Follow this link to register today. Early bird registration ends March 15th!
Follow this link to register today. Early bird registration ends March 15th!
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, firstname.lastname@example.org 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, email@example.com or 304-290-7546
For the next six months, the Raleigh County Public Library’s Beckley Branch will be hosting a Miners’ Memorial Exhibit. The three-sided exhibit describes the dangers of coal mining in West Virginia since the early 1900s and memorializes miners who lost their lives.
On March 6, 1900, an explosion at the Red Ash mine in Fayette County killed 46 miners and marked the beginning of decades of deadly mining accidents in West Virginia. Mining had long been known as a dangerous industry, but the increased use of explosives and the faster pace of mechanized mining in the early 1900s led to an unprecedented number of accidents and fatalities.
After a December 1908 explosion at the Lick Branch mine in McDowell County killed 50 miners, the company adopted the check tag system. Miners received a silver dollar sized steel tag with a number on it, and tags left on a board outside of the mine tracked which workers were underground.
The Miners’ Memorial Exhibit has a check tag board in memory of fallen miners. There are blank check tags on hand that family members can imprint with letters and numbers and hang on the board in memory of a loved one.
“Seeing the tags, reading the bold statements about the losses of life and viewing the film truly brings to life the stark realities of West Virginia’s history of mining accidents,” said librarian Amy Stover. “Most West Virginian’s have a family story of someone who worked in the mines and frequently stories of someone lost to the mines.”
Shirley Henson Maddox placed the first check tag on the board in memory of her father Grant Henson, who died in Junior 8 mine in Newtown in 1954. Ms. Maddox had the original idea for the Miners’ Memorial Exhibit.
The West Virginia Mine Wars Museum created the memorial exhibit in 2016 with the help of designer Liz Pavlovik and retired miner Dan Collins as well as funding from the West Virginia Humanities Councail.
In addition to the check tag board, the memorial exhibit features information on the dangers of mining and a video interview with Dr. Paul Rakes of West Virginia University Institute of Technology. Rakes, who worked in the mines before pursuing a career in history, has published articles and book chapters on the history of mine safety.
“Visitors to the library frequently are pulled in by the video and then slowly start to read the placards, look at the tags and then want to share their own stories,” Stover said. “Young or old, everyone has to stop and look.”
The Miners’ Memorial Exhibit will be on display from now through October. For more information, contact Amy Stover at the Raleigh County Public Library at 304-255-0511
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.
The Southeastern Museums Conference has issued a call for proposals for their annual conference in Jackson, MS, on October 8-10, 2018. Session formats can include hands-on, debate, round-table, town meeting, marketplace, guest speaker, panel, and workshop. The proposals are due January 31, 2018. For more information and to submit a proposal, click here.
Organization: Greenbrier Historical Society
Position: Executive Director
Greenbrier Historical Society is dedicated to community enrichment through the preservation of the history and culture of the Greenbrier area and the education of the public of all ages.
Develop, plan, manage and carry-out operations of the Greenbrier Historical Society including all its buildings and functions working with and through the Board of Directors and the Committees of the Board.
Primary Position Responsibilities:
Activities within each area of responsibility may be carried out by support staff, Board Committees, volunteers or by the Director as is in the best interests of the Greenbrier Historical Society.
Word Processing Advanced
PastPerfect or Other Museum Software Beginner
Accounting Software Beginner
Publishing/Graphic/Web Design Advanced
Letters of interest and resumes should be sent to the Greenbrier Historical Society, 814 Washington Street West, Lewisburg, WV 24901. Materials will be reviewed and interviews scheduled with the most promising candidates.
Huntington Museum of Art is seeking a full-time Grant Writer to aggressively research, develop, write and submit proposals, letters, and other reports as necessary to secure grant support from foundation and government funding sources. Primary responsibilities include prospect research and preparation of original proposals, reports and project prospecti. Excellent oral and written communication skills are essential, as is the ability to manage multiple projects and meet strict deadlines. The Grant Writer must work with all departments, securing all relevant information in efforts to increase contributed support and advance institutional programs and priorities. A Bachelor’s degree in a related field is required. Two years related experience required; governmental and private foundation grant writing experience is preferred. Must be proficient in Microsoft Office products and have extensive skill working with the internet. A high degree of creativity, energy and initiative is required. The position will be filled by someone who wishes to be an enthusiastic member of a team of creative individuals. Full time position with benefits. Salary is commensurate with experience. Submit a cover letter, resume (including references) and a writing sample to email@example.com. For more information about HMA, visit our website: www.hmoa.org. HMA is an equal opportunity employer.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or mail your form to
West Virginia Association of Museums
P.O. Box 4589
Morgantown, WV 26504
Deadline for proposals is October 15th.