Preservation Leadership Training® (PLT) Intensive

Date/Time: Wednesday, August 8 – 8:30am-5:00pm
Location: Hampton University Museum, Education Center, 2nd floor, Hampton, VA

The Museum, in partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP), is underwriting a professional development opportunity for up to 30 selected participants. The Trust’s PLT: Intensive focuses on specific, high-level, challenging content areas in the preservation profession for a heterogeneous audience, in this case directors, curators, interpreters, preservationist, scholars, volunteers, docents, and other professionals dealing with various challenges to protect the physical structure of black museum and/or historic sites. The training will be led by staff from divisions across the NTHP, as well as other experts in the field. The goal of the workshop is to offer a unique training opportunity to equip participants with preservation-related knowledge, skills, and tools to apply directly to their day-to-day work.

During the workshop, participants will learn:

  • Preservation basics and best practices for preservation business planning.
  • A “comprehensive” approach to preservation planning, including but not limited to routine maintenance, significance of site, and collections management with emphasis on the building, landscape and artifacts as the museum collection.
  • Strategic planning tools for nonprofit organizations with a heavy focus on fundraising and advocacy as it relates to preservation.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must be registered (or plan to register) for the 2018 AAAM conference.
  • Selected participants will be required to pay a reduced $85 fee, which includes the all-day training along with breakfast and lunch, which will be served on site.

Learn more about the program and how to apply. Deadline extended: Applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. on June 14, 2018. 

Preservation Leadership Training® (PLT): Board Building and Preservation Planning Workshop

Dates: Thursday, September 20 – Saturday, September 22, 2018
Location: Banneker-Douglass Museum, Annapolis, Maryland

The National Trust for Historic Preservation, in partnership with the Museum, will host a multi-day workshop designed to address the specific needs of executive directors, trustees, and boards managing African American historic sites and museums.

Topic areas will include non-profit management, preservation planning, board development and fundraising strategies.  Workshop facilitators will use highly interactive exercises, case studies, small group work, and assignments focused on the specific needs of participant organizations.The workshop offers effective methods of advancing organizational goals and provides knowledge on the processes and skills to promote leadership development for building sustainable organizations. Interested applicants can learn more about this training opportunity.

Organizations wishing to participate should submit a Letter of Interest on or before June 11, 2018.

Robert Frederick Smith Fund Internship and Fellowship Program

Photo of three African American students viewing digital image of artwork on a laptop.

The Robert Frederick Smith Fund for the Digitization and Curation of African American History was established to advance digital curation, community outreach, and internship initiatives at the Museum. As part of the Smith Fund Internship and Fellowship Program, the Museum will support paid internships at the Museum in Washington, D.C. as well as at select African American museums, art galleries and museums of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, cultural institutions and historic sites, or other related institutions dedicated to the study and preservation of African American history and culture.

Information regarding fall internship positions in Washington, DC is now available. Learn more about application requirements and program benefits. Applications must be received by July 15, 2018.

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