the new class of Planning & Assessment Services sites from our latest application round! From a competitive pool of applicants, our advisory committee and field reviewers selected 18 organizations to receive free Archival Needs Assessments, Preservation Surveys, and Strategic Planning assistance.
When the scale of the COVID-19 pandemic became apparent this past March, the Farmingdale Public Library in Nassau County rapidly adjusted its programs, services, and initiatives to the changing needs of its community. Recognizing the historical significance of the moment, the Library’s Local History Department responded by involving the community in several projects to ensure the COVID-19 experience of 2020 is not one that is forgotten by future generations.
In DHPSNY’s most recent live webinar presentation, Heather Hendry, CCAHA Senior Paper Conservator, discussed one of the most inescapable agents of deterioration—light— and how institutions can manage light exposure in their collections to prevent cumulative, irreversible damage.
In the most important stage of the Statewide Documentation Planning project, we’ve invited the historical records community to engage with us in conversations on local history in order to identify under-documented topics and peoples in New York State history. So far, we’ve held three virtual conversations that have provided us with invaluable insight from individuals in the Capital District, Western NY, and Northern NY. Before we pick back up with live sessions in early June, we’re moving the conversation online to the DHPSNY Community Facebook group!