In our February 2016 survey, MALHM members’ top vote for new benefits was “additional workshops and networking opportunities throughout the state."
You asked; we answered with two “MALHM Mingle” dates: Sept. 21 at Nicollet County Historical Society in St. Peter and an April date TBD at Becker County Historical Society in Detroit Lakes. The events will focus on traveling exhibits such as "Water/Ways" from the Smithsonian at both facilities. Learn from your peers on how to make traveling exhibits work for your organization.
Each museum exhibit offers a personalized take on water history in their communities, but the presentation portion is identical. “We wanted to offer a central location for the north half of the state and one for the south half,” said MALHM President Dustin Heckman.
The Sept. 21 event will begin at 6 p.m. with a tour of the exhibit, followed by an informal discussion while enjoying appetizers and a cash bar.
In addition to the Smithsonian program, participants will discuss their experiences with other options, including the Minnesota Historical Society’s traveling exhibits program. Head of MNHS’s “Exhibits to Go” program, Lisa Friedlander will talk about current offerings as well as seek ideas from attendees.
“I’m actively looking for feedback for how we can improve the usability of the exhibits, and some ideas we have for future content,” she said.
After the informal presentation, attendees will have time to connect with colleagues on other topics. Admission is free for MALHM members; $5 for non-members. RSVP by emailing Coordinator Marci Matson at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 612-500-7460 by Friday, Sept. 16.