Rome Historical Society receives grant to expand virtual efforts

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The Museum Association of New York has selected Rome Historical Society as one of 98 partners in its “Building Capacity, Creating Sustainability, Growing Accessibility” project made possible through an Institute of Museum and Library Services CARES Act grant, according to a release.

The historical society is one of 98 museums from across New York State selected to participate in “Building Capacity, Creating Sustainability, Growing Accessibility,” a project designed to help museums impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic share their collections and reach audiences who cannot physically visit their museums. 

Across the state’s partnerships, 200 staff will be trained to use new hardware and software to develop programs that will engage their communities and reach new audiences. 

“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’s museum educator in a statement.

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, according to the society’s museum educator. 

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.

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