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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Our featured museum for November is Washington’s Western Lands Museum.
November’s featured museum graces the bank of the Ohio River, and is housed in a Lock House that once belonged to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The museum aims to preserve and interpret the history of Jackson County, WV.`
Visitors to the museum will be able to view collection items and photographs related to local history and the culture of the region. Visitors may immerse themselves in the diverse history of the region, by walking through the herb garden or enjoying the 19th century style parlor. Exhibits include a school room from an 1887 school room, a horse drawn hearse, hand made tools, work from local artists, and much more. Across the street from the museum, is the Sayre Log House which was built in 1885 and then moved to the riverfront 100 years later in 1985. Visitors may interact with commonplace items used by the Sayre family.
The Museum is open 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Memorial Day – Labor Day.Washington’s Western Lands Museum may be found in Ravenswood, WV. To read more about November’s featured site visit the website: https://jchswv.org/cpage.php?pt=13
We are excited to announce that we have extended the proposal deadline for our 2019 conference! The WV Association of Museum’s Annual conference “Falling Into Rank – Discovering our Military History” will take place March 28th through March 31st in Kingwood, WV.
Don’t miss your chance to be a part of the WV Museum Community, submit a proposal today to firstname.lastname@example.org, download this Proposal Form and send in your great ideas today!
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, email@example.com 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, firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-290-7546