In This Issue:

1. NEH Offers Preservation Assistance Grants

2. NEDCC Offers Help Preparing Preservation Assistance Grants

3. AASLH Leadership in History Awards Due March 1

4. “Willamette Valley Voices” Set to Launch, Calls for Papers





The National Endowment for the Humanities' (NEH) Division of Preservation and Access is now accepting applications for its Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions. The deadline for applications is May 1.


These grants help small and mid-sized cultural heritage institutions such as libraries, museums, historical societies, archival repositories, town and county records offices, and colleges and universities improve their ability to preserve and care for their humanities collections.  Awards of up to $6000 support preservation related collection assessments, consultations, training and workshops, and institutional and collaborative disaster and emergency planning. 


Small and mid-sized institutions that have never received an NEH grant and those considering projects in digital preservation are especially encouraged to apply. Preservation Assistance Grants also support education and training in best practices for sustaining digital collections, standards for digital preservation, and the care and handling of collections during digitization. Institutions may request funds for a preservation assessment of digital collections.  NEH does not fund digitization or the development of digital programs in this grant category.


NEH grant application requirements call for submission through To view the 2012 guidelines for Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions, visit . The site also offers sample project descriptions, sample narratives, and a list of frequently asked questions. For more information, contact the staff of NEH's Division of Preservation and Access by email or phone (202) 606-8570.





The Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) is offering a recorded version of their webinar to help organizations prepare a NEH Preservation Assistant Grant application (see related article above) beginning March 26. Don’t miss this opportunity to demystify the application process. For further information, visit .





AASLH is accepting nominations for its annual Leadership in History Awards, including the Award of Merit, presented to recognize excellence for projects, including special projects, educational programs, exhibits, publications, and restoration projects, as well as individual achievement and organizational general excellence. Nominations are due March 1.


AASLH is looking for at least one nomination from each state, so start preparing yours today! Small and all-volunteer organizations are encouraged to apply. Plan now to nominate your organization, a fellow organization, or an individual for an AASLH Leadership in History award for outstanding work this year.


For more information and nomination forms, visit or contact Bethany Hawkins via phone (615) 320-3203 or email .





The Willamette Heritage Center will launch a bi-annual publication “Willamette Valley Voices: Connecting Generations”, and invites submission of manuscripts for publication in the first issue, scheduled for May 2012. The deadline for receiving abstracts with a maximum of 200 words is Feb. 24. If accepted for publication, final papers are due April 27th and should be between 2000 and 8000 words in length, including Chicago Style endnotes. All articles must be an original work and not previously published.


The publication’s mission is to provide a showcase for scholarly writing pertaining to History and Heritage in the Mid-Valley. Its purpose is to promote historical scholarship focused on the communities of the area.


The theme for the first issue is “public spaces,” including the built and natural environments. Some examples of the built environment could include public buildings, bridges, cemeteries, museums, public schools and universities, murals and parks. Natural spaces could include publically accessible rivers, mountains and forests. Articles should be both scholarly and understandable to a broad readership, and based on original research of a documentary, analytical or interpretive nature.


For more information or to submit an abstract, contact Keni Sturgeon by phone (503) 585-7012, ext. 257, by email or mail to 1313 Mill St. SE, Salem, OR 97301.

Save the dates for the 2012 Oregon Heritage Conference: April 26 - 28!

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