Johns Hopkins University Master of Arts in Museum Studies

Johns Hopkins University Master of Arts in Museum Studies The Johns Hopkins University Master of Arts in Museum Studies is an online degree program that focuses on 21st-century museum theory and practice.

An onsite summer seminar and optional internships offer hands-on experience.

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Congratulations to alum Madeleine Pope (2017), who has been hired as an Audience Researcher and Evaluator at HG&Co https...
10/04/2021
HG&Co

Congratulations to alum Madeleine Pope (2017), who has been hired as an Audience Researcher and Evaluator at HG&Co https://www.hgandco.com/

Visitor-centered planning, strategy, and evaluation. We work with nature centers, museums, libraries, digital projects, and other science or cultural organizations to develop interpretive plans, perform expert reviews, assess user experiences, facilitate planning and more.

Welcome to this week’s #SitePartnerSaturday!Today we thought we’d go virtually-leafing at the #BillingsFarmMuseum in Woo...
10/02/2021
Billings Farm and Museum - Billings Farm Woodstock, Vermont

Welcome to this week’s #SitePartnerSaturday!

Today we thought we’d go virtually-leafing at the #BillingsFarmMuseum in Woodstock, VT. Our student Adrianne Burklund is interning in their collections department this semester. She’s researching best practices for organizing the #BFA’s digital assets, and working with the Billings’ Archive and Curatorial Manager, Marianne Zephir.

Thanks for the partnership, and have an extra cider doughnut for us!

https://billingsfarm.org/

Billings Farm & Museum is just a scenic stroll from the village center of Woodstock, Vermont, and is regarded as one of the finest outdoor history museums.

Congratulations to our alum Amanda Vtipilson on her new position as Chief Ranger of Visitor Experience at Chippokes Stat...
10/01/2021
Chippokes Plantation State Park

Congratulations to our alum Amanda Vtipilson on her new position as Chief Ranger of Visitor Experience at Chippokes State Park in Surry, VA. Amanda will be managing interpretive programs as well as the site's Farm and Forestry Museum and historic buildings--and even a living collection of farm animals. Sounds like she'll have her hands full! We know you'll do great things!

https://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/chippokes-plantation

One of America's oldest continually operated farms, Chippokes offers a swimming pool, restored mansion, farm museum, picnic shelters and various trails.

10/01/2021
Muhammad Ali Center | Be Great :: Do Great Things – Welcome to the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, KY

Congratulations to student Amelia McGrath, who has just been hired as a collections associate at the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, KY. https://alicenter.org

Guided by Muhammad Ali's six core principles, the Muhammad Ali Center features an interactive museum, educational programming, and special events to inspire young adults and adults to pursue greatness in their own lives, communities and countries.

Join us on Oct. 26 at noon ET to learn more about the Museum Studies and Digital Curation programs! You can register her...
09/28/2021
MA in Museum Studies Online Information Session - Johns Hopkins Advanced Academic Programs

Join us on Oct. 26 at noon ET to learn more about the Museum Studies and Digital Curation programs! You can register here: https://advanced.jhu.edu/event/museum-studies-online-information-sessions/

Please join us for an overview of the MA in Museum Studies degree program, including the curriculum, the application process, the career opportunities, and the alumni community. Register today to ensure your spot in this highly engaging presentation.

Welcome to the first installment of #SitePartnerSaturday! We are fortunate to have be able to place our students in inte...
09/25/2021
Stephen and Peter Sachs Museum

Welcome to the first installment of #SitePartnerSaturday!

We are fortunate to have be able to place our students in internships with museums, libraries, archives, heritage sites, and cultural heritage management programs around the world. Students intern on-site or virtually; they build their professional skills by applying their academic training in hands-on work. Many of our site supervisors are alums of our program.

This week’s featured site partner is the Sachs Museum at St Louis’ #MissouriBotanicalGarden. Nezka Pfeiffer, #SachsMuseum Curator, has worked with our students over the last four semesters. Nezka has worked with our students Danielle Griffin, Stefanie Hermsdorf, Melanie Vera, and Yumi Chung on a range of curatorial research projects on everything from phylloxera to perfume to maize to plants that produce sound.

We’re so glad to have this partnership!

https://bit.ly/2ZoSJlX

The scientific heart of the Garden for more than a century before closing to the public in 1982, Henry Shaw's original museum has reopened following a painstaking restoration and offers a unique opportunity to view rarely seen art, artifacts, and more collected over the last 160 years.

Congratulations to alum Jonah Hoffman (2020), who was promoted to Manager at the Salem Witch Museum in Salem, MA, this p...
09/13/2021
The 1692 Salem Witch Museum | History, Education, Self-Guided Tours

Congratulations to alum Jonah Hoffman (2020), who was promoted to Manager at the Salem Witch Museum in Salem, MA, this past summer https://salemwitchmuseum.com/

The Salem Witch Museum is a museum in Salem, MA about the Witch Trials of 1692. The museum is based on the actual documents of the trials. Plan a visit to check out the scenes, and listen to the accurate narration from the history of the Salem Witch Hunt. Enjoy the self-guided tours in one of the mo...

Are you following us on Instagram? We're @jhmuseumstudies and our weekly takeovers feature students, alums, and faculty ...
09/13/2021

Are you following us on Instagram? We're @jhmuseumstudies and our weekly takeovers feature students, alums, and faculty sharing photos and stories from cultural institutions around the world.

This week's host is Taylor Stoermer (He/him, Twitter @TaylorStoermer), who teaches The Practice of Public History in the program (and is a 2005 alumnus of the Johns Hopkins History Department). He is currently writing “Public History: A Field Guide” for Rowman & Littlefield, is the Executive Producer at Størmerlige Films (Insta @stormerligefilms), and part of National Geographic’s #StorytellingforChange project. After earning his PhD in History from the University of Virginia, he launched into the Public History and Museum world as the Digital Historian, and then Chief Historian and Storytelling Lead, at Colonial Williamsburg, and then served as a Producer of history-related content for Disney Citizenship. He’s going to spend this week focusing on what he thinks is the most exciting development in Public History and Museum guest experiences, onsite and online: The trend towards immersive and visual/digital storytelling, which has become a central element of his teaching at JH Museum Studies. Each day he’s going to feature a different example of inspired storytelling at work around the world, in both real and imagined contexts. What they all share is that they are driven by an audience-first concept of story and narrative, which creates a framework for meaning, and even transformation, for guests, an approach that separates truly immersive experiences from the presentational.

Are you following us on Instagram? We're @jhmuseumstudies and our weekly takeovers feature students, alums, and faculty sharing photos and stories from cultural institutions around the world.

This week's host is Taylor Stoermer (He/him, Twitter @TaylorStoermer), who teaches The Practice of Public History in the program (and is a 2005 alumnus of the Johns Hopkins History Department). He is currently writing “Public History: A Field Guide” for Rowman & Littlefield, is the Executive Producer at Størmerlige Films (Insta @stormerligefilms), and part of National Geographic’s #StorytellingforChange project. After earning his PhD in History from the University of Virginia, he launched into the Public History and Museum world as the Digital Historian, and then Chief Historian and Storytelling Lead, at Colonial Williamsburg, and then served as a Producer of history-related content for Disney Citizenship. He’s going to spend this week focusing on what he thinks is the most exciting development in Public History and Museum guest experiences, onsite and online: The trend towards immersive and visual/digital storytelling, which has become a central element of his teaching at JH Museum Studies. Each day he’s going to feature a different example of inspired storytelling at work around the world, in both real and imagined contexts. What they all share is that they are driven by an audience-first concept of story and narrative, which creates a framework for meaning, and even transformation, for guests, an approach that separates truly immersive experiences from the presentational.

Congratulations to our alum Kristy Van Hoven and her team at National EMS Museum on their new exhibition!
09/10/2021

Congratulations to our alum Kristy Van Hoven and her team at National EMS Museum on their new exhibition!

Today is the opening day for our new exhibit commemorating September 11 it will be on display in Atlanta, GA at the @atlantahistorycenter . The exhibit will run from September 10, 2021 to October 17, 2021. The National EMS Museum curated this exhibition to honor the anniversary of the attacks that changed America. In addition, the National EMS Museum has created a virtual exhibition which you can find by clicking this link: http://emsmuseum.org/virtual_museum.
A special thank you to our President Dr. Richard A. Clinchy, and to our supporters for making for making this exhibit possible.
@global_medical_response
@emsworldofcl
@freedomflagfoundation
#911 #20thanniversary #neverforget #history #emslove #newexhibition #nationalemsmuseum

The Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums (MAAM) virtual meeting is coming in October and there are a variety of opportuni...
09/08/2021
Volunteer – Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums

The Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums (MAAM) virtual meeting is coming in October and there are a variety of opportunities for students. Fellowships and volunteer applications are due September 10 (this Friday, at 5pm Eastern time). http://midatlanticmuseums.org/annual-meeting/volunteer/

Students, emerging professionals, or professionals who work at small museums, furloughed museum professionals, laid off museum professionals, and those cannot afford to attend the conference because of a limited budget may apply to be volunteers.

Happy first day of Fall semester, everyone! Although we're not on campus - we've got the best community at JHU!
08/30/2021

Happy first day of Fall semester, everyone! Although we're not on campus - we've got the best community at JHU!

Happy first day of Fall semester, everyone! Although we're not on campus - we've got the best community at JHU!

08/29/2021

We’re thinking of everyone in our far-flung community in the path of Hurricane Ida. Stay safe.

Are you following us on Instagram? We're @jhmuseumstudies and this week, we're being taken on a tour of Stuttgart! Take ...
08/24/2021

Are you following us on Instagram? We're @jhmuseumstudies and this week, we're being taken on a tour of Stuttgart! Take a look and then follow us on Instagram for regular tours of museums around the world!

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Today, I want to introduce you to the Neckarvorstadt area in Stuttgart, which lies on the Neckar River. The Neckar River was an important trading route and to this day provides tourism opportunities. It is here that royalty built castles and gardens, which are now museums!

I got to explore the @naturkundemuseumstuttgart Stuttgart State Natual History Museum. This museum is split into two sites sharing the same grounds. I focused my time on the site with the pre-historic exhibits. Despite all the labels being in German, I purchased the 2 euro token for the audioguide - well worth it! There have been many archeological finds in Germany that help decode what happened on earth millions of years ago!

Image 1: 3-D models based on fossils found in rocks.

Image 2: A diorama of an underwater scene when this region was submerged millions of years ago, in the Middle Triassic Era.

Image 3: Fossilized bones found that helped identify the Tanystropheus or Giraffenhalsechsen in German.

Image 4: Mammoth room. The giant standing mammoth skeleton is a replica based on the fossils found at a site, just like the one it is standing over.

Image 5: Wall diagram representing sedimentation with timelines and how fossils can be dated.

Image 6: View from above of three ichthyosaurs fossils (or replicas) that were so well preserved because of the environmental changes in the Early Jurassic Era. They swam into "death zones" that lacked available oxygen, so nothing else could prey on their carcass either when they died.

Image 7: Fossil of Plesiosaurier.

Image 8: Evolution chart of Plesiosaurier.

Image 9: Recreation of Plesiosaurier and other Jurassic water creatures.

#jhumuse #naturalhistorymuseum #naturalhistory #museumstudies #dinosaursofinstagram #prehistoric #museum #fossils #plesiosaur #ichthyosaur #jhumuseumstudies

Join us this week on Instagram as current student Azia Salbego shows us around her new town:  Stuttgart!  First stop:  t...
08/23/2021

Join us this week on Instagram as current student Azia Salbego shows us around her new town: Stuttgart! First stop: the Mercedes-Benz Museum. Much more to come!

Thank you @amyruza for that exceptional behind the scenes view into creating a mural! We see them everywhere but seeing ...
08/22/2021

Thank you @amyruza for that exceptional behind the scenes view into creating a mural! We see them everywhere but seeing the creative process is a real treat. We hope the @rockwellmuseum continues this tradition and that we get to see it again next year!
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#mural #muralart #murals #muralsofinstagram #newyork #upstatenewyork #upstateny #corningny #corning

Thank you @amyruza for that exceptional behind the scenes view into creating a mural! We see them everywhere but seeing the creative process is a real treat. We hope the @rockwellmuseum continues this tradition and that we get to see it again next year!
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#mural #muralart #murals #muralsofinstagram #newyork #upstatenewyork #upstateny #corningny #corning

Registration is open for the SI's National Conference on Cultural Property Protection, to be held virtually this year. L...
08/17/2021
Homepage - National Conference on Cultural Property Protection

Registration is open for the SI's National Conference on Cultural Property Protection, to be held virtually this year. Learn more:

Our History The Conference began as an idea of Robert B. Burke, founder and first director of the Office of Protection Services at the Smithsonian Institution. In 1977, just 20 people from the Smithsonian gathered for the inaugural Conference. Now, three decades later, the Conference unites particip...

So proud of alum Karina Gomez (2020) who recently completed an internship in the National Collections Program at the Smi...
08/13/2021
Can Virtual Internships Help Protect Vulnerable Collections at the Smithsonian?

So proud of alum Karina Gomez (2020) who recently completed an internship in the National Collections Program at the Smithsonian and contributed this article to the Smithsonian Magazine's blog: Can Virtual Internships Help Protect Vulnerable Collections at the Smithsonian? https://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/smithsonian-institution-office-fellowships-and-int/2021/07/23/can-virtual-internships-help-protect-vulnerable-collections-smithsonian/

Every collections steward’s worst nightmare is receiving notification that a collections storage space has been damaged by a water or fire incident. Museum collections professionals are concerned with everyday threats like small or persistent water leaks, and larger, catastrophic events such as na...

This week over at @jhmuseumstudies on Instagram, join @sab_svp for visits to the UMMA: University of Michigan Museum of ...
08/01/2021

This week over at @jhmuseumstudies on Instagram, join @sab_svp for visits to the UMMA: University of Michigan Museum of Art and the Detroit Institute of Arts!

07/29/2021

On National Internship Day, thanks to all the sites (like the Molly Brown House Museum!) who have hosted our students over the last year! And here's to our unflappable, tenacious, thoughtful interns!

We're excited to learn that alumnus Rob Kempton (2020), on the security team at the Baltimore Museum of Art, will be par...
07/15/2021
Baltimore Fishbowl | BMA security guards will curate an exhibit next year -

We're excited to learn that alumnus Rob Kempton (2020), on the security team at the Baltimore Museum of Art, will be participating as a curator of an exhibition there entitled "Guarding the Art." It will be curated entirely by 17 members of its security team. https://baltimorefishbowl.com/stories/bma-security-guards-will-curate-an-exhibit-next-year/?utm_source=American+Alliance+of+Museums&utm_campaign=5c9fea667a-Dispatches_July15_2021&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_f06e575db6-5c9fea667a-37321309

At most museums, security guards watch over the art on display. At the Baltimore Museum of Art next year, the security guards will decide what visitors

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To Whom it may Concern: My Interviewee has decided to drop out of this assignment at the last minute due to time restraints within the institution. I will need to have notification of participation no later than 9/28/21, and Initial Interviews conducted by 10/05/21, with follow-ups throughout October. My name is Samantha Wilkinson, I am reaching out to you today to inquire about possible interest from your institution in participating in my Managing Digital Information in Museums and Archives Data Interview course assignment through Johns Hopkins University. I am a Museum Studies Graduate student, dually enrolled in the Digital Curation Certificate program. I would greatly appreciate the insight and the opportunity to learn from a professional in the field. I am happy to send over my resume and experience, a professor contact, or a letter of recommendation if you wish. The following is a description of the assignment requirements: Directions: Conduct an information interview with the contact you have made in a museum. Preferably, this will be a person working with collections information and objects, and producing digital information. We are trying to reach beyond the comparatively well-controlled documentation of a well-run collections management department. You should expect these interviews to be lengthy and detailed. Interviewees should be forewarned that this is a fairly significant commitment of time, anywhere from 3 to 6 hours over a few weeks. Our assignments and exercises are directed toward the creation of a mock but applicable digital curation plan. The Interview will cover these topics: The organizational structure and specifically the responsibilities within the organization for data management Description of the Collection. Relevant Characteristics of Digital Objects. Current Practices and Obligations.. Human Resources. Organizational readiness. Financial Constraints and Technical Constraints. To recap: preferably this will be a person working with collections information and objects, and producing digital information. 1. The organizational structure and specifically the responsibilities within the organization for data management. 2. Description of the Collection. Given you will be interviewing just one person, or at best a small number, the description of the collection will be constrained by the perspective of your interviewee(s). 3. Relevant Characteristics of Digital Objects. This is where your informant/interviewee will be most knowledgeable. What is most important in the digital information they produce? What is not important about the digital information (e.g. format). This is where we begin identifying the "essential elements" of digital objects that are to be preserved. 4. Current Practices and Obligations. How are digital assets handled currently? What is recognized as a digital asset, and who does the recognizing? Are all similar types of assets handled in the same way, or does it vary by department or by person? In your interviews, you're looking for evidence of how things actually get done. Later on, this information will inform your development of policy. 5. Human Resources. This is the counterpoint to Current Practices and Obligations. Who does what? 6. Organizational readiness. This is a qualitative assessment of where an organization is at, both in terms of preservation and in terms of general information management. Who decides what gets "preserved?" Who is responsible for tracking things like research notes, reports, correspondence (how is email dealt with?), images, and other types of unstructured information pertaining to different business processes in the museum? 7. Financial Constraints. This will not be a major concern of ours in this course, and for our purposes should be considered as a related aspect of Technical Constraints. ------------------------------ Samantha Wilkinson [email protected] Digital Curation and Museum Studies Master Program Detroit MI
April 6 (Tuesday) 10:00 AM (EDT) Event: The National Museum of Afghanistan-Retrieving the Past, Securing the Future. Speakers include: • Deborah Klimburg-Salter, Professor of Art History, University of Vienna, Austria/ Assoc. Dept. of South Asian Studies, Harvard University; • Philippe Delanghe, Head of Cultural Unit, UNESCO, Kabul, Afghanistan; and • Mohammad Fahim Rahimi, Director of the National Museum of Afghanistan, Kabul Details and FREE registration at http://ow.ly/jITQ50EgNqW
Job Alert! The place has had a rough go of it and needs good leadership. I'd be happy to answer questions about the place, but I no longer work there.
Executive Director: Lancaster Medical Heritage Museum https://lancastermedicalheritagemuseum.org/ We are a growing medical history museum located in Lancaster, PA. The Museum: Established in 1982, the mission of the Lancaster Medical Heritage Museum is to preserve and make accessible the rich medical heritage of Lancaster County. In March of 2021, the museum will move to a new, larger, and more centralized facility in Lancaster, to begin the next chapter of its almost 50-year history. The Position: We are looking for an executive director (preferably full time and available to start immediately). The pay range we are offering is between $35,000 and $42,000, dependent on experience. Benefits include paid vacation, starting at two weeks. While this position is the only paid staff position, the director will work closely with an engaged board and dedicated committee members. Required Qualifications: • Job appropriate education or experience is required. A Bachelor’s degree is desirable. • Strong in-person and online communication skills are needed to effectively coordinate volunteers and interns, schedule meetings for the museum’s board and committees, and handle all outreach and inquiries. • Efficient writing, proofreading, and editing skills are required to publish and distribute all museum correspondence, newsletters, and publications. • Competence in various computer programs and applications including cataloging software (esp. PastPerfect5), QuickBooks, and social media platforms, or the ability to quickly learn such systems. Preferred Qualifications: • Ability to provide leadership, vision, direction, and experience developing and implementing strategic plans. • Demonstrated knowledge of non-profits or similar organizations, as well as a history of involvement in relevant professional organizations. • Experience in fundraising, grant writing and audience development. • Ability to develop, manage, and grow an annual operating budget. Responsibilities: • Direct museum operations, including development, education and public programming, finance, external communications, and staffing. • Lead and participate in all fundraising and development activities, including grant writing, developing relationships with foundations, corporations, and individual donors, and coordinating the Museum’s annual Extraordinary Give event. • Work closely with the chair of the Collection committee to process all artifacts and donations, from handling the deed-of-gifts and paperwork through cataloging items within the Museum’s database through PastPerfect5. • Coordinate tour groups and visitors, as well as serving as docent and coordinator for volunteers, interns, and consultants. • Point person for all correspondence and publications including overseeing and editing all internship projects, managing the museum’s website and social media channels, and the writing, editing and distribution of the museum’s quarterly newsletters and other announcements. The Location: Lancaster Medical Heritage Museum is based in Lancaster, PA. Lancaster is home to many historical and cultural organizations, with great walkability to local art venues and restaurants. Lancaster is also within a few hours of Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington D.C., and New York City. To apply, please send a letter and C.V. to: Barton L Halpern, MD, FACS President, Lancaster Medical Heritage Museum [email protected]
Hi everyone! Does anyone have a syllabus for 460.635 Curatorship: Principles and Practices that they can share? Thanks!
At the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, our regional meetings usually take place in person--but the good news is that this year, our regional meetings are virtual with many parts open to all. First up is the Middle East and. North Africa regional meeting, October 19-21, focusing on virtual tools focusing on building cultures of human rights. Free, and an amazing chance for both students and faculty to hear from Sites of Conscience from around the world: the War Childhood Museum in Bosnia, Act for the Disappeared in Lebanon, Hopelantern in Rwanda and Gulag.cz from the Czech Republic, along with keynote speaker Zeynep Tufekci, Ph.D., Author of Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest. It's free--more information and registration here. Simultaneous translation will be available in English, Arabic, French and Spanish.
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Hello Hivemind. I am looking into a pretty good position, but they want to see how I do Instragam captions. As it happens, I am essentially a caveman and have no idea what to with caption and hashtags. Does anyone have any links to examples I can study from?
A friend and I are starting a FB group to document what is going on around our country and preserve local history. Does anyone know if their museum or other local institutions are currently collecting objects about covid-19 and the international protests or will be in the coming months? Edit: We want to make a resource for people on the front lines of major events to connect with museums and share their art or journals, and objects that are coming out of these events.
Hello everyone!! I just graduated from the digital curation program last month (YAY!). I'm on the board for the Society of Florida Archivists Journal and we are looking for people to submit articles or book reviews, tool reviews, etc. You don't have to live in FL to submit. I'm providing the link below, you can always send me a message as well if you are interested. Thanks, hope everyone's studies are going well, and stay safe and healthy!!