This spring I was elected vice-president/president-elect of the Academy of Certified Archivists. Established in 1989, the ACA serves as the certifying organizations for archivists throughout the United States. Of the twenty-seven presidents, I will be only the sixth who has been president of both the Society of American Archivists and the Academy of Certified Archivists.
Also, last December we were notified that we were the recipients of a two-year National Endowment for the Humanities Division of Preservation and Access grant to develop the curriculum for and launch a series of five workshops (Risk Assessment, Disaster Planning, Disaster Response, a Live Burn, and Salvage) to be co-developed and co-taught by members of the cultural heritage and the firefighting communities. The aim of the workshops is to encourage a close working relationship between the cultural heritage community and first responders when dealing with disasters. The workshops will be offered at five locations around Massachusetts beginning in September 2017 and ending in August 2018.
Finally, my wife, Vickery, and I will again be riding in the Pan-Mass Challenge from Wellesley to Provincetown the first weekend in August to raise money for cancer research at the Dana Farber Institute in Boston, especially since our daughter has been battling cancer for the past five and a half years.