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October 17, 2017 - November 15, 2017
Monday, November 6, 2017
08:00 AM - 08:00 PM
2017 Wisconsin Museums Conference External Event Page
Cedarburg, Wisconsin
Venue: Cedarburg Cultural Center
Check the Federation website for information about the ​2017 Wisconsin Museums Conference, November 6, 2017 at the Cedarburg Cultural Center.
For more information, please email info@wisconsinmuseums.org.

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Sun, January 1 - Sun, December 31, 2017
Maine Archives and Museums Annual Conference
Cumberland Center, Maine
Venue: to be announced
Maine Archives and Museums holds an annual conference each fall (Oct in 2016) with a day-long slate of listening, learning, networking, and more. The annual meeting of MAM's membership also takes place at the conference each year--this is your chance as a MAM member to vote on new officers or changes in policy, or to address issues that affect the organization and its membership. The conference offers a mixture of sessions, workshops, networking opportunities, and a dynamic keynote address that will leave you feeling recharged, connected, and inspired with new ideas to assist you in the care and management of your collecting institution. Details to be announced.
www.mainemuseums.org/Conference
Sun, October 15 - Thu, October 19, 2017
2017 Annual Conference Mountain-Plains Museums Association (MPMA) External Event Page
Lakewood, Colorado
Venue: Sheraton Denver West Hotel
Western Altitude; Western Attitude. The Mountain-Plains Museums Association is a regional museum association in the West. Founded in 1953, MPMA has been at the forefront of museum professional development in this region. Its professional services and support are provided to museums and museum professionals in these ten states: Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas and Wyoming.
Tue, October 17 - Thu, October 19, 2017
ICME 2017 Annual Conference External Event Page
Washington, District of Columbia
Venue: National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI), Smithsonian Institution (SI) in Washington, DC
Internationale Committee for Museums of Ethnography is interested in how your museum or research is addressing historical and contemporary concerns related to Migration, Home, and Belonging. We are sending a wide call for papers, which can relate to the theme in a myriad of ways. Abstracts can outline how diverse audiences are making the museum a ‘home’ and how the museum facilitates them finding a sense of ‘belonging’ to their sites. Alternatively abstracts could discuss historical work on collections and consider ‘migration’ from the perspective of object biographies.
Tue, October 17 - Thu, October 19, 2017
2017 Annual Conference for Michigan Museum Association External Event Page
Lansing, Michigan
Venue: Radisson Hotel Lansing at the Capitol.
Sharing our Stories: The Role of Michigan Museums. For museum professionals, that question has an obvious answer. We are the stewards of the stories of our communities. From the objects we collect and preserve to our exhibits and programs; from the sense of place we provide and the tourism we drive— of course that is important. Of course museums are important. But that value is not always as obvious to those outside the field on whom we rely for support: our governments, our funders, and even to our visitors and communities. We need to tell our own story as well. We need to talk about how we are serving and who we are serving. In an ever-changing and unpredictable world, now is the time to emphasize our role. By preserving and sharing stories, museums advocate for the communities we represent. By sharing the stories of museums, we demonstrate our value to those we serve. Stories spark curiosity, inspire creativity, and build bridges. What are the stories of your museum? What are the stories of the Michigan museum community? The Michigan Museums Association (MMA) is now accepting session proposals for the 2017 conference. Together, let’s galvanize the role of Michigan’s museums
For more information, please email lcbrisson@michiganmuseums.org.
Wed, October 18 - Fri, October 20, 2017
2017 Illinois Association of Museums Annual Conference External Event Page
Mt. Vernon, Illinois
Venue: Cedarhurst Center for the Arts and the Jefferson County Historical Village will host our conference.
Make plans now to attend the IAM Annual Conference in beautiful Mt. Vernon in the heart of Southern Illinois! Cedarhurst Center for the Arts and the Jefferson County Historical Village will host our conference. Cedarhurst is best known for its significant collection of late 19th and early 20th century American paintings, exhibitions featuring regional and international artists, a 90 acre sculpture park, and an annual Art & Craft Fair held the weekend after Labor Day. The campus is stunning and features the Mitchell Museum building, 33,000-square-foot cultural center. If you've never been there, you are missing something spectacular! The Jefferson County Museum and the Village with its buildings and their contents, reflect life in Jefferson County from the mid 19th century to more recent years. Among the furnished buildings one finds homes of the 19th century, a one-room school, a log church and log jail, operating blacksmith and print shops, and merchandise in the general store. WE HOPE YOU WILL ATTEND!!!
Thu, October 19 - Sat, October 21, 2017
2017 MAAM Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh External Event Page
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Venue: Pittsburgh, Pa
Mark your calendars for the MAAM annual meeting to be held in Pittsburgh from October 19-21, 2017. Focused on the continuing MAAM theme to push the envelope, “Making Museums Matter: From Advocacy to Action” will address the centrality of audience and communities to the success of our institutions during changing times. Pittsburgh’s renaissance from a rust-belt city to an urban center of thriving ethnic neighborhoods, progressive philanthropy, “good eats,” and great museums and cultural institutions, is the perfect setting to enter into conversation and debate about the challenges and opportunities of the coming months. Watch the MAAM website early this spring for a call for session proposals for the conference in Pittsburgh. MAAM turns 70 in Pittsburgh, so there will be plenty to celebrate and reflect upon during this landmark conference.
Sat, October 21 - Tue, October 24, 2017
2017 Association of Science-Technology Centers Annual Conference External Event Page
San Jose, California
Venue: San Jose Convention Center
Make plans to attend the 2017 ASTC Annual Conference October 21–24 in San Jose, California, hosted by The Tech Museum of Innovation.
Wed, October 25 - Fri, October 27, 2017
2017 Annual Conference New England Museum Association External Event Page
Falmouth, Massachusetts
Venue: Sea Crest Beach Hotel
Truth & Trust: Museums in a Polarized Society. As the 2016 election confirmed, America is a divided nation. Political discourse is now so polarized, many people have a hard time relating to their ideological opposites. They believe the other side lives in an alternate universe, another planet, a reality completely alien and incomprehensible. /// The political process has upended our sense of reality. Politics have always employed embellishment and truth-shading as means to ends. But this past election season mendacity has become the norm. We are living in what is being called a “post-truth society.” With so many lies, falsehoods, and obfuscations masquerading as truth, it is hard to determine fact from fiction. Reality has become relative. Will our society ever see eye-to-eye again? /// In this context, museums offer a compass. Museum spaces and collections help people find clarity. When people encounter a work of art, an antiquity, a scientific breakthrough, a historical event, a wonder of nature, or any of the other things museums offer, they experience authenticity. This is why museums are considered among the most trusted sources of information today. /// How should museums use that trust? Can they employ it to redefine reality for communities bewildered by political crosscurrents? Is it possible for museums to help unify and heal our polarized society? Restore civility to our civic dialogue? Help unstick the wheels of government? /// Museums have an extraordinary responsibility to leverage their social capital in service to a divided nation. If there was ever a time when museums could demonstrate their value as essential to their communities, the time is now. Add your voice to this vital and timely discussion at the 99th NEMA Conference.
For more information, please call 781-641-0013
Tue, November 14 - Sat, November 18, 2017
National Association for Interpretation 2017 External Event Page
Spokane, Washington
Mark your calendars for NAI 2017, November 14-18 in Spokane, Washington! Immersed in rich cultural history and surrounding natural beauty, Spokane has long been a place where people gather to exchange goods and ideas. As Washington state’s second-largest destination (next to Seattle), the Spokane Valley is a hub for commerce, the environment and tourism. In its past and present, it is the largest trading hub for gathering tribes and businesses that include three states (Washington, Idaho, and Montana) and two Canadian provinces (British Columbia and Alberta). With a vibrant waterfall and river running through this urban metropolis, one can easily forget that they’re in the midst of a big city. Spokane offers the best of nature and heritage, proving to be an ideal location for this year’s national conference. The word “Spokane” comes from the local native community, meaning “Children of the Sun.” Join us in illuminating interpretation to our communities, ourselves, and future generations to come.

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