Friday, February 27, 2015

ALA Grant Opportunity!

“Latino Americans: 500 Years of History” ALA Granting Opportunity! 

Facebook: Receive up to $10,000 for film screenings, oral history projects, performances and more through “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History,” a public programming initiative from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and ALA.

Twitter: New initiative from @NEHgov @ALALibrary based on award-winning @PBS film #LatinoAmericans. Apply for up to $10K

Newsletter: NEH and ALA are offering grants of $3,000 to $10,000 to libraries, humanities councils, museums and other nonprofits to develop public programming related to Latino American history and culture. The grant is based on the documentary film seriesLatino Americanswhich premiered on PBS in 2013. The program, Latino Americans: 500 Years of History, will offer funding and materials to support public film screenings, discussion groups, oral history initiatives, local history exhibitions, multi-media projects, performances and other programs. Apply by May 1 at


Latinos have a long and fascinating history in the United States dating back more than 500 years. Explore the rich stories, diverse cultures and painful clashes that have so powerfully shaped Latino lives and the nation.

Apply by May 1 at

Up to 200 selected sites will receive:

-          Latino Americans, an award-winning, six-part documentary series created for PBS, with public performance rights
-          Cash grants of $3,000 to $1,000 to support a Latino Americans: 500 Years of History program series (public film screenings, discussion groups, oral history initiatives, local history exhibitions, multi-media projects, performances and more)
-          Promotional materials to support local outreach
-          Access to additional programming and humanities resources developed by national project scholars, librarian advisors and outreach experts.

Eligible institutions include:
-          Libraries (public, academic and community college)
-          Community organizations
-          Youth groups
-          State humanities councils
-          Public television affiliate stations
-          Other educational and cultural institutions

Latino Americans: 500 Years of History, created by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association, is part of an NEH initiative, The Common Good: Humanities in the Public Square.

Please email ALA’s Public Programs Office at with any questions.

Thursday, February 19, 2015



Application for grant must be received on or before April 1, 2015. or 
USFFM, Suite 400, 2001 K Street 400 NW Washington, DC 20006-1040

The USFFM grant program is designed to help small museums fund projects for which no other funding is available. The mission of USFFM is to encourage volunteer efforts for museums and to facilitate an exchange of information among Friends' organizations, both nationally and internationally. Therefore, preference will be given to those proposals which show how the project will strengthen or enhance Museum Friends' programs.
USFFM Works in Partnership with the Small Museum Association 

USFFM is grateful to offer these grants in partnership with the Small Museum Association, which uses its extensive networks to publicize the opportunity.


Any small museum which is currently or was formerly a member of the Small Museum Association is eligible to apply to USFFM for the 2015 grant. Information about affordable SMA membership can be found at the SMA website, SMA's membership year is Mar. 1- Feb. 28.

How to Apply

Please send your entire application as one document with page numbers (.pdf or .docx preferred). You can copy and submit the application below using the naming convention specified: "2015-your two letter State abbreviation-City-MuseumName."  
For example: 2015-MD-Anytown-SampleMuseumName.pdf or .docx

What Else is Needed

Museums which receive the grants must commit to providing two brief progress reports (mid-year and end of year) to USFFM, so that the information can be shared with other small museums and the World Federation of Friends of Museums. Photos and stories for use in the USFFM newsletter will also be appreciated.


Please contact USFFM via email at



Name of museum________________________________________________________________



E-mail ______________________________________      Telephone_______________________          

Year founded___________

Verification of past or present membership in the Small Museum Association___________

Name and title of museum director___________________________________________________
Type of museum and mission_______________________________________________________



Number of days museum is open every week_____       Museum open hours ____________

Number of visitors last year__________                        Annual budget___________

Size of paid museum staff___________                         Number of museum volunteers________

Executive Summary:  Please describe in brief a summary of the educational or cultural project you propose that would be helped by the Small Museum grant of $2,500.  

Proposal Details: Include background about the project, including staff and volunteer involvement as well as other resources needed. If project includes outside professional help or equipment, please describe and estimate any costs.

________________________________________________________        Date____________ 

Monday, November 10, 2014

CAP Application Now Available!

2015 Conservation Assessment Program Application Available

Heritage Preservation is pleased to announce the availability of Conservation Assessment Program (CAP) application until the program deadline of December 1, 2014. The 2015 program year marks the 25th anniversary of CAP, and the admittance of our 3000th museum! 

In honor of our 25th anniversary, we are soliciting stories from previous CAP recipients, as well as the assessors to help us better understand the impact CAP has had in the field of museum conservation and preservation. To thank museums for contributing their stories and to encourage further conservation efforts, two museums will be chosen to receive a $1,000.00 gift certificate for conservation supplies, and one assessor will be thanked for their contributions to the field with $500.00 to go towards professional development. The application is short and should not take long to fill out.

CAP is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Institute of Museum & Library Services, and is administered by Heritage Preservation. The program provides technical assistance to small to mid-sized museums to hire a professional conservator, approved by Heritage Preservation, for a two-day site visit.  The CAP assessor uses the site visit to examine the museum’s collections, environmental conditions, and sites.  The assessor then spends three days writing a report recommending priorities to improve collections care.  The assessment reports submitted by professional conservators can assist the museum in developing strategies for improved collections care, long-range planning, and fund-raising for collections care.

Funds are awarded based on the museum’s budget, so the cost to the museum varies. All museums are awarded a collections assessor.  Museums with buildings older than 50 years receive additional funds for an architectural assessor to identify priorities for care of the building(s).  In the case of institutions such as zoos, aquariums, nature centers, botanical gardens, and arboreta, CAP can fund a specialist to assess the living collections as well as the non-living collections. 

Since CAP is limited to a two-day site visit, museums with small to mid-sized collections are most appropriate for this program.  Larger institutions are encouraged to contact IMLS for information on the Museums for America (MFA) grant.  MFA grants fund a variety of conservation projects, including general conservation surveys that can accommodate a more extensive site visit by a professional conservator.

Geared toward smaller institutions, the CAP application process is simple, and awards are made to eligible applicants as funding permits.  The 2015 CAP application will be open until Monday, December 1, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. The online application can be accessed at A link to this website, as well as to a fillable PDF can be found at   

To receive further information, visit our website at:

Or, contact us at:

Conservation Assessment Program
Heritage Preservation
1012 14th Street, NW
Suite 1200
Washington, D.C.  20005

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Employment Opportunity: Dumbarton House

Job Posting: NSCDA Membership Coordinator

Dumbarton House, national headquarters and AAM-accredited historic house museum of The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America [NSCDA], is undergoing an exciting transformation. Guided by a revised mission statement, new strategic plans, and dedicated board leadership, Dumbarton House is poised to strengthen headquarters support for our members as we approach the 125th anniversary of this women’s lineage organization dedicated to preservation, patriotism, and education. The NSCDA Membership Coordinator—a positive and motivated professional with impeccable customer service skills and ability to take direction from multiple sources—will have a unique opportunity to impact the future of the NSCDA and Dumbarton House during this important period.

Position responsibilities, include:
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with NSCDA leadership nationally, and support 44 Corporate Societies and 15,200 individual members nationally;
  • Coordinate NSCDA meetings, workshops, and trips/tour;
  • Maintain NSCDA membership database, providing reports and analysis as needed;
  • Manage all aspects of headquarters reception and hospitality;
  • Coordinate NSCDA Strategic Plan progress and reporting, collecting and collating data from national committees and Corporate Societies to support annual report creation;
  • Manage gift shop and other sales;
  • Maintain NSCDA Archives, overseeing cataloguing, housing, conservation, digitization, and research projects;
  • Manage online member resources and support member communications, including website maintenance, online databases, e-newsletters, webinars, etc.; and
  • Supervise Membership Assistant and other periodic part-time, intern, or volunteer headquarters staff.
  • Strong customer service skills and ability to build rapport with members of all ages across the country;
  • Self-directed, motivated, tactful, diplomatic, and congenial;
  • Proactive and positive attitude, creative problem-solver, and ability to multi-task;
  • Proven attention to detail and strong organizing, speaking, and writing skills;
  • Strong computer skills, with database, word processing, webinar, and website maintenance experience;
  • Experience executing administrative actions and conference planning; and
  • Flexibility, enthusiasm, and attitude of respect for working with diverse staff, volunteers, members, and visitors.

To Apply:
Please send cover letter & resume to with NSCDA Membership as the subject. No phone calls please.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Jobs in VA, MD, NJ and PA

Check out these great opportunities!

George C. Marshall Museum

Salisbury University, located on Maryland's beautiful Eastern Shore, is seeking an energetic, dynamic, and qualified applicant to join the staff of the Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture as its part-time Outreach and Education Coordinator.Minimum qualifications are a bachelor's degree in history, social studies education, museum studies, or a related field and a minimum of one year of outreach experience at a research center, historical society, historical library, museum, archives, or similar institution.This is a part-time (20 hours per week) exempt State position with a prorated benefits package.  Salary commensurate with experience.  For more information and to apply, please go to:

Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, one of three historic sites of the Morris County Park Commission, located in Morristown, NJ seeks a full-time Historic Farm Foreman/Interpreter.  The site is one of the oldest living historical farms in New Jersey. The position is full-time, year-round and is responsible for the maintenance and interpretation of the farm, including the care of farm animals, maintenance of farming equipment (some modern, some historic), and the development of educational programs for the general public and school children.  The candidate must have experience in the proper use and care of domesticated animals in a historic farm setting, the supervision and training of current farm staff, new staff and volunteers.  The candidate should also have experience using period implements associated with plowing, planting, cultivating, fertilizing, spraying, pruning and harvesting, be able to perform and supervise routine maintenance of historic farming operations, develop and implement educational programs, work with other education staff to present and interpret programming associated with the farm, and other duties as assigned. The chosen candidate must live on site in housing provided by the Morris County Park Commission (no exceptions), and conduct evening checks of livestock and the farm.  Qualifications:  Candidate must be a college graduate with a major program of study in agriculture or a historic farming program, have a minimum of one year’s experience associated with the operation of a living historical farm, and the development of educational programming in this setting.  Candidate will have the ability to care for and use domesticated farm animals at a living historical farm, operate and maintain modern and historic mechanical equipment, work flexible hours including evenings and weekends,  and have a knowledge of tools, methods and materials used at living historical farms.  The candidate must demonstrate an ability to manage and supervise subordinate personnel, have the ability to lift and carry weights of at least fifty pounds, and be able to properly use a computer. Salary: $49,000/year.  Additional compensation includes the on-site housing, and a medical, dental and pension plan (with employee contributions). 
 Email cover letter, resume and references by October 4, 2014 to:  Mark Sutherland, Manager of Historic Sites –  No phone calls please.  For more information about the Morris County Park Commission and Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, visit or

The Nicholas Newlin Foundation seeks a creative, enthusiastic professional Program and Administration Manager. Responsibilities include designing and implementing school-age and adult programs, coordinating an environmental summer camp, promoting programs, working with special events, and organizational communications. The Program and Administration Manager must be enthusiastic, possess proven organizational and management skills, and work well with volunteers. Candidates must communicate well in speech and writing with staff, board members, education professionals, and the public. Three years program experience and a Bachelor’s degree, or higher, in public history, history, or a related field is required. Experience with publications, website, social media and technology is desirable. The private, non-profit foundation operates the Newlin Grist Mill, a collection of nine buildings including a working 1704 Mill, two early 18th century homes, working blacksmith shop, and a research archive situated on 160 acres. The organization has a dual mission of historical and environmental preservation and education.

Application deadline is September 20, 2014.Send inquiries and resumes orDirector, Newlin Grist Mill, 219 S. Cheyney Road, Glen Mills, PA 19342

Friday, August 8, 2014

Job Posting- Orange County NC

Museum Coordinator – Part Time
Orange County Historical Museum
The Orange County Historical Museum is seeking a part-time Museum Coordinator to work approximately 15 hours per week, Wednesday – Friday and on occasion to work evenings and weekends.  Compensation:  $8.25 per hour
The Museum Coordinator is responsible for ensuring that daily Museum operations tasks are completed. These include opening the Museum, greeting and providing visitor services, ensuring the Museum is clean, answering visitor and researcher inquiries, facilitating gift shop sales and closing the Museum. The Museum Coordinator works to recruit, schedule, train and oversee volunteers to complete Museum projects and maintain daily Museum operations. The Museum Coordinator works with the Executive Director and committees to coordinate details for special events and public programming. The Museum Coordinator assists the Executive Director in creating, updating and maintaining Museum publicity, marketing, and social media efforts.
Preference will be given to candidates who have a B.A. or higher in History, Historic Preservation, Museum Studies, American Studies, or a related field.  Past experience managing/scheduling people, customer service and marketing experience a plus.  To be successful in this position the candidate should be self-motivated, organized,  possess excellent communication skills, be proficient in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Publisher, and social networking sites, and should have a working knowledge of American social and cultural history.  Knowledge of PastPerfect and LittleGreenLight or other types of database software a plus.  A successful candidate for this position must be comfortable and enjoy interacting with the public and speaking to small and large groups.
The Orange County Historical Museum, located in Hillsborough, NC, enlightens and engages its community and visitors from around the world by preserving and interpreting the history of Hillsborough and Orange County. The Museum houses and displays unique Orange County artifacts and documents, provides hands-on history programs for children, and offers a variety of events and exhibits. To learn more about the Museum, visit our site at and our blog,
To be considered for this position, please send a resume, cover letter, and three references to Brandie Fields at  Email questions to