2017 Conference


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Tuesday (Pre-Conference Sessions)

Hard Hat Tour of Martha's Vineyard Museum's Morgan Learning Tour

Wednesday Sessions

NEMA Conference Preview
7:45 – 8:15 am

Concurrent Sessions

8:30 – 10:00 am

Off-site Sessions
1:45 – 5:15 pm

  • Museum Management 101: This is Not Your Grandmother’s Historical Society
  • The Adventure Park at Heritage Museums and Gardens

Concurrent Sessions
1:45 – 3:15 pm

Career Conversation with Marita Rivero
2:00 – 3:00 pm

Demonstration Station

2:30 – 3:00 pm
The ArtWeek Twist: Easy Ways Museums Can Ride the Arts Festival Wave

Demonstration Station

3:45 – 4:15 pm
What Every Not-for-Profit Stakeholder Needs to Know About Endowments

Concurrent Sessions
3:45 – 5:15 pm



Thursday Sessions

Off-site Session
8:20 am – 12:30 pm

  • A Visit to Woods Hole

Concurrent Sessions
9:00 – 10:30 am

  • The Alchemy of Appreciative Inquiry and Collective Impact: How Museums Can Cultivate Multi-Sector Networks that Build Trust and Solve Community Problems
  • Board Chairs Matter
  • How Augmented Reality Can Enhance Your Visitor Experience
  • Major Gifts Deep Dive
  • Museum/Classroom Management: Balancing Learning and Logistics in School Programming
  • Mysteries & Revelations: Finding Truth in Cape Cod’s Museum Treasures
  • The Price, the Value, and the IRS: What are Collections Worth?
  • Reaching for Truth:  Exploring the Issue of Revolutionary-Era Slavery in a New England Historic Site

Off-site Sessions
9:20 am – 12:30 pm

  • Historical Trolley Tour of Falmouth
  • Historical Walking Tour of Falmouth

Demonstration Station
10:00 – 10:30 am
Visitor Engagement Through Theater

Demonstration Station

11:00 – 11:30 am
Conservation Maintenance Overview for Outdoor Sculpture, Monuments, and Grave Markers

Concurrent Sessions

11:00 am – 12:30 pm

PAG Lunches
12:45 pm – 2:20 pm

  • Educators PAG Lunch
  • Exhibits PAG Lunch—Quick Bites!
  • HR and Volunteer Management PAG Lunch
  • Membership, Development, Public Relations, and Marketing PAG
  • The Museum Directors’ Discussion
  •   Natural History and Science PAG 
  • Registrars’ PAG Lunch—Tales from the Registrarial Realm!
  • Open Networking Lunch


Demonstration Station
11:45 am – 12:15 pm
Basics of Moldmaking and Casting with Reynolds Advanced Materials

Concurrent Sessions

3:00 – 4:30 pm


Friday Sessions

Concurrent Sessions
9:00 – 10:30 am

  • THINK TANK: The Deaccessioning Dilemma: How Can We Support Standards AND Museums in Crisis?
  • Common Spaces as Unifying Agents
  • Digital Commonwealth and the Massachusetts Statewide Digitization Program
  • Every Black Doll Tells a Story... When They Speak We Listen
  • Questioning Truth and Upholding Public Trust: How Do Museums Navigate in a Post-Truth Era?
  • Sharing Authority in a Divided World: Visitor Engagement Walls at Boston National Historical Park

Concurrent Sessions
11:00 am – 12:30 pm