NEMA Conference Scholarships

I know, I know – grad students don’t exactly have a ton of excess money floating around, so you’re a little hesitant about ponying up the cash for the NEMA conference this fall.

You don’t have to go it alone, though! There are several scholarships available that will help pay to attend NEMA – and at least one of them provides preference to Tufts students. (The Laura B. Roberts Scholarship.)

Check out all the NEMA opportunities here. You submit one application, and they’ll consider you for all the scholarships for which you are qualified. Deadline is September 17, and they’ll notify in early October.

But why put all your eggs in one basket? Did you know that Tufts University offers travel funding to conferences for its graduate students? I was lucky enough to receive funding last winter to travel to Salt Lake City to attend a Program Committee meeting for AASLH – and I if I made the cut, then you definitely can!

Learn more about Tufts funding opportunities here.

Last but not least – consider other ways to subsidize your attendance. Split a hotel room with three or four other Tufts students. Sign up to volunteer. Carpool up in someone’s trunk backseat.

Moral of the story: you don’t want to miss this conference.

AASLH Online Conference

The American Association for State and Local History’s Annual Conference is an amazingly good time for museum & history professionals, but this year it’s being held all the way across the country from us in Salt Lake City, Utah.

If your student budget can’t stretch to cover airfare and the hotel, consider this terrific idea instead: attending the conference online. For a pretty low fee, you can get access to (in my opinion) some of the very best and most interesting sessions at the conference. If anyone is interested in splitting the group attendance fee at the member discount, let me know and perhaps we can arrange a Tufts viewing party!

Here’s what AASLH has to say:

Can’t come to Salt Lake City but still want to attend the AASLH Annual Meeting? You can still attend the Online Conference and attend six hot topic sessions from the 2012 Annual Meeting, plus featured speakers, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich and Will Bagley!

Online Conference Sessions:

  • Too Important to Fail! Historic House Museums Meet Communities’ Needs
  • Bad Boards, Bad Boards, What’cha Gonna Do: Strategies for Fixing Poorly Functioning Museum Boards
  • Localizing Difficult Histories
  • The Changing Web: The Future of the (History) Website
  • Yield to On-Coming Traffic: No Stopping Strollers and Small Feet
  • What Do History Museums Really Need to Know About Their Visitors’ Experience?

Visit the Online Conference Website for more information and the full schedule.

  • $55 Individuals
  • $105 Individuals
  • $95 Group
  • $145 Group
  • $115 Group, multiple log ins
  • $175 Group, multiple log ins

Register Now!

Informational Interviews

As you progress through your museum career (or really any career!), getting advice from those who have been there and done that is crucial. Do you want to be a decorative arts curator? Then talk to other decorative arts curators, find out what they do every day, and how they got to where they are. Talk to more than one. Find  your own path with their examples as guides.

Here’s a great article about informational interviews: how to reach out and secure them, how to make sure they’re productive, and how they can help you.

Museums in the News

Welcome to our weekly news roundup of news articles about museums!

A day at Saratoga’s real Museum

Museum Is Literally Spitting Out Burned Exhibits

Every boyfriend’s nightmare: Inside Seoul’s new handbag museum

How the Gardner’s garden grows: Nursing the Gardner Museum’s plants back to health

At age 30, Acton’s Discovery Museums still looking to the future

Stolen antique revolver recovered after museum curator sees it on cable TV show

Crowdfunding a Museum for Alexander Graham Bell in 1922

Museum makeup questioned

National Railway Museum hit by nepotism row as curator’s husband wins contracts

A Window On The Future Of The Clyfford Still Museum

At the Holocaust Museum, treading quietly through the unspeakable

The World’s 8 Weirdest Food Museums

Amid a Renovation, Rethinking the Neuberger

From Getty Intern to Arts Professional: Museum Educator Jennifer Reid

Weekly Jobs Listing

Each Saturday, we round up the most recent jobs that we’ve posted. Remember, jobs always go up immediately on a separate page, so if you’re really hunting, check there first!

  • Public Program Coordinator [Vermont Historical Society] Public Program Coordinator General Description: The Public Program Coordinator will be responsible for the development and implementation of public programs primarily for adults and families.  This is a full-time, permanent position with a Tuesday-Sa…
  • Evaluator [Dallas Museum of Art and Museum of Nature and Science] The Dallas Museum of Art and the Perot Museum of Nature and Science would like to announce a new job posting.  The Evaluator is a unique, shared position between the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) and the Perot Museum of Nature and Science (Perot), playin…
  • Director of Professional Development and School Programs [Connecticut Science Center] Director of Professional Development and School Programs, Connecticut Science Center *Connecticut Science Center***** *Director of Professional Development and School Programs***** *FLSA: *Full Time (40 hours), Exempt**** *Reporting to: *Vice…
  • Assistant Director for Interpretation [The Old North Foundation] Job Description Assistant Director for Interpretation, The Old North Foundation Organization: The Old North Foundation 193 Salem Street Boston, MA 20113 Region: Boston Category: Assistant director/interpetation Type: …
  • Museum Educator [The Museum of Jewish Heritage] Museum Educator – The Museum of Jewish Heritage: A Living Memorial to the Holocaust The Museum of Jewish Heritage — A Living Memorial to the Holocaust is seeking a Museum Educator. Responsibilities of this position include coordinating the Galler…
  • Director of Education [The Anne Frank Center] Director of Education – The Anne Frank Center The Anne Frank Center USA (AFC), a museum and educational center located in downtown Manhattan, is seeking a full-time Director of Education. Founded by Otto Frank in 1977 to advance his daughter’s legacy…
  • Student Trainee (Museum Curator) [Puget Sound Navy Museum] Job Title:STUDENT TRAINEE (MUSEUM CURATOR) – INTERNSHIP Department:Department of the Navy Agency:Immediate Office of the Chief of Naval Operations Job Announcement Number:NW21099-09-721736K1405846-P SALARY RANGE: $33,414…