The workshops will cover the following topics, based upon the StEPs program:
October 27, 2018 — Mission, Vision & Governance: to articulate the organization’s goals and improve its ability to recruit and manage effective boards. Presenter: Beth Bandy, Charlemont Historical Society, private consultant
November 17, 2018 — Audience: to identify and reach an expanded audience and create a more active community of visitors and supporters. Presenter: Andrea Caluori, William Cullen Bryant Homestead
December 1, 2018 — Interpretation: to learn the current best practices of interpreting collections, utilizing current media. Presenter: Dennis Picard, former Director, Storrowton Village Museum
January 12, 2019 — Stewardship of Collections: to better organize and safely archive collections and create a physical environment to protect holdings. Presenter: Alex MacKenzie, curator, Springfield Armory National Historic Site
February 9, 2019 — Stewardship of Historic Structures & Landscapes: to assess, maintain and improve historic sites and make these sites accessible and engaging to visitors. Presenter: Jennifer Trainer Thompson, President & CEO of Hancock Shaker Village
March 9, 2019 — Management: to more effectively run day-to-day operations. Presenter: Tom Kelleher, Curator of Mechanical Arts at Old Sturbridge Village.
April 13, 2019 — Make-Up Date (if needed)
Each meeting will include all participants and will be held at a central location in Northampton.