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  • 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 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 to volunteer as a chat moderator or Zoom tech person, or to get more info on how you can help promote the event.

  • 27 May 2022 5:31 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    State, Tribal, Local, Plans & Grants

    National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior

    National Park Service
    U.S. Department of the Interior

    History of Equal Rights Grants Program FY22 Notice of Funding Opportunity

    Applications due September 13, 2022

    LeMoyne House

    LeMoyne House – designated a National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service - Southern façade perspective. Photo Credit: Photographer Unknown.

    The State, Tribal, Local, Plans & Grants Division is now accepting applications for the History of Equal Rights (HER) grant program. Before applying, please make sure that you have read and understand the limitations of each funding program and have carefully reviewed the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). The Notice of Funding Opportunity contains all the information you will need to create a successful application.

    Congress has appropriated $4.625 million for the HER program. Grant projects fund physical preservation or pre-preservation of 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.

    What is Funded:

    • 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 a historic site to include historic districts, buildings, sites, structures, and objects. Projects must comply with relevant 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. Significance must be associated with equal rights. Projects that are not listed on the National Register or are not listed in association with equal rights must include a nomination or amendment to an existing nomination as part of their project.

    What is not Funded:

    • Construction of new buildings
    • Acquisition of collections or historic sites
    • Conservation of collections
    • Long-term maintenance or curatorial work beyond the grant period
    • Reconstructing historic properties (recreating all or a significant portion that no longer exists or was removed)
    • Moving or work on moved historic properties that are no longer eligible for listing in the NRHP
    • Cash reserves, endowments, revolving funds, or fund-raising costs
    • Work performed prior to announcement of award
    • Lobbying or advocacy activities
    • Costs for work already completed or funded through other federal programs
    • Administrative costs may not be over 25% of project budget
    • Miscellaneous costs, contingencies, reserves, and overhead

    Applications are due September 13, 2022.

    Apply Now

    Grant Programs Accepting Applications

    Underrepresented Communities (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.

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    FY2022 Funding Opportunities Coming Soon... 

    African American Civil Rights (AACR) Grant Program

    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.

    Opening Summer 2022 

    CFDA 15.904

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    Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization (Rural) 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

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    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 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 Subscribe to Saved Searches (

    The application period is typically 90 days. Therefore, the deadline to apply will be 90 days after the NOFO is posted to 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 (

    State, Tribal, Local, Plans & Grants 

    State, Tribal, Local, Plans & Grants (STLPG) Division of the National Park Service manages 11 competitive and formula grant programs funded by the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF). Our grant programs assist with a variety of historic preservation projects through partnerships with State and Tribal Historic Preservation Offices, local communities, and preservation organizations across the United States and her territories. 

    Grant Programs

  • 09 May 2022 1:11 PM | Anonymous member

    Tate House Museum Welcomes You To Their Annual Plant Sale

    Portland --- It’s that time of year again when fingers are itching to get out into the garden. On May 21 from 9AM to Noon the Tate House Museum at 1267 Westbrook St., Portland invites you to shop for perennials and annuals for your garden. Come and enjoy a cup of coffee while you pick out those special plants.

    The popular plant sale features perennials divided from Tate House Museum Garden along with other perennials from members’ gardens. There will also be a variety of annual flowers, vegetable seedlings and hanging baskets to choose from as well. This can be your one-stop shop for your garden this year. Please note we also take donations of perennials as long as they are potted and marked with the variety and color of bloom.

    Proceeds from the sale support the mission of the Tate House Museum, the only Pre-Revolutionary home in Greater Portland open to the public.

    FMI: Contact Holly Hurd

    Tate House Museum

    1267 Westbrook Street

    Portland, ME 04102


  • 29 Mar 2022 1:47 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Application Deadline: June 22,2021

    Draft applications accepted for technical review through June 1, 2022.


    The Maine Historic Preservation Commission is pleased to announce the availability of Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) grants for 2022.   The Commission anticipates awarding approximately $94,000 in one-to-one matching grants for the preparation of National Register nominations, architectural or archaeological surveys, and preservation planning, education, development, or pre-development projects statewide.  The minimum grant award is normally $5,000.  For development or pre-development projects eligible historic buildings and sites are those that are listed in the National Register of Historic Places either individually or as contributing resources in a National Register listed historic district.  Eligible applicants are limited to state agencies, county governments, municipal governments, educational institutions, and private non-profit institutions as defined by the Internal Revenue Service. Projects must be directed by persons with professional credentials as defined by the Department of the Interior, and must be completed by September 30, 2024. 


    The Commission’s 2022 Historic Preservation Grant Manual provides information about eligible projects and expenses, as well as the project selection process and selection criteria.  Funding priorities for 2022 include municipal or regional level planning for the effects of climate change on historic resources; providing planning assistance to CLG communities; diversifying identification and registration efforts to include everyone’s history; identifying and providing protection for particularly vulnerable resources; supporting pre-development, development and archaeology projects; and increasing awareness of historic preservation activities through education, outreach, publications and events.  A complete list of funding priorities is available in the manual.


    Click Here for an application or the grant manual, or contact the Maine Historic Preservation Commission, 55 Capitol Street, 65 State House Station, Augusta, ME, 04333-0065, (207) 287-2132.


    The Maine Historic Preservation Commission receives Federal financial assistance for the identification and protection of historic properties; under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the U. S. Department of the Interior prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, or handicap in its federally assisted program.

  • 07 Mar 2022 9:26 AM | Anonymous member

    Maine Preservation is excited to be collaborating with Friends of Congress Square Park, Greater Portland Landmarks, Maine Downtown Center, and Portland Downtown to bring Jane's Walk to communities across Maine on Saturday, May 7.

    What is Jane’s Walk? 

    Jane’s Walk is a global festival of free, volunteer-led walking conversations inspired by community activist Jane Jacobs. Jane’s Walks combine the simple act of exploring a place with personal observations, local history, and civic engagement. The annual Jane’s Walk festival takes place the first weekend in May, in more than 200 cities and towns around the globe. 

    Who was Jane Jacobs? 

    Jane Jacobs was a community activist and writer who lived from 1916-2006. She is best known for galvanizing New Yorkers to stop a highway from being built in her neighborhood. She believed in the power of individuals to influence the places they live. Today, her principles represent the participatory planning approaches that have been embraced in communities around the world. 

    Who can lead a Jane’s Walk? 

    You can! Anyone is welcome to lead a Jane’s Walk. Whether you are affiliated with an organization or an impassioned individual, Jane’s Walk is an opportunity to share your knowledge and experience with your community.

    Click here to learn more about Jane's Walk ME!

  • 16 Feb 2022 10:08 AM | Anonymous member

    Hosted by the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum

    March 9, 2022 • 7:00 PM (ET)

    Join us online!

    Photographer Shaun O’Boyle has traveled to both polar regions to capture the stark beauty of remote and beautiful Arctic and Antarctic landscapes. With a background in architecture and engineering, his images often focus on the built environment, where Western exploration and industrial activities intersect and engage with the unique landscapes of polar lands. From sophisticated telescopes imaging the cosmic microwave background at South Pole Station to the long-abandoned remains of exploration and mining camps, O’Boyle’s photographs explore the complex interplay of human endeavor, environmental extremes, and the passage of time.

  • 21 Jan 2022 10:47 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    January 2022

    The LeDroit Building, once home to the first law school founded by women, for women. Photo courtesy of Jason Hornwick (photographer); DC Preservation League.

    The Underrepresented Community (#URC) Grant Program 

    application deadline has been extended to February 8, 2022!

    The National Park Service’s Underrepresented Community Grant Program (URC) works towards diversifying the nominations submitted to the National Register of Historic Places. URC grants are funded by the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF), and are administered by the NPS. Projects include surveys and inventories of historic properties associated with communities underrepresented in the National Register, as well as the development of nominations to the National Register for specific sites. Congress has appropriated $1,000,000 for the URC Grant Program. Eligible applicants are limited to State Historic Preservation Offices, Federally Recognized Tribes, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiian Organizations, and Certified Local Governments. Applications are due February 8, 2022.

    Learn more about URC

    Apply to URC via 

    Competitive Grant Programs Now Accepting Applications

    Estey Hall, Shaw University in Raleigh, NC. Photo Courtesy of Shaw University.

    Historically Black Colleges and Universities Grant Program

    HBCU grants document, preserve, and stabilize historic structures on HBCU campuses. Eligibility information has been changed for this application cycle to expand the types of resources that may receive a grant. Congress has appropriated $10,000,000 in HBCU funding for FY2021.

    Applications are due January 25, 2022.

    Learn more about HBCU

    Apply to HBCU via

    Centre Market Square Historic District in Wheeling, West Virginia. Photo courtesy of Erin Yaeger.

    Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization Subgrant Program

    Subgrant programs enable the rehabilitation of historic properties and rehabilitate, protect, and foster economic development of rural communities. Congress has appropriated $7.5 million in funding for FY2021.

    Applications are due February 22, 2022.

    Learn more about Paul Bruhn Revitalization Grants

    Apply to Paul Bruhn via

  • 19 Jan 2022 2:12 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Nominations are now being accepted for the 2022 Donald Peterson Student Travel Award!

    Established in 2005, this award supports students and recent graduates from graduate archival programs within North America to attend SAA’s Annual Meeting. The goal of the scholarship is to stimulate greater participation in the activities of SAA by students and recent graduates. This participation must include either a presentation of research during the Annual Meeting or active participation in an SAA-sponsored committee, section, or roundtable.

    Click here to preview the application and/or to apply. All applications must be submitted online and include the following:

    1. A 500-word essay describing the applicant's career goals and potential impact on the archival profession.
    2. Unofficial transcript to verify student status or copy of graduate diploma.
    3. Two letters of recommendation from individuals having definite knowledge of the applicant's qualifications.

    Nominations will be accepted until February 28, 2022.

    If you have any questions regarding the award or the application process, please contact Danielle Sangalang, Donald Peterson Student Travel Award Committee Chair, at

    For more information on the details on awards from previous years, please visit the Donald Peterson Student Travel Award on the SAA webpage. Please feel free to pass along this announcement to colleagues.

    Donald Peterson Student Travel Award Committee:

    Helen Conger

    Jessica Hornbuckle

    Danielle Sangalang (Chair)

  • 05 Jan 2022 7:57 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The application period for the Society of American Archivists’ (SAA) Mosaic Scholarship is currently open, with a deadline of February 28, 2022

    The Mosaic Scholarship was established to provide financial and mentoring support to minority students pursuing graduate education in archival science, to encourage students to pursue careers in archives, and to promote the diversification of the American archival profession. The award is given to applicants who demonstrate excellent potential for scholastic and personal achievement and who manifest a commitment both to the archival profession and to advancing diversity concerns within it. 

    Up to two scholarships of $5,000 each will be awarded, contingent on available funds. In addition, each scholarship recipient receives a one-year complimentary membership to SAA and complimentary registration to the Society’s Annual Meeting for the year in which the scholarship was received. 

    For more information on the scholarship, eligibility requirements and application instructions, please visit: Click here to apply!

  • 05 Jan 2022 7:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Society of American Archivists’ subcommittees for Awards for Excellence: Contributions to the Archives Profession invite nominations for their 2022 awards. Brief descriptions are provided below. Click on the links for additional information about the criteria and process for each award. 

    If you have nominated a project or person who was not selected for an award in a recent cycle, and you feel their work is still timely and relevant, we encourage you to resubmit the nomination.

    Distinguished Service Award: Recognizes an archival institution, education program, nonprofit organization, or government organization that has provided outstanding service to its public and has made an exemplary contribution to the archives profession.

    Eligibility: Any archival institution, archival organization, records center, or manuscript repository, archival education program, or nonprofit or government organization providing service or support to the archives community in North America.

    nomination form

    Sister M. Claude Lane, O.P., Memorial Award: Recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution to the field of religious archives.

    Eligibility: individual archivists only.

    nomination form

    Spotlight Award: Recognizes the contributions of individuals who work for the good of the archives profession and of archival collections, and whose work would not typically receive public recognition.

    Eligibility: An individual archivist or a group of up to five archivists who have collaborated on a project. Preference is given to archivists working in smaller repositories, especially those without institutional support for professional activities.

    nomination form

    Diversity Award: Recognizes an individual, group, or institution for outstanding contributions in advancing diversity within the archives profession, SAA, or the archival record. Nominees will have demonstrated significant achievement in the form of activism, education, outreach, publication, service, or other initiatives in the archives field. The award is given based on the long-term impact on improving and promoting diversity as defined in the SAA Statement on Diversity and Inclusion.

    Eligibility: An individual, group, or organization.

    nomination form

    Archival Innovator Award: Recognizes an archivist, a group of archivists, a repository, or an organization that demonstrates the greatest overall current impact on the profession or their communities.

    Eligibility: The work should be undertaken within the past three years—it need not be completed, but it must be sufficiently advanced to demonstrate results.

    nomination form

    Mark A. Greene Emerging Leader Award: Celebrates and encourages early-career archivists who have completed archival work of broad merit, demonstrated significant promise of leadership, and/or performed commendable service to the archives profession. The award is given based on the total experience of the awardee, including knowledge, leadership, participation, and/or achievements in the profession.

    Eligibility: Nominees must be SAA members with more than two years and less than ten years of professional archives experience.

    nomination form

    Deadline: February 28, 2022

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