Utah Museums Association

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Wow, that's a lot of students Natural History Museum of Utah! How many student tours does your museum do in a year?
06/10/2019

Wow, that's a lot of students Natural History Museum of Utah! How many student tours does your museum do in a year?

Another school year field trip season has come to an end at NHMU. This year we hosted almost 44,000 students through the field trip program, who each got to explore the state’s official museum of natural history and participate in educational programming.

Classes practiced technical skills by building robots, discovered new information about dinosaurs and habitats, built bridges between cultures and countries by exploring the Maya exhibit, learned about traditional Maya art with Las Hermanas Luum, and developed a growing curiosity for the natural world.

NHMU's field trip team works tirelessly to manage a high volume of young visitors from around Utah and they are rewarded daily by faces full of wonder. The Museum’s mission is to illuminate the natural world and the place of humans within it, and reaching so many young, enthusiastic students each year through field trips plays a huge part in our success.

As usual, teacher reviews were glowing: “Thank you for the opportunity for our students to come and be able to use a hands on approach to exploring the things they have been learning all year. The staff does an excellent job and we appreciate you all!”

If you came to NHMU on a field trip this year, let us know how it benefited your students in the comments below. And, thank you to our field trip team!

Learn more about educator resources available at NHMU: https://nhmu.utah.edu/educators

Calling all museum leaders! Join us for the annual Museum Leadership Dinner on the eve of the conference. Get your ticke...
06/10/2019

Calling all museum leaders! Join us for the annual Museum Leadership Dinner on the eve of the conference. Get your tickets today!

What do you think and how can we change some of our museum cultures to better serve our own staff?
06/06/2019
The Slippery Slope of [Too Much] Passion at Work

What do you think and how can we change some of our museum cultures to better serve our own staff?

I love mission-driven jobs. In fact, I’m borderline addicted to them. My whole career has been in the nonprofit sector because I want to…

Help us help you! We are in the midst of updating our strategic plan. In an effort to improve the services we are asking...
06/05/2019

Help us help you! We are in the midst of updating our strategic plan. In an effort to improve the services we are asking you to take this brief survey regarding your experience with the Utah Museums Association.

Those that complete the survey will be entered into a drawing for a complimentary 2019 UMA Conference registration. If you are selected as the winner, you may use the registration yourself or gift it to someone else. Take the survey at http://utahmuseums.org/survey.

These are pretty intense, but how is your museum working towards de-colonizing your narratives.
06/05/2019
Decolonizing BC’s Roadside History | Culturally Modified

These are pretty intense, but how is your museum working towards de-colonizing your narratives.

In September 2016, a sign was unveiled just up the street from my home in Kamloops. It’s the kind of familiar sign that dots Canada’s highways, meant for motorists to pull over, learn…

Tomorrow is the deadline to turn in your scholarship to attend this year's UMA conference in beautiful Brigham City. Joi...
05/31/2019

Tomorrow is the deadline to turn in your scholarship to attend this year's UMA conference in beautiful Brigham City. Join in the fun!!

Have you started your application for a scholarship to the UMA Conference? Applications are due June 1!

Western Museums Association
05/31/2019
Western Museums Association

Western Museums Association

The Smithsonian National Museum of American History welcomes its first Latino gallery dedicated to celebrating the histories, experiences, and stories of Latinas and Latinos in the U.S..

How many of your programs are for adults and how many for kids? Is it an even number? Which events get attended better?
05/29/2019

How many of your programs are for adults and how many for kids? Is it an even number? Which events get attended better?

Have you made summer learning plans for yourself yet? Find your new hobby today:

https://www.thanksgivingpoint.org/education/adult/

So true!
05/29/2019

So true!

This don't touch picture from the Neill-Cochran House Museum in Austin TX - is priceless

Vietnam Veterans Dog Tag Memorial In Chicago
05/29/2019
Vietnam Veterans Dog Tag Memorial In Chicago

Vietnam Veterans Dog Tag Memorial In Chicago

Photo: Charles Rex Arbogast At the Harold Washington Library in Chicago is a new art installation called “Above and Beyond” featuring over 58,000 replica dog tags — one for each American soldier killed in the Vietnam War. The dog tags, each hung one inch apart, are suspended from the ceiling f...

Reminder, you still have time to apply for a scholarship to attend this year's conference!
05/28/2019

Reminder, you still have time to apply for a scholarship to attend this year's conference!

Have you started your application for a scholarship to the UMA Conference? Applications are due June 1!

Congrats Utah museums!!
05/24/2019
Utah Division of Arts & Museums

Congrats Utah museums!!

The National Endowment for the Arts recently released its second round of grant funding, which included grants to 15 Utah organizations. Check out the blog post for more details.

Utah Division of Arts & Museums
05/24/2019
Utah Division of Arts & Museums

Utah Division of Arts & Museums

In an article for The Andrew W Mellon Foundation, here's Americans for the Arts President and CEO Robert L. Lynch on the social impact of the arts and how an online tool highlights the arts’ impact on many sectors of society.

Signal boosting this!
05/22/2019

Signal boosting this!

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Office of VSA and Accessibility is seeking artwork by artists and designers with disabilities for the cover of the 2019 LEAD® conference agenda book. Artwork should address themes of accessibility and inclusion in the arts. Artists of any age and professional experience are welcome to apply. One winning artist will receive a prize of $500. Winning artwork will be used for the front and/or back covers for the print and digital programs for the 2019 Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability (LEAD®) Conference.

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What are your thoughts about this move to increase inclusion?
05/20/2019
Western Museums Association

What are your thoughts about this move to increase inclusion?

Although admission price is not the primary barrier to engagement, museums are looking to become more accessible by making the switch to free admission. Is it a good idea? What’s your opinion?

Share your good work with your colleagues. Accepting poster proposals through June 30!
05/20/2019

Share your good work with your colleagues. Accepting poster proposals through June 30!

Congrats to the Utah Sports Hall of Fame for a successful grand opening today! Make sure to put them on your list of pla...
05/19/2019
Utah Sports Hall of Fame

Congrats to the Utah Sports Hall of Fame for a successful grand opening today! Make sure to put them on your list of places to visit - what a great place to learn about Utah sports history!

Grand opening of the USHOFF Museum is tomorrow, May 18 at 10am - Free Admission!

Congrats to the Utah Museum of Fine Arts for receiving $35,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts for their ACME p...
05/16/2019
Utah Museum of Fine Arts

Congrats to the Utah Museum of Fine Arts for receiving $35,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts for their ACME program!

The UMFA's pathbreaking ACME Initiative has been awarded a $35,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. This is the largest NEA grant the UMFA has ever received.

We’re so grateful to the staff and to the many community partners and artists who have worked with us to help make ACME so meaningful.

The ACME Lab and its exhibitions are made possible, in part, by a generous gift from The JoAnne L. Shrontz Family Foundation. The ACME Scholars program is a collaboration with the University of Utah Honors College. ACME Sessions—bimonthly community meetups—are presented in partnership with Salt Lake City Public Library and have received funding from Utah Humanities.

Help us celebrate the amazing work being done in Utah. Submit an award nomination by June 1!
05/16/2019

Help us celebrate the amazing work being done in Utah. Submit an award nomination by June 1!

How do you, your staff, and volunteers play in your museum?!
05/16/2019

How do you, your staff, and volunteers play in your museum?!

Museums should always be a space of play for both its visitors and staff. #curatorsgonnacurate #PlayMW #MuseumWeek

Update, new exhibit Hill Aerospace Museum! Who knows what type of plane a C-130 is?
05/16/2019

Update, new exhibit Hill Aerospace Museum! Who knows what type of plane a C-130 is?

The Hill Aerospace Museum proudly opened its C-130 Experience yesterday. The museum resurrected a USAF C-130 aircraft, stripped it down, refurbished it, and then connected it to the outside of the museum’s second gallery, where it has become an interactive learning area and a permanent part of the Lt. Gen. Marc C. Reynolds Aerospace Center for Education.

A warm thank you to our awesome donors who made this possible. Whites Aircraft Salvage & Parts, The George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation, Northrup Grumman, the Boeing Company, Treasure Fire, Bertoldi Architects, the State of Utah, Aerospace Heritage Foundation of Utah, HAFB 309th Aircraft Maintenance Group and the C-130 Program Office.

There is a public open house for the C-130 Experience Thursday,Friday, and Saturday this week from 10:00 am -2:00pm.

Come take a look at this fabulous addition th the Hill Aerospace Museum.

#C130 #interactivelearning #stemeducation #hillaerospacemuseum #flight

Great work going on in our state! Check out the article below.
05/15/2019
Utah Division of Arts & Museums

Great work going on in our state! Check out the article below.

Our museums specialists collaborated on an article about their Social Impact Study in the May/June issue of Museum, the member magazine of the American Alliance of Museums. This study, a partnership with Thanksgiving Point and eight cultural organizations in Utah, is studying the impact cultural entities have on the communities they serve.

Early Registration for this year's conference opens today! Check out the preliminary program here: https://www.utahmuseu...
05/15/2019
2019 Annual Conference - Utah Museums Association

Early Registration for this year's conference opens today! Check out the preliminary program here: https://www.utahmuseums.org/page/2019Conf

2019 marks the 150-year anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad. We invite our members in museums across the state to reflect upon and be inspired by this legacy as they strive to increase their relevancy in their communities. 

Have you started your application for a scholarship to the UMA Conference? Applications are due June 1!
05/13/2019

Have you started your application for a scholarship to the UMA Conference? Applications are due June 1!

Today's the day! Happy 150 Transcontinental Railroad!
05/10/2019

Today's the day! Happy 150 Transcontinental Railroad!

General view at Promontory, Utah, May 10, 1869, during the "Last Spike" ceremony when rails of the Central Pacific (now Southern Pacific) and the Union Pacific were joined to complete the first transcontinental railroad. The picture is taken from the U.P. locomotive #119, looking westward, and shows the four companies of the 21st Infantry in formation alongside the track Central Pacific's locomotive, ""Jupiter"", and tent-buildings of Promontory are also shown. This is a copy of Alfred A. Hart's stereoscopic picture No. 357 entitled "The Rival Monarchs." Gift of the Southern Pacific Co

Utah Museums Association
05/10/2019

Utah Museums Association

Utah Museums Association's cover photo
05/10/2019

Utah Museums Association's cover photo

Pullman National Monument, National Park Service
05/08/2019

Pullman National Monument, National Park Service

Commemorating the 150th "Wedding of the Rails" - The nation was linked by rail from coast to coast with a ceremonial golden spike on May 10, 1869 at Promontory Summit, Utah Territory. People and goods could move across the country at record speed, and the Pullman Palace Car Company capitalized on it.

The 150th commemoration highlights both the celebration of American railroad accomplishment and opportunity and sacrifice faced by the workers who made it happen. An estimated 15,000 Chinese and 10,000 Irish laborers immigrated and migrated to support the construction. Learn more about what it took to "wed" the engines Jupiter and No. 119 and workers struggle for better wages and equal pay as we re-visit this accomplishment. www.nps.gov/gosp #goldenspike #transcontinental #chineselaborinrailroads #irishlaboronthetranscontinentalrailroad.

Images: Historic image and recreated image of two train engines meeting at Golden Spike ceremony with crowds witnessing.

05/06/2019
Animationboss.net

Such artistry! Reminds me of the models at the Ogden Union Station. What other museums have model trains? Add a link in the comments and tell us your favorite!

This diorama might make you doubt your eyes 😳

Credit: Luke Towan - goo.gl/gUkLgg

Oh man, Utah are you ready for this weekends celebrations?! What are you planning on doing to commemorate the completion...
05/06/2019
Utah State Antiquities Section

Oh man, Utah are you ready for this weekends celebrations?! What are you planning on doing to commemorate the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad?! Check out Spike 150 for activities or check out your local history museum!

Consider yourself lucky if you've had a Transcon RR tour from this guy! He's our resident pro on the archaeology of the Transcontinental Railroad! Chris Merritt has been taking politicians, artists, actors and the public out on the grade on tours over the last year or so. Here is an inside peek to the history and archaeology of the Transcon Railroad.

This Friday is the 150th anniversary of the Golden Spike - where the east met the west along the railroad. What are you going to do to help celebrate?

Have you signed up for these courses? Check it out and get some great info on museum collections.
05/01/2019
Utah Humanities

Have you signed up for these courses? Check it out and get some great info on museum collections.

NEH Chairman Visits Utah, Congratulations to Utah NEH Recipients, and Register for the Regional Heritage Stewardship Program!

Spread the word, Spike 150 needs docents!!
04/26/2019
Utah Division of Arts & Museums

Spread the word, Spike 150 needs docents!!

Our parent agency, Utah Department of Heritage & Arts, is seeking docents for a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition in a beautiful environment. DHA and Spike 150 have brought together precious artifacts to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the transcontinental railroad. The 1862 Railway Act, signed by Abraham Lincoln, along with other treasures will be on display in the Gold Room of the Utah State Capitol, May 3 through June 25. Volunteer docents are needed seven days a week for three- and four-hour shifts. Training will be provided. Sign up and be an ambassador for the state of Utah! Please email [email protected] for more information.

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Look at these railroad ladies! Are you looking forward to all the railroad celebrations in May? What do you plan to do/ ...
04/24/2019

Look at these railroad ladies! Are you looking forward to all the railroad celebrations in May? What do you plan to do/ go see?

Our thanks goes out to our amazing lesson committee who enlightened us even more on the Transcontinental Railroad. May 10th will be the 150 year anniversary. Such a fun afternoon. Thanks to all who supported it. 🚂🚂🚂

Love this holiday tie-in w/ the Bean Life Science Museum's collections! How did your oology (egg-collecting) go yesterda...
04/22/2019

Love this holiday tie-in w/ the Bean Life Science Museum's collections! How did your oology (egg-collecting) go yesterday?!

Oology is the study of eggs. During the 1800s many people collected eggs as a hobby and called themselves Oologists. Scientists used their egg collections in the 1900s to discover the harmful effect of pesticides like DDT on bird populations. Today scientists called ornithologists collect bird eggs to study the life of birds. As you're hunting for eggs this Easter holiday if you find a wild bird egg in you should leave it be. To protect bird populations collecting wild eggs is banned today. At the Bean Museum, we use our collection of eggs, some pictured here, to better understand our feathered friends.

Looking forward to Archaeology and Preservation Month activities in May!
04/18/2019

Looking forward to Archaeology and Preservation Month activities in May!

Join us every Wednesday in May from 12 noon to 1 pm for a free brown bag as part of our Archaeology & Preservation Month activities. We'll be in the State Archives (346 S. Rio Grande Street) in SLC. On May 1st, we'll have "Dead Pelicans: Historical Archaeology of the Remote Gunnison Island" with Arie Leeflang, Archaeological Records Manager, Utah Division of State History. (Photo: Gunnison Island’s “triangulation point.” No date provided.)

What cool facts do you have to share with visitors? What's your favorite random factoid you learned at your own museum?
04/17/2019

What cool facts do you have to share with visitors? What's your favorite random factoid you learned at your own museum?

A town with no known name was established in Box Elder County by Russian settlers from 1914-1917. Travelling from California about 100-150 families disembarked at Kelton, Utah for their new home. The town quickly failed without adequate water for farming and all that is left is the burial of 2 of its inhabitants. Modern headstones now mark the final resting place of Anna and Mary Kalpakoff.

04/16/2019
The Living Planet Aquarium

Congratulations!

We are excited to announce we received accreditation by The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) - the gold-standard of animal care and conservation! Thank you to our Aquarium team, our generous supporters, donors, and volunteers for making Loveland Living Planet Aquarium a world-class facility. #LLPA #AZA #WeAreAZA

Our partners at Utah Humanities have two positions open, apply today!
04/15/2019
Utah Humanities

Our partners at Utah Humanities have two positions open, apply today!

We Have Two Job Openings...Join Our Team! Priority given to applications received before April 30th.

Does your museum use Instagram? What are your successes? Do you feel its helped reach new audiences? If you try the tips...
04/12/2019
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Does your museum use Instagram? What are your successes? Do you feel its helped reach new audiences? If you try the tips below, let us know how it goes!

How to Use Instagram for Business

We know the annual UMA conference is still months away but we're excited about the theme and what it means for Utah's mu...
04/11/2019
What is this Conference All About? - Utah Museums Association

We know the annual UMA conference is still months away but we're excited about the theme and what it means for Utah's museums! This year's theme is "Riding the Relevant Rails," check out our blog post to learn more. https://www.utahmuseums.org/news/445732/What-is-this-Conference-All-About.htm

Our theme for the 2019 UMA conference is Riding the Relevant Rails. What does that even mean?! Simply put, it means that we as museums need to stay relevant to our communities to be of value.  All too often we can find ourselves in a rut. We can spend years or decades with the same exhibits up, the...

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Utah Museum Association Core Values Advocacy: UMA is an active leader and advocate for Utah’s museums. Quality: UMA aims for excellence in all of its programs and initiatives. Professional Development: UMA provides opportunities for Utah’s museum professionals to develop their skills in every aspect of museum operations & studies. Collaboration: UMA collaborates with other organizations to create and strengthen museum networks to leverage finite resources. Access & Diversity: UMA recognizes the increasing diversity of Utah’s citizens and encourages its members to embrace diversity and accessibility in their program initiatives. Analysis: UMA actively collects and disseminates information concerning the state of Utah’s museums Fiduciary Responsibility: UMA adheres to sound financial and funding practices. Education: UMA recognizes that museums educate, inspire, nourish minds and spirits; and enrich lives.

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