Posts Tagged ‘Mid-Atlantic region’
Portrait of a Washerwoman for the Union Army in Richmond, virginia with an American flag pinned to dress. Photographer: Unknown, Ca. 1862-65. Ambrotype. Courtesy of Smithsonian Institution, Photographic History Collection, Division of Information Technology and Communications, National Museum of American History.
January 1, 2013 marked the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. In commemoration, a number of institutions throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region briefly displayed copies of the hallowed document before whisking them necessarily back to climate controlled safety.
However, if you missed earlier events or want to learn more about Abraham Lincoln, the Emancipation Proclamation, and the promises it held there are still a number of exhibitions, lectures and programs available in the region: Read more.
The list below gathers links to information on disaster response and assistance for collections affected by Hurricane Sandy. Some links are Sandy specific, while others offer general advice on recovery actions or funding assistance. Please contact us with any additional links and information so we may add to and improve this list. Read more.
From the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums:
Endure Together, Stronger Together
Our hearts go out to our friends, family and communities that have suffered at the hands of the recent storm “Sandy”. In times such as these, there is some comfort in knowing that your colleagues from the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums are there to support you, your family, your institution or organization. We encourage our members and non-members alike to post requests for assistance or otherwise to the MAAM Facebook and LinkedIn pages and leverage the entire museum community and disaster best practices to assist in your recovery and in some cases rebuilding efforts.
MAAM and your colleagues throughout the museum profession are here for you, and together we will help each other overcome this tragedy at the hands nature.
May the entire family of MAAM Members and the museum community at large in those areas affected have a safe and complete recovery.
The Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities (MARCH) at Rutgers-Camden seeks bloggers on issues and trends in public humanities. Since the inception of the MARCH website, bloggers have written on such diverse topics as living history, copyright law, project management, and the viability of digitization and digital history projects.
Desired blog themes include (but are not limited to): civic engagement and shared authority; digital humanities, including reviews of innovative digital tools and/or projects; concerns of emerging professionals; new books about Mid-Atlantic history and culture; and public humanities in New York (city and/or state). Ideal candidates will have demonstrable expertise in their proposed topics and be committed to posting at least once per month, for a modest honorarium. The scope of coverage for MARCH is the region encompassing New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and the District of Columbia.
If interested, please respond by November 2 with an email (no attachments please) describing the scope of your proposed blog and briefly summarizing your credentials. Finalists will be asked at a later date to submit a sample post and resume. Send expressions of interest and questions to Mandi Magnuson-Hung, Digital Media Coordinator, Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities at Rutgers-Camden, by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
From Morgan State University:
The Middle-Atlantic Writer’s Association is holding its 26th Annual Conference, New Voices in African-American Literature and Popular Culture, on Friday, October 26, 9:00 am-6:00pm at the University Student Center at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland.
The Conference features novelist Daniel Omotosho Black, author of They Tell Me of a Home, The Sacred Place, Perfect Peace and Twelve Gates to the City; and poet and filmmaker M.K. Asante, author of Like Water Running off My Back and It’s Bigger than Hip-Hop and producer of 500 Years and Black Candle.
Registration for MAWA members is free with paid current membership ($35), $20 for non-members and free for students with institutional I.D. Registration closes on October 19. Download the registration form by clicking here (PDF).
The Middle-Atlantic Writers Association, Inc.
(MAWA) is a non-profit organization with a membership of creative writers, scholars, critics, and literature enthusiasts who share a common mission: the preservation, the perpetuation, and the study of the literary tradition of the Americas, the African Diaspora, and especially the Middle-Atlantic Region.
From the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums:
Dr. Sally Roesch Wagner has been selected by the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums as the recipient of its 2012 Katherine Coffey Award. Dr. Wagner is the executive director of the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation in Fayetteville, New York, a nationally recognized lecturer, author and performance interpreter of women’s rights in history. Read more.
From The Institute of Museum and Library Services:
The IMLS recently announced more than 150 awards totaling $18,113,376 for Museums for America Grants. Mid-Atlantic recipients are listed after the break:
From the National Archives:
Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero awarded 31 grants totaling $2.9 million for historical records projects in 18 states and the District of Columbia. The National Archives grants program is carried out through the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).
Mid-Atlantic recipients: (find the full list of awardees on the NARA website)
Publishing Historical Records, New Republic through the Modern Era: This grant supports projects that document major historical figures, and important eras and social movements in the history of the nation.
SUNY College at Old Westbury
Old Westbury, NY $57,806
To support a project to edit the Clarence Mitchell Jr. Papers. As director of the Washington Bureau of the NAACP, Mitchell worked to promote civil rights through legislation and executive action.
New York University
New York, NY $84,585
To support a project to edit the Selected Papers of Margaret Sanger, a documentary edition of historical records of this 20th-century social activist.
George Washington University
Washington, DC $187,500
To support a project to edit the Eleanor Roosevelt Papers,a documentary edition of the historical records of the 20th-century First Lady and human rights advocate.
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
Brunswick, NJ $100,356
To support a project to edit the Papers of Thomas A. Edison,
a documentary edition of the historical records of the late 19th/early 20th century American inventor and entrepreneur.
Documenting Democracy: Access to Historical Records: This grant supports projects that promote the preservation and use of the nation’s most valuable archival resources.
Pennsylvania Heritage Society
Harrisburg, PA $59,843
To support, on behalf of the Pennsylvania State Archives
, an 18-month project to provide detailed processing for five groups of large-format documents and special media that make up a portion of the records of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, 1937-1990. Records include engineering drawings, photographic negatives, slides, motion picture film, and microfilm.
The Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums is hosting a workshop entitled, How to Create, Run and Sustain an Effective Internship Program on March 30th, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia (315 Chestnut St). Registration ($40/members, $50/non-members) is now open, but closes on March 20th. Download the PDF file here. Speakers include Petra T. Chu, Pauline Eversmann, Jacqueline R. Emerick, Katie Friedland, Rachel Kassman, and Jobi Zink.
Interns are an integral part of how museums fulfill their mission and having an internship is a “must” for most students in order to move forward with their career goals. Seems pretty straightforward, right? Think again! There are a lot of expectations involved in the partnership between an intern and an institution.
How do you know if they are a good fit? How do you design a project that will give you and the intern the most value for your time? What do they do? What are you required to do? Do you pay or not pay; stipend or wage? How do you get more?
This workshop is divided into two sessions. During the morning session, three of the largest museum studies programs will explain what they are looking for in an internship opportunity for their students. They will also share what sorts of things are not acceptable as an internship (hint: museum internships shouldn’t be shown on Dirty Jobs.) The afternoon session will be an introduction to two successful internship programs that can work at any museum. The presenters will share ideas, handouts, stories, suggestions and give advice on what sorts of things have worked in their programs. There will be time for questions and discussion to follow each session.
The title of this post is purposely misleading; all State Capitol buildings offer guided tours for free. If you are looking for something free and fun to do in the Mid-Atlantic, I suggest visiting a nearby State Capitol Building for a guided tour. So what if parking is a nightmare– it’ll be worth it, I promise.
Capitol buildings are awe-inspiring American palaces that serve as a unique symbol of their state. Typically, on a State Capitol building tour, a guide will share information on the history of the State Capitol, including how it looks (construction, design, and decoration) as well as how it works (an explanation of the legislative process). Visit one and you’ll be tempted to visit all five capitol buildings in the Mid-Atlantic. Once you’re hooked, you’ll be tempted to become a “Capitol Collector” and visit all 50. It is important to remember to bring valid identification and be prepared to go through security screening.
New York: New York State’s Capitol is an imposing example of 19th century architecture, mixing Italian Renaissance, Romanesque and French Renaissance styles. Local lore has it that the building is haunted by two ghosts. (That probably won’t be mentioned on the official tour.)
New Jersey: Tours of the State Capitol of New Jersey include the galleries of the Senate and Assembly, uniquely decorated conference rooms, the rotunda and the Governor’s Office reception room. Look for the early examples of electric chandeliers made by Thomas Edison’s Electric Light Company.
Pennsylvania: This five-story Capitol building was designed and furnished by Pennsylvanian artisans—the original architect wanted the American Renaissance style building to reflect the arts and crafts unique to the Keystone state.
Delaware: In Delaware you can see two state houses in one day. Visit Legislative Hall, the current seat of power, and then take a short walk over to the Old State House, which, according to their website, is the first permanent capitol building in America.
Maryland: Maryland’s State House has a rich and historic past. It is, according to their website, “the oldest state capitol in continuous legislative use and is the only state house to have ever served as the nation’s capitol.”
Washington, D.C.: Last but not least, there is the Nation’s Capitol building, the meeting-place of the country’s legislature. Construction of this iconic structure began in 1793. Take note of the grounds of the Capitol—designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, famed American landscape architect, who planned Central Park.