In this Issue:

1.      Heritage Bulletin Offers Tips for Tourism

2.      ‘Tis the Season for Disaster Preparedness Planning

3.      Does Your List Include the Cultural Trust?

4.      IMLS Offers National Leadership Grants for Museums

5.      PNLHA Sets 2013 Annual Conference, Calls for Proposals





Visiting tourists can build the vitality of an organization and the community in which it resides. Heritage Bulletin 18: Pay Attention to Tourist Needs, provides tips on ways to successfully attract and serve visitors while supporting your organization’s mission and meshing with your community’s welcoming efforts. Tips include using ‘word of mouth’; coordination and collaboration; and participation in established tourism efforts. Visit to access and download this and other Heritage Bulletins.





We all have a list this time of year in preparation for the holidays; however, are you ready for an emergency? Have you created a list of informational resources in case disaster strikes?


Oregon Heritage offers online and phone resources that provide information about preparing for and responding to many types of emergencies. You may also want to contact your local emergency response center.


For example, there is a link to the IMLS Connecting to Collections Guide to Online Resources. It provides links to sites that provide information about preparing for and responding to disasters and emergencies.


Start creating your disaster preparedness and emergency response plan with a list – and keep checking it to keep it current. For more information, visit Oregon Heritage, Disaster Planning and Response.





About that holiday list – does yours include the Oregon Cultural Trust?


During December, the Trust will reach out and ask Oregonians for contributions that will support our state's unique cultural life and heritage with a goal of raising $4 million and dramatically increasing the number of donors from across the state by the end of the year. Now is the time for heritage organizations to promote the value of the Trust and its tax credit for donations to their members. Oregon’s unique cultural tax credit is a powerful incentive and it helps sustain Oregon’s cultural heritage.


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The Institute of Museum and Library Services’ (IMLS) National Leadership Grants for Museums guidelines are now available. The deadline to apply is January 15, 2013.


As stewards of cultural heritage with rich, authentic content, libraries and museums provide learning experiences for everyone. IMLS 2012 – 2016 strategic plan, “Creating a Nation of Learners”, envisions a democratic society where communities and individuals thrive with broad public access to knowledge, cultural heritage and lifelong learning.  


In 2013, each National Leadership Grant for Museums award will focus on achieving positive public outcomes for communities and individuals; support the unique role of museums and libraries in preserving and providing access to collections and content; and promote library, museum, and information service policies that ensure access to information. Successful proposals will generate results such as models, new tools, research findings, services, practices, and/or alliances that can be widely used, adapted, scaled, or replicated to extend and leverage the benefits of federal investment.


Application categories include projects focused on Learning Experiences, Community Anchors and Collections Stewardship. Projects must begin on October 1, November 1, or December 1, 2013. To review the guidelines, seek answers to questions about the grant program and apply, see National Leadership Grant for Museums at the IMLS website.





The Pacific Northwest Labor History Association (PNLHA) will hold its 2013 annual conference in Portland May 3 – 5, 2013. The conference theme, “Labor Under Attack: Learning from the Past and Preparing for the Future” recognizes the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO). PNLHA is calling for proposals for presentation, panels, workshops and papers related to this theme.


The CIO’s organization in the northwest resulted in Oregon, Washington and British Columbia being one of the most strongly unionized regions of the US and Canada by the end of World War II. The conference will explore how organizations will preserve the gains of the CIO era,  and build a new labor movement, as well as connections between the CIO and progressive political movements, and today’s unions’ connections with movements like Occupy.


The PNLHA encourages proposals that feature participatory methods, including popular education exercises, oral history, and the arts, as well as traditional scholarly presentations. Proposals dealing with Canadian themes are strongly encouraged. Visit for further information about proposal topics. The proposal deadline is Jan. 15. Submitters will receive notification about the status of their proposals by Feb. 15. Submit proposals and queries to Laurie Mercier, PNLHA Program Co-Chair, Washington State University—Vancouver,

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