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Annual Workshop Series 2015-2016

ARCHAEOLOGY IN ACTION 
Monday, November 9, 2015
Historic Jamestowne
Jamestown, Virginia

 

Learn about recent discoveries that Historic Jamestowne's archaeological team has unearthed and how that research is transformed into state of the art programming by its educational team using mapping, 3D modeling and printing. Surrounded by the historic landscape of the first permanent English settlement in North America, we will visit the Archaearium, which pairs the spectacular finds of the Jamestown Rediscovery Project with oversized period paintings to weave a narrative about the first settlers and the struggles they endured. Additionally, we will visit dig sites, the vault, Ed Shed, and New Town, plus see how history is brought to life through hands-on demonstrations of 3D printing. 

 

Speakers: 
Bill Warder, National Park Ranger, National Park Service
Mark Summers, Manager of Public and Educational Programs, Jamestown Rediscovery
Danny Schmidt, Senior Staff Archaeologist, Jamestown Rediscovery 
Jamie May, Senior Staff Archaeologist, Jamestown Rediscovery 
Michael Lavin, Senior Conservator, Jamestown Rediscovery
Jeff Aronowitz, Assistant Manager of Public and Educational Programs, Jamestown Rediscovery
Dr. Bernard Means, Director of Virtual Curation Laboratory, Virginia Commonwealth University
Lisa Fischer, Director of Digital Initiatives, Jamestown Rediscovery 
VAM Certificate in Museum Management Credit: Exhibitions OR Education and Outreach

MUSEUMS AT THE NEXUS OF CRISIS: THE CONFEDERATE EMBLEM AS CASE STUDY
Monday, November 16, 2015
The American Civil War Museum
Appomattox, Virginia

 

Join VAM for a fascinating discussion focused on current events and the topic of the Confederate flag and emblem as a case study for managing crisis and sensitive issues. We are fortunate to have staff from operations, marketing, collections, and leadership departments of the American Civil War Museum sharing their perspectives, experiences, and advice. 

 

Speakers:
Staff of the American Civil War Museum, including:
Christy Coleman, Co-CEO
Waite Rawls, Co-CEO
Patrick Saylor, Director, Marketing Communications
John Coski, Historian
Bob Sayre, Interim Retail and Visitor Services Director
VAM Certificate in Museum Management Credit: Internal Affairs OR External Affairs

BUILDING THE FRONT LINE TEAM YOU WANT
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library 
Staunton, Virginia

 

Front line staff are your best advocates and often the only face museum visitors meet. Learn the differences and intricacies of training and maintaining paid and unpaid staff to craft a top notch experience both behind the scenes and out front. 

 

Speakers: 
Linnea Grim, Director of Education & Visitor Programs, Thomas Jefferson Foundation
Lauren Patton, Docent Coordinator, The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia
Emily Tenhundfeld, Volunteer and Intern Coordinator, Thomas Jefferson Foundation
Jillian Tucker, Office Coordinator, Thomas Jefferson Foundation
VAM Certificate in Museum Management Credit: Internal Affairs OR Education/Outreach 

PHILANTHROPY FORUM: DONOR RETENTION & CROWDFUNDING
Virginia Museum of Transportation
Roanoke, Virginia
Monday, May 9, 2016

 

VAM heads to the Star City for a full day of development training at the Virginia Museum of Transportation. Learn how to attract increased awareness and income through online crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter which have proved extremely successful in project based fundraising. But how do you start and which ones are the best to use? Come hear about the pros and cons and lesssons learned from colleagues in the field who've tackled this modern fundrasing tool. In addition, learn the inside scoop on donor retention, a task that is often overlooked in the development process yet in reality costs less in time and resources than searching for new donors. 

 

Speakers:
Allan Burrows, President, Capital Development
Jeff Liverman, Executive Director, Jacksonville Center for the Arts
Dr. Jessica Turner, Museum Director, Birthplace of Country Music
VAM Certificate in Museum Management Credit: External Affairs

BOTH A BORROWER & LENDER BE
Friday, May 20, 2016
Science Museum of Virginia
Richmond, Virginia

 

Learn how to ready a panel exhibition for travel as well as what to expect on the receiving end, plus how to work with multiple lenders – both public and private – when borrowing objects for exhibitions. Items covered include: forms, insurance, transportation, responsibilities, and making “the ask”. 

 

Speakers:  
Barbara Batson, Exhibitions Coordinator, Library of Virginia 
Mary Helen Dellinger, Curator, Manassas Museum
Rebecca Rose, Registrar, Virginia Historical Society   
VAM Certificate in Museum Management Credit: Collections OR Exhibitions

SEEING THE FOREST FOR THE TREES: UNTANGLING YOUR COLLECTIONS MESS
Monday, June 6, 2016
Hermitage Museum & Gardens 
Norfolk, Virginia

 

Whether you've inherited an overwhelming collection or continue to maneuver through piles of cannonballs, VAM's next workshop is an essential event for anyone who handles artifacts or archives. From learning how to organize collections areas and about low cost storage solutions, to creating a collections management plan, come hear practical collections advice to make your life easier. 
Change your mindset about what is acceptable in collections care
Hear practical stories about storage cleanup and low cost solutions for caring for your artifacts
Learn about resources for collections management and how to make a case for your collections
Realize long term goals by making software decisions and learning the steps toward accreditation

 

Speakers: 
Beth Austin, Hampton History Museum
Colin Brady, Hermitage Museum and Gardens
Diane Cripps, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum
Harold Jacobson, Petersburg Museums
VAM Certificate in Museum Management Credit: Collections

 

 

 

Annual Workshop Series 2014-2015

 

DOING MORE WITH LESS, WITH VOLUNTEERS
Date: Friday, November 14, 2014
Location:  Virginia Holocaust Museum; Richmond, VA 
Speakers: Jenny Callear, Program Director, VCU AmeriCorps; Charles Coulomb, Deputy Director and Matt Simpson, Director of Guest Services, Virginia Holocaust Museum; Susan Loden,  Army Volunteer Corp Coordinator, Fort Lee

 

THE REAL IMPACT OF SPECIAL EVENTS 
Date: Friday, December 5, 2014
Location: Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont; Fredericksburg, VA
Speakers: Jaime Fawcett, Executive Director, Edgar Allan Poe Museum; Betsy Labar, Special Events Manager, Gari Melchers Home and Studio; Barbara Ziman Historian/Events & Marketing Coordinator, Sully Historic Site
 
COLLECTIONS HANDLING ESSENTIALS FOR YOU AND THE PUBLIC
Date: Thursday, December 11, 2014
Location: Muscarelle Museum of Art at College of William and Mary; Williamsburg, VA
Confirmed Speakers: Dana Puga, Prints & Photograph Collections Specialist, Library of Virginia; Colleen Callahan, The Costume and Textile Specialists; Sarah Stango Speaker Gold Leaf Studios; Melissa Parris, Curator, Muscarelle Museum of Art

 

THE COLLECTIONS CONUNDRUM OF DEACCESSIONING
Date: Friday, April 10, 2015
Location: The Lyceum: Alexandria’s History Museum; Alexandria, VA
Speakers: Jeanne Niccolls, Circuit Riders consultant; Catherine Dean, former conservator at Virginia Department of Historic Resources; Meghan Townes, Visual Studies Collections Registrar, Library of Virginia
 
ARE YOU AGE WAVE READY? MOVING FORWARD WITH THE BOOMERS
Date: Monday, March 23, 2015
Location: Monticello; Charlottesville, VA
Speakers: Celeste Fetta, Chief Educator, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts; Sara Link, Director of the Greater Richmond Age Wave Readiness Coalition, Agewell Virginia; James Brooks, Associate State Director, AARP
 
TECHNOLOGY TRENDS
Date: Friday, June 5, 2015
Locations: Virginia Historical Society; Richmond, VA
Speakers: Matthew Gibson and Peter Hedlund, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities; Evan Liddiard, Virginia Historical Society; Tracy Bradford and Amanda Vtipilson, U.S. Army Women's Museum

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