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The H. John Heinz III Charitable Trust announces its grant program for archaeological fieldwork in Latin America for 1996. This program will fund four to six scholars to conduct archaeological research in Latin America. Applications for dissertation research will not be considered. The maximum amount of the award is $8,000. The deadline for submission is November 15, 1995, and notification of the award will be made by March, 1996. For complete information, write to Rose Gibson, H. John Heinz III Charitable Trust, 32 CNG Tower, 625 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15219. If you have questions, contact James B. Richard-son III, Chairman, Division of Anthropology, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, (412) 665-2601, fax (412) 665-2751.

The National Endowment for the Humanities Reference Materials Program supports projects to prepare reference works that will improve access to information and resources. Support is available for the creation of dictionaries, historical or linguistic atlases, encyclopedias, catalogues raisonnés, other descriptive catalogs, grammars, databases, textbases, and other projects that will provide essential scholarly tools for the advancement of research or for general reference. Support is also available for projects that address important issues related to the design or accessibility of reference works. The application deadline is November 1, 1995, for projects beginning after September 1, 1996. For more information, contact Reference Materials, Room 318, NEH, Washington, DC 20506, e-mail jserventi@neh.fed.us.

After 30 years out-of-print, Archeological Excavations at Jamestown, Virginia, by John L. Cotter has been republished by the Archeological Society of Virginia with 38 additional pages of historical summary of the first permanent English settlement in America, and a history of the archaeological investigations up to 1958 and a summary of archaeological evidence from Virginia and Maryland tidewater sites since 1958. The additional material is by the author. The renewed availability of this volume, with its original base map, represents a basis for the current extensive investigations being carried out by a consortium of William and Mary and Colonial Williamsburg researchers for the National Park Service, and by William Kelso for the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities in its 22-acre inholding on Jamestown Island National Historical Site. Jamestown represents the pioneering archaeological study of an entire American community. The Jamestown volume reissue may be acquired by writing to the Archeological Society of Virginia, P.O. Box 70395, Richmond, VA 23255-0395. The price is $34.95; add $2.50 postage and handling.

The National Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Property (NIC) announces the availability of grants for the Conservation Assessment Program (CAP), contingent upon congressional appropriations for FY 1996. CAP is funded by the Institute of Museum Services (IMS) and administered by NIC. CAP provides funds for a professional conservation assessment of a museum's collections, environmental conditions, and sites. Conservation priorities are identified by professional conservators who spend two days on site and three days writing a report. Reports produced by conservators help museums develop strategies for improved collections care management that can be used for long-range planning and fund raising. A maximum of two assessors per institution are funded through CAP. Most museums are awarded an objects conservator to assess the museum's collections. Museums located in historic structures --buildings more than 50 years old--are awarded an arch-itectural assessor. CAP is designed to serve museums with small- to medium-sized collections and sites that can be surveyed in two days. Larger institutions are encouraged to contact IMS for information on the Conservation Project Support (CP) grant. CP grants fund conservation projects, including general conservation surveys by professional conservators that can be designed for more than two days on-site. Applications will be mailed to museums on NIC's CAP mailing list on October 6, 1995. Applications must be postmarked on or before December 1, 1995. To be added to NIC's CAP mailing list, institutions are encouraged to contact NIC. Sample applications are available to museums not already on our mailing list. Applicants from last year's waiting list will automatically receive a 1996 application. Since CAP grants are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, museums are advised to submit their application materials promptly. CAP is a one-time grant awarded to eligible museums on a noncompetitive basis. To request an application or receive further information, contact CAP, National Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Property, 3299 K St. N.W., Suite 602, Washington, DC 20007, (202) 625-1495, fax (202) 625-1485

The National Center for Preservation Technology and Training announces its 1996 Preservation Technology and Training Grants in historic preservation. The center is a National Park Service initiative to advance the practice of historic preservation in the fields of archaeology, architecture, landscape architecture, materials conservation, and interpretation. Grants will be awarded in three program areas: research, training, and information management. All proposals that seek to develop and distribute preservation skills and technologies for the identification, evaluation, conservation, and interpretation of cultural resources will be considered. Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis, pending the availability of funds. Only government agencies and not-for-profit institutions may apply for a grant. The proposal deadline is December 15, 1995. To request an application or receive further information, please contact the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training, NSU Box 5682, Natchitoches, LA 71497, e-mail acptt@alpha.nsula.edu.

The Architectural Conservation Laboratory of the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation at the University of Pennsylvania is pleased to announce that the Getty Grant Program has awarded a matching $42,350 Project Preparation Grant to the National Park Service to work with the Architectural Conservation Laboratory at Mesa Verde National Park, Colo., during 1995-1996. The full funding of $84,750 will be used to develop a conservation master plan for the survey, analysis, stabilization, and interpretation of the prehistoric mud plasters of Mug House at Mesa Verde National Park, which is listed as a World Cultural Heritage Site. Phase 1 of the work has been underway since summer 1994 with funding from the National Park Service through a cooperative agreement with the University of Pennsylvania. The initial phase has included the assembly of archival reports on past stabilization of the site and bibliographic research on North American prehistoric plasters and mural paintings. Selected sample plasters have been analyzed to determine their composition, properties, and sources of the components and finishes. The Getty grant now funds Phase 2, which will develop and implement a model documentation and survey program for the existing conditions of the plaster and masonry. An environmental monitoring plan will also be established. A third phase will implement a pilot conservation treatment program, including stabilization and presentation of the plasters. The Mug House plaster stabilization project will involve the disciplines of archaeology, architecture, and conservation to preserve a unique cultural resource. This project will be one of the first to develop comprehensive, long-range, conservation techniques for extant plasters in a ruined North American site using computer-aided documentation and graphic recordation and materials analysis. The project will bring together archaeologists, conservators, and architects under the direction of Frank G. Matero, associate professor of architecture and director of the Architectural Conservation Laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania, and Kathleen Fiero, archaeologist at Mesa Verde National Park. The Getty Grant Program and the cooperative agreement between the National Park Service and the university also provide field and laboratory training and academic fellowships for graduate students in the Historic Preservation Program at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission invites applications for its 1996-1997 Scholars in Residence Program. The program provides support for full-time research and study at any commission facility, including the state archives, the state museum, and 26 historical sites. Residences are available for four to twelve consecutive weeks between May 1, 1996, and April 30, 1997, at the rate of $1,200 per month. The program is open to all who are conducting research on Pennsylvania history, including academic scholars, public sector professionals, independent scholars, graduate students, writers, filmmakers, and others. For further information and application materials, contact Division of History, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, P.O. Box 1026, Harrisburg, PA 17108, (717) 787-3034. Deadline is January 12, 1996.

The School of American Research has opened its 1996-1997 Fellowship Application Process. Resident Scholar fellowships are awarded each year by SAR to six scholars who need time to think and write about topics important to our understanding of the human condition. These fellowships provide apartments and offices on the school's campus in Santa Fe, N.M., as well as stipends, library assistance, and other benefits during the nine-month tenure. Books written by scholars may be considered for publication by SAR Press. The fellowships offer their recipients time and facilities essential for creative intellectual pursuits. SAR's unique campus provides an atmosphere that nourishes the scholarly spirit by combining solitude and freedom from academic responsibilities with the lively exchange of ideas found in a stimulating community of scholars. Funding for the Resident Scholar Program is provided by the Weatherhead Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Katrin H. Lamon Endowment for Native American Art and Education. For application guidelines and more information, contact Resident Scholar Program, School of American Research, P.O. Box 2188, Santa Fe, NM 87504, (505) 982-3583, fax (505)989-9809.

The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works announces the availability of two new publications. The 1995 AIC Abstracts contains abstracts for more than 100 papers presented at AIC's 23rd Annual Meeting in St. Paul, Minn., June 4-11, 1995. Lengthy, substantive abstracts from the general session on ethics in conservation, as well as abstracts from the specialty groups sessions and the poster session, are included. General session topics in AIC Abstracts focus on ethical investigations into the antiquities trade, UNESCO, large-scale disaster recovery, aircraft restoration, care and treatment of human skeletal remains, conservation of natural science collections, maintenance of outdoor sculpture, and architectural conservation. Abstracts are arranged by session topics such as ownership and the theft of cultural objects, professional responsibilities, preservation of collections in an uncontrolled environment, ethics and the conservation of archaeological materials, ethics and the conservation of scientific and industrial collections, and responsibilities in the management and preservation of diverse and large-scale collections. Specialty group papers focus on recent conservation projects in architecture, book and paper, photographic materials, objects and sculpture, wooden artifacts, paintings, and textiles. The Gilded Metal Surfaces Symposium Abstracts includes 19 detailed abstracts from this highly acclaimed symposium. AIC is the national membership organization of conservation professionals that advances the practice and promotes the importance of the conservation of cultural property. Prices for 1995 Abstracts (116 pages): $10/members, $15/non-members. For Gilded Metal Surfaces Symposium Abstracts (33 pages): $5/members, $10/non-members. Add $3 postage and handling for each publication. Orders must be prepaid by check or money order made out to AIC. Foreign orders must be paid in U.S. dollars drawn on a U.S. bank. Contact AIC, 1717 K St. N.W., Suite 301, Washington, DC 20006, (202) 452-9545.

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