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Free New England Heritage Education Summit

 Converging Paths and Common Goals

Archaeology, History, Science, Interpretation, and Education                                      

 October 13, 2017

The Archaelogical Institute of America and the Museum of Science are hosting a summit for heritage educators and those in affiliated fields at the Museum of Science in Boston.

If you are a heritage educator or in an affiliated field, we invite you to join us for a daylong summit where we will identify and highlight successful practices, provide participants with hands on experiences and practical advice, and encourage networking and collaboration among those of us who are engaged in similar efforts and share the same passion for reaching out to the public. We are looking for participants from a wide variety of backgrounds, including museums, historical societies, schools, historic parks, governmental agencies, non-profits, and living history groups to explore public outreach programs through shared and divergent lenses.

Join us for this unique professional development opportunity!

Date:     October 13, 2017

Place:    Museum of Science, 1 Science Park, Boston, MA 02114

Register Now:

Preliminary Schedule

8am                       Welcome and Icebreaker

8:30-9:15              Heritage Education Perspectives on Outreach Part I (panel)

9:15-10:05           Bringing the Community Together: Archaeology Fairs

10:30-11:20         Archaeology and STEM

11:20-12:30         Heritage Education Perspectives on Outreach Part II (group discussion)

12:30-1                 Future Plans and Concluding remarks

1pm                       Lunch together in cafeteria (optional)

Sponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America and the Museum of Science, Boston

New England Museum Association Conference

Who: Museum people! Includes new and experienced professionals, as well as students

What: New England Museum Association annual conference – 3 days of challenging and encouraging conversations

Where: Falmouth, MA – the Cape!

When: October 25-27, 2017

Almost exactly a month from now the New England Museum Association (NEMA) will hold their annual conference. This is a fantastic opportunity for current and emerging museum professionals as well as museum students to participate in current conversations in the field, do some networking, and be a part of the largest gathering of New England museum professionals. While the early bird deadline has passed, there is still plenty of time to sign up – for one day or all three days!

This year’s conference theme is ‘Truth and Trust: Museums in a Polarized Society.’ With sessions such as Leading from all Levels: What You Can Do for Social Justice; Thinking about Science, Creativity, and Informal Learning: Conversations about Public Conflict over Decision-Relevant Science; Finding New Relevance in Legacy Collections; and many more, there are bound to be great and challenging conversations throughout the whole conference! And if that’s not enough, the evenings offer events to continue networking and relax in fun environments – such as a beach BBQ and exclusive visits to fascinating local museums.

To learn more about the conference, see the full schedule of sessions and events, and register, click here. 

New England Furniture Class

Explore New England furniture at this in-depth series. Historic New
England Senior Curator of Collections Nancy Carlisle introduces
furniture made and used in New England from the seventeenth to
the mid-nineteenth century. Learn about regional variations in style,
changing shop practices, consumer patterns, craftsmanship, and
technology. Examine original pieces from Historic New England’s
extensive collection up close. The course concludes with a tour of the
furniture collection and conservation lab.

Wednesdays, 2–4 pm:
October 4: Seventeenth Century and William and Mary Style
October 11: Queen Anne and Chippendale Styles
October 18: Federal and Empire Styles
October 25: Victorian and Arts and Craft Styles
November 1: In-depth tour of furniture storage
Per class: $20, $15 Historic New England members and students
Series pricing: $75, $50 Historic New England members and students

Registration required. In order to attend the in-depth tour of furniture storage, Wednesday, November 1, you must register for the entire series. For more information and to register, call 617-994-5959 or visit

Haverhill Facility,151 Essex Street, Haverhill, Massachusetts

Historic New England Field School in Preservation Practice

Historic New England is pleased to announce that its Field School in Preservation Practice will this year focus on “Using Easements to Protect Historic Property” and will take place Friday, October 13 and Saturday, October 14 in Shirley Center and Harvard, Massachusetts.

Through lectures, case studies, and field observations at historic sites in Shirley and Harvard, advocates in historic preservation, museum, and related fields will learn from Historic New England and other experts, including noted restoration educator Robert Adam, how to manage and administer preservation easements for historic public and private property. The program will focus on all aspects of using preservation easements, from identifying character defining features, implementing preservation restriction agreements, and assessing the condition of historic fabric, to ongoing easement monitoring, identifying treatment options, and managing project approvals.

The Field School will include group exercises and will provide graduate students, preservation and museum professionals, and others responsible for historic properties and easement administration an in-depth examination of Historic New England’s long-standing preservation easement program, which protects 106 notable properties across New England.

Register online at; space is limited to 20. $200, $150 for Historic New England members, $75 for students with ID. Fee includes lunch on Saturday, snacks and beverages both Friday and Saturday; lodging and travel to practicum sites not included.

For more information, please visit or contact Sally Zimmerman, Senior Preservation Services Manager, at 617-994-6644


Free Webinar: Getting Started with Employee Onboarding

The American Alliance of Museums and AAM’s Leadership and Management Network are presenting a webinar on Thursday, September 14th, 2017, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm, Getting Started with Employee Onboarding. In conjunction with this webinar, Historic Newton is hosting a free webinar “watch and talk” event at the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, and we would like you to join us. This is a great opportunity to connect with and learn from local colleagues – and the webinar is only accessible at one of the watch-talk locations. There is no cost to attend our local “watch and talk” event, however advanced registration is required. Feel free to forward this to anyone else in the museum community.

Getting Started with Employee Onboarding

This webinar will benefit hiring managers and HR professionals seeking to enhance their onboarding practices. After participating in this program, participants will be able to identify the importance of onboarding in engaging every new hire from the start; learn how onboarding increases job satisfaction and performance, and decreases turnover; gain practical advice on the different stages of the onboarding process, and important things to do even before your new hire starts work; and, take away ready-to-use, scalable ideas and suggestions to create a fully-inclusive onboarding program that is custom-made for your organization.

The “watch and talk” event at the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds consists of the following, but you do not have to attend the pre and post sessions if you do not wish:

  • 30 minutes of pre-webinar check-in and networking (optional)
  • 90-minute live webinar (2:00 pm to 3:30 pm)

RSVP for Historic Newton’s FREE “watch and talk” event HERE. The webinar will take place at the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds at 286 Waverley Ave., Newton, MA 02458. We have a fully accessible location with parking on site for persons with mobility issues. Additional parking can be found on the street at no cost right in front of the museum. Please see the parking map with questions –

For additional program information, visit the AAM website, email Max Metz Jr. at Historic Newton at or contact Greg Stevens at AAM at

We hope you can join us!

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