Montana Association of Museums


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News to Share

Participate in Oral History project

341st Missile Wing Historian Dr. Troy A. Hallsell at Malmstrom AFB is recruiting individuals to participate in an oral history project that he is conducting in conjunction with the Montana State Historic Preservation Office. Hallsell is seeking to interview people who were associated with the missile fields between 1959 and 2017. This includes, but is not limited to, former Army Corps of Engineers, Boeing, or survey and construction personnel who built the missile fields; former operations, maintenance, and security forces personnel who worked in, maintained, or defended the missile alert facilities and launch facilities; contractors who deactivated the 564th Missile Squadron facilities around Conrad; and local residents who lived near or were affected by the Minuteman program. If you are interested in sharing your story, please contact Hallsell at (406) 731-7034 or for additional information.


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Newsletter of the State Historical records advisory Board

In this issue:
• BLITZ!! 2019
• Featured Collection
• Training and Resources
•Upcoming events
Read Winter 2019 Volume 20 No. 2

National Museum Advocacy Days – February 24-25, 2020

Approximately three months from now, dozens of museum professionals and supporters will gather in the nation’s capital to visit legislators and make the case for museums. MAM is planning to send 2 representatives, Deb Mitchell and Tate Jones to attend Museums Advocacy Day. Recently the field has been successful in fending off threats to federal agencies supporting museums. It is important to speak for the value of museums over and again. Legislators may not realize how their decisions affect museums if they don’t hear directly from their constituents. Small Museums Associations are composed of VOTERS. Let’s make our collective voice heard.


Museum of the Yellowstone

As you might have already heard, the Yellowstone Historic Center’s museum is getting a new name! “Yellowstone Historic Center Museum” is changing to “Museum of the Yellowstone.” But don’t worry! We are still the same organization that you know and love. We are currently in the process of changing the name, which means you might see “Museum of the Yellowstone” and the new logo in some places (business cards, Instagram, ) and you might still see “Yellowstone Historic Center Museum” in other places. If your business is promoting the museum on its website’s “things to do in West Yellowstone” section, now is the perfect time to change the name.

In addition to the new logo, another exciting change is the website! For several months, we have been transitioning away from the old website. You might have already been redirected to the new website from the old website. From now on, we encourage you to use when looking for information on upcoming events, reading the history of West Yellowstone, finding the museum’s hours, ordering the latest issue of the Yellowstone History Journal, renewing your membership, or donating to a special project. It’s all there!

Grant Opportunities

MMP Project funding – Applications due January 3

The Montana State Library has $10,000 in Coal Severance Tax  (CST) funds available for adding special collections to the Montana Memory Project (MMP).  Funding awards can be up to $1,500 per project and must be used for costs specific to scanning and digitizing materials.  No match is required, but libraries are asked to track the time and funds contributed to the project.

All Montana libraries are eligible to apply for these funds. Museums, historical societies, and archives in the state may also apply to have collections added to the MMP working in partnership with a local library.  The Project Funding award will be made to the partner library.

Project Funding Applications will be accepted until Friday January 3, 2020. Selection of projects receiving funding will be done by the MMP selection committee.  Please see the Project Funding Application Form for selection criteria.   The Project Funding Application is separate from the MMP Collection Application submitted by all contributing institutions for each collection. You can find the Collection Application:  and all other MMP materials at:

The LSTA Project Funding awards can be used for the following:

  • Paying a vendor for scanning collection materials              

The library will arrange to have digitization done using a central vendor working with MSL.

The LSTA Project Funding awards cannot be used for:

  • purchasing equipment
  • paying for an employee’s time

Requirements for Project Funding:

  • Libraries must submit an MMP Collection Application and receive approval from the MMP selection committee with the funding application.
  • Project Funding Application must be submitted by Friday January 3, 2020. 
  • The metadata spreadsheet must be filled in with the basic collection information prior to items being shipped to the vendor of digitization.
  • The project must be shipped to the vendor for digitization no later than March 27, 2020.
  • All project funds must be expended by June 15, 2020.
  • At the end of the project, the library will submit a short narrative report detailing the time and funding required for completing the project as well as any challenges or lessons learned.  This report is due no later than October 30, 2020.

 Grant applications will be evaluated against the following criteria:

  • Project is significant to the intended audience.
  • Project enhances the larger Montana Memory Project, per goals as outlined in the MMP Collection Policy.
  • Grant funding is important to the project.

Notification of Project Funding awards will be made in January 2020.

Contact:  Jennifer Birnel, Montana State Library, 855-259-0894 or submit a help ticket at:

Montana History Foundation Grants – Applications due January 10

We’re almost one month in to our 2020 grant cycle! Grants up to $10,000 will be available for projects that help preserve and protect Montana’s history.

We’re almost one month in to our 2020 grant cycle! Grants up to $10,000 will be available for projects that help preserve and protect Montana’s history.

501(c)(3) nonprofits and tax-exempt governmental units can apply for funds to preserve buildings and cemeteries, conserve and exhibit artifacts, collect oral histories and more. Funding details and the application link can be found here Applications are due online by Friday, January 10, 2020.

See our website or Contact Grants Manager Carissa Beckwith with any questions or to discuss your project before applying.

Montana Community Foundation Grant Cycle for the William B Pratt Endowment Fund

Montana Community Foundation is thrilled to announce the first ever grant cycle for the William B. Pratt Endowment Fund. This fund was established by William B. Pratt who has a life-long interest in Indigenous, Folk and Traditional arts, with experience as a musician working in the folk tradition and as a living history and production artisan in forged iron. This fund also honors his work in documentary and industrial film/video production, fostering community video efforts, and his extensive experience in grants administration, the development of arts and nonprofit organizations, and fostering philanthropy in the state.

We are moved by Bill’s generosity and excited to be his partner in philanthropy. We also think this grant opportunity might be particularly interesting for you and those you work with. This grant cycle will open on January 10, 2020 and close on March 21, 2020. Grants will range from $500 to $1500. Please see the attached information and follow the link this link: to learn more about the fund and the grantmaking guidelines. Grant applicants may apply for one of the following fields of interest:

1. Montana’s Indigenous, Traditional and Folk Arts
2. The Production of, Education About and Distribution/Presentation of Media Arts
3. Strengthening the Fields of the Indigenous, Traditional and Folk or Media Arts

Please be sure to share this funding opportunity! If you have questions, please feel free to email or call me at or (406) 441-4950. To learn more about what we do at Montana Community Foundation, visit

We look forward to seeing your application!

Jessica Stewart-Kuntz, MPA
Director of Operations and Grants Montana Community Foundation
33 S Last Chance Gulch, Ste. 2A,
Helena MT 59601
p 406.441.4950 c 503.488.9029

Professional Development Opportunites

2019 MHS History Conference

Montana History Conference

The sessions for the 2019 History Conference are now on SoundCloud. This is an opportunity to enjoy the conference at your leisure.

Free Webinar Neurodiversity in Museums—Crafting Community for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder Wednesday, January 15, 2:00 p.m. CT

The Museum Services Program of the Texas Historical Commission invites you to join museum professional and autism mom Jackie Spainhour as she provides insight into how museums of all sizes and scopes can adapt their facilities and programming to suit the needs of children on the autism spectrum. Jackie will share tangible steps that any museum can take, resources for best practices in engaging children on the autism spectrum, and will discuss how and why museums should prioritize these efforts. Register now for this free webinar.

This webinar is being presented in collaboration with AASLH. AASLH is offering a two-part webinar on January 7 and 23 on “Increasing Accessibility and Inclusion at Community Organizations.” Learn more about and register for AASLH’s webinars.

Job Opportunities

Site Administrator for Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum

Do you have a passion for history, love working with historic buildings and museum collections, and enjoy managing complex operations? If so, the Bureau of Historic Sites and Museums (BHSM) of the PA Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) is looking for an experienced director to manage Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum in Lancaster County–one of PHMC’s premier historic sites. Further information about the position, along with requirements, salary range, and application materials may be found here: m/careers/pabureau/jobs/2649365

Applications Open for Librarians-in-Residence Program

For the third year, the Library of Congress is announcing a Librarians-in-Residence program to offer early career librarians the opportunity to develop their expertise and contribute to building, stewarding and sharing the institution’s national collections. Applications will be accepted from December 12, 2019 to January 17, 2020. Click here for more information.

MAM wishes all museums across the wonderful state of Montana a very Happy Holiday Season.

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