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 AUGUST 8 - 11, 2018 | HAMPTON, VA


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  • 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

  • 04 Oct 2017 3:59 PM | Jina Lee (Administrator)


    2018 John Kinard Scholarship Fund

    The Southeastern Museums Conference (SEMC) proudly announces the 18th annual Jekyll Island Management Institute (JIMI 2018). Scheduled for January 16 - 23, 2018, JIMI is specifically designed for administrators from new and emerging museums and for museum professionals with subject area expertise desiring knowledge of general museum administration and operations.

    Deadline: Sunday, October 15, 2017

    Located on historic Jekyll Island, GA, this highly successful training program provides a unique eight-day immersion for museum professionals seeking the opportunity to learn management, personnel and interpretive skills from leading experts. Sessions include leadership and management styles, administration and trusteeship, strategic planning, fundraising and marketing, financial management, developing exhibits, public relations, collections management, disaster preparedness, interpretation, volunteer management, and museum ethics.

    Thanks to the generosity of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), the Southeastern Museums Conference (SEMC) is pleased to offer the John Kinard Scholarship Fund for two staff members of AAAM institutional museums or individual AAAM members to attend SEMC’s Jekyll Island Management Institute (JIMI). The two annual scholarships of $1,625 each will cover the tuition for JIMI and travel expenses. The John Kinard Scholarship Fund is established in collaboration with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), Office of Strategic Partnerships. Created by an Act of Congress in 2003, the Museum opened on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. in 2016. For information on the Museum’s current programs and exhibitions visit www.nmaahc.si.edu or call 202.633.4751.

    If you wish to be considered for the John Kinard scholarship, please indicate your interest in your cover letter.


  • 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

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