Archive for October, 2016

New AASLH Webinars – 2 are Free!

October 31, 2016

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We have a packed fall schedule of continuing education, including two free webinars. It’s also not too early to register for our winter and spring online courses and workshops. More events are being added weekly, so bookmark our Calendar and check back regularly.

#AASLHchat on Twitter
Nov 1, 7:30pm CDT/ 8:30pm EST

Free and open to all
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Interpreting Native American History and Culture at Museums and Historic Sites
Nov 7, 3pm EST


Cost: $40 AASLH Members/ $65 Nonmembers


Civil Rights and a Civil Society: Strategies for Community Outreach and Engagement
Nov 14, 3pm EST


FREE AASLH Members/ $40 Nonmembers

Historic House Call: Interpreting Servants
Nov 17, 3pm EST


FREE AASLH Members/ $40 Nonmembers

Accessibility and Inclusivity at Museums and Historic Sites
Nov 29, 3pm EST


Cost: $40 AASLH Members/ $65 Nonmembers

Leadership and Administration in History Organizations
Jan 9-Mar 6, 2017

Online Course

Cost: $199 AASLH Members/ $300 Nonmembers

Project Management for History Professionals
Mar 8-9, 2017

Workshop in Dallas, TX

Cost: $475 AASLH Members/ $560 Nonmembers

See more webinars, online courses, and workshops on the
Continuing Education Calendar

Penn Center Supports National Reconstruction Era Monument in Beaufort County SC

October 28, 2016


Good Morning Friends of Penn Center,

I just signed the petition “Barack Obama: Support National Reconstruction Era Monument in Beaufort County, SC” and wanted to see if you could help by adding your name.

Our goal is to reach 200 signatures and we need more support. You can read more and sign the petition here:

Thanks! Victoria

Victoria A. Smalls

Director of Development

Penn Center

National Historic Landmark District

P.O. Box 126, St. Helena Island, SC 29920

Office:  (843) 838-2432 OR (843) 838-8552

Cell:  (843) 812-4662

Response & Recovery Assistance

October 28, 2016

Sending along from ALA. Thanks! Virginia Alexander Cononie SCLA ALA Councilor

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Please share the following information with your constituents and stakeholders. The following information does not apply to local and state governments!

Dear Colleagues,

As cultural institutions, arts organizations, and historical sites begin the long road to recovery, the following information should prove helpful:

o   Download FEMA’s “After the Flood: Advice for Salvaging Damaged Family Treasures” fact sheet, with tips and resources for individuals and institutions,

o   Tax Exemption Certificate and

o   Organization charter or by-laws

o   Proof of ownership

o   Proof of legal responsibility to repair the facility

o   Insurance policy

  • There are two overarching types, or categories, of work – Emergency Work and Permanent Work. All private nonprofits in affected counties are eligible to apply for Emergency Work, which includes debris removal and emergency protective measures.
  • Cultural institutions are considered non-critical PNPs. Non-critical PNPs may apply for Permanent Work in certain affected counties; check with your County Emergency Manager at Permanent work can address the following (this list is not inclusive):

o   Your building/facility – damage to the structure/envelope itself

o   The materials, equipment, and exhibition furnishings associated with the storage, display, preservation, or exhibition of collections and individual objects. This would include HVAC systems and fire suppression systems.

o   Collections and individual objects, including records and archives of the organization

  • To apply for Permanent Work, non-critical PNPs must apply to the Small Business Administration (SBA) to obtain a low-interest loan. You will go through the SBA process and either accept a loan or be denied a loan. Public Assistance (PA) will continue to work with you to identify damages. PA may be able to provide financial assistance if the damages are beyond the accepted amount of the SBA loan.

o   See for information about applying for SBA disaster assistance.

o   If the SBA approves a loan and you don’t want to accept it, PA will offset the amount of the loan on the damage claims but would look to reimburse for eligible costs over the loan amount.

o   If you are denied an SBA loan, then PA would work with you to reimburse eligible Permanent Work expenses.

  • In short, affected PNPs should take the following actions as soon as possible:
  1. First and foremost, apply for FEMA assistance by submitting the RPA form (see URL above) by the deadline. This will essentially get you “into the pipeline.” The deadline varies based on your county; check with your County Emergency Manager. Once you submit the RPA, you can decide not to go ahead with the process, or you can go through the process and then decide not to accept any funds. But if you don’t apply by the deadline, you won’t be eligible to receive any funding through the Public Assistance Program.
  2. Apply for a disaster loan from the SBA. The sooner you do, the faster your federal disaster assistance can be processed.
  • Be on the lookout for the Applicant Briefing date(s) in your county, meetings held by the State at which the PA process is explained. Consult your County Emergency Manager for the date(s).

Finally, as you report or learn of damage, please let me know. Your help will enable HENTF to direct assistance to affected cultural institutions and historic sites.


PS: I have been talking with Suzanne Singleton, head of Palmetto Archives Libraries & Museums Council on Preservation about hosting a Disaster Recovery workshop for cultural heritage institutions here in Beaufort County. We have a tentative date of early Fall 2017. They want to “test” their new workshop coordinators in the Upstate first.

Need an Intern?

October 27, 2016


Did you know that AASLH Institutional Members can post FREE 90 internship listings on our (newly updated) Career Center? Not a member? You can post an internship listing for only $35 or become a member here.  With over 50,000 views per month, this is best place in the field to recruit talented interns from a national pool of eager candidates. Get your internship up early to catch the most motivated students and recent grads.  Did you know? We recently completed a total overhaul of our Career Center and Job Board to even better serve the needs of our members and the field.    The new AASLH Career Center will allow you to:

  • Post your jobs, or your institutions’ jobs, where the most qualified history professional will find and apply to them.
  • AASLH Members get big discounts on job listings and FREE internship listings.
  • Email your jobs directly to 14,000+ AASLH job seekers via our exclusive Job Flash email.
  • Search the resume database and contact qualified candidates proactively.

Log on today! See Job Listing Prices

Help Clean Up Zion Cemetery

October 21, 2016