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Half Day Workshops Available at the 2018 conference!

Workshops:  Half Day

Workshops are offered Wednesday, September 12.  All workshops take place at the conference hotel unless noted otherwise.

Special: Museum Hack Workshops
Museum Hack will lead two Audience Engagement Workshops that will help spark innovative and creative thinking about how to attract and engage audiences of all ages.

Pre-Registration Required  
Held at the Conference Hotel.
Standard Workshop Fee: Conference Registrants $40 Non-Registrants $90

Museum Hack Workshop Fees:
Conference Registrants FOR ONE $60 / FOR BOTH $110
Non-Registrants FOR ONE $120 / FOR BOTH $230

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Museum Hack Workshops 9:30am-11:30am and 1:00pm-3:00pm

Museum Hack will lead two Audience Engagement Workshops that will help spark innovative and creative thinking about how to attract and engage audiences of all ages. Based on their week-long training program, these mini workshops offer a framework by which institutions can begin to incorporate Museum Hack techniques into their spaces to bring in new audiences and re-engage with existing ones. Participants will learn and practice techniques for high-level audience engagement, “hack-style” tours, and playful activities in their own museum spaces.

MHW1: MUSEUM HACK AUDIENCE ENGAGEMENT WORKSHOP: PASSION-BASED STORYTELLING
9:30am-11:30am  Limited to 30 people.

This workshop will focus on approaching a museum collection from a narrative perspective and dig for the non-traditional, and truly human, elements of spaces and objects in order to tell fascinating, passion-based stories and create stronger connections between the audiences and institution.

MHW2: MUSEUM HACK AUDIENCE ENGAGEMENT WORKSHOP: ACTIVITY DESIGN
1:00pm-3:00pm  Limited to 30 people.

Many of today’s visitors want a more participatory experience, where they feel invested in the stories and spaces of the museum. Museum Hack has developed a series of engaging activities that help visitors look closer, make personal connections with objects, and have a lot of fun in exhibit spaces. This workshop will focus on additional tools for engagement

Half-Day Workshops in the Morning 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

W1: THE VISIBLE VAULT
Yellowstone Art Museum       Limited to 15 people
Shuttle loads at 8:00am. Departs hotel at 8:15am. Returns to conference hotel at 11:45am

Participants will have access to the Yellowstone Art Museum’s unique Visible Vault. The workshop will foster learning and camaraderie with others in different disciplines. Participants are asked to view the storage area both as professionals and as visitors, make comments, and help in hands-on tasks including working as a team to rehouse two objects with unusual storage requirements while working in full view of the public. They will gain a new understanding of increased accessibility within a secure but publicly visible working environment. This knowledge can be taken back to their home institutions to further accessibility within their own collection spaces.

Presenter: Kelly Price, Registrar, Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings, Montana

W2: THE ORAL HISTORY WORKSHOP

In the third edition of The Oral History Manual, due out in the spring of 2018, Manual co-authors and workshop leaders introduce the concept of the oral history life cycle. The workshop will cover application of the life cycle concept to the historical organization setting.

Presenters: Barbara W. Sommer, BWS Associates, St. Paul, MN / Mary Kay Quinlan, Associate Dean, College of Journalism and Mass Communications, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Editor, OHA (Oral History Association) Newsletter, Lincoln, NE

W3: IMLS GRANT APPLICATION WORKSHOP

Learn about preparing successful IMLS grant applications and draft your own on the spot. Then, participate in a mock peer review panel to evaluate the work of others. Worksheets and support materials will be provided.

Presenters: Connie Bodner, Supervisory Grants Management Specialist & Kelly Monahan, Museum Program Specialist, Institution of Museum and Library Services, Washington, D.C.

Half-Day Workshops in the Afternoon 1:00pm-4:00pm

W4: THE EVOLUTION OF A PROGRAM: DIALOGUE-BASED PROGRAMMING

Learn the tools the Bullock Museum has successfully used to incorporate dialogue into all levels of their programming. Presenters will share program models, successes, and failures. Participants will leave with concrete ideas for using dialogue in their own institutions.

Presenters: Kate Betz, Head of Education and Interpretation & James McReynolds, Public Programs Manager, Bullock Texas State History Museum, Austin, Texas

W5: RESEARCH: OFF THE PAGE

Research and interpretation are integral components to all public history projects. This workshop will provide hands on opportunities to get off the page and into the heart of researching and will demonstrate an inspirational understanding of historical techniques. An added bonus will be demonstration of Montana Historical Society online tools available to sweeten the process.

Presenters: Bobi Harris, Historical Interpreter & Zoe Ann Stoltz, Reference Historian, Montana Historical Society, Helena, MT

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