Virtual & In-Person Sessions

This year’s conference takes place virtually on Wednesday, July 24, and in-person in Columbus, OH, on July 31-August 3. The virtual day includes an opening session in the morning and four concurrent sessions in the afternoon. In-person sessions will take place August 1-2 at the Hilton Columbus at Easton.

Thank you to our session track sponsors!

  • Collections Stewardship – Prism Specialties
  • Exhibitions – Boss Display / Momentum Interactives
  • Fundraising & Revenue – Church Mutual Insurance
  • Leadership & Operations – Friesens
  • Marketing & Social Media – FORM
  • Museums 101 – 1909 Digital

Search virtual and in-person sessions, posters, and conversation stations.

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Google Ad Grants: Tips to Save Your Sanity

Believe it or not, Google will give you up to $10,000 a month for search ads—just for being a nonprofit! The catch? It’s not easy to set up, launch, or maintain. We have tips to set you up for success and get your museum in front of more eyeballs.


Lori Byrd, 1909 DIGITAL and Brittney Mason, 1909 DIGITAL

Building a Mutually Beneficial Teacher Advisory Board – It's All About the Relationships

Adler utilizes two teacher boards to shape our school experience approach. This conversation will share the best practices Adler has developed with the goal of helping attendees envision what kind of teacher group(s) might benefit both their organization and audience, and the next steps they can take to build them.


Sarah Smail, The Adler Planetarium

Navigating the Shifting Landscape of Museum Education

Let’s ignite a dynamic dialogue about the evolving relationship between museums and educators. Drawing on insights from Ohio History Connection and collaborative partners, we will delve into the shifts in engagement with teachers over recent years. We aim to decipher challenges, explore trends, and chart a course for future success.


Carla Mello, Ohio History Connection, and Bethany Hrachovec, Indiana Historical Society

The Importance of Better Communication Between Front Line and Administrative Museum Staff in the Post-Covid World

Are you a dissatisfied front line museum worker? Are you a museum administrator confused about why your front line staff is dissatisfied? Come learn about the importance of communication between front line and administrative museum staff in creating a better environment for staff and visitors.


Rachel Burns-Watson, Columbus Museum of Art and Kelton House Museum and Garden

Finding Family Stories: Using the Free Online Cemetery Research Database 'Find a Grave' to Expand Access to Museum Archives

This program is designed to help small to medium sized museums, libraries and historical societies take advantage of the free cemetery research service ‘Find-A-Grave’ to expand access to their archives and help their communities find their family stories.


Donna Casaceli

Working from the Soul, Moving with the Soul, Living out the Soul

Do you know who you are? Does it matter? What does it have to do with this weird world of museums anyway? Soul roles are the role that all of us carry at our core, informing our work, ourselves, the lives around us, and how we show up in them.


Valerie Boyer, Ohio History Connection

Teaching Museum Studies to Create Forward Thinking Students

The emerging museum professional must be forward thinking, which originates in the classroom. This session explores undergraduate museum studies class projects that fulfill DEI requirements, hard lessons in teaching, and positive outcomes. Students gain real world experience and learn about access and inclusion, collaboration, conflict resolution, and cultural competence.


Onnica Marquez, St. Ambrose University

Leveraging your resources for effective collaboration: Science On a Sphere at the Michigan State University Museum

We all have resources and skills unique to us. We also are surrounded by people who have resources, skills, or needs that we don’t have. This sets us up for lots of potential for collaboration – in this session, learn how to identify collaborative work possibilities and do it effectively!


Carrie Wicker

Prevelant Writing Genres in Museologoy: A Student's Perspective

Explore the intrinsic connection between fundraising, social media marketing, and educational content with core museological values of accessibility, inclusion, and storytelling. Attendees will gain insight into the deeper purpose of museum writing. This is a valuable opportunity for museum professionals or students interested in exploring writing in museology.


Trey Whitted

A Way Forward for Museums: The Flourishing Museums Framework

In a world that is fraught with complex challenges, museums are searching for a way to reframe and renegotiate their approach, becoming a source for inspiration, motivation, meaning, and hope. This poster introduces a way forward, through the Flourishing Museums Framework, a guide to practice through a strengths-based appreciative approach.


Dr. Kiersten F. Latham, The Museum Consulting Company

Are You Ready To Rock! – Behind the Music Collection of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum

Did you know the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has over 10,000 objects in its permanent collection? Join us, and learn about the process of acquiring, exhibiting and conserving Rock and Popular culture history.


Sule Holder, Jun Francisco and Joe Wickens, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum

Flourishing Forward: How Museums can be places to thrive in turbulent times

What do love, kindness, gratitude and humor have to do with meeting the challenges faced in museum practice? This dynamic panel and hands-on session will present cutting edge research and illustrative examples of positive practices in museums, and how they work across leadership, staff and visitor experience.


Anne Fullenkamp, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh; Brenda Cowan, SUNY Fashion Institute of Technology; Cathy Hamaker, Leonid Production LLC; and Kiersten Latham, The Museum Consulting Company

Rethinking Traditional Exhibits in Historic House Museums: Turning a Bedroom into an Immersive Department Store Exhibit

Traditional case-based exhibits in historic homes used as history museums can be boring to many visitors. Discover how the Wyandot County Museum turned a plain second-floor bedroom into the award-winning immersive Artz Department Store exhibit involving several community partners, generating memories, and spurring renewed interest in the museum.


Ronald Marvin Jr, Wyandot County Historical Society

Navigating the Intersection of Annual and Major Gifts

With an eye toward advancement teams of all sizes, presenters will lead a lively discussion of: the giving life cycle, the nature of annual/major gifts, engaging non-advancement staff and volunteers, good stewardship practices and appropriate goal setting, weaving in valuable insights from annual and major gift donors.


Bill Lynerd, The Field Museum, and Jacob Masters, Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens

Out with the Old, In with the New: The Journey Forward with Migrating to a new Collections Management System

Migrating to a new CMS can be intimidating. This session shares the ins and outs of planning, migration, and post-migration evaluation from the perspective of three museum professionals of varying-sized institutions. Panelists will share their experiences to help you get started on your journey forward to a new CMS solution.


Kaman Hillenburg, Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science; Christy Kincaid, Kalamazoo Valley Museum; and Jessi Weithman, Lyrasis

Hindsight’s 20/20: Does Your Museum Fit the 21st century landscape?”

If your museum had the opportunity to rewrite its own script, where would you focus? During this session museum professionals will learn to sharpen the pencil on where best to focus their impact and relevancy given changing societal expectations, embracing technology, and better understanding the evolving dynamic visitor.


Erica Washburn, Art Processors

Thomas Jefferson, Megalonyx, and the Development of American Paleontology: Multifaceted, Inclusive Museum Engagement

Focusing on the backstory of a single major museum exhibit can provide an engaging way of exploring connections between science and other disciplines. Learn how digital documentation of a mounted skeleton of an extinct ground sloth has become effective in engaging diverse audiences, integrating science in K-12 classrooms, and promoting the Orton Geological Museum’s missions.


Dr. Loren Babcock, Orton Geological Museum; Sherry Daniel, Columbus Gifted Academy; and Jessica Henderson, The Ohio State University

Check Yourself: A Guide to Web Accessibility Audits

Perhaps you know the basics of web accessibility, but you haven’t implemented the WCAG standards on your website or digital channels. Participants will review basic terms, tips, and resources, and will walk away with the tools to begin creating a more inclusive and compliant digital ecosystem right away.


Katelyn Gerber, FORM

Community Connections: Building Partnerships through Social-Emotional Learning Opportunities

Join educators from the NVMM and ABHM as we discuss ways to position museums as valuable spaces for K-12 social-emotional learning with the support of community partnerships. We want to hear from you – half of this session will encourage attendees to share their own community partnerships.


Mason Farr, National Veterans Memorial and Museum, and Mia Phifer, America’s Black Holocaust Museum

Telling a Bigger Story: A Model for Collaborative Public History Projects that Have a Lasting Impact

Museums that meet public needs through collaboration more closely reflect their communities, making them more visible, relevant and sustainable. This program will discuss an adaptable model used by a small museum to create a multi-community Underground Railroad research and exhibit project that has transformed awareness of local Black history.


Leslie Pielack, Birmingham Museum, and Donna Casaceli, Birmingham Museum

Paving the Way Forward to Collections Care Through Grant Funding

The way forward for collections stewardship often lies in external funding. A National Endowment for the Humanities program officer and two grant awardees will elucidate on how to meet collections preservation and access goals with grant funding. They will demystify the application process and present case studies of successful projects.


Al Carver-Kubik, National Endowment for the Humanities; Christine Fowler Shearer, Allen County Museum; and Sara Fisher, International Women’s Air & Space Museum

Sustaining, Retaining, and Engaging Front Line Staff for Exceptional Guest Experience

Hear from frontline staff members discussing best practices for engaging, retaining, and sustaining frontline staff and fostering superior visitor engagement. From training to team building, we will explore creative ways to foster development and sustainability for future frontline teams.


Ashley Legg, Theresa Sanderell, Celeste Bradshaw, and Daniel Hunegs, National Veterans Memorial and Museum

Play is Serious Business: Exploring the Role of Playful Learning Across Museum Contexts

Come play! Join us for a thoughtful and interactive conversation about the power of play in museums. Explore one museum’s playful learning framework that informs exhibit design, programming, and guest engagement through a lens of equitable access. Discuss how all museums can (and should!) intentionally incorporate play for all learners.


Areli Morales, DuPage Children’s Museum; Nicole Burgess, DuPage Children’s Museum; Peyton Reicherts, DuPage Children’s Museum; and El Escamilla, DuPage Children’s Museum

Friends and Neighbors: Fostering reciprocal partnerships to make wild ideas possible

Learn about the impactful and evolving partnership between an art museum and community college that led to wild and wonderful ideas. See how it started, how it’s grown, and how to foster your own partnerships with folks at complementary institutions.


Cat Lynch, Columbus Museum of Art

Teamwork Made the Dream Work

When the Illinois State Museum decided to develop an ambitious exhibition about Generation X, staff members had to scale up their collections management game as well as their collaborative and teamwork skills. Learn how they were able to keep their sanity and successfully execute a smooth behind-the-scenes plan.


Amanda Bryden, Illinois State Museum, and Erika Holst, Illinois State Museum