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  • 24 Sep 2019 3:58 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    The Northern Heritage Economy Program (NHEP) is a collaborative initiative of the Maine Preservation, the Preservation League of New York State, New Hampshire Preservation Alliance, and the Preservation Trust of Vermont. This grant program is funded with a $1,000,000 grant from the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) through their Regional Forest Economy Partnership program, with $250,000 allocated to Maine. We anticipate awarding grants of $25,000-$100,000 to eligible projects.

    The NHEP will provide grants to community-driven preservation projects to address the negative economic shift produced by the decline of the forest products industry in the rural areas of the Northern Border Regional Commission region (Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont).

    Applications will open later this fall. Read on to learn about the program and to request information.


    Program Goal: Revitalize vacant and underused historic buildings in rural communities to stimulate economic development and tourism, build community cohesion, and create jobs in areas suffering from the decline of the forest products industry.

    Program Strategy: Provide seed money to nonprofit or municipal grantees to create and/or enhance “third places” in rural communities where people gather, exchange ideas, experience culture, build relationships, and create community. These places help to make communities a desirable place to live, work, and start a business and include public spaces, such as libraries and community centers providing critical resources for workforce development training, and cultural and arts centers offering classes, performances and partnerships.

    In Maine, grants may be made only for projects in the following counties: Androscoggin, Aroostook, Franklin, Hancock, Kennebec, Knox, Oxford, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Somerset, Waldo, and Washington.

    All applicants must have the balance of their project funding in place, including the required match, and plan to have their project completed by July 2021.


    • Be an established nonprofit organization, municipality, political subdivision of state government, or federally recognized tribe in order to receive funding

    • Have in-hand a 50% match of any grant requested from the NHEP at the time of application - $2 grant funds to $1 local

    • Own the target property(ies) and be prepared to maintain that ownership for a minimum of twenty (20) years following the completion of the project

    • Propose a project in a county eligible to receive funding (see above) from the Northern Border Regional Commission and in a community negatively impacted by at least one of the NBRC’s threshold priorities:

      • Industry changes in employment as a result of the decline of the forest industry

      • Percent change in wages in the project area

      • Location of mill and other forest-based manufacturing closings in the past 20 years

      • County population losses


    • Serve as a capital improvement project for a historic building

    • Be completed by July 2021

    • Impact rural communities suffering from the decline of the forest products industry

    • Have as their focus the enhanced use, or the rehabilitation of, historic buildings using the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation

    • Leverage additional public and private forms of support

    • Stimulate economic development and creation of jobs

    • Build local and regional partnerships

    • Involve the broader community and build community cohesion

    • Have a lasting and positive impact on the community


    Applicants who have received NBRC funding and do not have their project 75% completed by the application deadline are not eligible to apply for a NHEP grant.

    For more information, see

  • 20 Aug 2019 4:39 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Grant Opportunities Open for Six IMLS Museum Programs 

    Applications Accepted Now Through November 15

    Washington, DC—Museums across the United States have six opportunities in the coming months to apply for grants from the nation’s primary source of federal museum funding. The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is now accepting applications for six grant programs:

    “American museums play an important cultural role in our nation, making significant contributions to improving the quality of life in their communities,” said Paula Gangopadhyay, Deputy Director of Museum Services. “IMLS grants enable museums and related organizations to strengthen their institutional capacities, expand staff professional development, explore innovative solutions to addressing relevant issues, and achieve positive outcomes for themselves and the people they serve. We are very pleased to empower museums with the FY 2020 funding opportunities so that they can continue to serve as active community partners.”

    Applicants should note that IMLS has made changes to deadlines for its museum grant programs for FY 2020: applications for all six programs are due on November 15, 2019. Applicants should review the notices of funding opportunity carefully to understand these program goals and changes, which align with the 2018-2022 IMLS Strategic Plan.

    Potential grant applicants are invited to view a webinar on how to choose the appropriate funding opportunity, as well as to learn more about specific programs. Please review thewebinar listingfor a schedule of live and pre-recorded webinars that are accessible online. IMLS staff contacts listed in each notice of funding opportunity are available to answer any questions and provide guidance during the application process. 

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    About the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)

    The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation's libraries and museums. We advance, support, and empower America’s museums, libraries, and related organizations through grantmaking, research, and policy development. Our vision is a nation where museums and libraries work together to transform the lives of individuals and communities. To learn more, visit and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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  • 20 Aug 2019 4:25 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    NEH Announces $29 Million for 215 Humanities Projects Nationwide

    Grant awards for humanities research, education programs, cultural preservation, films, exhibitions, and virtual reality projects augmented by $48 million in funding for state humanities councils


    NEH Grants August 2019


    WASHINGTON, D.C. (August 14, 2019) — The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) today announced $29 million in awards for 215 humanities projects across the country. The grants include funding to produce a television series, South by Somewhere, on the foodways, history, and culture of the American South, and archaeological analysis of the overseer’s quarters at James Madison’s Montpelier plantation. 

    This round of funding, NEH’s third and last for fiscal year 2019, will support vital research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities. These peer-reviewed grants were awarded in addition to $48 million in annual operating support provided to the national network of state and territorial humanities councils during fiscal year 2019.

    “NEH grants help strengthen and sustain American cultural life, in communities, at museums, libraries, and historic sites, and in classrooms,” said NEH Chairman Jon Parrish Peede. “As the nation prepares to commemorate its 250th anniversary in 2026, NEH is proud to help lay the foundations for public engagement with America’s past by funding projects that safeguard cultural heritage and advance our understanding of the events, ideas, and people that have shaped our nation.”

    This funding cycle includes grants for several longstanding NEH-supported scholarly editions projects that illuminate foundational texts and the lives of influential individuals. New grants will enable continued work on the papers of presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln, as well as publication of the complete speeches, correspondence, and writings of Martin Luther King Jr. and Eleanor Roosevelt, and a new scholarly edition and translation of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

    Several others will provide for community-based public programs around significant milestones in national and regional U.S. history, such as grants for statewide reading and discussion programs in Maine tied to the state’s bicentennial in 2020, funding for a three-part documentary on the history and identity of Alaska by celebrated filmmaker Ric Burns, and support for the creation of a new permanent gallery at the Please Touch Museum to teach children about the 1876 Centennial Fair in Philadelphia.               

    NEH continues to support cutting-edge research and public programs in the humanities with grants to support tree-ring analysis of medieval Byzantine churches in Cyprus to identify the structures’ date of construction and source materials, expand the Perseus Digital Library of resources on the Classical world, and produce Unladylike 2020, a series of animated films about female trailblazers of the Progressive Era.

    NEH Public Scholar grants, which support popular nonfiction books in the humanities, will enable publication of: a biography of Sacagawea as a window into the experiences of Northern Plains, Rockies, and Pacific Northwest Native American tribes; an examination of the mythos of Alexander the Great across multiple cultures and eras; and a book on the portrayal of returning WWII veterans in the blockbuster 1946 film The Best Years of Our Lives.

    Several projects receiving grants today will help preserve significant historical and cultural collections and make them more accessible to a broader public. These include grants to protect a collection of fragile nitrate-based film and photography at the George Eastman Museum that includes the original Technicolor camera negatives for The Wizard of Oz and Gone with the Wind, safeguard materials documenting the history of the Pikes Peak region at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, and improve environmental controls for European, African, and American art collections at Puerto Rico’s Museo de Arte de Ponce.

    Twenty-three institutions received grants to support professional development for K-12 and college teachers through summer workshops and institutes on humanities topics such as: Roman Life in Pompeii, Moby-Dick and the nineteenth-century whaling industry, Kansas City in the Jazz Age, and John Steinbeck’s writings on California’s agricultural and marine industries and ecology.

    This round of funding also includes a number of cooperative agreements that reflect NEH emphases on civic education and the stewardship of cultural heritage, including a collaborative project with the American Historical Association to conduct a national survey of the American public to assess perceptions of and engagement with the past, and a $1 million partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation to support the preservation of historic buildings and sites at America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

    A full list of grants by geographic location is available here.  

    Grants were awarded in the following categories:

    Collaborative Research

    Support interpretive research undertaken by a team of two or more collaborating scholars that adds significantly to knowledge and understanding of the humanities  

    14 grants, totaling $1.9 million

    Digital Humanities Advancement

    Support the implementation of innovative digital humanities projects that have successfully completed a start-up phase and demonstrated their value to the field

    16 grants, totaling $2.3 million

    Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities

    Provide scholars and advanced graduate students with the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of advanced technology tools and methodologies relevant to the humanities and to increase the number of humanities scholars using digital technology in their research

    5 grants, totaling $920,517

    Landmarks of American History and Culture

    Support a series of one-week workshops for a national audience of K-12 educators that enhance and strengthen humanities teaching at the K-12 level.

    16 grants, totaling $2.7 million

    Media Projects: Development and Production

    Support film, television, and radio projects that explore significant events, figures, and ideas within the humanities. Development grants enable media producers to collaborate with scholars to develop humanities content and to prepare programs for production; production grants support the preparation of a project for presentation to the public.

    12 grants, totaling $3.3 million

    National Digital Newspaper Program

    Support the creation of a national, digital resource of historically significant newspapers published between 1690 and 1963, from all states and U.S. territories

    11 grants, totaling $2.7 million

    Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions  

    Help institutions—particularly small and mid-sized institutions—improve their ability to preserve and care for their humanities collections, including special collections of books and journals, archives and manuscripts, prints and photographs, moving images, sound recordings, architectural and cartographic records, decorative and fine arts, textiles, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, furniture, and historical objects.

    45 grants, totaling $394,741

    Public Humanities Projects: Humanities Discussions, Exhibitions, and Historic Places

    Support museum exhibitions, discussion programs, and interpretations of historic places that bring the ideas and insights of the humanities to life for general audiences

    10 grants, totaling $1.6 million

    Public Scholar Program

    Support well-researched books in the humanities aimed at a broad public audience

    15 grants, totaling $795,000

    Scholarly Editions and Translations

    Support the preparation of editions and translations of texts that are valuable to the humanities but are inaccessible or available only in inadequate editions

    17 grants, totaling $4.2 million

    Summer Seminars and Institutes for College and University Teachers

    Support intensive one- to four-week projects in which sixteen to twenty-five college and university faculty members, working with scholarly experts, engage in collegial study of significant texts and topics in the humanities  

    9 grants, totaling $1.2 million

    Summer Seminars and Institutes for School Teachers

    Support intensive one- to four-week projects in which sixteen to thirty school teachers, working with scholarly experts, engage in collegial study of significant texts and topics in the humanities  

    23 grants, totaling $3.3 million

    Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

    Support preventative conservation measures to prolong the useful life of collections to help cultural institutions preserve large and diverse holdings of humanities materials for future generations  

    18 grants, totaling $2.7 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:  

  • 23 Jul 2019 3:26 PM | Anonymous member

    Maine Maritime Museum has recently deaccessioned hundreds of items that include furnishings, housewares, linens, and clothing dating c. 1880-1910. Most items have no provenance and were collected solely for the purpose of outfitting a house museum that never came to be.

    Are there any institutions with period exhibits or house museums that might find use for items from this collection?

    Best regards,

    Kelly Page

    Collections & Library Services Manager

    (207) 443-1316 x346

    Maine Maritime Museum/ 243 Washington Street/ Bath, ME 04530

  • 17 Jul 2019 2:43 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    You can participate:

    At the Maine Genealogical Society’s September 2019 multi-day conference, where we are hoping to host at least 150 attendees with an interest in genealogy and history, we would be glad to distribute brochures, pamphlets, price guides or catalogs regarding your group/organization. In the past the MGS conference has offered space for vendors. That is not possible this year. Please email us at for exciting details about the new conference venue and the extended offerings.

    Upon request, we can email you a form, should you wish to submit an ad for the conference syllabus.

    The same form offers a place for submitting a door prize(s)–for which you would receive acknowledgment in the conference syllabus.

    Thank you for your consideration.

    Cheryl Willis Patten - MGS 2019 Events Committee

  • 26 Jun 2019 2:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Are you interested in learning more about Museums for All, an initiative dedicated to expanding community access?  Join staff from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Association of Children’s Museums on July 25 at 1 p.m. Eastern to learn more about how and why 400 museums participate in the program. Find more information on how to attend the informational webinar on the IMLS website.

  • 14 Jun 2019 1:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Maine Emergency Management Agency is pleased to announce that we will be co-sponsoring the three-day Heritage Emergency And Response Training (HEART) from August 27-August 29 at the Maine Cultural Building in Augusta. We are very happy to partner with the Smithsonian and the Maine State Museum, Library, and Archives to offer this program.


    Experts from the Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative (SCRI), FEMA’s Office of Environmental Planning and Historic Preservation (OEHP), and the Heritage Emergency National Task Force (HENTF) will be onsite to conduct this training. Sessions will run from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm daily and will provide realistic, hands-on training in damage assessment, rapid documentation, emergency evacuation and salvage, rehousing and storage, crisis communication, team building, and more. This offering is an excellent opportunity to get this training without having to travel to Washington, D.C. for a five-day period to take it.


    At the end of the training, participants will be able to:

    • Assess and manage risks to cultural heritage in emergency situations
    • Explore the values associated with cultural heritage and the impact that disasters (natural and man-made) have on these values
    • Improve existing disaster plans at their organization or agency, or on behalf of other organizations or agencies
    • Take preventive actions to reduce disaster risk and improve response
    • Secure, salvage, and stabilize a variety of cultural materials
    • Train and manage a response team to implement effective actions during crises that affect cultural heritage
    • Communicate successfully with the various actors, including the media, involved in an emergency response
    • Identify relevant programs and services that can assist cultural heritage organizations in the event of a disaster
    • Understand how first aid for cultural heritage supports recovery in affected communities and how it fits into the National Planning Frameworks


    We seek heritage professionals who:

    • Work at or for a cultural heritage institution that has a disaster plan for collections and that supports training in disaster planning/cultural heritage protection;
    • Might have previously faced an emergency situation that called for an immediate response to safeguard cultural heritage, whether at their own institution or assisting another;
    • Are emerging leaders with 3–5 years’ experience in collections care/cultural heritage protection; and/or
    • Are actively engaged in professional or heritage-related associations.


    We seek first responders and emergency management professionals who:

    • Might have responded to an emergency situation that called for an immediate response to safeguard cultural heritage;
    • Are motivated to increase their knowledge of the concerns and priorities of cultural stewards;
    • Are eager to share what they learn at this training with their colleagues; and/or
    • Want to bolster their understanding of how cultural heritage can help communities recover and become more resilient following a disaster, and how their collaboration with cultural stewards contributes to this effort.


    Space is limited to 25 participants. Applications are due by June 30. To apply for the training, please review the attached document and send submissions

  • 10 Jun 2019 6:50 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Division of Preservation and Access of the National Endowment for the Humanities is accepting applications for grants in its Humanities Collections and Reference Resources program, with a deadline of July 16, 2019. These grants support projects to preserve and create intellectual access to such collections as rare books, journals, manuscript and archival materials, maps, still and moving images, sound recordings, art, and objects of material culture. Awards also support the creation of reference works, online resources, and research tools of major importance to the humanities. Eligible activities are wide-ranging; many involve the use of digital methods. Further details, including links to the application guidelines and other resources, are available at:

  • 06 May 2019 1:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Application deadline: July 1, 2019

    Draft applications accepted for technical review through June 15, 2019

    The Maine Historic Preservation Commission is pleased to announce the availability of combined Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) and New Century Community fund grants for 2019   The Commission anticipates awarding up to $62,000 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 and the maximum is $24,995.  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, 2020. 


    The Commission’s 2019 Historic Preservation Grant Manual provides information about eligible projects and expenses, as well as the project selection process and selection criteria.  Funding priorities for 2019 include projects tied to the Maine Bicentennial (2020), that include municipal or regional level planning for the effects of climate change on historic resources, that focus on preservation outreach through public events, social media or educational plans, or that expand the Maine Historic Resources Inventory and make it more accessible.  A complete list of funding priorities is available in the manual.


    Please visit 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.

  • 23 Apr 2019 10:02 AM | Anonymous member

    The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation invites community-based archives in the United States and its territories to submit proposals to fund one of the following areas of need:

    • Operational support for the organization, including general support for staff, space, and utilities.
    • Collections care, including storage, cataloging, description, and preservation.
    • Programming and outreach activities, including collecting new materials, and exhibitions, publications, or other uses of the collections.
    The Foundation plans to offer a total of $1 million in support of community-based archives in two annual calls for proposals, one in 2019 and the second in 2020.  The 2019 Call for Proposals (CFP) is now open and directed towards community-based archives that represent and serve communities marginalized due to oppression based on race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, class, sexuality, religion, ability, and/or geographic location.  For the purposes of this CFP, community-based archives must demonstrate that community members actively participate in their archival processes, making key decisions about what to collect and how. 

    For more information, visit

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