Content Categorized ‘advocacy’

Museums and cultural heritage in Haiti

Posted on January 27, 2010 under advocacy, haiti, museums | 2 Comments

ArchivesNext has been diligently gathering information on the state of archives in Haiti after the earthquake, and just published a useful roundup. AAM released a statement on the earthquake: All of us have been deeply saddened by the enormous tragedy that is unfolding in Haiti in the wake of the catastrophic earthquake. We urge you […]


Posted on January 19, 2010 under advocacy, public history | 3 Comments

Some happenings around the history and museum webs for your delectation: This year’s Cliopatria Awards were announced at AHA this year–but not by a senior scholar at a banquet, but by a grad student, at a tweetup.  Nicely played, Cliopatricians.  Congrats to all the winners!  No public history bloggers won this year (in contrast to […]


Posted on September 21, 2009 under advocacy, preservation

We’ve had some sad preservation stories recently here in southeast Michigan, with a few bright spots nationally. Old Tiger Stadium (near my house in Detroit) is now almost totally down, and folks are gathering pieces as mementoes. The Lafayette Building in downtown Detroit is being readied for demolition. The Michigan State Fair, the country’s oldest, […]

Advocacy roundup

Posted on February 27, 2009 under advocacy | 1 Comment

Whew, it’s been a busy few weeks in terms of museums, history, and legislative priorities.  Let’s take a walkthrough. First, the stimulus package.  On Feb 6, the Senate approved, by a large majority, an amendment proposed by Tom Coburn of Oklahoma which forbid the following kinds of institutions to receive federal funding from the stimulus […]

Hard Times

Posted on February 4, 2009 under advocacy, michigan, politics | 1 Comment

A new state (for me), a new set of problems for historic and cultural organizations.   The latest blow for Michigan’s cultural heritage communities is that in this week’s State of the State address, Gov. Granholm has proposed cutting the entire History, Arts and Libraries state department, the only department she proposed to eliminate.  She […]

History in the transition

Posted on December 3, 2008 under advocacy, museums

Now that we have a new administration coming into office, we may see a new direction for federal history and culture organizations, or at least some new faces.  Bruce Cole, the head of the NEH, has announced his resignation as of January.  He will become director of the fledgling American Revolution Center in Valley Forge. […]

Not a Luxury

Posted on October 24, 2008 under advocacy | 2 Comments

Archives Next has a post up called “Archives are a Luxury.”  Kate’s responding to the SAA’s idea of hiring a lobbyist for archives and archivists, and says that when you put archives up against such things as hunger, homelessness, the energy shortage and so on, archives are clearly a luxury.  We should acknowledge this and […]

Museums in the news: about that projector

Posted on October 9, 2008 under advocacy, museums, politics | 5 Comments

If you watched the presidential debate on Tuesday, you may have noticed that John McCain counted a proposed $3 million earmark for a new “overhead projector” at the Adler Planetarium as an example of his opponent’s wasteful pork.   On the theory that all publicity is good publicity, I’m pleased to report that this has […]

Blogging museum advocacy

Posted on August 21, 2008 under advocacy, museums, politics, preservation | 1 Comment

Among AAM’s projects is museum advocacy on a national level.  Recently, they sent Tammis K. Groft, deputy director of collections and exhibits at the Albany Institute of History and Art, to Washington as a “citizen-lobbyist” to speak to a committee about the importance of NEH Preservation and Access Grants.   She wrote a few blog […]