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VOLUME 18 · ISSUE #1

News

SUMMER, 2011

Fall Workshops and Awards Banquet in Bloomington

Spending time with fellow museum professionals is always energizing, enlightening and inspiring. Never was this more obvious than at the recent AMM Museumpalooza conference in Chicago. We know that Palooza is happening all over Illinois in Museums large and small. On October 21, 2011 we will be celebrate and honor museums with palooza; encourage and inspire museum professionals to continue the create palooza; and energize our industry at the IAM...Making a Difference one-day conference which will include inspiring workshops, 2011 annual meeting and awards banquet. We are returning to the Chateau and Conference Center in Bloomington Normal, the site of our 2009 IAM conference. Your day will begin at 9:00am with one of the inspiring workshops offered by experienced museum professionals. Collections Care Workshop The Collections Care workshop will be presented by Linda Norbut Suits of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, Susan Haake from Lincoln Home National Historic Site, and Tiffany Bowles from the Illinois State Linda Suits Military Museum. At this fast-paced workshop you will learn fundamental collection care and management techniques from Susan Haake these three experienced curators. You will explore the central principles of collection care and learn about Tiffany Bowles collection storage, cleaning, handling, and emergency planning. Fund Raising/Grant Writing Workshop We realize that all museums face the challenge of securing adequate financial resources to conduct their missions. The Fund Raising/Grant Writing workshop will present and discuss seven basic principles of fund raising for non-profit organizations and offer instruction in preparing grant applications and written proposals.

Tom McKay is the former local history coordinator at the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, former historic sites administrator for the State of Iowa, and past Director of the Lyme Historical Society in Old Lyme. Tom currently serves as President of the Hampton Historical Society and authored the Board Orientation Organizer kit for the American Association of State and Local History.

Awards Luncheon After the workshops we will celebrate IAM and our members, with an inspiring keynote address, annual meeting, and awards banquet. Lt. Governor, Sheila Simons has been invited to speak and award applications are in the mail. So mark your calendars; watch for registration information in your email inbox; and plan to join us for this affordable and inspiring conference. The cost is only $50 for the entire day including the workshops or $30 for just the Awards Banquet and Keynote Address. _________________________________________ Registration forms will be available by mail, email, and on the IAM Website in early to midSeptember 5.

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Illinois Association of Museums

1 Old State Capitol Plaza Springfield, IL 62701 217/524-6977 Fax: 217/785-7937 [email protected] <www.illinoismuseums.org> President: David Becker, Chicago Zoological Society, Brookfield Vice-President: Kim Stull, DuPage Children's Museum, Naperville Secretary: Martha Jane Downey, Bishop Hill State Historic Site, Bishop Hill Treasurer: Kate Schureman, Lakeview Museum, Peoria Administrative Assistant: Sue Huitt, Springfield [email protected] Join the IAM List Serve at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/IAM_ListServ/

In Memoriam--Joy Mattheissen Before she died in the early morning hours of Wednesday, August 3, Joy Matthiessen blazed a 60-year trail of laughter, generosity, strength, and courage. She was more than a role model. She was a shining beacon that many of us felt so lucky to follow. The facts of Joy's life are simple. She was born in 1951 in Chicago and grew up in a modest three-bedroom house on the northwest side. She graduated from Steinmetz High School and then Roosevelt University with a history degree. After college, she worked for a Chicago-area Girl Scout council for more than a decade before deciding to enter the museum field; earning a master's degree in historical administration from Eastern Illinois University. Following internships at the Henry Ford Museum and Missouri Historical Society, Joy was hired as the first professionally trained executive director of the Des Plaines History Center. She devoted her 22-year museum career to transforming a small historic house museum into an institution that is the heart of downtown Des Plaines with three facilities and groundbreaking programs that touch thousands every year. However, it was the many passions in Joy's life that made her so important to us. Her love of the Girl Scouts shaped her world view and made her strive daily to make the world a better place. She enjoyed photography, travel, the Boundary Waters, and cemetery iconography. No car trip with Joy was complete without a detour to prowl around a small cemetery hunting for unique tombstones. Her delight in the Wizard of Oz led to a blockbuster exhibit with an event featuring one of the film's munchkins. She worked tirelessly for the betterment of the museum field, serving on countless boards and committees volunteering her time and energy. She was passionate about the education of future museum professionals and mentored untold numbers directly and through her advocacy of the EIU Historical Administration Program. Joy's hard work and dedication to the Des Plaines History Center and the museum field earned deserved recognition. In 2000, she was named Professional of the Year by the Illinois Association of Museums, which in 2004 named the Des Plaines History Center Outstanding Mid-Size Museum. In 2005 Eastern Illinois University honored her as Outstanding Graduate Alumna of its historical administration program. Eight years ago Joy was diagnosed with breast cancer that later spread through her body. Even while battling cancer herself, she helped fellow cancer patients to better understand their disease and treatments. She succumbed at peace in her home surrounded by love. As we remember Joy's fierce tenacity, wry sense of humor, and zest for life, let us each strive to extend her legacy by taking her beloved Girl Scout Law to heart: I will do my best to be honest and fair, friendly and helpful, considerate and caring, courageous and strong, and responsible for what I say and do. _Linda Norbut Suits

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IAM News (ISSN 1076-9267) is a quarterly newsletter published for its members by the Illinois Association of Museums. The Illinois Association of Museums, organized in 1994, is composed of museums, historical and genealogical societies, zoos, arboreta, and other cultural and educational agencies in Illinois that are involved in the preservation and interpretation of history, prehistory, natural and built environments, and social, scientific, cultural, and/or artistic endeavors. Change of address notices, undeliverable copies, editorial correspondence, and membership application should be sent to the address above. The news media may use any material in this publication when IAM News is credited. Third class postage paid at Springfield, Illinois. Newsletter appears online at http:// www.illinoismuseums.org.

Letter from the President

Dear Members,

Those of you who attended the 2011 IAM, AMM, and VSA Conference in Chicago are probably as excited as I have been about the sessions, panels, exhibits, and off-site receptions, not to mention the wonderful Palmer House itself! An all-time record of almost 800 people attended the combined conference.

Now IAM is preparing for its Fall Awards Banquet and Workshops Conference. It will be held in Bloomington on October 21. We hope many of you are preparing an award nomination to honor one of your volunteers, staff members, exhibits, or programs. The deadline is August 22 to postmark your application. Download the guidelines from www.illinoismuseums.org today. You still have time to participate.

The Fall Conference workshops will be held in the morning. You can choose between Collections Care and Grant Writing/Fundraising. Both are of high interest as we try to protect our collections against environmental hazards, and strive to increase funding in tight economic times. You will enjoy the talented presenters.

Registration for the Awards Luncheon and Workshops will begin the first week in September. The forms will be posted to our website that week. Hope to see you there!

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State & National Organizations...

AMM Leadership Academy

October 3, 2011 to be Release Date for 2012 Conservation Assessment Program Applications The 2012 Conservation Assessment Program (CAP) application will be launched on Heritage Preservation's Web site at www.heritagepreservation.org on Monday, October 3, 2011. The deadline to submit 2012 applications is 11:59 pm on December 1, 2011. Participants are identified on a rolling basis, and site visits for participants can begin as early as January 1, 2012. Final reports must be submitted by assessors to Heritage Preservation by November 1, 2012. CAP is a federally-funded program that provides professional conservation assessments for small to midsized museums of all types, at a minimal cost. 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 forge 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. In 2011, 101 museums in 36 states have been selected to participate in CAP, including Bureau County Historical Museum, Princeton; Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, Skokie; Kline Creek Farm, Wheaton; and Parkland Art Gallery, Champaign. To view the entire list of current CAP participants, visit www.heritagepreservation.org/CAP/11recipients.html. To search for any CAP participant from the program's 21-year history, check out the Past CAP Participants Search Tool at http://www.heritagepreservation.org/ cap/Search.html. The 2012 application will be available online and for download in PDF and Word fill-in forms. If you prefer to receive a paper application booklet, please let us know. To receive notification of the availability of the 2012 CAP application, or for more information, please contact the CAP staff at [email protected] or 202-2330800. (from the Heritage Preservation website)

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Modeled on the popular and successful management program designed by Vic Danilov, the AMM Leadership Academy is designed to provide leadership skills to advance the careers and institutions of participants. Presenters will teach core principles of leadership to incorporate leadership theories into management practices and business operations. Participants will form a cohort of peers as a resource to continue their learning experience. Designed for museum professionals from all sizes and types of museums. Participants must have a minimum of 5 years experience at a museum or cultural institution. Special consideration will be given to new directors, department heads, and senior staff members. Dates and Logistics: Scheduled for September 18-23, 2011 It will be held at the world-famous Interlochen Center for the Arts in beautiful Traverse City, Michigan. Registration is $1,000 (AMM Members) and $1,200 (non-members). Registration includes sessions, lunches, refreshments, and transportation to evening events. It does NOT include transportation to Traverse City or Interlochen, accommodations or evening meals. Other leadership programs can be as much as $5,000 or more. Early-bird registration deadline ended July 31 Housing: Registrants may reserve rooms at the Stone Hotel at the Interlochen Center ­ the rate for our group is $79 (single or double). AMM will try to match participants with roommates upon request.

The Illinois Humanities Council has revamped its Website, http://www.prairie.org/, and reaches out through social media links. Check out the new opportunities to participate in their programs and apply for grants. IHC has new guidelines for grant applications at: http://www.prairie.org/programs/eligibility/23452 . Their new press page is very handy for finding out the latest news from IHC: http://www.prairie.org/press . http://www.prairie.org/humanities-resources will help you find the products, services, and information on Humanities.

...That Work for You

Conference Highlights with Karen Witter

Special thanks to everyone who made Museumpalooza a tremendous success, including generous sponsors, volunteers, the museums that hosted evening events and behind the scenes tours, the Museums in the Park and conference co-chairs Gary Johnson (Chicago History Museum) and David Mosena (Museum of Science and Industry), exhibitors, workshop and session presenters, and the more than 700 attendees. Chicago is a wonderful place for a conference; the Palmer House was a beautiful setting; and it was indeed a Museumpalooza! The Illinois Association of Museums and Association of Midwest Museums have partnered in the past to present extremely successful joint conferences. However, this year there was an added benefit due to the collaboration with the Visitors Studies Association. This partnership resulted in even more diverse program offerings and new opportunities for networking. Chicago is home to fabulous museums, and attendees were treated to spectacular evening events at the Art Institute Modern Wing, Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium, Museum of Science and Industry, and Chicago History Museum. In addition to enjoying delicious refreshments and networking with colleagues, guests had the opportunity to see outstanding new exhibitions, such as the Adler's new Grainger Sky Theater Deep Space Adventure, Jellyfish at the Shedd, Out in Chicago at the Chicago History Museum, and Science Storms at the Museum of Science and Industry. We were delighted that Illinois Senate President John Cullerton attended the opening reception at the Art Institute. Conference sessions included diverse types of program offerings, including workshops, panel presentations, poster sessions, keynote speakers, offsite tours, and roundtable discussions on topics related to all aspects of museums. The idea lounge was full of energy as colleagues informally discussed topics with their peers. Walking tours and behind-thescenes tours gave attendees the chance to visit additional museums and see Chicago's cultural landscape. Participants could also learn more about the spectacular Palmer House lobby by going on a scavenger hunt using their cell phones. Attendance was significantly higher than at any recent year, with almost 800 people from all over the country attending the joint IAM, AMM, VSA annual conference.

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SAVE THE DATE for Museums Advocacy Day 2012! AAM Museum Advocacy [[email protected]]

The 4th annual Museums Advocacy Day will be February 27-28, 2012 in Washington, DC. This event ­ which brings together hundreds of advocates from around the country for a day of advocacy and issue training followed by coordinated visits (scheduled by AAM) to Capitol Hill ­ has been called "inspirational" and "invaluable" and the entire museum field is invited to participate. AAM members participate for free! "In 2012, we will have an excellent opportunity to engage our legislators on many fronts, especially as many of them will be engaged in both policy debates and politics back home," said AAM President Ford W. Bell. "Elected officials will be weighing competing priorities and staking out positions on issues of the day. Museums need to be part of that dialogue." More information at www.speakupformuseums.org and www.speakupformuseums.org/ MuseumAdvocacyDay.htm. P.S. On Tuesday, October 25, AAM will offer a FREE Webinar: "What is Museums Advocacy Day?" Register today or learn more!

Quote from Conference Attendee

"This was my first time attending an AMM or VSA conference, and I had an amazing time. Through the IMLS funded New Directions grant at the University of Washington, 10 students from the UW Museology Masters program were able to attend this dual conference. As a recent graduate entering the field, the ability to meet with professional evaluators and museum practitioners and learn from their experience was incredible. As a new employee in an evaluation position at a Midwest museum, the opportunity to attend sessions at both conferences was invaluable. Along with two of my peers, I presented a poster at the VSA poster session, and the supportive comments and discussions with museum professionals made me truly feel welcomed into the field. I can't wait for next year's conferences! " ---- Betsy O'Brien, Assistant Evaluator Saint Louis Science Center

AMM Awards at the Chicago Conference

Three Museum Professionals were honored at the conference with AMM Awards: (from the AMM)

PROMISING LEADERSHIP Lisa M. Junkin; Educator Coordinator, Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, Chicago, IL Lisa's commitment to inclusion and community engagement has fostered a dynamic, socially relevant environment at Jane Addams Hull-House Museum. Her leadership has created a connection between the mission of articulating Jane Addams' life story and contemporary issues, resulting in a vibrant conversation with the area community. As head of education, Lisa transformed the docent and education programs by recruiting a multi-lingual, multi-ethnic, and diverse staff. She also introduced social justice topics to the visitor tour and trained docents to moderate post-tour conversations related to issues surrounding immigration. Lisa served in a leadership position with Building Museums, a city-wide initiative to build capacity of small ethnic museum in Chicago to address questions about immigration and civic engagement. BEST PRACTICES: Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, WI ­Public Programs Located in Wausau, Wisconsin, the Woodson encourages repeat visitors with an active annual program of eight to ten changing exhibitions complemented by an array of programs for children and adults. Regular programs such as Toddler Tuesday, Art Time for Tots, Art Buddies, Art Explorers, Foundations, and Activity Guides are supplemented with storytelling, lectures, videos, demonstrations, and bus trips. Best known is the internationally acclaimed Birds in Art, an annual juried exhibition accompanied by OctoBIRDfest, the Museum's biggest and birdiest family festival of the year. The Woodson's staff shares a deep commitment to providing engaging programming for all ages and abilities, creating a beloved resource for the city and region. Shedd Aquarium, Chicago, IL ­ Marketing and Social Media The Shedd is a recognized leader in conservation and continues to set new standards in many areas for the museum, zoo, and aquarium community. Today, the Shedd is being recognized for setting the standard for engaging audiences and marketing programs through social media. Their communication opens doors to personal identification with the animals and activities of the institution, creating an sense of engagement on the part of the audience and opportunity for dialogue that increases interest and a sense of ownership.

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DISTINGUISHED SERVICE Karen Witter; Associate Museum Director, Illinois State Museum, Springfield, IL Karen served on the AMM Board of Directors from 2001 through 2010. As vice-president, Karen took on the role of President in 2005 after the former President left to take a position outside of the region. She led as President until 2008 and as Senior Advisor from 200810. Karen drew on her extensive knowledge of governmental affairs to guide AMM to a position of leadership in museum advocacy. She continues to inform the profession with her enthusiasm for the power of personal action on behalf of museums. This passion for introducing museum professionals to the process of legislative advocacy is founded on her 21 years' experience with Illinois government. Positions included a cabinet-level state agency director, a policy advisory to the Governor, and an executive director for two state commissions. In addition to her leadership with AMM, Karen has served in a leadership role with the Illinois Association of Museums and has presented at state, regional, and national conferences. While president of AMM, Karen participated in the dialogue on the Federal/State Partnership, led by the American Association for State and Local History, using her extensive knowledge of governmental operations to help develop an awareness of the importance of advocacy for all museums. DISTINGUISHED CAREER Dr. Shyamala Chitaley ; Curator Emerita, Department of Paleobotony, The Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Cleveland, OH Dr. Chitaley has devoted her professional career to expanding the field of paleobotany through dedicated research and scholarship. She recently retired at age 93 as Curator and Head of Paleobotany. Her 31 years of expanded research in the field has advanced the knowledge for communities across the world. Internationally respected, she is the author of 160 research publications and had presented papers at conferences around the world. After retiring from a 28year career as Department Head and Professor of Botany at the Institute of Science, Nagpur and Bombay, India, Dr. Chitaley moved to the United States and began working at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. There, she secured key donations and provided leadership to increase the museum's collection of fossil plant specimens from 500 to today's collection of 30,000. Dr. Chitaley was awarded the museum's prestigious Jared Potter Kirtland Award.

2011 IAM, AMM, VSA Conference in Chicago

Scenes from the Chicago IAM, AMM, and VSA Conference in July

Shelly Hanover and Jenny Keigher of the Children's Discovery Museum at the Shedd Aquarium evening reception "This year's IAM conference was especially meaningful for me, because it was combined with AMM and VSA. Both I and my colleagues at my museum enjoyed having the opportunity to attend VSA sessions in addition to many high quality AMM/IAM sessions. The diversity of topic was great and the quality of information was incredible. I also enjoyed seeing colleagues from VSA that I haven't seen in almost 15 years! Very enriching, thoughtprovoking and fun!" Kimberly Stull, DuPage Children's Museum

"We were absolutely thrilled with this year s conference. The unique collaboration provided outstanding opportunities for participants to network and share ideas. It had been 17 years since AMM had last scheduled a conference in Chicago and we hope to return sooner than later. It was truly a fabulous conference and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive." Brian Bray, Executive Director, AMM, St. Louis Diane Gutenkauf, Cantigny Museum and Peggy Stromberg, Elgin Public Museum, at luncheon. Sara Wolf and Shelly Hanover, Children's Discovery Museum , interacting with an exhibit

Shari Buckellew, Children's Discovery Museum, and Dave Oberg, Grayslake Heritage Center at the Shedd Aquarium's evening reception

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"I attended two off-site events - Terry Dowd Fine Art Shipping/Crating Tour and Luncheon. I learned a lot, and the staff was very accommodating to our questions! The second was at the Chicago Conservation Center with a tour and lunch. We were able to listen to and talk with conservators. All of the professionals were extremely generous sharing information and fielding our questions. Both opportunities were just wonderful!" Deb Tayes, ISM Southern Illinois Art Gallery.

Regional News of IAM Members

Opening Soon: The "new" Anthropology Museum, Northern Illinois University

On August 23, 2010 student workers at The Anthropology Museum, Northern Illinois University, began moving the museum's permanent collections from Cole Hall to temporary storage in Stevens Hal. Cole Hall will be reopened in the fall of 2011. The renovation of Cole Hall includes a new 2,900 square foot exhibit gallery located on the main floor. A museum standard HVAC system will control the environment in the new gallery and the collections storage area in the basement. Preparing the Collections After the move was completed, many students continued to work for the museum throughout the fall semester setting up temporary storage, unpacking items, and starting an inventory of the over 12,000 artifacts. During the spring and summer of 2011, student workers assisted Pfannkuche in conducting a full inventory of the museum's artifact collection and updating Cheyenne packing the museum's textiles for the move PastPerfectTM database. As part of the plan to return to Cole Hall, the collection will be moved back to permanent storage in the basement. In addition, preparations are underway for the grand opening of the new exhibit space. Assisting Interim Director Pfannkuche, Karly Guldan was hired for the academic year thanks to the NIU Graduate School's Great Journey Assistantship Program. A search for a permanent director for The Anthropology Museum will begin in the fall. The New Space The Anthropology Museum will open in its new gallery space in the fall on a day yet to be determined. Two traveling exhibits are planned for the opening. The first is "Touch the Sky: Prairie Photography" which will be accompanied by artifacts from our collection. This exhibit, from Bell Museum of Natural History at the University of Minnesota, consists of beautiful natural photographs of the Midwest by renowned National Geographic photographer Jim Brandenburg and will run through January 20, 2012. The exhibit is supported by NIU's Institute for the Study of the Environment, Sustainability, and Energy. Our second opening exhibit is "Dancing the Spirit: Korea, Masks, and Performance," curated by Kathy Foley of University of California, Santa Cruz. "Dancing the Spirit" will run the academic Please check our Facebook site (under Anthropology Museum of NIU) for announcements concerning our opening. Sara Pfannkuche, Interim Director

Packing the South Room Collections Preparing for the Move Sara Pfannkuche was hired at the beginning of September 2010 to help with the move and supervise the eighteen student workers/volunteers. Pfannkuche came to NIU's The Anthropology Museum by way of the Logan Museum of Anthropology at Beloit College where she was Visiting Curator of Archaeology for a number of years. Pfannkuche became Move Coordinator allowing Museum Director Ann WrightParsons to concentrate on preparing grants for the new museum space. By the end of September, Ann decided to retire effective January 1, 2011. Sara Pfannkuche agreed to stay on as Interim Museum Director until the Department of Anthropology hires a permanent director. Additional students/professionals were hired at the end of September in order to ensure the collections would be safely moved from Cole Hall to Stevens Building by October 15, 2011. Members of the Anthropology Department faculty and their graduate students also helped by spending a Saturday moving oversized objects out of Cole (under supervision). With considerable help from NIU carpenters, movers, building services, the Anthropology Department office staff, and various faculty across the campus, The Anthropology Museum was officially moved out of Cole Hall by 3:40pm on October 15, one hour and twenty minutes before the deadline.

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Has Your Organization Made Headlines?

Colonel Davenport Home Adds a New Wing Construction has begun on the East Wing expansion project. It is funded by grants from the R.I. Arsenal Development Group, the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend, and the Doris & Victor Day Foundation. U.S. Navy Seabees assisted in the concrete pouring. Many volunteers have put in many hours in construction work. See http://www.davenporthouse.org. Ronald L. McDaniel Foundation Pledges $1 Million to DuPage Children's Museum DuPage Children's Museum, Naperville, proudly announces that the Ronald L. McDaniel Foundation has made a $1 million donation pledge to be received over a five-year period beginning in 2013. The financial stability that this generous gift provides will allow the Museum to expand the delivery and accessibility of its math-, science- and art-focused exhibits and programs. "The Ronald L. McDaniel Foundation's commitment is a testimonial to the Foundation's belief in both the Museum's strategic plan and the importance of investing in early learning," said Sue Broad, DuPage Children's Museum Executive Director. "The generosity of this gift serves as an important cornerstone for the larger financial goals of the Museum's stability campaign and we hope it will inspire additional support." The Illinois Mennonite Heritage Center Gallery just opened a two-year exhibit, "Our Daily Bread: Stocking the Pantry" It features objects related to the cooking and eating habits of the Anabaptists from the 1840s-1930s. If you have any items to loan for this exhibit, call 309/367-2551 or email [email protected] Illinois is one of six states awarded a statewide implementation grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services' Connecting to Collections program. The Illinois State Museum is lead for the project. Bonnie Styles is project co-director with Jennifer Hain Teper, University of Illinois Libraries (UrbanaChampaign). They are working with 12 museums, libraries, archives, and service providers. The team developed a collections preservation plan with a previous planning grant, which included a survey of collectionsholding institutions. The current project, which also includes the Illinois Fire Service Institute, Illinois Emergency Management Agency, and the Illinois Humanities Council, addresses the greatest needs for

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collections identified through the survey. The three areas of focus are: increasing public and professional awareness of collections and their preservation; providing a broad program of preservation education and training; and facilitating cooperative disaster planning and response. The products include a Web site, listserv, and database and Google map coverages of collections-holding institutions. It will offer free programs and webinars, scholarships for advanced training at the Campbell Center, and regional disaster preparedness workshops. Watch for announcements for these programs. Contact Bronwyn Eves at the Illinois State Museum at [email protected]" Changes at Lake Bluff Museum The Vliet Museum of Lake Bluff History had a busy summer, preparing for the premiere of a documentary film on the Lake Bluff Children's Home, and restoring a 1931 ice truck. On Saturday September 24, 2011, the Lake Bluff History Museum will present "A Childhood Lost and Found," a full-length documentary film produced by local filmmaker Kraig Moreland. This film tells the story of the Lake Bluff Children's Home's 75year history through the voices of those who lived and worked there. Research for this project started with review of materials in the Vliet archives (photos, letters, news clippings, scrapbooks and records from the Children's Home, many entrusted to the Vliet Center's care by ChildServ, successor organization to the Lake Bluff Children's Home) and expanded to include interviews with former residents and staff and re-enactments of historic scenes. The public is invited to attend the September 24 premiere in Lake Forest High School's Raymond Moore Auditorium. For additional information visit lakebluffhistory.org, or e-mail [email protected] The Museum will reopen this summer after gallery changes. The new name Lake Bluff History Museum. The Vliet name will continue in the organization's name and in the Research Center name.

Regional News from Your IAM Members

IAM Region 1: Southern Illinois_____

The Wabash County Museum in Mt. Carmel received from a Michigan collector a collection of Brace Beemer memorabilia. Mr. Beemer was the radio voice of the Lone Ranger, and a native of Mt. Carmel. The collection includes the only extant Brace Beemer saddle. The Museum has renovated its Brace Beemer Exhibit to accommodate the new items. Cahokia Mounds Museum is in the process of upgrading and updating a number of exhibits that have been here for twenty-two years. Funding has come from a special State Treasurer's Office grant set up several years ago by former treasurer Judy Barr Topinka. Improvements include-- revised text panels, large site maps, and artifact labels, new photos of excavations and artifacts, and a new 8-minute video on the Woodhenge. They are also in the final year of conserving an AD 1300s dugout canoe that was donated to be used in a new permanent exhibit on "The Indian and the River." Jefferson County Historical Society and Village in Mt. Vernon, IL. was awarded a Carl L. Schweinfurth Foundation grant in the amount of $3825 for an oral history project entitled "Times in Jefferson County are Changing." We will be conducting oral history interviews over the next year of Jefferson County landmarks and past events. The oral histories will eventually be on a DVD format that will be made available to area schools, community colleges, libraries and local community organizations.

IAM Region 2: East-Central Illinois___

Parkland College Art Gallery in Champaign has been accepted into the MAP program . On August 27th, as a part of our 75th Anniversary celebrations Lincoln Log Cabin in Lerna will be unveiling a temporary exhibit in the Sargent Gallery, Enduring Legacy: The Civilian Conservation Corp and Coles County. This exhibit will describe the CCC program on the federal level and discuss the CCC's roll in Coles County, which included the reconstruction of the Lincoln Cabin, restoration of the Moore Home in Farmington, and the construction of Fox Ridge Sate Park across the Embarrass River. These projects were accomplished in conjunction with the National Park Service and were intended to be connected to other Lincoln Sites in Illinois via the proposed Abraham Lincoln Memorial Highway. This exhibit will be on display until spring 2012. Throughout the spring and fall of 2011, Krannert Art Museum at the Univ. of Illinois at Champaign is celebrating its 50th Anniversary with new exhibitions and programming, as well as with many ambitious projects and goals. The museum's rich, varied, and comprehensive collection has grown to approximately 10,000 works of art, and in the last five years KAM has added 350 new works to the collection. KAM's collection lent over 30 works from its collection to major national and international exhibitions last year.

The Springfield Art Association of Edwards Place is launching two books on July 15, both funded by an IAM grant. One, Cooking with the Edwards Family, features 19th century recipes enjoyed by the Edwards family along with modern counterparts. The other, Edwards Place, is an informative, illustrated booklet about the historic house. The Springfield Art Association also received its final copy of a "Historic Interior Finishes and Furnishings Plan for Edwards Place". This study was funded by a grant of $20,000 from the Jeffris Heartland Fund, administered by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and matched by the Art Association. This document is a framework for future restoration of Edwards Place to an historically appropriate appearance.

IAM Region 4: Northwest Illinois_______

Sycamore History Museum received a YEP (Youth Engaged in Philanthropy Grant) from the DeKalb County Community Foundation to establish a Junior Docent program. Fifteen students signed up and participated in Family Fun Day on July 9 which included guided tours of the museum and gardens.

IAM Region 3: West-Central Illinois____

Dickson Mounds Museum has hired Christa Christenson, formerly of the Downers Grove Park District, as Educator.

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Oswego's Little White School House Museum improved its lower level storage with new gutters, downspouts, matching the architectural style of the early 1900s.

Regional News from Your IAM Members

Mendota Museum & Historical Society (MMHS) received a generous donation by one of the board members. With additional monies from MMHS, and the generous time and talents of a volunteer who joined MMHS in January of 2011, MMHS was able to purchase, convert and migrate into PastPerfect software. It has been one of the best things that MMHS has done to update and resolve problems in the previous recording system. The total conversion and migration of data was completed in June 2011. Bill Widmer, who was a super volunteer for Mendota Museum & Historical Society and was named IAM Volunteer of the Year, in 2006, passed away on June 28, 2011 after a long illness. He was 81 years old.

The Tiskilwa Historical Society hosted its fifth annual Anniversary Party on Monday, June 13, on the lawn adjacent to its Museum on Main. Reverend Dan Lybarger of East Peoria charmed a record crowd of 150 with special program telling of the earliest Americans through flute music, dance, and story telling. The PNC Foundation has awarded a $120,000, three year grant to the Children's Discovery Museum in Normal that will bring art, math and science education programs to 320 Heartland Head Start students. This grant, part of the PNC Grow Up Great initiative, will fund numerous programs, both in Head Start classrooms and at the CDM, to engage children, families/ caregivers, and Head Start instructors and will provide funding for an expanded early childhood exhibit that will open in 2013. The Naperville Heritage Society is among the 31 awardees for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Conservation Project Support Grants program. A grant award of $26,042 with a matching amount of $39,120 including staff hours' contributions will allow the Naperville Heritage Society to conduct a general conservation survey of its museum's collections and historic structures in order to prioritize ongoing preservation needs for structures and collection holdings and further improve care and support in these areas. The crew of the USS Chicago (SSN 721) donated their ship's brow banner to the Pritzker Military Library. The current USS Chicago is a Los-Angeles class submarine, and is the fourth vessel in the United States Navy to be named for the city of Chicago, Illinois. The current ship was commissioned in 1986 and is still in service, operating out of Pearl Harbor. The ship's current captain, Commander Tillbrook, grew up in Chicago. The DuSable Museum of African American History, Chicago, IL, has been accepted into the Community Engagement MAP program. The Museums at Lisle Station Park will be receiving 4 new display cases from the Lombard Historical Society in August. In addition, the museum will be featuring a new temporary exhibit, from the Illinois Association of Museums from September 5th thru October 22. It features eight World War II propaganda posters to accompany our wall of veterans who fought in WWII and were from Lisle.

IAM Region 5: Chicago and NW Suburbs_

On May 19, 2011 the Association of Children's Museums hosted its annual InterActivity Conference in Houston, Texas. At the conference, DuPage Children's Museum (DCM) was awarded a 2011 MetLife Foundation and Association of Children's Museums Promising Practice Award for the Kindergarten Math Initiative (KMI). KMI exemplifies the Museum's mission to serving all children in the community by offering all kindergarten students in DuPage County public schools to participate in a free math Learning Lab at DCM. The Naper Settlement Marketing Department received a Publicity Club of Chicago Silver Trumpet Award May 6 for the 2010 "Summer at the Settlement" marketing campaign. Naper Settlement's integrated marketing campaign publicizing summertime activities ranged from traditional print advertising to two-story banners along with ecommunications, coupons and social media. The Publicity Club of Chicago's Golden Trumpet Awards are the most prestigious awards program in the Midwest honoring distinguished individual achievement of public relations and communications.

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The Ottawa Scouting Museum opened a new, permanent exhibit-- a donation of scouting memorabilia by the world's largest collector of Lord Robert Baden-Powell memorabilia Ken Kittelberger from Columbia, Maryland.

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2011 Conference Sponsors

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Groupon The Alford Group The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation CityPASS Manask

The Conservation Center Exelon Corporation Blackman Kallick Event Network

Robert R. McCormick Foundation Associates Public Communications, Inc. Chubb Mesiro Financial Aetna Inc. Epping Foundation Terry Dowd Inc.

Chicago Scenic Studio Marts & Lundy SemEx I-Werks Willard White

Turner Construction

Blue Foundation

Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf Inc.

Welcome New Members!

Student and Individual Donna Sack, Naperville Institutional The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago Tinley Park Historical Society Pleasant Home Foundation, Oak Park Sheffield Historical Society Washington Park Botanical Garden, Springfield Prairie Aviation Museum, Bloomington Horse & Buggy Museum, Biggsville

Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, Chicago

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