Recording a Disaster: The 2013 Flood and the Practice of Oral HistoryNaomi Gerakios Mucci, Archives Assistant, Water Resources Archive, Colorado State University; Tessa Moening, Research Associate, Public Lands History Center, Colorado State University – This session will cover how research associates at the Public Lands History Center designed and approached the creation of an extensive oral history collection following the September 2013 flooding that affected much of Northern Colorado. Presenters will cover methodology, best practices, and techniques in oral history and how these can be implemented in archives and museums.
Interpretation: Education with a PurposeMargo Carlock, Executive Director, National Association for Interpretation – What is interpretation and how does it differ from education? This session will look at the role of interpretation in public programming and discuss interpretation as a profession. We will hear how the National Association for Interpretation inspires leadership and excellence to advance heritage interpretation through networking, training, and certification.
Noon – 1:45 Lunch, On Your Own
Noon – 1:45 New/Old CWAM Board Lunch Meeting
1:45 – 3:00 Thought Café Poster Sessions
Certification in InterpretationMargo Carlock, Executive Director, National Assoc. for Interpretation – This Thought Cafe presentation will introduce the National Association for Interpretation and highlight its various certificate programs: Certified Interpretative Guide, Certified Interpretative Host, Certified Heritage Interpreter, Certified Interpretive Planner, Certified Interpretative Manager, and Certified Interpretative Trainer.
The Colorado Encyclopedia: Expanding the Museum ExperienceJosephine Jones, Managing Editor, Colorado Encyclopedia, Colorado Humanities; Nick Johnson, Editorial Assistant, Colorado Encyclopedia, Colorado Humanities – The Colorado Encyclopedia will be a collaborative online resource for all things Colorado. The project is led by Colorado Humanities, a nonprofit affiliated with the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Smithsonian, and other national resources for museums. Relying on scholars and professionals from CSU-Fort Collins, the University Press of Colorado, and History Colorado, the Encyclopedia will deliver an interactive cultural experience by offering engaging, scholarly reviewed articles as well as downloadable educational content for students and teachers. It will also act as a supplement museum experience, providing visitors with a resource to deepen their knowledge about exhibits and giving local curators the opportunity to broadcast their exhibits and local history to a wider audience via a popular, accessible, and professionally promoted website.
Comment Boards: The Value of Passive Audience InteractionBetsy Martinson, Program Administrator, Buffalo Bill Museum & Grave – When you are seeking the “pulse” of your visitor, there is no easier method than a public comment board. Gathering thoughts and opinions from visitors can, among other things, help test success, identify information gaps, and provide input for future exhibit design and content. Let’s talk logistics: creating boards for different situations, types of questions you may want to ask, tips for ongoing maintenance, and even how new information might be put to use later.
CWAM Grants: The What’s, Why’s, and How’sBrooke Rohde, Curator of Collections, University of Denver Museum of Anthropology, and CWAM Grants Co-chair; Anne Amati, Registrar, University of Denver Museum of Anthropology, and CWAM Grants Co-chair – Often a small amount of cash can turn a good museum project into a great museum project. The CWAM Grants Program offers competitive grants up to $500. Come to our table to explore grant ideas and learn more about how your museum could benefit from a CWAM Grant.
How to Manage Without the “Real Thing”Jesse Dutton-Kenny, Graduate Student Assistant in Anthropology Collections, University of Colorado Museum of Natural History – What are the different collections management strategies one can employ when dealing with replicas, casts and molds, and other instances where they objects are not the originals? Using a small archaeological casts and molds collection as a case study, we examine how to deal with topics including: accessioning, numbering protocols, archival materials, and the process of cataloging and data management when you have data on both originals and replicas. There are several challenges presented by these types of objects and we aim to show how to best care for their unique needs.
IMLS Museum Universe Data File: Is Your Museum Listed Correctly?Katie March, Interpretation Coordinator, Golden History Museums, and CWAM Advocacy Team Leader – Have you taken a look at the IMLS Museum Universe Data File (MUDF) and wondered – Does the US really have 35,000 museums? How did they count these museums? What defines a museum? Is my museum listed correctly? What is CWAM doing to verify information for Colorado and Wyoming museums? Stop by the Thought Café to ask questions about the MUDF and to verify that your museum’s information is correct.
Considerations for Cataloguing: Funding, Preservation and Resources for an Art Museum ProjectMollie Piron, Collections Specialist, Nicolaysen Art Museum – This poster session is an overview of a collection project at the Nicolaysen Art Museum. Practical considerations such as equipment, funding, and preservation for cataloguing an extensive collection of art and ephemera related to the mid-20th century Wyoming artist Conrad Schwiering will be highlighted. This work is being completed by a Museum Studies major under the guidance of the museum registrar.
One Museum, Two Museum, Three Museum, Four…Cindy Hines, Executive Director, Frontier Historical Society and Museum – Learn how a group of historical societies and museums came together to become the Four Rivers Historical Alliance to actively promote cultural heritage tourism throughout out four river region. This historical alliance, located along the Colorado, Roaring Fork, Crystal, and Eagle Rivers, has completed an inventory of our local cultural historical assets and resources, including identifying and documenting many of these assets. The group collaborates by sharing resources among members and partners, providing technical assistance and educational programs. The alliance promotes our group’s events as well as events for each of the member organizations, allowing them to reach a wider audience. We have actively promoted cultural heritage tourism with the production of a map of historical sites that is distributed through museums, chambers and visitors’ centers throughout the region. Our historic site map recently received and honorable mention form History Colorado’s Josephine H. Miles award.
3:00 – 3:15 Refreshment Break
3:15 – 4:30 Sessions
Museums, Tribes, and Donors: Building a Collaborative ArchiveJen Shannon, Curator of Anthropology, University of Colorado Museum of Natural History; Christina Cain, Anthropology Collections Manager, University of Colorado Museum of Natural History – This session will highlight two aspects of a collaborative project undertaken by the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History. The first portion of the session will address how to gain intellectual control and assist a donor in meeting digitization best practices on the front end of a born-digital donation. The second portion will illustrate how the Museum, along with members of the Mandan Hidatsa Arikara Nation, and the State Historical Society of North Dakota worked together to develop an interactive website of historic images to facilitate community members in identifying subjects, locations, dates, and people present in archival materials. Whereas often-times collections of photographs are donated to museums with little associated information regarding their content, collaborative efforts with communities can be an effective way to gain greater intellectual control over collections as well as build long-lasting relationships.
Community Voice in your Museum Planning Location: Moffat RoomIrina Fartushnikova, Curator of Interpretation, Wyoming State Museum; Mark Brammer, Supervisor of Museum Programs and Exhibitions, Wyoming State Museum; Jennifer Alexander, Supervisor of Collections, Wyoming State Museum – In 2013 the Wyoming State Museum embarked on an ambitious project to re-design all of its galleries, and to create a new Master Interpretive Plan to guide the museum into the future. To do so, the museum hired a professional design firm and reached out to Wyoming community to guide the development. This session will discuss how the WSM navigated this process, from evaluating design proposals, identifying community stakeholders and getting them involved and engaged, identifying funding sources, and keeping the momentum going over a long period of time. No big redesigns in your immediate future? Session attendees will be able to apply lessons learned by the WSM to planning a variety of projects that require wide community participation.
Part 1: Crafting a Museum Database from Scratch or Improving the One You Have! An Introduction to Collections Databases for Small MuseumsBridget O’Toole, Registrar, History Colorado; Heather Thorwald, Registrar, Denver Museum of Nature & Science; Brittney Scholnick, Associate Collections Manager/Registrar, University of Colorado Art Museum; Isabel Tovar, Associate Registrar/ Database Administrator, Denver Art Museum – What is a database and why is it important? Do you know what common pieces of information are needed to create a functional museum database? This session will provide a general overview of planning and producing an effective database with little to no capital investment. We will show how having a working database helps you access your data more quickly, manage your time effectively, better serve your community, and increase your institution’s relevance. We will cover the basics, including data entry standards, an overview on lexicons and how to attach images or files to your records. We will cover how to streamline and combine information from multiple sources to be able to easily search your collections and share your data with your communities, helping to make your institution more relevant. Bring your own MAC, PC and data. We will work with what we have to make this a productive workshop. *Participants should bring their own MAC or PC laptop, and data to work with, including spreadsheets, documents or pdfs on a disc, flash-drive, or other device. *This is a prerequisite for the Part 2 workshop on Saturday
4:30 – 6:00 Free Time or Knitting Happy Hour
6:00 – 9:30 Cocktail Hour / Evening Banquet / Silent & Live Auctions at Center of Craig
The festivities will open with the cocktail hour and silent auction. Enjoy a fun but elegant banquet at the Center of the Craig while bidding on anything or everything brought from Colorado and Wyoming museums far and wide. Proceeds from the silent and live auctions support the CWAM scholarship program, so give generously! Dinner will be followed by the live auction. Close out the night with a short play about outlaw Ann Bassett presented by the locals!