Virtual Sessions


Tuesday, July 19

There are two types of registration for this year’s conference – Virtual Only and Virtual + In-Person. No matter which one you selected, you have access to this year’s virtual day of programming. Come be our guest in the Midwest from wherever you are!

The following sessions will be hosted in Zoom. Login and dial-in information will be available to registered attendees in the conference virtual platform. ASL Interpretation and Zoom’s built-in transcriptions will be provided.


Opening Session

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM CT (10:00 AM – 11:00 AM ET)

Evolving Museums: Benefits and Challenges from Our Changing Environment

Experienced professionals will describe the process of change (evolution) in museums that are succeeding in the modern and changing environments of Detroit, Ann Arbor and Cincinnati. This includes visitor experiences, facilities, programs, economics, locations, etc.

Presenters: Robert West, Informal Learning Experiences; Mel Drumm, Ann Arbor Hands On Museum; Christian Greer, Michigan Science Center; Whitney Owens, Cincinnati Museum Center


Concurrent Sessions

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM CT (1:30 PM – 2:30 PM ET)

Session A:

Enlarging Our Tent: Coaching Novice Guest Curators and Educators in Exhibition Development

What might guest curators provide for your museum? See how one museum engaged novice guest curators/educators and explore potential advantages and challenges for your exhibition development process. Consider opportunities for new perspectives and inclusion, expanding disciplinary content knowledge possibilities, and enlarging your stakeholder tent.

Presenters: Denice Blair, Michigan State University Museum; Teresa Goforth, Michigan State University Museum; Mary Worrall, Michigan State University Museum; Ramya Swayamprakash, Michigan State University

Session B:

What Every Museum Board Needs to Know Part 1: Museum-Specific Challenges and Needs

Museum trustees rarely have a background in museums. This two-part session brings together a lawyer and former COO, strategic planning guru and former CFO, and museum trustees to offer priorities for orientation and education to prepare boards to be great advocates and stewards for their museums, missions, staff, and communities.

Presenters: Jim Croft, JW Croft Consulting Group; Brian Statz, Lewis Kappes; Sally Schacht, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis; William McNiece, Wood Library-Museum of Anesthesiology; Edward Jung, Chinese American Museum of Chicago

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM CT (3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET)

Session A:

Be on the Right Size of History: Right-sizing collections through surveying, deaccessioning, and “found in collections” research

Starting in 2021, the Dubuque County Historical Society embarked on a 2.5-year project to right-size its collection through Found in Collection reconciliation, surveying, and deaccessioning. Join our team as we discuss lessons learned and offer advice for starting similar projects and tackling common problems.

Presenters: Melissa Conroy, National Mississippi River Museum; Brittany Boettcher, National Mississippi River Museum; Kristin Glomstad, National Mississippi River Museum; Cristin Waterbury, Independent professional (formerly of National Mississippi River Museum)

Session B:

Evaluate Your Financial Position to Improve Performance

How well is your museum performing financially? Learn about national and regional financial patterns for history museums and historic sites gleaned from the IRS Form 990; evaluate your performance against your financial peers to identify strengths and weaknesses, and discuss opportunities for greater sustainability.

Presenters: Max van Balgooy, Engaging Places, LLC; Donna Sack, Naper Settlement; Colin Gliniecki, Museum Data Analyst


Pre-recorded Session

Thinking Forward to Federal Humanities Grants: Finding Funding Opportunities for Your Museum at NEH

Do you know what NEH can offer museums? Meet directly with NEH senior program officer Jill Austin, a former curator in the field who works regularly with museums, to learn about upcoming deadlines and changes to existing programs. Get tips on submitting competitive applications. Share what you need from NEH!

Presenter: Jill Austen, National Endowment for the Humanities