Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Winterim Class at Rutgers University

I will be teaching a Winterim class--Grant Writing for Nonprofit Cultural Organizations and Historical Museums-- at Rutgers University-Camden campus that I think will interest you and your colleagues.

The class is open to all; registration is now open. Registration information can be found at http://winterim.camden.rutgers.edu/howtoreg.html#NonRutgers Cost for the 3 credit semester hours is $2,024 for New Jersey residents; $3,194 for non-residents.

The Winterim is a short, intensive session between Fall And Spring Semesters. The class combines face-to-face classroom lectures & discussions; a field trip to the Newark Public Library; computer lab exercises at the Foundation Center in Philadelphia; and online collaborative exercises on SAKAI, a course management platform.

The course immerses students in current issues of fundraising and project/program development for nonprofit cultural institutions and historical museums. The course challenges students to analyze and evaluate history and cultural heritage projects and programs for funding opportunities and provides the opportunity to collaborate with professional development staff in the design, justification, budgeting and scheduling of a fundable project and to write and submit a complete grant to the appropriate regional or national funding agency.

For a copy of the syllabus or additional information, write me at maria.e.gonzalez [at] rutgers.edu

Classes will meet 7 times as follows:

1) Monday December 23, 2013
2) Thurs January 2, 2014
3) Friday January 3, 2014
4) Monday January 6, 2014
5) Tuesday January 7, 2014
6) Tues January 14, 2014
7) Thurs January 16, 2014


Maria E. Gonzalez, MLIS, PhD
5105 Kennett Pike
Winterthur, DE 19735-1819

News from Virginia Caucus and MAA Solicitation

Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell appointed Research Archivist, Ervin L. Jordan, Jr., as a senior advisor to the Norfolk State University Board of Visitors: The governor said,"Professor Ervin Jordan, alumnus of Norfolk State and current professor at the University of Virginia, can provide counsel to the administration and faculty on matters related to the academic environment and lend expertise on academic excellence at NSU." (http://www.governor.virginia.gov/News/viewRelease.cfm?id=2065)

MARAC Boston: Spring 2015

Hello MARAC-ers!

As you may have heard, we are planning a joint conference with our
colleagues to the north, the New England Archivists, in Spring 2015.
We first investigated Brooklyn for this big event but it proved to be
too expensive. We would have had to spend a great, great deal on food.
And, we would have received very little food in return, very expensive
crackers and water. We would not have been spending a lot of money and
getting lobster and champagne. Also, the room rate would have been at
the very highest point of what we ask you to spend. We are now
looking at Boston. Our goal is to locate an affordable city that would
be a draw to members of both organizations. We understand that for
many of you, especially those centrally located in our region, travel
costs to Boston will be higher than you usually spend. We hope that
those costs will not be prohibitive. The conference registration rates
will be comparable to what we would need to charge in any other major

At this point, we are working on a Boston hotel contract. An
important part of the contract is estimating how many sleeping rooms
MARAC will need to reserve. The number of sleeping rooms that we
obtain directly influences how much we have to spend on food, along
with whether or not there are any fees for using the meeting space.
The hotel’s sleeping room revenue, how much money is spent on food,
and whether or not there is a charge for using the meeting space are
all interrelated. They are dominoes in a circle, each falling and
hitting the other in a systematic way.

In order to get a feel for how many sleeping rooms we think we might
be using, Tammy (our administrator) will be sending out a link to a
Survey Monkey survey. Please take a few minutes to complete the
survey. Honestly let us know if you are likely to come to Boston. Not
whether or not you would like to make it to Boston, but where or not
it is realistic to think that you will. And, are you more likely to
want a double or a single room? These numbers will be very important
for us to utilize in negotiating the hotel contract. Whether or not we
fill up all the rooms we reserve in a hotel is an important economic
consideration. If we do not meet the “room block” (the number of
sleeping rooms we reserve) there is usually a financial penalty. In
other words, we have to make up what the hotel lost not selling those
rooms to someone else. We do not want to reserve more rooms than we
are likely to need, but we want to reserve enough rooms so that as
many members as possible can take advantage of the reduced conference

Thank you for your time. Oh, and please do the survey as soon as you
can, once it hits your mailbox. Much thanks and see you in Rochester!

-Mary Mannix, MARAC Vice Chair

MARAC Operations Manual is now a Wiki

Does anyone know of or remember the infamous MARAC “green binder?” That’s where once upon a time MARAC tried to keep the written record of what the heck each officer, caucus representative, committee chair, or any of the other leaders are supposed to do. Yes there is the MARAC website, but it only contains a smattering of this information, mainly in the form of official bylaw speak, and not an actual list of responsibilities and duties, and how they are to accomplish their myriad tasks.

The problem has been, however, that over the years things change, but the binder never did. So, over the past few years, an attempt has been made to update all of this information so that it’s timely. As a result, every person in a MARAC leadership position has been responsible for making sure their respective section is clear and accurate.

So now that we have an up-to-date “MARAC Operations Manual,” it does no good to continue to live in paper in our Google and Facebook world. Rather, this information should be shared broadly and so now has a new life as a wiki and is open to all. Having an up-to-date operations manual visible to MARAC members can especially serve our Nominations & Elections Committee because one of the concerns they always hear from potential nominees for ANY position in MARAC is “I don’t know what they do.” Granted, the bylaws as listed on the MARAC website codifies most of the positions but in terms of strict bylaws language, and not really about what the job really entails and exactly what it is responsible for.

As one of my duties as the recently departed MARAC Chair, I assigned to myself the creation of the wiki and want to truly thank all those chairs of every MARAC committee/caucus and on down the line that worked with me to see that the wiki truly reflects how MARAC is run today. I encourage all MARAC members to take a look at it, if nothing else to see for themselves what it is that we do at so many levels. And heck, maybe it will inspire you too to run for MARAC Chair!!


Ed Galloway
MARAC Chair, 2011-2013


The following message was sent to all membership in September and October, but as we bask in the glow of Philadelphia and THE BIGGEST MARAC MEETING EVER, let’s remember that it is those who volunteer to serve the organization that make it such a vibrant and strong organization. You can contribute to MARAC’s success by running for one of the office or committee openings previously announced…
The Nominations & Elections Committee is currently seeking individuals who are interested in standing for nomination and running for a position in the upcoming 2014 MARAC election. Open positions include the following choices:
-Custer Award Committee
-Finding Aids
-Nominations & Elections Committee
If you are interested in carrying the leadership banner for your home locale as part of the Steering Committee, please consider running for Caucus Chair as a representative of the District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, or West Virginia.
Further Information about offices, committees, and governance is available on the MARAC homepage at -http://www.marac.info/. If you have additional questions, more details can also be happily furnished upon request.
Please contact a member of the Nominations and Elections Committee if you are interested in running, or know someone who you think would be an ideal candidate for any one of these open positions.
Thank you in advance for your consideration and we look forward to hearing from you!
MARAC Nominations & Elections Committee
Alan DeLozier, Chair, Alan.Delozier@shu.edu
Dan Horvath, dhorvath@sei.cmu.edu
Jenny Kinniff, kinniff@gwu.edu

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

News from William & Mary

Robert M. Gates to give papers and $1.5 million to William & Mary

William & Mary Chancellor and former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates ’65, L.H.D. ’98 will donate his personal papers to his undergraduate alma mater, the university announced today. Gates and his wife, Rebecca, have also committed from their estate a gift currently estimated at $1.5 million, which would include a $1.45 million bequest to help attract and support international relations and global studies undergraduates of outstanding academic distinction by providing them scholarships. The remaining $50,000 has been designated for the cataloging and digitization of Secretary Gates’ papers.

Click here for the full article!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

News from Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives at Syracuse

For the past year the Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives at Syracuse University has been accumulating a list of relevant dates relating to the tragedy of Pan Am 103. From December 5, 1988 when the Helsinki Warning was issued to U.S. government outposts in Europe, through February 25, 2013 when a contingent of U.K. and U.S. law enforcement agents visited Tripoli to continue the investigation into the bombing, The Archives has included key events relating to the bombing and subsequent investigation, the families’ continuous search for justice and airline security, and memorial events held in Lockerbie, Syracuse and Washington, D.C.

The timeline provides condensed captions summarizing each event. Most events also have a relevant image, document or video attached; these are all part of the Archives collection and provide additional information for those who would like to explore the events in detail. Also included in the timeline are lists of related collections contained in the Archives so that researchers may better understand how our materials may be used for scholarship.

The timeline will continue to be updated as new events in the Pan Am 103 saga unfold. The Archives hopes that this timeline will prove to be a valuable resource for those interested in the history of Pan Am 103.

The Timeline may be found athttp://archives.syr.edu/panam/timeline.html

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Call for Photos!

We need your photos! (Deadline November 15)

The  MARAC Membership Development Committee is working on an update of the membership brochure and is looking for photos of conferences, people working in archives, as well as striking documents and archival images. Please send files and information about the photos to rgroverohrbaugh@gmail.com by November 15th. All photographs will be properly credited. We’re looking forward to seeing all your amazing images!

MARAC in Philadelphia: Food Trucks

by Katy Rawdon, Local Arrangements Committee

Lunchtime in Philadelphia is a daily celebration of the food truck. All over the city, trucks serving cuisine high and low, healthy and heart-stopping, are swamped by hungry workers, students, and tourists. Food truck culture in Philadelphia is so popular that there are even occasional “night markets” devoted solely to truck dining. In addition to the locations listed below, a number of food trucks can also be found at the city’s farmer’s markets - another strong Philadelphia tradition.

Many food trucks, being vehicular creatures, are not found in the same place each day. Part of the fun of food truck dining is the joy of happening upon your favorite truck, balanced by the agony of anticipating a particular meal only to find the truck absent when lunch time rolls around. Twitter helps a great deal with the truck chase, so below, I’ve included Twitter handles as well as web page links, where available. Enjoy the trucks!

Many of Philadelphia's food trucks are brightly colored and highly decorated.
Honest Tom's Food Truck by sameold2010

Love Park, Center City (16th Street and JFK Blvd.):

Distrito Taco Truck : Run by my favorite Philly chef, Jose Garces, this is fancy, upscale, somewhat pricy but delicious truck food. Formerly called Guapos tacos, it is usually open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

Buttercream Cupcake Lady (@ButtercreamPhl): Cupcake truck. Enough said.

Local 215 (@Local215): Locally sourced food, including burgers, duck(!), and salads.

Somewhere under all those toppings is a tasty tasty Undrgrnd Donuts donut. Photo by author.

University City a.k.a. West Philadelphia a.k.a. Drexel/University of Pennsylvania area:
Note: A good web site about food trucks in this area is pennfoodtrucks.com.

Cucina Zapata (@Cucina_Zapata): Thai tacos - how could you not try this? 31st and Ludlow Streets.

Renaissance Sausage (@TheSausageTruck): Local, handmade sausages at 33rd and Market Streets.

Lucky Old Souls Burger Truck (@LOSBurgerTruck): Lucky Old Souls serves up grass-fed beef burgers, fries, and milkshakes at 33rd and Market Streets on Tuesday and Thursday.

Tacos Don Memo (@tacosdonmemo): At 38th and Sansom Streets, this student favorite is yummy and inexpensive.

Vernalicious (@VERNALICIOUS1): At 33rd and Arch Streets - and sometimes at Love Park - Vernalicious offers homestyle comfort food, including veggie options.

Undrgrnd Donuts (@UndrgrndDonuts): This truck can be found both in University City (33rd and Arch) and at Temple University (12th and Norris). More importantly, it has donuts.

A veggie burger from Lucky Old Souls Burger Truck. Photo by htomren.

North Philadelphia, Temple University area:

Sexy Green Truck (@SexyGreenTruck): The truck with the provocative name offers mostly healthy carnivore and vegetarian options at 13th Street and Montgomery Ave.

Yumtown (@YumtownUSA): At 13th Street near Norris, Yumtown serves local, eclectic, and humane food.

Insomnia Cookies (@insomniacookies): Cookies. Lots of cookies. Montgomery Ave. near 13th.

Poi Dog Philly (@PoiDogPhilly): Hawaiian style tacos on 13th Street near Montgomery. If they have the pork belly, do yourself a favor and order two.

The Creperie: A favorite of many, this truck offering savory and sweet crepes can usually be found on Norris St. near 13th.

Mmm, cookies... Photo by author.

Did we skip your favorite food truck? Leave a comment and let us know!

Monday, November 4, 2013

MARAC in Philadelphia: Restaurants, Repositories, AND Recreation (with interactive map!)

by Val Lutz, Local Arrangements Committee

Featuring a wide variety of cuisines, the Old City area has no shortage of restaurants to fit any budget. We've put together a list of restaurants with addresses, contact information, websites, and price ranges and an interactive map with links to further information to help you find your culinary destinations. The map also features locations and information on several Philadelphia repositories that are hosting open houses and tours for MARAC attendees. Visitors with Pennsylvania and/or Philadelphia ancestors also may want to visit the Historical Society of Pennsylvania or the Philadelphia City Archives, both open during select hours over the next few days. The interactive map also features cultural activities and family-oriented events for attendees and their families who are visiting as well. Paper copies of the restaurant and open house lists will be included in your conference packets, or you can download them below.

Restaurant list (PDF)

Open house list (PDF)

Interactive map by James E. Fody

To use this map: in the white box on the upper left side, check the boxes for restaurants, open houses, or events. You'll see a list of locations in the box, with their locations visible on the map at right.

Did we skip your favorite restaurant/repository/event? Please leave a comment and let us know!

Friday, November 1, 2013

MARAC in Philadelphia: Exercise and Explore along the Delaware

by Nicole Joniec, Local Arrangements Committee

For those of you looking for the opportunity to squeeze in some exercise while in Philadelphia, there are plenty of scenic walking and jogging routes in and around the conference location at Penn’s Landing. The promenade along Penn’s Landing provides exercisers with lovely views of the Delaware River as well as various sights including several historic ships. For those who may be more venturous, the trail extends further north and south as this path is an extension of the East Coast Greenway with various other path connections along the way.

20a Penn's Landing (E) by Kansas Sebastian

Just north of Penn’s Landing is the Race Street Pier, a historic shipping pier that was recently turned into a park. Replete with benches and trees for shady rest spots, the Race Street Pier offers striking views of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge as it crosses the Delaware River into Camden, New Jersey.

Race Street Pier and Benjamin Franklin Bridge by by PlanPhilly | EyesOnTheStreet

For those wishing to venture beyond the waterfront into the city, various other jogging paths recommended by local runners can be found on the below website: http://www.walkjogrun.net/running-routes/USA/PA/Philadelphia/