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  • 07 Apr 2020 10:12 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We are excited to announce $14 million in African American Civil Rights Historic Preservation Fund grants to fund 51 projects across 20 states and the District of Columbia. These projects will preserve sites and history related to the African American struggle for equality in the 20th century. Grant-supported projects include surveys and documentation, interpretation and education, oral histories, architectural services, historic structure reports, planning, and physical preservation.

    Projects receiving grants this year will preserve resources, places, and stories like the Shepard Library at Stillman College, the Albert Kahn House in Detroit, Michigan, and the Greenwood Center buildings in Black Wall Street in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Grant projects also include surveys across the country from Montgomery, Alabama to Muskegon, Michigan to identify lesser-known civil rights sites.

    We've provided a breakdown of all 51 projects in a table at the bottom of this email. For more information about the African American Civil Rights Grant Program visit the program page on our website.

    Learn about AACR

    For more information about all of our other programs supported by the Historic Preservation Fund visit our website.

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  • 07 Apr 2020 10:10 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    IMLS Authorizes New Grant Flexibilities for Libraries, Museums

    How Awardees Can Address Urgent Needs Caused by COVID-19

    WASHINGTON, DC—The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced the first of a number of critical measures to aid museums, libraries, and communities across the nation in response to COVID-19.

    The new guidelines outline how institutions with open IMLS grants may adapt their existing funds to address immediate needs and extend timelines for their work to accommodate the disruption caused by coronavirus. Examples include continuing to employ staff, modifying project activities to align with social distancing requirements, and covering basic costs necessary to resume community work once the emergency has passed.  

    “Today, IMLS begins the initial phase of our response to the COVID-19 emergency with new guidelines for our existing available funds,” said IMLS Director Crosby Kemper. “We are determined to respond as quickly as possible, and that these funds have a direct, positive impact on museum and library operations and employment, and through that, on their communities.” 

    IMLS committed to working with grantees to provide the maximum flexibility allowed by our governing authorities. For the complete guidelines, please visit the FAQ page on the IMLS website. Topics addressed include:

    • Continuing to charge salaries and benefits to a currently active award if the work specified in the award cannot be performed due to disruption caused by COVID-19;

    • Charging costs associated with the cancellation of project events, travel, or other activities;

    • Due date extensions for reports and audits; and

    • No-cost extensions for awards.

    For questions about submitting new applications, please visit the FAQ page or contact an IMLS program staff member listed on the grant program page. Please note that there are new application deadlines for five library services programs.

    On March 27, the CARES Act allocated $50 million in funding for IMLS to address the COVID-related digital divide. More information on the availability of these funds will be forthcoming. For the latest information, subscribe to IMLS news and visit

  • 30 Mar 2020 2:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Federal Government Invests $50M in Museums, Libraries to Address Digital Divide During COVID-19 

    CARES Act Designates Funds to Expand Local Internet and Technology Access 

    Washington, DC—The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced that the President has signed the CARES Act, which designates $50 million in coronavirus response funding for IMLS. Following passage in the House of Representatives earlier today, both chambers of Congress approved of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, a $2 trillion response to the growing pandemic.  

    The emergency investment allocated to IMLS will enable libraries and museum to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus, including by expanding digital network access, purchasing Internet accessible devices, and providing technical support services to their communities. 

    “As Americans are sheltering in place, working from home, and isolating themselves from all but their closest family, the digital divide only deepens,” said IMLS Director Crosby Kemper. “The need for access to information about the virus, government actions, and community safety messages in addition to telemedicine, job, and unemployment resources is crucial. This funding sustains our most trusted institutions as they provide vitally important information and useful tools to our citizensIMLS is committed to channeling this much needed grant-based funding as quickly as possible to help the impacted library and museum sectors as they continue to support their communities.” 

    Summaries of the legislation can be found here and here. For more information, please visit

  • 30 Mar 2020 2:31 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    NEH Receives $75 Million to Distribute to Cultural Institutions Affected by Coronavirus 

    National economic stabilization bill provides emergency relief to humanities organizations  

    Cultural stimulus package includes $30 million for state and jurisdictional humanities councils 


    WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 27, 2020) — The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) will receive $75 million in supplemental funding to assist cultural institutions affected by the coronavirus as part of the $2.2 trillion CARES Act economic stabilization plan appropriated by the U.S. Congress and signed into law today by President Donald J. Trump.  

    “Our federal agency will work around the clock to ensure that these vital funds immediately reach large and small cultural organizations, as well as educators, curators, scholars, filmmakers, and other humanists,” said NEH Chairman Jon Parrish Peede. “Telecommuting from more than 150 residences,” said Chairman Peede, “the NEH staff are committed to doing their part to help sustain the $878-billion arts and cultural economic sector, which accounts for 4.5 percent of our nation's gross domestic product (GDP).” 

    As detailed in the Supplemental Funding FAQ on the NEH website, this emergency funding will support at-risk humanities positions and projects at museums, libraries and archives, historic sites, colleges and universities, and other cultural nonprofits that have been financially impacted by the coronavirus. Anchoring the domestic creative economy, museums and historic sites are reporting losses of $1 billion a month as education programs, exhibitions, festivals, and other events have been canceled. 

    Approximately 40 percent of the appropriation, or $30 million, will go directly to the 56 state and jurisdictional humanities councils to support local cultural nonprofits and educational programming. Through the regranting of federal support, the councils reach an estimated annual audience of 137 million people across the world. 

    NEH and its national humanities partners will work together to contextualize the global impact of the coronavirus in relation to other cataclysmic events, such as plagues, natural disasters, and world wars that significantly altered human society. 

    “It is through the humanities that we rediscover generation after generation ‘the better angels of our nature,’ to quote President Lincoln from another time of turmoil. Indeed, it is through the humanities that we preserve such words—and, on our best days, embody them,” Chairman Peede said. “To the extent that healing is to come during and after this pandemic, it will be through humanities fields from philosophy to literature to history to religious studies—through the act of documenting, preserving, sharing, and reflecting—that our communities will move toward a greater sense of wholeness.” 

    The $75 million supplemental funding is in addition to NEH’s FY20 appropriation of $162.25 million. 


    National Endowment for the HumanitiesCreated in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at:  

  • 20 Mar 2020 2:46 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    New Application Deadlines for IMLS Library Services Grants

    Grant Proposals for Five Agency Programs Due Later in April, May

    Washington, DC— The Institute of Museum and Library Services announced today that several upcoming application deadlines for library services grants will be changed to support libraries and their communities as they respond to COVID-19. 



    Applications should still be submitted through by 11:59 pm ET on the deadline day for the grant program. For more information, please visit, or contact an IMLS staff member with any questions or concerns. 


    For more information on the U.S. government response to coronavirus and public health information, please visit, and

  • 24 Jan 2020 12:17 PM | Anonymous member

    Contact: 326-9247,

    Leadership Transition at the Wilson Museum

    CASTINE--Wilson Museum Executive Director Patricia Hutchins has announced that she will retire at the end of September 2021, following the Museum’s 100th anniversary celebration.  

    Patty’s work at the Museum began as a volunteer in 1975, helping to prepare the John and Phebe Perkins House for the United States’ Bicentennial summer. “Ellenore [Doudiet, daughter of Museum founder J. Howard Wilson] asked me to outfit the guides and blacksmith with costumes appropriate to the period of the house/blacksmith shop,” she says. “These were all sewn by hand. She also asked me to learn to spin, weave, and demonstrate fireside cooking. This was a time when few people in the area were spinning and weaving . . . and, surely not cooking on the hearth. I oversaw the guides each summer over the next ten years as well as demonstrating colonial living skills.”  She was hired full time in 1985, and since that time has filled many roles from docent to curator, becoming executive director in 2004.

    During her tenure as director, Patty has overseen strategic expansion of the Museum’s spaces and programs, including creation of the Hutchins Education Center and the movement of the Blacksmith Shop and Firefighting Exhibit across Perkins Street to create a full campus experience. She has also worked closely with Museum trustees, staff, and community members to add a Wood Shop where woodturning demonstrations are held and more recently a Boatbuilding Shop and Antique Boats exhibit.

    The newest addition to the campus is the Perkins Gallery and Museum Store, in a beautifully renovated space in the basement of the historic Perkins House, for new exhibits and an expanded museum shop. The Perkins Gallery opened to the public in summer 2019, and features the exhibit “Building a Community in Township #3,” with tools, artifacts, and stories of the earliest European settlers of the area called Majabigwaduce, now the towns of Castine, Penobscot, and Brooksville. The exhibit also includes a Perkins family tree mural, painted by Patty.

    As the Museum has grown, Patty has created new programs, curated exhibits, managed collections, researched items in the Museum’s collection, and much more. She continues to engage visitors through demonstrations of fireside and outdoor cooking, and leading tours of the Perkins House--bringing the spaces, tools, and practices of the past to life. One of the programs she created, “Maja Trivia,” a popular “Jeopardy”-style quiz game focused on local and Maine history, engages 5th through 8th graders from Castine, Penobscot, and Brooksville and culminates in a final competition at the Museum.

    Patty’s husband, Sherman Hutchins, and many other members of her family have also been closely involved with the Museum. Sherm managed buildings and grounds for the Museum for many years, and worked with his father, Hoyt Hutchins, on the dismantling and re-building of the Perkins House in the 1960s and early 1970s. Their daughter Joyce and granddaughters Grace and Ellenore have also been vital to the life and offerings of the museum, from giving demonstrations and tours to educational programs for children and adults to preparing outstanding food for museum events.

    Over the next two years, Patty plans to gradually transition some of her responsibilities to other staff members, and to focus on key projects including a Perkins House cookbook and updated history of the Wilson Museum. The succession plan for the Museum’s leadership includes plenty of time for a new director to overlap with Patty so that she can pass on as much of her knowledge and experience as possible.

    The Wilson Museum Board of Trustees has formed a leadership transition committee and started the process of searching for a new director. They will conduct a community survey to gather feedback and learn about what Museum members, friends, supporters, and the Castine community would like to see in the Museum’s future.


  • 17 Jan 2020 4:20 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Donald Peterson Student Travel Award Subcommittee invites applications from archival science students and recent graduates of archival programs.  The award subsidizes travel to the SAA Annual Meeting for students presenting research or actively participating in an SAA-sponsored committee, section, or roundtable.


    Application details are below. The application deadline is February 28, 2020. Applications will only be accepted online.  If you have any questions regarding the award or the application process, please contact Katie Howell, Donald Peterson Student Travel Award Committee Chair, at

    Purpose and Criteria for Selection

    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.



    Awarded to an SAA member in good standing who is currently enrolled in an archival education program or who graduated from an archival education program in the previous calendar year. Applications are evaluated based on the merits of the applicant’s essay and letters of recommendation.


    Sponsor and Funding

    The Society of American Archivists, in honor of Donald Peterson (1908-1999), New York lawyer and philatelist, whose deep appreciation of world history and preservation developed early through his stamp collecting and held true throughout his life.



    Up to $1,500 in support of registration, travel, and accommodation expenses associated with the SAA Annual Meeting.


    First Awarded



    Application Information and Documentation

    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.


    Application Deadline

    February 28, 2020

  • 07 Jan 2020 7:20 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, 2020


    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! 

  • 07 Jan 2020 7:16 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The application period for Harold T. Pinkett Student of Color Award is currently open! The Society of American Archivists’ (SAA) administers this award.

    Established in 1993, this award recognizes and acknowledges graduate students of color, such as those of African, Asian, Latinx, or Native American descent, who, through scholastic and personal achievement, manifest an interest in becoming professional archivists and active members of the Society of American Archivists.

    Up to two awards may be given during an awards cycle. Each recipient receives full complimentary registration and related expenses for hotel and travel to attend the SAA Annual Meeting during the year in which the award is received. In addition, each recipient receives a complimentary one-year membership in SAA.

    The application deadline is February 28, 2020.

    For more information on the scholarship, eligibility requirements and application instructions, please visit:

  • 01 Jan 2020 1:34 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)



    The Maine Bicentennial Parade Committee invites you to consider joining us at the STATE OF MAINE BICENTENNIAL PARADE in Auburn and Lewiston on SATURDAY, MAY 16, 2020!


    This is Maine’s parade – a truly state-wide event, and a signature event of the Maine Bicentennial Commission. We expect a large number of participants and spectators from across the state and hope you and your organization will be among them.


    How can you support and be a part of the Bicentennial Parade?



    As you can imagine, a parade of this caliber is going to attract of ton of interest. To ensure that the whole state has representation, we have secured a spot for each of the 16 counties. To make sure your town is represented on your Counties Float, reach out to your town manager/ administrator and work directly with your county manager to get everything lined up. We are also excited to announce the forming of the STATE OF MAINE BICENTENNIAL BAND. We invite musicians of all ages (13+) from across the state to join us to perform in the Bicentennial Parade.


    The parade theme is Celebrate Maine. All participants must prominently display decorations that align with this theme and with the mission of the Maine Bicentennial Commission. Visit our parade website for all the details:



    What else will there be to do that day? On top of the parade, which kicks off at 10:00 a.m. in Auburn, there will be the second annual Art in the Park, which will include a juried fine art show. Artists, food trucks, a farmer’s market, and other vendors will be available in the park until 2 p.m. There are also TONS of local breweries, restaurants, and trails within walking distance of the parade routes including the new Museum in the Streets plaques that stretch between both Lewiston and Auburn’s downtowns.



    The Maine Bicentennial Parade Committee is dedicated to making sure all corners of Maine are present to witness this once-in-a-lifetime event. Make sure you spread the word in your community and encourage everyone to get out and be a part of the excitement. Direct as much “traffic” as you can to WWW.MAINE200PARADE.COM!


    For more information about parade participation, please reach out to Sabrina Best, Auburn’s Recreation Director at: or 333-6611.

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