Sharing our Stories: The Role of Michigan Museums

October 17-19, 2017
Lansing


Concurrent Sessions
Thursday, October 19
11:00-12:15

Community Classroom Collaborations: a.k.a Field Trips (H)

    • Michele Dunham, Education Program Coordinator, Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm

The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm partners with Rochester Community Schools to provide the history component of the social studies curriculum to all students in grades K-4 through Community Classroom Collaborations.  This session will lead attendees through the process of developing, marketing, scheduling, implementing, staffing and assessing strong, curriculum driven programs. Attendees will have the time and tools to network, brainstorm and explore the different opportunities that your museum has to create programs that align with curriculum and provide a relevant and valuable experience that becomes an extension of the classroom.


Preserving History and Presenting Truths: Our Highest Calling? (C)

    • Petra Alsoofy, Educator, Arab American National Museum

At a time when traditional media has been successfully marginalized as a source of accurate information and social media has become an engine for increased polarization in our society, can museums fill in the gap? People generally trust museums to tell the truth, but is truth one- sided? 


During this session, attendees will consider whether we deserve the public’s trust. Together, we will ponder critical questions: Should museums be presenting the truth or rather the complexity of an event or a story?  Are we responsible for the missing perspectives?  Are we telling the whole truth? Why or why not? In what way are museums biased? What steps can we take to ensure we do not break the public trust?


Making Our Work Visible: Outreach Related to Grant-Funded Work (P)

    • Louise Stewart Beck, IMLS Conservator, The Henry Ford
    • Mallory Bower, Conservation Assistant, The Henry Ford
    • Rick Plummer, Executive Director, Mason County Historical Society
    • Jessica Herczeg-Konecny, Digital Asset Manager, Detroit Institute of Arts
    • Barbara Heller,  Director and Conservator, Special Projects, Detroit Institute of Arts

Michigan museums receive thousands of federal and state funding dollars annually to conduct research and support collections. With funding agencies under attack, it is more important than ever to ensure that the public understands the role and importance of grant-funded work in museums. This panel will explore how museums of all sizes are emphasizing the role of grants in their work, and how the public responds to and absorbs this outreach.  The panelists will discuss their outreach efforts and present results such as a new website, use of emerging technology such as Facebook Live, and in-person outreach efforts.


Sharing Our Stories: Oral Histories Beyond the Archive (H)

    • Bree Boettner, Manager of School Programs, Detroit Historical Society
    • William Winkel, Detroit ‘67 Oral History Project Manager, Detroit Historical Society

Oral history projects can help history museums build community relationships and gather diverse perspectives on local history. In this session, participants will learn the basics of creating multicultural, community-wide oral history projects, and why and how collecting oral and written histories demonstrates a frequency of competing truths. Session participants will use collected oral histories to gather a better understanding of the importance of reaching out to various communities to fully understand historical events, while leaving with tangible ideas on how to use oral history content to develop more inclusive, representative and diverse historical content for exhibitions and educational programming.



 The Michigan Museums Association is supported in part by an award from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.

 The Michigan Museums Association is supported in part by an award from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Michigan Museums Association 313-334-7643 PO Box 5246, Cheboygan, MI 49721 lcbrisson@michiganmuseums.org

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