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2018 ANNUAL CONFERENCE
AUGUST 8 - 11, 2018 | HAMPTON, VA
The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) will present its 2018 annual meeting in Kansas City, MO, from September 26-29, 2018.
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.
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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.
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.
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).
HOW TO APPLY
The application is available in Adobe Acrobat HERE.
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: email@example.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.
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
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
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:
The scholarship application deadline is Friday, June 16, 2017. To learn more about eligibility or to apply online, click here
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.
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.
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.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 14, 2017 12AM EST
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2018 NMAAHC Interpretation Workshop
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
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