2017 Conference


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New Session!


Friday, October 27, 2017
9:00 – 10:30 am

THINK TANK: The Deaccessioning Dilemma: How Can We Support Standards AND Museums in Crisis?

The recent actions of the Berkshire Museum, and reaction to them, demonstrate that there is a wide range of opinion in the museum field when it comes to the applicability of professional standards, especially those concerning deaccessioning. On the one hand, deaccessioning rules promulgated by national associations hold the field to high standards that contribute to accountability and public trust. On the other, museums sometimes succumb to the temptation of selling objects in order to address financial setbacks, embark on new initiatives, build endowment, or other activities proscribed by museum field ethics. How can our field support both the standards AND keep museums from being tempted to monetize their collections? Help us find solutions in this dynamic “think tank” session where YOUR ideas are essential. Session results will be published in the December New England Museums Now.

Facilitators: Robert Burns, Executive Director, Mattatuck Museum, CT; Julia Gray, Director of Collections & Research, Abbe Museum, ME; C. Morgan Grefe, Executive Director, Rhode Island Historical Society; Laurie P. Lamarre, Executive Director, Connecticut League of History Organizations; Diane Lee, Collections Manager, Fairfield Museum, CT; Elisabeth Nevins, Seed Education Consulting, MA; Phillippa Pitts, Associate Educator for Gallery Learning & Interpretive Media, Portland Museum of Art, ME; Laura B. Roberts, Principal, Roberts Consulting, MA; Ruth Taylor, Executive Director, Newport Historical Society; RI; Edith Tonelli, Director, Cape Cod Museum of Art, MA; Kenneth Turino, Manager of Community Engagement and Exhibitions, Historic New England, MA; Lawrence Yerdon, President & CEO, Strawbery Banke Museum, NH 


Friday, October 27
9:00 - 10:30 am

Questioning Truth and Upholding Public Trust: How Do Museums Navigate in a Post-Truth Era?
Pre-assigned reading: