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2018 Conference Handouts


Thank you for joining us at VAM's 2018 Annual Conference. You will find a variety of presentations and associated handouts provided by the conference presenters for the conference sessions listed below. More links to handouts will be added as they are submitted.


2018 Annual Conference
Hilton Norfolk The Main
Norfolk, Virginia

March 10 - 13, 2018


After the conference, you can come here download a copy of this year's participant list, if you'd like to catch up with colleagues who attended with you.


Sunday, March 11, 2018




  • Archaeology, Preservation, and Education Outreach for the Small Museum
  • Building Toward 2019: Community and Partner Engagement in American Evolution
  • Developing an Action Plan to Become More Inclusive
  • Education Vacation: How to Start a Summer Camp at Your Museum
  • Incorporating Contemporary Art into Your Historic Site
  • Interpretation and Restoration Strategies Using Digital Technologies

Monday, March 12, 2018



  • Town Hall: The New SOLs: What Museums Need to Know


  • ABCs of Tourism Sales for Non-Sales People (PDF)
  • Approaches to Managing Large-Scale Collection Projects
  • Balancing the Preservation Needs of the Collection with the Integrity Needs of the Building
  • Bridging the Generations: Museums as Community Anchors
  • Starting a Board Diversity Assessment
  • Using Museums to Build 21st Century Skills


  • Creative Donor Cultivation
  • Power Up Your Network!
  • HVAC and the Historic House Museum: What the Hell Happened? 
  • Incorporating Oral History into Museum Exhibitions
  • Measuring What Matters: Evaluation Case Studies
  • Unintended Interpretation

4:15pm-5:15pm Pop-up Sessions

  • Civil War Interpretation in 2018 and Beyond
  • Government Collections Conundrums: Tackling Legal Issues in State and Local Museum Collections
  • Hidden Virginia History on Film
  • How Does Tax Reform Impact Charitable Giving: Issues & Opportunities
  • Museums & Performance 
  • State of EMPs in the Museum Field

Tuesday, March 21, 2017



  • Amazing Exhibits with Little Money and Barely Any Space
  • Dealing with Difficult Conversations in Your Work
  • Goals and Gaps to Greatness!
  • Innovative Campaigns (Link)
  • Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Oh My! Sharing Tips and Strategies for Collections Care from the Historic Houses of Our Founding Fathers
  • Wines, Steins, and Moonshines: Incorporating Alcohol into Your Museum’s Programming

Thank You Conference 2018 Sponsors

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