Southeastern was allocated $72,358 for the Library & Museum Partnerships Project component of the ARPA award in 2021-2022. This initiative was intended to strengthen library/museum partnerships at the regional and/or local levels in New York. These funds were distributed as sub-awards through a competitive review process through the program Library / Museum Partnership Sub-awards from Southeastern. This funding program and project activities have ended. Contact: email@example.com
The funded projects had immediate and longer-term impacts in their communities.
Click the project titles below to read details on outcomes and impacts accomplished by the lead library and their primary museum partner in 2022. Check out pictures of events and links to exhibits that were created through this funding program.
Kingston Immigrant Oral History Project (Kingston Public Library / Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History)
Base Ball at the Orange County Driving Park (Goshen Public Library & Historical Society / Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame)
History of the Town of Olive (Olive Free Library Association / Historical Society of the Town of Olive)
Discover Marlboro (Marlboro Free Library / Gomez Mill House)
For the Love of Place (Rosendale Library / Century House Historical Society)
miSci Libratory Explorers Program (Chatham Public Library / Museum of Innovation and Science - miSci)
For documentation about how Southeastern administered this program, read the Project Timeline, Program Updates, Project Administration blog, and archived Applications & Forms page.
The Library / Museum Partnerships Subawards from Southeastern program is supported with federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds allocated to the New York State Library by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).
Page last updated: November 23, 2022
Kingston Immigrant Oral History Project
Lead library partner: Kingston Public Library
Primary Museum Partner: Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History
Other Partner Organizations: Radio Kingston
Contact: Brian James
Project Summary: This collaborative project will record interviews at community events organized by the Kingston Public Library and the Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History in Spring 2022 to document, preserve, and share the oral histories of the present-day immigrant experience in the community of Kingston, NY.
Project Description: The Kingston Library and the Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History are launching a collaborative project to gather, document, preserve, and share the oral histories of the immigrant experience in our community. In the spring of 2022, the organizations will host two events designed to bring communities together, create a deeper understanding between individuals, give voice to marginalized populations, and create an inclusive historical record. A wide range of public organizations will be represented at each event to strengthen community connections with immigrant populations, raise awareness of available services, help shape future services, and recruit individuals to contribute their stories to the project. This proposal is motivated by a lack of materials in the library’s Local History collection on the immigrant experience of the latter twentieth and early twenty-first century, as well as the value the Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History and Radio Kingston place on the preservation of community history, particularly during a time of rapid demographic change in our city. Recorded oral histories and transcriptions of the interviews done for the project will become part of partnering organizations’ collections, ensuring that marginalized voices are recorded in the historical record and made accessible through public institutions.
Base Ball at the Orange County Driving Park: Celebrating the History of Baseball and Harness Racing in Goshen, New York
Lead library partner: Goshen Public Library & Historical Society
Primary Museum Partner: Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame
Contact: Michelle Mueller
Project Summary: This collaborative project will celebrate the common ground that 19th century base ball shared with harness racing by presenting a joint exhibition, crafts, lectures, and reading programs at the Goshen Public Library & Historical Society and the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame. In June 2022, the partners will host a free community event featuring a harness racing exhibition and a live vintage baseball game on the infield of the track in Goshen, NY.
Project Description: This collaborative project will explore and celebrate local 19th century “base ball” and the common ground it shared with the trotting sport. Goshen Historic Track, established in 1838 is the nation’s oldest active harness track and a National Historic Landmark. This historic oval provided a public venue for trotting races, and the open space of the infield also provided a community baseball field for local and visiting teams through the early 1900s. This Spring, beginning in May, the Library and Museum will present a joint exhibition from their respective collections, family-friendly crafts, reading programs, and adult lectures highlighting the local intersection of baseball and harness racing history. The project will culminate in a large, multi-generational community event on June 11th at Goshen Historic Track. The day’s program will include a harness racing exhibition, a live vintage baseball game, and crafts.
Consolidated Digital Collection of the History of the Town of Olive
Lead library partner: Olive Free Library Association
Primary Museum Partner: Historical Society of the Town of Olive
Other Partner Organizations: The Ashokan Center, The Brunel Sculpture Park, Town of Olive
Contact: Chrissy Lawlor
Project Summary: This collaborative project between the Olive Free Library and the Historical Society of the Town of Olive will organize, process, and digitize items to provide an online collection that gives the community access to materials that provide a clearer picture of life in the Town of Olive, which was torn apart during the construction of the Ashokan Reservoir.
Project Description: The Town of Olive was literally torn apart when the 8300-acre Ashokan Reservoir was built in 1906 to provide clean drinking water for New York City. Communities were forever lost or relocated as hundreds of local families were displaced, often losing their homes and land in eminent domain proceedings. This devastating process changed lives forever, and the Town has since struggled to rebuild its sense of community. The legacy of uncertainty that the Ashokan Reservoir brought to Olive is crucial to understanding how important the Olive Free Library is to residents as both a community center and a local history archive. Because the Town's history is housed by several organizations throughout the community, the Olive Free Library will partner with the Historical Society of the Town of Olive and other organizations in the Town to create a Consolidated Digital Collection of the History of the Town of Olive. The Olive Free Library plans to organize, process, and digitize items to create a centralized online repository. Some of the items of most interest are documents and maps pre-construction of the Ashokan Reservoir and the previous Town Historian's notebooks and collections. The project's goal is to provide an online collection that gives the community access to materials that provide a clearer picture of life in the Town of Olive before, during, and after the building of the Ashokan Reservoir.
Discover Marlboro: The Story of the Gomez Mill House: A Jewish Heritage Site
Lead library partner: Marlboro Free Library
Primary Museum Partner: Gomez Mill House
Contact: Lindsay Jankovitz
Project Summary: This collaborative project between the Marlboro Free Library and the Gomez Mill House (Marlboro, NY) will create a virtual tour of the Gomez Mill House, one of the oldest Jewish Heritage sites in North America. The tour will be featured on the Library’s Discover Marlboro app.
Project Description: Through this project, the Marlboro Free Library will partner with the Gomez Mill House, one of the oldest Jewish Heritage sites in North America, which is located in Marlboro, N.Y. The project will create a virtual tour of the Gomez Mill House, to be featured on the Library’s Discover Marlboro app. Drawing from each institutions’ collections and records, this tour will focus on the narratives of the indigenous peoples’ use of the surrounding land, the site’s first inhabitant, Luis Moses Gomez, a Spanish Sephardic Jewish merchant who came to New York fleeing the Spanish Inquisition, and the property’s history of slavery. The Marlboro Free Library will further draw from its local history collection to relate these narratives to the town’s broader history. Artifacts, photographs, maps, and old documents will be digitized for the first time and made readily accessible to the public. Access to this tour will be made public in June 2022.
For the Love of Place: Rosendale, New York
Lead library partner: Rosendale Library
Primary Museum Partner: Century House Historical Society
Contact: Katie Scott-Childress
Project Summary: This collaborative project between the Rosendale Library and the Century House Historical Society will present a series of programs to bring residents and other participants into contact with the natural, social, and cultural history of Rosendale, NY, which provided cement for the Brooklyn Bridge and the base of the Statue of Liberty.
Pictures from the events:
Native American Bird Stories with Evan T. Pritchard, April 23, 2022
At the Snyder Estate, 60 people, plus birds, attended the event.
Foraging the Spring Bounty with Maria Reidelbach, Saturday, June 4, 202
Geology of Rosendale with Alex Bartholomew in the Widow Jane mine, July 31, 2022
Project Description: Rosendale, a town known for its natural cement, made the Brooklyn Bridge and the base of the Statue of Liberty possible. The remnants of the once-bustling cement industry are visible today in the form of large brick kilns and mines that remain prominent features of the landscape. This project, a collaboration between the Rosendale Library and the Century House Historical Society, will present a series of programs to bring residents and other participants into contact with the natural, social, and cultural history of Rosendale. The program series includes: 1) A guided walk highlighting the rich fossils embedded in the stone of the Widow Jane Mine and the geology of Rosendale Cement. 2) A guided walk from a descendant of the Mi’kmaq people to identify spring birds and learn how birds played a central role in local Native American culture. 3) An instrument-making workshop with recycled and natural materials culminating in a small performance in the Widow Jane Mine. 4) A foraging walk on the Snyder estate to harvest edible plants and learn ways to prepare them through climate-friendly cooking. 5) A presentation on the history of the cement industry in Rosendale. 6) A workshop to identify spring ephemeral flowers and create cut paper designs. 7) A guided walk to forage and learn about the fungi that thrive in the limestone bedrock environment of Rosendale.
miSci Libratory Explorers Program
Lead library partner: Chatham Public Library
Primary Museum Partner: Museum of Innovation and Science - miSci
Other Partner Organizations: Claverack Free Library, New Lebanon Library, North Chatham Free Library, Philmont Public Library, Roeliff Jansen Community Library, Valatie Free Library
Contact: Jen McCreery
Project Summary: This project will bring STEM education programs conducted by professional facilitators from the Museum of Innovation and Science - miSci - to participating public and school libraries in Columbia county New York during the Spring of 2022 to complement the work of classroom educators, to assist students impacted by COVID school closures, and to support students' STEM skill sets defined in the Next Generation Science Standards.
See pictures and quotes from STEM education programs in Columbia county during spring 2022!
I would first say thank you so much for setting up the whole MISI lab “dry Ice” experiment for the day! I know a lot of effort goes into putting it all together. The Second grade students and teachers thought it was outstanding! Frank , who came to do the whole lab from MISI, was Fantastic! It was a great learning collaboration and truly appreciated! Thank You Again ~ Michael Wiegard, STREAM, Visual Arts Teacher, Taconic Hills CSD
At the Claverack Free Library, 8 children and 9 adults (and one criminally cute dog!) learned the science behind a crime scene investigation.
Project Description: This project will bring STEM education programs conducted by professional facilitators from the Museum of Innovation and Science - miSci - to participating libraries during the Spring of 2022. The goal is to complement the work of classroom educators and to assist students impacted by COVID school closures to gain knowledge and advanced understanding of STEM concepts that will support skill sets defined in the Next Generation Science Standards. The target audiences are students in Columbia County, including students whose families have chosen to home school. Participating libraries will work with museum facilitators to schedule programs that best reflect their local students’ needs by age group and subject area. Some examples of programs include: 1) Surviving on the Moon 101 (Grades 2–8) - Students work together to solve a series of challenges grounded in real science about living and doing research on the Moon. 2) Crime Lab Science (Grades 3–8) - “Detectives in training” identify the main types of fingerprints, explore the science of chromatography, learn about DNA and how to extract it. 3) Fun with Physics (Grades 3–8) - Students identify different forces by observing Bernoulli’s principle, falling objects, and gyroscopes and then create a toy helicopter to illustrate these concepts.
July 29, 2022 - Deadline extended
June 30, 2022: Final 10% of sub-award amount distributed
July 15, 2022 - Deadline extended
June 15, 2022: All project work completed; final project report submitted
March 18, 2022: Interim project reports due
January 2022: Projects begin
Late January 2022: Project administration kick-off call with project awardees
Late December 2021: Sub-award notifications and announcements
Nov-Dec, 2021: Application review
November 29, 2021: Applications due by 5pm
November 5, 2021: Information Session - 11am-12pm