As a service provider for New York State’s museums and heritage organizations we strive to keep you informed about what is happening in the field and to make information readily and easily available. Here you can find resource files we have developed based on your requests, samples of common forms and policies to work from, past issues of our quarterly newsletter and links to other organizations providing services to our field. Don’t see what you’re looking for? Contact us with specific requests or to share related resources.

Links to Related Organizations

The American Association of Museums

The American Association of Museums is an organization representing museums and professionals and nonpaid staff who work for and with museums. Its goal is to promote excellence within the museum community. It administers a museum assessment program, professional seminars and a technical information service.

The American Association for State and Local History

The American Association for State and Local History, a nonprofit organization, provides leadership and support for its members who are individuals and institutions working to preserve, interpret, and promote state and local history. The organization produces a newsletter (Dispatch) and quarterly magazine (History News) as well as technical leaflets and books. It sponsors professional development programs such as regional workshops and an annual meeting, annual awards and networking opportunities.

The Association for Living History, Farm & Agricultural Museums

The Association for Living History, Farm & Agricultural Museums, is a nonprofit organization for those involved in living historical farms, agricultural museums, outdoor museums of history, and folklife and those museums that use “living history” programming. The site includes links to living history sites; museum education and new museum bibiliographies; regional information; publications, job listings, and article reprints for living history personnel; and the First-Person Interpreter’s Professional Network.

The Greater Hudson Heritage Network

The Greater Hudson Heritage Network is a regional service organization for museums and
historical agencies in the Hudson Valley and greater Metroplitan area. The web site details programs and workshops centered in that geographic area.

I Love New York

The I Love New York site for New York State Tourism lists attractions, events and accommodations. There are links to many tourist destinations by region and a category for the New York State canals.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is an independent agency that supports a wide range of museums including art and history, science and zoos, and all types of libraries and archives. IMLS encourages partnerships between its member institutions. It also awards grants and produces publications, and serves as a clearing house for information in the museum field.

The Museum Association of New York

The Museum Association of New York is a state-wide museum service organization for New York. MANY’s mission includes promoting museums & public advocacy, political and legislative advocacy, providing professional support and training, and fostering organizational development. Their web site includes legislative updates, career information and position listings, a funding calendar, and links.

The National Endowment for the Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts fosters an appreciation of the nation’s artistic accomplishments as well as supporting creativity and community spirit. The site is an online resource of federal funding opportunities available for arts iniatives through national, state, and local funding programs. It provides resources, links and features on specific art forms. It also outlines current work by artists across the country.

The National Endowment for the Humanities

The National Endowment for the Humanities is an independent grant-making agency of the United States government dedicated to supporting research, education, public programs and preservation in the humanities. The site provides grant deadlines and guidelines, instructions, and a listing of NEH-supported projects.

National Park Service

As the organization that operates the National Parks, the National Park Service includes on its web site historic aspects of parks, a natural resources guide, and Park Smart, an education and interpretation program. There is also service information for each of the parks.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is a private, nonprofit organization that fights to save historic buildings and the neighborhoods and landscapes they anchor. It revitalizes communities through education and advocacy.

The New York Council for the Humanities

The New York Council for the Humanities is a private, not-for-profit organization that offers grants and education programs. It also sponsors the Speakers in the Humanities program and October Humanities Month.

The New York Folklore Society

The New York Folklore Society is a statewide nonprofit organization that offers a range of programs and services designed to nurture traditional arts and culture in the communities where they originate. The web site describes technical assistance programs, the Folk Archives Project, radio documentaries, conferences, forums and advocacy.

The New York State Archives

The New York State Archives is the official repository of New York State Government records with legal or historic value. The web site includes an online catalog, news, search of the statewide catalog of archival/historical collections, and a virtual exhibit of examples from the archives.

New York State Council of the Arts

Cultural development is the mission of the New York State Council of the Arts which it achieves through programs such as Arts in Erducation, the Museum Program, and Decentralization Grants. It contracts with nonprofit arts and cultural organizations for services to New York residents. The web site provides information on grants, partnership projects and advisory support.

The New York State History Net

The New York State History Net tries to promote awareness of New York State’s history resources to the largest number of people possible. It does this by offering home page and web site hosting for history-related organizations. The site includes job listings, history conferences and current projects in New York history. It also includes links to many history-related sites by topic including books, archives, libraries, government agencies and genealogy.

The New York State Museum

The New York State Museum in Albany is open daily except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. Admission is free. The Museum owns 8 million artifacts representing New York’s natural and human heritage and mounts both temporary and permanent exhibits drawing on its research and collections.

The Museum also operates a Carousel, Museum Cafe, museum shop and Discovery Place for children. The Museum is fully accessible. The museum’s website offers a survey of its collections by category, research notes, updates on projects, a list of
publications, information on exhibits and programs, and a calendar.

The Museum Chartering Program of the New York State Museum

The Museum Chartering Program of the New York State Museum provides information and assistance for chartered and incorporated museums, historical societies and cultural agencies. The office prepares chartering recommendations for action by the State Education Department and the Board of Regents. The office also distributes and compiles annual report forms; hosts Trustee Workshops; provides advice on professional practices, collections management, deaccessioning, ethics
and financial accountability; and looks into complaints about ethical misconduct and similar serious issues. The Museum Chartering website provides information on chartering and Regents regulations.

The New York State Office of Parks and Historic Preservation

The New York State Office of Parks and Historic Preservation is the agency that operates the state parks, historic sites and heritage areas of New York State. It administers funds for federal historic preservation and park programs and provides technical preservation guidance. The agency also sponsors programs and grants and produces the Preservationist.