Tapestry Newsletter | May 23, 2018

Pennsylvania's House and Senate have returned to session this week . The Pennsylvania budget was in the news late last week; here's what some legislators had to say about where they are in the process . There is likely to be much more budget news over the next six weeks.

The Pennsylvania Museum Preservation Act remains in the House State Government Committee awaiting action. The House State Government Committee has a scheduled meeting today, and this bill is not on their schedule at this time

The House has put together a budget bill, House Bill 2121 , and this bill has been referred to the House Appropriations Committee before its third and final consideration. The bill would provide $451,000 less than Governor Wolf's budget proposed for the operating budget for Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC). PA Museums supports the higher allocation proposed in the Governor's budget, and we will continue to keep an eye on this bill. House Bill 2121 does provide $2 million for the PHMC's Cultural and Historical Support Grants program. It is not clear whether the House and Senate will amend and advance House Bill 2121. The Senate could introduce a budget bill at some point as well.

There's a new grant program at the PHMC for Historical Archives and Records Care. The application deadline is August 1, 2018.

The National Endowment for the Arts grant program Art Works is designed for museums. The deadline to apply is July 12, 2018. Please click here for guidelines and more information.

Does your museum or organization have an educational program around water quality? You may want to look into a new grant program at the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).


We have posted conferences and workshops our members may be interested in attending.

The Pennsylvania State Archives' excellent Archives Without Tears workshops are coming up in June!

If your work finds you taking care of a historic house, you should check out the Old House Fair in Bellefonte, June 8-9, 2018.


We posted 5 new job opportunities in Pennsylvania already 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.


Renewals for institutional members with June expiration dates were mailed last week. We appreciate our members' support, and thanks to those of you who have renewed or plan to renew. If you have any questions about your membership or would like to join PA Museums, please feel free to contact us.


Nina Simon launched a new initiative this week that has the museum world talking.

The Museopunks (podcast) dropped Decolonize the Museum!

Congratulations to Scott Becker at the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum and past President of PA Museums on his 25th year of service!

TribLive tipped us off to Fort Ligonier's History Trivia Night.

Philadelphia's Museum of the America Revolution received its LEED Gold designation and another fascinating artifact, the flag that flew over George Washington's HQ.

We extend our congratulations to the Erie Art Museum's new Executive Director.

The PHMC announced its Cultural and Historical Support grants recipients. This press release or parts of it appeared in many local news reports.

The Erie Maritime Museum's Billy Sabatini has stepped up to head the Flagship Niagara League, and the museum will also welcome another sailing ship, the fishing schooner Lettie G. Howard.

PA Museums gave some background for a story about the Penn Museum's Global Guides program.
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