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 AUGUST 8 - 11, 2018 | HAMPTON, VA


Upcoming events

  • 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/

  • 02 Feb 2017 2:07 PM | Jina Lee (Administrator)

    Join us for Museums Advocacy Day 2017! AAAM is a proud supporter of Museums Advocacy Day. This February we invite you to join us in Washington, D.C. as the new Congress and administration get to work on critical funding and policy decisions. Please help us make sure that AAAM member sites are well represented!

    Perri Irmer, President and CEO of the DuSable Museum issues a passionate call to action to fellow AAAM members! Read Perri's letter HERE

  • 12 Dec 2016 10:27 AM | Jina Lee (Administrator)

    Knoxville civil-rights leader Avon Rollins Sr., who joined the movement as a high school student and became one of the charter members of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, died Wednesday, December 7, 2016.  

    Read FULL ARTICLE here

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Passing of AAAM Legend William (Bill) Billingsley

Visit his life legacy page HERE

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