Rome Historical Society Chosen as one of 98 Partners in "Building Capacity, Creating Sustainability, Growing Accessibility" Project

The Museum Association of New York (MANY) is thrilled to announce that 98 museums from across New York State, including Rome Historical Society, have been selected to participate in “Building Capacity, Creating Sustainability, Growing Accessibility,” an IMLS CARES Act grant project designed to help museums impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic share their collections and reach audiences who cannot physically visit their museums. 200 staff will be trained to use new hardware and software to develop programs that will engage their communities and reach new audiences.

MANY IMLS Participant Map“We are honored to be awarded IMLS CARES act funding and excited to be able to make an impact on the work of our colleagues and their museums across New York State,” said Erika Sanger, MANY Executive Director. “We are living in an age of transition, experiencing a radical shift in our ways of learning and communicating. The group selected captures the diversity of our shared history in NY and our nation. The stories embodied in the museums’ collections and the storytelling talents of their interpretive staff are the heart of the project.”

In this two-year program, museums will identify a program to virtually deliver to their audiences, focusing on developing programs from stories found in their collections that reveal cultural and racial diversity in their communities.

“This support to expand our virtual programming will help us connect authentically to the community and embrace the digital realm of learning,” said Miranda Sherrock, Rome Historical Society Museum Educator. Over the next few years, Rome Historical Society will continue to build virtual programs, become familiar with digital tools, and develop content to excite and engage new diverse audiences.

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services [CAGML-246991-OMLS-20].  

About IMLS

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation's approximately 120,000 libraries and 35,000 museums and related organizations. The agency’s mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Its grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov and follow us on Facebook and Twitter

About MANY

The Museum Association of New York inspires, connects, and strengthens New York’s cultural community statewide by advocating, educating, collaborating, and supporting professional standards and organizational development. MANY ensures that New York State museums operate at their full potential as economic drivers and essential components of their communities. To learn more, visit www.nysmuseums.org and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

About RHS

The Rome Historical Society is located at 200 Church Street, Rome, NY and is a non-profit organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code. Its mission is to actively research, collect, preserve, and present the historical importance of Rome, NY and to serve as an educational and community resource. For more information, call (315) 336-5870, like them on Facebook, or visit their website at www.romehistoricalsociety.org