Bi-Weekly Update - Nov. 12

Hello CCPHers!

Here are some interesting history events happening soon in California as well as articles pertaining to history. Thank you for your support.

CCPH invites any announcements or articles relating to history from our members and mailing list to include in our updates. Please email your submissions to

From: California Historical Society

Historic Libations Friday, December 4, 6-8:00 PM


December 4 marks the 100th anniversary of the end of San Francisco’s Panama-Pacific International Exposition. Join us in celebrating this remarkable event at Historic Libations, CHS’s annual holiday cocktail party. Sip California cocktails, legendary and obscure, toast to the history of mixed drinks, and commemorate the end of one chapter in California’s history and the beginning of another.

Third Thursdays at California Historical Society Thursday, November 19, 5 - 8:00PM Enjoy free admission to our exhibition City Rising: San Francisco and the 1915 World’s Fair and special docent-led tours at 5:15PM, 6:15PM, and 7:15PM. Presented in partnership with the Yerba Buena Cultural Benefit District. Yerba Buena Third Thursdays is a monthly outing of art, performance, music, and drinks in the Yerba Buena neighborhood in the heart of downtown San Francisco.

From: National Council on Public History

Call for Award Nominations Help recognize those making a difference in our field!

National Council on Public History awards recognize excellence in the diverse ways public historians apply their skills to the world around us. The award program promotes professionalism and best practices among public historians and raises awareness about their activities. Recipients will be honored during the annual meeting, March 16-19, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland.

Guidelines and current and past recipients are listed on the NCPH website:

--Excellence in Consulting Award Up to two $500 awards for outstanding work and contributions by consultants or contractors.

--Outstanding Public History Project Award $1,000 recognizing a project–digital, print, film, exhibit, etc.–that contributes to a broader public reflection and appreciation of the past or that serves as a model of professional public history practice.

--New Professional Award Two $500 travel grants to encourage new professionals, practicing public history for no more than three years, to attend the 2016 Annual Meeting.

--Student Project Award A $500 travel grant to attend the 2016 Annual Meeting, recognizing the contributions of student work to the field of public history.

--Graduate Student Travel Award Five travel grants of up to $300 each for graduate students presenting (session, poster session, or working group) at the 2016 Annual Meeting.

We hope to see nominations for your own work, or the work of your colleagues. Nominations for these awards are due December 1, 2015. See our website for submission guidelines: Join us in celebrating the winners at the 2016 NCPH and Society for History in the Federal Government Joint Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, March 16-19!


  • Veteran’s Day and public history. Historian Christine Lamberson, co-director of the “War Stories” project, describes a disconnect between history scholarship that focuses on foreign policy and a public focused on “supporting the troops.” She advocates increasing involvement in veteran-focused public history projects in order to bridge the gap.

  • Selma as public history. In the wake of the Smithsonian/NEH history film forum, Christopher W. Wilson argues that while history films like Selma are flawed, they nevertheless remain keys to stimulating public interest in history.

  • With is greater than what. Colleen Dilenschneider reveals that audiences value shared experiences most when visiting cultural institutions. A majority of responses to an IMPACTS survey listed “time with family and friends” as the best thing about visiting cultural institutions.

  • AHA sessions on public history. Check out the public history session being held at the American Historical Association’s annual meeting in Atlanta from January 7-10. Sessions cover topics ranging from digital history to Confederate iconography.

  • Time Inc.’s archive gets a new home. The archives of Time, Life, Fortune, and other publications are currently moving to a new home at the New York Historical Society. The archive consists of over 7 million documents and artifacts.


  • Register for #NCPH2016! Register now for our annual meeting in Baltimore to take advantage of reduced early bird rates and reserve tour spots.

  • New to NCPH and our annual meeting? Check out our recently-uploaded FAQ for first-time attendees. The FAQ includes tips on everything from networking to sessions and events that are particularly of interest to newcomers.

  • Be a mentor in Baltimore. NCPH is seeking conference mentors and mentees for our annual meeting in Baltimore. Mentors help mentees get the most out of the NCPH conference experience. For more details, see

From: California Association of Museums

Attend the 2016 CAM Conference, Branching Out: New Directions, New Heights, in Riverside, CA March 2-4, by applying for a scholarship or fellowship. We encourage you to take advantage of these great opportunities.


Scholarship recipients must meet at least one eligibility criterion, be residents of California, and successfully articulate the benefit of attending the conference in the application. Scholarships include a full conference registration, a ticket to the Welcome Reception, and a one-year membership to CAM. Applications are due Friday, December 11, 2015. Learn more


Five CAM Fellows residing in Los Angeles county will attend the 2016 CAM conference to write one “case study” article for publication in CAM e-News and on CAM’s website. Since the CAM Fellows program is a central component of CAM's multicultural initiative, preference will be given to individuals of Latino/Hispanic, African American, Asian American/Pacific Islander, or Native American descent. Each Fellowship includes a full conference registration, a $500 stipend, a ticket to the Emerging Museum Professional (EMP) Workshop and to the Welcome Reception, a one-year individual membership to CAM, and networking opportunities specifically for CAM Fellows. Applications are due Friday, December 11, 2015. Funded in part through support from the California Community Foundation. Learn more

CAM GETTY INTERN ALUMNI PROGRAM CAM and the Getty Foundation are pleased to offer support for alumni of the Getty Multicultural Undergraduate Internship program to attend the 2016 conference. Participation includes a full conference registration, a travel stipend, tickets to the Emerging Museum Professional (EMP) Workshop, Welcome Reception, Dialogue Dinner, a one-year individual membership to CAM, and networking opportunities specifically for recipients. Applications are due Friday, December 11, 2015. Learn more

CREATIVE CAPACITY FUND'S QUICK GRANT PROGRAM The Creative Capacity Fund (CCF) Quick Grant Program provides reimbursement funds to arts administrators in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Los Angeles to enroll in workshops, attend conferences locally and nationally, and to work with consultants and coaches. Arts organizations meeting eligibility requirements may receive one annual award of up to $1,000 in professional development reimbursements. The application cycles begin the 15th of every month.


LA County supervisors want more diversity in LA arts

By: Sarah Favot, Los Angeles Daily News, November 9, 2015

Salad-Making Is Performance Art At The Getty In Los Angeles

By: Abbie Fentress Swanson, NPR, November 9, 2015

Habitot Raises almost $3500 to Hold Birthday Parties for Homeless Kids

By: Keith Burbank, Berkeley Daily Planet, November 7, 2015

With an eye toward Google, the Autry has changed its name

By: Mike Boehm, Los Angeles Times, November 6, 2015

Imagine U Interactive Children’s Museum opens in Visalia

By: Lewis Griswold, Fresno Bee, November 6, 2015

Art’s Bold New Road At Billionaire Eli Broad’s New Los Angeles Museum, The Broad

By: Pam Price, Forbes, November 4, 2015

Are Museums Going the Way of the Sunday Funnies? Google Certainly Thinks So

By: Ben Davis, ArtNet News, October 31, 2015


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