April 6, 2020

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People and Place Speaker Series

The Yellowstone Gateway Museum’s People and Place speaker series is going forward with an online format. Programs will be streamed on YouTube, beginning Wednesday, April 22. Call 406-222-4184, visit www.yellowstonegatewaymuseum.org or the museum’s Facebook page for more
detailed information.

Speaker Series Programs Hosted Online by Yellowstone Gateway Museum
The Yellowstone Gateway Museum is going forward with the People and Place speaker series in an online format. The series will be streamed weekly on YouTube from Park Photo at 7pm, starting April 22. We hope you will join us on these nights for fun local history!

The program lineup includes “Livingston and Park County: The Early Years” with Museum Director Paul Shea; “The Day that Finally Came” a program about the Little Shell Chippewa Tribe with Chris LaTray; “Montana Women: Making Do and Making a Difference” with Museum Curator Karen Reinhart, and possibly others.

We will stream these broadcasts on the museum’s YouTube channel. As the time approaches, we will provide more detailed information on how to watch and the program schedule. Watch for more information about upcoming programs via our Facebook page, yellowstonegatewaymuseum, our web site, www.yellowstonegatewaymuseum.org, or contact Karen Reinhart at 222-4184 or kreinhart@parkcounty.org.

MAGDA Exhibition Proposal

MAGDA is currently soliciting exhibition proposals for 2021, 2022, and 2023. The MAGDA Board of Trustees will meet in July to review and select exhibition proposals to present to the MAGDA membership for POSSIBLE bookings at their conference in October.

The sponsoring organization is responsible for preparing the exhibit for tour, including professional crating, shipping expense and arrangements to the first venue, condition report book, labels, interpretive text, press packets, etc. All contracts and communications with MAGDA will be made with the sponsor only. All framed pieces must be framed with PLEXIGLASS.


  1. PowerPoint with images of each piece in exhibition & installation shot if possible for board viewing and potential viewing by the MAGDA members (maximum size 45 megabytes)
  2. Separate disc with jpg images 300 pixels per inch, 1500 or 5” at longest, and corresponding checklist. These images may potentially be placed on the MAGDA website.
    Under Traveling Exhibitions, Exhibition Proposal Form
    A processing fee of $25 per proposal for MAGDA members or $50 per proposal for non-members must be sent with your PowerPoint and JPG discs to:
    MAGDA, 2112 First Avenue North, Great Falls, MT, 59401.
    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Patty Bergquist, Executive Director at (406) 761-1797 ormontanaart@bresnan.net.

Apply for National Fund for Sacred Places by April 22

Historic houses of worship, from prairie churches to urban synagogues, are the bedrocks that continue to sustain us as a people, uniting us in service and celebration. Together, we can protect them for generations to come to keep these places as an important part of our national cultural heritage.

The National Fund provides training, planning grants, technical assistance, capacity building
support, and capital grants up to $250,000 to congregations of all faiths for rehabilitation work on their historic facilities.

Sacred Places and Women’s History
This year our nation celebrates the 100th anniversary of the women’s suffrage movement, where women and men across the country fought—and won—a major victory for women’s equality and their right to express their voice through the power of the ballot box.

In recognition of that important milestone, we are putting a special emphasis on the places where women made history in all our work at the Trust, including our grant funding. Women historically have participated in American history as innovators and leaders, yet only a fraction of their stories are known or told.

When submitting your application for the National Fund for Sacred Places, please include stories of the women who made an impact on the history of your congregation. Visit www.FundforSacredPlaces.org for more details, including eligibility requirements, guidelines, and online application.

Managing Audiovisual Collections in Native Cultural Institutions

Audiovisual (AV) materials are essential to preserving cultural heritage, yet many are endangered and some have been lost forever. To help Native communities provide better care for AV collections, the National Endowment for the Humanities is supporting a two-year project to study the needs of collecting institutions holding Native audiovisual materials, to develop regional training hubs, and to provide robust training in the care and management of audiovisual collections.

If you hold audiovisual collections with Native content, there are three ways to get involved with this groundbreaking project:

  1. Help develop a master plan to guide future programs and establish funding priorities by responding to the Saving Recorded History: A Needs Assessment Survey of Native Audiovisual Collections. The survey will take about 25 minutes to complete. Responses should be received by April 14, 2020.
  2. Serve as a Regional Community Archiving Workshop Host Organization and receive funding, training, equipment, and assistance with processing collections while also helping neighboring tribes. Five regional workshop hosts in Hawaii, Alaska, and the continental USA will be selected. Apply to be a Regional Workshop Host.
  3. Apply to serve as a Community Partner at the “Audiovisual Collections Care and Management Workshop” scheduled for November 30 in Washington, DC. One or more Native organizations with unprocessed audiovisual collections will be selected. Community Partners bring unprocessed audiovisual collections to the workshop where they are assessed and processed by workshop participants under professional supervision. Apply to be a Community Partner at the Audiovisual Collections Care and
    Management Workshop

    We thank you in advance for your support and look forward to hearing from you.
    Susan Feller, President & CEO Moriah Ulinskas, Audiovisual Archivist/Project Director.

    This project is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and directed
    by the Community Archiving Workshop, a project of the Association of Moving Image Archivists. Project support is provided by the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums.

New Application Deadlines for IMLS Library Services Grants

Grant Proposals for Five Agency Programs Due Later in April, May

Washington, DC— The Institute of Museum and Library Services announced today that several upcoming application deadlines for library services grants will be changed to support libraries and their communities as they respond to COVID-19.

National Leadership Grants for Libraries and Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program : The deadlines will move from March 30 to April 13.

Native American Library Services: Basic Grants: The deadline will move from April 1 to April 15.

Native American Library Services: Enhancement Grants]: The deadline will move from May 1 to May 15.

Native Hawaiian Library Grants: The deadline will move from May 1 to May 15.

Applications should still be submitted through Grants.gov by 11:59 pm ET on the deadline day
for the grant program. For more information, please visit imls.gov/coronavirus, or
contact an IMLS staff member with any questions or concerns.

For more information on the U.S. government response to coronavirus and public health
information, please visit cdc.gov, coronavirus.gov, and usa.gov.

Montana History Foundation Awards Funding

After receiving a record number of applications, and through the hard work of our committees, staff and board, we are pleased to announce the 29 projects that are receiving grant funding for 2020. This year’s grants will put $164,800 into 27 Montana communities. Those projects bring the grand total of History Foundation grants made across the state since 2012 to $1,008,785!
You can find the complete list of our 2020 grant recipients on our website: www.mthistory.org/grants.

Montana Newspapers

The Montana Historical Society is pleased to announce that new content is available to search and browse on the web site MONTANA NEWSPAPERS.

The River Press made it possible to digitize more of The River Press, which is now available through 2004.

Ekalaka Eagle sponsored by the Carter County Museum has added now includes 1938-1944 in the available date range.

Finally, the Judith Basin County Free Library is responsible for a project including many of their counties’ titles.
Belt Mountain Miner (Barker)
The Benchland Advocate/ The Benchland Weekly Advocate (Benchland)
Geyser Judith Basin Times (Geyser)
The Independent (Moccasin)
Judith Basin County Times (Stanford)
The Stanford World (Stanford)
These additions came to almost 30,000 pages so if you or your patrons are looking for something to explore online from home, send them to MONTANA NEWSPAPERS and of course CHRONICLING AMERICA for over 990,000 pages of Montana newspapers dating from 1864-2017. MONTANA NEWSPAPERS, a service of the Montana Historical Society, is freely accessible to all Internet users; no subscriptions or fees are required. To learn about having your local newspaper digitized, contact us at MHSDigital@mt.gov.

2020 Best of Billings Award – Yellowstone art museum

The YAM is honored to receive the 2020 Best of Billings Award in the category of Art Museums & Galleries. We are truly humbled by the gratitude of the Billings community. Thank you to our patrons, members, volunteers, sponsors, and donors. We do this meaningful work for all of you, and we hope to see you at the YAM very soon!

Professional Development

Small Museums Scholarship Application

2020 AASLH Annual Meeting
Las Vegas, NV
Deadline: June 21, 2020

The American Association for State and Local History will hold its Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, NV, September 23-26, 2020. This year’s theme, What Kind of Ancestor Will You Be?, examines the
personal, communal, and organizational journeys that lead to vibrancy, authenticity, social change and sustainability.

Depending on the work at hand, our response to the question will vary. It might serve as a call to action, a challenge to embrace difficult work now. It might also serve as a cautious whisper, a reminder to slow down and get it right. Although different issues warrant different responses, consideration of the question is essential in light of the challenges our field, communities,
nation, and planet are facing.

Websites, listservs, and social media constantly offer new sources of technical and psychological support, but nothing is better than the face-to face fellowship of sharing survival strategies. Every year, increasing numbers of Annual Meeting sessions address issues specifically affecting
small museums. These sessions can be as practical and wide-ranging as training, marketing, and strategic planning. Other sessions focus on creative ways to forge and re-energize relationships with the surrounding community.

Now in its fifteenth year, AASLH’s Small Museums Committee is offering scholarships to AASLH members who are full-time, part-time, paid, or volunteer employees of small museums. Each $700 scholarship will cover the cost of both the conference registration and the Small Museums luncheon. Any remaining funds may be used to offset travel and/or lodging expenses. Acceptance of the scholarship is contingent upon recipients submitting a post to the AASLHblog about their Annual Meeting experience.

To qualify, the applicant must work for a museum with a budget of $250,000 or less. They also must either be an individual AASLH member or work for an institutional member.

The deadline for applications is June 21. The committee will email award winners by July 10. For questions, please contact Bruce Teeple, Small Museum Scholarship Subcommittee Chair, at mongopawn44@hotmail.com, or Alex Collins, AASLH Program Coordinator, at collins@aaslh.org or 615-320-3203.

Window Restoration Workshop – Montana preservation alliance

Window Restoration Workshop
May 11-15, 2020
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m
Virginia City, MT

Join the MPA in partnership with the Montana Heritage Commission in repairing the windows of Virginia City’s historic Methodist Church during this week-long restoration workshop.
$350 registration fee, includes lodging and day time meals.

Hands On Activities
Each student will receive one window from Virginia City’s historic Methodist Church. Over the course of five days students will learn all of the steps necessary to fully restore a wood window sash – from stripping paint and minor wood repairs to glazing and painting techniques.

Discussion Topics
· History of Glass
· Traditional Wood Finishes
· Documentation Methodology
· Repair vs. Replace Philosophy
· Hazardous Material Identification & Management

Necessary Qualifications
None! Whether you are learning a new skill or brushing up on an old one, this
course is perfect for everyone from beginners to practiced preservationists.

Given the number of available windows, space is limited.

For more information or to register call Restoration Director Mary Webb at 406-457-4844

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