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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, http://maps.bpl.org/
Register at: http://nemanet.org/workshops/12YEP.htm

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


  1. Nina Simon

    Ten lessons each – wow! Looking forward to reading them later here – right?

  2. Amanda Gustin

    Our esteemed moderators have taken our individual list and grouped them into ten themes, and we’ll each be contributing our lessons underneath those themes. I will definitely get permission to post the handout as well as do a recap of the entire workshop. Based on the handout draft I’ve seen so far, it looks like a great, varied list.

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