This fall, Abbe Museum staff have traveled across the state and nation to share the work of the Abbe and to network with other museum professionals. The Abbe has been represented at numerous conferences this season, including: the American Association for State and Local History Annual Meeting & Conference in Salt Lake City, the Two Nation Vacation media event in New York City, TEDxDirigo in Lewiston, Maine Archives & Museum’s Fall Conference & Annual Meeting at the University of Maine, and the New England Museum Association Annual Conference in Burlington, Vermont.
- Cinnamon chaired a session entitled, The Toolkit Talks: Collections Care Basics, Advocacy, and Visitor Studies. “Running a small museum is like trying to juggle a dozen balls and when you’re a new or terribly over-worked leader, how do you know what you are responsible for or where to start? Three contributors to the newly-released Small Museum Toolkit shared some of their insights into mission-based planning and implementation for small museums, as well as offer practical strategies for success in collections care basics, advocacy, and visitor studies.
- The Abbe Museum was presented with a Leadership in History Award for the exhibit Indians & Rusticators: Wabanakis and Summer Visitors on Mount Desert Island 1840s-1920s. Julia and Cinnamon attended the award reception to receive the award on behalf of the Abbe.
On October 17, the Abbe was featured during a Two Nation Vacation media event in New York City. Cinnamon traveled with members of the Maine Office of Tourism and pitched the Abbe to nearly fifty media writers.
On October 20, 2012 TEDxDirigo: Villages occurred at Bates College in Lewiston. Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko and Raney Bench had the opportunity to attend this exciting event and network with inspiring speakers from Maine and beyond. Learn more about the speakers and listen to the unedited talks. Edited versions of the talks will be posted later this month.
The Maine Archives & Museums Fall Conference and Annual Meeting was held at the University of Maine on October 26, 2012. Raney Bench, Curator of Education at the Abbe Museum, was the program chair for this conference, and the Abbe Museum was represented at the conference by multiple staff, including: John Brown, Director of Finance & Administration, Hannah Whalen, Director of Development, Astra Haldeman, Manager of Museum Services, Julia Clark, Curator of Collections, Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko, CEO, and Raney Bench, Curator of Education. At the conference:
- Raney Bench was elected Vice President of MAM’s Board for the upcoming year.
- Julia Clark presented during the session Penobscot Material Culture Collaborative detailing the collaborative created during the auction of the Frank Siebert Collection, and led a training session, Creating Storage Mounts
- Astra Haldeman presented during the session, Adapt or Die, with Amy Lent of Maine Maritime Museum and Steve Bromage of Maine Historical Society
- Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko led a session entitled, Small Museum Leadership Considered
- Abbe staff attended professional development sessions, networking luncheons, and an evening reception with other conference attendees.
Coming up next week is the New England Museum Association Conference in Burlington, Vermont, where the Abbe Museum will be represented by Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko and Julia Clark. Cinnamon is part of a session about strategic planning practices and Julia and Cinnamon will co-present a session on small museum best practices.