Tapestry Newsletter | February 19, 2020
PA Museums thanks VisitPittsburgh for providing images for our conference promotion.

Last week Senator Joseph Scarnati (R-Jefferson) announced that he will not seek re-election in November. Representative Michael Turzai (R-Allegheny), Speaker of the House, shared a similar announcement a few weeks ago, and the retirements of these legislators signals a significant change in leadership ahead in both chambers. Senator Andrew Dinnaman (D-Chester) also announced he will not seek re-election in November. Senators Scarnati and Dinnaman have both served as the Senate representatives on the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission so we will stay tuned for announcements later this year about which legislators will join the Commission.

The American Alliance of Museums' (AAM) Museum Advocacy Day is coming up in Washington, D.C., February 24-25, 2020. PA Museums looks forward to visiting legislative offices in Washington on your behalf, and we look forward to seeing some of our members there. This advocacy work will focus on funding for federal agencies like the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) , National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) .

Citizens for the Arts in Pennsylvania will be organizing Arts Advocacy Day in Harrisburg on May 6, 2020. PA Museums will join in this effort, and if any of our members would like to join us, please contact us .


Registration is open! Early bird rates apply through March 8, 2020. We hope to see you in Pittsburgh in April.

We have an exciting program lined up including pre-conference tours at the Carnegie Museum of Art and the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, a welcome reception at The Frick, and sessions and tours at the Senator John Heinz History Center.


Business members and others doing business with museums, PA Museums is still looking for sponsors, program advertisers, and exhibitors. Help a student attend our conference, meet with existing clients, and network at our friendly conference.

The Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts is holding a webinar, Housekeeping Basics for Collecting Institutions on February 26, 2020.
PA Museums is working to organize a symposium in Philadelphia in late April. Look for more information soon.

Check out what else is coming up at our website .


We updated our website this week with some exciting opportunities at the Senator John Heinz History Center, the African American Museum of Philadelphia, and the Franklin Institute.

Check out our job postings here.

AASLH is gathering data through their National Visitation Survey for historic sites and organizations. To participate in the survey, please visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Visitation2020 .

Last year’s report raised many questions. For example, the 2019 report identified a small decline in visitation from 2017 to 2018; this year's data will be essential for understanding whether that dip represents the beginning of a new trend. More survey responses will enable AASLH to offer better analysis of trends. 


PA Museums will be emailing renewals to our members with March renewal dates soon; we will also reach out to those of you who are overdue. We will mail notices as well. Please renew with us, and if you have not joined or have not been members for a while, please consider coming back !

PA Museums is in the early stages of creating a new strategic plan. If you are a member, would you please take a few minutes to complete a survey for us?

To check your membership status or add your staff, volunteers, or board members to our newsletter list, please feel free to get in touch with us .


PA Museums' newsletter is a great place to reliably reach museum professionals every two weeks. For $150 your ad can run in the next six issues of Tapestry. Please contact Rusty Baker by email or phone at (717) 909-4951.


The Carnegie Science Center announced new leaders in roles as Director and Deputy Director.

NPR featured the Penn Museum's Global Guides .

ButlerRadio.com talked with Jennifer Ford, the new Executive Director of the Butler County Historical Society .

NBC10 in Philadelphia reported on the stunning discovery of a Rembrandt in the collections at the Allentown Art Museum .

CBS in Philadelphia explored the Please Touch Museum 's new exhibit that helps kids get in touch with their feelings.

WESA in Pittsburgh noticed Tim Pearce's snail jokes from the Carnegie Museum of Natural History .

Conde Nast Traveler made a list of Philadelphia Museums to visit.

The Pittsburgh Business Times broke this story about expansion possibilities for the Senator John Heinz History Center .


The Museopunks podcast tackled harassment and bullying in the museum workplace .

Rabbit hole warning: Hannah Hethmon shared a list of 23 gallery, library, archives and museum (GLAM) podcasts .
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