The Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area 2018 symposium, The Cutting Edge of Public History: New Directions in Interpretation

The Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area is proud to present their 2018 symposium The Cutting Edge of Public History: New Directions in Interpretation, to be held in the MIB Auditorium at the Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C. on March 28-29, 2018. The symposium is designed to focus on new approaches and best practices in presenting American history and showcase leaders in the field. Public history specialists will lead panel discussions on a wide range of topics including new exhibitions on slavery and criminal justice and innovative educational programs for teachers and students.

One conference highlight will be the Journey’s National History Academy, a five-week summer program for high school students offering an immersive learning opportunity and first-hand experiences at the historic sites where American history was made. The Academy will explore extraordinary events and leaders from pre-colonial times to the 21st century, emphasizing the pivotal moments that shaped the American experience.

The Schedule:

March 28th

  • 9:00am – 12:00pm: Optional early entry & tour of the National Museum of American History with curators/docents of the exhibit “The Nation We Build Together”; lunch on own
  • 12:00pm – 1:00pm: Registration at DOI, tables outside of MIB Auditorium
  • 1:00pm – 1:45pm: Welcome Remarks
  • 1:45pm – 3:15pm: Session #1 – Reshaping the Narratives of History
  • 3:15pm – 3:30pm: Break
  • 3:30pm – 5:00pm: Session #2: Storytelling through Technology and Media
  • 5:30 – 7:30pm: Conference Reception at the Decatur House, 1610 H Street, NW, Washington, DC

March 29th

  • 8:00am – 9:00am: Optional Breakfast at DOI
  • 9:00am – 9:45am: Welcome and Key Note
  • 9:45am – 11:15am: Session #3 – Engaging Students and Teachers
  • 11:15am – 11:30am: Break
  • 11:30am – 1:00pm: Session #4 – Interpreting History through Art and Material Culture
  • 1:00pm – 2:00pm: Optional Lunch at DOI
  • 2:00pm: Optional Tours of National Portrait Gallery with curators/docents of exhibit

Speakers include:

Session #1: Reshaping the Narratives of History


Gary Sandling, Vice President of Visitor Programs & Services, Monticello, Charlottesville, VA


Christy Coleman, Chief Executive Officer, American Civil War Museum, Richmond, VA;

Sean Kelley, Senior Vice President, Director of Interpretation, Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site, Philadelphia, PA;

Marcel Sykes, Manager of Interpretive Programs, Montpelier, Montpelier Station, VA

Session #2: Storytelling through Technology and Media


Dana  Allen-Greil, Web and Social Media Branch Chief, National Archives, Washington, DC

Mireya Loza, Curator, Division of Work and Industry, National Museum of American History, Washington, DC;

Stan McGee, Education Specialist, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park;

Selma Thomas, Independent Producer, Executive Producer at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, DC

Session #3: Engaging Students and Teachers


Brent Glass, Director Emeritus, National Museum of American History, Washington, DC

Tim Bailey, Director of Education, The Gilder Lehrman Institute and The Hamilton Education Project, New York, NY;

Bill Sellers, President, Journey Through Hallowed Ground and the National History Academy, Waterford, VA ;

Zachary Gargan, 8th Grade Civics, Mercer Middle School, Aldie, VA

Session #4: Interpreting History through Art and Material Culture


Kim Sajet, Director, National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC

Yoni Appelbaum, Senior Editor and Washington Bureau Chief at The Atlantic, Washinton, DC;

Susan Stein, Richard Gilder Senior Curator and Vice President of Museum Programs, Monticello, Charlottesville, VA;

Shelley Sturman, Head of Object Conservation, National Gallery of Art

The details:

  • Advanced registration is required for the symposium – no tickets will be available at the door.
  • Tickets to the symposium are $30.
  • When purchasing tickets, you will be asked if you plan on attending early entry to the NMAH on the morning of March 28th and the conference reception at the Decatur House on the evening of March 28th. These are included with the ticket price, however spaced is limited.
  • Entry information for the NMAH visit and the conference reception will be emailed out prior to the start of the symposium.
  • Attendees will need to register for the symposium at the Department of the Interior from 12:00pm – 1:00pm on March 28th – a table will be set-up outside the MIB Auditorium. Please bring your Eventbrite ticket and badges will be distributed.
  • Hotel blocks have been made at The Wink, Washington, DC (booking deadline: March 2nd) and Hotel Lombardy Washington DC (booking deadline: February 12th, group #3726). Please reference The Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area’s Symposium when booking.

Contact for questions.

We look forward to seeing you at the symposium!

Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums’ Building Museums conference

Join museum colleagues, architects, other design and construction professionals, and project funders in lively conversation about what is involved in a museum building project.

Attend a day-long workshop on all the elements you need to know to plan, design, and build a successful and sustainable new museum or addition to an existing museum. Learn about planning and building best practices, and how to identify project “red flags.”

Visit new and refurbished museums by attending behind-the-scenes tours. Meet the 2018 winners of the prestigious Buildy Award given to honor exemplary museum building projects. Network with conferees at special receptions and informal “birds of a feather” gatherings.

As in other years, there will be AIA continuing education credits for the workshop and sessions.

Building Museums

UMD Heritage Lectures: Morag Kersel, Wed. Feb. 7 @ 3pm, Woods 1102

Please join us for the talk “Unmasked! Museums, Transparency, the Public Trust, and Things from the Holy Land” given by Morag Kersel, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Museum Studies Minor at DePaul University. The talk will take place Wednesday, February 7 at 3:00 PM in Woods Hall, Room 1102.
Dr. Kersel is the third speaker for the 2017–2018 UMD Heritage Lectures series, co-sponsored by the Department of Anthropology and the Program in Historic Preservation. Her work combines archaeological, archival, and ethnographic research in order to understand the efficacy of cultural heritage law in protecting archaeological landscapes. She co-directs the Follow the Pots Project (, which traces the movement of Early Bronze Age pots from the Dead Sea Plains in Jordan. She is co-author (with Christina Luke) of U.S. Cultural Diplomacy and Archaeology (Routledge 2013) and a co-editor (with Matthew T. Rutz) of Archaeologies of Text: Archaeology, Technology and Ethics (Oxbow 2014).
Museums earn the public’s trust when they are seen as the authority on issues related to care, protection, interpretation, and provenance of the items in their collections. The public counts on the museum to act ethically and to be responsible and transparent in the presentation of the past – they place their trust in the organization. Recent exhibitions of artifacts from the Holy Land at institutions like the Royal Ontario Museum, The Israel Museum, and the Museum of the Bible allow for the examination of museums and public trust. This lecture will examine the differing strands of museum obligation – to the public, to students, to board members, the academic community, the country of origin, and ultimately to the archaeological record. Using the exhibition of things from the Holy Land as a lens we will investigate the politics of public display and the role of the museum.

ALHFAM 2018 Annual Meeting & Conference Fellowships

The application for fellowships to attend the 2018 ALHFAM Annual Meeting & Conference in Tahlequah, OK, June 105, 2018, is now available.

Fellowships are awarded to individual members who have not previously received a fellowship, and those who have not attended an ALHFAM annual conference are especially encouraged to apply.

Fellowships included full conference registration ($400) plus $300 towards travel or lodging expenses.

Applications are due on or before March 15, 2018, and recipients will be notified by April 1, 2018.

A link to the fellowship application can be found here:

If you have any questions, please contact Alisa Crawford, chair of the Fellowship Committee. Her contact information is on the application form.

American Anthropological Association Short-term Internship Summer 2017

The AAA is collaborating with the Center for Folklife and Heritage during the Smithsonian’s Folklife Festival June 29 – July 4; July 6 -9 2017. The AAA will be hosting three interactive workshops on the diverse experiences of migration and displacement.

These workshop events are part of the AAA’s Public Education Initiative on Human Migration.

The AAA would like to recruit graduate and undergraduate students to serve as workshop facilitators, workshop assistant, and social media interns. I believe this will be an excellent opportunity for students to use their anthropological knowledge outside the classroom and gain experience working within a large public setting. This internship is best suited for students in anthropology and sociology; however, we encourage students who are studying ethnomusicology, cultural studies, language studies, and other related disciplines to apply.

Interns will work three hours a day on a rotating shift. Interns are expected to work through the ten days of the Festival during the last week of June and the first week of July, including weekends and the July Fourth holiday. The interns should be comfortable working outdoors in high heat and humidity, in a fast-paced environment among large crowds of people. The festival hours are 11 am to 5 pm. Interns will receive a modest stipend for participating in this event.

Please circulate this message among your faculty, students, and anthropology clubs. Students interested in applying for this internship should send an electronic copy of their resume, unofficial copy of transcripts, and cover letter to

MSMC Practicum – Invitation to Preservation Maryland Open House 4/27

Hello students of the Museum Scholarship and Material Culture program,

You are invited to an Open House this Thursday, April 27, 2017 from 5-7pm in the Maryland Room in Hornbake Library. Come join fellow MSMC student Jen Wachtel and Special Collections in recognizing the contributions of Preservation Maryland, the second-oldest statewide preservation organization in the United States, to the Historic Preservation collections. Students who are considering how to design their MSMC practicum, looking to compare practicum projects,  and/or interested  historic preservation are strongly encouraged to attend this free event.
Remarks will be at 6pm. Students, faculty, staff, and members of the public are most welcome. Light refreshments will be served. Please see the attached announcement for the Preservation Maryland Open House. Contact for more information.
I’m looking forward to seeing some of my former classmates there!
Optional: Register on Eventbrite

Small Museum Association Meeting: Panel and Networking Reception!

Small Museum Association meeting @ University Marriott Conference Center, February 19-21 [Registration Fee]  Check out the website for registration details:

This conference traditionally attracts 200-250 staff and volunteers from small museums across the mid-Atlantic region.  Many participants are associated with Maryland museums.

Conference theme:  All Hands on Deck

Monday, February 20, panel discussion of the role of internships in museums:  “Making Use of ‘All Hands,’ including interns”  3:45-5:30 [Room to be assigned]

Following the panel discussion students in the Certificate Program and graduates are invited to a reception to promote professional networking.  This part of the program is sponsored by the UMd Certificate in Museum Scholarship and Material Culture Program and the  Alumni organization. Open to public.

Please Share With Your Networks!

Call for Papers: 10th Int’l Conference on the Inclusive Museum

We are pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the Tenth International Conference on the Inclusive Museum, held 15–17 September 2017 at the University of Manchester in Manchester, UK.

Founded in 2008, the International Conference on the Inclusive Museum brings together a community of museum practitioners, researchers, and thinkers. The key question addressed by the conference: How can the institution of the museum become more inclusive? In this time of fundamental social change, what is the role of the museum, both as a creature of that change, and perhaps also as an agent of change?

We invite proposals for paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters/exhibits, colloquia, virtual posters, or virtual lightning talks. The conference features research addressing the annual themes and the 2017 Special Focus: “Diaspora, Integration and Museums.”

For more information regarding the conference, use the links below to explore our conference website.

The Inclusive Museum Conference Call for Papers


Small Museum Association Scholarships

Small Museum Association Scholarships 

33rd Annual Conference

February 19-21, 2017

The annual Small Museum Association conference attracts more than 250 museum professionals, board members, and volunteers from a wide variety of small museums. They attend sessions on topics ranging from collections and education to staffing and board issues. We offer a large Museum Resource Hall and plenty of informal networking opportunities for you to talk with (and get ideas from!) other small museum professionals and volunteers.

This year, the SMA conference will offer sessions that address the theme “All Hands on Deck.” Speakers will explore how professional staff, board members and volunteers work together to make small museums thrive.

SMA offers over scholarships each year through the generosity of past conference organizers and attendees as well as several partner organizations. All scholarships cover the cost of conference registration as well as hotel stay and most meals. Anyone affiliated with a museum, library, historical society, or related graduate study program (e.g. Museum Studies, Public History, Library and Information Studies, Historic Preservation) is eligible for the SMA Scholarships. This includes full-time or part-time employees, board members, students, interns, and volunteers.

All application materials must be submitted by November 13, 2016.

For more information go to:

 The Small Museum Association Annual Conference will be held at the: 

Marriott Hotel & Conference Center

3501 University Boulevard East

Hyattsville, MD 20783