National Endowment for the Humanities Opens Preservation Assistance Grants

Preservation Assistance Grants help small and mid-sized institutions—such as libraries, museums, historical societies, archival repositories, cultural organizations, town and county records offices, and colleges and universities—improve their ability to preserve and care for their significant humanities collections. These may include special collections of books and journals, archives and manuscripts, prints and photographs, moving images, sound recordings, architectural and cartographic records, decorative and fine art objects, textiles, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, furniture, historical objects, and digital materials.

The deadline to apply is January 31, 2019. Please click here for more information and guidelines.

Cultural and Historical Grants from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission

The Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission announced that the 2018-19 Commonwealth budget included a line item in the amount of $2 million for Cultural and Historical Support Grants (aka General Operating Support grants).

The application period is now open and will close on January 25, 2019. The timeline allows adequate time for you to complete and submit the application and for the Commission to review and approve funding recommendations at their March 2019 meeting.

Please note that PHMC is using DCED’s Single Application for Assistance. If you forgot your logon profile, you can retrieve or rest your password at the PA Login website at or contact DCED Customer Service staff at 1 (866) 466-3972, or

You can review the grant program guidelines on the PHMC website at

The only change to the application from last year is the addition of Question 5 in the Program Addenda that requests the contact information (Name, Title, Email Address) of the eSignature person. This is any person in your organization (President, Treasurer, Executive Director, etc.) who is authorized to sign contracts on behalf of your organization if you are awarded a grant. PHMC is only requiring one eSignature for future grant agreements. Both changes simplify and streamline the eSignature process.

PHMC announced that PA Museums is now administering the Cultural and Historical Support Grant for PHMC.  The partnership allows PA Museums to monitor the effectiveness of the grant program to meet the needs of Pennsylvania’s museum community. Rusty Baker, Executive Director of PA Museums, is the primary contact for the program. Please contact Rusty Baker at (717) 909-4951 or to confirm eligibility or for technical assistance with the application process.



Collections Assessment for Preservation (CAP) Program Applications are now open November 1st, 2018 – February 1st, 2019

The Collections Assessment for Preservation (CAP) program provides small museums with support for a general conservation assessment, which is a study of all the institution’s collections, buildings, and building systems, as well as its policies and procedures relating to collections care. Participants who complete the program receive an assessment report with prioritized recommendations to improve collections care. Learn more at


Nominations are open for the American Association for State and Local History’s Leadership in History Awards


The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) invites nominations for the 2019 Leadership in History Awards. Now in its 70th year, the Awards Program is the most prestigious national recognition for achievement in the preservation and interpretation of local, state, and regional history. AASLH initiated the Awards Program in 1945 to establish and encourage standards of excellence in the collection, preservation, and interpretation of state and local history throughout America.

The AASLH Leadership in History Awards Program recognizes exemplary work completed by state or federal historical societies, institutions, or agencies; regional, county, or local historical societies, institutions, or agencies; specialized subject societies in related fields such as oral history, genealogy, folklore, archaeology, business history, etc.; junior historical societies; privately owned museums or foundations; individuals; and organizations outside the field of traditional historical agencies. Awards are given for exhibits, public and educational programming, special projects, publications, multimedia, and individual achievement. Nominees need not be members of AASLH to qualify. See a list of 2018 winners.

Informational Video
To learn about the program and why you should apply, no matter what your budget size, AND get tips for how to put together an award-winning nomination
watch this video of the informational webinar from 2018 which will give you an overview of the program, as well as providing tips for submitting a nomination (54 minutes).

Nominations are due on March 1, 2019. A list of state award representatives who can advise nominees can be found at the AASLH website. Nominations are then reviewed by a national committee in the summer of 2019 with a formal presentation of the awards made during the AASLH Annual Meeting, August 28 to 31, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Marcus Hook Preservation Society Seeks Board Member (Artifacts Committee Chair)

The Marcus Hook Preservation Society in Marcus Hook, PA has announced a vacant board position (Artifacts Committee Chair).

This unpaid position could provide the right person with valuable experience as an emerging museum professional.  With board membership costing only $10/year and more basic-level work to be done, this is an opportunity for new professionals, especially those in the Delaware Valley.

Please contact Rick Kriebel for more information.