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Pomeroy Fund for New York State History Grants for Museum and Historical Society Capital Budgets DEADLINE March 22

The Pomeroy Fund for NYS History is a partnership between the William G. Pomeroy Foundation and the Museum Association of New York (MANY). The Fund offers grant assistance to 501(c)(3) history-related organizations in New York State with budgets under $150,000.

In Round Four, a total of $50,000 will be distributed for capital needs in individual grants not to exceed $5,000.

Requests will be considered for technology equipment, facility maintenance equipment, furnishings, major material purchases, renovations, refurbishments, remodeling, and rehabilitation.

SOURCE: https://nysmuseums.org

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FAA’s Network Software Architecture Challenge DEADLINE April 4 PRIZES Up to $65K

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is exploring potential future vehicle technologies and is hosting the ENACT Challenge: Enabling Network Architecture for Collaborative Technologies. The challenge should be viewed as a research initiative and invites innovators to submit a proposal outlining the development of a detailed network architecture (technologies, modules, protocols, etc.) for high-volume information and data transaction for an FAA portion of a future Network Architecture Capability supporting the exchange of vehicle data.

SOURCE: https://www.enactchallenge.com

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Virtual: The African American Intellectual History Society’s Sixth Annual Conference March 19-20

Keynote Speakers:

Robin D.G. Kelley and Tiya Miles

Author and historian Robin D.G. Kelley is one of the most distinguished experts on African American studies and a celebrated professor who has lectured at some of America’s highest learning institutions.

Tiya Miles is Professor of History and Radcliffe Alumnae Professor at Harvard University. She is a public historian, academic historian, and creative writer whose work explores the intersections of African American, Native American and women’s histories.

Featured Guest Speakers

Stanley Nelson is among the premier documentary filmmakers working today. His feature-length films combine compelling narratives with rich and deeply researched historical detail, shining new light on both familiar and under-explored aspects of the American past.

Etant Dupain is a journalist, filmmaker, and community organizer. For over a decade, he has worked as a producer on documentaries and for international news media outlets including Al Jazeera, TeleSur, BBC, CNN, Netflix, PBS, and Vice. Etant founded an alternative media project in Haiti to enable citizen journalists to provide access to information in Haitian Creole for and about internally-displaced people, aid accountability, and politics.

Featured Authors & Books

Thavolia Glymph, author of The Women’s Fight: The Civil War’s Battles for Home, Freedom, and Nation

Davarian L. Baldwin, author of In the Shadow of the Ivory Tower: How Universities Are Plundering Our Cities

Tiffany N. Florvil, author of Mobilizing Black Germany: Afro-German Women and the Making of a Transnational Movement

Tyler D. Parry, author of Jumping the Broom: The Surprising Multicultural Origins of a Black Wedding Ritual

William Sturkey, author of Hattiesburg: An American City in Black and White

SOURCE: https://www.aaihs.org

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Virtual: Wetlands and Pollinators: How Water Quality Practices Can Benefit Pollinators Workshop March 31

Wetlands are vital–recognized for their importance in protecting water quality, enhancing agricultural production, strengthening community health, and providing wildlife habitat. This webinar highlights how wetland protection and restoration can also support pollinator and other beneficial insect conservation.

SOURCE: https://xerces.org

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Virtual: Effective Ways to Attract And Support Pollinators in Managed Landscapes Workshop March 24

Information provided will include best management practices for pollinators as well as information on plant selection for landscapers and other urban land managers.

SOURCE: https://xerces.org

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Virtual: Beneficial Invertebrates in Our Soil Workshop March 17

Healthy, living soil and its functions are created and maintained by fungi, bacteria, plants and by invertebrate animals as diverse as annelids, springtails, and firefly larvae, among others. Soil invertebrates are fundamental to soil health and create soil structure, cycle organic matter, consume weed seeds and predate crop pests. This workshop will familiarize participants with common soil invertebrates, their ecology and roles in soil health, scouting methods, and management strategies to increase beneficial soil animal populations.

SOURCE: https://xerces.org

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Virtual: Pollinators and Climate Change: Making an Impact on the Farm Workshop March 16

During this “farminar” hosted by the Practical Farmers of Iowa, learn more from Xerces Society climate change lead, Angela Laws, about how climate change impacts pollinators. Then hear from Sarah Nizzi, Xerces Society farm bill pollinator conservation planner and NRCS partner biologist, about the cost-share and technical assistance programs that can help you sustain pollinators on your farm.

SOURCE: https://xerces.org

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NEH Humanities Historical Research Grants DEADLINE May 18

The Research and Development program supports projects that address major challenges in preserving or providing access to humanities collections and resources. These challenges include the need to find better ways to preserve materials of critical importance to the nation’s cultural heritage—from fragile artifacts and manuscripts to analog recordings and digital assets subject to technological obsolescence—and to develop advanced modes of organizing, searching, discovering, and using such materials.

This program supports projects at all stages of development, from early planning and stand-alone studies, to advanced implementation. Research and Development projects contribute to the evolving and expanding body of knowledge for heritage practitioners, and for that reason, outcomes may take many forms. Projects may produce any combination of laboratory datasets, guidelines for standards, open access software tools, workflow and equipment specifications, widely used metadata schema, or other products.

Research and Development supports work on the entire range of humanities collection types including, but not limited to, moving image and sound recordings, archaeological artifacts, born digital and time-based media, rare books and manuscripts, archival records, material culture, and art. Applicants must demonstrate how advances in preservation and access through a Research and Development project would benefit the cultural heritage community by supporting humanities research, teaching, or public programming.

SOURCE: https://www.neh.gov

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NEH Humanities Initiative Grants for Community Colleges DEADLINE May 20

Humanities Initiatives at Community Colleges strengthen the teaching and study of the humanities at community colleges by developing new humanities programs, resources (including those in digital format), or courses, or by enhancing existing ones.

Projects must be organized around a core topic or set of themes drawn from such areas of study in the humanities as history, philosophy, religion, literature, and composition and writing skills.

NEH welcomes applications for projects that are modest in scope, duration, and budget, as well as applications for expansive, long-term projects.

SOURCE: https://www.neh.gov

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NEH Humanities Initiative Grants for Colleges and Universities DEADLINE May 20

Humanities Initiatives at Colleges and Universities strengthen the teaching and study of the humanities at institutions of higher education by developing new humanities programs, resources (including those in digital format), or courses, or by enhancing existing ones.

Projects must be organized around a core topic or set of themes drawn from such areas of study in the humanities as history, philosophy, religion, literature, and composition and writing skills.

NEH welcomes applications for projects that are modest in scope, duration, and budget, as well as applications for expansive, long-term projects.

SOURCE: https://www.neh.gov

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Virtual: Beech Leaf Disease FREE Webinar March 9

Beech leaf disease (BLD) affects and kills both native and ornamental beech tree species. It is associated with a nematode, Litylenchus crenatae mccannii. This disease has only been discovered in recent years and much about it, including the full cause and how it spreads, is still unknown. Because of this, experts from The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station are collecting information and performing research in the hopes of learning more about the disease and how to control it.

SOURCE: https://www.bartlettarboretum.org

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Article-a-Day #132: U.S. History Scene-The Birth of Blackface Minstrelsy and the Rise of Stephen Foster

In 1828, T.D. “Big Daddy” Rice, a struggling white actor, made his New York stage debut. With a single dialectical song performed in blackface, his routine radically transformed the cultural landscape of North America. In 1855, a theater columnist for the New York Tribune would recall that cataclysmic performance as an unparalleled moment in American entertainment as “never was there such an excitement in the musical or dramatic world; nothing was talked of, nothing written of, nothing dreamed of, but ‘Jim Crow.’” Although his name is not known today, T.D. Rice was a major star in Antebellum America. He is considered one of the primary artistic architects of what was called the “minstrel show” or “blackface minstrelsy.”

SOURCE: https://ushistoryscene.com

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Virtual: Bee City Series: Very Special(ist) Bees and the Flowers They Love Workshop March 16

Many bees are pollen specialists, collecting pollen from a single species, genus, or plant family. Despite knowing many of these plant-bee connections, we do not have good images of all these specialist bees. We would love your help documenting them and other invertebrates visiting their host plants. This program will highlight where to find specialist bee information–primarily for the eastern U.S.—and bee phenology information to guide your efforts. We will also discuss how you can help document wildlife via iNaturalist.org and Bugguide.net.

SOURCE: https://xerces.org

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Winter Tree ID Hike March 19 ~South Salem, NY~

No leaves, no problem—become a winter dendrology pro! Join our Director of Stewardship Brendan Murphy for an easy stroll through the Leon Levy Preserve. Enjoy the wintry landscape of this beautiful preserve that WLT helped protect (and holds the conservation easement on) and learn techniques for identifying trees in winter. About 1 mile on easy-moderate terrain.

SOURCE: https://westchesterlandtrust.org

Location: Leon Levy Preserve, 2-50 Smith Ridge Road, South Salem, NY

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Bartlett Summer Camp: Nature Immersion Experiences Now Registering Beginning June 12 ~Stamford, CT~

Bartlett camp programs offer immersion into the natural world through the exploration of the arboretum’s 93 acres of forest and gardens. Programming is hands-on, and incorporates STEAM concepts (science, technology, engineering, art and math) in age appropriate contexts. In addition to the week specific programming, each camp segment allows time in each day for games and relaxation appropriate to the age level. Our aim is to make nature inviting and engagement fun.

SOURCE: https://www.bartlettarboretum.org

Location: Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens, 151 Brookdale Road, Stamford, CT

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Subscribe to the 2021 Pfeiffer Center CSA ~Chestnut Ridge, NY~

The Pfeiffer Center CSA offers 22 weekly pickups of our own freshly harvested, biodynamically raised vegetables, herbs, and flowers from June to November. Pickup is conveniently located at the Fellowship Community’s Duryea Farm. Members receive a weekly produce list email with farm news and recipes.

SOURCE: https://www.pfeiffercenter.org

Location: The Pfeiffer Center, 260 Hungry Hollow Road, Chestnut Ridge, NY

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Westchester County Home Composter & Rain Barrel Spring Sale DEADLINE April 20 ~Peekskill, Scarsdale, & White Plains, NY~

Westchester County and the Greenburgh Nature Center are excited to offer backyard compost bins and at deep discounts. The pick-up date is Friday April 23rd at the Nature Center from 10 am -2 pm & April 24th in Saxon Woods from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm or Depew Park in Peekskill from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. Please email Lindsay Lcohen@greenburghnaturecenter.org if you need to arrange for an alternative pick up time. Thank you for your participation!

Pick Up Locations & Time:

Please indicate your pickup location upon selecting your individual items.

Greenburgh Nature Center, Manor House
Friday, April 23, 10 AM – 2 PM
99 Dromore Road, Scarsdale, NY 10583
http://www.greenburghnaturecenter.org

Saxon Woods Park
Saturday, April 24, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
1800 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, NY 10605
https://parks.westchestergov.com/saxon-woods-park

Peekskill, Depew Park
Saturday, April 24, 9 AM – 12 PM
Depew Court (Veteran’s Memorial Pool), Peekskill, NY 10566

Please note: You must place your order by Tuesday, April 20.

A composting expert will be available at each location to demonstrate and answer questions about composting.

SOURCE: https://westchestercompostersale.ecwid.com

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Amphibian Walk March 26 ~Pound Ridge, NY~

Along with searching for frogs and salamanders and their eggs, we will learn how to identify different frog calls, discover what makes amphibians unique, and find the perfect vernal pool habitat on a hike after dark. Bring a flashlight and wear your flashiest and brightest springtime duds!

SOURCE: https://westchesterlandtrust.org

Location: Zofnass Family Preserve, 245 Upper Shad Road, Pound Ridge, NY

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Virtual: Backyard Wildlife: Bat Conservation March 10

A look into the bat species that call Westchester home, their roles in our local ecosystems, and how to live alongside these fabulous creatures. Program includes information on the unique challenges North American bats are facing, and how to select and install bat boxes.

SOURCE: https://www.teatown.org

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Article-a-Day #131: Time-‘The Slaves Dread New Year’s Day the Worst’: The Grim History of January 1

In the African-American community, New Year’s Day used to be widely known as “Hiring Day” — or “Heartbreak Day,” as the African-American abolitionist journalist William Cooper Nell described it — because enslaved people spent New Year’s Eve waiting, wondering if their owners were going to rent them out to someone else, thus potentially splitting up their families. The renting out of slave labor was a relatively common practice in the antebellum South, and a profitable practice for white slave owners and hirers.

SOURCE: https://time.com