Weekly Roundup: Museums in the News 5/26/2017

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Happy weekend! This week’s Roundup shares stories about Memorial Day, the President’s budget, global professional development, 3D digitization and 404 errors. Enjoy!

1. While Memorial Day weekend symbolizes the kick off of the summer fun season in the United States, its true purpose is to honor the people who have given their lives while serving in the armed forces. The National WWII Museum created an online feature to share stories of those who lost their lives in that war.

Remember Them | mymemorialday.org

Private Watson was the first African American to receive the Army’s second-highest award-the Distinguished Service Cross-in World War II. In 1997, he was one of seven African Americans awarded the Medal of Honor by President Bill Clinton. No African Americans received the Medal of Honor in the years immediately after the war.

2. The President released his budget proposal for fiscal year 2018 and, as expected, it calls for the elimination of the National Endowments for the Humanities and the Arts (NEH and NEA) and other agencies vital to museums. Hyperallergic helps tease out the complexities of how a non-partisan executive agency responds to these existential threats. It’s important to remember, the President doesn’t pass the budget, Congress does. There’s still time to let your senators and representatives know how you feel about the importance of these programs. AAM has advocacy resources to help you #SpeakUpforMuseums!

The National Endowment for the Humanities Isn’t Shutting Down

Despite President Trump’s proposal to eliminate it, the agency says it “will continue to operate as usual.” On Monday, President Trump released his budget for fiscal year (FY) 2018. As Hyperallergic reported, the proposal calls for the elimination of the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities (NEA, NEH), as well as the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and other federal cultural agencies.

3. This first-hand account from an Egyptian photo conservator illuminates the benefits of global training programs to help us collectively preserve stories and artifacts from all of our world’s cultures.

Preserving the Photographic Heritage of the Middle East, One Student at a Time

Before completing my master’s degree, I had no background in photograph conservation-there was no one specialized in this field in Egypt. I selected photograph conservation for my thesis and started to teach myself through online resources, books, and journals, and by contacting professionals via em

4. This article shares a few examples of how the British Museum and its 3D scanning community allow access to the museum in ever evolving ways.

Five New 3D Models Of Ancient Artifacts That Are Changing How We Interact With Museums

Newly released 3D models of antiquities from the British Museum allow better digital access to ancient objects than ever before. Digital technologies and a group of proactive archaeologists are changing the way we experience, interact with, and take the museum experience home with us.

5. Just for fun! This article will make you want to up your ‘page not found’ game! We here at Labs have our own (cute) take on the 404.

When Wrong Goes Right: 30 Creative Museum 404 Error Pages

404 pages are the dead ends of the internet, but some museums are using them for a bit of playful audience engagement. Broken links are strewn throughout the internet, digital dead ends created by lost archives, website revamps, or just sloppy typing. Some museums simply have standard “page not found!”

Do you have a great museum story to share? Let us know in the comments!

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