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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call Bekah Karelis at 304-830-3485.