Calendar

Apr
21
Fri
Pippi to Ripley 4: Sex and Gender in Children’s Literature, Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Comics @ Ithaca College
Apr 21 @ 8:00 am – Apr 22 @ 5:00 pm

Pippi to Ripley 4 is an interdisciplinary conference with a focus on women and gender in imaginative fiction. This year’s

conference includes a special focus on Fan Intersectionality: Race, Gender and Sexuality in Fan Communities.

Ithaca College, April 21-22, 2017

Keynote: SAMMUS performs her acclaimed nerdcore hip-hop and talks about race, geekdom, and feminism.

Special guest: Breakout YA author LJ Alonge, author of The Blacktop series of YA novels.

Apr
28
Fri
Oral History in the Mid-Atlantic Region Conference @ Columbia University
Apr 28 – Apr 29 all-day
Apr
29
Sat
The Early Colonial Delaware Valley—An Archaeological and Historical Symposium @ New Castle Court House Museum
Apr 29 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Now in its 10th year, the symposium is dedicated to building a regional-level dialog that can identify the uniqueness of the cultures that existed in the Delaware Valley during the early period of European colonization. Persons interested in making a presentation at the symposium should submit an abstract no later than March 31, 2017.

Admission to the symposium is free and open to the public. To submit an abstract or to make a reservation to attend the symposium, contact Craig Lukezic at craig.lukezic@state.de.us or call 302-736-7407.

May
11
Thu
Telling Untold Stories Unconference @ Rutgers University-Newark
May 11 all-day

Every place, every person, and every object has a history, but not all histories are told.

Telling Untold Histories is New Jersey’s annual unconference on public history, museums, cultural heritage and education. We look for human stories yet to be told, explore these histories and ask why some stories are repeated while others remain on the margins. How can the community members who lived these histories shape how museums, historic sites, libraries, and schools tell them in the future?

Because we value the knowledge you bring, this unconference puts you at the center. Participants create the program by suggesting and choosing sessions on the day of the unconference. Feel the suspense building! Workshops offer attendees the chance to learn new skills to help you tell stories. Discussions and activities connect you with new people and leave you inspired.

Join us at Rutgers University-Newark on May 11, 2017 to challenge the usual way we talk about the past and expand what counts as history.

Learn more at Telling Untold Histories

 

Jun
7
Wed
2017 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting @ Baltimore Marriott Waterfront
Jun 7 – Jun 10 all-day

The 2017 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting (CLDE17) is a conference designed around an emergent theory of change adapted from elements of the 2012 Crucible Moment report.  Like this report, the CLDE17 conference invites participants to consider what does a civic-minded campus look like. To this end, several threads within the civic engagement movement will be considered including: how to build campus cultures and contexts that foster:

  • civic ethos,
  • civic literacy and skill building,
  • civic inquiry,
  • civic action, and
  • civic agency

These threads and others will be revisited in plenary and concurrent sessions that ask participants to deepen their thinking with an eye toward institutional change and action aimed at systematically enhancing civic learning and democratic engagement in higher education. Participants will be engaged throughout the meeting in helping to refine and define our emergent theory of change as we consider together how to move our work forward.

Participants will have opportunities to network and develop their civic-minded thinking and practices through engaging plenary sessions, informative general interest sessions, interactive workshops, research and program-based poster sessions, roundtable discussions as well as in working groups and in informal expert led forums.

The meeting begins for all attendees in the early morning of Thursday, June 8th and ends on Saturday, June 10th at approximately 3 p.m. Pre-conference workshops and meetings are planned for Wednesday, June 7th beginning at 9 a.m. Please plan on arriving in Baltimore no later than Wednesday, June 7th (Tuesday, June 6th for pre-conference participants). You can plan to depart Baltimore on Saturday in the late afternoon; know that the conference hotel rate will be available June 6th and extended through Sunday, June 11, for those who would like to stay longer to explore the city of Baltimore and/or nearby Washington, D.C.

Jun
14
Wed
Digital Public Library of America Symposium @ Monmouth County Library
Jun 14 @ 9:30 am – 4:00 pm

Register by May 25, 2017.

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. New Jersey cultural heritage institutions with digital collections (and those in the process of establishing such collections) should save June 14, 2017 for an exploratory symposium regarding the establishment of a DPLA “Service Hub” for New Jersey content.

The symposium will include a discussion of the preliminary results of a statewide DPLA survey to be conducted in March-April 2017. Nationally recognized speakers will cover a variety of topics related to developing a state digital hub. Attendees will learn how New Jersey institutions can participate in the project, and how DPLA can be used at their home institutions.

Date: Wednesday, June 14, 2017, 9:30 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.

Location: Monmouth County Library, 125 Symmes Drive, Manalapan, NJ 07726

Cost: Free. Lunch will be provided.

To register and for more information, please visit: http://www.njstatelib.org/dpla

Jun
19
Mon
New Jersey Association of Museums Annual Meeting @ Thomas Edison National Historical Park
Jun 19 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 pm

Keynote Speaker: Rita DiMatteo
Llewellyn Park Historical Society
Rita DiMatteo is the co-author of Postcards from Llewellyn Park along with noted photographer and visual artist Bill Westheimer. DiMatteo will discuss the origins and development of the first private community in the U.S., including community and landscape design, neighborhood life in the mid 1800s, the area’s significance as home to Thomas Edison and other influential residents, as well as efforts to preserve the integrity of its common parkland and historic structures. Q&A and book signing to follow the talk.

Luncheon & Business Meeting

Presentation of the John Cotton Dana Award
Every other year this award is presented to an outstanding museum professional who has made significant contributions to the growth and development of New Jersey museums. Mr. Dana, who founded the Newark Museum in 1909, was a pioneer in his belief that museums should strive to become stronger and more enriching presence in people’s lives. His progressive philosophy regarding the educational and community service roles of museums still holds true today.

Tours of Glenmont Estate
Spend an afternoon exploring Glenmont, the estate of Thomas and Mina Edison. Thomas Edison purchased this grand estate for his new bride, Mina Miller Edison, in 1886. It is here that the Edisons raised their children and entertained friends, family, and Edison business associates.

Door Prize: Museum Swag Bag!
Who doesn’t love museum swag? All attendees will be entered for a chance to win a basket full of New Jersey museum gifts, keepsakes, and surprises. New members get an extra chance to win!

Member registration is now open; nonmember registration opens May 1. Limited capacity – register early!

Oct
7
Sat
Historic Preservation Workshop: Interpretive Planning for Historic Sites and Museums: Why, What, and How @ Alice Paul Institute
Oct 7 all-day

What is interpretive planning? Essentially it combines all the elements that create an optimal visitor experience at a historic site, exhibition, or museum. At this workshop we will consider the interpretive planning process and discuss the various elements that are included in an interpretive plan. We will discuss experiences that participants have had—both positive and negative—in visiting historic sites or exhibitions, and we will apply these experiences to an interactive session based on a current exhibition installed at the Alice Paul Institute. Participants will learn why interpretive planning should be an essential part of any strategic or master planning exercise at a historic and/or cultural institution.

Instructor: Page Talbott
Dates: Saturday, October 7, 2017
Time: 9:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Location: Alice Paul Institute, Mount Laurel, NJ
Cost: $60
Credits: .5 CEUs

Dr. Page Talbott is a senior fellow at the Center for Cultural Partnerships at Drexel University and is the principal consultant at Talbott Exhibits and Planning. From 2013 to June 2016, she served as president of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Among her career highlights are her role as associate director of the Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary and chief curator of Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World, the international traveling exhibition commemorating the anniversary of Franklin’s 300th birthday (2003–2008), and the creation of the content for the Benjamin Franklin Museum at Franklin Court, which opened in August 2013. She has also served as senior project manager to assist the Barnes Foundation with its collection move from Merion to Philadelphia; consulting curator for 15 years for Moore College of Art & Design; consultant for the Philadelphia documentary company History Making Productions; and planning consultant for dozens of historical organizations including Historic Morven, the Lancaster County Historical Society, and Historic Germantown. Dr. Talbott is the author and editor of several books and monographs, as well as dozens of articles on a variety of topics, ranging from American fine and decorative arts to cultural history. She has lectured and taught extensively, on a variety of topics. Dr. Talbott holds a BA from Wellesley College, an MA from the University of Delaware/Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, and an MA and PhD in American Civilization from the University of Pennsylvania.

Oct
12
Thu
Pennsylvania Historical Association Annual Meeting @ Lackawanna Historical Society
Oct 12 – Oct 14 all-day

The Lackawanna Historical Society will host the 2017 PHA Annual Meeting from October 12 – 14, 2017. Conference sites will include the Catlin House, Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel, Heritage Room of the University of Scranton Library, and Steamtown National Historic Site. While proposals on all aspects of Pennsylvania and Mid-Atlantic history are encouraged, the program committee invites submissions on the theme, “Public Histories of the Mid- Atlantic,” which explores the many ways in which the public engages with the past.  Local Arrangements Chair Mary Ann Moran-Savakinus and Program Committee Chair Silad Chamberlin look forward to welcoming you to the conference.

 

Oct
19
Thu
Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums Annual Meeting 2017 @ Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel
Oct 19 – Oct 21 all-day

Focused on the continuing MAAM theme to push the envelope, “Making Museums Matter: From Advocacy to Action” will address the centrality of audience and communities to the success of our institutions during changing times.  Pittsburgh’s renaissance from a rust-belt city to an urban center of thriving ethnic neighborhoods, progressive philanthropy, “good eats,” and great museums and cultural institutions, is the perfect setting to enter into conversation and debate about the challenges and opportunities of the coming months.  Watch the MAAM website early this spring for a call for session proposals for the conference in Pittsburgh.  MAAM turns 70 in Pittsburgh, so there will be plenty to celebrate and reflect upon during this landmark conference.