Tapestry Newsletter | March 28, 2018

Plans are coming together for an exciting 2018 Conference. Registration is open! 

Here are some of the highlights coming to our 2018 Conference

Cultural agencies at the Federal level have been spared draconian cuts proposed by the President. Last week legislators passed a spending package that included funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA), and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). There were small increases to the budgets for these agencies, and the President ultimately signed off on the bill. Here are the statements from the NEH and IMLS.

The Pennsylvania Museum Preservation Act remains in the House State Government Committee awaiting action. Some House and Senate meetings are scheduled for this week and next. Pennsylvania's House comes back to session on April 9 and the Senate returns to session on April 16.

PA Museums will join with our advocacy partners in Harrisburg for an Arts and Culture Advocacy Day on May 2, 2018 . We hope many of you will join us in this important work. Save the date!

PA Museums offers scholarships for our 2018 conference. Please get in touch with us if you are interested in attending. Scholarships cover registration fees, and we will award them on a first-come, first-served basis.

The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) announced its scholarship program for professionals from small museums to attend the AASLH Annual Meeting.

Funding for the preservation of historic places of worship is available through the National Fund for Sacred Places. Letters of intent to apply are due April 17, 2018.

PA Museums is pleased to announce our 2018 Special Achievement Awards winners . We hope you will join us at the Pennsylvania Military Museum on April 16 to celebrate these awards.


PA Museums posts jobs regularly on our website.

If your institution or organization is seeking candidates, please send us your job postings or suggest it to your HR manager.

Please click here to go to our jobs page.

Register now to enjoy our upcoming conference. Did you know PA Museums accepts registrations for a single day, half a day, or even just one program? If you can only attend part of our conference, we still want to see you! Please contact us if you need assistance registering.

Here are a couple of comments from last year's attendees:

"The sessions were spot on to things that my historical society needs to hear. Those who were speaking were very knowledgeable..."

"Both Keynote Speakers were very good and probably my favorite part of both days."


We are thrilled to have so many wonderful sessions this year, and we thank many of you who will be sharing your experiences and expertise with us. We do ask presenters to submit a registration form; registration is free for the day of your presentation.


There will be NO REGISTRATION FEE to attend sessions for FT undergraduate students. Students are welcome to join us for our Keynote Addresses, one session of particular interest, or all of the educational sessions. This offer does not include admittance to our Welcome Reception, lunches, or Awards Ceremony. Students should also submit a 2018 Registration Form. Students should simply write “Student” in the payment information area of the registration form. Meals and events are excluded from this offer.


The Reading Eagle featured PA Museums' awards and Berks History Center's award winning project.

Michael C. Quinn announced that he is stepping down as head of the Museum of the American Revolution.

TribLive picked up on PA Museums' Carol Wickkiser Award for Fort Ligonier's Matt Gault.

The Senator John Heinz History Center opened a new exhibit about Mister Rogers.

Chester County's PHMC Cultural and Historical Support grant recipients were announced. We are keeping an eye out for a statewide list and similar press releases.

CBS Pittsburgh talked with Robin Nicholson about the Frick Art and Historical Center's exhibition of French art.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art's Chinese galleries will be getting a makeover.

Costumes from 'Black Panther,' the blockbuster film, will be part of the Senator John Heinz History Center fashion exhibit featuring designer Ruth E. Carter.

The Tribune-Democrat examined the lasting impact of David McCullough's groundbreaking book, The Johnstown Flood.

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