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This is probably a GREAT time to clean the museum.
01/01/2021

This is probably a GREAT time to clean the museum.

Want to start the New Year with a new housekeeping plan? In 2020 the C2C Care Course Cleaning the Museum Without Damage was made free for everyone. To view this 4 webinar course, & others, go take a look at the Course Archive page: https://www.connectingtocollections.org/courses-archive/

12/30/2020

As we careen into 2021, what is the one thing that you want to accomplish in this new year. Something that eluded you in 2020 because . . . well, pandemic. Loft or mundane, put your key goal here!

Another useful resource from AAM. All things Covid.
12/19/2020
COVID-19 Resources & Information for the Museum Field

Another useful resource from AAM. All things Covid.

  Support Free COVID-19 Resources for the Field: These resources have been taken out from behind the member paywall to make them free and accessible for all. The current crisis is taking a dis…

Merry Christmas, everyone! This new grant resource just dropped. Lists of grants, with all the info you will need to kno...
12/16/2020
We Invite You to Leverage a New Grant Resource for LAMs | Lucidea

Merry Christmas, everyone! This new grant resource just dropped. Lists of grants, with all the info you will need to know about each opportunity, as well as sample grant applications, and loads of other help. It is targeted specifically at Libraries, Archives, and Museums. Many of you combine all three!

Enjoy!

https://lucidea.com/blog/we-invite-you-to-leverage-a-new-grant-resource-for-lams/?fbclid=IwAR2Qri2-5Km6X68N0U5TDKJ874jzmhlOqcX06Ivrxanv9rpOey-8bWknpX0

The grants toolkit empowers LAM professionals by providing information and tools needed to confidently apply for grants.

If you think  you need a little bit of help on creating and managing a budget, this webinar might be for you. It is free...
12/09/2020
THC Free Webinar: Museum Budgeting and Finance

If you think you need a little bit of help on creating and managing a budget, this webinar might be for you. It is free, and offered by the Texas Historical Commission.

https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/TXTHC/bulletins/2b03001?fbclid=IwAR2E-hvfv46m1iD9TT45a5L18q9zjnKZpNlDyBxB-Erm3UwBMv9dxHGj300

As everyone in the museum field can attest, the COVID-19 pandemic has been especially hard on the arts and culture sector. Although budgeting and reviewing financials can be the most dreaded part of being a non-profit leader or board member, it is vital to an organization’s financial health and su...

If you have a lot of older volunteers, many of whom have been shut out of volunteering during these times of closure, re...
12/04/2020
Giving Back: Three Model Practices for Sustaining Older Volunteers during COVID-19

If you have a lot of older volunteers, many of whom have been shut out of volunteering during these times of closure, read this. The three museums cited in the article clearly wanted to hang on to their older volunteers, even if they couldn't come to the museum. I especially like the "talking" heads in the gallery spaces. Genius!

https://www.aam-us.org/2020/12/04/giving-back-three-model-practices-for-sustaining-older-volunteers-during-covid-19/?fbclid=IwAR0loh-RsX0fqiX5pml6SBuahb3LZ69duazM2NFgoVYWRBYtKuUBbksHtZo

As cases of COVID-19 spike across the country, resulting in more museums suspending operations, what are the implications for older docents and volunteers, especially in regard to ageism and creati…

Good tips that bear repeating . . . and repeating. Now is not the time to slack off!
12/01/2020
American Alliance of Museums

Good tips that bear repeating . . . and repeating. Now is not the time to slack off!

As the pandemic continues to have a dire financial impact on the museum field, revisit some of these organizations' time-tested tips and strategies on fundraising.

This Museum magazine article has been made freely available, and is a benefit of AAM membership: https://www.aam-us.org/2020/03/30/tips-for-fundraisers/

Now is a good time to buff up your skills, which you can easily do online through Northern States Conservation Center!
12/01/2020
November 2020: Museum Classes in 2021

Now is a good time to buff up your skills, which you can easily do online through Northern States Conservation Center!

November 30, 2020 Northern States Conservation Center  Collections Caretaker eNewsletter Museum Classes in 2021 Welcome to the Collections Caretaker e-Newsletter from Northern States Conservation Cen

If you cancelled planned internships this year, give this a read. It has tips and tricks for engaging interns remotely, ...
11/29/2020
Hosting Remote Internships: Successes, Challenges, and Thoughts for the Future

If you cancelled planned internships this year, give this a read. It has tips and tricks for engaging interns remotely, as well as discussing pitfalls. Remote internships also allow us access to a broader pool of candidates. In Minnesota, those organizations already using CollectiveAccess have an advantage in seeking remote interns.

When I posted our call for internship applications last December, I had a very different idea of what the summer would look like. A typical internship at the Chrysler Museum of Art involves current…

If you cancelled planned internships this year, give this a read. It has tips and tricks for engaging interns remotely, ...
11/29/2020
Hosting Remote Internships: Successes, Challenges, and Thoughts for the Future

If you cancelled planned internships this year, give this a read. It has tips and tricks for engaging interns remotely, as well as discussing pitfalls. Remote internships also allow us access to a broader pool of candidates. In Minnesota, those organizations already using CollectiveAccess have an advantage in seeking remote interns.

When I posted our call for internship applications last December, I had a very different idea of what the summer would look like. A typical internship at the Chrysler Museum of Art involves current…

Read this! Sometimes, we are forced to act first, and figure things out later. This effort by the Greensboro History Mus...
11/24/2020
American Alliance of Museums

Read this! Sometimes, we are forced to act first, and figure things out later. This effort by the Greensboro History Museum opened up dialogue with one of their communities, as well as allowed them to save something that generally would be considered ephemeral. Lots to think about in here!

"In response to one of the needs expressed by our community, we are providing a space to be heard, unfiltered and with feeling."

When the Greensboro History Museum began collecting murals from boarded up businesses and Black Lives Matter protests, they found themselves navigating the complexities of "rapid response collecting." Read more about how the museum's collecting experience, culminating in the exhibition "Pieces of Now," has started a new dialogue with the community: https://www.aam-us.org/2020/11/23/with-rapid-response-collecting-who-are-we-responding-to/

A couple of upcoming workshops through the Midwest Art Conservation Center. The environmental monitoring workshop (2 hou...
11/16/2020
Workshops - MACC

A couple of upcoming workshops through the Midwest Art Conservation Center. The environmental monitoring workshop (2 hours) will cost $95.

https://www.preserveart.org/education/workshops/

Workshops Upcoming Workshops **ONLINE COURSE** De-Mystifying Environmental Monitoring Maddie Cooper, Preventive Conservation FellowDecember 1 and 8, 10 am – 12 pmThis is a two part online course. Learn how to collect, manage, and use environmental data to make informed decisions about collections ...

Ooooh! This sounds interesting! And, it's free!
10/30/2020

Ooooh! This sounds interesting! And, it's free!

Join @C2CCare for our next **FREE** webinar on November 9 at 1pm ET Collections Care and Social Justice, a live panel discussion on the topic of protest collections featuring speakers who are facing the challenges of preserving protest art. To register: https://www.connectingtocollections.org/collections-care-and-social-justice/

Y'all should take a look at this article on educational resources museums have developed to help teachers with online le...
10/21/2020
Public Schools Are in Crisis. Museums Can Help Fill the Gap—But Only If They Survive | artnet News

Y'all should take a look at this article on educational resources museums have developed to help teachers with online learning. You might find some good ideas there!

https://news.artnet.com/opinion/schools-are-in-crisis-museums-can-help-fill-the-gap-but-only-if-they-survive-1916821?fbclid=IwAR2R25t8IxBtQbc2dnEOAd7A8Ugzp9n9y5GI2s7URYXAeQbyo-z_UmFeMbU

The president of the American Alliance of Museums makes the case for boosting museum funding as homeschooling drags on.

10/15/2020

We have reached 200 followers for the page! Thank you all. Feel free to post your thoughts on museums and museum work. I'd love to hear from you, and I have a suspicion that so would some of the other people here! Help us give you what you need!

Looks like this journal from the National Association of Museum Exhibitions, "Exhibition" is available online for free! ...
10/10/2020
EXHIBITION_SPRING2020 — National Association for Museum Exhibition

Looks like this journal from the National Association of Museum Exhibitions, "Exhibition" is available online for free! This issue is devoted to using exhibitions to talk about climate change. As one of my smart friends has said, "every historic site has a climate story" We just have to find those stories and start to weave them into our exhibits and programs.

https://www.name-aam.org/exhibitionspring2020?fbclid=IwAR0tQa9chAIy4LP9DUKFzuUWNDQA1jofp3Lbo43sTiWlFAAPt50d23X447E

Effective (and Ineffective) Engagement: Lessons Learned from Exhibitions & Programs with a Conservation Message by Julie Packard

The Midwest Art Conservation Center offers workshops on preservation topics, AND grant-writing for preservation projects...
10/05/2020
Workshops - MACC

The Midwest Art Conservation Center offers workshops on preservation topics, AND grant-writing for preservation projects. One upcoming:

https://preserveart.org/education/workshops/

Workshops Upcoming Workshops **ONLINE COURSE** Writing Grants for Preservation and Conservation Projects Colin Turner, MACC Executive DirectorNicole Grabow, MACC Director of Preventive ConservationOctober 19, 10:00 am – 12 pm Central and October 26, 10:00 am – 12 pm Central Prepare for federal, ...

Okay, people in small museums. Here’s a federal grant opportunity that you can do some good with! Deadline is November 9...
10/03/2020
Inspire! Grants for Small Museums

Okay, people in small museums. Here’s a federal grant opportunity that you can do some good with! Deadline is November 9, so might be tight turnaround. BUT if you have a strategic plan identifying projects for which you may need funding, AND have already registered to seek federal grants (it’s a process with several different requirements for registrations), it is possible to submit this year. If not, look to next year, and do what you must now.

Application: The FY 2021 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) (PDF, 510KB) is now available. Grant Amount: $5,000–$50,000 Program Overview: Inspire! Grants for Small Museums is a special initiative of the Museums for America program. It is designed to help small museums implement projects that add...

I am THRILLED to see this, as it was one of the first projects that The Museum Lady worked on. We developed the exhibit ...
09/29/2020
Ramsey County Historical Society

I am THRILLED to see this, as it was one of the first projects that The Museum Lady worked on. We developed the exhibit and put together a menu of public programming opportunities.

Persistence: Continuing the Struggle for Suffrage and Equality, 1848-2020
Exhibition Rollout & Fall Annual Celebration
Thursday, October 8, 2020, 6:00-8:00 pm
Online Event on Zoom
Registration required: https://rchsmn_persistence.eventbrite.com
Free. Upper level tickets available.
Join the Ramsey County Historical Society as we introduce our new online exhibition, Persistence: Continuing the Struggle for Suffrage and Equality, 1848-2020 with a very special online celebratory event on October 8, starting at 6:00 pm. This event will also celebrate the past year of RCHS & Gibbs Farm.

Join us online on October 8 as we celebrate these women and their accomplishments with a very special event. You'll be able to talk with the artists who researched and created the portraits of these women and learn more about how the artists connected with their subjects, their artistic processes, and what they discovered in their research into these suffrage leaders.

You'll also have a preview of the new online exhibition, Persistence: Continuing the Struggle for Suffrage and Equality, 1848-2020 created in a new website for everyone to safely view until we can share it in person.
Registration is required, basic tickets are free. Upper level tickets available, benefits to be announced.

Preliminary exhibition website: https://www.rchs.com/news/persistence-exhibition/
Featured image: Teresa Peyton by Klaire A. Lockheart.

I wrote this 23 years ago, and in rereading, I think it is probably still relevant. What do you think?https://www.museum...
09/21/2020
Teaching in the Curatorial Wake | Museum-Ed

I wrote this 23 years ago, and in rereading, I think it is probably still relevant. What do you think?

https://www.museum-ed.org/teaching-in-the-curatorial-wake/

Teaching in the Curatorial Wake Claudia J. Nicholson Spring 1997, Volume 6, No. 3 We all tackle controversial art, objects, or subjects at our institutions, intentionally or unintentionally. In fact, entire exhibits have the potential to bring an institution to a screeching halt. As a curator, I may...

If you weren't able to attend the Connecting to Collections webinar on photographing your collections, good news! Appare...
09/16/2020
Basics of Collection Photography | Connecting to Collections Care Online Community

If you weren't able to attend the Connecting to Collections webinar on photographing your collections, good news! Apparently they recorded, and make it available here:

https://www.connectingtocollections.org/basics-of-collection-photography/?fbclid=IwAR0P6Jehy5SiF0auuFtJOyo_tuIVz50I0Q_LilX5YSAHAfrqcG9bB1sdSbI

Basics of Collection Photography Accurate photography is essential for preservation, access, and care of collections. This webinar is an introduction to basic practices for collection photography. This webinar aims to give participants the tools needed to: Set up or improve a photography space Selec...

If you could use help on reopening messaging!
09/13/2020
Reopening Starter Kit for Museums

If you could use help on reopening messaging!

Get your copy today! Purchase Retail price: $15.00 AAM Member price: $10.00 Member discount available to the following membership categories: Tier 2 and 3, Ally, Industry, and Individual. To receiv…

09/09/2020
USPS - Postmasters by City

You guys! I just found the coolest resource from the United States Postal Service! You can search to find the postmaster in any city in the United States. If you're trying to figure out who was in charge when, this resource is for you. I'm so tickled.

https://webpmt.usps.gov/pmt002.cfm

Result: A list of the postmasters, acting postmasters, and officers-in-charge reported to have served at that post office. Acting postmasters and officers-in-charge are listed only when they served in between postmasters.

If you would like to meet some cool local history folks, I invite you to join us at "History Happy Hour", tomorrow (Sept...
09/08/2020
Video Conferencing, Web Conferencing, Webinars, Screen Sharing

If you would like to meet some cool local history folks, I invite you to join us at "History Happy Hour", tomorrow (September 9) at 4 p.m., Central time. It's always interesting.

Claudia Nicholson is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: History Happy Hour!

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If you've got time, OR is you have a volunteer collections photographer, this looked like an excellent webinar to drop i...
09/08/2020

If you've got time, OR is you have a volunteer collections photographer, this looked like an excellent webinar to drop in on.

@C2CCare has another **FREE** webinar scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday September 9 at 2pm ET. Our topic? Basics of Collection Photography w/ Jennifer McGlinchey Sexton, Conservator! Register and find out more: https://www.connectingtocollections.org/basics-of-collection-photography/

For all of you educators out there. I took a look at The JIm Crow Museum's educational website pages, and found it fasci...
09/02/2020

For all of you educators out there. I took a look at The JIm Crow Museum's educational website pages, and found it fascinating, thorough, and a good model for putting something together for your institutions and the teachers who support you. They show us how to use our collections to support education, and gives teachers a ton of resources and suggested activities for each thing they teach. I think it's great, and plan to dive into it more as a way of thinking more broadly about how museums can facilitate education both in-house, and virtually.

The Jim Crow Museum is pleased to announce our educational website. The site includes curriculum, resources, and virtual programming.

Unit plan topics include - JCM Virtual Tour, Media Literacy, and COVID-19 and Racial Disparity.

https://www.ferris.edu/HTMLS/news/jimcrow/education/

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I know you and Rita are in touch all the time. I thought I'd get in on the Act. How are you guys doing??
Very, very cool, Claudia! I worked at the AMNH in NYC on their (now defunct) magazine ‘Natural History’ right out of college - a looooong time ago! Most fun, best job I ever had and I still think about my time at the museum quite often.