Professional Development

By Sue Lafferty
“I made some incredible connections! I reconnected with old friends and felt great to be able to mentor the newcomers during the conference.”
“I came away with a renewed enthusiasm for a career in museums and ideas to enhance the mission of my institution.”
“I am always so impressed by the spirit of community and reflective practice you and your team are able to cultivate at these...
By Susannah Dowds
This post was written by a recipient of a Wanda Chin Scholarship to attended the 2013 Annual Meeting
Susannah during her 2013 internship at the Anasazi State Park Museum in Boulder, Utah


Two days before the Western Museums Association (WMA) 2013 Annual Meeting, I was the only grad student in the Northern Studies offices at midnight. In my last minute packing I remembered that...
By Meris Mullaley
This post was written by a recipient of a Wanda Chin Scholarship to attended the 2013 Annual Meeting
How many times have you thought, “If only I knew then what I know now, I would have done [blank] differently.”
While perpetual second-guessing is not a productive way to live and work, my recent career change from field archaeologist to museum educator has given me the...
By Jessica Brier
This post was written by a recipient of a Wanda Chin Scholarship to attended the 2013 Annual Meeting
This year, I had the privilege of participating in the Western Museums Association Annual Meeting for the first time. It was also my first presentation at a conference, as well as my first visit to Utah. This thoroughly novel experience was made possible by the support of the...
By Heather Beggs
On its 30th Anniversary, Museums Alaska returned to Haines, Alaska for its annual joint meeting with the Alaska Historical Society on September 25-28, 2013. Nestled at the mouth of the Chilkat River beneath towering peaks, Haines provided a majestic setting for our annual proceedings. With sessions taking place on the edge of historic Fort Seward and events taking us around town...
It is with great pleasure and excitement that the Western Museums Association (WMA) announces the Request for Proposals for the 2014 Annual Meeting to be held in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 5-8, 2014. The Annual Meeting will illuminate Las Vegas museums and be guided by the theme: Expect the Unexpected.

The 2014 WMA Program Committee requests your Session Proposals for the 2014 Annual Meeting:...
Cap off your stay in Salt Lake City at the Western Museums Association (WMA) 2013 Annual Meeting with an evening at the Church History Museum. This Evening Event – FREE to all attendees – will be held on Saturday, October 12, 2013 from 5:30 pm—7:30 pm. A short walk from the Hilton Salt Lake City Center, the Museum’s historical exhibits provide a greater context for the settlement of the Salt Lake...
By Aldona Jonaitis
A first glance at the Western Museums Association 2013 Annual Meeting Program
One session to attend at the Western Museums Association (WMA) 2013 Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City is Reflections and Projections: Perspectives on the Museum Profession. We – Gail Anderson, Art Wolf, Stephen Olsen and Aldona Jonaitis – have together had almost 140 years of museum experience. Our...
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...
Conference attendance is not always as easy as we would like it to be. Attendees must consider travel and lodging expenses, registration fees, and time away from their organizations, all while justifying their attendance to their bosses.
The Western Museums Association (WMA) is continuously looking for ways to help and support museum professionals around the Western region (and beyond!)....

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