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  • 18 Sep 2014 1:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    2014 AASLH Online Conference 

    September 18-19, 2014

    Registration opens early August!

    Held every year in conjunction with the Annual Meeting, the AASLH Online Conference provides an opportunity for you, your colleagues, and volunteers to attend the annual meeting virtually.

    2014 Online Conference Sessions:

    Many Small Surveys, One Big Impact – Using examples from collaboration among fifteen Minnesota Historical Society sites, panelists explore evaluation challenges, provide do-it-yourself tools, and discuss how to use results effectively.

    Telling a Whole History: Methods of Interpreting Domestic Servants in Historic House Museums - Discuss methods and strategies for revitalizing interpretation in historic house museums to include the voices of domestic servants.

    Museum Management Tune Up - In this session, you’ll evaluate your own skills in the following areas: employee assessment and review, communication, time management, and work relationships.

    Your Most Valuable Partnership: Engaging Your Board to Ensure Success and Sustainability - Join colleagues from around the country to identify strategies you can use right away to ensure your board is engaged and effective.

    Field Services Alliance Presents Navigating Legal Landmines in Museums and Archives - This session addresses legal concerns surrounding oral history, collections, and digital copyright to help increase your legal literacy in recognizing and understanding the various concerns organizations face in these areas.

    Support Young Children, Grow Future Audiences – This session considers the impact building relationships with young children and their families will have on the future of your institution. 

    More info at:  http://about.aaslh.org/am-online-conference/


  • 09 Aug 2014 1:39 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Alliance is excited to announce the third annual, field-wide, “Invite Congress to Visit Your Museum Week,” August 9-16, 2014.

    "Legislators really don’t know all of the powerful ways museums are serving their communities unless we invite them in to see our programs at work,” said Alliance President Ford W. Bell.

    “Whether it’s opening their doors to veterans and active military, or serving the needs of children in unique ways, museums are educational resources and community anchors,” Bell continued. “Invite Congress to Visit Your Museum Week is a perfect opportunity for legislators to see first-hand how museums bring value to their constituents.”  

    During the August recess, members of Congress will be looking for ways to connect with constituents like you. You can include additional local elected officials, too.

    The Alliance provides all the tools you need. Follow these easy steps:

    Find out who represents you in Congress.

    Send an invitation letter.

    Follow up with the local office until a meeting can be scheduled for the week of August 9, (or offer alternate dates if needed).

    Plan the visit! See the Alliance “How To” guideundefinedincluding what to do before, during and after the visit.  

    What will influence legislators as they tackle budget and policy choices this year?

    “According to recent research, constituent visits have more impact than any other influence group or strategy,” Bell said. “An ‘Invite Congress to Visit Your Museum’ event is a great way to build relationships with your legislators. I urge every museum to participate this year.”

    Will you and your museum participate? Please let us know if you will be getting involved and hosting visits by members of Congress, their staff or other elected officials so we can share your efforts with AAM.  Last year, dozens of visits took place at museums around the country.  Email MAM at info@mainemuseums.org, if you’ve set up a meeting, have sent invitations or if you have any questions about participating.

    Please visit www.aam-us.org/advocacy to learn more about advocacy for museums. 

  • 06 Aug 2014 8:30 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    PENOBSCOT MARINE MUSEUM

    For Immediate Release

    Contact: Kathy Goldner, External Relations Director

    Email: kgoldner@pmm-maine.org

    Call:207-548-2529 ext. 216


    Old Towns/New Country: The First Years of a New Nation

    A workshop for teachers & local history enthusiasts sponsored by the Massachusetts Historical Society and Penobscot Marine Museum

    Wednesday, August 6 and Thursday, August 7, 2014

    Searsport, Maine

    8:30am -- 3:30pm 


    Searsport, Maine, June 25, 2014 –  This two-day workshop will explore how to use local resourcesundefineddocuments, artifacts, landscapes, and the rich expertise in every townundefinedto examine historical issues with a national focus. We will concentrate on the period just after the Revolution and the concerns and conflicts, hopes and fears, experiences and expectations of the people living in the Penobscot Bay and River area at a time of uncertainty, fragility, and possibility. We will investigate such questions as: What was it like to live in a town that had existed for decades in a country that was new? When the nation was first forming after the Revolution, what were people in our town/region worried about? How much did the geography, economy, culture, and social makeup of our region influence those concerns? How can we find out? What resources/pieces of evidence does our community have that relate to this time period and the people living in it? How can we best present this evidence and allow people of all ages to discover answers to some of these questions? How does our local focus add a crucial dimension to our understanding of a key period in American history?

    Workshop faculty will include local historians, educators and museum/archives professionals. The program will also include visits to early American fortifications and sites of interest.

    The workshop is open to teachers, librarians, archivists, members of local historical societies, and all interested local history enthusiasts. There is a $25 charge to cover lunches on two days; program and material costs have been generously funded by the Richard Saltonstall Charitable Foundation. Educators can earn 15 PDPs and 1 Graduate Credit (for an additional fee) from Framingham State University.

    For more information, or to register, please contact the education department at education@masshist.org or (617) 646-0557.

  • 05 Aug 2014 1:33 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    AAM will host:  Legislative Update: How Museums are Faring 

    Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2–3 p.m. (ET)

    Join Alliance Government Relations & Advocacy staff for a practical walk-through of the latest legislative issues affecting museums, including the state of the federal budget, funding for federal agencies, charitable giving and other 2014 public policy developments. 

    In this program, we’ll discuss the Alliance’s field-wide legislative agenda, highlight key opportunities to demonstrate the public value of museums and provide a non-partisan preview of the 2014 mid-term elections.

    Cost: FREE for Staff of Member Museums (All Tiers), Individual, Ally and Industry Partner Members; $55, non-members. REGISTER NOW!

  • 04 Aug 2014 1:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    IMLS and the BUILD Initiative are hosting a webinar next August 4, 2:00-3:30 p.m. EDT on how museums can align their early learning activities with state learning and development systems. The webinar is part of an IMLS-BUILD collaboration to create deliberate connections between the efforts of museums and libraries and those of early childhood systems builders to support the growth and development of children from birth to age eight with an emphasis on children from birth to age five. The August 4 webinar will feature Sherri Killins, BUILD’s Director of State System Alignment and Integration, and Char Goodreau, QRIS Administrator for the Washington State Department of Early Learning, who will share information about the potential benefits of partnerships between early childhood leaders and museums and libraries.

    The registration link is: https://cc.readytalk.com/cc/s/registrations/new?cid=8sxnhx4qmukh

    Title:      BUILDing Partnerships for Supportive Communities: Expanding the Reach of Early Learning and Development Systems through Libraries and Museums

    Date:     Mon, Aug 4, 2014

    Time:     2:00-3:30 p.m. EDT  (1 hour 30 minutes)

    Registration link: https://cc.readytalk.com/cc/s/registrations/new?cid=8sxnhx4qmukh

    Archive link:  http://www.buildinitiative.org/OurWork/StateandLocal/BUILDIMLSPartnership.aspx

    Contact Giuliana Bullard, IMLS Public Affairs Specialist, at gbullard@imls.gov, for more information.


  • 03 Aug 2014 1:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Want to fix and save historic windows?  Learn how at the Washburn-Norlands Living History Center in Livermore, Maine. 

    Sunday, August 3, 2014

    9:00am - 4:00pm

    $50 workshop fee, lunch included. Space limited.  Sign up by calling

    207-897-4366 or emailing norlands@norlands.org

    Using the kitchen windows in the 1867 Washburn Family Mansion, this workshop will cover traditional window maintenance and offer guidance on simple techniques to keep them working properly and energy efficient. Marc Bagala of Bagala Window Works in Falmouth, Maine, will guide participants on how to identify basic window parts, disassemble a window without doing damage, identify which parts need repair or replacement, tips and techniques for making windows energy efficient, identify compatible materials for maintenance, how to reassemble windows so they work freely in their jambs, and for fun, hands-on glass cutting and glazing.  The Norlands recently received a $15,000 grant from the Belvedere Fund Historic Preservation Grants Program of the Maine Community Foundation in cooperation with the Maine Historic Preservation Commission, to help restore up to twelve windows in the 1867 Washburn Family Mansion.  The windows are located in the ell portion of the estate which houses the original kitchen and a caretaker's apartment. The project consists of repairing sashes, re-glazing, replacing historic glass, refurbishing hardware such as locks, weights and pulleys, and painting. Two windows have already been removed from the Washburn kitchen and are being restored at Bagala Window Works in Falmouth. The newly-preserved windows will be returned during the window preservation workshop on August 3rd. 

    The window preservation workshop is sponsored in part by the Belvedere Fund Historic Preservation Grant Program of the Maine Community Foundation and the Davis Family Foundation. For more information about the Norlands, please visit www.norlands.org.


  • 31 Jul 2014 2:51 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    McLaughlin Garden & Homestead Executive Director Job Description
    Under the Direction of the Board of Directors, performs professional leadership, administrative and supervisory work in directing the programs and operations of the Garden & Homestead, and oversees and coordinates all facets of daily operations. This work requires the frequent exercise of leadership, independent judgment, and initiative in planning. The Executive Director is responsible for the development and delivery of services to meet member and visitor interests and needs. Under the direction of the Board Chair, the Executive Director oversees and coordinates all daily operations including planning, budget, facilities care and maintenance, supervision of employees, volunteers and interns. Performs other duties as required.

    Examples of responsibilities

    Board Liaison--Serves as the Board of Directors liaison to, and coordinates the activities of, the Garden Advisory Committee and the Buildings Committee. Other committee responsibilities may be required in the future.

    Board and Board Committees--Works directly with the Development Committee to organize, execute, and manage programs, events, appeals, and grant requests that provide continuous and growing funding sources for the McLaughlin Foundation. May assist directly in the solicitation and cultivation of donors. Works directly with the Finance Committee to plan and prepare the budget for Board adoption, and implements the annual budget. Keeps the Board informed of all aspects of operations and financial management. Carries out policies established by the Board.

    Grant Writing and Fundraising--Researches, develops, writes, and submits grants in a timely, professional manner. Tracks current and historic grants to ensure maximized funding. Attends area funding network
    meetings, as well as informational meetings with sponsors and funders. Provides active leadership and participation in all fundraising efforts.

    Operations Management--Responsible for the overall planning, development and implementation of activities supporting the long-term growth and sustainability of the Garden & Homestead.  Develops and implements a range of internal and external communication methodologies, including, but not limited to: signage, phone and email; website content; social media, e.g. Facebook; member relations software, e.g. Constant Contact. Oversees payroll submission, budget planning and development in partnership with the Finance Committee, expenditures and monthly reporting of income and expenses. Plans, in conjunction with the Board, promotions, major events, membership and funding campaigns. Manages the membership and volunteer databases, insuring flexibility and currency. Prepares financial and operational reports for the Board and/or appropriate committees. Supervises and trains staff and volunteers. Manages sales operations. Responsible for overseeing the care and maintenance of the buildings and grounds. Prepares reports on various operational activities, such as visitor attendance, revenue, communications with members and visitors, interactions with the business and educational community, and others as required by the Board. Seeks out and builds alliances and affiliations that will benefit and sustain the Garden & Homestead.  Attends the meetings of committees and provide necessary information regarding the overall operations, scheduling, and feasibility of committee tasks. Offers assistance to Committees to complete desired tasks, and/or coordinates efforts of volunteers and staff. With the Development Committee, plans and implements the membership and annual fund appeal campaigns, tracks responses and reports to Board. Assists with strategic sponsorship requests, participating merchants program, targeted financial and programmatic collaboration, and all cultural/educational/horticultural events.

    Special Events Coordinator--Serves as the Special Events Coordinator for a variety of events that require extensive planning, development and coordination with a variety of committees, volunteers and Board members. On-site, day-of management is also required for: Annual Auction, Garden Illuminated, weddings and other rental events, and most Program Committee events.

    Working Conditions:

    Reports directly to the Board Chair, who provides supervision and oversight of the position and establishes the basic schedule with the Director.

    Attends the Board of Directors meetings and provides recommendations for program development, budgetary management, facilities and human resources, grants, outreach and cooperative activities, and related reports.

    Responds to contacts that are by phone, in person and in writing, and require discussion of complex administrative, financial and technical matters.

    Is required from time to time to work outside of normal business hours, including weekends.

    The Executive Director may be contacted at home to respond to important situations.

    As appropriate and as directed makes contact with organizations providing similar services and with similar interests, professional organizations, town and school departments, civic groups, members, visitors, and financial donors.

    Is expected to take appropriate action to resolve problems. Errors could result in delay or loss of service and monetary loss, damage to building or equipment, member or visitor dissatisfaction, compromised employee safety, or legal repercussions.

    Experience and Desirable Qualifications:

    Demonstrated ability to plan and implement short and longer term projects; demonstrated ability to work proactively and independently; excellent interpersonal communication skills; excellent oral and written communication skills; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with superiors, subordinates, volunteers, members and the general public; computer skills necessary to perform the duties of the position, including but not limited to wordprocessing, spreadsheet development and manipulation, database utilization, and internet and basic web content development. Education appropriate to the duties of the position.  Desirable: Prior relevant experience working in an administrative and supervisory capacity in a multi-faceted service organization. Successful grant writing experience. Salary is based upon experience and qualifications. Benefits include health insurance, vacation time and sick leave.

    Application Instructions:

    Please submit a resume and cover letter via email to: mclgardn@megalink.net
    Questions can be answered via email or phone, 207-743-8820
    The McLaughlin Foundation, Inc. is an equal-opportunity employer.


  • 11 Jul 2014 12:41 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Do you have amazing photographs in your collection?  Do you want to share them with your community as well as new audiences? Consider becoming a participant in the Maine Photo Project, a statewide collaboration among museums, art galleries, historical societies, and other arts organizations across Maine.

    Throughout 2015, numerous participating organizations will offer exhibitions and public programs exploring the state’s role as a destination for photographers, both as subject matter and as a unique place for discourse, and innovation. A major publication planned to coincide with the project--authored by eminent Maine historians Libby Bischof, Susan Danly, and Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr.--will illustrate many of these works as a lasting record of this initiative and of Maine’s rich and varied photographic history.

    The Maine Photo Project is organized by the Maine Curators’ Forum, a collaborative of curators representing Maine’s leading arts and cultural institutions. Previous projects of the Maine Curators’ Forum include the Maine Print Project (2006) and the Maine Drawing Project (2011), both of which drew strong audiences to participating institutions and received national and regional press coverage in the New York Times, the Boston GlobeArt New England, the Maine Sunday Telegram, and other sources. (The Maine Print Project also featured an associated book, The Imprint of Place: Maine Printmaking 1800-2005 by David Becker, published by Down East Books.) The Maine Photo Project will build upon the success of these and other recent statewide exhibition collaborations such as the Maine Folk Art Trail (2008) and the Maine Civil War Trail (2013). Fiscal management for the project with be provided by the Maine Historical Society.

    Institutions participating in The Maine Photo Project will present exhibitions related to photography in Maine sometime between March and December of 2015. Participants are encouraged to develop themed programming at their site in conjunction with their exhibition and with the broader project (collaborative Maine Photo Project programming will also be developed by a committee.) Participants are expected to waive use fees for reproducing objects from their collections for all Maine Photo Project products, including mailers, the brochure, and the book. Participants are also expected to contribute critical project financial support according to a scale to be determined, in order to support collective project activities such as (but not limited to) the following:

    • Stipend for the Project Coordinator for general project management, including budget development and management; strategic planning; scheduling and leading meetings and taking minutes; acting as liaison for project participants; coordinating design and printing of brochure and/or other mailers; public relations and miscellaneous communications; website management; social media setup and management; collaborative program development and implementation; managing phone and e-mail inquiries.
    • Design, printing, and distribution of MPP brochure through Visitor Information Centers and other venues
    • Design and development of website that will feature all participants’ projects plus a calendar of events (through EventBrite) for all exhibitions and related programming, including exhibition openings
    • Subsidy for Maine Photo Project book
    • Collaborative programming, including possibly a public symposium, an open portfolio day for photographers, and a professional development workshop for museum professionals

    As of June 2014, participant financial contributions have been articulated as such:

    Sponsor level: $2,500 (includes special recognition and other opportunities)
    If you represent a leading arts or cultural organization in the state, consider becoming a sponsor and taking a leadership role in the Maine Photo Project.

    Participant level: $800 average contribution; $200 minimum.
    All-volunteer organizations and organizations with extremely small or nonexistent annual budgets are invited to participate at the minimum; all others are encouraged to participate at a self-identified level that is both meaningful and feasible for their institution. We hope that as many as possible will participate at the $800 level or above.

    If your institution is interested in becoming a participant and would like to find out more, please contact the Maine Photo Project at MainePhotoProject@gmail.com.

    As of June 2014, participant financial contributions have been articulated as such:

    Sponsor level: $2,500 (includes special recognition and other opportunities)

    If you represent a leading arts or cultural organization in the state, consider becoming a sponsor and taking a leadership role in the Maine Photo Project.

    Participant level: $800 average contribution; $200 minimum.

    All-volunteer organizations and organizations with extremely small or nonexistent annual budgets are invited to participate at the minimum; all others are encouraged to participate at a self-identified level that is both meaningful and feasible for their institution. We hope that as many as possible will participate at the $800 level or above.

  • 10 Jul 2014 1:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Boothbay Railway Village (BRV) is seeking an energetic, innovative individual to assume the role of Executive Director.  For the past 50 years the “BRV has served  Mid Coast Maine by operating a narrow gauge live-steam railroad , an antique car museum and hosting community oriented  events all set on the grounds of  a 12 acre period Maine village.

    To be considered for the position previous nonprofit employment is highly desirable including experience in managing the routine and special functions of a museum. Skill sets will include budget creation, personnel management and fund raising. The winning candidate must have strong leadership qualities, superior managerial, communication and team building qualities. Demonstrated effective public relations experience is a plus.

    The Director reports to an active 17 member Board.  Together they work on policies and long & short-term goals for all aspects of the “BRV”. The Director’s primary responsibilities include overall planning, development, financial /operations management, and safety compliance ensuring on-going stability, growth, and visitor satisfaction.Please submit cover letter and resume to BRV Executive Director Search Committee at: swilliams@mecoseal.com.com

    See us at www.railwayvillage.org/ and www.facebook.com/railwayvillage

  • 10 Jul 2014 1:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Boothbay Railway Village (BRV) is seeking an energetic, innovative individual to assume the role of Executive Director.  For the past 50 years the “BRV has served  Mid Coast Maine by operating a narrow gauge live-steam railroad , an antique car museum and hosting community oriented  events all set on the grounds of  a 12 acre period Maine village.

    To be considered for the position previous nonprofit employment is highly desirable including experience in managing the routine and special functions of a museum. Skill sets will include budget creation, personnel management and fund raising. The winning candidate must have strong leadership qualities, superior managerial, communication and team building qualities. Demonstrated effective public relations experience is a plus.

    The Director reports to an active 17 member Board.  Together they work on policies and long & short-term goals for all aspects of the “BRV”. The Director’s primary responsibilities include overall planning, development, financial /operations management, and safety compliance ensuring on-going stability, growth, and visitor satisfaction.Please submit cover letter and resume to BRV Executive Director Search Committee at: swilliams@mecoseal.com.com

    See us at www.railwayvillage.org/ and www.facebook.com/railwayvillage

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