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Upcoming Workshop: NEMA YEPs Internship Advice Panel

New England Museum Association Young and Emerging Museum Professionals have a great upcoming workshop for those in the field looking for more information on how volunteer and internship positions help start your museum career.  Registration has been extended through early next week – register early, as spaces fill quickly!

To register, visit:

LAUGH: No Joke: Making the Most of Your Internship or Volunteer Position
Thursday, April 25, 2013, 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Panelists: Jennifer DePrizio, Director of Visitor Learning, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Dan Elias, Senior Assistant for Strategy, Peabody Essex Museum, and Purvi Patwari, Independent Human Resources Professional

Internships and volunteer positions may not be glamorous, have the best hours, or have the best pay (ha!), but these positions are no joke. Join the NEMA YEPs, a group of experienced human resources, volunteer, and internship managers, and hear from the YEPs Chairs, who have had phenomenal internship and volunteering experiences. Learn what skills can be honed through volunteering, how to shape a perfect match internship, and how to frame all of these experiences on your growing resume.

“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

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

Upcoming NEMA Workshops

Just in case you aren’t on the NEMA mailing list, here’s a review of upcoming workshops by Dan Yaeger, Executive Director of NEMA:

On Saturday, May 19, I will be personally leading a workshop called “Your Best Foot Forward: Personal Skills for Professional Success” at the Concord Museum. Designed especially for emerging museum professionals, the workshop draws on insights that my colleagues and I have gained from our own museum careers.


We’ll talk about things like personal branding, elevator speeches, getting organized, remembering people’s names, emotional intelligence, and other habits that lead to great leadership. Joining me will be Dan Verrico, a sales and marketing professional with more than 30 years experience, social media guru Erica Holthausen of Honest Marketing Revolution, and Leslie Howard and Kate Laurel Burgess Mac Intosh, co-leaders of NEMA’s YEP program. I hope you’ll join me too!


On Monday, May 21, we host “Do-It-Yourself Techie Tools for Museums” at Plimoth Plantation. Leading the session will be Carrie Midura from the Andover Historical Society and Rob Pyles, CEO of Toursphere, a cutting-edge mobile app and web development company.


On Friday, May 25, head to Hartford for “Management Skills for Non-Managers,” led by Michael Flinton, known for his contributions to the museum field as Assistant Professor of Museum Administration and Management at the Cooperstown Graduate Program. Michael will give you a solid foundation in things like human capital management, functional team building, problem solving, and building organizational support.


Finally, on Monday, July 9, I’m back in the picture again with “Banish the Boring: Developing Effective Presentations” at the Seacoast Science Center with the SSC’s CEO, the inimitable Wendy Lull. Wendy and I will share everything we know about public speaking, perhaps the most essential skill for professional advancement. If you’re presenting at the November NEMA Conference, you can attend the workshop for 50% off.

Understanding Historic Paint Colors 2012

Until someone explained to me the idea behind the Historic New England paint archive, it had never occurred to me that shades of color could shift so dramatically, at least not in the recent past. Check out this interesting workshop and learn more about paint color and historic conservation.

Ask the Experts—

The Colors of Historic Houses:
Understanding Historic Paint Colors

Friday, April 27, 11:30 am -5 PM

Historic New England Collections and Conservation Center
151 Essex Street, Haverhill, Massachusetts

Learn about the art, history, and science of using historic paint colors in settings from
everyday older homes to museums at this in-depth workshop. Architectural conservator
Brian Powell, architectural historian Susan Maycock, and experts from Historic New
England and California Paints share the latest on historic paint color palettes and current
trends in paint technology. Explore archival materials related to historic paint colors on a
tour of the Edward K. Perry paint archive. Box lunch and snacks provided.

$75 (includes Individual Historic New England membership), $35 students,
$30 Historic New England members. Price includes lunch. Registration required

For more information please call 617-994-6644, or visit

NEMA YEP Workshop: LAUGH: From the Trenches – 10 Things I Wish I Had Not Learned the Hard Way

Today is the last day to register for the NEMA YEP workshop “LAUGH: From the Trenches – 10 Things I Wish I Had Not Learned the Hard Way.”

Here’s the description:

Thursday, April 12, 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library
700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA,
Register at:

The wisdom of crowds is great, but how about learning from individuals who learned the hard way? This workshop will bring together a group of more experienced young and emerging museum professionals who will share the biggest lessons they have learned on the job thus far. Each panelist will cover ten lessons they have learned the hard way, from how to approach new problems, to discussing issues with Directors, how to work with difficult Board members and more. Ample time will be provided to ask these not-quite emerging, not-quite mid-career professions questions you have about the field. Amusement and laughter are also on the agenda, as learned lessons, despite the pain they may have brought on at the time, are entertaining in retrospect!

LAUGH Speakers:
Stacey Fraser-deHaan, House Manager, Wentworth-Gardner and Tobias Lear Houses Association,
Museum Educator, Ipswich Museum, and Program Coordinator, Haverhill Historical Society/Buttonwood Museums

Zerah Jakub, Visitor Services and Program Assistant, Old South Meeting House, and Graduate Student, Museum Studies, John Hopkins University

Amanda Kay Gustin, Researcher, The Mary Baker Eddy Library, and Graduate Student, History and Museum Studies, Tufts University

Melissa Higgins, Program Manager, Museum of Science

Phillippa Pitts, Gallery Instructor, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Web Content Specialist, The Mary Baker Eddy Library

Meg Winikates, Art & Nature Program Specialist, Peabody Essex Museum

Reasons you should sign up:

  • -it promises to be a ton of fun
  •  the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center is brand spanking new and by all accounts, gorgeous
  • - who doesn’t want to hear about other people’s ridiculous mistakes and learn from them?
  • - your friendly neighborhood blog editor is speaking
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