Museum Association of Arizona


2013 Annual Conference

May 1-4, 2013

Tucson AZ

Keeping Our Balance:

Innovation and Tradition


All workshops are on Wednesday, May 1

Full-Day (9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)

Exploring Tucson’s Costume and Textile Collections Workshop

Meet in Hotel Grand Ballroom Lobby at 9:00 a.m.

Participants will visit the Arizona State Museum on the University of Arizona campus, the Arizona Historical Society, and enjoy the private collection of Gayle Castañeda. Curators and Collections Managers will lead behind-the-scenes tours followed by time to visit exhibitions.

Dr. Vicki L. Berger Retired Curator

Rebecca Akins Retired Curator

Cataloging, Preservation and Identification of Firearms and Ammunition in Museum Collections Workshop

Arizona Historical Society, 949 E. 2nd Street, Tucson

Members of the Historic Arms Society of Tucson will review the different types of firearms likely to be encountered in Arizona museum collections, including matchlock, flintlock, percussion, and semi-automatic weapons, with an identification practicum to follow. Demonstrations of condition assessment, both of wood and metal parts, with explanations of minor corrosion removal and finish treatments will be included.

Jay Van Orden Arizona Historical Societ

Roy Marcot Buffalo Bill Historical Center

Bourke Runton Franklin Auto Museum

Richard Wakefield Historic Arms Society of Tucson


Archives 101 Workshop

Slusser Library, Postal  History Foundation,  920 N. 1st Avenue, Tucson

Designed for those who work with historical records but are not trained archivists, this workshop will cover basic archival practices and provide sample forms and policies, as well as information on copyright and records preservation.  Each attendee will receive a notebook and a box with archival materials and tools.   Each institution also gets a CD that provides them free access to the American Association of State and Local History (AASLH) Archives 101 on-line course website (usually costs $90)

Melanie Sturgeon Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records

This is a free workshop sponsored by the Arizona Historical Records Advisory Board with funding from the National Historical Records and Publications Commission (NHPRC).  

Attendance is limited to the first 16 registrants



Half Day (12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.)


The Docent Interpreter: The Value of Certification for your Museum’s Front-Line

Mini-Time Museum, 4455 E Camp Lowell Drive, Tucson

This workshop presents a sampler of the 32-hour Interpretive Guide certification offered through the National Association of Interpretation (NAI). It includes knowledge and skill-building activities from each of the three cornerstones of development:

• Knowing your Audience

• Knowing your Resource

• Application of Interpretive Skills

Sue Altman-Riffel Desert Botanical Gardens, National Association for Interpretation, Certified Interpretive Trainer


Mountmaking 101: From Conservation to Aesthetic Concerns

Arizona State Museum, 1013 E University Blvd,Tucson

Arizona State Museum conservators, exhibit curators and preparators will present a hands-on workshop on mountmaking for museum exhibits, including appropriate methods for handling objects, conservation approved materials, and the integration of form and function to bring inanimate objects to life. Participants will leave the workshop with a general understanding of museum mounts, from the basic to the complex, from the conservation lab to the exhibit case.

Teresa Moreno Arizona State Museum

Davison Koenig Arizona State Museum

Jeff Bursey Arizona State Museum


Mini-Workshop for EMPs and Friends (2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.)


Your Museum Career, Don't Leave Work Without It

DoubleTree Hotel, Palo Verde Room

When you apply for a job you enter a process that starts with a posting and ends with a salary negotiation, if you're the lucky one. Your cover letter and resume are crucial, but an understanding of the process is just as important. This workshop will be of special interest to Emerging Museum Professionals and will include career advice, cover letter and resume writing and a detailed look at the hiring process from posting to salary negotiation, as well as a one-on-one clinic.

Nik Honeysett J. Paul Getty Museum


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