Afternoon Tea with the Boston EMPs!

Afternoon Tea with the Boston EMPs!

Join the Boston EMPs (Emerging Museum Professionals) for a spot of tea on Saturday, December 6th at 2:00 PM. Hosted at Abigail’s Tea Room in the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, this friendly get to together is the perfect time to catch up with new and old museum friends. In addition to enjoying a cup of tea with some friends, we will also be discussing the 96th annual NEMA conference. From first impressions to your favorite session, what did you think of this year’s conference? E-mail us at BostonEMPs [at] gmail [dot] com with your name by December 5th to reserve a spot at this event.

Announcement — Visitor Studies Association conference in Boston in 2016

The Visitor Studies Association (VSA) is looking ahead to its July 2016 conference in Boston and sending a special invitation to area Museum Studies students to get involved in the association.  Marta Byer of the VSA (and the Museum of Science, Boston) says “We’d love to meet your students and show them how VSA can help them as a professional resource in the informal learning field even before the conference comes to town.”


Join the Visitor Studies Association!

What is VSA?

The Visitor Studies Association (VSA) is a membership organization dedicated to understanding

and enhancing learning experiences in informal settings through research, evaluation, and


VSA offers an array of services designed to foster evidence-based practice, including an annual

conference, professional development workshops, and the peer-reviewed journal Visitor

Studies. Through these and other activities, VSA helps researchers, practitioners, policy-
makers, organizational leaders, and funders advance the field of informal learning.

How can VSA help Museum Studies students?

By participating in VSA, you can

– Learn and share information about improving informal learning experiences

– Connect with others in the field

– Gain access to visitor studies resources

– Become aware of professional development opportunities

How can you get involved?

There are many opportunities for members and non-members alike to get involved!

Check our website for all the details:

Some examples of involvement:

– Join the association as a student for only $30 a year

– Attend the annual conference

o July 14-18, 2015 in Indianapolis

o July 2016 in Boston

– Propose a conference session, panel, poster, or workshop

o Deadline for 2015 conference sessions: December 8, 2014

o Find more info at

– Share your e-mail to sign up for a quarterly e-newsletter

– Subscribe to the VSA listserv and join in the conversation

– Read Visitor Studies or submit an article

– Follow us on Twitter @Visitor_Studies and on Facebook

How can you learn more?

Feel free to contact Marta Beyer, VSA Ambassador, for more information:


Visitor Studies Association 2015 Conference, Call for Proposals

he Visitor Studies Association (VSA) seeks to foster a sense of community among its members, who gather once a year to pose intriguing questions, explore diverse opinions, debate controversial issues, challenge assumptions and share their successes and their struggles—in essence, to learn from one another.

Taking Action for Improvement, Growth, and Social Change

The 2015 Conference will be in Indianapolis, IN July 16-18, 2015!

The 2015 conference offers a venue for presenting new research, findings, and methods and exploring higher level topics and questions of interest to the field of informal learning. This year, the thematic focus of the keynote and plenaries will emphasize the ways in which we can take action through our work. To take action, we need to develop ourselves as creative and dynamic leaders, as individuals and within institutions and organizations dedicated to supporting informal learning opportunities; this is the key to fulfilling our potential for public service. Come join the discussion.

The Call for Session Proposals is now OPEN.

The Call for Workshop Proposals is now OPEN.

Panel Discussion this Tuesday at the Mary Baker Eddy Library

Student Marie Palladino sent this announcement in. Thanks, Marie!

— A Panel Discussion and Presentation —





A panel of experts will address such questions as:

• How is the digital revolution affecting historical research and the dissemination of information?

• What does this mean for all of us, amid increasing expectations for transparency and the immediacy

of accessing historical records and documents?

• Fast, cheap, and thorough—Can you have it all?

Panelists will present case studies:

DR. NEIL MANN (The New York Public Library), on digitizing significant literary manuscript collections

and making them available online.

NANCY HEYWOOD (The Massachusetts Historical Society), on opening up extensive digital resources

around prized collections, such as the Adams Papers.

DR. SHERRY DARLING (The Mary Baker Eddy Library), on launching the Mary Baker Eddy Papers online this

past January.


BETH LUEY, a leader in the field of documentary editing, has served as President of the Association

for Documentary Editing and related professional organizations. She is the author of Handbook for Academic

Authors, now in its fifth edition.

For more information, contact Jonathon Eder, Programs Producer: 617-450-7131 |

DATE CHANGE: Young professionals event at Old North Church October 1

Erin Wederbrook Yuskaitis passed this along. Thanks, Erin! The NEW DATE of this event is October 1.

Do you live in Boston but have never visited the Old North Church on the Freedom Trail? Do you want to learn more about this nationally significant historic building in Boston’s favorite neighborhood? Perhaps you actually live in the North End but have never stepped inside! You are not alone. Lots of busy young professionals have not had time to explore every interesting historic site or museum in the city. So we invite you to come see what our exciting campus has to offer the local community. Over 500,000 tourists visit us every year, but we’d like to meet YOU!
Join the Old North Foundation staff and other local young professionals for a mix-and-mingle reception in our fabulous Washington Courtyard (weather permitting), explore the church and hear a brief overview about the architecture and Paul Revere’s famous midnight ride, and learn more about plans for our upcoming 300th anniversary. What better way to spend a lovely early fall evening?
Bring a friend or colleague – all are welcome!
Wine, beer, and appetizers provided. Afterward, dine at one of the many fantastic restaurants in the North End!

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
Young Professionals are those 21-39 years of age. Sorry, you must be 21 to attend.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
As always the best way to get here is on foot/public transportation. The closest T stops are the green and orange lines at Haymarket or the blue line at Aquarium.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Call Renie Pavilon at 617-523-6676 x105

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?
Sorry, tickets are not transferrable.
Have questions about Young Professionals Meet & Greet at the Old North Church? Contact Old North Foundation.