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HSRC Wins 2019 GHHN Award for Excellence

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The Historical Society of Rockland County is Proud to Announce We Have Won a

2019 GHHN Award for Excellence

This project award is in recognition of the current exhibition, Influencers: Art & History on South Mountain RoadHandmade by Henry Varnum Poor, and auxiliary programs.

The Greater Hudson Heritage Network's Awards for Excellence program seeks to recognize and commend exceptional efforts among GHHN members. Awards are made to projects that exemplify creativity and professional vision resulting in a contribution to the preservation and interpretation of the historic scene, material culture and diversity of the region. 
The 2019 awards will be presented at the GHHN's Experimenting With History Annual Conference, on Tuesday, September 24, 2019, at the Bear Mountain Inn & Conference Center, Bear Mountain, to:

  • Historical Society of Rockland County, New City, in recognition of the exhibition Influencers: Art & History on South Mountain Road and auxiliary programs. From 1908 to today, Rockland's South Mountain Road has sheltered an enclave of artists/intellectuals who have left lasting marks on global arts and letters. Influencers explores how the county's geographical and social landscape has influenced these residents and how those who find inspiration on The Road influence one another. The exhibition highlights the enclave's period of greatest collective creativity, from the end of World War I through the 1940s, and its members' shared aesthetics of anti-materialism and self-sufficiency, as well as reliance on local materials and forms to create new and innovative expressive works.
  • Bird Homestead and Meeting House Conservancy, Rye, in recognition of When Science Meets History, six-part series of lectures that demonstrated ways that science and history affect each other and advance the understanding of the past and present. The series furthered the Conservancy's goal of making the Meeting House and Bird Homestead active sites for public education and encourage thinking across disciplines.
  • Gwen Spicer, author, in recognition  of Magnetic Mounting Systems for Museums and Cultural Institutions, an in-depth examination of how magnets behave and what comprises a magnetic mounting system. This book provides the museum field, curators, mount-makers, exhibit designers, collection managers, archivists, professional framers, and conservators with easy-to-understand, and in-depth information about magnets. Professionals of all types will gain the knowledge to confidently create magnetic systems for use in any application.
  • Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, in recognition of Maya Lin: A River Is a Drawing, a catalog written and produced to document and complement the exhibition of the same name. The exhibition was organized by the Hudson River Museum and guest curated by Miwako Tezuka; it was developed in close collaboration between the HRM and this visionary artist focused on the theme of the Hudson River. Maya Lin's passion for the environment furnished the rationale for this exhibition to be here and now, when we must fight climate change. Lin created a series of new works and ambitious site-specific installations that invited visitors to interact and consider their own role in environmental action.
  • Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, in recognition of Through Our Eyes: Milestones and Memories of African Americans in Yonkers, a community-led exhibition and digital collecting initiative. It features over 700 photographs, stories, and achievements of Yonkers residents over the past 100+ years. To better fulfill this mission to engage, inspire, and connect diverse communities through the power of the arts, sciences, and history, the HRM set out to address the imbalances of representation in the permanent collection. These photographs date back to 1903 and show the lives that people made for themselves as they built a well-connected community. 
  • Bard College and Historic Red Hook, Annandale-on-Hudson and Red Hook, in recognition of Gilsonfest: a Bard College-led collaboration including Bard College, Historic Red Hook, the Dutchess County Historical Society and the Red Hook Quilters focusing on the life of Alexander Gilson (ca. 1824-1889), slave-turned-head gardener at Montgomery Place, and featuring lectures, an exhibition, new signage, a commissioned quilt, an artistic digital display, and a brochure. As part of the investigation of historical complicity in slavery and slave-holding, Gilsonfest focused on and interpreted the life of Gilson which allowed the project to illuminate slavery and its aftermath in nineteenth century New York and the Hudson Valley.
  • The Museum at Bethel Woods, Bethel, in recognition of the exhibition We Are Golden: Reflections on the 50th Anniversary of the Woodstock Festival and Aspirations for a Peaceful Future, which celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock Music and Art Fair. The exhibition honors the significance of the festival itself, using over 170 artifacts to tell the story of the event and illustrate the interconnectedness between the Woodstock festival and its historic site. It also makes poignant connections between the events leading up to the 1969 festival and the events affecting young people in 2019 by incorporating media experiences that draw from oral history interviews with the youth of the 1960s and the youth of today.

Congratulations to all the winners! The Awards Ceremony and poster session featuring winning projects will take place at the 2019 GHHN Annual Conference. Registration is required. To register, go to


The Greater Hudson Heritage Network serves the museum and history communities as a catalyst to advance professional standards and practices; build the capacity of organizations to meet their missions; an
create a network of effective and professional stewards of regional history and culture, now and in the future. For information about the organization and the awards, contact: Greater Hudson Heritage Network, 2199 Saw Mill River Road, Elmsford, NY 10523, (914) 592-6726, [email protected].



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