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 AUGUST 8 - 11, 2018 | HAMPTON, VA


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  • 21 Feb 2018 11:34 AM | Jina Lee (Administrator)

    The Claudine K. Brown Internship in Education is funded through an endowed fund in memory of Claudine K. Brown, an educator and influential leader of the Smithsonian. Awardees of the Brown Internship are appointed based on a demonstrated interest in the field of education and museum leadership.  Internships are available for high school and college students, including under-served youth. Available internship opportunities are intended to increase participation of underserved students who are under-represented in the education and museum leadership field. Interns are placed in offices, museums, and research centers throughout the Smithsonian Institution where they will help to create, develop and disseminate innovative educational programs and resources at the Smithsonian, online, in the classroom and in communities.

    Application deadline is March 15th!


  • 21 Feb 2018 11:32 AM | Jina Lee (Administrator)

    Apply for a Two-Week Preservation Fellowship

    Applications for the 2018 Pocantico Center Preservation Fellowship are due March 30. This two-week residential fellowship in July at the historic Marcel Breuer House in Pocantico Hills, NY, allows for dedicated time for a defined project with significant benefit to the preservation field. Visit Forum.SavingPlaces.org/Pocantico for complete details and online application.

  • 21 Dec 2017 1:34 PM | Jina Lee (Administrator)

    Save America's Treasures (SAT) applications are now available on Grants.gov for nationally significant properties and collections to apply for preservation and conservation work. $5 million in funding is available and must be matched dollar for dollar.

    Deadline is February 21. 2018.  Awards expected Summer 2018.

    Press release: https://www.nps.gov/orgs/1207/12-20-2017-saving-americas-treasures.htm

    Website: https://go.nps.gov/sat

    Grants.gov links:



    Questions: 202-354-2020 or preservation_grants_info@nps.gov

  • 18 Dec 2017 2:56 PM | Jina Lee (Administrator)

    The African-American Cultural Heritage Action Fund is a new initiative of the National Trust for Historic Preservation providing grants in the range from $50,000 to $150,000. These grants are designed to advance ongoing preservation activities for historic places such as sites, museums, and landscape projects representing African-American cultural heritage through grants to nonprofit organizations and government agencies. The Action Fund supports projects focused on African-American cultural heritage, and can include: Capital Projects, Organizational Capacity Building, Project Planning, and Programming and Interpretation. You can read more about eligible activities and expenses, grant conditions, and other information on the program by visiting Forum.SavingPlaces.org/aachactionfund.


    There is a two-step process to receive a grant from the African-American Cultural Heritage Action Fund. The first step, a Letter of Intent (LOI), must be submitted by Tuesday, January 31, 2018 at 11:59 local time, through our online grants portal. If the LOI is accepted, a full application will be requested of the applicant. Grant awards will be announced in May 2018.


    National Trust funding is available exclusively to nonprofits and government agencies, and any applicants who are invited to submit a full application will be required to also be Forum members of the National Trust for Historic Preservation at the Organizational level. The National Trust has many grant programs that may be of interest to you. You can read more about other funding opportunities on our websiteIf you have any additional questions, please feel free to email the National Trust Grants Department at grants@savingplaces.org.

  • 15 Dec 2017 11:25 AM | Jina Lee (Administrator)

    Want a low-to-no cost program help to assess and strengthen your operations, meet standards and best practices, and plan for the future? 

    Apply to the Museum Assessment Program by February 1, 2018

     Join the over 5,000 museums that have leveraged their MAP results to improve collections care, align activities, mission and resources, get grants, better understand their community needs, and educate board members on museum practice.

  • 17 Nov 2017 10:08 AM | Jina Lee (Administrator)

    The National Trust for Historic Preservation has made a commitment to raise $25M to preserve the places and stories that showcase the full contributions of African Americans to our nation.  

    Support the Action Fund HERE

  • 14 Nov 2017 10:57 AM | Jina Lee (Administrator)


    American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) is launching a project to enhance our Standards and Excellence Program for History Organizations (StEPs) and is looking for 45-50 volunteers.

    AASLH currently has 960 museums, historic sites, and related organizations across the country using the StEPs program to assess their policies and practices and work incrementally towards meeting national standards, and improve engagement with and service to their visitors and communities. After eight years, however, the program needs updating.  Phase one of the project focuses on updating the StEPs Workbook, namely the priority topics listed below.

    AAAM members who are interested in volunteering for the project are encouraged to complete the volunteer interest form at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/StEPSEnhancement.

    Or contact Cherie Cook, AASLH Senior Program Manager, directly at cook@aaslh.org or (573) 893-5164.

    Teams of volunteers will identify performance indicators and best practices for each of the above topics. The commitment is approximately two years with most work done by email and phone. AASLH hopes to bring the teams together in spring 2018 for an in-person meeting (some travel funding available); teams will also meet during the 2018 AASLH Annual Meeting in Kansas City.

    PRIORITY TOPICS to be addressed:

    1.     Impact, Engagement and Relevance

          a.    advocacy

           b.    current issues (e.g., deaccessioning)

           c.     social media, new technologies

    2.     Creativity and Experimentation

    3.     Diversity, Inclusion and Equity

    4.     Fundraising (including museum stores)

    5.     Digital Collections

    6.     Environmental Sustainability

    7.     Finance, Transparency and Fraud Prevention

  • 09 Nov 2017 1:53 PM | Jina Lee (Administrator)

    Applications are due by December 1, 2017 for grants from $5,000 to $150,000 in the IMLS Museum Grants for African American History and Culture (AAHC) program.


    To learn more:



    • ·         Check out our recorded webinar for a presentation on the AAHC grant program, eligibility requirements, and application components. 


    • ·         Get detailed tips on completing required forms for all grant programs in the FY18 IMLS Forms webinar.

  • 09 Nov 2017 11:34 AM | Jina Lee (Administrator)

    The Association of African American Museums is saddened to inform you of the passing of one of our own, William Billingsley on Tuesday November 7, 2017. William (Bill) Billingsley was an initial builder, stalwart protector, and elder statesman of AAAM- beloved across our membership. It was a life well lived, and we will miss him dearly.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family during this time of loss.

    He was a dedicated, volunteer executive director of the Association of African American Museums (AAAM). He came to AAAM in 1997 under the leadership of John Fleming after the dissolution of the previously formed African American Museum Association. Billingsley was a major part of the re-incorporated AAAM. His management of the organization during its formation helped to solidify the development of AAAM, alleviating board members of the day-to-day operations. Bill oversaw AAAM’s national and annual conferences, the organization’s major activity at that time. His position with AAAM was supported by the Ohio Historical Society, the managing organization of the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center in Wilberforce, where Bill began his museum career as operations manager, later as assistant director and ultimately as acting director and museum manager while still working as AAAM’s executive director.

    It was because of Bill that AAAM became the family of museums and museum professionals that we enjoy today. He treated everyone with dignity, respect and friendship.  At the 2011 conference in Tallahassee, Florida, Bill was recognized with the Volunteer Service Award and given the title of Executive Director Emeritus.

    Finally, at Fleming’s urging, Bill attended the 2017 conference in Washington, DC to participate in an oral history project on the leadership of AAAM. He had recently undergone major surgery but that did not stop him from traveling and wanting to join in the conference— if only for one day. We remember him as he was, perched at the entrance to the Washington Capital Hilton. The flock of members that gathered around him was indicative of the love and respect we had for him.  Bill’s family would like his colleagues to know how much he loved AAAM and how much the family has appreciated the expressions of sympathy they are receiving from the AAAM family.

    Personal condolences can be sent to 780 Mt. Vernon Drive, Xenia, Ohio 45385.  Services will take place this Saturday, November 11 at First United Christian Church, 626 N. Columbus Street, Xenia, OH 45385.  Viewing begins at 11:00 a.m. followed by the funeral at noon. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society in Bill Billingsley’s name. You can visit his life legacy page here.

  • 06 Oct 2017 1:31 PM | Jina Lee (Administrator)

    The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) will present its 2018 annual meeting in Kansas City, MO, from September 26-29, 2018.

    The Theme: Truth or Consequences

    Museums and history sites have been ranked among America’s most trusted institutions in an age where trust continues to erode and truth sometimes becomes murky. Our history organizations maintain the trust if we continue to tell the truth. But what is truth when our work is based on interpretation of the historical evidence and interpretations change? How do people know what to believe?

    We in the history field know that truth is based on an underlying complexity and on multiple perspectives and sources. It is our responsibility to help our audiences to see that complexity and to understand how we reach our conclusions based on solid historical research. It is also our responsibility to provide a forum where people can come together to explore the complexity of the past. We demonstrate our relevance to society when we dig into historical evidence, question its validity and provide much-needed historical context in relation to contemporary issues that impact the world around us.

    Are there consequences to avoiding the complexity of the past? What do they look like? How is society impacted when we fail to show multiple perspectives and the gray areas of history? What are specific challenges to showing complexity? Are there costs? It is often risky to tell stories people don’t want to hear. Could we do a better job at explaining how we do research and teaching how to be critical thinkers?  What does that look like?

    Our host city, Kansas City, offers a rich complexity that permeates its past. From native Missouri, Oto, Kansa and Osage lands, the region became a crossroads of French traders and settlers traveling west on the Oregon, California and Santa Fe trails. The Kansas-Missouri border became the first battlefield of the Civil War, and in many respects the border war continues today. The swirling parade of historical figures includes Latter-day Saints, explorers Lewis and Clark, President Harry Truman, the Kansas City Monarchs Negro Leagues baseball team and stars Satchel Paige and Jackie Robinson, and Amelia Earhart from nearby Atchison, Kansas. Its central location led to it becoming the second busiest railroad center in the country, and soon its booming stockyards led to famous Kansas City steak. Kansas City became the center of jazz music. It had no equal, mainly due to the willingness during prohibition of the political boss Tom Pendergast to allow alcohol to flow. 

    Submit your proposals HERE

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Passing of AAAM Legend William (Bill) Billingsley

Visit his life legacy page HERE

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