Archive for July, 2009

Fitch Mid-Career Grant Opportunity

July 31, 2009

In contrast to my customary postings about grant opportunities for organizations, here is one targeted at individuals who have at least 10 years experience working within the historic preservation field: –grace

The James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation will award research grants of up to $25,000 to mid-career professionals who have an academic background, professional experience and an established identity in one or more of the following fields: historic preservation, architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, environmental planning, architectural history and the decorative arts.

The Foundation will consider proposals for the research and/or execution of the preservation-related projects in any of these fields.

The grants are not visualized as prizes for past accomplishments, but rather to support innovative original research and creative design.

The grants are intended to promote the practice of historic preservation; the project must demonstrate usefulness to practitioners and the results must be in publishable form.

Contact for more information about the grant.  Deadline for applying is Wed., September 16th.

Read about the life’s work of James Fitch



Maureen represented BCHRC about Grants

July 27, 2009

Maureen Richards, Bluffton Historical Preservation Society, Inc. Director, volunteered to participate in the conference call on  July 16th  about the Basic Archives Grants and the Basic Archives Processing Grants recently made available through the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.  Here is her report:

The conference call was very interesting. There were around 17 participants in total coming from a wide range of backgrounds. I said that I was representing 20 organizations from the Beaufort County Historic Resources Consortium located between Charleston SC and Savannah GA. Here are some notes I took during the call.

 The draft deadline actually continues throughout the month of August. Final Deadline:   October 6, 2009. NHPRC support begins no earlier than July 1, 2010.  Time limit for funding is from 6-24 months

 The NHPRC will consider funding a group project. It is possible to use the same application as we used for CLIR, we just can’t accept both awards if granted.

 Basic: grants fund cataloging projects, backlog description, policy development and preservation planning (including architectural consultants)

 Detailed processing grants fund limited digitization, materials, storage equipment, climate control, staple removal, folder transfers, re-housing of collections

 Basic Processing grants require 50% matching funds. Volunteer time can be included as matching funds and is based on average wages for specific jobs our area. (ie. data entry: $11.50 per hour; moving: $10 per hour). $10-15K can be used to pay a consultant.

 Surveys of records; basic at series collection level; partially processed collections might qualify for a detailed processing grant

 Promotional outreach includes:

            Exhibits (stationary or traveling)            Lectures (traveling)

            Local teachers groups            Training others

            Methods given some press

 It is recommended that we contact the SC SHRAB chairman (Roy Tryon) to find out what they support and send a draft proposal.  [Grace’s note:  SC SHRAB is the flow-through agency for the grants.  Besides being the State Archivist, Roy Tryon is also Chairman of the SC SHRAB. ]

Roy H. Tryon
South Carolina Department of Archives and History
8301 Parklane Rd
Columbia, SC 29223
Telephone: 803.896.6120
Fax: 803.896.6138


Grace’s comments:  Four of our organizations have made filed a pre-proposal for a CLIR grant.  We are awaiting the criticisms of our pre-proposal before we decide whether or not to make a Final Proposal.  Comments are expected within 2 weeks. 

Essentially, the 4 organizations (BCL, BHPS, HBF, Penn Center)  have asked CLIR to fund cataloging of original materials that cover a crucial period of American history, 1844 – 1915.  Our arguments is: In spite of the significant loss of records, important original resources survive for scholarly investigation in our respective institutions.  Collectively, our materials highlight local manifestations of  broader topics in social history, economic history, political history, military history, and cultural history.   From the start of the Bluffton Movement (1844) to the advent of the 20th century, a uniquely different version of what America was and what it should be is documented in our respective holdings.

Exhibit Panels from Natalie, Coastal Discovery

July 21, 2009

The subject of exhibit panels came up during our meeting on July 15th.  Our colleague, Natalie Hefter, of the Coastal Discovery Museum shares this information about the exhibit panels that Coastal Discovery used for their new exhibits on their boardwalks and Butterfly enclosure.

Aardvark Imaging did the production of our panels.  We used an outside  graphic artist (one here and one out of town) for the designs.   We went with RhinoPanel as our material – it has a nice finish and is extremely durable.  We’re very happy with them thus far.  There are others who can work with Rhino Panels – but I will say that Aardvark was very professional, worked within the budget they sent us – and delivered everything on time.

If you want to know more, please contact Natalie at ph. 843-689-3033, ext. 225 or e-mail her — grace

2009 Archives Institute — Competitive Scholarships Available

July 20, 2009

The 2009 Archives Institute will be held on October 7 – 9 at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History in Columbia, SC. 

The Archives Institute is a basic archival education workshop sponsored by the South Carolina State Historical Records Advisory Board (SC SHRAB). This three day workshop, which is funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Committee (NHPRC) will introduce basic archival practices and standards or Archives 101 skills.

The Institute will provide training materials and instruction designed to introduce individuals who have responsibility for archival collections—but may have never received formal training or might need a refresher course—to the basics of archives.  Using lecture and hands-on activities, this course will delve into archival aspects such as policies and procedures, preservation, and disaster planning and recovery.

Participating in this course will not make you an archivist, but will make you aware of the responsibilities and obligations that archives and historical records programs tackle and arm you with knowledge, information and a network of colleagues to call on to take back and utilize in your own organizations and collections.

The Archives Institute will be free to SC archivists, records managers, students, volunteers from organizations that house historically valuable manuscripts and archival records (churches, local historical societies, museums, universities, etc.). The SC SHRAB is also providing money for travel support for participants living outside Columbia. Since this workshop is being offered with no costs, participation is limited and will be competitive. Be sure to fill out your application and submit it by the August 14, 2009 deadline.

Questions and applications should be submitted to:
Heather South
SC Dept. of Archives and History
8301 Parklane Rd.
Columbia, SC 29223

Reminder: Meeting Tomorrow

July 14, 2009

Maureen Richards of the Bluffton Historical Preservation Society, Inc is hostess for the Beaufort County Historical Resources Consortium meeting tomorrow, Wed., July 15th beginning at High Noon (12pm). We’ll gather at the Colcock-Teel House (46 Colcock St. next to the Bluffton Oyster Factory on the May River) for a working lunch. It’s “bring your own lunch.”
See you there!