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Pennsylvania Abolition Society Seeks Grant Proposals

The Pennsylvania Abolition Society seeks proposals for its annual grants to its fund established at The Philadelphia Foundation. The deadline for submission is December 31, 2014. For information on how to apply, visit the Pennsylvania Abolition Society’s website.

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Institute of Museum and Library Science Grants

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has awarded grants for 211 museum projects totaling over $25M through its Museums for America and National Leadership Grants for Museums programs.

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Exhibit: Investigating Where We Live

From the National Building Museum: In 1996 the National Building Museum instituted Investigating Where we Live, a program bringing together middle and high school students from Washington D.C. metropolitan area.  Participants use photography, creative writing, and exhibition design to express their

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NJHC offers grant workshops

The New Jersey Historical Commission will hold three workshops for its upcoming grant round. Representatives of New Jersey’s historical organizations are invited to attend a free workshop.

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AASLH Announces Leadership in History Award Winners

Fourteen individuals and organizations from the mid-Atlantic region have been named as recipients of the American Association of Local and State History’s Leadership in History Awards.

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The Doctor is In

Over the past month or so a recurring topic has been floating in and out of my consideration so I’d thought I would share. It is the idea of museums as places, not just of learning and inspiration, but of rejuvenation and therapy. It started when a colleague returned from a trip to Europe full of excited stories about the new exhibition at the Rijksmuseum. Art is Therapy is not a typical exhibit where objects are selected for their relevance to a theme and displayed all together in a gallery. This show takes place throughout the museum, with commentary about the art and the space it inhabits posted adjacent to the objects which remain in their normal display areas. The underlying point of the show is to get people to go beyond looking at museum objects as special simply because they are made by a noted artist, or are particularly old or rare, but to appreciate them for how they make you feel regardless of provenance or pedigree.

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Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs special events for June

From the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs: The Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the Lewes Historical Society, will sponsor 20 special events throughout the month of June in the museums of the state

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Jo Ellen Parker named new head of Carnegie Museums

From Bryn Mawr Alum News: Jo Ellen Parker has been named the 10th president of Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh.  Parker is the first woman to serve as president  and chief executive officer of the museums in their history.  She will officially

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The Fickle Public

A week or so ago, a friend and museum colleague posted a link on Facebook to this article published in the Denver Business Journal. It is an opinion piece by David Sneed, CEO of Alpine Fencing. From viewing his company’s website—which offers a nice variety of fences for any of your neighborly needs—I think he would qualify as a typical “joe public” museum goer. This is someone we as museum professionals want hear from. How else will we be able to be relevant to a wider population? We must know what our patrons think, what they want and we should deliver, right?

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Yes, but what does it all MEAN?

This past fall I taught an undergraduate course on American material culture. It was my first go at this type of course. I’ve taught “traditional” history courses covering everything from medieval & early modern Europe to American women’s history (my

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CONFERENCE CALENDAR

Oct
4
Sat
8:30 am Preservation in Practice: A Pri... @ Kean University
Preservation in Practice: A Pri... @ Kean University
Oct 4 @ 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
From: New Jersey Historic Trust: This one-day workshop is open to all preservationists, but specifically geared toward those serving on a local commission. This program is designed to benefit both new and experienced commission members as well as being relevant
Oct
6
Mon
9:30 am Greater Philadelphia Visitor Exp... @ Chemical Heritage Foundation
Greater Philadelphia Visitor Exp... @ Chemical Heritage Foundation
Oct 6 @ 9:30 am – 6:30 pm
Organizers of the Greater Philadelphia Visitor Experience Conference have announced the date of their 2014 event.  This year’s conference will be held October 6, 9:30am-6:30pm at the Chemical Heritage Foundation at 315 Chestnut Street, in Philadelphia. Proposals are due by
Oct
9
Thu
4:52 pm 1st Annual African and African D... @ CUNY Staten Island
1st Annual African and African D... @ CUNY Staten Island
Oct 9 @ 4:52 pm – Oct 10 @ 5:52 pm
From H-Net: The African American Studies Program (soon to be African and African Diaspora Studies Program) at the City University of New York, College of Staten Island announces its First Annual AFRICAN AND AFRICAN DIASPORA STUDIES CONFERENCE to be held
Oct
15
Wed
all-day CFP: Learning from the Reservati... @ Deadline
CFP: Learning from the Reservati... @ Deadline
Oct 15 all-day
From MuseWeekly: The National Council for Preservation Education seeks proposals for a conference titled “Learning from the Reservation: Using the Traditional Cultural Place Perspective for Better Decision Making in a Diverse Cultural Landscape.” Deadline: October 15, 2014.  The conference is to highlight
all-day CFP: Society for Applied Anthrop... @ Deadline
CFP: Society for Applied Anthrop... @ Deadline
Oct 15 all-day
From MuseWeekly: The Society for Applied Anthropology seeks proposals for papers, panels, or posters for its 75th annual meeting in Pittsburgh, PA on March 24 – 28, 2014. The theme is “Continuity and Change.” Deadline: October 15, 2014. Pre-registration for the conference is

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