National Park Service Announces $2.4 Million in Grants to Preserve the History of Equal Rights

The National Park Service (NPS) today announced $2.4 million in History of Equal Rights grants, through the Historic Preservation Fund, to fund 6 projects in 6 states that will preserve sites related to the struggle of all Americans for equality.
“As we begin the celebration of Pride Month, we reflect on the diverse and complex history of all Americans who fought for the equal rights of their people,” said NPS Deputy Director Shawn Benge. “The new History of Equal Rights grants program supports our state, tribal, local, and nonprofit partners in the physical preservation of historic sites related to the struggle for equal rights.”
Congress appropriated funding for the History of Equal Rights Grant Program in 2020 through the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF). The HPF uses revenue from federal oil leases on the Outer Continental Shelf, providing assistance for a broad range of preservation projects without expending tax dollars, with the intent to mitigate the loss of a non-renewable resource to benefit the preservation of other irreplaceable resources.
Established in 1977, the HPF is authorized at $150 million per year through 2023, and has provided more than $2 billion in historic preservation grants to states, tribes, local governments, and non-profit organizations. Administered by the NPS, HPF funds may be appropriated by Congress to support a variety of historic preservation projects to help preserve the nation’s cultural resources.

Virtual Concert: World Renowned Irish and Scottish Fiddle Players Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh and Alasdair Fraser

What: A virtual concert featuring two of the world’s finest fiddlers: Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh, from County Donegal, Ireland, and Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser. 

When: Saturday, June 26, 11am-12:30pm PDT. 


Cost: Free. Donations appreciated but not required. 

Presenters: San Francisco Maritime National Park Association and San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park 

Contact: For more information, please contact: 

Hull Lifesaving Museum Call for Entries: 24th Annual Sea & Sky Juried Art Show

The Sea & Sky Art Show is held annually at the Hull Lifesaving Museum’s historic Point Allerton US Lifesaving Station. Sea & Sky celebrates the beauty of our coastal environment and the richness of the artistic community on the South Shore and beyond. This year we are thrilled to have artist Charlotte Wharton as our juror.
All media are welcome. Artists may submit three works of art for consideration in the juried exhibition. All work must be original, and not previously exhibited at HLM. No reproductions will be accepted. Don’t miss your opportunity to participate in this great show!

Art Submission Date: Sunday, June 27, 2021, 3:00 – 6:00 pm

Opening Reception: Saturday, July 10, 2021, 3:00 – 7:00 pm
For further details regarding submission guidelines please visit our website or call us at 781-925-5433.

New Permanent Orientation Exhibit at Penobscot Marine Museum

We are excited to launch Getting Our Bearings, a new permanent exhibit, in our Main Street Gallery this season. Through a collection of objects, photographs, and primary source documents, the exhibit introduces the key themes of the Penobscot Marine Museum. It explores how maritime communities fed the Atlantic work, built America’s Merchant fleet, constructed pre-Civil War America, became America’s Vacationland, engaged in global trade, and served as homeports and homesteads. Museum visitors will get to see how the sea has impacted, and will continue to impact, daily life on and around Penobscot Bay. 

Getting Our Bearings is sponsored by Hamilton Marine and is funded in part by a major grant from the Maine Bicentennial Commission with additional grant support from the Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust. 

Join us at #AAM2021 in June

It’s not too late to join thousands of your colleagues across the field at the 2021 AAM Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo when we reconvene live on June 7-9. 

Catch up on 20+ sessions from the kick-off of #AAM2021 with topics covering fresh membership and fundraising strategies, DEAI in collections stewardship and gallery engagement, navigating a disrupted future, models for museum gatherings, and plenty more.

Don’t miss a beat! Register now to get immediate access to the highly experiential #AAM2021 virtual platform, 9 discussion groups, and 24 recordings with transcripts.

If you are unable to afford the full cost of registration, you can submit your interest in a deeply discounted $25 registration using this form. Registrations are provided on a rolling basis as funds are raised through June 7.Register Now

Penobscot Marine Museum Opens for the Season Today

Beginning Memorial Day weekend, we are happy to welcome visitors to our campus! The Museum Store is open Monday through Saturday 10am to 5pm and Sunday noon to 5pm. For those wishing to visit the rest of the museum, we offer guided walking tours and family field trips. Tours are available 7 days a week, pre-registration is encouraged. We will accept same-day reservations and walk-ins, subject to availability. Tours are $25 per household, up to 10 people. Find out more information here, or book your tour here.

Starting July 1st, we will also begin offering self-guided museum visits. Spend as long as you’d like exploring the new exhibit in our Main Street Gallery, the Animal Tales photography exhibit in Old Vestry, 4 boat barns featuring small craft, the Yard in the Yard interactive outdoor exhibit, and the Gone Fishing exhibit in Old Town Hall. Visitors can look for special children’s activities on Wednesdays and meet our person-sized lobster on Fridays. While the Fowler-True-Ross House, Merithew House, and Savage Education Center are closed this season, we’re hard at work behind the scenes and look forward to opening exciting new exhibits in the next few years! Look for more information coming soon on these projects and the variety of fun summer programming we are offering this year.
General Admission is $30/family, up to 10 people, and free for members and residents of Searsport & Stockton Springs. Schedule your Standard Walking Tour or Family Field Trip today. Tours scheduled before July 1 receive a $5 discount! Find out more here, or book your tour here.

Winnie Estelle cruises return for 2021 at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md., is pleased to announce that its Miles River cruises aboard Winnie Estelle will begin running for the 2021 season on Friday, May 28. From now through October, guests can enjoy a 45-minute scenic cruise aboard the authentic 1920 Chesapeake buyboat on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

Cruises depart from CBMM at 12:30pm, 1:30pm, and 2:30pm. General CBMM admission is required. Boarding passes are additional and may be purchased in the Welcome Center upon arrival. Cost is $5 for CBMM members, $10 for non-members, $3 for non-member children ages 6–17, and free for member children and all children ages 5 and under. All cruises are weather dependent and subject to availability.

Winnie Estelle is also available for private charters and special adult and youth education tours. To learn more about renting Winnie Estelle, or about daily cruises, visit Please note: in line with current regulations, facial coverings are not required on CBMM’s campus or in buildings, however they are required for guests participating in river cruises. To read more of CBMM’s current policies relating to COVID-19, please visit

$15 Million in American Rescue Plan Act Grants Now Available for Museum and Library Services

The Institute of Museum and Library Services has announced a new funding opportunity for museums, libraries, and Native American and Native Hawaiian communities. The $15 million federal investment will provide direct support to address community needs created or exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and in assisting with recovery. “Museums and libraries have stepped up to provide their communities with essential services and access to all kinds of health, job, government, educational, social, and cultural resources,” said IMLS Director Crosby Kemper. “As places begin to reopen, these institutions will continue to be trusted spaces dedicated to sustaining communities. This funding will allow them to continue lifting up their communities and enabling people to thrive.” The American Rescue Plan Act allocated funding to IMLS to enable libraries, museums, federally recognized Tribes, and nonprofit organizations serving Native Hawaiians by supporting the vital programs and services they provide to their communities. Proposals to this grant program may continue, enhance, or expand existing programs and services, or they may launch new ones to address emergent needs and unexpected hardships. Reflecting IMLS’s goals of championing lifelong learning, strengthening community engagement, and advancing collections stewardship and access, successful projects for this grant program will: 

  • Advance digital inclusion through approaches that may include, but are not limited to, improving digital platforms, online services, connectivity (e.g., hotspots), and creating digital literacy programs, as well as creating new processes and procedures needed to sustain a robust online environment.
  • Support hiring new staff and training or retraining existing staff to ensure a workforce that has the appropriate knowledge, skills, and abilities.
  • Build community-focused partnerships, networks, and alliances with organizations with an emphasis on complementing, rather than duplicating, resources and services.
  • Support the creation and delivery of online and in-person educational, interpretive, and experiential programs and exhibitions for learners of all ages.
  • Provide trusted spaces for community engagement and dialogue to foster recovery and rebuilding.
  • Support efforts to collect, preserve, manage, and interpret documentary sources and tangible objects representing all aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic experience.

 The deadline for submitting applications is June 28, 2021, with award announcements anticipated in October 2021. A free informational webinar will be made available on-demand on the IMLS websiteFor More InformationTo apply for this grant, as well as other available IMLS funding opportunities, please visit the IMLS website