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NEMA Day 2

Hello from Day 2 of the New England Museum Association annual conference!

Today featured the opening of the 54-booth Exhibit Hall, the Professional Affinity Group luncheon, and more great sessions than you can shake a stick at.

Tonight, still to come, we have an evening hors d’oeuvres hour in the Exhibit Hall and four exciting evening events. I, personally, am headed to the Noah Webster House for a Tavern Night, but there are other great options as well.

To tease you all, here’s a picture from last night’s welcome reception at the brand-new Connecticut Science Center.

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:

Emergency Preparedness Summit at NEMA 2011

Hot off the presses, and this sounds really interesting (though I have an admitted fascination with disaster preparedness).

As a recognized leader in the field of emergency preparedness for cultural institutions, the New England Museum Association and COSTEP-MA (Coordinated Statewide Emergency Preparedness for Massachusetts) invite you to a special ‘summit meeting’ of professionals from all over New England, both municipal and private, who are dedicated to increasing the awareness of and preparation for disaster response for cultural resources. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 15 from 1:00-3:30 p.m., in the Nathan Hale Room on the third floor of the Hartford Hilton, as a special session preceding the annual NEMA conference.

The meeting will consist of two sessions. The first session will be an opportunity for the leaders of the emergency preparedness community such as COSTEP- MA, the COSTEP initiatives begun in other states, and the Alliance for Response, to meet each other, compare notes, and discuss means and opportunities by which groups can share information and investigate potential collaborations. The group will also discuss how NEMA may best serve as a nexus of information before, during, and after a crisis. The second session, starting at 2:00 p.m., will be open to the entire attendance of the conference, allowing all interested parties to meet the people who can help to coordinate disaster response.

Roommate Sharing for NEMA

Are you going to NEMA? Do you need a hotel room?

The conference hotel, the Hilton Hartford, has sold out, but a number of Tufts Museum Studies students are working on room-sharing agreements at a nearby hotel. If you are planning on going to NEMA but hesitant about hotel fees, let us know.

Email amanda.gustin[at]gmail[dot]com for more details.

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