The Cockayne Farmstead, in Glen Dale, WV, is a time capsule of rural American life and an active site of conservation and discovery. The Cockayne farm, once comprised of over 300 acres, served as the namesake of Glen Dale. And the Cockayne family were prominent early settlers in Marshall County, coming to western Virginia around 1800. Today, you can visit the family’s home, explore their ancient Adena burial mound, see the excavated privy, and learn about everyday life in the 1800’s. The farmhouse, yet to be restored, is teeming with original artifacts and beautiful works of art produced by the family. See layers of original wallpaper newly discovered by conservators, play our 1880’s piano, and experience what life was like in Marshall County. On November 19, they’re hosting a mother-daughter Victorian tea and in December, they host a Victorian Christmas! Free tours are available Mon-Friday 9-4 and by appointment on the weekend!
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The West Virginia Mine Wars Museum, in the heart of Historic Matewan, preserves and interprets artifacts and historical records of the local communities affected by the West Virginia Mine Wars, exploring historical events from multiple perspectives through the lives of ordinary people. The museum is located at 336 Mate Street in Matewan, in a building that still bears the scars of bullet holes from the Matewan Massacre shootout. Its offerings include exhibits about coal camp life, the Paint Creek-Cabin Creek Strike of 1912-1913, the Matewan Massacre, the Miners’ March, and the Battle of Blair Mountain. Using audio, video, artifacts, maps, and historic photos, the museum simulates the journey that many mining families took as they began to organize to gain rights.
On October 7, the museum hosted a screening of “Matewan” in celebration of the film’s 30th anniversary. Over 500 people attended the event and many others attended a Q&A with the film’s creators! Congratulations on your successful event, WV Mine Wars Museum! The museum has also recently hosted tours with young children in the community!
CALL FOR PROPOSALS
AAMG & UMAC CONFERENCE 2018
June 21-24, 2018
Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, FL
This year, AAMG (Association of Academic Museums & Galleries) is partnering with UMAC (University Museums and Collections), a committee of ICOM (International Council of Museums) for our 2018 Annual Conference in Miami, FL. We look forward to sharing great ideas and pressing concerns—and learning and networking with our global colleagues.
This Year’s Theme:
Audacious Ideas: University Museums and Collections as Change-Agents for a Better World
We live in a dangerous, often unstable, and environmentally compromised world. What can academic museums, galleries, and collections do to remedy this situation? If we are dedicated to teaching and training new generations of students, to serving increasingly diverse communities, how do we make a positive difference? How do we know we are making that difference?
Audacious Ideas asks presenters to share with us exciting and unusual ways that their museums, galleries, and collections are serving as change-agents. We’re interested in proposals that address how you are adopting new roles and adapting old ones, welcoming new constituencies while keeping current visitors, and creating new paradigms that make our institutions more valued and critical partners in higher education and in building a more peaceful and healthy world.
Please note: all proposals should be submitted in English, as the entire conference will be conducted in English.
We invite proposals that address:
- New models of teaching across campus, including exhibitions and collections.
- New strategies for equity and inclusion on and off campus.
- Innovative transnational collaborations.
- New ideas for advancing our mission as change-agents in society – locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.
Presenters may select from the following formats for their proposals:
- Roundtable Facilitator: Would you like to lead a conversation on a specific topic? These lively discussions will be held on Thursday afternoon at the Donna E. Shalala Student Activity Center (University of Miami). We invite you to propose a topic and explain why your skills, experiences, and interests will contribute to your success as a discussion leader, particularly as this relates to conference’s theme. As the Roundtable Facilitator, you will welcome attendees, offer a 5-10 minute overview about the topic and your personal connection to it, and then facilitate a conversation with those present. Roundtables run 1 ¼ hours.
- Throwdown: We select up to 10 presenters for 5 minute (no more than 20 slides) talks on Thursday evening, during our opening reception. We call it a “Throwdown” because it’s high energy, quick-paced, and foregrounds powerful ideas. This is an excellent opportunity for students and emerging professionals to share a special program or practice.
- Panels: Panels are the heart of our conference. Over two days, we anticipate having 18 panels. That breaks out to 9 per day: 3 simultaneous sessions 3 times per day, one in the morning and two in the afternoon. Panels are 1 ¼ hours each and have 2-4 presenters, with one panelist or convener serving as moderator. A minimum of 15 minutes should be used for dialogue with your audience, following the presentations. All presentations should be in PowerPoint format, and the moderator is responsible for gathering them and bringing them on a laptop. The moderator is also responsible for time-keeping. You’ll need to tell us the topic, what each presenter will contribute, and how the proposal relates to the conference theme. If you’d like to lead a panel but need to find panelists, you can query the AAMG and UMAC listservs for participants.
- Poster Sessions: Tell us the topic, why it’s relevant to the theme, and confirm that you will be present. Poster specifications will be sent later and posters may be brought to the conference or mailed earlier.
- Workshops: Would you like to lead a workshop that strengthens museum practice? We’re willing to share the income. Tell us what you would teach, what your experience is leading this, how long you would like your workshop to run (full or half day), and how many attendees you would prefer. Workshop day to be determined, but it will likely be Sunday morning.
We now have a Google form for proposals: please find the link here.
Deadline for submitting your proposal is: October 30, 2017
Download the proposal form here: aamg umac 2018 cfp
The Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (FAIC) is excited to announce that applications will open for the 2018 Collections Assessment for Preservation (CAP) program on November 1st 2017, with a deadline of February 1, 2018.
The CAP program is open to small and medium-sized museums, zoos, aquariums, arboreta, and botanical gardens in the United States. Participating institutions receive funding for a general conservation assessment from a qualified collections and building assessor. The assessment is a study of all the institution’s collections, buildings, and building systems, as well as its policies and procedures relating to collections care. The two assessors work collaboratively to provide institutions with prioritized recommendations for improved collections care. Assessments consist of preparatory work, a two-day site visit, a written report, and a one-year follow-up consultation. CAP is often a first step for small institutions that wish to improve the condition of their collections or develop a long-range preservation plan, and can serve as a fundraising tool for future collections projects. Additional information on the CAP process, eligibility, and applications are available at www.conservation-us.org/cap.
In anticipation of the application cycle, FAIC will host an informational webinar on October 24, 2017, at 2 p.m. EST. To register for the webinar, visit the Is CAP a Good Fit for My Institution? registration page.
CAP is administered by FAIC under a cooperative agreement with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).
After conducting a survey of our members this summer, we have compiled the data and created readable graphs based on responses. We asked our members eight questions, hoping to learn about their institutions and how we can better serve them. We are looking forward to supporting our members and meeting their needs in the coming year! Below are the results of the survey.
Founded in 2009, the Wyoming County Historical Museum celebrates the rich history of Wyoming County! Located in Oceana, the museum is completely free to visitors and has a multitude of unique items from a variety of eras including prehistoric, exploration, and settlement as well as local family histories. The museum engages the public through creative events and activities such as photo scavenger hunts, Civil War days, group tours, and kid-friendly activities at local schools. They welcome new volunteers, especially younger people so that the appreciation of history can continue for years to come. If you wish to support the museum, visit their Facebook page to see the many items for sale in their shop.
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 within our organization, county, state, or nationally, we can better serve as stewards and advocates for culture, science, and history.
We are now accepting Session Proposals for our 2018 Conference. Please fill out the downloadable form below and return a digital copy to email@example.com or mail your form to
West Virginia Association of Museums
P.O. Box 4589
Morgantown, WV 26504
Deadline for proposals is October 15th.
The Southeastern Museums Conference (SEMC) proudly announces the 18th annual Jekyll Island Management Institute (JIMI 2018). Scheduled for January 16 – 23, 2018, JIMI is specifically designed for administrators from new and emerging museums and for museum professionals with subject area expertise desiring knowledge of general museum administration and operations. The deadline for JIMI 2018 applications is October 15, 2017.
Located on historic Jekyll Island, GA, this highly successful training program provides a unique eight-day immersion for museum professionals seeking the opportunity to learn management, personnel and interpretive skills from leading experts. Sessions include management styles, administration and trusteeship, strategic planning, fundraising and marketing, technology, developing exhibits, public relations, collections management, disaster preparedness, interpretation, volunteer management, and museum ethics.
Thanks to the generosity of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), the Southeastern Museums Conference (SEMC) is pleased to offer the John Kinard Scholarship Fund for two staff members of AAAM institutional museums or individual AAAM members to attend SEMC’s Jekyll Island Management Institute (JIMI). The two annual scholarships of $1,625 each will cover the tuition for JIMI and travel expenses. The John Kinard Scholarship Fund is established in collaboration with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). Created by an Act of Congress in 2003, the museum opened on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. in the Fall of 2016. For information on the museum’s current programs and exhibitions visit www.nmaahc.si.edu or call 202 633-4751. Please note AAAM membership on your JIMI application. This scholarship is not available to employees of the Smithsonian Institution.
Applications for JIMI and the Peter S. LaPaglia JIMI Scholarship, as well as directions for applying for other scholarships, are currently available at the website address shown below, with an October 15, 2017 deadline for submitting applications. JIMI is an SEMC program sponsored by Goosepen Studio & Press, Inc., Jekyll Island Museum and Historic Preservation, LaPaglia Companies, and North Carolina Division of State Historic Sites and Properties.
For additional information, contact Martha Battle Jackson, JIMI Administrator, 919. 733.7862, ext. 236, firstname.lastname@example.org; John Lancaster, 615.210.7933, email@example.com; or, Susan Perry, Executive Director, SEMC, 404.814.2048, firstname.lastname@example.org or, download an application at www.semcdirect.net.Read More About JIMI Here