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Sun, February 19 - Tue, February 21, 2017
33rd Annual Small Museum Association Conference External Event Page
Hyattsville, Maryland
Venue: Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
The annual SMA conference attracts more than 250 museum professionals, board members, and volunteers from a wide variety of small museums. They attend sessions on topics ranging from collections and education to staffing and board issues. We offer a large Museum Resource Hall and plenty of informal networking opportunities for you to talk with (and get ideas from!) other small museum professionals and volunteers.
For more information, please email conference@smallmuseum.org.
Sun, March 5 - Tue, March 7, 2017
2017 Conference for Mississippi Museums Association External Event Page
Natchez, Mississippi
Venue: The Natchez Grand Hotel and Suites
“Museums Reinterpreted” //// As museums push into the 21st Century, they must continue to interpret and reinterpret their exhibits and missions to engage the public and remain relevant. Each generation has a different perspective on life and we must continue to find ways to maintain and encourage the interests of visitors to our museums.
Wed, March 8 - Fri, March 10, 2017
2017 South Carolina Federation of Museums Conference External Event Page
Walterboro, South Carolina
Venue: Colleton Museum and Farmers Market
Operation: Conserve, Preserve & Serve.
For more information, please email scfm@southcarolinamuseums.org .
Wed, March 8 - Sat, March 11, 2017
2017 Annual Montana Association of Museums Conference External Event Page
Kalispell,, Montana
Venue: Red Lion Hotel
“MAM: Turns Fabulous Fifty in the Flathead” /////// Just some of our presentations: Engaging the Millennial Generation: How to Get 15-35 Year-Olds into Your Museum /// Montana Community Foundation Grant Opportunities /// Share Your Collections Online: Montana Memory Project /// Gift Shop Roundtable: Let’s Talk Museum Gift Shop /// Making Field Trips Successful for Montana Teachers & Students /// Why is it Always the Board’s Fault? Understanding Board Roles and Responsibilities ... AND MORE ...
Wed, March 15 - Fri, March 17, 2017
Tennessee Association of Museums 2017 Conference External Event Page
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
Venue: Holiday Inn Hotel and Convention Center in Pigeon Forge
Museums of Many Colors: 57 Annual Conference. The Tennessee Association of Museums invites you to the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, March 15-17, for its 2017 Annual Conference! Museums, historic sites, national park sites, craft galleries, and entertainment venues that blend mountain heritage with modern tourist amenities surround the conference hotel, the Holiday Inn Hotel and Convention Center in Pigeon Forge. Also nearby is Dollywood, the “homespun” attraction of local-girl- turned-international-icon Dolly Parton. Parton’s 1971 hit, “Coat of Many Colors,” serves as inspiration for this year’s conference theme, Museums of Many Colors.
For more information, please call 615-495-3354 or email tnmuseums@gmail.com.
Sun, March 26 - Mon, March 27, 2017
2017 Annual Meeting of North Carolina Museums Council External Event Page
WILMINGTON, North Carolina
Venue: HILTON WILMINGTON RIVERSIDE
Join Us For the 2017 Annual Meeting, in Wilmington, NC. Our theme this year is: Bridging the Gap: Strengthening Community Relations” March 26-27, 2017
Sun, March 26 - Tue, March 28, 2017
PA Museums’ 2017 Annual Statewide Conference, Challenges and Change External Event Page
Erie, Pennsylvania
Venue: Check the Federations website for location.
Pennsylvania’s museums, historical societies, zoos, science centers, and historic sites step up to challenges amidst continuous change happening inside and outside of our organizations. PA Museums invites you to the city of Erie for our 2017 annual conference to explore our past, present, and future challenges. Throughout our conference, we will focus on changes in our field and in our communities. Our audiences and communities are changing, and our assumptions about visitors’ expectations may need to be revisited. Finding funding for museums and cultural organizations continues to challenge us. Although we may sometimes resist change, the challenges of satisfying the needs of those we serve will push us ahead. Our conference in Erie will bring us together for educational sessions and case studies, presentations from inspiring keynote speakers, tours of Erie’s cultural assets, opportunities to connect with our colleagues, and a celebration of outstanding work at our annual awards presentation. We hope to see you there.
For more information, please call 717-909-4950 or email rusty.baker@pamuseums.org.
Fri, March 31 - Sun, April 2, 2017
WEST VIRGINIA ASSOCIATION OF MUSEUMS 2017 Conference External Event Page
Pipestem, West Virginia
Venue: PIPESTEM RESORT STATE PARK
The recent devastating flood that affected 44 counties in West Virginia reminds us that we must be ever-vigilant in preparing for the unexpected within our collections and sites. Emergencies that endanger our sites and collections can strike at any time and being prepared for those unexpected events can make all the difference. WVAM’S 2017 ANNUAL CONFERENCE WILL BEGIN AT 9:30AM ON FRIDAY, MARCH 31 AND CONCLUDE AT 1:30PM ON SUNDAY, APRIL 2.
For more information, please call 304-232-3087 or email museumsofwv@gmail.com.
Sun, April 2 - Mon, April 3, 2017
Ohio Museums Association 2017 Annual Conference External Event Page
Toledo, Ohio
Venue: check OMA website
The one thing constant is change. With our world growing more complex every day, change within museums isn’t just inevitable, it’s necessary to remain critical, meaningful and relevant to our communities. Across Ohio, museums are using this idea to transform their institutions – paving the way with innovative programming and ideas, audience engagement, sustainability, collections care and more – to enhance and support their mission and better serve their community. With the wealth of innovation happening in Ohio museums comes the opportunity for us to share knowledge- what’s worked, what didn’t, and what we learned from it all. Join us in Toledo, April 2nd and 3rd as we explore these topics and more at the 2017 Ohio Museums Association’s Annual Conference, Transforming Museums: Secrets to Success. OMA is looking for innovative and engaging sessions that will create an interactive experience for our conference attendees.
For more information, please email oma@ohiohistory.org.
Sun, April 2 - Tue, April 4, 2017
Museum Association of New York 2017 Conference External Event Page
Saratoga Springs, New York
Venue: National Museum of Dance & The Gideon Putnam
MUSEUMS TRIFECTA: INSPIRE, EXPERIMENT, TRANSFORM. Museums continually work to inspire and engage their audiences, develop innovative programming and make lasting connections. They experiment with new strategies in collections management, interpretation and exhibition design. Visitors are changing the way museums think about themselves. Museums are responding by working to transform visitor and donor perceptions of their institutions to be essential and vital resources in their communities. Join museum professionals from across the state to share how your institution is changing trends, testing boundaries and altering views.
Mon, April 3 - Tue, April 4, 2017
2017 Nebraska Museum Association Conference External Event Page
Lincoln, Nebraska
Collections 101: Back to the Basics. Celebrate Nebraska’s Sesquicentennial with the Nebraska Museums Association in the Capitol City. The theme of the 2017 NMA Conference is Collections 101. Sessions, talks, and round table discussions will focus on getting back to the basics on collections management, artifact preservation, and improving access through programming and exhibits. Keynote Speaker: Trevor Jones, new Director/CEO of the Nebraska State Historical Society. Presentation: Harris Payne from the Nebraska Department of Education will also be giving a brief talk on some potential schools collaborations for museums statewide. NMA has reserved a block of rooms the Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel for $106 per night.
Tue, April 4 - Fri, April 7, 2017
Texas Annual Conference 2017 External Event Page
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Venue: Abilene, TX - details to be published on TAM website
Reach the largest gathering of museum professionals in Texas.
Thu, April 20 - Sat, April 22, 2017
Colorado - Wyoming 2017 Conference External Event Page
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Venue: Boulder, CO
Elevate: Supporting Culture in Communities: The Colorado-Wyoming Association of Museums invites you to share your ideas, knowledge, and experience with our membership by presenting at the 2017 Annual Meeting!
Tue, May 2 - Fri, May 5, 2017
InterActivity 2017 for Association of Children's Museums External Event Page
Pasadena, California
Venue: Pasadena Convention Center
This year’s program features seven thematic session streams and nine session formats showcasing the creativity and innovation that define our field. Each stream takes a holistic look at our evolving institutions, while the formats help to promote experiential learning. Visit our website to create your own learning experience at InterActivity 2017.
For more information, please call 703-224-3100 or email ACM@ChildrensMuseums.org.
Sun, May 7 - Wed, May 10, 2017
AAM 2017 Annual Meeting and MuseumExpo in St. Louis  External Event Page
St. Louis, Missouri
Venue: America's Center Convention Complex St. Louis‎
The largest gathering of museum professionals in the world, the AAM Annual Meeting brings together authoritative voices and information pioneers to deliver world-class professional development experiences for the 5,000+ individuals who participate. Learn what exhibitors have long known—that a presence at MuseumExpo leads to a significant increase in museum market share. MuseumExpo offers your organization top-level exposure to decision-makers across the museum leadership spectrum.
Wed, May 10 - Sat, May 13, 2017
NGS 2017 Family History Conference  External Event Page
Raleigh, North Carolina
Venue: Raleigh Convention Center
Energize Your Research and Sharpen Your Family History Skills at the NGS 2017 Family History Conference. You can choose from more than 175 sessions designed to help advance your research by learning about techniques and resources to discover your roots and build your family tree. Join our experts and genealogists from all over the U.S. and beyond, for four exciting days in Raleigh, May 2017.
For more information, please call 703-525-0050 or email ngs@ngsgenealogy.org.
Fri, June 9 - Tue, June 13, 2017
2017 ALHFAM Annual Meeting External Event Page
Henrietta, New York
Venue: Headquartered at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Inn and Conference Center
The 2017 The Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums (ALHFAM) Annual Meeting will be hosted by Genesee Country Village & Museum and take place June 9-13, 2017, with two days of professional workshops and field trips on June 9 and 10. We will be headquartered at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Inn and Conference Center in Henrietta, NY. The theme of the meeting is "Breaking Through Barriers: Living History in Modern Times," encouraging attendees to "consider how their own museum, business or program has, or will, evolve to remove barriers that may inhibit growth, creativity, access to collections and information, communication, or even survival."
For more information, please email info@alhfam.org.
Sun, June 18 - Wed, June 21, 2017
2017 Annual Conference Virginia Association of Museums External Event Page
ROANOKE,, Virginia
Venue: Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center
VAM is excited to travel to Virginia's Blue Ridge for its 49th annual meeting, and we appreciate your interest in taking part. As the premier organization supporting the vast museum community in the Commonwealth of Virginia and District of Columbia, we provide quality continuing education and fun networking events for our members at affordable rates. VAM's conference brings together nearly 500 museum professionals, students and businesses from across the east coast for one of the largest state museum conferences in the country.
For more information, please call 804-358-3170
Mon, June 19 - Fri, June 23, 2017
2017 Annual American Public Gardens Association Conference External Event Page
Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
Venue: HOST GARDENS: Niagara Parks Commission, Royal Botanical Gardens
Celebrating Connections. The Association will be bringing its best to the Canadian Province of Ontario for the 2017 Annual Conference, Celebrating Connections. Canada will be celebrating its 150th Anniversary, so there is no better time to visit some of its oldest, most prestigious gardens. Members from gardens large and small will present exciting new research, best practices, creative innovations, and engaging stories. Plan to attend to share your best, and network with peers! //// Our Host City is Hamilton, ontario!
Wed, June 21 - Fri, June 23, 2017
2017 WaMA’s Annual Conference in Moses Lake External Event Page
Moses Lake, Washington
“Oasis - As you walk through the desert of life, may you always find your oasis…” //// For visitors museums serve as an oasis full of precious items and inspiring stories. They can transport visitors to places far from the everyday world. But for museum professionals, that place of respite can sometimes be a mirage. Hectic deadlines, limited funds, long hours, and public indifference can lead museum workers to search for well-traveled paths through the desert. Thankfully there are sources of support; like desert blooms, museum professionals are finding ways to tap deep into those sources to restore beauty. Just as water runs beneath the surface of an arid desert, your WaMA colleagues offer wellsprings to create your personal oasis. Rediscover your personal haven and share it with others at the 2017 WaMA Annual Meeting in Moses Lake, WA.
Wed, July 12 - Sat, July 15, 2017
Association of Midwest Museums 2017 Conference External Event Page
Des Moines, Iowa
Venue: Embassy Suites by Hilton Des Moines Downtown,
The Association of Midwest Museums (AMM) and Iowa Museums Association (IMA) invite you to join us in Des Moines, Iowa on July 12-15, 2017 to celebrate the long history of museums in the Midwest and explore the role and impact of museums in their communities. As seen in Des Moines, museums working collaboratively with other organizations can transform a city into a vibrant arts community and help it to become a destination for young and old. The 2017 AMM Annual Conference and Meeting “Strong Roots and Thriving Communities” will include a diverse line-up of workshops, sessions, events, and keynote speakers. We will also be bringing back Community Flash Talks featuring Iowa movers and shakers as well as introducing a few new activities in the spirit of our theme of “community,” including group yoga in the morning and an emerging professional networking event.
Mon, July 31 - Fri, August 4, 2017
39th Annual Conference of the Association of African American Museums (AAAM) External Event Page
Washington, District of Columbia
Venue: Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History & Culture (NMAAHC)
The 39th Annual Conference of the Association of African American Museums (AAAM) will be held in Washington, DC July 31 – August 4, 2017 and hosted by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History & Culture (NMAAHC). The conference will promote an understanding of social movements – Civil Rights, Black Power and Black Studies – that fostered racial consciousness in the 1960s and cultivated the creation of Black Museums over the past 50 years. This one-of-a-kind conference will bring together representatives from over 200 museums, libraries, HBCU’s, historic sites and cultural centers in the United States, the Caribbean and Latin America. The Association played a pivotal role in museum activism since the movement to establish African-American places of memory as museums, archives, and libraries began. Presenters are invited to submit proposals that emphasize best practices and sustainable models for advancing the possibilities of these spaces through partnerships, collaborations, and socially responsive initiatives.
For more information, please email aaamconference@gmail.com.
Wed, August 23 - Sun, August 27, 2017
2017 Association of Nature Center Administrators Summit External Event Page
Nauvoo, Alabama
Venue: McDowell Environmental Education Conference Center
ANCA's Summits are held each summer at a nature center from various locations throughout the United States. Summits are structured to bring nature and environmental learning center administrators together for information-sharing, mentoring, training, and professional networking. ANCA prides itself on offering a facilitated discussion format during the Summit, recognizing the tremendous value gained by sharing peer knowledge and experience of others in the field.
For more information, please call 435-787-8209
Sat, September 9 - Wed, September 13, 2017
2017 Association of Z00s & Aquariums Annual Conference External Event Page
Indianapolis, Indiana
Venue: All meetings, program sessions, General Sessions, and Exhibit Hall events will take place at the Ind
Hosted by the Indianapolis Zoo. The Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) Annual Conference is the largest, most comprehensive zoo and aquarium professionals’ event in the country. The Conference offers attendees valuable networking and learning opportunities, and the chance to explore cutting-edge product and service providers. A draft program will be available online in early June.
Wed, September 20 - Fri, September 22, 2017
Oklahoma Museums Association Annual Fall Conference for 2017
Lawton, Oklahoma
Venue: Hilton Garden Inn Lawton Fort Sill Convention Center
With over 18 relevant sessions to plan, we want your input! The theme of the 2017 conference is Museums as Community Catalysts. You can submit a session proposal below or you can email us at info@okmuseums.org and let us know what topics you are interested in having presented! Either way, the conference is about you – our Oklahoma museum professionals – and having your input on the 2017 conference will make it even more powerful and meaningful.
Wed, September 20 - Sat, September 23, 2017
Western Museums Association’s 2017 Annual Meeting External Event Page
Tulsa, Oklahoma
The Western Museums Association’s 2017 Annual Meeting in partnership with the Alberta Museums Association will be held in Edmonton, Alberta on September 20-23, 2017. The theme of the 2017 Annual Meeting is UNITE, and will focus on the ways museums can demonstrate courageous leadership, undertake controversial projects, and make a positive impact in their communities. The Western Museums Association’s (WMA) Annual Meeting is known as a premier venue for those who work in the museum industry to exchange ideas and best practices, network with colleagues, and learn from each other by attending valuable sessions. Attendees come away inspired and energized about their profession. Upon returning home, they seek out opportunities to grow and further the creative culture that is the foundation of our society.
For more information, please call 707-433-4701 or email wma@westmuse.org.
Wed, September 27 - Fri, September 29, 2017
Minnesota Association of Museums 2017 Annual Conference External Event Page
Ely , Minnesota
We're bringing museums together: Museums make Minnesota a better place to live, learn, and work. The Minnesota Association of Museums is a nonprofit organization that exists to provide a network and forum for individuals who work in and with museums throughout the state. MAM offers a framework for cooperation and communication among the state’s museums, giving members the opportunity to meet and share resources with colleagues from throughout Minnesota
Wed, October 4 - Sun, October 8, 2017
2017 Oral History Association Annual Meeting External Event Page
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Venue: Hilton Minneapolis Hotel
Make plans to attend the 2017 OHA Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The annual meeting attracts a broad range of people and features the best work in the field. The meeting enables students and both emerging and established scholars to network and learn valuable skills. The theme for 2017 is Engaging Audiences: Oral History and the Public.
Mon, October 9 - Thu, October 12, 2017
2017 International Conference of Indigenous Archives, Libraries, and Museums External Event Page
Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico
Venue: Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa
Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums' conferences represent the world's largest and most significant gatherings of people dedicated to sustaining and advancing indigenous cultures. With a reputation for providing the very best in programming, as well as serving as an essential forum for the advancement of issues important to archives, libraries, museums, language programs, and historical preservation offices, ATALM conferences attract capacity audiences each year.
For more information, please email atalminfo@gmail.com.
Wed, October 11 - Fri, October 13, 2017
Utah 2107 Annual Conference - Community Impact External Event Page
Vernal, Utah
Venue: Uintah Conference Center
What is the impact of your museum? There are various kinds of impact - social, community, economic, collective - and each is a testament to the relevance and necessity of museums in Utah's cultural landscape. Amid the diversions and distractions of modern society and technology, we are committed to connecting individuals with deeper moments of learning, appreciation, and clarity. To continue this work we need support, resources, and focus. It is imperative that we not only understand the impact of our organization, but how that impact can become a powerful advocacy tool in furthering a museum's mission and goals.
For more information, please email info@utahmuseums.org.
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 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