Conference & Annual Meeting

Mark Your Calendars! NMA is excited to announce the 2022 Annual Meeting and Conference will be held in Holdrege, April 4-5.

Recordings of the 2021 Virtual Conference will be available on the NMA YouTube Channel on May 12th, 2021.

* Photograph Preservation Workshop
* 7 Sessions About Hot Topics in the NE Museum Field
* Question & Answer 
* Keynote Speaker
* Connections!

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Guest Speakers

Steve Friesen and Monte Lee Dakin of Friesen/Dakin Museum Consulting of Littleton, CO.

Keynote Address by Steve Friesen:

Museums Get Ready; Here Come the Roaring Twenties!

The Spanish Flu epidemic ended in 1919 and was followed by The Roaring Twenties. It was a decade characterized by technological change, economic growth, social change, and an explosion of culture. As the world emerges from the Great Pandemic of 2020, there is every reason to believe that we will see the same developments as occurred 100 years ago. Our communities will be laying new foundations for the future as they recover from the economic, social, and cultural impacts of 2020. Museums must be ready to provide the cornerstones for those foundations.
Steve Friesen has worked in the museum field for over 40 years. During his career he served as director of the 1719 Hans Herr House, the Molly Brown House, and the City of Greeley Museums. He retired in 2017 after 22 years as director of the Buffalo Bill Museum. He is the author of a chapter on small museums in The Small Museum Toolkit and collaborated with his wife Monta Lee Dakin on a chapter about museum success factors in AASLH’s Reimagining Historic House Museums. Friesen and Dakin currently provide planning and other consulting services to small to medium-sized museums.

Session with Monta Lee Dakin

Small Museum

Museums were put through the wringer this past year with traditional models of operation upended or now in question. How did the “successful” small museums profiled in the recently published book, Reimagining Historic House Museums: New Approaches and Proven Solutions, survive the pandemic and can they still be called successful? We’ll take a look at how they are doing and if their success during normal times has been sustainable during Covid. And we’ll talk about where small museums go from here.

Half-Day Photograph Collection Workshop

Karen Keehr, Photograph Curator for History Nebraska, will cover the all the basics for the care of photographs and negatives in your collections. Learn how to identify different types of photographs, photograph storage best practices, and how to improve access to your collection. There will be hands on activities and time for lots of questions!

Karen Keehr

Resources and Highlights from 2019 NMA Conference (Nebraska City, NE)
Resources and Highlights from 2018 NMA Conference (North Platte, NE)
Resources and Highlights from 2017 NMA Conference (Lincoln, NE)