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  • 05 Jan 2023 2:12 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Foundation for Advancement in Conservation (FAIC) is excited to announce that applications are now open for the 2023 Collections Assessment for Preservation (CAP) program with a deadline of February 28, 2023.

    Participating institutions receive support for a general conservation assessment from a qualified collection and building assessor. The assessment is a study of all the institution's collections, buildings, and building systems, as well as its policies and procedures relating to collections care. The two assessors work collaboratively to provide institutions with prioritized recommendations for improved collections care. Assessments consist of preparatory work, a two-day site visit, a written report, and a one-year follow-up consultation. CAP is often a first step for small institutions that wish to improve the condition of their collections or develop a long-range preservation plan and can serve as a fundraising tool for future collections projects. The CAP program is open to small and medium-sized museums, zoos, aquariums, arboreta, and botanical gardens in the United States. Please visit the CAP website www.culturalheritage.org/cap for more information about the program.

    CAP is administered by FAIC under a cooperative agreement with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).


  • 05 Jan 2023 2:04 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Philip M. Hamer and Elizabeth Hamer Kegan Award Committee invites nominations for the 2023 award.

    The Philip M. Hamer and Elizabeth Hamer Kegan Award recognizes an archivist, editor, group of individuals, or institution that has increased public awareness of a specific body of documents (which can be a specific archival collection or thematic aggregation) through compilation, transcription, exhibition, or public presentation of archives or manuscript materials for educational, instructional, or other public purpose. Work that has had an impact on a local, regional, national, and/or international level is welcomed.

    Recent winners include:

    • 2022: San Diego Air and Space Museum

    • 2021: California State University Japanese American Digitization Project

    • 2020: Laura Wagner, Rubenstein Library, Duke University (Radio Haiti)

    • 2019:  Dickinson College Archives and Special Collections for Carlisle Indian School Digital Resource Center

    Eligibility:

    Individual archivists and editors, groups of individuals, organizations. This award is open to nominees within and outside of the United States, and is not limited to SAA members.

    Prize:

    A certificate and a cash prize of $500.

    Application Deadline:

    All nominations shall be submitted to SAA by February 28, 2023

    For more information on this award, including the nomination form, please go to http://www2.archivists.org/governance/handbook/section12-hamer

    For more information on SAA awards and the nominations process, please go to https://www2.archivists.org/aboutsaa/awardsandscholarships


  • 15 Dec 2022 10:04 AM | Anonymous member

    The Maine State Archives is pleased to announce that Heather Moran has been hired to fill our vacant Archivist III position.  Heather previously worked as the Archivist II at the Maine State Archives for 6 years. Heather holds an MLIS degree in Archival Management from San Jose State University and brings more than 17 years of experience working with collecting institutions across the State. She is a specialist in Civil War, Indian Affairs, and Land Office records at the Maine State Archives. Heather said, “I’m happy to have the opportunity to support Maine State Archives projects and initiatives as we work to make Maine’s history accessible to all.”


  • 12 Dec 2022 5:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    MAC is soliciting applications for the 2023 Archie Motley Memorial Scholarship for Students of Color (http://www.midwestarchives.org/motley). The scholarship is designed to provide financial assistance to students of color pursuing graduate education in archival administration and to encourage ethnic diversification of the MAC membership and of the archival profession. Two $1,500 scholarships, accompanied by one-year memberships to MAC, will be awarded. 

    To be eligible for a scholarship, the applicant must be of African, American Indian, Asian or Pacific Islander, or Latinx descent; must be a student currently enrolled in or accepted in a graduate, multicourse program in archival administration; and must have a grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in their academic program. If the program is not listed in the SAA Directory of Archival Education, http://www2.archivists.org/dae, the applicant must provide proof of the multicourse standard by submitting copies of course descriptions from the institution’s current departmental catalog.

    Applications are due March 1, 2023 and must include the following documents:

    • Completed application form, available at http://www.midwestarchives.org/motley
    • Transcript from the applicant's most recent academic program (unofficial transcript is acceptable)
    • Essay of not more than 500 words outlining the applicant's interests and future goals in archival administration
    • Two letters of recommendation.


    Completed applications should be sent to:


    Jolie Braun

    Curator of Modern Literature & Manuscripts

    The Ohio State University

    braun.338@osu.edu


    Applications must be emailed by March 1, 2023. 

    Awards will be announced no later than June 1, 2023.

  • 28 Nov 2022 1:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) are thrilled to share that Museums for All  – a cooperative agreement between IMLS and ACM – has surpassed 1000 participating museums, spanning every state and every discipline. Museums for All is an access program that encourages people of all backgrounds to visit museums by removing financial barriers from museum participation. It is also a useful tool in any museum’s DEAI work. Since its start in 2014, more than 5 million guests have been welcomed by museums across the country through the Museums for All program. 

    Are you interested in learning more about Museums for All, a national initiative dedicated to expanding community access for underserved audiences? Join staff from IMLS and ACM on January 26 at 2 p.m. Eastern Time to learn more about how and why museums of all kinds participate in the program. To register, please go to: https://www.imls.gov/webinars/museums-all-informational-webinar

  • 19 Oct 2022 10:59 AM | Anonymous member

    Thecall for proposals deadline forBitCurator Forum 2023 has been EXTENDED! 

    We will welcome submissions through October 22, 2022.

    The 2023 BitCurator Forum will be held virtually March 28-30, 2023.

    The BitCurator Forum brings together representatives of all levels of experience from libraries, archives, museums, and related professions engaged in (or considering) digital archives work.

    The Forum will balance discussion of theory and practice of digital forensics, curation, and related digital analysis workflows. There will also be hands-on activities with the BitCurator environment, and other useful tools.

    This year we encourage community members to host BitCurator Satellites, local in-person events held in conjunction with the online BitCurator Forum. This is an experimental hybrid conference model, intended to complement the online BitCurator Forum by supporting partners and friends so they can host sessions, workshops and talks for a local audience.

    **Interested in hosting a satellite event? Fill out this online form.   Kari smith, Global Archivist LLC located in Boothbay Harbor Maine is interested talking with others who would like to have a Maine-based digital forensics meet-up.**

    The BitCurator Forum is open to all. You do not need to be a BCC member or BitCurator user to submit a proposal and/or attend the event. Please note that, like last year, this year’s registration rates will include a $0 option. We will also consider waiving registration fees for speakers.

  • 31 Aug 2022 11:36 AM | Anonymous member

    Tate House Museum, in partnership with the City of Portland, has been awarded a Certified Local Government grant in the amount of $19,526. This grant is administered by the National Park Service, Department of the Interior, and the Maine Historic Preservation Commission and will support, in part, the development of new campus signage for Tate and Means Houses as well as construction of a new historic fence along the western boundary of the Tate House.

    For more information, contact Holly K. Hurd, hkhurd@tatehouse.org


  • 16 Aug 2022 4:07 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Six IMLS Grant Opportunities Now Available to Support Museum Services


    Applications Accepted Now Through November 15, 2022

    WASHINGTON, DC—Museums and related organizations across the United States have six opportunities in the coming months to apply for grants from the nation’s primary source of federal funding for museum services. The Institute of Museum and Library Services is now accepting applications for six grant programs:



    Applications for all six programs are due on November 15, 2022. Applicants should review the notices of funding opportunity carefully to understand each program’s specific goals and objectives, which reflect the agency’s focus on championing lifelong learning, strengthening community engagement, and advancing collections stewardship and access.


    “IMLS funding supports exceptional programs aligned with lifelong learning, professional development, and community engagement,” said Laura Huerta Migus, Deputy Director of the Office of Museum Services. “Museums are increasingly adding community voices into their collections and archives to match the preservation of history and the presentation of knowledge and culture to the needs of individual communities. Each year the programs, activities, and partnerships IMLS funds increasingly demonstrate the expanded inclusivity and accessibility of museums.” 


    Prospective grant applicants are invited to view webinars on how to choose the appropriate funding opportunity and to learn more about each grant program. Visit the IMLS website for a listing of on-demand webinars.


    For questions or guidance, please contact the staff members listed on the grant program web pages.



    Photo: Volunteer Bruce T. shares in the mysteries of clouds with two junior space explorers. (Photo courtesy of Chabot Space & Science Center)


    View this email online.

    About the Institute of Museum and Library Services


    The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation's libraries and museums. We advance, support, and empower America’s museums, libraries, and related organizations through grantmaking, research, and policy development. IMLS envisions a nation where individuals and communities have access to museums and libraries to learn from and be inspired by the trusted information, ideas, and stories they contain about our diverse natural and cultural heritage. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


  • 07 Aug 2022 6:39 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The goal of the African American Civil Rights grant program is to preserve and protect sites associated with the struggle for equality from the transatlantic slave trade forward. Additional funding will also be available to tell the civil rights story of all Americans through a separate notice of funding for fiscal year (FY) 2022 (see History of Equal Rights Notice of Funding Opportunity P22AS00644).

    Who May Apply

    • States and Territories
    • Indian Tribes that meet the definition in 54 USC 300309 and Native Hawaiian Organizations that meet the definition in 54 USC 300314
    • Local Governments, including Certified Local Governments
    • Non-profit Organizations

    What Is Funded

    Pre-preservation and Preservation Projects

    • Preservation projects must range from $75,000 to $750,000 in federal share, of which 20% may go toward pre-preservation costs such as architectural or engineering services. Grant applications that solely involve pre-preservation work must range from $15,000 to $75,000.
    • Preservation projects fund physical preservation of historic sites to include historic districts, buildings, sites, structures, and objects. Projects must comply with laws, such as Section 106 and NEPA, and execute a preservation covenant/easement.
    • Eligible costs: pre-preservation studies, architectural plans and specifications, historic structure reports, and the repair and rehabilitation of historic properties according to the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Archeology and Historic Preservation.
    • Properties must be listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places or designated a National Historic Landmark either individually or as part of a district.

    History Projects

    • History grant projects must range from $15,000 to $75,000 in federal share.
    • Eligible costs include survey, planning, and documentation of historic sites/events, creation of interpretive and educational materials around significant sites (including oral histories), and conservation of significant civil rights collections.
    • Successful applications will emphasize innovative strategies, creative projects with measurable results, and include cross-generational engagement that promote and preserve the community’s civil rights resources. Projects should involve public-private partnerships and serve as models to communities nationwide. Your project must ft one of the categories listed below. If a project overlaps more than one category, select the dominant category.
      • Survey and Planning
      • Interpretation and Education
      • Research and Documentation
      • Collections Conservation
    Apply to AACR

    Process and Deadlines

    This program is administered by the National Park Service. Congress has appropriated $21,750,000 for this grant program in Fiscal Year 2022. Applications are due November 8, 2022. All applications must be made through Grants.gov. No paper applications will be accepted. Registration in Grants.gov, SAM.gov, and other federal systems can take up to four weeks, so please start early. To be notified when the opportunity opens, please go to Grants.gov and subscribe to a saved search for CFDA 15.904.

    Now Accepting Applications

    Underrepresented Community (URC) Grant Program

    The goal of the Underrepresented Community grant program is to support the survey, inventory, and designation of historic properties that are associated with communities currently underrepresented in the National Register of Historic Places and among National Historic Landmarks.

    Application Deadline is August 10, 2022

    The URC grant opportunity number is P22AS00294.

    History of Equal Rights (HER) Grant Program

    The goal of the History of Equal Rights grant program is to preserve and protect sites associated with efforts to achieve equal rights. The History of Equal Rights grants are not limited to any specific group and are intended to include the broadest possible interpretation of equal rights for any American.

    Application Deadline is September 14, 2022

    The URC grant opportunity number is P22AS00644.

    FY2022 Funding Opportunities Coming Soon...

    Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization Grant Program

    The Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization Grant Program, named in honor of the late preservation leader from Vermont, fosters economic development in rural communities through the rehabilitation of historic buildings in those communities. The program provides recipients (referred to as prime grantees) with a single grant that is then regranted in smaller amounts to individual projects (subgrants). 

    Opening Fall 2022

    CFDA 15.904



    The Notice of Funding Opportunities (NOFO) for our FY22 programs are anticipated spring through fall 2022. We recommend applicants set up a saved search on Grants.gov for CFDA 15.929 for Save America's Treasures and 15.932 for Historically Black Colleges & Universities and 15.904 for all other programs to be notified when the opportunity becomes available. Here are instructions on setting up a saved search on Grants.gov Subscribe to Saved Searches (grants.gov)

    The application period is typically 90 days. Therefore, the deadline to apply will be 90 days after the NOFO is posted to Grants.gov. Because the window to apply for funding is limited, we encourage applicants to plan well ahead of the deadline. Information on applying to all our programs is available through our website year-round: State, Tribal, Local, Plans & Grants Division (nps.gov)

  • 20 Jul 2022 1:48 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    TPS Fest 2022 is here!

    Do you teach with primary sources? Would you like to share and learn with other like-minded people with all levels and types of experience? Join the Teaching with Primary Sources community for an informative and fun event filled with a variety of attendee-driven sessions and happenings covering all aspects of primary source instruction. 

    When: August 2, 3, and 4, 2022

    Where: Online (Zoom)

    Cost: Free

    TPS Fest is open to students, teachers, librarians, archivists, museum workers, and lifelong learners of all kinds. We hope to see you there and learn from your experiences with (and questions about) teaching with primary sources.

    Register now at tpscollective.org. Our schedule is online with links to register for each session individually. 

    TPS Fest is possible because of attendees and volunteers. Are you interested in getting involved in this year’s Fest or in a future event? Email tpsfest@tpscollective.org to volunteer as a chat moderator or Zoom tech person, or to get more info on how you can help promote the event.

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