Appaloosa Museum

2012 Idaho Association of Museums Conference

Inside and Outside the Museum
Idaho Association of Museums Annual Conference April 13 and 14, 2012
Best Western Wallace Inn


This year the conference will look at policy decisions made inside the museum, and how to plan outreach programs for our communities. Sessions offered are: -Collection Management: Designing an effective policy and procedures to carry out your mission.

  • Putting policy to work: How to get what you need and decide what to do about the rest. Developing an active collections policy and handling deaccessioning and unwanted donations.
  • How to identify and develop programs for different audiences. -Connecting with students. How to involve students with research assignments at local museums. 
  • Teachers and educators discuss what they need from museums and how museums can help them meet their curriculum requirements and educational goals. 
  • Breakout sessions for developing a sample curriculum package for teachers. 
Thanks to generous grants from the Idaho State Historical Society and the Idaho Humanities Council, the IAM is able to offer several travel scholarships to the 2012 Conference in Wallace. The scholarships are intended to assist those with the greatest need and interest, and who will benefit substantially from attending the conference. The maximum grants will be $500, and the DEADLINE TO RECEIVE APPLICATIONS IS MARCH 16. 

This year the conference will be held in Wallace, Idaho, the "silver capital of the world." Wallace is a thriving, historic, active mining town in the heart of the Bitterroot Mountains in northern Idaho. Every downtown building is on the National Register of Historic Places. Visitors will find plenty of activities including the Wallace District Mining Museum and the Sierra Silver Mine tour. Roaming the streets of Wallace you will find plenty of opportunities for great food, antique shops and more museums, including the Oasis Bordello Museum and a railroad museum inside the historic Northern Pacific Railroad Depot . Hikers will enjoy the two mile interpretive walk to the Nicholson adit just outside of Wallace, where Ed Pulaski saved 41 men by threatening to kill them if they didn't stay inside during the "Big Blow Up" of 1910. We hope to see you in Wallace!


Idaho Museum of Mining & Geology

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