Annual Meeting 2020

October 14-16, 2020
Wilmington, DE

What is the MAAM Annual Meeting?

The Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums Annual Meeting is an annual conference dedicated to fostering excellence in museums by providing our region’s museum professionals with high-quality professional development, networking opportunities, and special events across a three day span.

Conference Hotel


Hotel Du Pont

42 West 11th Street
Wilmington, Delaware, 19801
(302) 594-3100


About the hotel

An architectural icon, an internationally renowned hotel, and the pride of Delaware, HOTEL DU PONT has many stories to tell. Nestled in the heart of Wilmington, Delaware, and the picturesque Brandywine Valley, one of the country’s grandest hotels is as rich in history and tradition as it is in atmosphere.

The hotel remains committed to retaining the warmth and splendor that have made us so highly regarded for almost a century. To step inside is to find yourself transported back to a time of craftsmanship and courtesy, of ease and elegance, sophistication and style, an era when people knew how to travel in style and expected the very best. Those values are preserved today in the service we provide each and every guest.

2020 Annual Conference theme

Do Museums Still Need Objects?

Once perceived as static “cabinets of curiosities”, museums are now evolving their missions to meet the needs of their ever-changing communities. As we think about how museums will look in the future, we also need to think about how collections serve diverse audiences. The question remains: Do museums still need objects?

The MAAM Annual Conference will examine this question in its entirety. We will discuss the ways in which art, history, and science collections can play a new, or different, role in the museum. We will discuss how digital technologies make collections more accessible to communities. We will discuss how museums thrive with and without collections. We will discuss tough topics regarding collections. We want to know what you think about this question!

Join us in Wilmington at the beautiful and historic Hotel DuPont, where we will discuss how objects factor into all areas of the museum. Come early to explore some wonderful museums, and perhaps stay the weekend to see all that the Brandywine Valley has to offer!

Call for Session Proposals: now open!

Session proposals should address one or more of the following topics as it relates to objects or collections:
  • Administration and Policy
  • Exhibitions including collections
  • Caring and Storing Collections
  • Fundraising
  • Repatriation (ex. NAGPRA)
  • Decolonizing the collection
  • Digital Collections
  • Dealing with collectors
  • Developing creative, relevant program/community engagement surrounding collections
  • Tackling tough topics regarding collections/controversial collections
  • Rapid response collecting
  • Deaccessioning
  • Living collections
  • Licensing collections for income
  • Accessibility of collections
  • Museums without collections
  • New approaches to the idea of the museum
  • Developing advocacy tools to lobby with your local, state, and federal representatives to protect museums “how to talk to your senator/representative”
  • Interpreting collections
  • Unique approaches to using collections in education and programming

We’re looking for sessions that provide a clear and focused discussion of these topics, bring a diverse range of participants to the table to exchange views, and can stimulate questions and conversations among the attendees.

How do I submit a proposal?
Please click the button below to submit your proposal through our Google Form. The deadline for submitting a proposal is 5:00PM EST on Friday, April 17, 2020. Questions? Email

The Katherine Coffey Award

Do you know an individual that has gone above and beyond in their museum work? Nominate them for the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museum’s Katherine Coffey Award!


Kinshasha Holman Conwill reminded us that persistence is key to excelling in your museum career. That’s why our committee selected her as the recipient of 2019’s Katherine Coffey Award.


Nominee Qualifications

  • Nominees should have worked as a paid museum professional for at least 10 years in a principal position.
  • Nominee should have been (or be currently) employed in the Mid-Atlantic region during the period of principal contribution for which the award is being given.
  • Nominees should demonstrate accomplishment in their role and a record of service to the profession on state, regional, national, and/or international levels.
  • Nominees should also have a proven record of service to the community in which the museum is located.

Required Materials for Nomination

  • Nominator’s contact information
  • A cover letter explaining why you believe this individual should receive the Katherine Coffey Award (in PDF format, please)
  • 3 letters of support attesting to the nominee’s contributions to the museum field and to their community (in PDF format, please)

Please send any questions to The deadline for nominations is April 30, 2020 at 5:00 PM EST.

The individual that submitted the nomination will be notified if their nominee has been selected by the end of May 2020. Further details will follow. The nominator is expected to assist in editing and reviewing a press release for the eventual award winner.



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