Upcoming events

    • August 16, 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 26
    Registration is closed

    Learn about best practices for visitor-centered exhibit labels in this day-long workshop. Suzanne Fischer will offer participants an introduction to the development, writing, and evaluation of labels using a real-world example of an existing small museum.

    With the Warren Historical Commission's Bunert One-Room Schoolhouse Museum as a case-study, workshop attendees will participate in dynamic writing exercises, take a mini-field trip, and work in groups to write and revise labels.

    Participants will gain experience in the following:

    • developing and assessing interpretive goals
    • using a style guide
    • writing for clarity and relevance
    • using label writing to support DEAI goals
    • writing for accessibility and readability
    • writing to word count
    • editing, and revising
    • evaluating labels

    They will also learn what roles labels can and cannot play in museum experiences.

    This workshop will be useful for anyone who writes in museums, wants to write in museums, wants to sharpen their skills, or is just interested in why and how labels are written. This will be a collaborative writing workshop - participants should be prepared to write during the workshop and to read aloud.


    Suzanne Fischer is Principle for Exhibit Coach LLC, which helps develop exhibits that make visitors and staff feel engaged, included, and amazed. Exbibit Coach works with institutions, teams, and individuals to provide exhibit brainstorming, scoping, planning, and concept development; interpretive planning; exhibit and wayfinding assessments; collections strategy; and team and individual coaching and workshops

    Suzanne has spent 15 years in director and curator roles at history museums, most recently the Michigan History Center, where as museum director she led 11 museums and historic sites around the state. She was also a curator at the Oakland Museum of California and The Henry Ford. 

    Suzanne has developed exhibits of all sizes, many focused on diverse stories, from one case to interpretive trails to 80,000 sq ft, winning multiple national exhibit awards along the way. She has also acquired and managed many types of collections.

    Suzanne's executive experience gives her a unique perspective on the role of exhibits and exhibit teams in institutional strategy. Her history expertise (Ph.D., history of science and technology, University of Minnesota) gives her a unique understanding of context, methodology, and research. Finally, her dozens of successful exhibits have taught her that what she loves most about them--just behind connecting with visitors--is the excitement and creative energy of exhibit development teamwork. She loves being the catalyst to get teams moving on developing amazing visitor experiences!

    Registration (includes lunch)

    MMA Members*    $275
    Non-Members        $375

    *MMA members must be logged in to access the member rate

    Registration is open through August 1. 


    Warren Community Center
    5460 Arden Ave
    Warren, MI 48092


    Hosted by the Warren Historical Commission

    • August 16, 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Dearborn Historical Museum
    Registration is closed

    Join Prism Specialties of Southeast Michigan for a fun evening at the Dearborn Historical Museum. Heavy hors d’oeuvres and period cocktails will be offered and the museum grounds will be open for touring. Our hosts will also give a brief presentation about emergency planning and response and present a gift for everyone to take home. 

    This is a free event for MMA members. 

    Please rsvp by August 8.

    • October 10, 2022
    • 9:00 AM
    • October 12, 2022
    • 4:00 PM
    • Mackinac Island, Michigan

    Guest Tickets
    Does not include most conference activities

    Family, friends and colleagues are welcome to participate in workshops, tours, and activities as space allows, in the MMA Business Meeting Luncheon, and in the event events. Guest tickets are available for purchase through September 26. 

    Monday, October 10


    A Day with an Anishinaabe Historian - $150
    9-4            Acquiring New Donors - $200
    9-12          A Morning of Archaeology - $10
    9-12          MI Humanities Funding Workshop - FREE
    1-4            An Afternoon of Archaeology - $10
    1-4            MSU Press Open House - FREE
    6-8            Opening Reception at Fort Mackinac $75

    Tuesday, October 11

    12-1:30     MMA Annual Business Meeting Luncheon $75
    5-6             Anniversary Celebration Reception $75
    8-9             Trivia $25

    Wednesday, October 12

    9-12           Intro to Disaster Response and Water Salvage Wkshp - $50
    Metadata Grooming for Museums Workshop - $50
    Mackinac’s Historic Landscape Walking Tour - $10
    Dressing for Interp. Success: Historical Clothing Tips - $10
    Heritage Center Tour - $10
    Mackinac’s Historic Landscape Walking Tour - $10
    Michigan EMP Biking Expedition  - FREE
    1-4             Mackinac by Foot - $10
    Explore Colonial Michilimackinac - FREE
    4-?              Wrap-up Happy Hour - $25

    • October 10, 2022
    • 9:00 AM
    • October 12, 2022
    • 4:00 PM
    • Mackinac Island, Michigan

    Join members of the Michigan museum community as we explore museum work,
    Mackinac Island, and 50 years of coming together!

    • The conference keynote, concurrent sessions, the MMA Annual Meeting, and the Museum Cafe will all take place at Grand Hotel on Tuesday. 
    • Evening events include the opening reception at Fort Mackinac on Monday, the MMA Anniversary Celebration Reception and Trivia Night on Tuesday, and a Wrap-Up Happy Hour on Wednesday afternoon. 
    • Monday and Wednesday of the conference provide opportunities for small groups of attendees to participate together in tours, workshops, and activities. Most have additional cost. More information

    Whether you want to learn more about Mackinac Island, our local host, Mackinac State Historic Parks or delve deeper into museum practice, we have you covered.

    Click her for detailed conference information


    Monday, October 10

    • Workshops, Tours and Activities*
    • Opening Reception at Fort Mackinac

    Tuesday, October 11

    • Member Community Coffees
    • Keynote
    • Concurrent Sessions
    • MMA Annual Meeting
    • Museum Café
    • Anniversary Celebration Reception
    • MMA History Trivia

    Wednesday, October 12

    • Workshops, Tours and Activities*
    • Wrappy Hour (Wrap-up Happy Hour) on Lisa's Porch

    *Most Monday and Wednesday workshops, tours and activities have an additional cost.


    Member scholarship applications open July 5 and are due on July 19. 

The Michigan Museums Association is supported in part by an award from the Michigan Arts and Culture Council

Thank you to our Partners!

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

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