February 2018
Put your knowledge to the test by guessing this month's "What is it" item.
The Great Baltimore Fire begins.
Upcoming Events

February 19-20:
Small Museum Association Conference

March 13-15:
Cataloging Collections
Online Training Class

April 3-5:
Managing Contacts
Online Training Class
Spring Training Starts March 13th
Whether you are new to PastPerfect or an experienced user, our classes offer something for everyone. Join us this spring to learn how to get the most out of your PastPerfect program. Please note, our Spring Training classes will begin at a new time: 1pm EST (10am PST).

Spring 2018 Class Schedule:

March 13-15, 2018 | 1:00pm - 3:30pm Eastern (10:00am - 12:30pm Pacific)
Learn how to use the cataloging features of PastPerfect to track items during every stage of the process, from accessioning new items to documenting artifacts already in your collection. Topics include using authority files and other time-saving tools to ensure consistent data entry and maximize efficiency.

April 3-5, 2018 | 1:00pm - 3:30pm Eastern (10:00am - 12:30pm Pacific)
This class covers the basics of contacts data entry and management, including adding new contacts, working with memberships, and recording donations and volunteer hours.

April 24-25, 2018 | 1:00pm - 4:00pm Eastern (10:00am - 1:00pm Pacific)
Using Collections and Contacts examples, this class will show you how to run and modify built-in reports, create custom reports through Report Maker, and effectively utilize the program's research tools.


Special Offer: Register for any two classes and get the third FREE! Registrations must be for the same organization.

Individual classes are priced at just $86.25 and AASLH Members receive a 20% discount. Registered participants receive a free training CD that complements the course.

Call 1-800-562-6080 to reserve your seats.
Report Spotlight: Donations, Dues, & In-Kind Gifts
It's a new year and we know many of you are trying to report on the income generated last year. One of PastPerfect's many built-in reports is designed for just that! Our Dues, Donations, and In-Kind Gifts report will give you a list of all contacts who have given to your organization within a given date range.

To run this report:
  1. Click on "Reports" from the Main Menu
  2. Click on "Dues & Donations" on the Sidebar
  3. Scroll down the list of reports and find the Donations, Dues, & In-kind Gifts report
  4. Click once on the report name and then click "Run Report"
  5. Choose "Selected Date Range" and enter dates you wish to view.
  6. You may change what appears on the report by changing options under Include, Amount, or Campaigns, as well as how the report is sorted by changing the Sort By field.
  7. When you are done choosing options, click "Preview" to view the report.
If you're looking for a less detailed report that only includes totals given for each person, try the Donations, Dues, and In-kind Gifts Summary report. Instead of listing each donation, dues payment, or in-kind gift given by a person, the summary report will give you the total amounts for each category within the date range you specify.

For help running reports, or for help finding other reports to meet your needs, please contact our support team at support@museumsoftware.com or call us at 1-800-562-6080.
This I Love
Volunteers and staff members at every institution have a few collection items that capture their imagination in a special way. This series is a way to highlight these items and share them with the museum community. This month's contribution comes from Alex Bartlett, Librarian, at Historic Germantown.

"The Germantown Historical Society and its umbrella organization, Historic Germantown, are stewards of a collection of thousands of three-dimensional objects documenting the history of Germantown, from its 1683 founding to the present. One such object - the so-called Johnson Fence - is a favorite of mine, an object I love. We received this worn section of fence in about 1915 from an unknown source; our accession books document the donation of the fence, but no information is available about who gave it to us. This section of fence stood adjacent to the Keyser-Elwood Johnson House at 6316 Germantown Avenue.

The fence bore witness to the Battle of Germantown on October 4, 1777. Several holes are present within its time-worn planks; these were made by fired musket balls striking the fence. A couple musket balls were found embedded in the wood; these were saved and donated to the Germantown Historical Society as well. A photograph from circa 1900 shows the stubborn old fence still standing, almost 125 years after the Battle was fought. Over 100 years have passed since this section of fence was donated to us; we are most grateful to the curators of such an unusual and venerable witness to history."

Thank you to Germantown Historical Society for sharing your collection online!

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Online Collection Spotlight
The Daviess County Historical Society is dedicated to sharing its extensive collection of photographs, documents, textiles, military uniforms, and genealogical data stored at the Daviess County Museum in Washington, Indiana. You are invited to visit the Museum, located on Main Street in the former Masonic Lodge built in 1869, to view the different public exhibits or to research the archived records which chronicle the diverse history of Daviess County. 

View the Daviess County Historical Society & Museum's Online Collection.
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