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December 2019 newsletter

Museums Advocacy Day is February 24-25, 2020

Hecox and Margles

Photo: Tim Hecox, OMA board president, and Judy Margles, Director, Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education, meet with legislator during 2019 Museums Advocacy Day.

February 24-25, 2020 is Museums Advocacy Day in Washington, DC. This day is a unique opportunity to network with peers from your region and beyond, build your professional advocacy skills, and hear from federal agency and nonprofit leaders. Learn advocacy strategies and techniques you can use on Capitol Hill, with your city council and state legislators, with local and regional funders.

Find out more from the American Alliance of Museums (AAM).

Please let us know if you will be attending!


AASLH's National Visitation Report

The 2019 National Visitation Report by the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH), is based on their survey of more than 1,250 history museums, historic sites, historical societies, and other organizations. Some of the findings from the years 2013-2018 include:

  • Visitation to history organizations of all kinds increased 5.7%, although it declined slightly from a peak in 2017.
  • Small history organizations (budget of less than $50,000) experienced 18% growth, the strongest growth of any budget level.
  • For history organizations in the West, visitation increased 12.7%.
  • Visitation to Western museums specifically increased more than 22%.

Download the report and find out more.


Resources for the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment

Next year will mark the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, and many organizations across the country will commemorate this historic milestone for woman suffrage. Below are some resources for this event.

  • After over two years of discussion and hard work on the parts of many, AASLH presents the 19th Amendment Centennial Value Statement. The goal of the statement is to: broaden the perception of the history of suffrage beyond a few key people and events; connect the history of woman suffrage to the present and the future; and provide additional suggestions and resources for organizations seeking to commemorate the anniversary.

  • The Underrepresented Community Grant Program responds to a study that found less than 8% of sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places or as National Historical Landmarks represent “underrepresented communities.” These grants have funded several projects to elevate sites and stories directly associated with women’s history. Application deadline is December 17, 2019.

Suffragette news article

Photo from the Online Biographical Dictionary of the Woman Suffrage Movement in the United States.


Renew your OMA membership

It is time to renew your OMA membership! OMA memberships are for the calendar year and expire on December 31. Your membership provides the following benefits:

Renew now


Nominations open for Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards

The Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards recognize individuals, businesses, and organizations for outstanding efforts on behalf of Oregon heritage, drawing public attention to these efforts, and raising the quality of heritage-oriented activities. The Sally Donovan Award for Historic Cemetery Preservation is a special category that may be awarded to one individual, organization, or project demonstrating excellence in preservation of historic cemeteries.

Deadline for submitting nominations is January 26, 2020.

Find out more.


Digitize your historic newspapers

Chronicling America is a free, searchable database of historical American newspapers, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and housed and maintained online at the Library of Congress. 

Grants are available for organizations to select historically important newspapers and oversee digitization of those titles for inclusion in the Chronicling America database.

Find out more.


Director of Development - OMSI

The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is looking for a Director of Development. This position will oversee the individual giving team and lead annual, capital and planned giving for the organization.The Director of Development reports to the Vice President of Development and works closely with the President, OMSI Board, and Director of Institutional Giving. Deadline is December 11, 2019.

Find out more.


Senior Project Manager - OMSI

The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is looking for a Senior Project Manager who will be responsible for planning, executing, and evaluating a wide range of complex projects at OMSI, from strategic planning priorities and exhibit development to capital projects. They will be responsible for building and managing project teams, reporting to project sponsors, and ensuring quality throughout the life of the project. Deadline is December 13, 2019.

Find out more.


Exhibits Preparators - OHS

The Oregon Historical Society (OHS) is recruiting 3 Exhibits Preparators. The Exhibits Preparator assists the Exhibits Production team in the timely preparation, construction, installation, lighting, and de-installation of museum exhibitions as assigned, including temporary, traveling, and permanent exhibits. This position is on-call, non-exempt with a schedule that varies according to the demands of the organization.

Find out more.


Guest Curators - Washington County Museum

The Washington County Museum is now accepting proposals for two Guest Curator opportunities:

  1. The 2020 Summer Exhibit Guest Curatorship focused on fine art
  2. 2020-21 School-year Exhibit Guest Curatorship focused on cultural and historical content

Deadline is February 3, 2020.

Find out more.


NEH grants

Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions 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.
Deadline is January 15, 2020.

The Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections program helps cultural institutions meet the complex challenge of preserving large and diverse holdings of humanities materials for future generations by supporting sustainable conservation measures. Deadline is January 15, 2020.


National Endowment for the Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts assists museums through the support of exhibitions, care of collections, conservation, commissions, public art works, community engagement, education activities, and other museum work. Deadline is February 14, 2020.


National Historical Publications and Records Commission grant

Access to Historical Records: Major Initiatives FY 2021. For projects that will significantly improve public discovery and use of major historical records collections. Preliminary proposals due January 26, 2020.


Historic Preservation Fund grant

Underrepresented Community Grants support projects to survey, inventory, or nominate new sites or amend previous listings to help diversify the National Register or National Historic Landmarks. Application deadline is December 17, 2019.

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