Tapestry Newsletter | January 30, 2019

On Tuesday, February 5 Governor Wolf will present his Executive Budget in broad strokes as he begins the first budget cycle of his second term. His address before the General Assembly will prompt reactions from leaders in the Pennsylvania House and Senate. Sometime in the afternoon on that day, we expect to see the detailed spreadsheets with specific dollar amounts allocated to specific line items. This editorial from the Lewistown Sentinel provides some background on the budget process and what is influencing it. PA Museums will report on the Executive Budget's line item allocations for the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC), the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA), the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) wherever the budget and museums and historical organizations cross paths.

Pennsylvania's caucuses have announced all committee assignments, and legislators got right down to business last week. New bills are starting to emerge that effect the PHMC such as one sponsored by Representative Daryl Metcalfe that will modernize the History Code and HB223 pertaining to French Azilum. The first hearings with the Senate Appropriations Committee for agencies invited to participate begin on February 11. The PHMC is scheduled to discuss their budget with this committee on February 20, 2019.

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, and its impact is growing support for the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. If you can't make it to Washington, there are ways you can advocate locally.


Our annual statewide museum conference is coming up in April. Registration will be open soon, and we will once again offer an Early Bird Registration with special pricing. Look for our preliminary program and registration soon. Here's a small taste of what is to come:

Businesses - Advertising, Exhibiting, and Sponsorship

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? You can congratulate them with a $150 ad in our program.

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The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) invites nominations for the 2019 Leadership in History Awards . Now in its 70th year, the Awards Program is the most prestigious national recognition for achievement in the preservation and interpretation of local, state, and regional history. AASLH initiated the Awards Program in 1945 to establish and encourage
standards of excellence in the collection, preservation, and interpretation of state and local history throughout America. The deadline for nominations is March 1, 2019.

On March 7, 2019, The Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance will convene a program, Painting a Picture of a More Diverse and Inclusive Arts and Culture Workforce, at the African American Museum in Philadelphia.

Registration is open for the Small Museums Conference, February 17-19, 2019 in College Park, MD.


PA Museums will mail membership renewals to our members with March 31, 2019 expiration dates in mid-February. Please be on the lookout, and thank you for renewing your membership with us.

Add our PA Museums logo to your membership newsletter, annual report, or website. Please email us, and we'll be happy to send you our logo.


PA Museums posted four new opportunities this week. 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 Penn Museum  offers paid and unpaid summer internship opportunities. The deadline to apply is February 8, 2019.

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

The Smithsonian Institution's Robert Frederick Smith Fund Internship and Fellowship program includes an opportunity at the Senator John Heinz History Center. The deadline is February 15, 2019.

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.


Dade Royer, longtime Executive Director at the Renfrew Museum and Park, has announced he is stepping down.

The Mattress Factory named a new Interim Director, and The Frick Art and Historical Center named Judith O'Toole its new Interim Director.

The State Museum in Harrisburg announced its February programming.

The Franklin Institute will host an exhibition celebrating 80 years of Marvel's superheroes.

Was he the worst? LancasterHistory.org is digitizing James Buchanan's legacy.

Will a Horror Museum eventually be part of Pittsburgh's cultural landscape?

The Citizen Voice featured the Luzerne County Historical Society's grant from PHMC for Records Care.


What can Burning Man tell us about museum education? You don't have to go to the desert to find out.

The American Alliance of Museums invited Independent Museum Professionals to join a new networking group.

Leadership Matters (blog) took on what happens when leaders make mistakes.


Advertising in the PA Museums newsletter is available for six week runs for $150. Our newsletter reaches around 400 museum professionals every two weeks. Please email us to have your ad run in Tapestry.

The Cumberland County Historical Society (EOE) located in Carlisle, PA seeks a highly motivated, energetic Museum Curator. The position reports directly to the Executive Director.

Salary Range:
$30,000-$40,000 with Primary Health Care, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance offered

Target Start Date:
June 2019

How To Apply:
Interested candidates should email: 1. cover letter 2. resumé and 3. contact information for three professional references no later than February 22nd, 2019 to  jillari@historicalsociety.com . Attached documents will only be accepted in Microsoft Word or PDF formats. No phone calls.

Institutional Profile:
The Cumberland County Historical Society, founded in 1874, is dedicated to collecting, preserving, interpreting and promoting the rich history of Cumberland County, PA. A paid staff of 19 and volunteer Board of Trustees of 15 actively implements the organization’s vision to become a national model for demonstrating how history, story-telling, material culture and preservation promotes social well-being, service and citizen engagement with local resources. A copy of our 2015-2020 Strategic Plan can be found here:  https://www.historicalsociety.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/CCHS-strategic-plan-2018-update.pdf

Job Summary: Supervising a part-time Assistant Curator and part-time Collections Manager, the Curator is responsible for all CCHS exhibits, exhibit outreach, museum-related development and fundraising, museum management and direct oversight of the Society’s 10,000+ objects and artifacts. The position takes the lead role on the strategic direction of the museum, including; planned capital campaign collaboration with the Executive Director and Development Committee, leading the Society through AAM’s accreditation process, and enhanced community accessibility to the museum using participatory models known in the industry. The Curator serves on Museum Committee and other committees as appointed by the Executive Director. The Curator is responsible to the Executive Director with all the rights, responsibilities and benefits as described in the Personnel Policy Manual.

Job Duties:
• Provides oversight and assistance in the conceptualization and implementation of all Society exhibits in all locations and ensures these exhibits align with Society programmatic, marketing and development goals and objectives.
• Assists with the solicitation of monetary donations for the Society and Museum in coordination with the Executive Director and marketing and development staff and assists with planned giving initiatives for the Society and Museum.
• Supervises interns, volunteers and curatorial staff to ensure all proper physical and intellectual controls for the collections are maintained.
• Develops policies, plans and procedures to drive strategic direction of the Museum.
• Provides workshop trainings to staff and volunteers related to Museum activities.
• Provides or helps coordinate special content presentations or lectures related to Cumberland County material culture and history.
• Quickly answers requests and inquiries from other professionals and the public.
• Attends professional conferences, seminars and trainings pertaining to duties.
• Participates in the Museum Committee and assists Chair in developing agendas for meetings.
• Assigns collections research and research related to exhibits in production.
• Develops department plans for the strategic growth of the Society collections through collecting plans and furnishing plans.
• Assists in the preparation of the annual museum budget.
• Takes the lead role in coordinating CCHS’ AAM Accreditation application initiative and oversees the completion of core documents needed for the application process.
• Represents the Society at special events and receptions to promote the activities, goals and aspirations of CCHS and the Museum.
• Assists in initiating and developing publications related to the collections.
• Helps develop print and digital media marketing materials in conjunction with the Community Outreach department to promote the Museum and collections.
• Informs and takes direction from the Society’s Strategic Plan and Community Outreach Plan in the promotion of the CCHS and the Museum.
• Takes lead role in the development and/or coordination of CCHS Interpretive Planning to include all spaces including the Two-Mile House and G.B. Stuart History Workshop.
• Assists, and in some cases leads coordination of, selected special events, initiatives and tours to promote the mission of CCHS and the Museum.

• Degree in public history, museum studies or a closely related field
• Knowledge of professional museum principles, standards and best practices
• Knowledge of research tools and methodology
• Good written and oral skills
• High level of interpersonal skills
• Self-directed, motivated, highly organized and conscientious
• Experience with computerized museum records management
• Previous experience working in a museum or historic site
• Ability to work pre-scheduled evenings and occasional weekends
• Flexibility and ability to occasionally shift priorities to meet overall needs of Society

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