Welcome to the Host Toolkit for the 2017 Museum on Main Street tour of The Way We Worked.
This toolkit was created for host project directors to gain easy access to the many resources available to plan and prepare for hosting The Way We Worked. This information has been collected and arranged for convenience. Maryland Humanities does not claim ownership of these resources by inclusion in the toolkit. If you have questions about using any of this information, contact program coordinator Theresa Worden.
- Programming Resources
The Way We Worked docent and educational materials, reading and film lists, as well as how-to’s for exhibit planning, collecting oral histories, and local programming ideas are available in Program Resources.
- Marketing Resources
Looking for sample press releases, The Way We Worked press images, logos (Smithsonian Institution, National Archives & Maryland Humanities), and crediting information? Find it all in Publicity Materials.
The Way We Worked Invitations, Ad design files, instructions and font packages are part of the Graphics Package.
- Communications & Social Media
Maryland Humanities will help announce your tour and related programming through several of its communications channels.
Want to make sure that your tweets and Facebook posts receive maximum reach? Tag Maryland Humanities and the Smithsonian-affiliated social media accounts in your posts and allow us to share your great content with our audiences!
- Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition Service: @sitesexhibits
- Museum on Main Street: @MuseumonMainSt
- Maryland Humanities: @MDHumanities
We’re so excited to bring #Smithsonian exhibition #TheWayWeWorked to our community in 2017! @MDHumanities @MuseumonMainStreet <Insert relevant link or photo>
Sample Facebook Post:
Did you hear? The #Smithsonian exhibition #TheWayWeWorked is coming to our museum in 2017! We can’t wait to delve into our town’s unique work history – stay tuned for more details! Thanks to @Sitesexhibitions, @MuseumonMainStreet, and @MarylandHumanities for making this possible. <Attach relevant link or photo>
- Exhibit Logistics
Exhibit script, installation guide, shipping information and crate list.
- Fundraising and Sponsorship
Host sites may apply for competitively awarded Maryland Humanities Mini Grants of up to $1,200 or Major Grants of up to $10,000 in our regular grant rounds. However, only one grant award will be made to a host site/partner for The Way We Worked and all rules for Major and Mini grant rounds apply.
MoMS Opportunity Grant
Guidelines and application are available for Maryland Humanities’ non-competitive MoMS Opportunity Grant. Hosts (or their partners) are invited to apply for up to $800 in funding for exhibit development or humanities programs related to The Way We Worked.
To foster creative public humanities programming for sites hosting The Way We Worked in 2017, Maryland Humanities is making funds available to The Way We Worked host sites. The Way We Worked host sites may designate this funding to one specific community partner who is planning public programs directly connected to the exhibit. If a community partner applies in lieu of the named host site, a letter of authorization from the host site must accompany the application. These opportunity grants of up to $800.00 are not competitive and can be used for exhibit development and public humanities programs related to The Way We Worked programming.
Deadlines to apply for opportunity grant funding are January 2, March 1, May 1, July 1, September 1. You must apply in advance of any intended expenses and/or programming.
Smithsonian Youth Access Grant (CLOSED)
Stories from Main Street
The Smithsonian Youth Access Grant (YAG) allows host communities to explore topics raised in their Museum on Main Street (MoMS) exhibit in greater depth. Students discover the history of their hometowns by researching primary and secondary source material, conducting and recording oral histories, and analyzing their data to create projects using technology purchased for their community with YAG funds. Deadline is mid-July, 2016.
- Evaluation Planning
Evaluation is an important aspect of program planning that should not be overlooked.