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 AUGUST 8 - 11, 2018 | HAMPTON, VA


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  • 04 Oct 2017 10:21 AM | Jina Lee (Administrator)

    Hurricane Relief Mini-Grants: Institutions in Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, South Carolina, Florida, and Puerto Rico are now able to apply for a mini-grant through the Hurricane Cultural Relief Fund. A limited number of grants are available in amounts up to $800 and are to be used a gap fund to allow institutions to purchase needed supplies for disaster recovery. 

    Apply HERE.

  • 04 Oct 2017 10:18 AM | Jina Lee (Administrator)

    Spring Semester 2018 Internships with the

    National Park Service

    The National Park Service and partnering agencies are pleased to offer internships during the academic year of 2017-18, most of which will begin in January 2018. See the complete list of available internships HERE.

     Internships are for 400 hours (usually ten weeks at forty hours per week) and in Washington, DC, except where noted. Stipends range from a total of $4800 for shorter positions up to $18,000 for longer-term positions; the position supervisor will have details on the stipend amount for a given position if you are called for an interview. The exact starting dates will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

    Sample Positions include:

    3044. Park History Program: Works with the Park History Program on a variety of research and outreach projects. They include conducting research for the Park History Program and individual National Park Service units and programs; creating short audio and video productions based on NPS oral history interviews; writing content for Park History Website and social media; helping with maritime grants administration; and participation in ongoing oral history training and interviews. Research may be conducted at the National Archives and the Library of Congress. Topics of immediate interest to program staff include maritime history of the U.S., Civil War to Civil Rights, and the history of the NPS itself. Students with a major or concentration in history, public history, American studies, or anthropology are particularly well suited for our program (2 internships at 400 hours each).


    The application is available in Adobe Acrobat HERE.
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    To submit your application, please scan your materials electronically and email them as a single Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) file containing both the signed application you're your transcripts to Julee Johnson (email: manager@historicurbanplans.com). Please adhere to the single .pdf format requirement; processing of your application will be delayed if materials are not received in this form. Name the file with your name in this format: Lastname_Firstname_NCPE_Spring18. Due to the large number of applications received, please strive to keep files under 2 MB; any files over 2 MB should be submitted in a compressed file format to make transmittal easier.

    Applications must be received no later than Sunday, October 22, 2017

  • 15 Aug 2017 1:22 PM | Jina Lee (Administrator)

    Presence, Power & Persistence by Jada Wright-Greene, African American Museum Activist, Writer & Futuristic Thinker for Diversity in the Museum Profession

    Read HERE for full article

  • 27 Jun 2017 11:47 AM | Jina Lee (Administrator)

    Calling ALL social media gurus! AAAM is looking to assemble a team of social media ambassadors for the upcoming 2017 conference to help promote #AAAM2017 and to develop a theme and questions for an upcoming Tweet Chat to be scheduled in July. If interested, please apply by July 3, 2017: http://blackmuseums.org/event-2588565

  • 13 Jun 2017 4:26 PM | Jina Lee (Administrator)

    SEMC 2017 Travel Scholarships

    Only one week left to apply for a travel scholarship to SEMC 2017! 

    Don't let a lack of funds prevent you from attending SEMC 2017 in New Orleans. SEMC offers a number of Annual Conference Travel Scholarships. The SEMC Scholarships are valued at $800 and include the Conference registration ($300) plus a $500 travel stipend.

    Those eligible for SEMC Travel Scholarships are:

    • Students 
    • Emerging Museum Professionals
    • Seasoned Museum Professionals
    • Historic House Professionals
    • African American Museum Professionals (AAAM members are encouraged to apply)
    • Small Museum Professionals (annual operating budgets less than $500,000)

    The scholarship application deadline is Friday, June 16, 2017. To learn more about eligibility or to apply online, click here

  • 25 May 2017 3:35 PM | Jina Lee (Administrator)

    Call for Proposals – “Power Lines”
    NCPH Annual Meeting – Las Vegas, Nevada, April 18-21, 2018


    The call for proposals is open through July 15 at 


    Access the full CFP at http://bit.ly/ncph2018CFP


    Public historians want our work to matter. We use our skills at uncovering, sharing, facilitating, and collaborating to advance a vision of a rich, variegated collective past that contributes to shared interests in the present. For decade, “community” has been our catchphrase and our aspiration. How does our field’s longstanding embrace of the collective stand up in a time of divineness? Do our commitments to individual agency, group identity, social justice, and civic engagement reinforce or strain against each other?


    In drawing lines between past and present, delineating distinctive communities, and underlining the contributions of overlooked actors, how can public history bring us together and when does it pull us apart?


    NCPH invites proposals for its 2018 conference that address the power of public history to define, cross, and blur boundary lines—work that explores public history’s power in all its complexities, idealism, and, perhaps, unintended consequences.


    Proposals are due by 11:59 PM local time on July 15, 2017.

  • 10 Apr 2017 2:22 PM | Jina Lee (Administrator)

    Register today for Preservation Leadership Training© (PLT) Capstone: Preserving History, Building Community in Birmingham. Working from the A.G. Gaston Motel’s redevelopment planning and from shared-use concepts developed at other locations, participants will learn how to integrate interpretative and commercial activities to sustain their preservation projects during this place-based, collaborative training June 25-30 in Birmingham, AL. Applications due May 1 (scholarships available).

    “PLT: Capstone was beyond doubt the best training program I have ever experienced. The experience gave me a new perspective and changed my way of thinking about how I do my work. Landmarks will function much more highly with the knowledge I have gained.” - 2012 PLT Capstone Participant, Brent Runyon, Executive Director, Providence Preservation Society

    What to expect: During the week, participants will gain the tools to advance their preservation projects and enable them to become stronger advocates for their communities. Specifically, they will gain skills in the areas of community outreach, strategies for building preservation, understanding the development process, and interpretation strategies.

    Who should apply: Applicants should include preservation professionals, members of preservation commissions, community development corporations, those working with or interested in interpreting house museums and historic sites, and those with a passion for working with diverse sites and promoting inclusion in historic preservation. 

    Application process: Due to the limited class size, participation is by application only.

    Registration: A limited number of registration scholarships are available through the generous support of the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture. Partial registration scholarships may also be available. Applicants will receive notification of status and acceptance the week of May 8. If applicants do not receive a scholarship, registration fees start at $1.600.

    This program is supported by the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, the National Park Service, the City of Birmingham, and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.    

  • 24 Mar 2017 9:10 AM | Jina Lee (Administrator)

    The Smithsonian Institution is pleased to announce conservation internship opportunities for the Summer 2017 10-week session June 5 – August 11.

    This internship program will provide an introduction to museum conservation. This program is offered to students to increase participation of groups who are currently underrepresented in the museum field and visual arts organizations are especially encouraged to apply.


    Read HERE for more information

  • 08 Mar 2017 10:54 AM | Jina Lee (Administrator)

    The Institute of Museum and Library Services has announced the availability of new grants for professional development and capacity building opportunities for museums. The program is a special initiative of the Museums for America (MFA) grant program, which supports projects developed by individual museums to enable them to better serve their communities.

    Application Deadline: May 1, 2017


  • 21 Feb 2017 10:40 AM | Jina Lee (Administrator)

    The National Museum of African American History and Culture will be offering two paid Robert F. Smith internships onsite related to collection information management and digital imaging in summer 2017.

    Information about the internships is here:  https://nmaahc.si.edu/learn/internships-fellowships

    Undergraduate and graduate students may apply through the portal on the main Smithsonian Office of Fellowships and Internships:  https://www.smithsonianofi.com/internship-opportunities/

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Passing of AAAM Legend William (Bill) Billingsley

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