September 30, 2020


Last week Governor Wolf talked about the Pennsylvania budget as reported here in the Allentown Morning Call, and it would seem that Pennsylvania has plenty of budget challenges for this remaining fiscal year and the year to come. The House Appropriations Committee is scheduled to meet this week, and what can or will be accomplished is not clear. The PA Senate returns to session next week. With November's election thick in the air and leadership changes coming to the PA House and Senate, we will still be watching for Pennsylvania budget developments.

PA Museums has organized a session for the upcoming conference of the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums (MAAM) on October 15. We will be talking about museum advocacy and how important it is. MAAM is offering our members a 50% discount on registration for one session, and we hope to see you there. You can register here.

The American Alliance of Museums

The American Alliance of Museums (AAM) is organizing a Museum Advocacy Day for 2021. Please save the dates, Feb. 22-23, 2021. Advocating in support of museums in February 2021 may look different than in past years, but is no less important or impactful. Following the elections and with the convening of the 117th Congress, we must be prepared to make our voices heard.

Cultural and Historical Support Grants - Applications Open

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) is now accepting applications from qualified museums and official county historical societies for nearly $2 million in Cultural and Historical Support Grants.
All applications must be completed by Wednesday, October 14, 2020. Please note that all PHMC grant applications are now submitted on the Commonwealth’s Single Application for Assistance system. The PHMC website has eligibility information and grant guidelines. Grants are expected to be approved at the December 2, 2020 Commission meeting.
To confirm eligibility or learn about the application process, please contact Rusty Baker, Executive Director of PA Museums, at (717) 909-4951 or PA Museums is assisting the PHMC with the administration of the grant program. 


Today is State Museum Association Day. PA Museums participates with 46 active statewide museum associations in the United States through the Coalition of State Museum Associations. We join with state museum associations across the nation to celebrate the importance of what we do for our museum communities. Support your State Museum Association!


Service in Uncertainty, PA Museums’ 2021 Annual Statewide Museum Conference, April 18-20, 2021

As we look to 2021, and to the more distant future, we know there will be more obstacles to navigate and more changes to come. With new tools and discoveries, visitor expectations shift. People who work in museums – staff, trustees, volunteers, interns, donors, and contractors – bring with them a level of devotion and a willingness to put the museum and its future first. Still, service is central to our museum missions.

PA Museums’ 2021 Annual Statewide Museum Conference will foster discussion around this broad theme, and we invite session proposals that relate to the value of service.

The deadline to submit session proposals is October 16, 2020. Please email proposals to Chrisoula Randas Perdziola, Program Specialist.

Each year, PA Museums recognizes the special achievements of museums and historical organizations in Pennsylvania. This is your invitation to nominate a project or process that is exemplary, or an individual for lifetime achievement.
The deadline to submit nominations is October 16, 2020. Please email nominations to Chrisoula Randas Perdziola, Program Specialist.

The Cumberland County Historical Society is looking for a Community Outreach Director. If your organization has an opening, please send it our way.

We are looking for images to use in our newsletter and on our website. As the seasons change, we are looking for autumnal scenes. We are also looking for pictures that include employees or visitors wearing masks. Please email us if you have images we can use.

PA Museums' membership includes institutions, businesses that work with museums, and individuals. Our association has advocated for museums and served our membership since 1905. We invite you to join PA Museums today Thank you for being a part of PA Museums.


The Friends of Old Economy Village launched a fundraising campaign to offset lost revenue this year.

WHYY featured Night Tours at Eastern State Penitentiary.

The Carnegie Museum of Natural History announced that it will remove from view its iconic diorama, Lion Attacking a Dromedary.

Discover Philadelphia shared a roundup of new exhibits at museums.

Congratulations to Pennsylvania's recipients of IMLS CARES Act grants.

Art-Reach in Philadelphia has announced it will relaunch the STAMP program.

Congratulations to Olga Herbert on her retirement as Executive Director of the Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor.


The National Council on Public History (NCPH) and the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) have launched an online survey to gather data about the extent and nature of sexual harassment and gender discrimination in public history.

For more on the background and goals of the survey, who should participate, what respondents should expect, and how to share please read this post on History@Work.
You can take the survey at

NPR's Susan Stamberg explored how museums are making the most of masking up to mitigate the spread of COVID 19.

Check out Joan Baldwin's take on museum co-leadership at the Leadership Matters blog.

AAM published its 2019 Impact Report.

Museums in the UK, facing financial difficulties, call for more relief to reawaken and reimagine England's cities.