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  • 14 Mar 2017 1:58 PM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    This month the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) released TrendsWatch 2017, an annual report that summarizes museum trends identified through research conducted by the Center for the Future of Museums (CFM). Widely regarded as a key resource for the museum field, the sixth edition of TrendsWatch is free to the public and available for download online.

    “The year 2017 may well be shaped as strongly by events as it is by trends,” said CFM Founding Director Elizabeth Merritt. “For example, you can’t read about mass migration without reflecting on how the Greek economic crisis, military and terrorist actions by the Islamic State, and Britain’s vote to leave the European Union have and will influence the movement of people across the world. Even small actions can create huge ripple effects through time.”

    The 2017 trends include:

    • A Mile in My Shoes: closing the empathy deficit
    • Let Justice Roll Down: the next horizon of civil rights
    • The Rise of the Intelligent Machine
    • Reshaping the World: migration, refugees, and forced displacement
    • Failing Toward Success: the ascendance of agile design

    TrendsWatch 2017 is brimming with museum examples of these trends:

    • The Empathy Museum in the United Kingdom lets visitors literally walk a mile in another person’s shoes while listening to an audio narrative of that person’s life. 
    • The Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) introduced a “failure-friendly” approach to project management that included rapid iteration and direct public engagement throughout the design process.
    • In Williamstown, MA, the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institutepartnered with the juvenile court system to offer an alternative sentencing program for high school students that included group meetings with writing and self-awareness exercises, gallery talks, and the use of art as a catalyst for examining their lives and their potential.
  • 13 Mar 2017 2:11 PM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s (The Met) Department of Scientific Research is embarking on an Institute of Museum and Library Services funded project to evaluate a wide variety of commonly used conservation, storage, shipping, and building supplies that are readily available and used in North America. The goal is to determine the appropriateness of those materials for use near or in contact with cultural heritage objects. All results and data will be made publically available at no cost online.

    They are currently seeking lists of the materials used by museums, libraries, archives, private conservators, collections managers, shippers, art handlers, or anyone whose main business is the preservation, exhibition, transport, or handling of cultural heritage objects. After collating and selecting a broad range of the most widely used and promising materials, they will conduct both the Oddy test and a chemical analysis of volatiles for each material.  

    If you are willing and interested in sharing information about materials used in your practice of preserving, displaying, storing, or shipping cultural heritage objects, please reply to Dr. Eric Breitung of The Met (contact information below).  The call for materials will be ongoing throughout the project, however, the main selection of materials for testing will occur by August 2017.  Those interested in contributing will be sent a basic spreadsheet where information such as make, model, supplier, and material type can be recorded.  Kindly note that we will select materials for testing based on this call; even if you utilize only a handful of materials, please consider contributing.

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  • 26 Jan 2017 8:49 AM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    Applications for the Collections Assessment for Preservation (CAP) program are now available on the FAIC website. This program provides small museums with financial support toward a general conservation assessment performed by a collections assessor and a building assessor. Additional information is available at www.conservation-org/cap.

    The application period will close on March 1, 2017.

    If you have any questions, please contact:


    Tiffani Emig | CAP Program Coordinator

    t 202-750-3346 | f 202-452-9328 | @conservators | Facebook



    1156 15th St., NW | Suite 320 | Washington, DC | 20005


  • 18 Oct 2016 12:20 PM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    Upcoming NPI Seminar: November—Salem, OR


    Section 106: An Introduction

    Salem, OR—November 1-3, 2016


    Learn the basics of project review under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. This seminar emphasizes practicalities—how to avoid pitfalls and victimization by myths. Discuss recent changes in regulations and procedures, with an emphasis on coordination with the National Environmental Policy Act and other laws. Read full agenda.




    NPI, a nonprofit organization founded in 1980, educates those involved in the management, preservation, and stewardship of cultural heritage.


    Questions? Please contact us. Thank you.


    National Preservation Institute / 703.765.0100 / /

  • 13 Sep 2016 10:42 AM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    Join us in Eugene for two days of exploring the theme Engage! Registration can be found at our events page. Early bird registration ends on October 1, and you can save even more money by becoming or renewing your membership to OMA first!

  • 15 Mar 2016 8:07 PM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)
    The Oregon Museums Association is accepting session proposals for the 2016 OMA Annual Conference, October 23-25, at the Museum of Natural and Cultural History in Eugene, Oregon. We are looking for energized presenters to discuss projects and programs from the state that focus on community engagement, public outreach, new skills, techniques and innovative ideas for community-minded museums.

    The theme for the conference is "Engage!” There will be hands on workshops, informative breakout sessions, and exciting networking opportunities.

    If you are interested in presenting at the 2016 OMA Annual Conference, please download the session proposal and send it to The deadline for proposal submissions is Thursday, June 30, 2016.

    We hope to see you in Eugene!
  • 08 Feb 2016 3:04 PM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    This coming Saturday is the next meeting of the Pacific Northwest Maritime Heritage Council.

    Date: February 13th, 2016

    Time: 10:00 AM
    Northwest Maritime Center, Port Townsend Washington
    Optional lunch $15 (feel free to bring your own)
    Links to lodging options here:
    RSVP here:

    Format: We're setting our sights of having a single, high impact session this year that shifts the emphasis of the meeting towards diving in on a topic of mutual interest, and bringing in an expert add to the collective wisdom already in the room and help us all make our own organizations stronger.

    This year's topic: Membership

    Many of our organizations have membership models, and from a cursory survey it seems that most of our membership levels are static or in the decline. We will be bringing in a speaker to talk about membership with the intention of helping us grow membership in our museums and non-profits. Topics to be addressed:
        •    Nationwide trends in membership

        •    Is the membership model dead?
        •    Membership in the age of social media
        •    Strategies to grow membership
        •    How does membership fit into an overall fundraising strategy

    This will be a seminar and a working session, bring your notebook!

  • 28 Jan 2016 11:26 PM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    Benton County Historical Society and Museum

    The Presidential Medallion Quilt Project is an exhibition of forty-three, Presidential quilts. Each quilt uses an historically correct pattern and fabric either period or reproduction for each presidential term of office. The makers are quilt historians and enthusiasts from across the United States who are affiliated with the American Quilt Study Group. The exhibition will be open at Benton County Museum through March 5, 2016.

    “This exhibition is both visually appealing and intellectually stimulating. It gets people talking” says museum curator Mark Tolonen. “Who is the earliest president that you personally recall?” and “Which is your favorite president?” he asks visitors.


    The museum is using Facebook to post presidential history anecdotes and featured objects from the museum collection in support of the quilt exhibition:

  • 28 Jan 2016 11:24 PM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)
    The Willamette Heritage Center seeks nominations for its Annual Heritage Awards, to be held on April 1, 2016. The Heritage Awards recognize and honor our community’s leaders and organizations who have contributed significantly to our heritage. In addition to these honors, the night includes socializing, dinner, and a special program for the enjoyment and enlightenment of history enthusiasts and all lovers of the past and the stories we tell about it. This year, our program focuses on stories, memory, and oral history projects. The program features the first public presentation of an exclusive oral history of the legendary Gerry Frank, a fourth-generation native Oregonian with deep roots in the retail, restaurant, political, civic and business of the state.

    Learn more at:

  • 17 Jan 2016 3:29 PM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

    Applications are now available for the Willamette Heritage Center's Teen Interpreter Program (TIP).


    TIP is a 6 month program for teens ages 14-18.  Program participants spend their Spring-Summer immersed in heritage studies, drama, research, living history, costuming,  and training in historic crafts.  TIP is designed to introduce high school students to museums and living history through research, interactive programs, and field trips.

    Participant Requirements

    Participants must be between the ages of 14 and 18 by June 20, 2016.  


    Participants must attend 3 Saturday training meetings scheduled for the first Saturday of the months of April thru June, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm each day.  Parents are required to attend an orientation meeting with the TIP supervisor and their student on Saturday, April 2 before their student can participate in the program.

    Hour Requirements

    After spring training workshops are completed and summer vacation has begun, each participant must commit to a minimum 3-hour volunteer shift one day a week (Monday - Friday) and attend weekly workshops on Wednesdays from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon.  The total minimum weekly time commitment is 5 hours.  Depending on the location and travel time, an additional four to eight hours will be spent at each of two field trips during the program.

    School Credit

    Participants may receive 1/2 an elective credit through the Salem-Keizer School District or other participating districts.  A minimum of 65 hours is needed to receive credit.  Credits are granted at the discretion of the school administrators and students are responsible for discussing this with their school counselors.


    The cost for each participant is $100.  Information about scholarships is available upon request.

    Application Process

    Students must complete the TIP application to be considered for this program.  The form is available online at  Applications are due by February 26, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.  Applicants will be contacted to schedule an interview the first week of March.  Space is limited and returning students will be given priority.


    For more information or to request an application, contact Kathleen Schulte, WHC Education Director, at 503-585-7012 or


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