Archive for August, 2010

Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

August 30, 2010

Deadline: November 16, 2010

Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities help cultural institutions meet the complex challenge of preserving large and diverse holdings of humanities materials by supporting preventive conservation measures that mitigate deterioration and prolong the useful life of collections.

Eligible institutions include U.S. nonprofit museums, libraries, and archives, as well as state and local government agencies and tribal governments with humanities collections.

Preventive conservation measures include managing relative humidity and temperature levels in collection spaces, providing protective storage enclosures and systems for collections, and safeguarding collections from natural and man-made disasters.

For details, go to


BCHS Announces Fall Schedule

August 26, 2010

From: Mary Lou Brewton  912-604-3634

The Beaufort County Historical Society will present Parris Island Museum’s Dave Smoot Sept. 16th at noon at the Beaufort Yacht & Sailing Club 30 Yacht Club Drive. Smoot will discuss military medical practices during the Civil War.  An optional light lunch catered by Debbi Covington will be served at 11:30 for $10. RSVP please to Nancy Gilley 843-524-7969.

Nov. 11th –Speaker Kristina Dunn Johnson to discuss the history of the Beaufort US National Cemetery
Dec. 4th –The 2nd Annual Beaufort County Historical Society Tour of Historic Churches, this year to include holiday entertainment and optional lunch.

“Preservation in the Round” Workshop

August 25, 2010

Hands 0n Skills Training

September 30, 2010

9:30 am-3:30 pm

PALMCOP & SCLA Archives and Special Collections Roundtable Joint Meeting Hosted at the South Carolina Department of Archives & History 8301 Parklane Road Columbia, SC

Looking for preservation grants?

Interested in hands-on training to repair books and documents?

Wondering about HEPA vacs, Phase boxes, or encapsulation?

All this and much more for only $20, if you register before September 24. Please see the full schedule and registration form below. Registration 9:30-10:00

  • Morning Session 10:00-11:45 Rounding up Grants Ever wonder where to find grant sources? Dawn Mullin with the SC State Library will be here telling us about researching grant opportunities and resources we can use.
  • Lunch and Business Meeting 12:00-1:00 Circle up for lunch and the PALMCOP business meeting. We’ll be electing officers, voting on bylaw changes, and discussing plans for 2011. Don’t miss out on a chance to give input. Your opinion is important in shaping the organization!
  • Afternoon Session 1:15-3:15 Preservation In The Round Wind your way around our nine stations each featuring a different skill or facet of preservation: Phase Box Construction; Book Repair; Encapsulation; Quick Air Drying Tips & Tricks; Photos and Negatives; Document Repair; How to use a HEPA Vacuum; Disaster Kit Fundamentals; and Monitoring the Environment Temperature.
  • End of the Day Wrap Up 3:15-3:30 Stay around for the door prize drawing

Registration Form Name:_________________________________________________


Address:_______________________________________________ ______________________________________________________ Telephone:___________________________ Email:____________________________________________________ Registration Fees (lunch and refreshments included) Before September 24th $20 After September 24th or at the door $30 Amount enclosed: $___________________________________                       

Send completed form with check payable to PALMCOP to: PALMCOP c/o Heather South South Carolina Department of Archives & History 8301 Parklane Road Columbia, SC 29223 Any questions contact Heather South 803-896-6112 or Southh@SCDAH.STATE.SC.US or DebbieLee Landi 864-294-2714 or

The Rumor is True

August 24, 2010

From Dennis’s message to Library staff announcing his retirement Monday, August 23, 2010 5:11 PM:

Beaufort County still is a small community in many ways. When I sent an e-mail Friday to the Small Business Hub Board to say I planned to retire at the end of October, the person who joined me for lunch an hour later greeted me with “I hear you’re retiring from the Library!”

So, I wanted to let everyone at BCL know about my plans, too, before the news got around through the grapevine.

I have enjoyed working with many people here in 28 years, and I hope the pleasure has been mutual. It is these comrades  I will remember with fondness, whether the collaboration has been briefly once in a while or every day.

His last day will be Friday, October 29th — sure to be a very sad day for me personally since not only was he my direct supervisor for about 1/2 my tenure, he is a strong ally for all it is that the BDC tries to do for our community and my treasured professional colleague and a cherished friend.  BCL is losing another of its devoted and best assets.  — Grace

Nearby Workshop: Leadership Training for Museum Professionals

August 24, 2010

From the SCAA Listserv:

November 8, 2010
Charleston, South Carolina

Description:  The South Carolina Federation of Museums is pleased to announce the forthcoming workshop Leadership Training for Museum Professionals. Museum employees at all levels are in need of critical skills in management and leadership. Most staffs in museums have not had the formal or informal training needed to be effective contributors to the management of their organizations. Leadership is not exclusively a skill required of senior staff members. Workshop participants will learn through lecture, role playing, and self-assessment techniques to improve their contributions to maintaining high standards and meeting the museum’s mission.

Topics covered will include project management, supervision, strategic planning, decision-making, managing change and current trends in museum leadership. Handouts will be provided.

Featured Speaker: The workshop will be lead by Martha Morris, Assistant Director and Associate Professor of Museum Studies at George Washington University (GWU). Professor Morris has worked in museums for over 35 years and offers a number of courses at GWU that focus on building management and leadership skills. She is retired from the Smithsonian Institution where she held the position of Deputy Director of the National Museum of American History. Professor Morris’s expertise is in museum management with an emphasis on strategic planning, project management, teambuilding,
and leadership issues. She has lectured widely on museum planning and actively serves as a peer reviewer for AAM. She has published articles on collections management, organization change, exhibition development, and building projects. In 2009, Professor Morris co-authored the book, Planning Successful Museum Building Projects. She served on the Board of the Mid Atlantic Association of Museums (MAAM) and chair of the annual Building Museums conference.

When: Monday, November 8, 2010 9:00am-4pm
Where: The Charleston Museum 360 Meeting Street Charleston, South Carolina 29403

Cost: $55 for SCFM members, $75 for non-members (includes SCFM membership) *Registration fee includes lunch*

PLEASE REGISTER BY OCTOBER 22, 2010 (space is limited to 25 attendees) Registration information and forms available at

Need financial assistance to attend this workshop??? Consider applying for the George D. Terry Professional Development Fellowship!!

Questions?? Contact: Zinnia Willits, Gibbes Museum of Art, 135 Meeting Street Charleston, SC 29401 843/722-2706 x 32