Program Perspectives

By Marjorie Schwarzer
A first glance at the Western Museums Association 2014 Annual Meeting Program
My husband and I put it off as long as we could. But after our beloved house’s gutters leaked a greenish slime that was seeping into the wooden supporting beams, we bit the bullet, canceled plans, tightened our belts and ponied up for a new roof. Although the sudden financial bite was large; the...
Dear Colleagues,
 
I am excited to welcome you to my home city of Las Vegas for the Western Museums Association (WMA) 2014 Annual Meeting. Nevada is celebrating its Sesquicentennial anniversary this year, and as I reflect upon where we’ve been, it brings to mind all that is new here in Las Vegas. This year’s theme, “Expect the Unexpected,” is certainly apropos!
 
We all know Las Vegas as an...
Dear Colleagues,
It is no secret that Las Vegas has experienced some pretty extreme growing pains. The population exploded from 45,000 to 2 million in an unprecedented rate of growth over the last 60 years. Since the economic slowdown in 2008, the population has been holding steady bringing Las Vegas out of an infancy fueled by the motto bigger, newer, faster to a more contemplative, adolescent...
By Lauren Valone
With his more than 35 years of experience in the museum field, Mark Hall-Patton will certainly have stories to share during his Keynote Address at the Western Museums Association (WMA) 2014 Annual Meeting. In addition to 14 years as a Board member of the Nevada Museums Association where he served as President from 2000–2002 and 2008–2010, he has also served on the California...
Las Vegas, the Atomic City, was at the center of the nuclear era. At the National Atomic Testing Museum resides one of the most comprehensive collections of nuclear history.
One step into the Atmospheric & Pacific Testing gallery will transport you into another era.

The Atmospheric & Pacific Testing Gallery
The Museum tackles all aspects of atomic testing in the United States from...
A mid-Century modern architectural artifact greets visitors as they enter the Neon Museum: The La Concha Motel Lobby. Originally constructed in 1961 on Las Vegas Boulevard South (next to the Riviera Hotel), the La Concha lobby was saved from demolition in 2005 and moved in 2006 to its current location to serve as the museum’s Visitors’ Center.

The La Concha Visitor Center

The entrance to the...
One step into the Springs Preserve transports you into another world within Las Vegas—one before the time of the Hoover Dam, casinos, and neon lights.
 A unique 180-acre cultural complex, the Springs Preserve features museums (including the Nevada State Museum), galleries, colorful botanical gardens, as well as an interpretive trail system that meanders through one of the richest and most unique...
By René de Guzman
A first glance at the Western Museums Association 2013 Annual Meeting Program
Drive On! !, the theme of the Western Museums Association (WMA) 2013 Annual Meeting, implies urgency and risk-taking. It suggests alignment with the present and future. It describes that moment just after a considered pause when we focus ahead and enter the difficult terrain before us, having faith...
By Kurt Neugebauer
A first glance at the Western Museums Association 2013 Annual Meeting Program
Please join us as we share our experience in using the project management software Basecamp at the Western Museum Association (WMA) 2013 Annual Meeting on Saturday, October 12, at 2:00pm. Basecamp is one of several online software management tools that greatly simplify interactive communication,...
By Brianna Cutts
A first glance at a playful panel discussion at the Western Museums Association 2013 Annual Meeting Program
What I love most about designing exhibitions is the opportunity to tell stories in three dimensions. For me, individual exhibits become backdrops for visitors to immerse in different parts of a larger story, where objects and interactives function as props that engage...

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