Preserving the Story and Soul of the Mountain State
The mission of the West Virginia Association of Museums is to serve, educate, advocate for, and enhance communications within the museum community. WVAM carries out this mission by listening to its members and serving their interests and by keeping the members abreast of current standards and activities on a national scale.
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Located in downtown Madison, WV, is the Bituminous Coal Heritage Foundation Museum. Originally an exhibit during the West Virginia Coal Festival, the museum became a reality in the 1990s through generous community support. Today, the museum serves to educate the public, particularly school-aged children and visitors to the area, and functions as a repository for many coal artifacts and memorabilia such as antiques from the early days of mining, simulated coal mine with replica tools from the 1940s, Battle of Blair Mountain artifacts, Civil War memorabilia, and a 1910 “crank style” cash register. The museum is open on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 12:00-5:00pm and is fun and educational for all visitors, whether young or old!
We are pleased to announce that the West Virginia Association of Museums’ annual meeting and conference will be held March 28-31, 2019, in Kingwood, West Virginia.
The theme of our 2019 conference is “Falling into Rank: Discovering our Military History!” As we move past World War I’s centennial and approach anniversaries of modern wars, it is important to reflect on our collective military history, whether for West Virginia or the United States broadly. Interpreting military artifacts and monuments has increasingly become more difficult, especially those pertaining to the Civil War. We hope our conference will be an opportunity to collaborate and discuss unique and considerate ways to remember our military history, veterans, and their impact on society and culture.
We are now accepting proposals for papers, presentations, workshops, exhibits, and poster sessions addressing our theme, “Falling into Rank: Discovering our Military History!” As always, we are also accepting sessions which focus on collections care and management, interpretation, non-profit management, grant writing, exhibit design, fundraising, and emergency preparedness – as well as proposals which address materials conservation, history, and preservation-related issues. We especially encourage hands-on sessions that will teach our members new skills. Don’t worry if your idea does not fit into one of the categories above–just reach out to us if you have any questions or ideas about a topic. You can email us at email@example.com or call Bekah Karelis at 304-830-3485.
The deadline for submission of proposals is October 19, 2018.
On September 14, 2018, 10:00am-4:00pm at the Beverly Heritage Center, join us for a hands-on workshop with WV State Museum curator Jim Mitchell. Jim will explain the 29 classical types of art glass using actual objects insofar as possible. Art Glass is glass, usually colored, which is blown on a blowpipe, manipulated by glass workers and then treated with various chemical and technological processes to alter the appearance of the glass.
Jim Mitchell is the curator of the West Virginia State Museum in the Culture Center in Charleston. As a professional decorative arts and technological history curator for 58 years, he has worked for the State Museums in Wisconsin, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He has also been a museum director twice. He has a BA in History, a MA in Early American Culture, and a MS in Public Administration. Jim is a native of Wisconsin and enjoys woodworking and playing bass instruments.
For WVAM members, cost to attend is $10; non-member is $20. Lunch is included. Registration is required; please contact Darryl DeGripp by September 7 or search Eventbrite for the event.
Contact: Darryl DeGripp, firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-637-7424
On August 4, 2018, 10:00am-3:00pm at the MEC adjacent to WVU Art Museum in Morgantown, join us for a hands-on, activity-driven session, which will equip you with strategies and methodology on how to best utilize digital marketing and social media for your organization. We’ll delve into digital marketing for arts and cultural organizations and create a well-rounded and achievable plan for success. You’ll learn what platforms have the highest return, how to use them, and how to track the results.
Topics we’ll cover include: email marketing, social media best practices, social media advertising, messaging optimization and segmentation, and website optimization. You’ll leave this session with concrete and achievable takeaways that you can implement right away at your organization.
Ceci Dadisman is a multi-faceted marketing professional with 15 years of experience successfully marketing the arts and nonprofits utilizing innovative and cutting-edge initiatives. Currently the Digital Marketing Manager at FORM, she is nationally recognized as a leader in digital and social media marketing and specializes in the integration of digital marketing and technology into traditional marketing methods. Ceci was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, and graduated from West Virginia University with a music degree in vocal performance. She currently lives in Cleveland, Ohio.
For WVAM members, cost to attend is $10; non-member is $20. Lunch is included. Registration is required; please contact Elizabeth Satterfield by July 30 or search Eventbrite for the event.
Contact: Elizabeth Satterfield, email@example.com or 304-290-7546