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  • Tuesday, March 02, 2021 11:04 AM | Museum of South Dakota State Historical Society (Administrator)

    DACOTAH PRAIRIE MUSEUM WINS ASDM AWARD

    Recognition for Excellence in Community Programming

     

    [ABERDEEN, SD December 2020] — The Dacotah Prairie Museum’s Summer Program for Museum Families has won the Excellence in Community Programming or Collaboration 2020 Award from the Association of South Dakota Museums (ASDM).

    The museum staff found themselves physically disconnected from their patrons during four months of being closed to the public due to the global pandemic in early 2020. Although staff were working during that time, it became clear there was a need for outreach and enrichment for the many museum families that participate in summer camps, workshops and exhibit tours.
    In response, the staff created history packets and art kits to distribute to interested families for 9 weeks, every Monday in June and July. Each history packet had a theme, stories about real people in Brown County history, road trip suggestions, Brown County ghost town stories, and a scavenger hunt based on one of the historic buildings at the Brown County Fairground’s Centennial Village. Each art kit had an instruction sheet, examples and supplies. The art projects were modified for young children or more elaborate for older children. Families were encouraged to send pictures of the projects and scavenger hunts to be posted on social media. Museum staff handed out over 1,000 history packets and about 700 art kits; servicing about 60-80 families each week.

    “We were thrilled to learn that ASDM bestowed this honor on our summer program,” said Patricia Kendall, Museum Director. “The entire staff worked on this project and while it was well-received by our patrons, it was especially uplifting to our staff to be interacting with our museum families during this very different year.” Winning this award “makes the connection with our community seem even more special,” noted Kendall.

    The Dacotah Prairie Museum reopened to the public in July with limited hours but is now open regular hours. Exhibits and gift shop are open with new and regular displays. Patrons are encouraged to wear masks, social distance and use hand sanitizer stations throughout the museum.
    History packets and art kits are available for download any time at
    https://brown.sd.us/dacotah-prairie-museum/kids-and-families/kids-activities


  • Friday, January 29, 2021 1:53 PM | Museum of South Dakota State Historical Society (Administrator)

    ASDM is pleased to announce two awards given for outstanding work in the museum field in South Dakota by ASDM institutional members.

    The Excellence in Exhibitions Award went to Fort Sisseton Historic State Park for the exhibition "The Fort Sisseton Kid" created by Basil Knebel. 

    The Excellence in Community Programming or Collaboration Award went to the Dacotah Prairie Museum for its Summer Program for Museum Families Art Kits and Museum Packets.

    Congratulations Fort Sisseton and Dacotah Prairie Museum!

  • Friday, November 20, 2020 9:55 AM | Museum of South Dakota State Historical Society (Administrator)

    ASDM 2020 Grants Awarded

                   The Association of South Dakota Museums is pleased to announce the recipients for its 2020 grant program. ASDM institutional members are eligible to apply for grants up to $500 to support their operations in a variety of ways. $1118 was awarded in 2020. There were ten grant applicants and four grants were awarded.

                   The Heritage Hall Museum in Freeman received $300 to purchase textile storage materials. The Hermosa Arts & History Association gets $300 to create signage for a “walk through history” in downtown Hermosa. The Booth Society/DC Booth Historic Fish Hatchery received $300 to help create a volunteer/staff training video and related materials. The Cramer-Kenyan Heritage Home in Yankton gets $218 to purchase archival storage materials.

                   “There was a strong field of grant applicants this year,” said ASDM President Ronette Rumpca. “The grant review committee worked hard to make difficult choices between excellent projects. I encourage applicants to apply again in the future – they are all doing great work to support and preserve South Dakota history.”

                   The ASDM grant program started in 2017. Since then the organization has given grants totaling $6053 to seventeen ASDM institutional members.


  • Thursday, September 03, 2020 3:18 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Association of South Dakota Museums supports and acknowledges outstanding contributions to the museum field. Members of ASDM are invited to nominate individuals or museums for the Excellence in Exhibits, Excellence in Leadership, or Excellence in Community Programming or Collaboration awards.

    • The Excellence in Exhibits Award is awarded to museums for work in exhibitions during the past year. Nominations should include general exhibit information for the nominated exhibit and an explanation of the significance, success and/or innovation of the exhibit.
    • The Excellence in Leadership Award is given to individuals for work that exemplifies dedication and leadership in the South Dakota museum field during the past year. Nominations should outline the achievements and contributions of the nominee in relation to the South Dakota museum community.
    • The Excellence in Community Programming or Collaboration Award is given to museums for work in the past year that reflects the spirit of community engagement. Nominations should highlight efforts that engage your community, create new audiences for the South Dakota community, or collaborate with community partners in an innovative and successful way. These projects could include but are not limited to interpretive exhibitions, lecture series, programming, or community collaboration.

    Awards are only available to ASDM members museums, their staff, board members, and volunteers. [Learn more about memberships here: https://southdakotamuseums.wildapricot.org/membership ] Award winners will be acknowledged at ASDM’s annual meeting, on social media and on the ASDM website and newsletter. Only one award per year is given in each category and not all categories may be awarded every year. Please submit the nomination form along with:

    • A 500-word essay explaining the nomination.
      Exhibition materials, if applicable.
      Photos illustrating or supporting the nomination.
      Two support letters for the nomination.

    Nominations Forms: ASDM Award Application 2020.docx

    Submit nomination materials in electronic form to:
    Tawa Ducheneaux, ASDM Awards Chair
    tducheneaux@olc.edu
    PDF and JPEG formats are preferred

    Questions? Call (605) 455-6065

    APPLICATION DEADLINE: October 1, 2020. Late or incomplete nominations will not be considered.

  • Thursday, September 03, 2020 2:52 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The ASDM grant application for 2020 is below. Please consider applying for a grant for projects in your institution. Grant deadline is October 1, 2020. For any questions, contact Ronette Rumpca at 605-773-6011 or ronette.rumpca@state.sd.us

    ASDM Grant application with Oct deadline.pdf


    Grant Application Guidelines

    PURPOSE

                The Association of South Dakota Museums (ASDM) believes that museums have an irreplaceable role in South Dakota as guardians of our cultural and natural history legacies. They are vital educational resources and drivers of economic prosperity. Museums add greatly to the quality of life for South Dakotans. ASDM supports its organizational members through grants which are designed to help museums of all sizes, types and budgets fulfill their important missions.

    ELIGIBILITY

                ASDM grants can be awarded to any ASDM Institutional Member who has an eligible 501c3 status.

                Grant applications will be considered in two institutional budget categories – Large (over $75,000 annual budget) and Small – (under $75,000 annual budget). Every effort will be made to award ASDM grant monies to institutions in each budget category but this is not guaranteed. Grant awards are determined on the merit of each application. In any given year the winning applications may come from either or both budget categories.

    REQUIREMENTS

    - Applicants MUST BE CURRENT ASDM INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERS and have a qualifying 501c3 status, be a government entity or other IRS-recognized charitable organization. 

    - Grant projects must meet the standards set forth in the ASDM Grant Project Standards (below).

    - A 1-to-1 grant match is required. In-kind services can be used to meet the grant match.

    - Institutions may submit only one application per year. Grant winners are not eligible to reapply for three years after receiving an ASDM grant.

    - Grant recipients are required to complete their grant-funded project within twelve months of the date awarded.

    - Recipients must submit a follow up report on the grant project no later than May 30th of the next calendar year to ASDM for use in marketing materials, newsletter or website.

    Deadline for Applications has been extended to October 1, 2020

    Applications must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. MST for consideration.

    Notification of awards will be made within the following month.

    PROJECT STANDARDS

                The scope and variety of grant projects is wide, but winning projects must demonstrate practical standards for museum improvement.

                ASDM will consider grants for the following types of projects:

    general collections care; public programming; critical maintenance projects; exhibit design and development; collections storage; improved technology; collections consultants; staff training; security issues.

                This list is not exhaustive, and ASDM will consider other projects and encourages creativity in applicants for funding.

                ASDM will not consider grants for:

     General operating support; fundraising events; food or catering services; staff salaries or stipends; travel expenses; cosmetic building improvements. Regranting ASDM monies is not allowed.

    AMOUNTS

                No ASDM grant award will exceed $500. Recipients may be awarded partial grant funding less than the total amount requested in their application. The number of awards granted each year will vary as funding is determined by ASDM’s annual revenue, which may fluctuate. 

    SELECTION PROCESS

                Applications will be reviewed by a committee of peer reviewers using a written rubric to score each application. The committee will make recommendations for grant awards to the ASDM Board. The Board will make final decisions and approval of grants via a board vote. Any grant reviewers or board members from organizations submitting grant applications will abstain from the selection process.  Applicants will be notified of their status within thirty days of the grant deadline. Successful applicants will be announced at the annual ASDM conference.


  • Thursday, September 03, 2020 11:18 AM | Museum of South Dakota State Historical Society (Administrator)

    Registration for the Mountain-Plains Museum Association's online conference "Charting the Unknown" is now open. The conference will be held online September 29 - October 2, 2020. To register, go online to the MPMA website at www.mpma.net. 


  • Tuesday, March 24, 2020 1:30 PM | Museum of South Dakota State Historical Society (Administrator)

    Hello, ASDMers - I hope all are safe and keeping well out there. Due to the ongoing Corvid-19 virus emergency, the ASDM annual conference scheduled for April 30-May 2 in Rapid City has been cancelled. We will hold the conference next year (2021) in Rapid City. 

    Also, the deadlines for applications on ASDM grants and awards has been pushed back to October 1, 2020. Please consider applying for a grant or nominating someone or some project for an award. 

    Continue to practice safe social distancing and take care.

    Best,

    Ronette Rumpca, President

    ASDM

  • Wednesday, February 05, 2020 10:19 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The ASDM grant application for 2020 is below. Please consider applying for a grant for projects in your institution. Grant deadline is October 1, 2020. For any questions, contact Ronette Rumpca at 605-773-6011 or ronette.rumpca@state.sd.us

    ASDM Grant application.pdf

    Grant Application Guidelines

    PURPOSE

                The Association of South Dakota Museums (ASDM) believes that museums have an irreplaceable role in South Dakota as guardians of our cultural and natural history legacies. They are vital educational resources and drivers of economic prosperity. Museums add greatly to the quality of life for South Dakotans. ASDM supports its organizational members through grants which are designed to help museums of all sizes, types and budgets fulfill their important missions.

    ELIGIBILITY

                ASDM grants can be awarded to any ASDM Institutional Member who has an eligible 501c3 status.

                Grant applications will be considered in two institutional budget categories – Large (over $75,000 annual budget) and Small – (under $75,000 annual budget). Every effort will be made to award ASDM grant monies to institutions in each budget category but this is not guaranteed. Grant awards are determined on the merit of each application. In any given year the winning applications may come from either or both budget categories.

    REQUIREMENTS

    - Applicants MUST BE CURRENT ASDM INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERS and have a qualifying 501c3 status, be a government entity or other IRS-recognized charitable organization. 

    - Grant projects must meet the standards set forth in the ASDM Grant Project Standards (below).

    - A 1-to-1 grant match is required. In-kind services can be used to meet the grant match.

    - Institutions may submit only one application per year. Grant winners are not eligible to reapply for three years after receiving an ASDM grant.

    - Grant recipients are required to complete their grant-funded project within twelve months of the date awarded.

    - Recipients must submit a follow up report on the grant project no later than May 30th of the next calendar year to ASDM for use in marketing materials, newsletter or website.

    Deadline for Applications has been extended to October 1, 2020

    Applications must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. MST for consideration.

    Notification of awards will be made within the following month.

    PROJECT STANDARDS

                The scope and variety of grant projects is wide, but winning projects must demonstrate practical standards for museum improvement.

                ASDM will consider grants for the following types of projects:

    general collections care; public programming; critical maintenance projects; exhibit design and development; collections storage; improved technology; collections consultants; staff training; security issues.

                This list is not exhaustive, and ASDM will consider other projects and encourages creativity in applicants for funding.

                ASDM will not consider grants for:

     General operating support; fundraising events; food or catering services; staff salaries or stipends; travel expenses; cosmetic building improvements. Regranting ASDM monies is not allowed.

    AMOUNTS

                No ASDM grant award will exceed $500. Recipients may be awarded partial grant funding less than the total amount requested in their application. The number of awards granted each year will vary as funding is determined by ASDM’s annual revenue, which may fluctuate. 

    SELECTION PROCESS

                Applications will be reviewed by a committee of peer reviewers using a written rubric to score each application. The committee will make recommendations for grant awards to the ASDM Board. The Board will make final decisions and approval of grants via a board vote. Any grant reviewers or board members from organizations submitting grant applications will abstain from the selection process.  Applicants will be notified of their status within thirty days of the grant deadline. Successful applicants will be announced at the annual ASDM conference.


  • Monday, February 03, 2020 11:27 AM | Museum of South Dakota State Historical Society (Administrator)

     

    The Association of South Dakota Museums supports and acknowledges outstanding contributions to the museum field. Members of ASDM are invited to nominate individuals or museums for the Excellence in Exhibits, Excellence in Leadership, or Excellence in Community Programming or Collaboration awards.

    • The Excellence in Exhibits Award is awarded to museums for work in exhibitions during the past year. Nominations should include general exhibit information for the nominated exhibit and an explanation of the significance, success and/or innovation of the exhibit.

    • The Excellence in Leadership Award is given to individuals for work that exemplifies dedication and leadership in the South Dakota museum field during the past year. Nominations should outline the achievements and contributions of the nominee in relation to the South Dakota museum community.

    • The Excellence in Community Programming or Collaboration Award is given to museums for work in the past year that reflects the spirit of community engagement. Nominations should highlight efforts that engage your community, create new audiences for the South Dakota community, or collaborate with community partners in an innovative and successful way. These projects could include but are not limited to interpretive exhibitions, lecture series, programming, or community collaboration.

    Awards are only available to ASDM members museums, their staff, board members, and volunteers. [Learn more about memberships here: https://southdakotamuseums.wildapricot.org/membership ] Award winners will be acknowledged at ASDM’s annual meeting, on social media and on the ASDM website and newsletter. Only one award per year is given in each category and not all categories may be awarded every year. Please submit the nomination form along with:

    • A 500-word essay explaining the nomination.
    • Exhibition materials, if applicable.
    • Photos illustrating or supporting the nomination. 
    • Two support letters for the nomination.

    Nominations Forms: ASDM Award Application 2020.pdf

    Submit nomination materials in electronic form to:
    Tawa Ducheneaux, ASDM Awards Chair
    tducheneaux@olc.edu
    PDF and JPEG formats are preferred

    Questions? Call (605) 455-6065

    APPLICATION DEADLINE: APRIL 1, 2020. Late or incomplete nominations will not be considered.

  • Thursday, January 30, 2020 4:30 PM | Museum of South Dakota State Historical Society (Administrator)

    The Mountain-Plains Museum Association conference will be held in Sioux Falls, SD September 2-5. Please consider submitting a proposal for a session or workshop. Proposals can be submitted on the MPMA website at https://www.mpma.net/Proposals/ .  Deadline for proposals is February 7, 2020. 

    Hope to see you in Sioux Falls in September!

    Ronette Rumpca

    President, ASDM

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