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!
The DHPSNY Mentorship Program establishes mentorship circles to serve individuals currently caring for historical records and unique library research collections or pursing an MLIS degree in the state of New York. In light of the recent COVID-19 pandemic, DHPSNY is working to create a space for individuals to meet virtually in small groups based on current needs and interests.
In the second presentation of our “Common Collection Conditions” series, Assessing the Condition of Your Book Collections, presenter Amber Hares, Book Conservator at the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts, discussed how to identify common condition problems found in book collections and how to prioritize collection items based on the urgency of conservation needs.