Granting OrganizationsInstitute for Museums and Library Services
Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs
National Endowment for the Arts
National Endowment for the Humanities
Michigan Regional and Statewide Organizations
Historical Society of Michigan
Michigan Alliance for the Conservation of Cultural Heritage
Michigan Historic Preservation Network
Associations and Resources for Museums
American Association for State and Local History
Arts MidwestAssociation of Midwest Museums
Association for Zoos and Aquariums
National Association for Museum Exhibition
Midwest Open-Air Museums Coordinating Council
National Association for Interpretation
The Connecting to Collections Care Online Community is a place where smaller cultural institutions can quickly find trusted and reliable answers and resources to help them take better care of their collections. When a concern arises about your collection, you can search this website for information, resources, links to preservation information from leading conservators, as well as access to recorded webinars and discussions. Access to all of the information, resources, and webinars in this Community is free.
This dynamic reference source supports inclusive and equity-focused historical work in public settings by:
The Inclusive Historian’s Handbook is co-sponsored by the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) and the National Council on Public History (NCPH). It aligns with AASLH’s and NCPH’s goals of building diversity and inclusion across the historical community.
Deaccessioning is the act of permanently removing an object from the collection. It is the opposite of accessioning. Deaccessioning is acceptable as long as it done legally, ethically and follows museum standards and best practices. In order to be good stewards of collections, deaccessioning is essential.
The Museum Disposition of Property Act
Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and museums across America. Each summer since 2010, Blue Star Museums have offered free admission to the nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve, from Memorial Day through Labor Day. To see a list of Blue Star Museums in Michigan or to sign up, click here.
Great Lakes fishery heritage – past, present and future – explores the life of the lakes in a new way. Ecologically, economically, and recreationally viable through time, people and communities continue to interact with these amazing fisheries today. The Great Lakes fishery is a story of people, fish, and fishing. It demonstrates how we relate to aquatic ecosystems, biodiversity, water quality, and environmental change. The fishery is the thread running through all these, serving as a gauge of resource sustainability and quality of life. Great Lakes fisheries heritage sites throughout Michigan offer residents and visitors a unique opportunity to explore and experience the dynamic social, technological, and environmental changes that have shaped today’s fishery.
Sustaining Places is a collaborative resource project from the Museum Studies Program at the University of Delaware and the Tri-State Coalition of Historic Places. This site is supported by a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services’ 21st Century Museum Professionals Program. The purpose of this website is to collect examples of good ideas and best practices for small historical organizations. We are always adding new resources to our annotated bibliographies, as well as producing and posting new project videos and two-minute techniques. These are made by numerous contributors, including Sustaining Places graduate assistants and Museum Studies graduate students, often with the assistance of a historic site or museum staff.
IMPACT STUDY: The EFFECTS of FACILITATED SINGLE-VISIT ART MUSEUM PROGRAMS on STUDENTS GRADES 4-6
This study builds on, and significantly amplifies, the limited prior research that existed about the impact of art museum programs on participants. The goal has been to explore, on a large scale, how engaging directly with original works of art within the distinctive physical and social setting of art museums and through constructivist pedagogies, might lead to or heighten a range of student outcomes. The findings of this study are now available.National Preservation Institute
The National Preservation Institute, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1980, educates those involved in the management, preservation, and stewardship of cultural heritage. NPI is proud to serve a broad spectrum of professionals from government and the private sector by providing training through its seminars in historic preservation and cultural resource management.
The Kutsche Office of Local History is home to the Local History Roundtable as well as different projects helping local groups and people preserve, protect and retain history that is important to them. This is accomplished through oral histories, supervised internships and fellowships, faculty directed projects and the work of experts in their specific fields.
Together these programs support the mission of the Kutsche Office in fostering an appreciation of the common challenges, common destiny, and common humanity of all of us. This is accomplished in part by bringing members of the West Michigan community, students and faculty together to share knowledge and resources about topics of common interest, building an understanding of history that is both exciting and relevant in today’s challenging times.
The Museum Assessment Program (MAP) helps small and mid-sized museums strengthen operations, plan for the future and meet national standards through self-study and a site visit from a peer reviewer. IMLS-funded MAP grants are non-competitive and provide $4,000 of consultative resources and services to participating museums.
CAP is a federally-funded program that provides professional conservation assessments for small to mid-sized museums of all types. The program also funds historic buildings assessments for institutions with buildings that are 50 years or older. The assessment process helps museum professionals improve their institutions’ conservation policies and procedures, learn conservation and historic preservation best practices, and establish relationships with conservators and historic structures assessors. The resulting CAP report helps museums to develop strategies for improved collections care, long-range planning, staff and board education, and fund-raising. CAP is administered by Heritage Preservation and supported through a cooperative agreement with the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Applications are available on Heritage Preservation’s Web site at www.heritagepreservation.org.
A network interested in preserving and providing access to print and digital library and archive collections.