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The 2018 Michigan Museums Association Conference will take place in Dearborn

October 28-30, 2018 

Concurrent Sessions
Wednesday, October 18,

Event Rentals - A Balancing Act: Preserving and Protecting Your Historic Space (C)

    • Sara Schultz, Museum Manager, Ford Piquette Avenue Plant
    • Rennae Healey, Museum Assistant, Ford Piquette Avenue Plant

The demand for nontraditional event spaces is growing. In turn, museums and historic sites have begun to open their doors to more facility rentals, creating new challenges and new opportunities. This session will foster dialogue on the balancing act of maintaining integrity as a museum and generating revenue through hosting events. Through shared experiences, attendees will explore strategies and mechanisms to reach the new audiences that come with renting and utilizing spaces at historic sites.

Increasing Audience Diversity and Inclusion in your Museum—Create an Action Plan (H)

    • Stacey Simmons, Community Outreach Program Manager, The Henry Ford

Given the nation’s rapidly changing demographics, the future of museums depends in large part on engagement in diversity and inclusion initiatives. In this session, explore how to integrate these vital initiatives and create a plan of action that can be implemented by cultural institutions large and small (even on a shoestring budget). By sharing tactics that worked well for The Henry Ford in initiating, expanding, and enhancing its Community Outreach Program, we will identify actionable processes to initiate new community relationships, provide more inclusive programming and activities within the existing framework, and establish an ongoing commitment to these actions.

Student Papers

Facilitator: Susan Bandes, MSU Museum Studies Program

    • Jacob McCormick, Michigan State University, current student

Collecting Marching Band Uniforms as Historical Objects

This presentation highlights the importance of collecting marching band uniforms by museums and cultural institutions, using the MSU Museum collection as a case study. Marching band uniforms serve as tools for community building and collective memory and as resources for historical research. Knowledge can be gleaned from studying the objects themselves and their place in local history, fashion history, and the social history of music and band life.

    • Samantha Malott, Eastern Michigan University, 2016 graduate

Boom to Blight: Brush Park, 1900 – 1950

Often referred to as a microcosm of Detroit, Brush Park’s decline from prosperity to decades of blight highlights some of the city’s broader issues, including an aggressively reinforced economic hierarchy & redlining. This presentation will explore a website designed to focus on Brush Park’s transitional years in order to identify the changes that led to its physical deterioration. The goal of this project was to develop a method of preserving this neighborhood’s history in a location easily accessible to modern Detroiters, so they may leverage this information for the betterment of their city.
      • Katherine Watson, Saginaw Valley State University, 2016 graduate

    “A Shining Light”: The Flint Children’s Museum

    Using my experiences working at the Flint Children’s Museum (FCM) as a springboard, this session will explore the institution’s past, present, and future by learning why it was founded, it's expansion, where it’s going, and how the FCM engages with surrounding community members and organizations.  

      • Jasmine Smith, Michigan State University, 2017 graduate

    Interning at a Developing Museum: The Battle Creek Regional History Museum

    This presentation will discuss the rewards, challenges and suggestions for interning at a developing institution. The Battle Creek Regional History Museum is a relatively new institution run by a group of volunteers. Their goal is to preserve and share the history of Battle Creek, which was home to historical figures such as Sojourner Truth and W.K. Kellogg. However, most of the museum’s exhibition space and collection is in the very beginning stages of development.

    Digitizing a newspaper collection and bringing it to life (P)

      • Pat McKay, Manager at the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm
      • Samantha Lawrence, Archives and Collections Coordinator at the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm
      • Jim Coe, Innovative Processing LLC

    What does it take to digitize hundreds of newspapers and make them searchable online? The Rochester Hills Museum was faced with this question when they decided to digitize their local newspaper collection in an effort to share it with their community. The panelists will discuss how they identified a company to digitize the fragile documents, financed the project, and found a web server to make the newspapers available online.

     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.

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