I try not to advertise on this blog, instead filling the posts with tidbits of information gleaned from years on the job, but today I wanted to take a minute to promote an upcoming event that’s near and dear to my heart.
I received a master’s degree in Historical Administration from Eastern Illinois University. The one-year I spent living/working/studying on campus (and following nine months I spent working at the Amherst Museum) was just the education I needed to tackle pretty much any museum problem that came my way.
Ah, the good ol’ days (it’s either 1845 or 2001, I forget)
At the Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site in Lerna, IL
Anyhow, each spring, the program’s alumni association, the Historical Administration Program Association (HAPA) hosts a lovely symposium that brings together both program alums and colleagues for a day and a half. I try to attend every couple of years, and have been honored to co-present twice.
I’m devoting today’s blog to the upcoming HAPA symposium because I’m bummed I’m not able to attend this year. On top of which, the program sounds like this will be one of the best symposiums yet! Check out the program. (.pdf format)
This year’s theme is Museum Standards: Evolution or Revolution? I believe this is a very relevant topic that is still fresh and open to debate. Some topics are getting pretty worn, such as “Do We Matter?” or “Are Museums Relevant?” But I think a good discussion about museum standards is still both important and interesting to undertake.
So, if you’re in the area, I recommend checking it out. And if you’re not, what professional development opportunities are in your neck of the woods? Sometimes small conferences are easier to meet people and mingle. Try it, won’t you?