February is Advocacy Month

Be Informed: VAM News 

2019 VAM Conference
Registration is now open for VAM's 2019 Annual Conference! 
Join us in Lynchburg, Virginia on March 23-26, 2019 for the premier professional development and networking event for Virginia museum professionals and students. Register by February 22 to take advantage of early bird discount and hotel room block rates. Learn more today!

Virginia Museums Advocacy Day Reception
It isn't too late to join us on February 7th for our legislative reception at Virginia Museum Advocacy Day.  The Virginia Museum of History and Culture will host us from 6 pm to 8 pm for a reception both to honor our Top Ten Endangered Artifacts honorees for 2018, and to give you a chance to meet legislators and other museum folks.  If you can come, and haven't RSVP'd yet, just email us!  

Please check your Museum member compass page on the VAM website, your Spam folder or Junk folder in your email for Open Invoices, if your membership is up for renewal. Any invoices over 30 days old will be mailed out to you, as well. Renew Your Membership Today so you can get the member discounts for the upcoming conference. Contact Dan for assistance or any questions.

Two months to go in the $50 for 50 Campaign
Help us finish strong with a gift to our $50 for 50 campaign in its last two months! All gifts we receive before the conference in March go towards finishing out our anniversary fundraising efforts. If you haven't made a gift yet, you still have time!
In This Issue
Be Informed: VAM News
Conference/Workshop News
General News
Be Informed: Member News
Find Funding
Expand Your View
Upcoming Deadlines
Conference/Workshop News
VAM's 2019 Annual Conference will take a "citywide" approach as we travel to Lynchburg, Virginia. The conference has all of the educational elements you are used to, and will include tons of chances to network with your colleagues and our business members. By highlighting and making use of a variety of sites in the downtown area of this infinitely walkable city, conference guests will get to experience sessions, tours, and evening events at such historic sites as the newly restored Academy Center of the Arts and Virginian Hotel, as well as Amazement Square, Lynchburg Museums, and more!  You don't want to miss it! Click here for a preliminary conference program.

workshop schedule has been released on the VAM website. We have a lot of great programs for you to register for. You must not have any outstanding invoices in order to register. Open Invoices must be paid before you can register. 
General News

American Evolution 2019
Join the 2019 Commemoration, American Evolution to invite America to "Come Home to Virginia" for the Virginia Customs, Cultures, and Cuisine Festival.
The Virginia Customs, Cultures, and Cuisine Festival is a month-long effort to foster statewide participation and tourism around the Commonwealth of Virginia. 

Grant funding for aligned events is available through the 2019 Commemoration Finale Grant Program which is open until March 22nd. Awards may be used for planning, execution, and/or marketing for events taking place between November 1-30, 2019. Events must reflect the theme of Virginia's Customs, Cultures and Cuisines.
Organizations choosing not to apply for the grant can still benefit from the 2019 Commemoration's promotional strategy. Click here to submit an event for inclusion in the Finale Booklet and the 2019 Commemoration's other promotional materials.
For more information or to submit an event for inclusion, contact Kristin Ritchey via email Kristin.ritchey@Jyf.virginia.gov or phone (757-253-4027).

World War I and World War II Teacher Symposiums
The Virginia World War I and World War II Commemoration Commission will be offering 
more information about 2019 Teacher Symposiums. This year, they are planning on hosting two symposiums focusing on helping teachers develop new and exciting ways of teaching WWI and WWII in the classroom. Stay tuned for more information. https://www.virginiawwiandwwii.org/

Virginia Forum
The program for the 2019 Virginia Forum, which is to be held at Longwood University, 14-16 March, has been posted on the forum's website at www.virginiaforum.org
Historic Petersburg Foundation Preservation Task Force is hosting a briefing entitled:
RESPONDING TO THE LOSS OF THE NASH BUILDING: STRATEGIES TO SUSTAIN ENDANGERED HISTORIC STRUCTURES IN PETERSBURG - P etersburg Virginia on February 6th. Click link to register:   https://www.eventbrite.com/e/moving-forward-strategies-to-sustain-endangered-historic-structures-in-petersburg-tickets-55357150728
The AASLH Leadership in History Awards Program recognizes exemplary work completed by state or federal historical societies, institutions, or agencies; regional, county, or local historical societies, institutions, or agencies; specialized subject societies in related fields such as oral history, genealogy, folklore, archaeology, business history, etc.; junior historical societies; privately owned museums or foundations; individuals; and organizations outside the field of traditional historical agencies. 

Awards are given for exhibits, public and educational programming, special projects, publications, multimedia, and individual achievement. Nominees need not be members of AASLH to qualify. The application deadline is March 2, 2019. Virginia organizations who want to apply should contact Christina Vida, Virginia AASLH State Awards Chair at cvida@VirginaHistory.org.

Virginia History Day is recruiting volunteer judges to participate in its District contests held around the state in March 2018, as well as additional judges for the state-level competition held at the Virginia Museum of History & Culture in Richmond on April 27, 2019. This is an excellent opportunity for museums of all sizes to represent themselves within their communities, meet history-minded students, teachers, and families, and become familiar with the research process required of Virginia History Day participants. 

Please contact Virginia History Day Coordinator, Christina Keyser Vida, at cvida@VirigniaHistory.org to learn more about judging at the local or state level.  For the contest date and location in your district, please visit the Virginia History Day webpage
Be Informed: Member News

Farewell:  Dale Wheary , M aymont's Curator and Director of Historical Collections and Programs, retired on January 31 after 40 years dedicated to restoration and preservation of the Maymont Mansion and historic estate. We wish Dale well and hope to still see her at VAM functions.

Congratulations:  VAM Board President Gretchen Bulova  on being named the Director of the Office of Historic Alexandria. Gretchen had been the interim Director since 2017. The Office of Historic Alexandria operates the Alexandria Archaeology Museum, Alexandria Black History Museum, Fort Ward Museum & Historic Site, Friendship Firehouse Museum, Gadsby's Tavern Museum, The Lyceum: Alexandria's History Museum, and the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum.  We are very excited for and proud of Gretchen! Congratulate her when you see her at the conference! 

Gretchen M. Bulova

Congratulations: The Fairfield Foundation is pleased to announce it has received a $30,000 grant from the Richard & Caroline T. Gwathmey Memorial Trust, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee. These funds will support the Fairfield Foundation's popular educational outreach programs, new technologies, and building an archaeological park at Fairfield Plantation located in White Marsh, VA.  

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College Arts Association
CAA  recently announced the launch of a $1 million fund  that will pay grants to art history faculty and students to visit shows specifically relevant to their course material. The fund, which will hand out grants of up to $10,000 for eligible scholars and students, came about thanks to a major gift from an anonymous donor. There is no deadline for applications.

Virginia Humanities
Discretionary Grant Program -  Smaller grants of up to $3,000. There is no deadline for this program; applications are accepted at any time. Applicants should contact  Virginia Humanities staff  in advance before submitting a Discretionary Grant proposal. 

IMLS Inspire Grants
IMLS Library Grants
Big Opportunities for Small Libraries: IMLS Launches New Special Initiative
Accelerating Promising Practices for Small Libraries: This new funding opportunity is designed specifically to strengthen the ability of small and rural libraries, archives, and related organizations to serve their communities, and awards sizes range from $10,000 to $50,000. Deadline for applications is February 25, 2019.

IMLS Native American Library Services Grants 
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is now accepting applications for the  Native American Library Services Basic Grants  program through Monday, April 1, 2019.  Native American Library Services Basic Grants are one-year grants of $6,000 to $10,000, which can include $3,000 in eligible education and assessment activities or travel. The grants are available to federally recognized Native American tribes and Native Alaskan villages. 
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Today, the Freedom Forum - the creator and primary funder of the  Newseum  and the  Freedom Forum Institute  - is announcing the sale of the building in which the Newseum is located to Johns Hopkins University, a premier academic institution. The University will use the building as a new consolidated center for its DC-based graduate programs.

The deal remains subject to all necessary regulatory approvals, and the Newseum will remain open to the public through 2019. No word has been announced on where the Newseum will relocate.

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