Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko will be best remembered because she used her power to change lives, inspire movements, and challenge the status quo for the better. She worked in museums and with professional associations for more than twenty years. Since 2001, she led institutional change as the director of museums including the Abbe Museum and Illinois State Museum. She also was part of the vanguard of systemic change across the field: raising funds and creating tools for small museums and historic sites; working tirelessly on decolonization efforts; and sharing knowledge and experience through board service, talks in national settings, and transformative publications she authored or edited including, most recently, The Inclusive Museum Leader (2021).
In memory of Cinnamon and her generational impact on museums, historic sites, and public history, AASLH has created a special fund in her name to advance her legacy of transformational change across the museum community. Her fund is part of AASLH’s Making History Matter Campaign, a multi-year effort to help small history organizations and to promote the inclusive and relevant work of our field.
The fund will provide access to two AASLH professional development opportunities that Cinnamon championed. In summer 2023, the fund will support up to five $1,000 scholarships for the Annual Conference. Beginning spring 2024, the fund will support a $1,000 scholarship for the Annual Conference and a $3,650 scholarship for the History Leadership Institute seminar. Eligible applicants include: those working in small museums, as either full-time or part-time paid or volunteer employees and who are institutional or individual members of AASLH; and Indigenous persons and those employed as staff members with a tribal organization, program, or collection. For guidance on what constitutes a small museum, see https://aaslh.org/communities/smallmuseums/.
These scholarships will remain available for all subsequent years that sufficient funds exist. Our fundraising goal is $25,000, of which 50 percent is already in hand. The fund will be spent down at a rate of $5,000/year over an anticipated 5 years.
You may contribute to the memorial fund with an online donation using the button below.
Or by sending your contribution to
AASLH, 2021 21st Ave South Ste. 320, Nashville, TN 37212.
Please be sure to write: “Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko Memorial Fund” in the check memo and/or in an accompanying note.