[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2012-02-27

Heritage Info heritage.info at state.or.us
Mon Feb 27 16:26:31 PST 2012

In this Issue:
1. NAO Sets Town Halls in Albany, Coos Bay, Prineville, Baker City
2. CCC Historic Preservation Courses to Begin
3. IMLS Museum Professionals Grant Deadline Approaches
4. NEH Offers Preservation Assistance Grants for Small Institutions
5. MAP Applicants Sought by AAM
The Nonprofit Association of Oregon is offering a series of Town Halls
that provide a special opportunity for nonprofit leaders to join a
statewide conversation about the unique strengths and challenges in the
nonprofit sector. The 2012 Town Hall series will kick off with a session
from 1 – 4 p.m., March 2 at the Albany Public Library, 2450 14th Avenue
SE, Albany.
Town Halls are open to nonprofit leaders, staff members, board members,
volunteers, and community stakeholders. This year NOA is inviting
elected officials to join in the conversation. A funders panel will
follow each 90-minute Town Hall session to help leaders gain greater
connections with the area’s grantmakers. 
Town Hall sessions will take place in Coos Bay on April 18, Prineville
on June 12 and Baker City on June 13. For additional information, or to
register for a Town Hall session, visit www.nonprofitoregon.org (
http://www.nonprofitoregon.org/ ) .
Registration will begin on March 12 for Clatsop Community College (CCC)
Historic Preservation courses. 
Courses include Arch 215: History of Pacific Northwest Architecture, in
which students will study Pacific Northwest regional building types,
stylistic characteristics and architects. They explore the influence of
political, social, environmental and economic impacts on architecture.
Also included this spring is BLD 295: Historic Preservation Project,
during which students will synthesize knowledge and use critical
thinking and problem solving skills to address a significant problem in
their area of interest. 
For more information contact Lucien Swerdloff by phone (503) 338.2301
or by email at lswerdloff at clatsopcc.edu . To view additional course
descriptions, visit www.clatsopcc.edu ( http://www.clatsopcc.edu/ ) . 
March 15 is the deadline for 21st Century Museum Professionals grant
proposals offered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services
(IMLS). Applications from eligible museums or other organizations should
demonstrate projects that will benefit multiple institutions and diverse
audiences. Successful proposals will reflect an understanding of museum
service needs and will explain why the proposed activity will be
effective in meeting those needs.
For further information, visit www.imls.gov ( http://www.imls.gov/ ) .
NEH Preservation Assistance Grants for Small Museums are now available.
These grants help small and mid-sized institutions improve their ability
to preserve and care for their collections. These may include special
collections of books and journals, archives and manuscripts, prints and
photographs, moving images, sound recordings, architectural and
cartographic records, decorative and fine art objects, textiles,
archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, furniture, historical
objects, and digital materials. 
Grant funding proposals may focus on general preservation assessments;
consultations with professionals to address a specific preservation
issue, need, or problem; or the purchase of storage furniture,
preservation supplies or environmental monitoring equipment. Applicants
must draw on the knowledge of consultants whose experience and
preservation skills relate to the types of collections and the nature of
the activities that are the focus of their projects.
Institutions that have never received an NEH grant are especially
encouraged to apply.  An institution that has received a Preservation
Assistance Grant may apply for another grant to support the next phase
of its preservation efforts. 
The application deadline is May 1. For further information, visit
www.neh.gov/grants .
The American Association of Museums (AAM) is offering the Museum
Assessment Program (MAP), designed to help historical societies and
museums assess their strengths and weaknesses, and plan for the future.

There are three types of MAP assessments. The
Organizational/Institutional Assessment provides the opportunity for
reviewing all areas of operations. The Collections
Stewardship/Collections Management Assessment focuses on collections
policies, planning access, documentation, and collections care within
the context of the museum's total operations. The Community
Engagement/Public Dimension Assessment assesses the museum's
understanding of and relationship with its communities as well as its
communities' perceptions of and experiences with the museum.
A MAP assessment requires members of the museum staff and governing
authority to complete a self-study. After completion of the self-study,
one or more museum professionals conduct a site visit, touring the
museum and meeting with staff, governing officials, and volunteers. The
surveyors work with the museum and MAP staff to produce a report
evaluating the museum's operations, making recommendations, and
suggesting resources.
The MAP application deadline is July 1. Visit www.aam-us.org/map for
additional information. 

Visit www.oregon.gov/OPRD/HCD/OHC/Conference.shtml to learn more about
the joint Oregon Heritage Conference / Northwest Archivists Annual
Meeting April 26-28. 

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for updates. 

Oregon Heritage News is a service of the Oregon Heritage Commission.
Contact us by emailing heritage.info at state.or.us .
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