Content Categorized ‘politics’

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 […]

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 […]

The Wasilla museum and museum politics

Posted on September 3, 2008 under museums, politics | 23 Comments

For a small local history museum, the Dorothy G. Page Museum has been getting unusual amounts of national publicity. The city-owned museum in Wasilla, Alaska has been spotlighted (or, well, mentioned in passing) in discussions of VP hopeful Sarah Palin’s record as mayor of the smallish town near Anchorage. After Palin took office in the […]

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 […]

Preservation of State Documents Act (proposed)

Posted on January 25, 2007 under minnesota, politics

This bill was proposed last week in the Minnesota State Legislature. It says that all state documents should be produced or at least saved in an interoperable non-proprietary XML-based format. Very interesting, and definitely a help to folks archiving and preserving born digital materials. Are other state governments doing the same? H.F. No. 176,  as […]