Volume 5 • Issue 1 2007 spring Home
Best Practices Workshop Series Returns in April
Historic Commission Grants Manager Sara Cureton speaks to potential applicants at a workshop.
“Stewardship and Support” is the next topic to be explored in Doing Your Best: A New Workshop Series on Best Practices for Nonprofit History Organizations.  The workshop series is sponsored by the New Jersey Historical Commission, the New Jersey Historic Trust and the New Jersey State Museum.  The spring workshops are scheduled for April 26 at Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center in Millville and April 27 at East Jersey Olde Towne Village in Piscataway.

“This installment of our Best Practices series will really address the core of what so many of our history organizations do,” explains Sara Cureton, grants director for the Historical Commission. “The challenges of stewardship requires that we both provide adequate resources for the care of our buildings and their contents, while ensuring that they are handled with the best and most ethical care. This workshop will offer insights on how to achieve both of those goals.”

Leading the educational event are three professionals from different cultural institutions in Philadelphia, who have combined more than 80 years of experience with historic buildings, collections and stewardship.  Linda V. Ellsworth, formerly of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts is currently the Director of Foundation Relations for the Academy of Natural Sciences; Cynthia Little, Ph.D. is Historian and Director of Interpretive Programming for the Atwater Kent Museum and is a volunteer president of a private foundation with a landmark historic property.  The third presenter, Jeffrey Ray is the Senior Curator for the Atwater Kent Museum.  He is responsible not only for exhibits on Philadelphia history, but has been instrumental in developing the museum’s security policy, collections management policy, and collections master plan.

Best Practices is designed to present models for good, better and best practices for the administration of history organizations in areas that range from mission to collections care to marketing and visitor services. Participants in the series can expect lively discussion, networking with colleagues, training for paid and volunteer staff or board, and follow-up activities to encourage continued development of historic professionals.

The next workshop will be scheduled for the Fall 2007.

Doing Your Best:  A New Workshop Series on Best Practices for Nonprofit History Organization - Stewardship and Support

Cost: $20 per person

April 26, 2007 at Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center in Millville

April27, 2007 at East Jersey Olde Towne Village, Piscataway

9:30am – 3:30pm

Contact: Jim Turk, 609 984 3845 or james.turk@sos.state.nj.us