[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2019-02-22

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Oregon Heritage News 2019-02-22

In this issue:

- The 2019 Oregon Heritage Summit addresses the importance of leadership
- A behind the scenes look at volunteer training for a new exhibit
- Oregon Cultural Trust offers organizational & professional development grant
- Artifact conservation project featured Oregon Heritage Exchange blog
- AASLH offers small museums scholarship to attend annual meeting
- Society of Architectural Historians Marion Dean Ross (PNW) chapter announce a new grant program

The 2019 Oregon Heritage Summit addresses the importance of leadership

"Leadership comes in many guises - proactive, reactive, or benign, it can drive an institution forward or bind it to the past; it can be a lightning rod for change or preserve stasis. It can move mountains or set a museum back a decade." From the book Leadership Matters by Anne Ackerson and Joan Baldwin.

Leadership is always the starting point for building a stronger, more capable organization, and strong leadership starts with the Board of Directors. The 2019 Summit is designed to support the leaders of Oregon's heritage by digging deeply into the theory and practice of great boards, including:

  *   The role and function of a board of directors
     *   Relationship to community as stewards of community funds
     *   Fiduciary, strategic, and generative roles of board leadership
     *   Distinction between oversight and micro-management
     *   Theory of delegation
  *   Adapting best practices to your board of directors
     *   Setting appropriate expectations
     *   Defining the right size and scope for your board
     *   Organizational structure
  *   Building the best possible board for your heritage organization
     *   Overview of the board development process
     *   Creating a board development process for your group

Through small group activities and large group discussions, the Summit agenda will weave together learning about best practices and applying those ideas to your group's needs. Multiple participants from each organization are encouraged to attend to develop strategies for putting ideas to work back home. That is why we have a scholarship available for organizations that send two people, one of which has to be board member. This scholarship is given out on a first-come, first-serve basis to those that apply and consists of $300 to help defray travel and lodging costs to be disbursed following attendance of the Summit. The Scholarship application can be found here<https://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/OHC/docs/2019_Heritage_Summit_Scholarship.pdf>.

For more information on Summit topics, format, Keynote speaker, and goals, visit here<https://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/OHC/Pages/Conference.aspx>. Early bird registration just opened so be sure to register before April 4 to get the best possible price. Summit registration also includes the Oregon Heritage Excellence Awards Banquet.

A behind the scenes look at volunteer training for a new exhibit

The Oregon Historical Society (OHS) recently opened a new permanent exhibit, Experience Oregon. Learn about the thoughtful process that OHS underwent to make sure their volunteers were comfortable with the content so they could lead school groups and visitors through the new exhibit. You can read about this process by visiting the new OHS blog, Dear Oregon<https://ohs.org/blog/oregon-history-boot-camp-meet-the-ohs-docents.cfm>.

Oregon Cultural Trust offers organizational & professional development grant

The Organizational & Professional Development Grant Program is an opportunity available to cultural nonprofits in Oregon as well as Cultural Trust County and Tribal Cultural Coalitions and their members. Applying organizations must have an annual operating budget of under $1 million. Rolling Deadline August 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019. Funds are still available for 2019 projects.

Funded by the Cultural Trust's Statewide Cultural Partners<https://culturaltrust.org/about-us/statewide-partners/>, this pilot grant program will support activities taking place between August 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019. This program has two categories:

Organizational Development - maximum request $2,000
Professional Development - maximum request $750

  *   Organizational & Professional Development Grant guidelines and application form<https://culturaltrust.org/wp-content/uploads/FY19_OCT_TechnicalAssistanceGrantApplication_Final.pdf>

Examples of funded requests include:

-      Hiring a facilitator to lead a strategic planning process

-      hiring  someone to help develop a fundraising plan

-      consultant led board trainings for a capital campaign

-      develop a 3 year budget and fundraising plan to support hiring first time staff and others

-      Sending the development director to a regional conference

-      Consultant led organizational branding

-      Consultant to train Board members in donor relations, fundraising, prep for Capital Campaign

-      DEI training for board and staff

Artifact conservation project featured Oregon Heritage Exchange blog

Check out this artifact conservation project at the Benton County Historical Society as they prepare to move their collections to a new building where they will be exhibited. They were able to do this conservation project using an Oregon Heritage grant. See the full story on the Oregon Heritage Exchange Blog<https://oregonheritage.wordpress.com/2019/02/13/conserving-artifacts-at-benton-county-historical-society/?fbclid=IwAR38ZJZYY9abgrchRfvpsN9VFRBdki2PPpQAG9YFVQBJIc7Ghuv5M1sArKE>.

AASLH offers small museums scholarship to attend annual meeting

AASLH's Small Museums Affinity Community<https://aaslh.org/resources/affinity-communities/smallmuseums/> is offering scholarships to AASLH members who are full-time, part-time, paid, or volunteer employees of small museums. Each $700 scholarship will cover the cost of both the conference registration and the Small Museums luncheon. Any remaining funds may be used to offset travel and/or lodging expenses. Acceptance of the scholarship is contingent upon recipients submitting a post to the AASLH blog about their Annual Meeting experience.

To qualify, the applicant must work for a museum with a budget of $250,000 or less. They also must either be an individual AASLH member or work for an institutional member.

The deadline for applications is May 15. The committee will email award winners by June 1. For questions, please contact Bruce Teeple, Small Museums Scholarship Subcommittee Chair, at mongopawn44 at hotmail.com<mailto:mongopawn44 at hotmail.com>, or Aja Bain, AASLH Program and Publications Coordinator, at abain at aaslh.org<mailto:abain at aaslh.org>.

For more information or to ally visit https://aaslh.org/2019-small-museums-scholarships/.

Society of Architectural Historians Marion Dean Ross (PNW) chapter announce a new grant program

The Society of Architectural Historians Marion Dean Ross (PNW) chapter is excited to announce a new grant program for Young Professionals, rounding out our portfolio of grants for students and general research awards. The new Shirley L. Courtois Young Professionals Research Award will join our Wendell L. Lovett Student Research Award and Elisabeth Walton Potter (EWP) Research Award to encourage full participation in the SAHMDR chapter. The Shirley Courtois and Wendell Lovett awards are intended to assist with travel to the annual SAHMDR conference in order to present papers, whereas the EWP award funds professional research and supports publications. All awards further the chapter's mission to increase awareness and knowledge of the architectural heritage of the Pacific Northwest. For further information and application guidance please see the chapter's website at: http://www.sahmdr.org/.  Note that the upcoming annual meeting will be June 21-23, 2019 in Coeur d'Alene, Sandpoint, and Wallace, Idaho. Also please note that abstracts for papers are due in a short three weeks, on March 10, 2019. Please see the chapter website or Facebook page for more information (Society of Architectural Historians Marion Dean Ross / Pacific NW Chapter).

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Oregon Heritage News is a service of Oregon Heritage, a division of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. The news editor can be contacted at heritage.info at oregon.gov<mailto:heritage.info at oregon.gov>.

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