Posted by: Khepera | Thursday, 30 August 2007

ANN’T: African American Historic Places Initiative Fellowship

Historic Places Initiative Fellowship

GRANTS: AAHPI fellowship

The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a Washington, DC based non-profit organization focused on preserving America’s historic places, is currently seeking applications for the African American Historic Places Initiative Fellow. This fellowship program, supported by funding from the Ford Foundation, will provide an opportunity to bridge the worlds of historic preservation and African American Studies.

The African American Historic Places Initiative (AAHPI), begun in 2002, is a program focused on building the capacity of the nation’s African American historic places. In the first phase of the program, the goal was to determine the challenges that African American historic places faced, and to determine in what ways the academic community could be a partner in alleviating some of those challenges. From that first phase came the creation of the Inventory of African American Historic Places in the U.S., a database of approximately 9,500 historic places around the country, an Advisory Board with representatives from the historic site and academic communities, and a State of Affairs paper that summarized the work undertaken during the first phase.

In the second phase of the AAHPI, the National Trust will be working directly with African American historic sites and graduate African American Studies programs to help develop templates both for improving the overall capacity for African American historic sites, and for enhancing the curricular development of African American Studies so as to include the use of African American historic sites. The National Trust also will be developing a web portal for the AAHPI, to provide the general public with an opportunity not only to learn about the AAHPI, but also to offer commentary regarding our work in preserving African American historic places.

The AAHPI Fellowship will begin in the fall of 2007, and it will have a term corresponding to one academic year (2007-2008). It will provide an opportunity for a graduate (Master’s or PH.D) of one of the nation’s African American Studies Graduate programs to bring his or her training to bear in the world of historic preservation. Furthermore, the Fellow will be working to continue building on the relationship between the historic site and academic community begun in the first phase of the AAHPI.


– Update the Inventory of African American Historic Places in the U.S(Access database)
– Work with the National Trust web team to develop a website for the AAHPI, which will include information from the Inventory
– Serve as a liaison between the African American historic site and African American Studies communities
– Research and present on a topic at one of the Washington, DC based National Trust historic sites (Woodrow Wilson House, Lincoln Cottage, or Stephen Decatur House) that will help to enhance an aspect of that site’s interpretation of African American history
– Research and identify African American Studies programs and African American historic places that would be potential applicants for the AAHPI grants
– Travel to African American Studies related conferences/- Travel to provide information about the AAHPI, and to identify potential partner organizations/organizations/ individuals for the African American historic preservation community
– Assist the National Trust’s Director for Diversity continue the effort of engaging the African American historic preservation community


– MA or PH.D in African American Studies
– Strong computer skills (with an emphasis on Access and website development)
– Excellent organizational, research and writing skills
– Excellent communication skills
– An ability to work both independently and as a part of a team

To apply for a position, send cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to:

Office of Human Resources
1785 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
fax: 202.588.6059

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