Western New York Association of Historical Agencies (WNYAHA)

Western New York Association of Historical Agencies (WNYAHA) Committed to preserving our region's cultural and historic resources
The Western New York Association of Historical Agencies (WNYAHA) provides information, technical assistance, networking opportunities to historians, historical societies, museums, and other historical organizations in a 12 county region in Western NY state. We publish a quarterly newsletter, host workshops, and hold an annual meeting.

Money, Ethics, Art: Can Museums Police Themselves?
05/10/2019
Money, Ethics, Art: Can Museums Police Themselves?

Money, Ethics, Art: Can Museums Police Themselves?

Too expensive to be self-sustaining, museums rely on collectors’ fortunes and corporate money. Now that money is being put under a microscope.

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11/01/2018

Western New York Association of Historical Agencies (WNYAHA)'s cover photo

Three Proven Business Realities That Cultural Organizations Should Stop Ignoring - Colleen Dilenschneider
10/13/2018
Three Proven Business Realities That Cultural Organizations Should Stop Ignoring - Colleen Dilenschneider

Three Proven Business Realities That Cultural Organizations Should Stop Ignoring - Colleen Dilenschneider

Some cultural organizations pretend that these commonly understood business realities do not exist - and it is making their jobs harder. Cultural organizations – museums, zoos, aquariums, historic sites, botanic gardens, and performing arts organizations – may be considered uniqueRead More ›

The Buffalo History Museum
10/13/2018

The Buffalo History Museum

The Museum is excited to share that we held a press conference today with Assemblyman Sean M. Ryan to announce $900,000 in State grant money towards restoration of our portico entrance and 2,600 square feet of exhibit space!

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10/02/2018

Western New York Association of Historical Agencies (WNYAHA)'s cover photo

Congratulations to Preston Pierce!
09/27/2018

Congratulations to Preston Pierce!

We are pleased to announce Preston Pierce, Ontario County Historian, is the 2018 recipient of Julia Reinstein Career Achievement Award! Congratulations Preston, well done!

Nunda Historical Society
09/22/2018

Nunda Historical Society

Here is info on the NHS Fall Bus Tour to Niagara Falls and North Tonawanda. Please consider joining us for another fun day of history with friends. For more information or make a reservation call Joan at 585-490-3302.

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09/21/2018

Western New York Association of Historical Agencies (WNYAHA)'s cover photo

09/11/2018
National September 11 Memorial & Museum

National September 11 Memorial & Museum

This morning, we gather together on the 9/11 Memorial for the 17th anniversary commemoration ceremony. To honor the men, women and children killed on September 11, 2001, family members and friends read the names of their loved ones. www.911memorial.org/anniversary

08/17/2018
Genesee Country Village & Museum

Genesee Country Village & Museum

There is something to explore EVERY day in the Historic Village - just today you can take a Privy Tour at 11:30, see one of our talented historic interpreters play the Grand Harmonicon at 1:00, and learn about Sewing History at 2:30.

Later in the week there are gatherings and tours focused on the Shaker production of herbs and seeds, head coverings of the 19th century, and much more!

To learn more about what we have planned for our visitors each day, see the calendar below and click on "Here's What's Happening..." on the day you're interested in visiting us.

https://www.gcv.org/calendar/

New York State Archives
08/13/2018

New York State Archives

Aqueduct that was Converted into a Subway, 1936 #ErieCanal #Rochester #GeneseeRiver http://ow.ly/cJZD30kI1ng

Western New York Library Resources Council - WNYLRC
08/13/2018
Western New York Library Resources Council - WNYLRC

Western New York Library Resources Council - WNYLRC

Thanks for joining us again this week as we explore our featured collection on New York Heritage Digital Collections for August: Crystal Beach, contributed by The Buffalo History Museum.

Below is an advertisement from a July 1917 edition of the Buffalo Courier Express displaying a steamer departure timetable for Americans and Canadians. By 1917, Crystal Beach had long become a popular destination for tourists, an alternative to places like Chicago Park and Coney Island. A number of steamships ferried passengers from Buffalo, NY, across Lake Erie so they could enjoy the attractions and rides at Crystal Beach. Steamships at that time had their own attractions including dance floors, so passengers could practice their moves for the Crystal Dance Hall later that night.

The Ontario Southern Railway provided an elevated monorail from Ridgeway, Ontario, to Crystal Beach, but this service lasted for only three years.

Crystal Beach featured a number of attractions. Originally, in 1888, one visited Crystal Beach to take in sermons and religious performances. As sideshow attractions became more popular, entrepreneurs provided refreshments and began installing rides including a carousel, roller coasters, a skating rink, bumper cars, fun houses, and the midway. Folks built hotels to accommodate the boom of tourists, and an additional pier with an upper observation deck. New rides were continually added through the 1940s, as Crystal Beach maintained its popularity, with about 20,000 visitors daily.

The Cobblestone Museum
08/11/2018

The Cobblestone Museum

Please don't let this happen. Our National Landmark Cobblestone Schoolhouse is under assault! The property Dollar General is requesting to purchase is zoned for historical usage. Please help us fight the fight to keep the historical district in the Town of Gaines intact! Petitions available at the Cobblestone Museum or send an email to [email protected] with your name and address.

08/06/2018
Seneca-Iroquois National Museum

It was an exciting day as the Seneca Nation opened their new Cultural Center on the Allegany territory on Saturday.

Opening

Western New York Association of Historical Agencies (WNYAHA)'s cover photo
07/27/2018

Western New York Association of Historical Agencies (WNYAHA)'s cover photo

Photos from our cemetery preservation workshop Grave Matters. Thanks to the Newstead Historical Society for hosting!
07/27/2018

Photos from our cemetery preservation workshop Grave Matters. Thanks to the Newstead Historical Society for hosting!

There is just a month left to sign up for our ever-popular cemetery preservation workshop, "Grave Matters." This year ou...
06/26/2018
Western New York Association of Historical Agencies

There is just a month left to sign up for our ever-popular cemetery preservation workshop, "Grave Matters." This year our presenters includes Karen Noonan, a former college faculty member and administrator, and board member for the Town of Porter Historical Society. Her topic will be "19th Century Mourning Customs. For more information on registration and the program, go to our website: www.wnyaha.org

New York State Museum
06/05/2018
New York State Museum

New York State Museum

Take a “Listen” to New York’s Past!
https://wamcpodcasts.org/a-new-york-minute-in-history/
The NYSM has partnered with WAMC/Northeast Public Radio to create a new podcast series that provides a rich audio experience exploring the story of New York State and the unique tales of New Yorkers. Hosted by Devin Lander, the New York State Historian, and Don Wildman of Mysteries at the Museum on Travel Channel, each production weaves first person accounts of historical events, places, and people with narratives from historians and nostalgic sound bites. New podcasts will be added periodically throughout the year, so be sure to subscribe via iTunes or GooglePlay!
#NYSMhistory #ANewYorkMinuteInHistory #podcast

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06/05/2018

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05/11/2018
Erie Canal Discovery Center

Erie Canal Discovery Center

Th Erie Canal Discovery Center is in full summertime operating mode. 9am-5pm, seven days a week for the summer. Come down and see us.

Western New York Association of Historical Agencies (WNYAHA)'s cover photo
05/11/2018

Western New York Association of Historical Agencies (WNYAHA)'s cover photo

RIT Archive Collections
05/09/2018

RIT Archive Collections

Today is #NationalBikeToSchoolDay and RIT students have been doing it in different forms since at least 1964 when this photo was taken. Get out and enjoy the sunshine! (Photo courtesy of RIT Archives Photographic collection)

Thanks to everyone who attended the annual Congress of the Niagara County History Federation in Lockport today! Special ...
05/05/2018

Thanks to everyone who attended the annual Congress of the Niagara County History Federation in Lockport today! Special thanks to our presenters Jim Boles, Ann Marie Linnabery, Elaine Timm and Heidi Ziemer!

The Buffalo News
04/30/2018
The Buffalo News

The Buffalo News

"There are thousands of Underground Railroad stories. We're focused on what happened here."

Iron Island Museum
04/30/2018

Iron Island Museum

Thursday. April 26th, Foreign Exchange Students from all over the world!

Frank Lloyd Wright's Martin House
04/30/2018

Frank Lloyd Wright's Martin House

Today is opening day at Graycliff! Wright designed the Martin's summer home on the lake 20 years after their city home was built. See Graycliff now during its fascinating restoration.

Tour schedule and tickets: experiencegraycliff.org

Exciting summer events ahead: https://www.facebook.com/Graycliffestate/events/

Check out this great new workshop from the Greater Hudson Heritage Network, being facilitated by Linda Norris.
04/13/2018
Greater Hudson Heritage Network

Check out this great new workshop from the Greater Hudson Heritage Network, being facilitated by Linda Norris.

Want to keep your exhibitions fresh and your content relevant? You can start by taking a bold step forward with us - don't forget to register for our upcoming New York State Council on the Arts/GHHN #CreativityIncubator - being held at The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at St. Bonaventure University on May 1! For more information: http://www.greaterhudson.org/creativity-incubator.html

This will be an enjoyable evening!
03/08/2018

This will be an enjoyable evening!

03/06/2018
HISTORY

This poll has ended, but I thought I'd share, because Francis Bellamy, as all good WNY history buffs know, was born in Mount Morris, Livingston County, NY.

You know the words (we hope), but do you know who wrote them? Want to test your #HistoryIQ - vote below!

The original Pledge of Allegiance was written by which one of these great American writers?

Center for the Future of Museums
03/01/2018
Center for the Future of Museums

Center for the Future of Museums

Article by Therese Quinn, director of the graduate program of museum and exhibition studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago, which has "shifted its student demographics from the majority-white status quo of museum studies graduate programs to nearly 80 percent underrepresented minorities over four years through targeted recruitment and efforts to find funding for students."

Greater Hudson Heritage Network
02/27/2018
Greater Hudson Heritage Network

Greater Hudson Heritage Network

Don't Miss Out! Our first Focus on Funding Wkshp is on 3/8 w/Donia Conn! Register today!

American Historical Association
02/27/2018
American Historical Association

American Historical Association

Ads for academic jobs for historians were down from last year, but that hard fact doesn't tell the whole story. As the AHA performs more complex data analysis, it's clear that a simple tally doesn't capture the complexity of "the market."

The Landmark Society of Western New York, Inc.
02/16/2018
The Landmark Society of Western New York, Inc.

The Landmark Society of Western New York, Inc.

Landmark 1899 Douglass statue - first US monument memorializing a black citizen - was the centerpiece of yesterday's #FrederickDouglass200 celebration in Rochester, New York, his adopted hometown & burial place... Another example of the enduring civic value of historic places & spaces.

#thisplacematters #thisisroc #preservation #BlackHistoryMonth National Trust for Historic Preservation Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives Friends of the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site I LOVE NEW YORK Visit Rochester

02/14/2018

While we can't recommend trespassing onto private property, or going into dangerous, unsafe buildings, this is a fascinating look at an historic landmark.

02/12/2018

The History Center of Niagara County is posting a job for a part-time Marketing and Social Media Coordinator see the job description and contact below: :

Niagara County Historical Society – The History Center of Niagara
Marketing & Social Media Coordinator

Division: Outwater Building, 215 Niagara Street, Lockport. New York
Position Title: Marketing & Social Media Coordinator
Primary Reporting Responsibility: Executive Director
Status: Part-Time

Overview: The staff of the Niagara County Historical Society achieves its goals through recruitment, training, and direction. We also work cooperatively with other organizations to accomplish our goals. Staff are hired with a job description and well defined reporting responsibilities, they are required to be flexible in both. Staff is sometimes asked to perform as part of a project team or task force, where their reporting responsibility and work requirements may be different from, while related to, their basic position description. Senior staff works to identify and nourish the unique strengths and interests each person brings with them to their position here.

Summary of Position: Seeking a well-organized individual with advanced computer skills. Have the ability to update all social media accounts, refresh the website, send out press information, create the newsletter, write and send e-blasts. Must be friendly, able to greet visitors and assist in the gift shop if needed. Most display good telephone and research skills. This is a 14 hour part-time position open to adults, it has flexible hours but must be a shift of four hours minimum per work day. It will require working in a shared office.

Contact information: Melissa Dunlap, Executive Director, 716-434-7433

Please send resume to [email protected]
or to Melissa Dunlap,
Niagara County Historical Society
215 Niagara Street,
Lockport, New York 14094
We will be accepting applications for this position until March 21, 2018

Ganondagan State Historic Site
02/09/2018

Ganondagan State Historic Site

First view for our FB followers of our new exhibit opening at the Seneca Art & Culture Center at the end of March! "Hodinohso:ni Women: From the Time of Creation." Stay tuned for more details and awesome related programming.

Susan B. Anthony Museum & House
02/03/2018

Susan B. Anthony Museum & House

It is with a deep sense of gratitude and thanksgiving (and a bit of sadness) that the National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House shares with our friends that Annie Callanan has announced her intention to retire at the end of June 2018.

Annie first came to the Anthony Museum in October 2005 as a part-time independent contractor. She came to us from the Strong Museum of Play, bringing more than 20 years of museum educator experience, her contagious and loving energy, and her passion for sharing Susan B. Anthony’s story. It wasn’t long before Annie was named Director of Visitor Services and Programs. In 2015, she reduced her hours and became our “Educator.” For thirteen years, she has been an inspiration for visitors and colleagues.

We will celebrate Annie and her retirement on Saturday, June 30!

Once again, your intrepid Administrative Coordinator gets his views noticed, in this blog: https://ihare.org/2018/02/01/...
02/02/2018
Create the New York Association for State and Local History (NYASLH)

Once again, your intrepid Administrative Coordinator gets his views noticed, in this blog: https://ihare.org/2018/02/01/create-the-new-york-association-for-state-and-local-history-nyaslh/

The time has come to create the New York Association for State and Local History (NYASLH). There is a void, an absence of leadership in the state history community. There is no one to speak on behalf of the community at the statewide level. Many people work quite hard and often for no money on behal

Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge
01/25/2018

Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge

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