CWAM Annual Meeting 2019

May 23-25, 2019 | Gillette, Wyoming

Thank you for making the 2019 Annual Meeting a big success. See you next year!

View the schedule below to learn more. Thank you for joining us in Gillette!

Enjoy three days of professional development and gain practical ideas and insights from museum experts. Attend conference sessions, expand your professional network and build friendships, share your ideas with colleagues, take local museum and sight-seeing tours, and more. The CWAM annual meeting will provide new inspiration to make your work more effective whether you’re new to the field or an experienced museum professional.

CWAM’s 2019 Annual Meeting is over Memorial Day weekend and we invite you to bring your family! Events are open to family members of all ages, but tickets are required for an accurate count.

This year’s theme is “Energy for Impact.” The annual meeting will focus on re-energizing museum workers and volunteers and, in turn, energizing the public.

Vendors and Sponsors: Learn about opportunities.

Emily Graslie (right) with Janet Voight. Photo: The Brain Scoop, “Taxonomy Of Candy.”

Emily Graslie, Keynote Speaker

Emily Graslie, Chief Curiosity Correspondent for The Field Museum and host of The Brain Scoop, will speak about the value of curiosity on May 24 at the CWAM Annual Meeting!
Learn more.


Wednesday, May 22

  • Board Meeting at Fiesta Tequila, 311 S. Gillette Ave.
  • Welcome reception: 8-10 p.m. at Gillette Brewing Company, 301 S. Gillette Ave. All annual meeting attendees and their guests are invited. Light appetizers will be served and food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Thursday, May 23

  • 8 a.m.-4 p.m.: Registration at CAM-PLEX (1635 Reata Dr., Gillette, WY 82718)
  • 9 a.m.-4 p.m.: Vendor Hall open
  • 9-10 a.m.: Pop-up sessions
  • 10-11:45 a.m.: Session 1 (Read full descriptions.)
    • Be an Advocate: How to Talk with Legislators
    • Micromuseums: From Sasquatch to Gophers, How Amateurs are Contributing to the Museum World
  • 12 p.m.: CWAM Member Meeting (Business lunch)
  • 1:30-2:45 p.m.: Session 2 (Read full descriptions.)
    • Lets Talk Labor: A Conversation on the State of Museum Labor Throughout Colorado and Wyoming
    • Artifacts: Are they Poisonous?
  • 2:45-3 p.m.: Break
  • 3-4:45 p.m.: Session 3 (Read full descriptions.)
    • The Good Energy of Loft Goals; Why your Museum Should Reach for Accreditation
    • Academic/Museum Partnerships
    • Feeling Puzzled? The Implementation of the Puzzle Room in a Museum Context
  • 5:30 p.m.: Busses leave Arbuckle for progressive dinner
  • 5:30-8 p.m.: Progressive Dinner Event, Downtown Gillette. Hosted at and sponsored by Frontier Auto MuseumAVA Community Art Center; and Rockpile Museum.

Friday, May 24

  • 8 a.m.–4 p.m.: Registration at CAM-PLEX
  • 9 a.m.-4 p.m.: Vendor Hall open
  • 10-11 a.m.: Keynote Speaker, Emily Graslie (at CAM-PLEX)
  • 11 a.m.-12:45 p.m.: Lunch (on your own)
  • 1-3 p.m.: Workshops (Read full descriptions.)
    • PreSchool STEM
    • There is no I in Museum
    • Environmental Monitoring: Make an Impact with Minimal Effort
  • 3-5 p.m.: Professional Meetups. Sponsored by San Luis Museum Association.
  • 6 p.m.: Silent Auction and Banquet at CAM-PLEX, followed by optional CWAM trivia

Saturday, May 25

  • 8-9 a.m.: Registration at CAM-PLEX
  • 10 a.m.: All Day Tours (Read full tour descriptions.)
    • Monumental Tour: West Texas Trail Museum in Moorcroft, Devils Tower National Monument, Hulett Museum.
    • Energy Capital Tour: Eagle Butte Coal Mine and Atlas Carbon
    • Great Plains Tour: Durham Buffalo Ranch, Wright Museum, Drilling Rig Tour



There are multiple options for accommodations. Check web sites such as for competitive pricing.

Official Conference Hotel: Arbuckle Lodge Gillette
1400 S. Garner Lake Rd.
Mention CWAM to receive the annual meeting rate. Rates range from $85 for a double Queen to $169 for a 2-bed, 2-bath suite.

Scholarships: CWAM has awarded scholarships to support the attendance of the 2019 Annual Meeting. Each scholarship recipient will receive a meeting registration fee waiver plus the possibility of a cash grant of up to $200 to help offset expenses. The deadline for scholarship applications was Friday, March 8, 2019.

Guide to the Annual Meeting: Learn more here.

The CWAM 2019 Annual Meeting is generously supported in part by grants from the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund, a program of the Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources; the Papers of William F. Cody; and the Campbell County Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund Buffalo Bill Center of the West Monumental Wyoming Gillette - Wright

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