AAAM Conference 2011

Awards luncheon.

AAAM Conference 2011

FAMU reception.

AAAM Conference 2011

John G. Riley House & Museum reception.

AAAM Conference 2011

Keynote Luncheon.

AAAM Conference 2011



AAAM Awards Nominations Deadline Extended

Each year the Association of African American Museums presents awards to outstanding museum professionals.

The submission deadline for 2014 Awards Nominations has been extended to June 30, 2014.

Don’t miss the opportunity to recognize your peers!

Click for more information and to download the nomination form.

U.S. Government Unveils New Museum Data Set, Calls for Field-wide Review; Webinar scheduled for June 11

On May 19, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced a new estimate of 35,144 active museums in the United States and published a new museum data file that is available for use, reuse, and distribution. The Museum Universe Data File will be actively maintained, updated, and released publicly twice a year. For more information see the news announcement.

IMLS will present a webinar about the Museum Universe Data File for interested stakeholders including museum staff, membership organizations, researchers, policymakers, and members of the media and public. IMLS Statistician Justin Grimes will discuss how the file was created and answer questions about it.

This webinar is free and no pre-registration is required. To participate, simply go to this Blackboard Collaborative Meeting Room at the time of the webinar, enter your information, and join the conversation. You may listen using your computer’s speakers or dial 1-866-299-7945. When prompted, enter the passcode 9485763#.

Title: 35,000 Museums: About the IMLS Estimate and Data File

Date: Wednesday, June 11

Time: 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. EDT 

Webinar Presenter: IMLS Statistician Justin Grimes

Topics to be covered include:

  • Why was the file created?
  • How did IMLS decide what institutions to include and what institutions to leave out of this list?
  • The list identifies a “museum type” for most entries; how was the museum type identified?
  • How was this list created?
  • What kind of information is in the file?
  • How can the information be used?
  • What are the caveats for using the data?

Questions about the data file? Contact

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Register Now for the 2014 Annual Conference!

Registration is now open for the 2014 AAAM Annual Conference to be held August 6-9, 2014 in Birmingham, Alabama. Visit the 2014 Conference website to register and to reserve your rooms at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel.

River Road African American Museum Celebrates 20 Years

The River Road African American Museum in Donaldsonville (LA) turns 20 this year, and they need help. The museum is trying to raise funds to keep the exhibit going.

It’s all a part of its celebration they call ‘Ovation.’ It culminates with performances by a number of grammy winners at the Shaw Center later this month.

River road is one of the few African American museums that collects buildings. Organizers say donations will help keep that tradition, and others like it, going.

Executive Director, Kathe Hambrick-Jackson said, “It’s just very important. This is a very important part of Louisiana history. It’s not just African American History. We’ve been here twenty years, we’re looking forward to our long range plan for the next twenty years.

That program is on Sunday, March 23rd. The reception begins at 3:00 p.m. and the program starts at 4:30 p.m. If you’d like to donate, or would like tickets, visit

Contact Kathe Hambrick Jackson at or call 225-474-5553.



Panel Readers Needed for USDE International Programs

The International and Foreign Language Education (IFLE) Office in the U.S. Department of Education administers a variety of international programs. IFLE continually seeks language and area studies specialists to serve as readers for grant competitions.

For more information:

Apply for a National Preservation Conference Diversity Scholarship

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is rolling out a new conference format to bring you the best thinking in the preservation movement and has formed an exciting partnership with the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) and Historic Savannah Foundation (HSF) for PastForward, the 2014 National Preservation Conference. In Savannah, the National Trust’s annual gathering of more than 2,000 individuals will become a global convening of 10,000. The National Trust, SCAD, and HSF will bring the past forward through an unprecedented interactive program of live broadcasts, workshop podcasts, and online training modules.

NTHP diversity

As part of the new conference format, several enhancements will be made to the National Preservation Conference’s Diversity Scholarship Program (DSP). Namely, diversity scholarship recipients will participate in programming that reinforces their role as ambassadors for the National Trust and the preservation movement. Scholarship recipients will continue to receive stipends in the form of complimentary registration and lodging. Additionally, DSP participants will have an opportunity to present their preservation work during the conference and take advantage of National Trust programs after the conference.

The National Trust seeks emerging preservation professionals and community leaders new to the preservation field whose attendance at the Conference will strengthen their commitment to historic preservation and benefit their communities. Applicants will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Interest in increasing the diversity of people and/or places in the preservation movement (for example: people of color, persons with disabilities, LGBT, socio-economically challenged communities, young preservationists)
  • Background in preservation (e.g., academic, professional work, volunteer)
  • Current involvement with preservation organization or academic program
  • Demonstrated experience, knowledge, and/or willingness to share information about preservation project with broader preservation community in a compelling way
  • Willingness to stay engaged in National Trust programs and in the preservation movement after the conference

Click here for the application. The application deadline is May 1. Apply or encourage other preservationists of diverse backgrounds to become a ambassador today!