Monday, January 30, 2012

Training Opportunities in North Orange County

From The Muckenthaler Center...

The Muckenthaler Cultural Center will be hosting two conferences coming soon that may be of interest to the membership:

One is a conference for Nonprofit Management Training:

The other is a Heritage Conference & Festival for North OC Historical Agencies:

North Orange County Heritage Festival & Conference
Supported by a grant from The James Irvine Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, The Orange County Community Foundation, Fullerton Arboretum, Fullerton Heritage, Carol Hasenberg Exhibits, Carlota Haider Exhibition Consultant, and Genealogical Society of Hispanic America-Southern California
Thursday . March 15 .
1-6 PM Conference ($20- includes dinner)
6:30-8:30 PM Festival (FREE)

Our inaugural Heritage Conference helps us discover the common and distinct histories of North Orange County. The conference features presentations made by historical societies, non-profit organizations, and museums from North Orange County. We hope to foster greater interest in regional history and to reconnect our vibrant local communities with the rich heritage of our county.

At an afternoon conference, members of Heritage groups from all over the region to participate in a planning session for a proposed regional event to cross-promote these agencies. The conference includes panel discussions on successful volunteers, members, and board recruitment techniques. At 5 PM a networking dinner will be provided to all groups.

At 6:30 PM groups will move out to their booths in our first Heritage Festival, providing history buffs of all ages a clear idea of the local history resources available in the community. There will be booths on historic homes, OC museums and parks, and genealogical associations. Entertainment features dances and music from our rancho past, food vendors, a kid’s area, and tours of the Muckenthaler.

Contact for both conferences is (866) 411-1212 or

Friday, January 13, 2012

Boyle Heights Reception at Occidental College

From Malissa Strong, President of the Boyle Heights Historical Society...

The Boyle Heights Historical Society has been very fortunate to have formed a partnership with Occidental College Library over the last few months. We are showing a photography exhibit, Boyle Heights Images and Essays: 1850 to 1900 in the library gallery. The exhibit exposed students to the early and often unknown relationship between Boyle Heights and Occidental College.

To me this partnership benefits small heritage societies, such as ours, and large institutions alike.

Having said that, we would like to invite you to a reception for the exhibit:

Thursday, January 19th
5:30 to 7:00 pm
Occidental College Library
1600 Campus Road
Eagle Rock, CA 90041

RSVP to or phone 323-868-6719

Please enter campus at Alumni Avenue. Free parking is available in the lot to the right of the entrance near the Library Academic Commons. For directions to campus maps go to and click on directions. The library building is #5 on the map.

Please note, there will be someone to give you access to the rear entrance of the library.

We look forward to seeing you at the reception.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Grants for Hidden Collections

From the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR)...

CLIR Accepting Proposals for 2012 Cycle of Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives Grant Program
Washington, DC, January 10, 2012—The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) is now accepting proposals for the 2012 cycle of the Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives grant program. Information about the program and links to the online application and guidelines are available at The deadline for submitting proposals is Friday, March 16, 2012.

CLIR will host a webinar for applicants on Friday, January 20, 2012 from 2:00 – 3:15 pm EST. For more information on the upcoming webinar, please visit

In 2012 the program expects to award about $4 million in grants that range from $75,000 to $500,000. Applicants may request terms as short as 12 months or as long as 36 months, or any period in between. All projects must begin between January 1 and March 1, 2013, and be completed by February 29, 2016.

The application process has two phases. The initial proposal round is open, and anyone interested in applying for a grant through this program must submit an initial proposal by March 16, 2012. The final proposal round is by invitation only. Only those applicants whose initial proposals have been approved by the Hidden Collections Review Panel will be allowed to submit a full final proposal.

Decisions will be announced by December 31, 2012.

The program awards funds to institutions holding collections of high scholarly value that are difficult or impossible to locate through existing finding aids. Award recipients will create descriptive information for their hidden collections that will be linked to and interoperable with all other projects funded by this grant, to form a federated environment that can be built upon over time. Funding for the program comes from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

CLIR is an independent, nonprofit organization that forges strategies to enhance research, teaching, and learning environments in collaboration with libraries, cultural institutions, and communities of higher learning. Information about CLIR and its work is available at

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

2012 Quarterly Meeting: February 4th at 10am

Don't miss the next LA Heritage Alliance Quarterly Meeting on Saturday, February 4th from 10am to 12pm.

In addition to regular business & networking, this meeting will feature a "SnapShot Messaging" workshop on how to effectively talk about your organization in under 1 minute, whether to potential donors, volunteers, members, community members, or visitors. This session will have you go through a process of identifying and refining your message to turn a chance (or just short) meeting into action in support of your efforts. This workshop will require you to understand both the mission and goals (short or long term) of your organization.

The meeting will be held at Bolton Hall (courtesy of the Little Landers Historical Society):

Don't miss out!