Be Informed: VAM News 
WIKIPEDIA EVENT
Join VAM, Wikimedia DC, and the 2019 Commemoration American Evolution to learn how to become a Wikipedia editor and spend time contributing to articles related to the first representative legislative assembly in the New World, the arrival of the first recorded Africans to English North America, the recruitment of English women in significant numbers, the first official English Thanksgiving in North America, and the entrepreneurial and innovative spirit of the Virginia Colony. 

Friday, September 21, 2018
10am-1pm
Jamestown Settlement, Williamsburg, VA

Free event. No experience necessary. Laptop required. Refreshments will be provided. Click link below for more information:

REMEMBER NEW VAM WEBSITE COMING IN LATE SEPTEMBER
The VAM staff are exciting to announce that we will have a new website and membership database launch in late September. The VAM Staff are working hard to bring this member friendly website to you! Stay tuned for more details as we get closer to the release date.

 
DON'T FORGET ABOUT THE 50 FOR 50 CAMPAIGN!
Our 50 for 50 Campaign is going through March 2019. Please consider making a gift.  Our new website is just one of the ways that the funds raised so far from this campaign are helping VAM increase our capacity to serve members!!
In This Issue
Be Informed: VAM News
More VAM News
Be Informed: Member News
Work Smart
Find Funding
Expand Your View
Upcoming Deadlines
More VAM News 

NEW VIRGINIA MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM SITE CHOSEN
The board of the Virginia Museum of Natural History unanimously voted to build the Waynesboro campus on a downtown municipal lot across from the Waynesboro Fire Department and next to Constitution Park.

THE LATEST CONFERENCE BUZZ
Have you heard the latest talk about VAM's 2019 Conference? It's going to be a  "citywide" affair in Lynchburg, Virginia. Conference guests will enjoy sessions, tours, and evening events at a variety of sites throughout the town.  Make plans now to join your fellow museum professionals on March 23-26, 2019 for one of the largest state museum conferences in the country. You won't want to miss this historic experience!
 
 
Be Informed: Member News

NEW CLOUD BASED COLLECTION MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
R e:discovery Software, Inc. of Charlottesville, Virginia, is pleased to announce that the U.S. Department of the Interior has awarded a new ten-year, $11,000,000 contract to the company. Re:discovery will provide the DOI's next generation cloud-based Museum Collection  Management System. 

AMERICAN ALLIANCE OF MUSEUMS ANNOUNCES ACCREDITATIONS
The American Alliance of Museums (AAM), the only organization representing the entire scope of the museum community, today announced 22 museums were re-accredited, and one received its first-time accreditation, at the June 2018 meeting of the Accreditation Commission. VAM member Fairfax County Park Authority received re- accreditation.  Congrats! Complete AAM listing:  AAM

WELCOME: Dr. Megan Newman has been named the the Frontier Culture Museum's new Executive Director on August 20, 2018, succeeding John Avoli who led the Agency for 15 years until his retirement in March of 2017. Dr. Newman was the Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations at VMI Foundation.

WELCOME: J ack Gary will join the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation's Collections, Conservation and Museums Division to oversee ongoing archaeological research, collections, interpretive programming and educational outreach, the foundation said in a news release. Gary comes to Colonial Williamsburg after serving as director of archaeology at Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest since 2006. 
Work Smart
KEEPING HISTORY ABOVE WATER CONFERENCE
The 2019 Keeping History Above Water conference is a partnership of Flagler College, University of Florida, and the City of St. Augustine in collaboration with the Newport Restoration Foundation. With the theme Envision 2050, Keeping History Above Water: St. Augustine will explore the impacts of sea level rise on historic coastal and river communities and cultural resources through the lens of time.  Water

SOUTHEASTERN MUSEUMS CONFERENCE
SEMC proudly announces the 19th annual Jekyll Island Management Institute (JIMI 2019). Scheduled for January 22-29, 2019, JIMI is specifically designed for administrators from new and emerging museums and for museum professionals with subject area expertise desiring knowledge of general museum administration and operations. The deadline for JIMI 2019 applications is October 21, 2018. Apply Here:  SEMC

AASLH 
The beginning level course is for professional staff and volunteers of historical organizations and libraries with historical collections who have little to no experience with archival materials. COST: $85 members/$160 nonmembers.  Registration for the fall session from October 15 to November 16, 2018 will open in mid-July. Visit the web link, above, for more information.
 
CALL FOR PAPERS: The Virginia Forum will hold its fourteenth annual conference March 14-16,2019,at Longwood University in Farmville,Virginia. The Virginia Forum offers an opportunity for scholars,teachers,writers,museum curators,historic interpreters,archivists,librarians,and all those interested in Virginia history and culture to share their research, experience and knowledge. Papers should be submitted to: VAForum2019@gmail.com. For more information go to www.virginiaforum.org.  
Find Funding
SIX IMLS GRANTS
Deadlines Are November 1 and December 14
Inspire! Grants for Small Museums is a special initiative of the Museums for America program. This special initiative is designed to inspire small museums to apply for and implement projects that address priorities identified in their strategic plans. Find out more about it here: 

COLLEGE ART ASSOCIATION
The College Art Association is now accepting applications for
a $1 million fund that will pay grants to art history faculty and students to visit shows specifically relevant to their course material. The fund, which will hand out grants of up to $10,000 for eligible scholars and students. For more information: Art History

VIRGINIA FOUNDATION FOR THE HUMANITIES
The VFH Open Grant Program welcomes proposals on a wide range of subjects, for projects in any format, with awards up to $10,000. The next deadline is October 15th. For more information, visit VirginiaHumanities.org/Grants .
Expand Your View

DEBT MAY FORCE LINCOLN LIBRARY AND MUSEUM TO SELL ARTIFACTS

The foundation that supports the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum says it might have to sell artifacts if it can't pay off a decade-old loan that financed items related to the 16th president. Should institutions ever sell part or all of their collections to stay in business? Read more here: Lincoln 

Interested in sponsoring an upcoming eNews edition? Invest in a custom, attractively-designed ad to get your program or project, product, or service in front of VAM members at the top of an eNews edition! The cost is only $100/VAM members and $200/non-members. Leverage our monthly newsletter to extend your marketing reach. Send ad text or inquiries to communications@vamuseums.org.
Join our Mailing List!