Shaker Historical Society

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    Ohio Museums Association's 2017 Annual Conference

    Earlier this month, the Shaker Historical Society was at the Maumee Bay Conference Center near Toledo for the Ohio Museums Association's Annual Conference. Dr. Ware Petznick, our Director, presented two sessions with Dana Best-Mizsak, Executive Director of the Bedford Historical Society. The first focused on capital campaigns, and the second addressed the Business of Being a Museum. In light of the White House's plans to remove funding for important federal programs that benefit arts and culture organizations, the efforts of the Ohio Museums Association to promote advocacy, foster the professional development of staff, inspire others to prosper, and pool resources at an annual meeting are all the more important this year.

    Please do not forget to contact your Ohio senators and members of the House of Representatives to encourage them to support the IMLS (Institute for Museums and Library Science), the NEA (the National Endowment for the Arts) and the NEH (the National Endowment for Humanities). 

    Museums, libraries, and art galleries help educate our nation, drive our economy, preserve the legacy of our varied and join heritage, and serve as ambassadors to the millions of foreign visitors who come to this country to learn about America. This is all at risk. We urge you to contact Senator Rob Portman, Senator Sherrod Brown, and Representative Marcia Fudge and ask them to sign the American Alliance for Museum's letter found here http://www.congressweb.com/AAM/56 and preserve funding to these important federal agencies.

    Senator Portman: 1240 E 9th St #3061, Cleveland, OH 44199 or (216) 522-7095

    Senator Brown: 200 North High St., Room 614, Columbus, OH 43215 or (614) 469-2083

    Rep. Marcia Fudge: 4834 Richmond Rd # 150, Cleveland, OH 44128 or (216) 522-4900

    There are many ways to make your voice heard. If you appreciate art and culture, please join us in speaking in favor of the NEA, NEH, and IMLS.