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NEMA 2011

Hello from Hartford!

Tufts is out in force today, and tonight is the Newcomers Reception, which we sponsor.

So far a great day with fascinating sessions as always – we’ll have a full report with multiple perspectives tonight (aka don’t room with me at conferences, I will make you blog).

In the meantime, have a photograph of lovely Hartford:

NEMA YEP Birthday Party

The New England Museum Association’s Young Emerging Professionals Professional Affinity Group (that’s NEMA’s YEP PAG, if you prefer acronyms) is turning one year old this fall. To celebrate, they’re having a book club session, some fabulous speakers, and cupcakes. Sound awesome? Read on.

Book Club Second Meeting and YEPs Birthday Party

When: Wednesday, November 9, 6:30 pm

Where: Waterworks Museum, 2450 Beacon Street, Boston, MA

Who: All museum professionals interested in reading and discussing the book and article of choice.
Books are chosen through in-person event voting and online voting via the YEPs Facebook page.

Book and Article: Do Museums Still Need Objects? by Steven Conn, and “Do History Museums Still Need Objects?” by Rainey Tisdale

Featured Speaker: Rainey Tisdale

Format: Book Discussion with featured speaker Rainey Tisdale, Professional Affinity Group (PAG) Birthday Cupcakes, Optional Self-Guided Tour of the Waterworks Museum, After Event Networking (location to be determined…please share your ideas!)

Join the NEMA YEPs for their second book club meeting on Wednesday, November 9, at 6:30 pm at the new Waterworks Museum in Boston! Hear from Rainey Tisdale, author of “Do History Museums Still Need Objects?” and discuss Steven Conn’s Do Museums Still Need Objects? The YEP PAG is also celebrating its one year birthday…and yes, there will be CUPCAKES!

From on Do Museum Still Need Objects?: “Steven Conn offers a refreshing look at museums and many of the debates surrounding their development and practices over the past forty years. He is right to frame his inquiry by asking if museums still need objects. Too often these debates have ignored the very characteristic that defines museums and distinguishes them from all other cultural institutions: they collect, preserve, and present things. This is an important, timely book.”
—James Cuno, President and Director, Art Institute of Chicago

Rainey’s statement on her article for the American Association for State and Local History’s History News: “My article uses Steven Conn’s recent book Do Museums Still Need Objects?, as a jumping-off point for considering seven major issues currently confronting history museums and historic sites as they seek to make their collections meaningful, relevant, and accessible for a general audience. I raise a lot of complicated questions in this piece, and my goal was to stimulate dialogue across the field so we can answer them together.”

To download Rainey Tisdale’s article, and find links for sites featured in the article, please visit
For more on the Waterworks Museum, please visit

NEMA 2011 Early Bird Registration

Copying this over directly from NEMA themselves.

Don’t delay!

The early-bird deadline is Friday, October 7th!

Sometimes it’s OK to procrastinate. When it’s a beautiful Saturday and you’d rather sunbathe than clean house for company. When you’re on your way to dinner at your in-laws and you’d rather take the back roads. When your desk is piled high with paperwork, yet somehow, unbelievably, you find yourself detained in a museum gallery for the rest of the day.

This is NOT one of those times. The early-bird deadline for the 2011 NEMA Conference is this Friday. So get off the dime and make your reservations now, as in today!

Here’s why you should register by the early-bird deadline:

  • You will save money. A full 3-day registration is just $260 for NEMA members. The standard rate (Oct. 8-21) is $335. You save $75! (One-day registrations are also available.)
  • You have a better chance of tickets to limited registration events. Two of our events are already sold out! Don’t be left behind when everyone else is having a great time!
  • You can check one big item off your to-do list.
  • You will avoid standing in long registration lines at conference.
  • You will be a hero to the NEMA staff.
  • You will save money. (Or did we already say that?)

Click here to register today!

NEMA Scholarship Deadlines Extended

Heads up! The deadline to apply for scholarships for the 2011 NEMA Fall Conference has been extended to September 23.

Learn more about the scholarships here, and more about the conference here.

NEMA Fall Conference Poll

Registration for the New England Museum Association fall conference is now open!

Don’t forget to check out scholarships to help with your trip, and keep an eye on this blog – we’ll be coordinating some roommate situations for those of us who can’t swing the full cost.

And now, a very scientific poll.

Are you going to the NEMA Fall Conference?

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