Successful Small Museums Are Community Museums - Day 1/Session 2 - Small Museums Virtual Summit

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Small museums are intrinsically connected to their communities, constantly conducting audience outreach for engagement and as new projects are developed. Audiences are also continually changing habits, interest, and involvement with museums, perhaps never more so than in 2023. Join these panelists to discuss audience development, outreach to stakeholders near and far, and how museums are growing and maintaining audiences.

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Lynne Calamia

Executive Director

Roebling Museum, NJ

Lynne Calamia is a public history professional with over a decade of professional experience in the field of preservation and public history. She has led museums, preserved historic sites, conserved cultural landscapes, protected industrial history, and raised money as a tireless advocate for historic preservation every step of the way. Currently, as executive director of Roebling Museum in Burlington County, Calamia manages a museum that tells the story of a 1905 company town with a majority immigrant/migrant workforce. Calamia has also involved been involved for the last seven years with an important historic preservation project in Camden, the oldest extant religious building in Camden which is a small Quaker meetinghouse.

Ross Jordan

Curatorial Manager

Jane Addams Hull House Museum, Chicago, IL

Ross Jordan is a curator, public program manager and hands on educator. He creates dialogues between history, policy and politics via artist collaboration, visual culture, community engagement, and exhibitions. His curatorial and exhibitions team management combines research, theory and practice that have facilitated professional development opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students, dynamic curriculum based exhibitions, and projects and exhibition that leverage historical context to illuminate contemporary issues. He brings valuable research and learning experience from MoMA and several non-profit arts organizations.

Phillip Thompson

Executive Director

Idaho Black History Museum, Boise, ID

Erik London (Moderator)

Museum Services Curator

Alabama Department of Archives and History, Montgomery, AL

Erik N. H. London is the Museum Services Curator for the Alabama Department of Archives and History (ADAH). In this role, he consults with local historical organizations across the state, promoting national best practices and connecting local staff and volunteers with expertise at the ADAH and beyond. He received his M.A. and Public History Certification from Auburn University. He serves as a Peer Reviewer for the Institute of Museum and Library Services as well as the National Endowment for the Humanities, has been designated a MAP Peer Reviewer for the American Alliance of Museums, and recently qualified to serve as a National Heritage Responder. He is currently chair of the American Association for State and Local History‚Äôs Small Museum Scholarship Subcommittee. 


Small Museum Virtual Summit - Day 1 - Session 2 - Successful Museums are Community Museums
12/05/2023 at 2:45 PM (EST)  |  Recorded On: 12/07/2023
12/05/2023 at 2:45 PM (EST)  |  Recorded On: 12/07/2023