West Virginia Association of Museums
2018 Annual Conference
Building a Museum Community
March 22-24, 2018
in Charleston, WV
About the Conference
Join WVAM as we build our museum community and take over Charleston! Communities are ever expanding entities; people come and go, interests change over time, and new ideas and time-tested tactics must come into play to both maintain and build relationships. By strengthening our community ties, whether within our organization, county, state, or nation, we can better serve as stewards and advocates for culture, science, and history.
The conference registration rate for WVAM members is $100 by or on March 8, or $125 after March 8. A single-day rate of $75 is available to members. For non-members, the pre-registration rate is $125, or $150 after March 8. The single-day rate for non-members is $100.
Pre-Conference Activities are offered as well on March 21, including tours of Malden and its historic sites, JQ Dickinson Salt Works, and an evening program and meal at Craik-Patton House. Pre-Conference registration is $30, regardless of membership.
Conference session topics include:
- Past Perfect
- Social Media for museums
- Community Building through museums and libraries
- Grant funding through Humanities Council, SHPO, and IMLS
- Website and email improvement
- Educational Programming in Museums
- Identifying iron objects
- Traditional American songs
- Water damaged collections
- Crafting Clio entries and tours
- Ask an Expert! panel
- Engaging with students and community partners
- Success stories panel
- Appalachian Regional Heritage Stewardship Program
- Pre-Conference Activities: Tour of Malden, Booker T. Washington Sites, JQ Dickinson Salt Works, and Craik-Patton House followed by dinner
- Walking Tour of East End of Charleston
- Tour of Clay Center
- Tour of Culture Center
- Young professionals happy hour
- WVAM Annual Meeting and Auction
- Keynote Speaker Address
WVAM Member Registration
Preregister and save $20
Preregister and save $25
Register for the Pre-Conference tours and dinner by March 8 for $30
Book Your Stay
WVAM has reserved a block of 40 rooms at the Charleston Capitol Hotel. Each room costs $72, which includes continental breakfast. Call 304-343-4661 to make your reservation by March 14.
Charleston Capitol Hotel
1000 Washington St. E
Charleston, WV 25301
Scholarships to WVAM’s Annual Conference are available to individual members as well as institutional members on a per-person basis. Scholarships cover the conference registration fee, but scholarship recipients are responsible for covering their own lodging costs (low-cost lodging options may be available).
Scholarship applications are due by January 16, 2018.
Conference News Feed
Conference Schedule Announced
The 2018 conference schedule has been announced! From our pre-conference tours to evening meals to our 18 sessions to our keynote to our snack times, everything is in there! Go to our conference page on our website to download it. We look forward to seeing many of you at conference!
Conference Keynote Speaker Announced
The West Virginia Association of Museums is pleased to announce our keynote speaker for our annual conference in Charleston, WV on March 22-24, 2018: Nancy Moses, the chair of the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission (PHMC). Nancy began her career as a Program Chief at the National Endowment for the Humanities and then went on […]
Pre-Conference Tours Announced
On March 21, 2018, the day before our annual conference begins, WVAM will hold its pre-conference tours! Our first visit will be J.Q. Dickinson Salt Works in Rand, WV. Our next stop is the town of Malden, which is full of history associated with the life of Booker T. Washington, the salt industry, and slavery […]
WVAM Call for Proposals
Mark Your Calendars for Our Annual Conference and Meeting Join WVAM as we build our museum community and take over Charleston! Communities are ever expanding entities; people come and go, interests change over time, and new ideas and time-tested tactics must come into play to both maintain and build relationships. By strengthening our community ties, whether […]