Sessions by Track


Interested in a specific session track? You are in the right place! We’ve broken all the sessions down by their track to make conference planning a breeze.


Audience Development & Engagement


Thursday, October 3rd

10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Tapping Cultural Equity and Engagement: Fostering and Sustaining Cultural Accessibility, Inclusion, and Wellness through Beer and Drinking Culture, Vandenberg A

10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. War & Art – Using Art to Connect the Military and Artistic Communities, Emerald B

1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Zombies, Murder, & Other Outrageous Risks Worth Taking, Vandenberg A

1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Sculpting Community: Analyzing at a Transformative People-Centered, Arts-Based Project from the Inside Out, Governor’s Room

2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Equity & Justice as a Mission, Pearl

Friday, October 4th

9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Building a Network and Using Wi-Fi Analytics to Enhance the Visitor Experience, Pearl Room

9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Midwest Museum Community on VAMONDE, Vandenberg A

9:00 a.m. 9:45 a.m. Data, Examples, and How-To: Make Visitors’ Experiences Easier and More Engaging with a Mobile App., Governor’s Room

2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Museums for ALL – How a Financial Access Initiative is Reshaping Our Community, Vandenberg A

2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. The Building Blocks of a Museum Brand: A Case Study of the Grand Rapids Public Museum, Emerald B

4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. History Harvests, Historic Preservation, and the What We Carried: Some lessons for changing expectations for history through community engagement, Vandenberg A

4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Taking the show on the road: Using the highway and the information superhighway to reach your audience, Emerald A

Saturday, October 5th

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Creating Connection: Messages and Experiences that Matter, Kennedy Room


Collections Care & Management

*Sponsored by Mason County Historical Society


Thursday, October 3rd

10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Ask the Registrar, An Open Forum to Discuss the Unexpected, Conundrums, and Changing Expectations in Your Collection, Pearl Room

1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Nji Kchi-nshinaabe’baniik Gdish-chigemi wi (We do it for the Ancestors), Pearl Room

2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Houghton County Historical Society: A One Year Retrospective, Ruby Room

Friday, October 4th

2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Leading a Digital Revolution: Community Initiatives for Collection Accessibility and Preservation for Increased Engagement and Sustainability, Pearl Room

4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Putting History in their Hands: Making Your Collection Accessible for Learning, Pearl Room


Development & Finance 

*Sponsored by HUB International


Thursday, October 3rd

10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Don’t be a stranger – communicate with donors all year long, Governor’s Room

1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. How to make private rentals work at a historic site, Emerald B

2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Collaborative Financial Models that Work – Even in an Ice Storm!, Emerald B

Friday, October 4th

4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Navigating Corporate Donor Relationships, Emerald B


Exhibit Planning & Innovation

*Sponsored by Universal Services Associates, Inc.


Thursday, October 3rd

10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Finding Our Voice: Exhibiting Trauma and Healing, Vandenberg B

1:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. This is Not Your Mother’s Museum, Vandenberg B

2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. What’s Old is New: A Fresh Take on Old Buildings, Vandenberg B

2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Visitor-Centered American Writers Museum: Engaging Visitors with Unique Interactive Exhibits and Inventive Storytelling — vs. Permanent Artifacts and First Editions, Governor’s Room

Friday, October 4th

2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. #SmartLabels: Experimenting with Interactive Labels as a Customizable Content Delivery Tool, Vandenberg B

2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. In Touch with Art: Creating a Tactile Art Exhibition, Governor’s Room

2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Now Playing Near You: Combining Documentaries and Traveling Exhibits to Reach New Audiences, Build Partnerships and Make Money, Ruby Room

4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Still Here, Still Relevant: A Fresh Look at Historical Environments, Vandenberg B

4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Extreme Makeover: Historic Home Edition – Reevaluating Priorities and Engaging New Audiences, Governor’s Room

Saturday, October 5th

10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Wow Your Audiences: Using Prototyping and Media Testing to Improve Experience Design, Damstra Room


Interpretation & Programs


Thursday, October 3rd

10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Engineering in Unexpected Places: Developing Student-Driven Design Challenges, Emerald A

1:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Empowering youth, empowering ourselves to talk about racial justice: Changing our expectations as museum educators, Emerald A

2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.Interpreting History and the Environment in Unexpected Places, Emerald A

Friday, October 4th

2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Complex Collaborations: Program Planning and Evaluation Design with Multiple Stakeholders, Emerald A

Saturday, October 5th

10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Getting To “Yes, And” – Getting to Group Mind, Grand Room


Leadership & Organizational Development

*Sponsored by Schlossberg Legal


Thursday, October 3rd

10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Oh Baby! Looking at Museums as Leaders for Working Families: Creating Infant-At-Work Programs to Augment Federal Family Leave, Ford Ballroom

10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Advocating for Social Justice Issues in Your Museum: Three Case Studies Exploring Environmental Justice, Immigration, and Workplace Culture, Ruby Room

1:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Museum Empowered: Feed the People!, Ford Ballroom

1:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Advocating for your career at every stage, Ruby Room

2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Reexamining Internships: Building and Leading Effective Internship Programs, Ford Ballroom

2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. “Backcasting” and Planning for the Future of Museums, Vandenberg A

Friday, October 4th

9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Does your insurance policy belong in a museum?, Emerald A

9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. The New and Improved MAP, Emerald B

9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Great Ideas for Equitable Hiring Practices and Workplace Culture in 45 Minutes, Vandenberg B

2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Green Leadership that Every Museum, Big and Small, could Implement, Communicate, and Engage, Ford Ballroom

4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Salary Equity and More: Attracting and Retaining a More Diverse Workforce, Ford Ballroom

4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Improving Security and Protecting Visitors, Staff, & Collections W/Reduced Staff & Budgets, Ruby Room

Saturday, October 5th

10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. How to Run a Good Meeting, Klopcic Room