Tapestry Newsletter | April 11, 2018

Plans are coming together for an exciting 2018 Conference. Register today! 

Here are some of the highlights coming to our 2018 Conference

The Pennsylvania Museum Preservation Act remains in the House State Government Committee awaiting action. Pennsylvania's House has been meeting this week, and the Senate returns to session on April 16.

The House has put together a budget bill, House Bill 2121 , and this bill has been referred to the House Appropriations Committee before its third and final consideration. The bill would provide $451,000 less than Governor Wolf's budget proposed for the operating budget for Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC). PA Museums supports the higher allocation proposed in the Governor's budget, and we will continue to keep an eye on this bill. House Bill 2121 does provide $2 million for the PHMC's Cultural and Historical Support Grants program. It is not clear whether the House and Senate will amend and advance House Bill 2121. The Senate could introduce a budget bill as well.

PA Museums will join with our advocacy partners in Harrisburg for an Arts and Culture Advocacy Day on May 2, 2018 . We hope many of you will join us in this important work. Let us know if you would like to visit your elected officials' offices in Harrisburg on May 2.

Governor Wolf has announced that May 2018 will be Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Month. We will be participating with other partners and our members in a social media campaign. Please see our section of this newsletter for more details about how you or your organization can get involved.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services grants program Activating Community Opportunities Using Museums / Libraries as Assets - A National Leadership Grants Special Initiative is open. The deadline to apply is May 14, 2018.

The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) announced its scholarship program for professionals from small museums to attend the AASLH Annual Meeting.

The Blue Star Museums initiative will kick off in 2018 for military families. Sign your museum up now to participate with many other Pennsylvania museums. This collaboration, about to be in its eighth year, can increase the visibility of your museum and connect it to a national museum marketing effort.


Governor Wolf has named May 2018 Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Month. PA Museums will work with other partners including the PHMC's State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) to mark the occasion, and we are asking for help from our members who are involved in historic preservation activities. We are looking for a handful of stories from our membership to share as part of a month long awareness campaign. We are looking for positive new stories, an image (jpeg preferred), a few sentences about the project, and a link to where more information is available. Please submit your stories by 4/23. Thank you for your assistance with this effort!


You are not alone in thinking things cost more. Colleen Dilenschneider published The Increasing Costs of Running Cultural Organizations.

A national study concludes that visiting science museums increases interest in science in children and adults.

PA Museums' conference will kick off on Sunday, April 15, and before it does, we have made a few changes to our program.

Sunday, April 15, 2018
2-3 p.m.
Instead of touring the Pasto Agricultural Museum as previously publicized, we will now tour the Penn State All-Sports Museum.

At the Penn State All-Sports Museum, you’ll encounter the athletic history and heritage of one of the greatest universities in the nation. The Museum is an interactive, two-level, 10,000 square foot testament to the world-class success and tradition of Penn State student-athletes - both on the field and in the classroom.

The Museum features exhibits focusing on Penn State’s unique approach to intercollegiate athletics as well as 31 current varsity sports and three that have been discontinued.

Enter this address into your GPS for directions: 1 Beaver Stadium, University Park, PA 16802

The museum is located inside the southwest corner of Penn State Beaver Stadium at the intersection of of Porter Road and Curtin Road. A long canopy leading from Curtin Road marks the Museum entrance. Porter Road may be accessed from East College Avenue or Park Avenue, then turn on Curtin Road and park in Lot 44 across from the museum. Parking is free on the weekend.

Monday, April 16, 2018
1:30 p.m.
Joe Dunn, President and CEO of Huntington T. Block Insurance Agency, Inc. will be participating as the broker in the session "A Registrar and a Broker Walked into a Bar..."

2:30 p.m.
Samantha Hunter, Education Specialist at Eastern State Penitentiary and Historic Site will take Lauren Zalut's place for the session, "Meaningful Connections: Producing Exhibits and Programming Through Community Engagement."

We look forward to seeing so many of our members at our conference next week!


Did you know PA Museums accepts registrations for a single day, half a day, or even just one program? If you can only attend part of our conference, we still want to see you! Please contact us if you need assistance registering. Registration materials as well as our Final Program are on our website.


There will be NO REGISTRATION FEE to attend sessions for FT undergraduate students. Students are welcome to join us for our Keynote Addresses, one session of particular interest, or all of the educational sessions. This offer does not include admittance to our Welcome Reception, lunches, or Awards Ceremony. Students should also submit a 2018 Registration Form. Students should simply write “Student” in the payment information area of the form. Meals and events are excluded from this offer.

We landed on #PAMuseums2018 for this year's conference hashtag. Listen in on the fun, share content, or find your tribe.

TribLive met the new Museum Facilitator at Bushy Run.

The Franklin Institute's exhibition Game Masters, featuring classic video games, opened in Philadelphia.

PHMC announced that it has joined other museums across the country in Museums for All, a signature access program of the Association of Children’s Museums and the IMLS.

A new museum in Boyertown will focus on General Carl Spaatz, the first United States Air Force Chief of Staff.

U.S. News and World Report examined how successfully the Museum of the American Revolution is attracting tourists.

The Johnstown Flood National Memorial is looking for a hard to find artifact from Johnstown's 1889 tin-tag police force.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette featured the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh's search for leadership.

USAToday listed the best exhibits in the U.S. this spring. Congratulations to The Hershey Story Museum and the Michener Museum in Doylestown for being on the list!
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