Since 1964, The Cooperstown Graduate Program (CGP) has trained creative, entrepreneurial museum leaders committed to generating programs and services for the public good. CGP-trained professionals dedicate themselves to the development of strong institutions that play a central role in their communities, encouraging broad public audiences to use artifacts, and the study of art and history as a catalyst for social change. CGP offers an intensive 2 year program leading to a Master of Arts degree in History from the State University of New York.
Located at the New York State Historical Association (NYSHA) in Cooperstown, approximately 20 miles north of the State University College at Oneonta, the CGP allows students full access to the outstanding resources of the Oneonta campus while providing hands-on museum experience available at three diverse museum institutions in the Village of Cooperstown (including NYSHA’s Fenimore Art Museum, The Farmers’ Museum and the National Baseball Hall of Fame Museum).
Each year CGP offers a folk life lecture, five professional seminars and an annual conference, all open to the public. In the last semester of their graduate training, students work for outside clients to create an exhibition, usually mounting 5 or 6 exhibitions per year.
The New York State Historical Association (NYSHA) has been welcoming and connecting people to our shared cultural heritage since 1899 through exhibitions and programs that provoke, delight, and inspire. Whether you are a student exploring history through New York History Day; a visitor taking in the Fenimore Art Museum’s world-class collections; a researcher combing through the holdings of our Research Library in Cooperstown or online; a scholar, teacher, or history buff attending one of our conferences or enjoying the journal of New York History or another of our publications; or a family experiencing first-hand a 19th-century farming community at The Farmers’ Museum, a vibrant living history museum and sister institution, you are experiencing a dynamic 21st-century cultural institution.
NYSHA has enjoyed a long partnership with the State University of New York in the Cooperstown Graduate Program and looks forward to nurturing and developing the skill sets of mid-level arts professionals through the Cultural Entrepreneurship project.
Chartered by the New York State Education Department in 1962, the Museum Association of New York (MANY) is a nationally recognized state museum association committed to strengthening the organizational development of the state’s diverse museum and heritage organization communities. As a member-based information and advocacy resource, MANY engages in a variety of programs and services addressing legislative and policy issues, analyzing and collecting trend data, and building information networks. Recent programmatic efforts are focusing on future leadership issues in the field resulting in the publication of a white paper, discussion guides, and outreach to graduate programs, graduate students and young professionals.
MANY is a not-for-profit corporation governed by an elected board of directors whose members represent museums and historical organizations from across the state.
MANY's current programs and services include:
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- collaboration with state agencies regarding chartering of museums, standards and best practices, and the role of museums in cultural tourism initiatives;
- research gathering activities that gauge leadership and management trends and issues in the statewide field resulting in white papers and publications;
- production of a biennial salary survey that is the largest of its type in the US;
- a shared annual conference with the Upstate History Alliance that is now the largest gathering of museum professionals in the state;
- a monthly e-newsletter featuring leadership and management articles, advocacy and member updates, job listings, and professional development and funding calendars;
- arts and tourism advocacy activities in Albany and development and dissemination of advocacy literature to elected and agency officials and to the field;
- an interactive Web site and
- information referrals and networking opportunities.
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The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 122,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The mission of IMLS is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas. IMLS works at the national level and in coordination with state and local organizations to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge; enhance learning and innovation; and support professional development.