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IAM Connects Creating Collections Management Policies

Join IAM member museums and three curators for a discussion on Collections Management Policies. Review documents from small and large museums in Idaho and start to develop an outline for CM policies for your institution. Bring your current policies, ask questions and kick start your collections management policies for 2022! 

Hayley Noble is the Curator at the Latah County Historical Society. She moved to Moscow in July 2021, after working at the Old Idaho Penitentiary for two and half years. She holds a Master’s Degree from Boise State University in Public History, with an emphasis in military history. Since starting at LCHS, she has prioritized the collection, doing much-needed deaccessioning and evaluating the current policies.


Alisha Tietjen has been at the Museum of Rexburg: Home of the Teton Flood Exhibit for the last five years, starting first as an volunteer and working up to assistant curator to becoming the curator in 2018. Growing up in a small rural Idaho town, gives her an unique understanding of small historical society museums and their impact on their communities. During her time at the museum, Alisha has helped to implement collection policy and procedures to help her museum to better assess and know their collections.


Nicole Inghilterra is the Capitol Curator and Museum Registrar for the Idaho State Historical Society. While she began her museum career digitizing costumes for the Idaho State Museum virtual artifact catalog, Defining Style, Nicole has been knee deep in policy for the past year! Nicole also serves as the Board Secretary for the Registrar’s Committee-Western Region, which works in cooperation with the Collections Stewardship Professional Network of the American Alliance of Museums. She loves diving deep into the “why” of what we do to preserve and make accessible our essential collections.  


Event Date: Feb 14, 2022

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. 

IAM Connects is back in 2022 with more topics! 

IAM members get free access to all IAM Connects events! IAM connects events are virtual discussions with colleagues throughout Idaho and our region on a variety of museum topics. Developed during the onset of the COVID pandemic, IAM board of directors wanted a way to connect with members to discuss pertinent issues including opening policies and procedures, digital fundraising for museums and educational programming outreach.


This year we have developed an entire season of discussion topics. Mark your calendar for some or all of these virtual events! Events are planned for the second Monday of the month, every other month, beginning in February at 10am PST/11am MST. 


Program dates and topics: 


February 14: 

Collections Management Policies

April 11: 

Funding Opportunities for Museums

June 13: 

Collections Management Software 

August 8:

Data Collection and Evaluation

October 10: 

Pandemic Creativity

December 12: 

Museum Resources Round Up


RSVP on the IAM website here (form below). Please mark which programs you plan to attend and we will send you zoom meeting information. 

Don’t forget to renew your membership! This is a benefit for IAM members! Click here to renew! 


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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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