Education

By Johanna Fassbender
In recent years, museums across the country have experimented with new program ideas to increase participation and engagement in their communities. My organization, the Hayward Area Historical Society (HAHS), is one of those places.
Our first stand-alone museum was in a fairly small building for a very long time. We literally outgrew the facility – collections storage,...
By Alice Parman
This session took place during the Western Museums Association 2013 Annual Meeting
At the movie theater we see repeated messages about no texting or talking—what about museums? While some museums ban personal devices, others embrace them. What does research tell us about personal devices as they affect learning? What turns these devices on or off: visitors’ ages, educational...
By Karen Stark
Coming to Salt Lake City for the Western Museums Association 2013 Annual Meeting? Here’s your chance to participate in pre-conference intensive workshop based on Utah’s award-winning program that helps small museums learn how to create inexpensive interpretive exhibits that excite, engage, and educate visitors.
All across the West there are small museums full of historical and...
Ben Garcia, Head of Interpretation at the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology.


By Maraya Cornell
What's it like to work in a museum that's closed for renovation? "It's a real privilege and luxury," says Ben Garcia, Head of Interpretation at the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology in Berkeley, California. "It's so rare to have time to really think about your practice and be intentional...
By Sharon Sekhon
The LA History Archive – the Studio for Southern California History's online portfolio.


The Studio for Southern California History (Studio) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to critically chronicling and sharing the region's social history in order to foster sense of place. The Studio achieves its mission through participatory programming like our internship program with...
By Susan Spero
As you enter the gallery spaces in the new Exploratorium building on Pier 15 in San Francisco, a sign with a revolving message bodes you to “get ready to wonder” and “rearrange your thinking.” Camera in tow, I went to see the new digs with my daughter, a former Explainer at the museum.
Was there wonder? Check. My daughter claims that the Exploratorium has never been about the...
By: Leslie Madsen-Brooks
Since my arrival in the History department at Boise State University, a steady stream of history majors has passed through my office expressing an interest in museum work. Some are graduate students who already have committed to our Master of Applied Historical Research program (our public history degree), but most are upper-division undergraduates surveying their career...
Session
Gearing Up for New Audiences: Preparing Your Site, Staff, and Volunteers for K-2 Field Trips
Moderator
Clayton Drescher, Education Manager, Petersen Automotive Museum
Presenters


Jennifer Simpson, School & Tour Services Coordinator, Petersen Automotive Museum Lorianne Salazar, Children & Family Programs Coordinator, Petersen Automotive Museum
Grace Tran, Kindergarten/First Grade...
By: Whitney Klotz
For this particular work function, the Wranglers and hiking boots, among other Western/outdoor wear, make an appearance.  Shelved are the collared shirts, pressed slacks, and white coats.  It’s the annual visit to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum by the Section of Infectious Diseases, University of Arizona Medical Center.
The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum (ASDM) sits about 20...
By: Ann Craig
I am managing the design and construction of a new exhibition wing at the University of Oregon (UO) Museum of Natural and Cultural History  in Eugene, Oregon.  The project has been in the works since 2009. It’s my first big project as a museum professional and I’ve learned a great deal.  This post is a brief look the process so far and an attempt to get help from those of you with...

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