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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: 

Additional Events:

  • 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

 Non-Member Registration

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

WVAM Scholarships

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.

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