Tapestry Newsletter | January 3, 2018

PA Museums is proud to announce our 2019 Special Achievement Awards. Each year we recognize the excellent work going on in the Commonwealth's museums and historical organizations with an awards ceremony at our annual conference. We will present our awards on April 8, 2019 at our conference in Chadds Ford at the Brandywine River Museum of Art. Our 2019 Special Achievement Awards winners are:

Institutional Achievement Awards
  • Negley Log House Rebuild, Conococheague Institute for the Study of Cultural Heritage, Mercersburg
  • Community Heart and Soul Project, Cumberland County Historical Society, Carlisle
  • New Mission Statement and Strategic Plan, Eastern State Penitentiary and Historic Site, Philadelphia
  • Waves of the Past, Sailors of the Future, Flagship Niagara League/U.S. Brig Niagara, Erie
  • Fortifying our Future: Enhancing Fort Ligonier, Fort Ligonier, Ligonier
  • Revolution Place Discovery Center, The Museum of the American Revolution, Philadelphia
  • Bringing History Alive at Old Economy Village, Old Economy Village, Ambridge
  • Field to Front: Nittany Lions at War, 1917-1919, Penn State University All Sports Museum, University Park
  • Modernation and Improvement of Museum Collections Management, Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall Museum, Pittsburgh
  • Restoration and Reinterpretation of Mammal Hall, The State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg
  • Historic Center and Cemetery, Stoddartsville Preservation Society, Stoddartsville

Individual Awards
Steve Appleby, The Eldred World War II Museum, Eldred
Sarah Buffington, Old Economy Village, Ambridge
Hope W. Kopf, The Joseph Priestly House, Northumberland

S.K. Stevens Award
The Museum of the American Revolution, Washington's War Tent

If you are trying to reach more museums with your products or services, our conference is a perfect place to do that. PA Museums is looking for help to make our conference in 2019 in Chadds Ford a success. Did your company work on a project that will take home an award from PA Museums? Sponsor an event, provide a scholarship, buy an ad in our program, or exhibit your products with us.

Please click here to find more information about how you can take part.


On New Year's Day, new members of Pennsylvania's House and Senate were sworn in at a ceremony in Harrisburg. After the swearing in ceremony, lawmakers set new rules for the upcoming two year session. Yesterday the House Republicans announced committee assignments. We expect to see committee assignments from the House Democrats, Senate Republicans, and Senate Democrats in the coming days. The next scheduled session day is January 15, the same day Governor Wolf and Lieutenant-Governor Elect John Fetterman will be inaugurated. Between now and then, all eyes will be on and many lawmakers will be present at the Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg for photo opportunities, milk shakes, and a foray into the Commonwealth's agricultural heritage.

In spite of the partial shut down of the Federal government over the holidays, the re-authorization of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) passed through the U.S. Senate and House and was signed into law on December 31, 2018. The shutdown is having an impact on services and operations at the National Park Service's sites in Pennsylvania. The American Alliance of Museums' President and CEO, Laura Lott, released this statement about the shutdown yesterday.

The American Alliance of Museums is organizing Museum Advocacy Day in Washington, DC, February 25-26, 2019. This successful day of visiting legislative offices has been happening for a decade now. Attendees receive valuable training, . Registration is open .


The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission has opened its Cultural and Historical Support grants program. For eligibility information and instructions, please click here. The deadline to apply is January 25, 2019.

Check out other opportunities at our website.

The Small Museum Association's Annual Conference is in College Park, MD, February 17-19, 2019. Registration is open.


Happy New Year to our members, and thank you for your support!

PA Museums is once again looking for images from our member museums, organizations, and sites to use for our website or newsletter. With the change of the seasons, we are looking for some winter scenes, pictures of programming, and installation views. Please email us a few pictures if you have some to share.

Add our PA Museums logo to your membership newsletter or website. You can show your colors and let your visitors know you are part of our statewide association. Please email us, and we'll be happy to send you our logo.


PA Museums posted six new opportunities since our last newsletter two weeks ago. If your institution has a vacancy, please see our job posting guidelines at the bottom of  our jobs page or  pass our contact information along to your hiring manager.


The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission invites applications to its Keystone Summer Internship Program. The deadline to apply is February 8, 2019.

Fallingwater is also accepting applications from students for its paid internships.

LancasterHistory.org in Lancaster, PA invites applications for its Summer Internship Program . The deadline to apply is March 15, 2019.

LancasterHistory.org in Lancaster, PA invites applications for its Fellowship Program for Fall/Winter 2019. The deadline to apply is May 1, 2019.

KDKA in Pittsburgh featured the Carnegie Museum of Art's tours fpr people with disabilities.

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board will lend a hand to The Museum of Beer.

The Erie Art Museum announced staff changes.

WFMZ visited the National Museum of Industrial History's new exhibit of toys.

New Year's celebrations at the State Museum and the Please Touch Museum geared towards families were in the news.

TribLive reported on the Mattress Factory's new policies in the wake of sexual harassment allegations.

America on Wheels has a new exhibit, Fabulous Fins of the Fifties and Sixties.

The Lititz Museum, now closed until May, reported an increase in visitors in 2018, and we hope a visitor from Wyoming walks through the doors.


MuseumNext took a look at how museums are using Facebook Live.

ABC7 covered the partial government shutdown at Washington, D.C.'s museums.

The Associated Press featured the new Museum of Black Civilization in Dakar, Senegal.


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