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Conversation Stations

MMA Conference Conversation Stations are similar to poster sessions at more formal or academic conferences, but with broader applications. MMA members will present ideas or ask questions about current topics and projects related to the museum field. Conversation Stations will take place during the morning breaks on Tuesday, October 30. 

Stories of Summer at the Museum: New Ways of Approaching Community Engagement
Eric Gollannek, Saugatuck-Douglas History Center

How might museums rethink community engagement as a reciprocal conversation? Come hear our intergenerational stories and discuss how to host a history harvest in your community.


The Ultimate Fixer-Upper: Furnishing Fair Lane
John-Duane Kingsley, Historic Ford Estates

Explore the research processes, original documentation, and custom reproductions utilized to restore Fair Lane: The Home of Henry and Clara Ford to its original 1919 appearance.

What Two Can Do: Creative Collaboration
Brittany R. Williams, Gilmore Car Museum
April Bryan, Air Zoo Aerospace & Science Museum

Let’s chat about how working with colleagues outside of your museum can benefit you both personally and professionally while helping other museums in need!

Transportation – If You Pay For It, They Will Come
Caity Burnell, Museum of Cultural and Natural History, Central Michigan University

Journey with us through the successes and challenges of providing transportation reimbursements to schools for K-12 field trips to the museum, and strategize how your organization could do the same.

What To Do About Controversial Monuments?
Mason Christensen, Dearborn Historical Museum

Controversial monuments from Dearborn and Kalamazoo have been moved or dismantled in recent years. Staff from the Dearborn Historical Museum will discuss some of their experiences with a monument dedicated to the popular but segregationist mayor Orville Hubbard that was moved to the museum's property in 2017. 

Michigan Museums Census
Claire Johnston, Michigan Museums Association

Learn more about the purpose of the Michigan Museums Census and how you can get involved!

Build Your Skills: Leadership Resource Sharing
Programs Team, Michigan Museums Association

Tell us about a book, blog, class, video, podcast, or speech that transformed the way you think about leadership. Get ideas for new sources of inspiration from your colleagues.

Detroit Institute of Arts’ Statewide Program
Jennifer Paoletti, Detroit Institute of Arts

The DIA’s Statewide Program travels art exhibitions across Michigan through partnerships with organizations around the state. Learn about the program and discover how together, we can create art experiences for your community that promote American history, encourage cross-cultural understanding, and provide relaxation and joy.





 The Michigan Museums Association is supported in part by an award from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.

 The Michigan Museums Association is supported in part by an award from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Michigan Museums Association 313-334-7643 PO Box 5246, Cheboygan, MI 49721 lcbrisson@michiganmuseums.org

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