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The Massachusetts SHRAB provides leadership, advocacy and guidance to help ensure the identification, preservation, and use of the state's historical resources (public and private). The Massachusetts SHRAB encourages and supports communication and coordination among the historical records communities and the public. It is the state-level review body for grants submitted to the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

How do small cultural heritage organizations manage their institutional records? Archival Field Fellow Sarah Morin shows...
02/24/2020
Archival Field Fellowship – Peak House

How do small cultural heritage organizations manage their institutional records? Archival Field Fellow Sarah Morin shows us her approach at the Peak House Heritage Center.

The Archival Field Fellowship is a pilot program from the Roving Archivist Program debuted in October 2019. This new offering increases hands-on assistance to Massachusetts repositories and provid…

A little bit of time before this round of applications close.
01/21/2020

A little bit of time before this round of applications close.

The Collections Assessment for Preservation (CAP) program provides small and mid-sized museums with partial funding toward a general conservation assessment.

Applications are open November 1, 2019, through February 1, 2020. Details are available at: http://ow.ly/UHsb50x2tpl

These ledgers and loose documents reveal the first women in Merrimac registering to vote in 1920.  They came out in mass...
01/08/2020

These ledgers and loose documents reveal the first women in Merrimac registering to vote in 1920. They came out in mass to exercise this hard-won right! SHRAB Field Fellow Ariana Fiorello Omotosho will be working to make these records and the women's stories more visible in the historical record.

[l to r: Jeff Hoyt, Merrimac Historical Commission; Kelly Unsworth, Merrimac Public Library; Jack Warner, MA State Archives; Gwen Lay Sabbagh, Merriamc Office of the Town Clerk; Sarah-Jane Poindexter, Roving Archivist Program; Ariana Fiorello Omotosho, Archival Field Fellow].

Archival Field Fellow Katherine Philbin reports on her field placement, "just the kind of learning opportunity that a ne...
01/07/2020
Archival Field Fellowship – Town of Tewksbury

Archival Field Fellow Katherine Philbin reports on her field placement, "just the kind of learning opportunity that a new archivist needs"

The Archival Field Fellowship is a pilot program from the Roving Archivist Program debuted in October 2019.  This new offering increases hands-on assistance to Massachusetts repositories and p…

Kicking off an archival field fellowship for the Peak House Heritage Center. #Archivistshavefun!
12/19/2019

Kicking off an archival field fellowship for the Peak House Heritage Center. #Archivistshavefun!

Lack of environmental controls makes preservation and perseverance tough for collections and those that process them. Se...
12/17/2019
Archival Field Fellowship: Historical Society of Greenfield

Lack of environmental controls makes preservation and perseverance tough for collections and those that process them. See Sarah Morin's post from the field.

The Archival Field Fellowship is a pilot program from the Roving Archivist Program debuted in October 2019. This new offering increases hands-on assistance to Massachusetts repositories and provid…

Great progress in Hatfield on their Veterans Grant project. Local project, state funding, and preservation at the federa...
12/02/2019

Great progress in Hatfield on their Veterans Grant project. Local project, state funding, and preservation at the federal level - a true collaboration!

HATFIELD VIETNAM VETS GO TO WASHINGTON! This afternoon, we mailed off 11 audio interviews to the Veterans History Project at the U.S. Library of Congress in Washington, DC – 10 of them from Hatfield Vietnam War veterans who were in-country and one from a Vietnam War nurse stationed at Travis Air Force Base in California.

Thanks first to our VETERANS, for sharing their stories, to our volunteer interviewers, to the Hatfield Historical Society for sponsoring the grant, to the Hatfield American Legion for providing interview space, and to Mass. SHRAB (the State Historical Records Advisory Board) for approving and funding this oral history project as part of their Preservation Grants for Veterans Program.

Now these veterans’ stories – many of them never before shared outside veterans’ circles – will not only be saved and preserved in our town (at the Hatfield Historical Museum), but also at the Library of Congress, where they will be available to ALL. Now that’s something to give thanks about!

Participating veterans: Bob Bartlett Jr., Gerry Clark, Tom Doktor, Paul Dostal, Pat Douglas, Paul Jagodzinski, Joe Mulherin, Bryan Nicholas, Brock Schmalz, Tom Tataro and Ed Wroblewski.

Interviewers: Hannah Zahn, Audrey Weston, Bonnie Zima Dowd and Kathie Gow.

Format obsolescence and archival processing. What is an archivist to do?! Deanna Parsi, the SHRAB inaugural field fellow...
11/19/2019
Archival Field Fellowship: Museum of African American History

Format obsolescence and archival processing. What is an archivist to do?! Deanna Parsi, the SHRAB inaugural field fellow, contemplates this archival conundrum along with the resource realities of small repositories.

The Archival Field Fellowship is a pilot program from the Roving Archivist Program debuted in October 2019.  This new offering increases hands-on assistance to Massachusetts repositories and p…

A huge thank you to Deanna Oslizlo Parsi, the Roving Archivist Program's inaugural Archival Field Fellow! Deanna process...
11/12/2019

A huge thank you to Deanna Oslizlo Parsi, the Roving Archivist Program's inaugural Archival Field Fellow! Deanna processed a collection for the Museum of African American History related to the documentary film, "Nantucket: Rock of Changes." Special thanks to Cara Liasson, MAAH Collections Manager, for the action photo.

This week the Roving Archivist Program kicked off an Archival Field Fellowship at the Historical Society of Greenfield. ...
11/07/2019

This week the Roving Archivist Program kicked off an Archival Field Fellowship at the Historical Society of Greenfield. Fellow Sarah Morin will be processing, preserving, and providing access to an extraordinary collection of scrapbooks. Good luck Sarah!

(L to R) Roving Archivist Sarah-Jane Poindexter; Archival Field Fellow Sarah Morin; HSG Board Secretary Meg Baker; SHRAB liaison Pleun Bouricius

11/07/2019
Collections Assessment for Preservation (CAP) Program

The Collections Assessment for Preservation (CAP) program provides small and mid-sized museums with partial funding toward a general conservation assessment. The assessment is a study of all of the institution's collections, buildings, and building systems, as well as its policies and procedures relating to collections care. Participants who complete the program receive an assessment report with prioritized recommendations to improve collections care. CAP is often a first step for small institutions that wish to improve the condition of their collections.

CAP Program, Collections Assessment for Preservation Program

Upcoming event from Mount Auburn Cemetery highlighting restoration work done through funding from the MA SHRAB Veterans'...
11/04/2019
“For Country Not For Glory”: Veterans’ Monument Conservation

Upcoming event from Mount Auburn Cemetery highlighting restoration work done through funding from the MA SHRAB Veterans' Grant program. Letters of Intent for the current round of funding are due on Wednesday, November 6th.
https://mountauburn.org/event/for-country-not-for-glory-veterans-monument-conservation/

Over the past six years, Mount Auburn has preserved more than forty monuments honoring veterans. Join Jenny Gilbert (Director of Institutional Advancement) and Greg Ghazil (Preservation Supervisor) on a walking tour that pays tribute to the soldiers, sailors, military doctors, nurses, and musicians....

Central Massachusetts Historical Commission Coalition Topic: Preparing a Municipal Preservation Plan Wednesday, November...
11/04/2019
Eventbrite

Central Massachusetts Historical Commission Coalition
Topic: Preparing a Municipal Preservation Plan

Wednesday, November 20, 2019
10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor Visitor Center at Worcester 3 Paul Clancy Way, Worcester, MA
Hosted by the Central MA Regional Planning Commission and Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor

AGENDA

Coffee and pastries will be provided.
1. Welcome and Introductions (10:00 a.m.)
2. Preparing a Municipal Preservation Plan:
Chris Skelly, Director of Local Government Programs, MHC (10:10)
3. City of Framingham Historic Preservation Plan:
Jennifer B. Doherty, Historic Preservation Planner, City of Framingham
4. Next Meeting Date and Future Meeting Topics/Other Business - (11:50 a.m.)
5. Adjourn – (12:00 p.m.)
To register and RSVP:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/preservation-plans-for-cities-and-towns-tickets- 78625002499
or contact Stacia Caplanson, Preservation Massachusetts, [email protected]

This workshop provides an overview of what to include in a municipal historic preservation plan.

A municipal historic preservation plan can be a very useful document and provide direction on how your community can grow, and at the same time, preserve those aspects that make it a special place.

With its detailed analysis, public input, list of pro-active tools, community-specific goals and action plan, a preservation plan offers the local historical commission, preservation partners and various stakeholders a singular document for moving forward. In this workshop, you will learn about the various
sections of a municipal preservation plan, how the public is involved and options for getting started.

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10/10/2019
Stranger Media [Electronic Records Day 2019]

Happy Electronic Records Day! 10-10-2019. The North Carolina State Archives put together this amazing video on managing social media sites.

This video was created for educational purposes only. In recognition of Electronic Records Day 2019, sponsored by the Council of State Archivists, the State ...

Preservation Massachusetts announces new building preservation grant - up to $10,000.
10/02/2019
MA Historic Preservation Matching Grant | PreservationMA

Preservation Massachusetts announces new building preservation grant - up to $10,000.

Preservation Massachusetts is excited to announce a new partnership with the 1772 Foundation to bring more funds to preservation projects in the Commonwealth: a 2020 Historic Preservation Matching Grant Program, open to non-profit organizations.  

09/11/2019
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SECRETARY GALVIN’S OFFICE NOW ACCEPTING GRANT APPLICATIONS TO PRESERVE VETERANS’ HISTORY

FY2020 Letter of Intent form - due November 6, 2019https://mashrabblog.files.wordpress.com/2019/09/veterans_heritage_grants_fy2020_form-1.pdf

Secretary of the Commonwealth William Francis Galvin and the Massachusetts State Historical Records Advisory Board (SHRAB) are pleased to announce a new round of funding for matching grants to preserve objects, sites, and document collections that are significant to the history and experiences of military veterans in the Commonwealth.

The program is in its fourth year beyond the initial awards made by the Massachusetts Sesquicentennial Commission of the American Civil War. Over multiple rounds of funding, the SHRAB has awarded over $600,000 in matching funds to over 40 projects across the Commonwealth.

The program is open to Massachusetts municipalities and non-profit organizations, such as libraries, historical societies and commissions, museums, and universities. Grants provide state matching funds of up to 50 percent of a project’s total cost. Applicants can apply for up to $15,000.00 per project.

Eligible projects must be relevant to veterans and their military encounters, and may include:
• preservation or digitization of historic documents and photographs;
• increased access to archival collections;
• oral history projects;
• renovation, rehabilitation, restoration, or enhancement of existing monuments or memorials;
• proposals to construct new markers for historically significant sites;
• planning projects will also be considered.

Please note that general civic enhancement projects, such as flag poles or public green spaces, will not be accepted.

Applicants are asked to submit a Letter of Intent by November 6, 2019.

This is a highly competitive grant program and only those applicants who submit a satisfactory Letter of Intent will be invited to submit a full application.

Questions can be submitted to [email protected].

Connecting to Collections webinar on Practical book repair
09/09/2019
Practical Book Repair | Connecting to Collections Care Online Community

Connecting to Collections webinar on Practical book repair

Practical Book Repair Do you have a circulating collection, reference collection or study library in your care? While rare book libraries or museums are committed to the long term preservation and retention of their core collections there are often holdings of smaller collections: books, periodicals...

09/04/2019
FAQs on Bit Rot

New video on bit rot from the Council of State Archivists

This video was produced by the Council of State Archivists, State Electronic Records Initiative, to describe the effects of bit rot on electronic records, an...

09/02/2019

On behalf of Gregor Trinkaus-Randall's family, we are passing along information about the Celebration of Life ceremony and reception that they are planning. Feel free to share this with anyone who may be interested.

Saturday, October 5th
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Pompositticut Community Center
Room 134
509 Great Road
Stow, MA 01775

It is with heavy hearts that the MA SHRAB shares the news of the passing of Gregor's Trinkaus-Randall. Gregor was a long...
08/21/2019
Obituary for Gregor Trinkaus-Randall | Lehman, Reen, McNamara Funeral Home

It is with heavy hearts that the MA SHRAB shares the news of the passing of Gregor's Trinkaus-Randall. Gregor was a long-time member of the MA SHRAB and his guidance, experience, and perspective will be greatly missed. https://www.lehmanreen.com/notices/Gregor-Trinkaus-Randall

The family will be planning a celebration of life in the early fall and has requested that, in lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (P.O. Box 849168 Boston, MA 02284 www.dana-farber.org/gift, Scottish Dance Cultural Education Association (https://alma.app/charities/042976600-scottish-dance-and-cultural-education-association-of-boston-in), or the Care Dimensions Hospice in Lincoln Mass (https://www.caredimensions.org/hospice-care/care-dimensions-hospice-house.cfm).

Obituary for | In Memory of Gregor Trinkaus-Randall of Stow, August 16, 2019.  Gregor is survived by his wife Vickery, his children Jennifer and Christopher, his brother Erik Trinkaus and his sister Tanya Glass.  Gregor enjoyed over 30 years of camping with family on the Maine coast where...

For our Boston colleagues:Mayor Walsh announced the release of applications for Community Preservation Act (CPA) funding...
08/16/2019
Community Preservation

For our Boston colleagues:
Mayor Walsh announced the release of applications for Community Preservation Act (CPA) funding for fall 2019. Application materials for historic preservation, parks & open space, and affordable housing proposals are live on www.boston.gov/cpa.

This year, approximately $25 million will be available for projects in all three CPA categories.

Learn how to apply and more about the Community Preservation Act, which is bringing new investments to every Boston neighborhood. Discover what's coming to your community on our new CPA map.

We use funds to support historic preservation, affordable housing, and parks and open space.

Registration is open for this Preservation Conference coming up in September.
08/01/2019
PreservationMA | Statewide Preservation Conference

Registration is open for this Preservation Conference coming up in September.

Historic preservation, preservation education, preservation advocacy, Preservation Massachusetts, statewide preservation, historic rehabilitation tax credit

Please consider participating in this survey from the University of Massachusetts, Boston to help build an accessible, a...
07/24/2019
Roadmap Survey for Libraries and Cultural Heritage Organizations

Please consider participating in this survey from the University of Massachusetts, Boston to help build an accessible, adaptable, and engaging roadmap for participatory archiving processes. https://healeylibrary.typeform.com/to/gpxedM

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We need help from colleagues like you to gather information about participatory archiving, which is the process of collecting and preserving materials in partnership with community members.

University Archives & Special Collections (UASC) in the Joseph P. Healey Library at the University of Massachusetts Boston recently launched a two-year project, “Destination Preservation,” to build an accessible, adaptable, and engaging “roadmap” to guide libraries of all kinds and sizes through the participatory archiving process.

In order to create the best roadmap possible, we need your help!

We are seeking input from staff and volunteers representing a wide range of institutions committed to documenting shared cultural heritage, including libraries, archives, historical societies, museums, and cultural centers. We would be grateful if you would please complete our survey here to share your experiences and perspectives with us.

The survey is between 31 and 75 questions, and we estimate it will take about 35 minutes to complete. Your participation in this survey is completely voluntary.

Please complete the entire survey before closing your browser. While you can use the arrows in the bottom right corner to go back and change previous answers in the survey, you will not be able to exit and return to saved answers.

As a thank you for those who complete the survey, we will be raffling off the chance to win one of three $100 Amazon gift cards.

The results of this survey will inform the development of a suite of resources empowering libraries to plan participatory archiving programs with the communities they serve, preserve the resulting digital collections, and make those collections accessible to the public. You can learn more about the project and survey here.

Thank you for taking the time to help us by taking our survey! Please share the survey with your networks and any relevant stakeholders you think would benefit from the roadmap.

We’re excited to share what we learn from you all and look forward to creating a roadmap that incorporates your wisdom!

If you have questions about the survey, would like to participate in material reviews, or would like to receive a copy of the final survey results, please contact me at [email protected].

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