Student Attends Virginia Association of Museums Conference

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At the end of Spring Break I was able to attend the Virginia Association of Museums Conference in Hot Springs, Virginia, at the Homestead Resort. The resort, founded in 1766 was beautiful and was a beautiful setting for this conference. This annual conference brought together many of Virginia’s museums for a collaboration and exploration of key topics in the museum world. I was able to attend several interesting talks covering topics from disaster planning to dressing mannequins with historic costumes- a process that really is an art form in itself. I was also able to attend a session focused on, the not so interesting yet crucial aspect of the resume and the interview. It was helpful to hear from professionals on what they look for in potential employees. The conference also offered an expo of museum industry vendors, such as a mannequin company as well as a design group who produces exhibits, to a moving company that specializes in moving collections. Overall the conference was a … [Read more...]

The Fall 2012 Newsletter has arrived!

We would like to invite you to check out our 2012 Fall Newsletter! If you are an alum, you should be receiving one in the mail shortly, if not make sure to check it out online! This year we are doing things a little differently. We have a whole new look and are hoping to go completely digital within the next couple semesters. If you would like to receive a digital copy you can do this by either emailing umw.pres.aide@gmail.com, filling out an online form on our website (it can be found by clicking here) or by calling 540-654-1315. We hope you enjoy the Fall 2012 newsletter! You can find it by clicking here. … [Read more...]

Heritage Documentation Program offering prize competition

The Heritage Documentation Program is pleased to announce the Charles E. Peterson Prize Competition and the Leicester B. Holland Prize Competition. To enter the competition all you need to do is submit your best architectural drawing. The Peterson prize calls for a set of architectural measured drawings and the Holland Prize recognizes the best SINGLE sheet of drawing. These drawings need to be submitted to the HABS Collection of the Library of Congress and will be judged base on drafting, composition, depiction of significant features, field records and dimensioning and annotation. Prizes range from $500-$3,000. Entry forms are due by May 31, 2013 and completed entries are due June 1, 2013. For more information on the Peterson prize please click this link. For the Holland Prize please click this link. … [Read more...]

Follow-Up: National Barn Alliance Meeting

Thanks to Catherine Brau for sharing her experience at the National Barn Alliance Meeting! Barn lovers!  The National Barn Alliance Meeting was hosted on campus February 15th – 17th.  The National Barn Alliance is a non-profit organization committed to preserving America’s Historic barns while seeking to educate the public on efforts to preserve barns.  They encourage the documentation of barns and support preservation organizations and programs.  The meeting was a great opportunity to network with fellow (barn enthusiasts) preservationists and learn more about one of our more precious vernacular resources – barns.  Historic barns – and farmsteads in general – are truly becoming a thing of the past as a result of commercialization and evolving technology and the poor maintenance of outdated or unnecessary structures.  More importantly, barns are typically not the focus of surveying and documenting efforts.   During the conference, students were able to present their … [Read more...]