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September 28, 2015
By Faithe McCreery
My decision to pursue a career in the museum field was informed, more than anything, by a simple, yet elegant proposition: that museums have the potential to impact the social wellbeing of their visitors, and of larger society. I think that most museum professionals, and many amateur museum fans, would agree with this notion—and some of the most renowned museological scholars...
September 21, 2015

WATCH 2015 VIDEOS ON YOUTUBE
 
The Western Museums Association (WMA) proudly announces the third installment of WestMusings | 10 Minute Museum Talks featuring innovative museum topics. Modeled after TED Talks, WestMusings is an unconference program of short, engaging presentations by forward-thinking museum leaders.
WestMusings is happening at the 2015 Annual Meeting during A Night in Nerdvana...
September 15, 2015
History San José collects, preserves and celebrates the stories of diversity and innovation in San José and the Santa Clara Valley. Operating in three locations: History Park, a historical and cultural campus featuring 19 partner organizations; the Peralta Adobe-Fallon House Historic Site, one of the oldest and most significant locales in San José; and the Collection Center, the Valley’s...
September 12, 2015
By Lauren Valone
At the helm of Silicon Valley’s Computer History Museum (CHM) is President and CEO, John Hollar. Since starting in 2008, Hollar has lead a re-envisioning of the Museum’s strategic planning and operations, as well as led the development of the permanent exhibition, "Revolution: The First 2000 Years of Computing," a multi-platform history experience that examines computing's...
September 8, 2015
By Michelle Powers
You walk through the front door of Pho Hoa Noodle Soup and place your order at the counter. The decor is simple and inviting. As you sip on your jasmine milk tea, you listen to the conversations around you, all of which are in other languages, some of which are unfamiliar to you. You close your eyes, take in the sounds and smells around you and—for a minute—imagine that you...
September 3, 2015
By Margaret Kadoyama
What does it mean to truly listen? And how does the answer to that question relate to our lives as museum professionals?
The theme of Western Museums Association 2015 Annual Meeting is Listen • Learn • Lead. It’s no coincidence that the first word in the theme is listen. Truly listening is at the core of our work with our internal and external communities. But what does this...
September 1, 2015
By Brenda Salguero
I grew up ashamed of who I was.
It wasn’t until recently I even realized that I had felt this way. That is the insidious nature of systemic racism—you never realize how much you hate yourself or even why.
Like all Americans, I grew up surrounded by a white dominant media, but the communities I lived in never reflected what I saw on TV. Additionally, the majority of my teachers...
August 27, 2015
By Lindsey Kouvaris
As museums, our charge is to care. We take possession of historical objects, cultural artifacts, and works of art. We commit to exhibiting them, caring for them, and preserving their place in history. And, we adopt institutional missions, collections policies, and collecting goals to help guide us through the process.
But, what about the objects that don’t seem to fit our...

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