January 4, 2023


Yesterday new lawmakers took their oaths of office in Harrisburg. In a very unusual turn of events, members of the PA House elected a Speaker of the House late in the day yesterday when Representative Mark Rozzi (D-Berks), supported by votes from both parties, won 115 votes.

There are many new faces in Harrisburg right now. If your museum is located in the district of one of the 56 new lawmakers, we encourage you to drop them a line in the next month or so. You can find your lawmaker here. We have drafted a simple template for your communications that you can customize or use as it is.

Harrisburg is gearing up for Governor-Elect Josh Shapiro's inauguration later in the month on January 17 in Lancaster County at Rock Lititz, a live event production company that has a large campus including a hotel. Rock Lititz has served as a rehearsal and production venue for some of the music business' top acts.


On December 29 President Joe Biden signed the 2023 omnibus spending plan developed in Congress. Increases in funding levels for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) were included in the package. The Semiquincentennial Commission will receive $15 million as part of the spending plan. You can see a summary of the 4,000+ page bill the Senate Appropriations Committee Republicans published here.


The American Alliance of Museums (AAM) will bring the field together for Museums Advocacy Day in Washington, DC, February 27-28, 2023. AAM organizes this effective national advocacy campaign each year. Participants enjoy a day of advocacy training with AAM staff, expert speakers, and fellow advocates followed by visits to lawmakers' offices to bring museum issues before members of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate. Registration is open through February 1.


The Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission (PHMC) is now accepting applications for the Keystone Historic Preservation Grant Program.


Two categories of grants – construction and planning – are available for historic resources in Pennsylvania that are listed, or eligible for listing, in the National Register of Historic Places.

Please click here for more information and to register for informational webinars for these programs. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2023.


The AASLH Leadership in History Awards recognize excellence and innovative achievements in projects, programs, exhibits, publications, and people in state and local history. The AALSH is now accepting nominations for the 2023 awards. They welcome nominations from all, including organizations of any size or budget, including all-volunteer organizations, ad hoc groups, and those who are not AASLH members. Learn more and submit a nomination.


The Times Leader published a round up of events to mark Anthracite Mining Historical Month.

6ABC in Philadelphia reported on the fire damage suffered at Carpenter's Hall.

The Latrobe Bulletin covered the Ligonier Valley Historical Society and Fort Ligonier's role in a Netflix production.

NextPittsburgh had a look at The Frick Pittsburgh's American Perspectives exhibit closing on January 8.

Cultural organizations in Erie were awarded local gaming grants, according to YourErie.

BillyPenn explored a new immersive olfactory exhibit the Institute of Contemporary Art.

WTAE talked with Andy Masich, President and CEO of the Senator John Heinz History Center on the passing of Steeler legend Franco Harris.

KYW newsradio shared that the Mütter Museum is celebrating the anniversary of Dracula with a blood drive on January 7.


The Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation is looking for an Historic Farm Manager. If your organization has a job to post with PA Museums, please review our guidelines and contact us. You can also complete and submit your job posting on our new, easy-to-use form.

Maybe you found your current position through our job postings. Perhaps your organization received support after we shared a funding opportunity. Does this regular newsletter communication keep you in the know? These are all reasons to renew or join. Thank you for being part of PA Museums!


Looking for a new something to read? Here are a few titles we noticed from inside the museum world. How the Word is Passed by Clint Smith, Art Can Kill from Bryan Cooke, and Play All Night penned by Bob Beatty.

Forbes published the results of an art museum study around empathy.

The Art Newspaper did a round up of some of the biggest museum stories of 2022.

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