Annual Meeting 2019

The Thayer Hotel

The Historic Thayer Hotel at West Point

674 Thayer Road

West Point, NY 10996


The historic West Point hotel

Seated on a hilltop in Upstate West Point, NY, with commanding views of the Hudson River and the United States Military Academy, The Historic Thayer Hotel at West Point has been a national treasure since opening in 1926. Visited by past U.S. Presidents, international leaders and celebrities alike, this hotel is like no other in the world. Come and discover a captivating blend of over 200 years of military history combined with a full array of modern comforts and amenities.

Check back soon for further details.

Our call for session proposals is now open!

This year's Annual Conference theme:
Navigating Challenges: Cultivating the Attitude of “Yes!”

This year’s Annual Conference theme:
Navigating Challenges: Cultivating the Attitude of “Yes!”

21st century museums face 21st century challenges. We wonder what to collect and where to store the collection, how to integrate technology, and how to reach new and more diverse audiences. We struggle at times to balance agendas, raise money, change leadership, plan for succession, address crumbling infrastructure and/or new construction, and consider board/staff relations. These challenges may at times seem daunting, but there are plenty of models and creative solutions that can help move your institution forward.

Join a group of supportive colleagues to tackle these topics and other subjects at the MAAM Annual Meeting in the scenic Hudson Valley. Amid the marvelous fall foliage and the Hudson Valley’s great bounty, in a retreat-like setting, we will tackle these issues and more.

Whether you are at a small historic house or a large art or natural history museum, an emerging professional or a seasoned expert, you will find something for your museum at this conference. Take the train or drive your car to enjoy two informative days on the Mighty Hudson! Come early to explore some wonderful museums, and perhaps stay the weekend to see all that the Hudson Valley has to offer.

Session proposals will be accepted through Friday, April 12, 2019 until 5PM EST.

Call for Sessions:

Session proposals should address one or more of the following topics:

  • Leadership roles in museums
  • Changing leadership and planning for succession
  • Strategic Planning
  • Fundraising and grants
  • Board/Staff Relations
  • Developing beneficial partnerships
  • Diversifying revenue streams
  • Developing creative, relevant program/community engagement solutions
  • Tackling tough topics in education and exhibitions
  • Planning innovate exhibitions
  • Creating relevant informal education
  • Reaching new and diverse audiences
  • Developing bi-lingual content/programming
  • Contemporary challenges in collections
  • Navigating deaccessioning
  • Integration of technology in museums
  • Developing advocacy tools to lobby with your local, state, and federal representatives
  • Communicating between all levels of the profession (Emerging, Mid-Career, Senior, Retired)

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 FormThe deadline for submitting a proposal is 5:00PM EST on Friday, April 12, 2019. Questions? Email

What kind of information will I need to complete the Form?

For your session proposal submission, please have the following information:

  • Preliminary Session Title
  • Topics your session addresses
  • Your contact information
  • 100 word description of the session
  • Number of speakers involved
  • Which member of your panel is a MAAM Member (at least one person on the panel MUST be a MAAM member, or must become a MAAM member to present at the Conference)
  • Target Audience
  • Session Chair and Panelist biography statements (approximately 100 words)*
  • Session Chair and Panelist Availability

*If you require assistance in identifying specific participants, please note in the Form what qualifications you are seeking – for example: “director of a small rural art museum who has recently completed a capital campaign.” If your session is then selected, our Program Committee members will then work with you to help identify potential participants.

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