Tapestry Newsletter | May 8, 2019


The American Alliance of Museums (AAM) shared the news that the House Labor-HHS-Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee passed its FY2020 bill with $257 million for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) on April 30. This bill includes a $15 million increase for the IMLS and Office of Library Services. If enacted, this would be one of the largest funding increases in the agency's history. The full House Appropriations Committee will consider the bill today.

PA Museums once again participated with our statewide advocacy partners for Arts Advocacy Day in Harrisburg on May 1. After a meeting of Pennsylvania's Arts and Culture Caucus, there was a well-attended rally and press event in the Capitol Rotunda and visits to legislative offices.

Today marks the last day the Pennsylvania Senate is scheduled to hold session in May. The Pennsylvania budget process will heat up again in early June with the Senate's return to session. We are watching for the re-introduction of the Pennsylvania Museum Preservation Act and any other legislation that concerns the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. Yesterday the House passed a bill to expand the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program, and that bill will go to the Senate for consideration. We will keep our membership informed as the budget debate takes shape and relevant bills are introduced.

The Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission (PHMC) and the Pennsylvania State Historical Records Advisory Board (SHRAB) are now accepting applications for the Historical & Archival Records Care (HARC) grant program. The application deadline is August 1, 2019.

Funding is available to historical records repositories, such as: historical societies; libraries; universities; local governments; and school districts for collections care. Applicants may apply for up to $15,000 with a 50/50 cash or in kind match. Smaller grants in amounts up to $5,000 are available with no match required. Funding is provided by PHMC.

PHMC will host two webinars about the Historical and Archival Records Care grant program guidelines and application process. Webinars are scheduled on Friday, May 10, at 10:00 a.m. and Tuesday, June 4 at 10:00 a.m. To register for either webinar, please visit http://eepurl.com/dH8-wv.


As part of the Association of Registrars and Collections Specialists' (ARCS) conference in Philadelphia this year, ARCS will hold a day of volunteerism at local museums for attendees. ARCS is seeking project proposals for the event, which will take place on Wednesday, November 6th, 2019. Please click here to read the details.

You can have a day of professional assistance for FREE! That's certainly worth taking the time to write up a proposal, right? Submit your proposal by Friday May 31, 2019 to Conference@arcsinfo.org 
Please use subject line: “Philadelphia - Bénévoles Proposal”

The Pennsylvania State Archives (PSA) and State Historical Records Advisory Board (SHRAB), in partnership with Bradford County Historical Society and the Hershey Community Archives, are pleased to announce the Spring 2019 Archives Without Tears workshop schedule. The workshops will be held June 11-12 at Bradford County Historical Society, Towanda, PA and June 26-27 at the Hershey Story Museum, Hershey, PA. These are the only sessions planned for 2019. Registration information is on our website.

There will be a free webinar, Event Sponsors: How to Find Them and Create a Win:Win, with Chad Barger from Productive Fundraising on May 30, 2019.

PA Museums will host a free webinar on best practices for deaccessioning on June 10. Stay tuned for more information on our webinar.

Check out other opportunities at our website.


The American Association for State and Local History will hold its Annual Meeting and Online Conference in Philadelphia, PA from 28-31 August 2019. AASLH’s Small Museums Committee is offering scholarships to AASLH members who are full-time, part-time, paid, or volunteer employees of small museums.

AASLH is also offering its Douglas Evelyn Scholarship for Diversity.

There are opportunities for full-time students to exchange a few hours of volunteer work for full conference registration as well.

These opportunities are framed out in more detail at AASLH's website.

You have probably heard by now that PA Museums is moving our membership management over to Wild Apricot, a highly-rated platform that is used by over 22,000 organizations and clubs. We are confident that this change will make it easier for new members to join and current members to renew.

We will be sending renewal notices via email to our members with June expiration dates in a few weeks. If you have questions about your renewal date or questions regarding this change, please contact us . PA Museums is grateful for the support of our membership, and your participation is critical to our growth. If you are not currently a member of PA Museums, we certainly hope that you join us .

There may be a few hiccups as we make this switch, so please bear with us. We will continue to update you about membership in the coming months as we make this transition.


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.


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 Post-Gazette reported on the Palmer Museum of Art's plans to expand.

Eastern State Penitentiary completed its restoration of Al Capone's cell.

The Philadelphia Inquirer tagged along with Philly Touch Tours.

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission's Volunteer Recognition event brought attention to volunteers at museums and sites across the Commonwealth. Graeme Park, Hope Lodge, Pennsbury Manor, Drake Well, Erie Maritime Museum, Bushy Run, and the PA Lumber Museum were included in the coverage.

The Children's Museum of Pittsburgh opened its MuseumLab.

Tim Harley, longtime Executive Director at Indiana's Jimmy Stewart Museum. announced his retirement.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art will share its collections with other art museums in Pennsylvania.


Listen to Paradigm Lost and Found (podcast) with Jay Rounds, E. Desmond Lee Professor of Museum Studies emeritus at the University of Missouri.

The Luzerne County Historical Society's Aimee Newell contributed to AAM's blog about Making Professional Development Work for Small Museums.

Looking for specific tactics you can use to diversify your audience? Check out Cultural Diversity in Museums: 5 Tactics for Inclusive Marketing.

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