Archive for August, 2013

Gullah/Geechee: Surviving the Storms Since 1893

August 31, 2013

Gullah/Geechee Nation

by Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (

In 2005, after a year of planning the inaugural “Gullah/Geechee Nation International Music & Movement Festival™” on my home island of St. Helena, I could not believe that I was hearing predictions of a hurricane that might make its way up our coast that same weekend. As the days went on and we continued to pray and to plan, we found that the storm was turning and would move to other land. We had no idea throughout the weekend as the sun continued to shine on the islands in the sea of what was happening further west to the rest of our family.

During the event, a sister had been trying to reach the family back home in New Orleans, but for days they had not been heard from or even seen. We went to the ocean…

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Museum Collections Stewardship Grant

August 31, 2013
IMLS Museums for America

Deadline: December 2
Eligible organizations: US private nonprofit organizations and units of state or local government
Complete guidelines: Visit IMLS’s website

Through the Collections Stewardship category of its Museums for America program, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) provides funding for documentation, preservation, and conservation of tangible and digital collections to sustain and improve public access.  Grants range from $5,000 to $150,000 (a match of one to one is required) and may support planning for collections management, care, and conservation; treatment of collections; rehousing; digitization; surveys; environmental improvements; or training.  Visit IMLS’s website for more information.
CCAHA offers free grant application support (including project planning, grant review, letter of commitment, and resumes of CCAHA personnel) for projects that involve significant work by CCAHA.  Contact Lee Price, Director of Development, at 215.545.0613 or for assistance with your application.

Online Conference for Museums Personnel

August 28, 2013

2013 AASLH Online   Conference

September 19-20, 2013

Can’t come to Birmingham but still want to attend the AASLH   Annual Meeting? Register   for the Online Conference and attend six hot topic sessions from the 2013   Annual Meeting.

These are not just reruns of the   sessions! Speakers have reworked their presentations for the   online audience. See slides, ask questions, and interact online with speakers   and the virtual audience in these live broadcasts from Birmingham. Take home   real ideas and solutions to help you Do Good History!

Download the full schedule and registrations form.

Don’t miss these great sessions!

  The Continuum of     Excellence and How Your Museum Can Be Part of It   Learn how your institution can take part in the Continuum of Excellence and how AASLH and  AAM are working together for history museums to move between the StEPs, MAP, Core Documents Verification, and Accreditation programs.
  Recruiting, Orienting, and Engaging Board Members   This session let by museum trustees with decades of board experience will help you build an effective and engaged board. The board/director partnership is critical and it begins with having the best board possible.
  Small Museums, Big Impact!   In this session, representatives from three small museums will discuss the challenges faced by their institutions, and the changes they made to confront those challenges completely transforming the way their institutions work.
  Managing Change: The Keys to Successful Transitions within Historic Organizations   Whether transitioning jobs, projects, leadership, or starting from scratch to  create a whole new entity, managing change can provide seemingly     insurmountable challenges. Learn how to employ key strategic and practical steps to help you handle any type of transition or change.
  Volunteers: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Change   Discover how three organizations have re-worked their volunteer programs. Creating a  mutually beneficial relationship: expanding the role of volunteers by giving them greater responsibility and matching jobs to specialized skills; opening their volunteer program to younger and different people; and bringing about the institutional shift necessary to support these changes.
  Working with Community to Address Things that Matter Locally   Is your history organization interested in taking on an exhibit or program that addresses a community issue? How do you involve the community? What angle do you take?  What is the impact? Learn how three members of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience launched dynamic, collaborative programs that address critical local issues.


Questions?   Contact Terry Jackson.



  • $55          Individuals
  • $105          Individuals
  • $95          Group
  • $145          Group
  • $115          Group, multiple log ins
  • $175          Group, multiple log ins

Register   Online Now!

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Gullah/Geechee Leaders Train the US Environmental Protection Agency on Community Engagement

August 23, 2013

Gullah/Geechee Nation

The Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition ( has worked with the United States Environmental Protection Agency for over 16 years.  They have continued this partnership in order to gain more knowledge on how to protect and sustain the Sea Islands of the Gullah/Geechee Nation.   Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (, who is the founder of the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition, has not only presented for the US EPA at the Region 4 headquarters on more than one occasion, she has also engaged the agency in the work of the Gullah/Geechee Sustainability Think Tank.  As a result of the on-going collaborative efforts between the government of the Gullah/Geechee Nation and the US EPA, leaders of the Gullah/Geechee Nation were invited to be trainers at the Community Involvement Training Conference which was held in Boston, MA in July 2013.

Elder Carlie Towne…

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Gullah/Geechee Celebration of the Sea: Healin de Famlee

August 23, 2013

Gullah/Geechee Nation

Cum jayn wi fa

Gul!ah/Geechee Celebration of the Sea 2013: Healin de Famlee

at the Hunting Island Nature Center

Saturday, September 14, 2013 Noon-5 pm

Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation ( and the founder of the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition ( invites you to come spend the afternoon enjoying Gullah/Geechee cuisine and interactive marine education activities. Become a part of citizen science activities with the Gullah/Geechee Sustainability Think Tank. Participate in cast net demonstrations by Capt. Legree and go fishing and crabbing from Paradise Pier. Gullah/Geechee films will be shown inside the Hunting Island Nature Center.

Admission is FREE.

Food, books, CDs, DVDs, and Gullah/Geechee crafts will be on sale.

For more info email or call (843) 838-7437.

Cum yeddi bout who webe een disya lan a de Gullah/Geechee! 

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