Small Museum Association

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2020 Conference Schedule 

36th Annual SMA Conference

Honoring the 100th Anniversary of Women's Suffrage: Museums as Catalysts of Social Change

Sunday, February 16 - Tuesday, February 18, 2019

Please note: This is a tentative schedule with confirmed sessions. Specific times will be announced soon.



Wine and Cheese Reception

Eat & Engage Dinner

Battle Decks!


  • Accessibility Lab
  • Articulate Your Mission: Writing a Case for Donor Support
  • Beyond Just a Welcome: Facilitating Informal Learning Environments
  • What is Digital Curation and Why Should I Care





Keynote Address


  • Building Meaningful Relationships in Communities: Latinx Outreach and Engagement
  • Change the Stereotype, Change the Narrative: Best Practices for Storytelling at Historic House Museums
  • The Distinguished Women of Riversdale: In Their Own Words
  • Evaluation for Everyone: Techniques for Gathering Data so You Can Continue to Learn, Improve, and Live Your Mission
  • Expanding Your Career: No-Cost Professional Development Opportunities
  • Heritage Areas: A Resource for Social Change
  • Interpreting Women at Historic House Museums
  • Lesbian Histories and Queering the Historic House
  • Like, Subscribe, Follow: Next Level Strategy for Social Media Mastery
  • The Management and Deaccession Toolbox: Making the Right Decision for Your Collection
  • Preserving What Inspires: Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions
  • Slavery Is Not A 4-Letter Word
  • Small Is A Strength: Creating High-Tech Museum Experiences in a Small, Rural, Museum through Strategic Community Partnerships
  • Telling the Invisible Stories at Historic Sites and Museums
  • Time to Think Big: Inspire! Grants for Small Museums
  • Walking in Our Visitors Footsteps: The Visitor Experience from A to Z
  • What Teachers Want: Developing Effective Education Programs at Museums & Historic Sites
  • Who runs the World? Girls: The She the People Politics Camp is creating future leaders through Politics and History.
  • Women in the Arts: Everywhere But the Pinnacle
  • Women’s Suffrage: 400 years in the Making from Slavery to the Present




Light Breakfast

Plenary Address   


  • Appealing to a Wider Audience
  • Community: A Pillar Not a Project, The First Steps Toward Institutional Community Engagement Reform
  • HR=Human: Inclusive in Policy and Practice
  • Learning S'more About Museum Day Camps
  • Making Anniversaries Meaningful in Museums
  • Making History Our-Story: An On-going Case Study from an Open-air Museum
  • Multi-Sensory Mapping: Design for an Inclusive Visitor Experience
  • Museum Roadmaps: Strategic Plans that Work
  • Stepping into Mental Wellness: New Social Awareness for Museums
  • Targeting Diversity and Inclusivity Through Creative Programs Based on Traditional Exhibits: Steps Taken and Lessons earned
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