Archive for February, 2012

Registration is open for Free NEDCCWebinar on Disaster Planning May 1st

February 20, 2012

Each year, archives, libraries, museums, and arts and historic preservation organizations set aside May 1 to participate in MayDay, an initiative to protect cultural heritage from disasters.  A few years ago the HRC hosted a PALMCOP led disaster recovery exercise.  We cannot do anything as elaborate as that for this year’s MayDay, but we can participate in a free webinar to show our willingness to do what needs to be done to be good stewards. 

I’ve already signed up for a refresher.  How about you?  Can you dedicate 2 hours on Tuesday, May 1st to learn more about how to prepare your institution to cope with a disaster?

Tuesday, May 1 – FREE in Honor of MayDay!! DISASTER PLANNING FREE WEBINAR from the Northeast Document Conservation Center of Andover, MA.  It’s a way that we can participate in the national effort to be prepared stewards

In addition, NEDCC runs a series of “Collections Care” webinars are designed for those who wish to learn more about the basic concepts of preserving cultural heritage and family collections.   Other online webinar courses from NEDCC cost $s. – Not a great many $s, but $s nonetheless:

February 28, 2012
COLLECTIONS CARE: Mold Outbreaks and How to Cope with Them Live online webinar REGISTER NOW

March 15, 2012
COLLECTIONS CARE: Care and Handling of Paper-based Materials Live online webinar REGISTER NOW

March 27, 2012
COLLECTIONS CARE: Care and Handling of Oversize Paper Artifacts Live online webinar REGISTER NOW

April 5, 2012
COLLECTIONS CARE: Care and Handling of Multimedia Live online webinar REGISTER NOW

April 17, 2012
COLLECTIONS CARE: Risk Assessment for Disaster Planning Live online webinar REGISTER NOW

Course descriptions and registration at – including the FREE Disaster Planning online webinar.


Take Action for Museums Advocacy Day – Feb. 27

February 17, 2012

From AASLH: 2.7.2012 – An appeal

Advocate for Museums In Your Community Newspaper!

Museums Advocacy Day 2012 is February 27 – 28 in Washington, DC. Even if you can not join AASLH, AAM, and hundreds more of your colleagues, you can still advocate for your museum in your local press!  Choose one of these Op-ed formats from AAM to customize for your museum:

Help make your case to key elected officials and your broader community about the importance of history organizations to our community and nation! The goal is to focus these op-ed pieces on the most critical issues facing our country today, and ones where museums are having a significant impact: the economy, education, and overall value of history organizations. Localize the piece you choose by adding your organization’s accomplishments as appropriate. Once you have adapted the piece most appropriate for your museum and its community, pitch the idea to local editors or the media contact with whom you are most familiar.

Effective use of these op-eds can bolster efforts to convey the museum value message nationwide as part of Museums Advocacy Day 2012.

Feel free to contact Dewey Blanton in AAM’s strategic communications department or visit the Museums Advocacy Day Publicity Toolkit Website.

Additional resources for your advocacy efforts are always available at or on the advocacy page of the AASLH website.

Thank you for participating in this important initiative!

Grant Announcement for Digitization

February 15, 2012

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) seeks proposals that use cost-effective methods to digitize nationally significant historical record collections and make the digital version freely available online.

Awards: Normally for 1 to 3 years and up to $150,000 (cost sharing required)

Eligible Applicants:
– U.S. nonprofit organizations or institutions
– Colleges, universities, and other academic institutions
– State or local government agencies
– Federally acknowledged or state-recognized Native American tribes or groups
For complete information:
Read the NHPRC Digitizing Historical Records Grant Guidelines.

Or contact:
Nancy Melley
NHPRC Director of Technology Initiatives
(202) 357-5452, or

Webpage is at

Bluffton Historical Preservation Society’s 30th Annual Meeting

February 10, 2012

Our 30th Annual Meeting will be held at the Bluffton United Methodist Church (101 Calhoun St) on February 23rd from 12:00 to 2:00 pm. An optional hot lunch will be served for $10.00. Following the business meeting and luncheon, Emmett McCracken will be our guest speaker. Emmett’s family has lived here since the 1890’s. He was an elected representative in Bluffton and Beaufort County government for twelve years after his retirement from the US Army in 1989. He will share stories about how he’s seen things change over the years in the Lowcountry.

Please call 757-6293 to let us know if you can join us for the meeting and if you’d like to have lunch.  We may also be reached on the web at or

Civil War is topic of Penn Center Symposium on Feb. 9th

February 6, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For additional information contact:  January 30, 2012 Joseph McGill 843-408-7727

African American Civil War Lecture at Penn Center

CHARLESTON, S.C., —The South Carolina African American Heritage Commission is proud to announce that its Foundation has been awarded a $7,000.00 matching grant from The Humanities Council SC for the “African American Civil War Lecture Series”. The goal of the lecture series is to enlighten the general public to the roles of African Americans during the American Civil War, moreover the series will provide opportunities for much needed dialogue about one of the most pivotal events in United States history. The series is timely and appropriate because through 2015 this nation will be commemorating the sesquicentennial of the war.

“The Civil War was the defining moment in American history,” says Dr. Abel Bartley, Director of the Pan-African Studies Program at Clemson University. “It split the nation in two before and after slavery,” he adds. “It is an event which continues to separate Americans,” he concludes.

The following venues, dates, presenters and subject matters will be addressed:

  • The Penn Center, 16 Penn Center Circle W. St. Helena, SC / These lectures will be held on Thursday, February 9, 2012 from 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm in Darrah Hall.

Dr. Eric Emerson: “The Ordinance of Secession”

Dr. Abel Bartley: “The Causes of the War”

Nicole Green: “Slavery in South Carolina”

Rosalyn Brown: “The Port Royal Experiment”

  • The Hartsville Memorial Library, 147 West College Avenue, Hartsville, SC / These lectures will be held on Thursday, May 17, 2012 from 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm.

Dr. Bernard Powers: “Black Charlestonians”

Attorney Billy Jenkinson: “Lieutenant Stephen Swails”

Donel Singleton: “Resistance, Runaways and Slave Revolts”

Dr. Larry Watkins: “Black Confederates”

  • The Spartanburg Regional History Museum, 200 E. St. John Street, Spartanburg, SC / These lectures will be held on Thursday, August 23, 2012 from 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm.

Dr. Veronica Gerald: “Grapevine: How African Americans Communicated During the Civil War”

Dr. Eric Emerson: “The Ordinance of Secession”

Nicole Green: “Slavery in South Carolina”

Dr. Abel Bartley: “The Causes of the War”

  • The South Carolina Department of Archives and History, 8301 Parklane Road, Columbia, SC / These lectures will be held on Thursday, October 2, 2012 from 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm.

Dr. Veronica Gerald: “Grapevine: How African Americans Communicated During the Civil War”

Ernest Parks: “The Battle of Sol Legare”

Dr. Larry Watson: “Black Confederates”

Jeannie Cyraique: “The Men at the Meeting with General Sherman

“With particular but not exclusive emphasis on the South Carolina experience, this multifaceted lecture series will delve deeply into the daunting issues that propelled the nation into an unprecedented fratricidal conflict, the myriad roles played by African Americans and the lasting implications for our time,” says Dr. Bernard E. Powers, Jr., Professor of History and Associate Chairman at the College of Charleston. “Given the nature of the subjects, I expect many lively, frank and enlightening discussions to result ; it will be a welcome and needed educational opportunity,” adds Dr. Powers.

All lectures are free and open to the public. Anyone needing additional information on the lectures should contact Joseph McGill, Commissioner for the South Carolina African American Heritage Commission and project coordinator. He can be reached at 843-408-7727.

The mission of the South Carolina African American Heritage Commission is to identify and promote the preservation of historic sites, structures, buildings, and culture of the African American experience in South Carolina and to assist and enhance the efforts of the South Carolina Department of Archives and History. The 15-member commission includes representatives from all regions of the state.

This event is free and open to the public. The Penn Center is located on Martin L. King, Jr. Drive, St. Helena Island, SC.

For more information, contact the Penn Center at (843) 838-2474 or Joseph McGill at (843) 408-7727

or email: