IAM Annual Meeting 2021 & Special Presentation “Creating Digital Content for Museums and Historic Sites”

Join IAM members for a special presentation by guests Liz Hobsen, Museum Administrator at Idaho State Historical Society and Mark Breske, Marketing and Communications Manager at Idaho State Historical Society for a conversation on “Creating Digital Content for Museums and Historic Sites."


IAM business meeting will directly follow with important information for all members.


Event Date: November 8, 2021

Event Time: 10:00 am PST/11:00 am MST

Please RSVP using the form below. 

This event is virtual and will be conducted through Zoom. Once you have registered we will send you the event link. 


Click below to view the Annual Meeting Agenda.

Click PDF icon below for "Creating Digital Content for Museums and Historic Sites" Presentation Slides.

IAM Connects Brings IMLS granting Resources to IAM Members

IAM is excited to offer a special IAM Connects virtual event with guest presenter Reagan Moore, Senior Program Officer for the Institute of Museum and Library Services in the Office of Museum Services. Reagan will be sharing information on federal grant opportunities for museums through IMLS and tips for applying.  


Event Date: Sep 29, 2021

Event Time: 11:00 am MST/10:00 am PST

Please RSVP using the form below. 

This event is virtual and will be conducted through Zoom. Once you have registered we will send you the event link. 


POSTPONED Idaho Heritage Conference 2020

Due to COVID-19 the 4th Biennial IDAHO’S HERITAGE CONFERENCE has been postponed to 2022.

It is with deep empathy and compassion for the rise in COVID-19 cases that the Heritage Partners and representatives from the city of Pocatello have made the difficult decision to postpone the fourth Biennial Idaho’s Heritage Conference until 2022. We look forward to the historic preservationists, anthropologists, archaeologists, museum and community representatives coming together next year.

The IAM Board of Directors is excited to continue its collaboration with the Heritage Partners, and we will inform our members as plans take shape for the 2022 Idaho's Heritage Conference.


In light of this postponement, IAM is committed to offering more digital opportunities to connect and learn. We will announce our offerings later this fall. Be sure to stay connected with us through email, Facebook, and our website.

Also check out these upcoming offerings for networking and learning: 


Museum Learning Hub
Free, self-paced training resources for small museums.

The Museum Learning Hub (MLH) is a nationwide initiative organized by the six U.S. regional museum associations and dedicated to providing free, self-paced training resources for small museums. Part of the Digital Empowerment Project, the Hub provides digital media and technology capacity-building programs and resources. The inaugural series of training and resource toolkits is funded by a National Leadership Grant for Museums award from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.





Smithsonian’s Guide to Exhibit Design

This document is intended for anyone interested in developing exhibits, from curators planning their first exhibit to seasoned exhibit developers and designers. This guide provides an overview of the exhibit development process and offers tips on how to plan and create an effective exhibit. While not intended to be definitive or prescriptive, this guide provides suggestions and recommendations based on SIE’s experience working with clients from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines.





Sustaining Places Guide to Programs & Outreach

Educational programming and outreach are both important means for achieving a museum’s mission. Programs and various forms of outreach help to develop a positive, reciprocal relationship between both the community and the museum, which is a goal that all small museums should pursue. This page contains information and resources about programming and outreach methods which a museum can use to foster its relationship with the surrounding community.


If you are looking for in-person training and networking, consider one of the following Western Museum Assocation Roadshow Meetings:




Western Museums Association's Roadshow Meetings: 

This fall, rather than host our traditional Annual Meeting, WMA will partner with 4 state museum associations to run small, safe, in-person pop-up museum professional development events in 4 different cities. Following local health and safety guidelines, these half-day experiences will include learning and networking opportunities. 


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