Friday, April 29

  • 7am: CWAM 5k Fun Run (Ramkota Hotel Lobby)
  • 9-10am: Plenary Speaker: Tom Rea (Ramkota Theater)
  • 10:15-11:30am: Sessions at the Ramkota Hotel

Preserving Basketry Collections: Information, Materials, and Access (Collections track) – Jesse Dutton-Kenny

For museums working to gain control over collections that are under-studied or not well housed it can be a challenge to decide where to start. This session will explore the various steps necessary to comprehensive preservation through an anthropological basketry collection. Participants will be able to see the process starting from obtaining information and researching your collection, to the physical preservation and storage of the materials, and finally the various ways that one can share access to the collection.

Reaching the Sleeping Generation: Building Programs for Junior High School Students with Almost No Cash (Education Track) – Stacey Moore, Doug Cubbison, Trey Corkern

How do you meet the challenge of enticing early-teens to participate in your museum?  Three Casper institutions developed a unique summer program which submerged teens into the study of history. The “Future Historians Summer Camp,” has approached history with experiential learning that is fun enough to keep the teens awake.  Interpretive themes which met institutional members’ goals and diverse missions were crafted.  Moreover, this camp started on a zero-dollar budget now has a surplus.

What’s New In Wyoming Advocacy? (Public-facing track) – Brian C. Briggs

Been wondering what CWAM Advocacy is doing Wyoming? Efforts have been ramping up and preparing materials to help you advocate. It’s your chance now to get the advice you need, and begin your advocacy effort for museums in Wyoming at all levels! We want local perspectives… we want your point of view. Come, share, and receive the constructive criticism you need to continue in your efforts. Plus, get the news you need for the coming year!

New Online Services for Non-Profits: Take Your Organization to the Next Level (Administration track) – Megan Huelman

Online tools not only make my job at the Broomfield Veterans Memorial Museum easier but they also help drive business to our museum.  This session will look at the ways the BVMM has used Google For Nonprofits to receive free business applications for help with administrative duties and tools like TourBuilder or Sway to create online exhibits.  You will learn the ins and outs of putting Google and other online tools to work for your organization… FOR FREE!!!

  • 11:30am-1:30pm: CWAM New/Old Board Lunch / Lunch on your own
  • 1:30-4:30pm: Tours of Casper Museum Consortium Members (Tour seating is limited and will be awarded on a first registered basis.) Meet in the Ramkota Hotel Lobby for all tours.

Tour 1 – Surprising Places: An Archive & An Airbase

Casper is home to a wide variety of cultural intuitions including the Western History Center at Casper College and the Casper Army Air Base National Register of Historic Places District.  Meet Doug Cubbison, Curator of the Wyoming Veterans Museum and Vince Crolla, Archivist of the Western History Center as you tour these hidden gems.  The Western History Center maintains a collection of primary sources on Wyoming and the West with particular emphasis on Casper and Natrona County.  Then tour the finest surviving example of a WWII Army Air Force airfield in the nation, the Casper Army Air Base, home of the Natrona County International Airport, Wyoming Veterans Museum, and learn how the museum is guiding interpretive efforts at this Historic District.

Tour 2 – Art in the Streets: A Tour of Casper’s Incredible Public Art

Join us for a fun-filled afternoon exploring Casper’s collection of public art.  From traditional bronzes to modern, Casper boasts a collection of more than 50 pieces of public art.  You will start at the Nicolaysen Art Museum, where you will be treated to an overview of the collection throughout Casper.  We will walk along Casper’s downtown 2nd Street for three blocks, and then follow Center Street for a block, leading us to “The Fountainhead” in front of City Hall.  Inside City Hall, we can see models of sculpture in other parts of the city.   We will then circle back to the NIC, viewing other pieces of art along the way.  Once back at the NIC, you will be treated to refreshments and time to shop in the Museum Store before returning to the hotel.   The tour will be led by Mary Allman-Koernig, Executive Director of the NIC, and Eric Wimmer, Curator of Art.

Tour 3 – Bones, Beasts and Beakers: Casper’s Science Museum Tour

Join us as we explore Casper’s leading Science centers! Begin your tour at the Tate Geological Museum, home to Dee the Mammoth, one of Wyoming’s most popular artifacts of 2015 and Lee Rex, the Tyrannosaurus rex. Tour the museum, the prep lab and the classroom.  Next we will head to the Werner Wildlife Museum. Visitors will be treated to a tour and an overview of the Werner’s monthly wildlife programs. Artisans Unbound: Feathers, Fur, and Fiber, an exhibit of Wyoming contemporary crafts will be on exhibit.  Our final stop will be to meet the animals that make the Science Zone an unforgettable experience!  There will be a short presentation about the critters that are a highlight for field trips and visits.  Don’t forget to explore our permanent collections including the Engineering and Bubble Zones and the visiting exhibit – Dinosaur Revolution!

  • 4:30-5:30pm: Collections, Registration and Exhibits Professional Networking Meet-up at the Werner Wildlife Museum sponsored by the University of Denver Museum of Anthropology
  • 5:30-8pm: BBQ at Fort Caspar Museum
  • followed by CWAM Bowl Trivia Game (Ramkota Hotel Bar)