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February 28, 2019
by Ann Craig
Two months ago we were hearing a lot about new year’s resolutions. Tips on how to keep your resolution seemed especially popular. For example, telling other people your plans is proven to be one of the most successful strategies to keep you accountable. But, with January and February almost behind us, our resolve wanes. We realize how few of us can actually keep a resolution and we’...
February 21, 2019
by Liz Noelani Melicker
The Presidio Trust is incredibly honored that EXCLUSION: The Presidio’s Role in World War II Japanese American Incarceration is the recipient of the 2018 Charles Redd Award from the Western Museums Association. The award is a recognition of our collaborative work with our partners at the Fred T. Korematsu Institute and National Japanese American Historical Society, and our...
February 14, 2019
by Dulce Kersting-Lark

I enjoy attending conferences like WMA 2018 because they combine two things that I love the most: museums and networking. Museums, of course, institutions that anyone reading this blog post have an affinity for. I know I’m not alone in my adoration for the space that museums provide to contemplate one’s place in the world, or their ability to bring beauty into our lives,...
February 7, 2019
by Kate Wilson
Reflecting on the experience of attending my first Western Museums Association conference was more galvanizing and also more overwhelming than I had expected. It brought me back to Tacoma and the excitement and invigoration I experienced in the array of sessions and discussions. With everything I learned there, it also made me realize there is so much work to be done, in terms of...
January 31, 2019
by Holly Nicolaisen
Choosing to attend the Western Museums Association Annual Meeting was an easy decision, especially as a recipient of a Wanda Chin Scholarship. However, choosing which sessions to attend was difficult.
I attempted to balance sessions that I thought made sense for an early career museum educator in a small community museum, with sessions that I thought would inspire me. I think...
January 24, 2019
by Timothy Hecox
Attending the Western Museums Association (WMA) 2018 Annual Conference in Tacoma, Washington proved to be an inspiring experience. Receiving the Wanda Chin Scholarship provided me with opportunities that will advance my work as a Grants Coordinator at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) and as the Board President of the Oregon Museums Association (OMA) – as well as...
January 17, 2019
by Christy Ham
While this year’s theme of the WMA Annual Meeting was Inspire, community was a hot topic of discussion, and it was one that hit home for me. I am new to the museum field and did not quite know what to expect. My adventure into the world of museum professional started in the Fall of 2017 when I took on the newly-created position of Membership & Visitor Experience Supervisor at...
January 10, 2019
by Cara Gallo
After brushing the desert dust off myself, I was promptly anointed with enthusiasm by the splashy drive from Seattle airport – inspiration sparkled as we arrived at the glistening Murano Hotel. The streets aligned with trees of fiery tones illuminated through the shrouding fog, their autumnal hues and aromas began to feed this Jersey girl hankering for fall’s change – absent from my...


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