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December 2, 2022
Written by 2022 Wanda Chin Scholarship Recipient Hayley Noble
The 2022 WMA Annual Meeting in Portland was not the first meeting I attended, but it was the first in a leadership position. Previously, I attended the Boise meeting in 2019 as a part-time employee with the Idaho State Historical Society. Now in 2022, I am the Executive Director of a small historical society that runs a house museum in...
December 2, 2022
Written by 2022 Wanda Chin Scholarship recipient Keala Rusher
The opportunity to attend the Western Museums Association Annual Meeting as an emerging museum professional was incredibly valuable for all the ways the weekend reaffirmed that building strong and authentic relationships with community must be at the forefront of museum work. While building relationships with community is already...
December 2, 2022
Written by 2022 Wanda Chin Scholarship Recipient Jenna Canals
I can do this. One final affirmation in the mirror before Day 1 of my first conference. My heart is in my throat, my stomach is in my butt, and I’m flooded with equal parts excitement and apprehension. I’m out the door and on my way to the Opening Session and Keynote. I’ve missed most of the morning coffee but my 8 AM “Pep Talk with...
December 2, 2022
Written by 2022 Wanda Chin Scholarship Recipient Elizabeth Beutel
I had the honor of attending the 2022 WMA Conference in Portland, OR as a Wanda Chin Scholarship Awardee. While there, several events reminded me of an important lesson to keep in mind as I navigate the museum world: Simple questions almost never have simple answers.
I attended sessions by the fantastic presenters. I learned about...
December 2, 2022
Written by 2022 Wanda Chin Scholarship Recipient Terri Thomas
Thanks to a generous Wanda Chin scholarship, I was privileged to be a first-time attendee at the Western Museums Association annual meeting, where talented museum professionals came together after a prolonged period of separation and shared bold visionary work that reflects the needs of our current times. Like flame licking up the side...
November 30, 2022

With almost every WMA Weekly newsletter, we share out a fun-to-watch Moment of Zen to help brighten up everyone's inbox. Always a popular feature, we wanted to highlight our MOST watched Moments of Zen, taking a look between January 1, 2022, and today.
Of course, none-other than the Golden Girl herself, Betty White, took top place with a variety of adorable, funny animals following suit.
November 27, 2022

Installation view, Many Wests, Whatcom Museum. Photo: Christopher Scarborough
Written by Amy Chaloupka, Curator of Art, Whatcom Museum
The Whatcom Museum is truly honored to receive the 2022 Charles Redd Center for Western Studies Award for Exhibition Excellence for Many Wests: Artists Shape an American Idea. We proudly accepted the award this past October at the Western Museums Association (WMA...
November 14, 2022

Congratulations to WMA's 2022 Leadership Award recipient Dr. John H. Falk!
This past October, more than 400 attendees gathered at WMA's 2022 Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon. After an afternoon filled with pre-conference tours and workshops, the first full-day of learning sessions and networking events started off early morning with the 2022 General Opening Session & Keynote.
Followed by...


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