Archive for January, 2011

News from Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition

January 31, 2011

Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation will embark on her annual world tour at the beginning of “Black History/African Heritage Month.” In celebration of the “International Year of People of African Descent,” Queen Quet has entitled her tour “Gullah/Geechee Gold Souls.”

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NEH Preservation Assistance Grants – Deadline May 3, 2011

January 28, 2011

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Division of Preservation and Access has offered the Preservation Assistance Grant (PAG) for more than a decade. These grants help small and mid-sized institutions improve their ability to preserve and care for their humanities collections. Grants are for up to $6,000.

ELIGIBLE GRANT ACTIVITIES INCLUDE: – General Preservation Assessments – Consultations with Preservation Professionals – Preservation Education and Training

For more detail, please go to the NEH grants guidelines page at

“Yeddi We: Stories of the Sea” at TCL Tonight

January 27, 2011

From Gullah/Geechee Google Group:

The Gullah/Geechee Fishing Association, the Environmental Defense Fund, and the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition have successfully
worked together on sustaining fisheries in the Gullah/Geechee Nation over the past year.  This evening at 6:30 pm in Building 12 at the
Technical College of the Lowcountry in Beaufort, SC in the Gullah/Geechee Nation they will have a membership meeting and celebration of success.  The event is open to those that would like to join the association or partner with these entities to keep Gullah/Geechee fishing traditions alive.  Cum fa hep wi stay pun de sea!

StEPs webinars now FREE!

January 13, 2011

The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH), with support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), is pleased to announce that registration is open for the winter series of StEPs Webinars, the latest installment in the StEPs initiative (Standards and Excellence Program for History Organizations).

These webinars are free of charge to staff and volunteers of museums, libraries, history organizations, historical sites, and archives who seek to learn and enhance standards and best practices at their institutions.

These highly interactive webinars will connect you with experts and colleagues to discuss issues of common concern, ranging from strategic planning, collection policies, and fundraising. All three webinars are open to AASLH members and nonmembers. Webinar topics and materials are supported by standards and recommendations from the StEPs program.

You may sign up for the entire series or select only the sessions of most interest to you. The deadline to register for any session is one day before the live webinar. Please feel free to pass this on to colleagues who might be interested.

The webinars are 75 minutes each and require pre-registration.

Roadmap or Wheel of Fortune? Which Would You Stake Your Organization’s Future On?

Thursday, January 27, 2011
2:00 – 3:15 p.m. Eastern Time

(1 pm Central, 12 pm Mountain, 11 am Pacific, 10 am Alaska, and 9 am Hawaii)

Presenter: Anne Ackerson

History organizations work today in a world filled with shifting and often competing realities. It is no longer acceptable to simply be a protector and preserver of the past. Staff, volunteers, and board members from small- and mid-sized history organizations are invited to take part in this 75-minute webinar. Join instructor Anne Ackerson as we explore the importance of defining and evaluating organizational impact through strategic thinking and planning.

Juggling Balls and Other High Wire Acts: How a Well-crafted Collections Management Policy Can be the Safety Net that Saves Your Collections

Thursday, February 17, 2011
2:00 – 3:15 p.m. Eastern Time

(1 pm Central, 12 pm Mountain, 11 am Pacific, 10 am Alaska, and 9 am Hawaii)

Presenter: JoAnn Lindstrom

Have you ever found yourself trying to protect your organization’s collections from well-meaning fellow staff, volunteers, or board members or from members of the community who don’t understand why their idea or proposal is not in the best interest of the collections? Using real-life examples, instructor JoAnn Lindstrom will demonstrate how to use a collections management policy to help make and enforce difficult decisions.

Hope is Not a Strategy: Raising Money in a Challenging Economy

Thursday, March 10, 2011
2:00 – 3:15 p.m. Eastern Time

(1 pm Central, 12 pm Mountain, 11 am Pacific, 10 am Alaska, and 9 am Hawaii)

Presenter: Thomas R. Ryan, President & CEO,

Join us to discuss current challenges facing history organizations in this uncertain economic climate. How do we strike a balance between organizational expectations and needs on the one hand and the know-how needed to raise funds on the other? Instructor Thomas Ryan asks all participants to give thought to the following questions prior to the webinar: Are there strategies that have worked for you in the past that are no longer working? In your relationships with donors, do you see new patterns emerging in the past 36 months that suggest the need to revise your methods? What are those patterns? Are you prepared to answer challenging questions posed by members, donors, and other stakeholders about your organization’s long-term financial sustainability? Tune in and join the conversation!StEPS

Library hosting “New Harmonies” Smithsonian Project (Dec. 2011 – Feb. 2012). We could use your help

January 12, 2011

Because I am Amanda Brewer’s assistant for the Smithsonian project 11 months from now, I am forwarding you her appeal to the general community that went up on the Library’s website today. Planning has been underway inside the BCL for several months but we could use your help to round out the supplemental programs.   Think about it.  If you can help, or if your organization would like to contribute in some fashion, call Amanda to discuss how we can scratch each other’s backs. — Grace

We would love it if HRC member organizations could perhaps contribute music related artifacts for our display cases or create music related displays in your organization and/or share program sponsorships with the Library to supplement the actual “New Harmonies” exhibit. Here’s the content of her notice on the Library’s News & Notes Column – including her contact information:  

The Smithsonian is coming to Beaufort and we need volunteers to help! Smithsonian’s much anticipated traveling exhibit, New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music, has received rave reviews in each town it has taken up residence. The exhibit will be at our very own Beaufort Branch Library in December 2011 through February 2012. For pictures of the exhibit visit:

What we need:

Planners: Brainstorm event ideas to accompany the exhibit (ex: concerts/performances, opening reception, lectures, contests, etc) Needed Now!

Exhibit Volunteers: Serve as monitors during exhibit hours watching over the exhibit as visitors walk through. We would like to have roster of volunteers in place by October 2011. When needed to work: December 17, 2011- February 4, 2012. Exhibit Volunteers must be 18 or older. 

Docents: Guide visitors (adults and school groups) through the exhibit. Docents will be given a guide booklet with information about each section of the exhibit. A training session will be provided. We would like to have roster of docents in place by August 2011. When needed to work: December 17, 2011- February 4, 2012.

Event Staff: assist in set up/clean up, decorating, moving chairs, greeting guests for special events (ex: concerts, lectures, receptions) We would like to have roster of docents in place by October 2011. When needed to work: December 17, February 4, 2012

If you would like to volunteer to help with the Smithsonian exhibit, contact librarian, Amanda Brewer at or by phone at (843) 255-6439.