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

    TO MAINE's HISTORICAL SOCIETIES AND MUSEUMS:

     

    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?

     

    1. PARTICIPATE IN THE PARADE ON A FLOAT!

    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: www.maine200parade.com.

     

    2.  ORGANIZE A BUS TRIP TO THE AREA FOR THE DAY!

    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.

     

    3. HELP PROMOTE THE PARADE WITHIN YOUR COMMUNITY!

    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: sbest@auburnmaine.gov or 333-6611.

  • 19 Dec 2019 1:25 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Interpretation of Field is a collaborative project housed at the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto, designed to document and share current practices of interpretation professionals in four types of museums. Our main data-collecting tool is a survey, which we developed to take the pulse of contemporary practices in museum interpretation, and to map out tools, strategies and knowledge used by practitioners. This research is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Canada’s federal research funding agency.

     

    If you are an interpretation professional working in an art museum/centre, an encyclopedic/general (multi-disciplinary) museum, a natural history/anthropology museum, or a science/technology museum/centre, we invite you to take our survey between Jan. 2 and March 1, 2020. Results will be available on the project’s website in Summer 2020.

     

    To complete the survey, visit https://interpretationasfield.com/survey/

    ***Survey goes live on Thursday, January 2, 2020

     

    To find out more about our project & team, visit https://interpretationasfield.com/

     

    To sign up for project notifications, visit https://interpretationasfield.com/resources/

  • 17 Dec 2019 4:48 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Professional Development Opportunities in 2020

    MuseumDev offers 4-week, online courses for museum professionals taught by subject experts with specialized skills and practical experience. Asynchronous courses allow you to finish readings, participate in discussion forums, and complete class assignments on your own schedule. 
Receive certificates of completion.

    MEMBER DISCOUNT: Members of MAM can receive 10% off the course price of $199 using the discount code "ME10" at checkout.

    Upcoming Courses:

    Managing Photographic Collections
    Instructor: Leigh Gleason
    January 2020

    Internships, Fellowships, Residencies: What's the Difference?
    Instructor: Cristina Garza
    January 2020

    Designing and Managing a Museum Internship Program
    Instructor: Cristina Garza
    February 2020

    Inquiry-Based Learning and Museum Education
    Instructor: David Bowles
    February 2020

    Collection Management Policies
    Instructor: Matthew Clouse
    March 2020

    Management of Loans and Exhibitions
    Instructor: Matthew Clouse
    April 2020

    Writing for Exhibits
    Instructor: Kathryn Lasdow
    June 2020

    For full details, please see https://museumdev.com/

  • 16 Dec 2019 12:24 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    MAC is soliciting applications for the 2020 Archie Motley Memorial Scholarship for Students of Color (http://www.midwestarchives.org/motley). The scholarship is designed to provide financial assistance to students of color pursuing graduate education in archival administration and to encourage ethnic diversification of the MAC membership and of the archival profession as a whole. Two $750 scholarships, accompanied by one-year memberships to MAC, will be awarded. 


    In order to be eligible for a scholarship, the applicant must be of African, American Indian, Asian or Pacific Islander, or Latinx decent; must be a student currently enrolled in or accepted in a graduate, multicourse program in archival administration; and must have a grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in their academic program. If the program is not listed in the SAA Directory of Archival Education, http://www2.archivists.org/dae, the applicant must provide proof of the multicourse standard by submitting copies of course descriptions from the institution’s current departmental catalog. The applicant must also be either a resident of the MAC region or registered in a qualified program, onsite or online, that is based in the MAC region.


    Applications are due March 1, 2020 and must include the following documents:



    Completed applications should be sent to:


    Lara Friedman-Shedlov

    Description and Access Archivist

    Kautz Family YMCA Archives

    University of Minnesota Libraries

    318 Elemer L. Andersen Library

    222 21st Ave S, Ste 318

    Minneapolis, MN 55405

    Telephone: 612-626-7972

    Email: Ldfs@umn.edu


    Applications must be emailed or postmarked by March 1, 2020. 

    Awards will be announced no later than June 1, 2020.

  • 05 Dec 2019 4:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Native American Library Services Grants Open for Application

    Deadline is April 1, 2020

    WASHINGTON, DC—The Institute of Museum and Library Services is now accepting applications for the Native American Library Services Basic grants program through April 1, 2020.


    Native American Library Services Basic grants are noncompetitive one-year grants of $6,000 to $10,000, which can include up to $3,000 in eligible education and assessment activities or travel. The grants are available to federally recognized Native American tribes and Native Alaskan villages, corporations, and regional corporations and are designed to support existing operations and maintain core services of tribal and Native village libraries.


    Grants may be used to buy library materials, fund salaries and training, provide internet connectivity and computers, or develop public and private partnerships with other agencies and community-based organizations, among other things.


    Libraries may request up to $3,000 for staff to attend library courses or training workshops; attend or present at conferences related to library services; or hire consultants for onsite professional library assessments.


    Application materials can be found on the grant program page.


    To Learn More:


    Before applying, IMLS recommends interested applicants participate in the following webinars for Native American Basic grants to learn more:



    IMLS uses the Blackboard Collaborate system. For first-time users of Blackboard, please see the webinar page for technical information. These events will also be recorded and made available on-demand on the IMLS website.


    Program Contacts:


    For questions about project activities, eligibility, and allowability of costs, contact:


    Dr. Sandra Toro, Senior Program Officer

    202-653-4662

    storo@imls.gov


    For questions about application requirements and deadlines, contact:


    Chelsea Cole, Program Specialist

    202-653-4719

    ccole@imls.gov


    Sarah Boonie, Program Specialist

    202-653-4761

    sboonie@imls.gov



    Photo Credit: Aaniiih Nakoda College Library


  • 26 Oct 2019 5:43 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Our buddies down to Boston, the New England Museum Association, are collecting workforce information from museums across New England - all-volunteer institutions included!

    This data will be compiled into final report, which they will publish early next year.  Organizations that participate receive a free copy ($100 value!).

    Complete details about the Survey, including a General Information and Survey Preview Worksheet, can be found here, nemanet.org/salary-survey. They strongly encourage participants to download the preview of the survey before starting the online survey. 

    The submission deadline is November 22, 2019.

  • 20 Oct 2019 8:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A newly-formed nonprofit organization, The Maine State Carousel, Inc., is searching for an organization to host a hand-carved carousel, to be built, which will celebrate the history and landscape of Maine. 

    For more information on this new organization's work, visit their website: www.mainestatecarousel.org.

  • 17 Oct 2019 4:16 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    CALL FOR PAPERS

    Maine in the Statehood Era (ca. 1780s-1820s) and its Commemoration and Legacy

    A volume of scholarly essays to be edited by Richard Judd (McBride Professor of History, emeritus, Univ. of Maine) and Liam Riordan (Professor of History, Univ. of Maine)

    To mark the bicentennial of the state of Maine in 2020, the co-editors seek essays on any aspect of Maine history in the broad statehood era (ca. 1780s-1820s) or about the commemoration of statehood and its legacy. We anticipate accepting several papers that were presented at the Maine Statehood and Bicentennial Conference (held May 30-June 1, 2019), but we also seek submissions from those who did not present at (or attend) the conference.

    Possible topics include but are not limited to:

    • the politics and popular culture of separation from Massachusetts
    • Wabanaki people, sovereignty, and the consequences of Maine independence
    • French-speakers and their relationship to statehood and the new state
    • the unsettled international border and relationships with Canada
    • the Maine-Missouri Crisis and the politics of slavery and blackness
    • religion in the statehood era
    • land use, natural resources, and environmental history
    • material culture and visual representations of Maine
    • commemoration of statehood and its legacy
    • assessments of local history, historical museums, and historic sites
    • evaluations of the goals for public history in the twenty-first century


    Submission Schedule:

    • Nov. 15, 2019 submit a 300-word article proposal (state the scope, argument, and core evidence for your essay) as well as a short CV to riordan@maine.edu
    • Dec. 15, 2019 notification from editors
    • July 31, 2020 deadline to submit complete accepted essay (length ca. 7,500 words exclusive of notes, captions, and images)


    We partly conceptualize this volume as revisiting and updating some of the approaches in Charles E. Clark, James S. Leamon, and Karen Bowden, eds., Maine in the Early Republic: From Revolution to Statehood (1988). As in that collection, we will seek funding to permit numerous illustrations, images, and the graphic presentation of data. Please consider this in making your proposal.

    For videos from the Maine Bicentennial Conference in 2019, as well as links to online resources about the Maine statehood process, please visit: https://digitalcommons.library.umaine.edu/me200/

    Please direct inquiries or submit proposals to Liam Riordan at riordan@maine.edu


  • 16 Oct 2019 3:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Are you interested in learning more about Museums for All, an initiative dedicated to expanding community access? Mark your calendar to join staff from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Association of Children’s Museums on December 11 at 2 p.m. Eastern to learn more about how and why more than 450 museums participate in the program. Find more information on attending the webinar on the IMLS website.

  • 16 Oct 2019 3:04 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    SAVE AMERICA'S TREASURES GRANTS - DEADLINE DECEMBER 10, 2019 

    Save America's Treasures (SAT) grants are administered by the National Park Service in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. 

    ELIGIBLE ACTIVITIES: Preservation and/or conservation assistance to nationally significant properties and collections, including book, paper, and photographic collections. 

    ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS: Nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) US organizations; Units of local government; Federally recognized Indian Tribes, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiian organizations; Educational Institutions; Historic properties and collections associated with active religious organizations; Federal agencies funded by the Department of the Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Act (with the exception of the National Park Service)   

    AWARD LEVELS FOR COLLECTION PROJECTS:  $25,000 to $500,000 with a 1:1 match (cash or documented in-kind donations) 

    DEADLINE:  December 10, 2019 

    COMPLETE FY20 Information and Guidelines:  https://www.nps.gov/preservation-grants/sat/   

    QUESTIONS? Contact: Megan J. Brown, State, Tribal, Local, Plans and Grants Division, National Park Service, mailto:stlpg@nps.gov,  (202) 354-2020 

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