by John Larson, Director, Polson Museum in Hoquiam, WA
A museum staff’s worst nightmare became reality the morning of June 9, 2018 when fire gutted Aberdeen’s historic 1922 armory destroying much of the Aberdeen Museum of History in Aberdeen, WA. The sizeable structure also housed the Coastal Community Action Program, Aberdeen Senior Center and Grays Harbor Genealogical Society whose offices and records were also reduced to ashes.
While there will be many great sessions and workshops, plenty of networking opportunities and a wide-variety of ways to celebrate the museum profession at WMA's 2018 Annual Meeting, we know that fantastic Evening Events are for many attendees the highlights that remain the longest with them.
The Western Museums Association (WMA) is excited to announce the addition of a new annual award: the WMA Impact Award. Created by the WMA board, this new award is focused on recognizing mid-career museum professionals.
We are excited to announce that 4Culture is offering $400 stipends to King County residents who are a staff member, volunteer, or board member of a heritage organization located in King County. The stipends may be used for conference registration, travel, and lodging costs.