Professional Development

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!)....
By Elizabeth Sutton, PhD
Last year at the Western Museums Association (WMA) 2012 Annual Meeting in Palm Springs, the Utah State University (USU) Museum of Anthropology received the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies Award for Exhibition Excellence for our new exhibit, Through the Looking Glass: Obsidian Travel and Trade in the Great Basin. This Award was particularly meaningful for our...
So it’s that time of year again when you’re thinking about professional development. AAM 2013 has just passed, and it was all the way across the country this year! But wait…the Western Museum Association (WMA) 2013 Annual Meeting is just around the corner in October in Salt Lake City!
As we all know, it is important to be continuously developing in our museum profession, whether by connecting...
By Dr. Julie K. Stein
“A chance to recognize those unsung heroes of our profession...not necessarily just for directors.”
When the Western Museums Association (WMA) asked me to write a blog post about the Director’s Chair Award as the Immediate Past-President and supervisor for the Award, I got to thinking. Do people know the history of this Award, and why does it carry this name?
The Director’s...
The Western Museums Association (WMA) in partnership with the Utah Museums Association is excited to announce the opening of Early Bird Registration for the 2013 Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City! WMA’s 2013 Annual Meeting will be held on October 9-12, 2013. In addition 50 engaging sessions, the program also includes pre-conference tours to Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty and Park City, nine pre-...

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