Museums Association of Montana

MAM strives to strengthen all of Montana's Museums

Basic Schedule is as follows. Check back for sessions descriptions and full details.


March 15, 2023

7:00 AM to 3:00 PMConference Registration - C'mon Inn Lobby
 9:30 AM to 2:00 PMLibrary of Congress: Teaching with Primary Sources
 1:00 PM to 4:00 PMDisaster Planning Workshop
 1:00 PM to 4:00 PMUnseen Missoula Walking Tour: Hosted by Missoula Downtown Assoc.
 4:15 PM to 5:15 PM

First Timers’ Orientation and Welcome - C'mon Inn Lobby

 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Progressive Reception

5:30-7:00 – Missoula Art Museum

6:30-8:00 – Military Museum - Fort Missoula

7:30-9:00 – Historical Museum at Fort Missoula 

Thursday March 16, 2023 8:00 AM to 8:45 AM

Welcome: Dave Strohmaier, Missoula County Commissioner 

MAM President’s Update: Sabre Moore

State and National Advocacy Update: Deb Mitchell 

  9:00 AM to 10:15 AM Crafting an Ethics Policy for your Museum: What is an Ethics Policy and why it is important - Presenter: Matt Lautzenheiser
Story Principles: The Ethics of Museum Interpretation - Presenter: Lauren Hunley
  10:30 AM to 11:45 AM How to Develop a Historic Walking Tour - Presenters: Ciara Ryan and Zachary Coe
An I.D.E.A. of Your Own  Presenter(s): Fernanda Mora
  12:00 PM to 1:30 PM


Membership Business Meeting 

State of the Montana Historical Society: Molly Kruckenburg, Executive  Director 

Keynote Speaker: “What’s in a Name?”  The Foundation for Montana History President & CEO Charlene Porsild shares some challenges, rewards, costs, and benefits of rebranding an organization. 
  1:45 PM to 3:00 PM After-Action: Lessons Learned from 25 Years of Military HistoryPresenter: Tate Jones

    Going Green in the Gift Shop - Presenter(s): Kathy Barton

1:45 PM - 3:00 PM 

Cultivating Successful Projects: Harnessing the Power of Project Management to Achieve Tangible and Impactful Results. - Presenters: Amber Doyen and Candace Goodluck 

  3:00 PM to 3:15 PM Break: Sponsored by Foundation for Montana History
  3:15 PM to 4:30 PM

Plenary: Meet the Funders 

Moderator: Charlene Porsild, President/CEO the Foundation for Montana History 


Megan Hill Sundy, Grants Manager, Humanities Montana

Ciara Ryan, Program Director, Foundation for Montana History

Kristin Burgoyne, Deputy Director and Grants Manager, Montana Arts Council

Mackenzie Espeland, Program Specialist, Montana Department of Commerce Preservation Grants Program

  4:45 PM to 6:00 PM Happy Hour - Heritage Hall 

Join other attendees, presenters, MAM staff and sponsors for a drink and an opportunity to network with others within the museum field. 

  6:00 PM 

MAM Banquet 

Scholarship award winners - Sabre Moore

Awards Presentation - Tate Jones

  6:30 PM  The Power of Place: Community Vitality and Montana’s Rural Museums - Presenter: Sabre Moore
  7:00 PM  Live Auction


March 17, 2023

8:00 AM to 9:15 AM Textiles and Historic Dress Preservation Presenter: M. Lynn Barnes, Ph.D.

Virtual Exhibits on MMP, Geocaching Tours - Presenters: Dave Colamaria and Jennifer Birnel

  9:15 AM to 9:30 AM  
  9:30 AM to 10:45 AM Autism in Museums: Building a Place for AllPresenter: Kathy Barton
    Better Than a Band-Aid; Handling Archival Material in a Museum Setting - Presenter: Rich Aarstad MHS Archives Specialist
  11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Closing Plenary: Announcements and Presentation

Hidden Montana Opportunity - Christine Brown MHS Interpretive Historian

Irish in Montana - Presenter: Lauren Hunley, Community Historian, Western Heritage Center

“Great Outdoors” MAM Post-Conference Museum Tour

 Friday March 17,- 2023 12:30 Final session of conference ends
  1:00 Tour departs Heritage Hall, Fort Missoula, Snacks provided
  1:30 Arrive Travelers Rest State Park
  2:30 Depart TRSP
  3:00 Arrive Mt. Natural History Center
  4:00 Depart MNHC
  4:30 Arrive Bonner Milltown History Center
  5:30 End of tour; attendees who brought cars can depart BMHC for home, transportation also provided  back to Heritage Hall.
 Optional evening activity 5:00 - 7:00 

 Kettlehouse Bonner Taproom - Family Friendly Art-4-Ale St. Paddy’s party

P.O. Box 1451, Helena, MT 59624

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