Tapestry Newsletter | September 11, 2019


It's time to renew for PA Museums' members with September expiration dates.

We are now using Wild Apricot for our membership management tool, and your institution will be among the first to be invoiced through this portal. To sign in, please visit www.pamuseums.wildapricot.org , click “forgot password,” and enter your email address. When Wild Apricot sends you an email, you can create a password, and access your account. You can update your information, add a photo if you choose, or pay your invoice securely through the Wild Apricot system.

We still offer members to renew through our website using a credit card, and of course you can still pay with a check through the mail to: PA Museums, 300 North Street, Room 504, Harrisburg, PA 17120.

If you have any questions regarding your membership or would like help renewing through Wild Apricot, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us at 717 909-4951 or email us .

Thank you to all of our members, and we are pleased to share that the Museum Trustee Association recently joined PA Museums. If you haven't already joined, we invite you to do so.

PA Museums is seeking session proposals for our 2020 Annual Statewide Museum Conference, The Strategic Museum: Mission in Community, in Pittsburgh, April 19-21, 2020.


Each year, PA Museums recognizes the special achievements of museums and historical organizations in Pennsylvania. This is your invitation to submit a nomination for a project, process, or individual that you know is exemplary.

Save the date for The Strategic Museum: Mission in Community , our 2020 statewide museum conference, April 19-21 in Pittsburgh. Our conference is a great opportunity for businesses that work with museums to connect with customers and start conversations.

PA Museums has many opportunities for businesses to have a presence at our conference, and we are looking forward to seeing everyone in Pittsburgh.


Save the date for September 23rd when PA Museums will host 10 Quick Tips to Super Charge Your Next Fundraising Appeal, a free webinar with fundraising master trainer, Chad Barger, CFRE, to review the best practices in writing fundraising appeal letters. This session includes the most current research on what is working and what isn't from the field's top experts. This is a free webinar, but registration will be required. Contact PA Museums to register.

Save the date for the Pennsylvania Archives' 2019 Archives and Records Management Seminar, October 23, 2019. This will be an in-person seminar in Harrisburg as well as an online program.

Check out other upcoming professional development opportunities at our website.

The Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has opened the application period for six grant programs including Museum Grants for African American History and Culture , Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services , Inspire! Grants for Small Museums , Museums for America , Museums Empowered , and National Leadership Grants for Museums .

Applications for all six programs are due on November 15, 2019.
Potential grant applicants are invited to view a webinar on how to choose the appropriate funding opportunity, as well as to learn more about specific programs. Please review the webinar listing for a schedule of live and pre-recorded webinars that are accessible online. IMLS staff listed in each notice of funding opportunity are available to answer questions and provide guidance during the application process.   


PA Museums updated our jobs page this week with 3 new opportunities to work in Pennsylvania's museums. 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.

Admission to museums was in the news; the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the National Museum of American Jewish History both made headlines.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette covered the search for DNA at Meadowcroft Rockshelter.

The Citizens Voice reported on events in Luzerne and Lackawanna Counties to mark the Avondale Mine Disaster of 1869.

The Philadelphia Inquirer followed up on Drexel University's plans for collections from the now closed Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent.

The Pittsburgh City Paper found out what it is like to be a docent at the Frick.

TribLive featured one of the volunteer crew of the Erie Maritime Museum's U.S. Brig Niagara.

The Tribune Democrat ran a story about the Johnstown Flood Museum's Oklahoma House.


AASLH and the National Council on Public History (NCPH) have published a new resource, The Inclusive Historian's Handbook.

ICOM decided to postpone voting on a proposed new definition for museums.
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