Boston National EMP Workshop

From the Boston EMPs. If you’re not on their mailing list, shoot an email to the address below.

On October 15th we will be hosting another National EMP workshop.  The workshop will be based on curriculum developed by AAM and presented by Dan Yaeger, the Executive Director of NEMA (New England Museum Association).  Dan will be speaking about Networking and Personal Branding. The workshop will take place at the Tufts University Art Gallery at 5:45pm.  The presentation will begin at 6pm and may last two hours depending on participation and questions.

Please meet in the gallery at 5:45pm.  We will then go down to a classroom space where the workshop will take place.  You can find directions to the galley on this website :http://artgallery.tufts.edu/plan/directionsParking.htm

These EMP Career Workshops are free to AAM members and require pre-registration via the AAM website.  In addition to registering on the AAM website, please email us at BostonEMPS@gmail.comas well.

The registration website is currently being created.  Please stay tuned for more details and a link.

American & New England Studies Material Culture Series at Boston University

A terrific-sounding series, relayed to us by Museum Studies certificate alum Gretchen Pineo, who’s doing an MA in Historic Preservation at BU right now.

The American and New England Studies Program Announce Their 2012 Conversation Series:

MATERIAL CULTURE

Please Join Us For the First Meeting

Dale Broholm, Senior Critic of Furniture Design & Daniel Cavicchi, Associate Professor of History, Philosophy, and Social Sciences, Rhode Island School of Design will present:

“Witness Tree Project: Teaching History and Material Culture Through Object Creation”

When: October 22, 2012

Time: 6:00 PM

Where: CAS 200 / 725 Commonwealth Avenue

The Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site is currently exhibiting artwork from the Rhode Island School of Design’s Witness Tree Project through September 30th. The exhibit, entitled “Echoes of the Olmsted Elm,” presents student works created from the wood of the Olmsted Elm, a tree that for nearly 200 years graced the landscape of Fairsted, Olmstead’s home and office. Please visit www.nps.gov/frla/planyourvisit/elmexhibit.htm for more information.

Learn more about future events in the series at their website.

“Critical Conversations: The State of History in the National Park Service”

Great event, free to the public. Check it out, and if you go, write us a recap for the blog! The report they’re talking about can be found here.

“Critical Conversations: The State of History in the National Park Service”

In 2012, the Organization of American Historians released a report
critically examining the state of history in the National Parks.  Imperiled
Promise: The State of History in the National Park Service reveals the
findings of four historians who embarked on the study in 2008.  The report
identifies and addresses thirteen areas of concern.  Our discussions will
focus on the History/Interpretation Divide; Partnerships for History; Fixed
and Fearful Interpretation; and Civic Engagement.

At “Critical Conversations,” NPS staff tasked with the myriad
responsibilities of engaging the public with the past at the nation’s
parks– interpreters, historians, curators, and their colleagues-will
reflect on the report and its implications, and brainstorm ways to meet
identified challenges.  What will it take for the NPS to “recommit to
history,” and where we might go from here?

Join NPS staff and the UMass Boston History Department for an afternoon of
two consecutive roundtable discussions where participants will reflect on
the major findings of the OAH report; discussion with the audience will
follow.

The roundtable discussions will be followed by a reception.

Where: Massachusetts Archives
220 Morrissey Blvd., Columbia Point, Boston
3rd floor, Room 315

When: Friday, November 2, 2012

Time: 1:00-6:00 pm

Free and open to the public.  Parking available.

Co-sponsored by University of Massachusetts Boston History Department, and
Boston National Historical Park

Questions:  contact Jane Becker, History Department, UMass Boston
jane.becker@umb.edu

Change in the Guard at the Tufts Museum Studies Blog

After a little over two years, and 734 posts, I’m stepping down as the editor of the Tufts Museum Studies Blog. I graduated with my MA in History and Museum Studies in May 2012, and have been working on a succession plan since then. I’m happy to say that the blog will be in very capable hands. There are some great big steps ahead that will change the blog for the better, so keep watching!

Phillippa Pitts, the new editor, is a graduate student in Art History and Museum Studies, with an expected graduation of May 2014. Phillippa, in addition to being a terrific person, also keeps busy as the Curatorial Intern at the Tufts University Art Gallery and as a Gallery Instructor at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She has previously worked as the Web & Social Media Producer at The Mary Baker Eddy Library and as a museum consultant with SCVNGR.

Phillippa will take over the editorship of the blog on October 1.

I will continue to contribute occasional guest posts, but will be moving on to other projects in the museum community, including my new professional blog, Amblering. You can find me on LinkedIn or Twitter if you’d like to stay in touch, and I’ll be presenting on a few panels at the NEMA Annual Conference, so email me if you’d like to be in touch there!

Museums in the News

Welcome to our weekly roundup of news articles about museums.

Dallas museum to display artwork from JFK suite before his death

Smithsonian Seeks to Remake Stodgy Image

zaigas gailes birojs: zanis lipke memorial museum

Museum reform in Milan sparks fears of “privatisation”

Steel museum looks at strike, mill closings

Lubbock museum euthanizes mules for exhibit

Black history museum misses its opening date for third time

MUSEUM GUILT: The Onion Tackles Serious Issue Affecting Gallerygoers