MAAM Annual Meeting

October 10-12, 2023
Hotel du Pont
Wilmington, Delaware

Authentic Voice / Authentic Experience

Museums influence who we are and how we see ourselves. In the midst of a severely polarized nation, museums are among our greatest assets in supporting democracy, showcasing identity, and promoting equality.  Museum professionals provide opportunities for meaningful experiences, accurate habitats, honest debates, and first-person stories.  Museums are places where people can have difficult discussions and fearlessly address past problems.  They can be places of tranquility and joy that celebrate our creativity and innovation and at the same time teach us of the dark conflicts that have defined us.

As we approach the America 250 commemorations in 2026, how do we make museums more equitable and tell a full, complete and inclusive history of our country? Turning a critical lens inward, how do we change past, outdated policies? How do we create active, relevant, decolonized collections?  How do we become more community oriented? How do we authentically share the difficult stories as well as the joy?  What models can we share that make museums more equitable places to work?  Join us for round tables, panels, workshops and tours that focus on projects both completed and in-progress as we explore our journey together.

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.

Registration is now open! Early Bird Registration is available until September 6 for both members and non-members. Are you a MAAM member? Be sure to log-in to your account before you register to receive your discount. Please direct any questions to

Hotel DuPont Room Block

The Hotel DuPont has provided MAAM with a block of discounted hotel accommodations. You are able to contact the Reservation Department at the Hotel DuPont either at 800-441-9019 and reference #MAAM2023 or using this link. The discounted room rate of $219.00 is available until 9/9/23. Room Block EXTENDED until 9/15/23.

Keynote Address

Cheyney Mcknight

MAAM is pleased to announce that our 2023 Annual Meeting Keynote Address will be given by Cheyney Mcknight.

Cheyney Mcknight is Manager of Living History at New-York Historical Society, where develops and runs Living History Programs.

She is also owner of Not Your Momma’s History, a public history consulting business that aids museums and historical sites in talking about the African experience within 18th and 19th century America.   Not Your Momma’s History runs a YouTube channel with over 240,000 subscribers and 5 million views, that shows the day to day lives of Black people throughout American history.

Cheyney has taken her “Let’s Talk About Slavery” table to over 30 parks, historical sites, and public events across America to provide a safe place for people to learn and talk about the history of slavery.  She provides handouts to encourage people to further their education beyond that one interaction.

Cheyney graduated from Simmons University in 2011 with a bachelors in PoliticalScience.

In 2021 Cheyney was chosen to be an  African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund Fellow for the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  Her project, titled The Ancestor’s Future: An Afrofuturist Journey Through History, was both a piece of performance art and a conversation inspired by Afrofuturism about the future of historic preservation on former sites of enslavement. Cheyney uses clothing designs that meld modern textiles that speak to the Black experience in America with 18th and 19th century silhouettes.

Preliminary Program

View the MAAM Annual Meeting Preliminary Program for scheduling details, breakout session and speaker information, conference events, and tours! Register for tours.


  • Tuesday, October 10
    • Pre-Conference Tours
    • Opening Reception
  • Wednesday, October 11
    • Keynote Address
    • Breakout Sessions
    • Leadership Luncheon (invitation only)
    • Awards Reception
  • Thursday, October 12
      • Stephen Weil Lecture
      • Special Session
      • Breakout Sessions
      • Business Luncheon

Volunteer Call Open


Are you interested in volunteering during MAAM’s 2023 Annual Meeting? Please complete the volunteer application  by Monday, September 25, 2023. One day volunteers are required to work 2 shifts. Full conference volunteers are required to work 4 shifts total. Volunteers will be notified by the end of September.

Fellowship Application is Open


Each year at the Annual Meeting, the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums (MAAM) awards between six to ten fellowships for individuals to attend the conference. Our goal is to limit financial barriers to fellowship applicants so they can focus on professional development and networking.

MAAM offers 2 fellowships:

1) Bruce Craig Fellowship for Emerging Museum Professionals and

2) Fellowship for Diversity and Inclusion.

Please use this form to apply to either or both fellowships.

Bruce Craig Fellowship: This fellowship is geared toward emerging museum professionals (fewer than seven years of experience in the field) and graduate students currently enrolled in a graduate school program concerning museum studies or a related field of study. Applicants must not have previously attended a MAAM Annual Meeting as a Fellowship recipient.

Fellowship for Diversity: This fellowship welcomes applicants who are members of diverse communities, including applicants of diverse gender identities, LGBTQIA+ applicants, applicants of color, and other applicants representing underrepresented groups. Applicants must not have previously attended a MAAM Annual Meeting as a Fellowship recipient.

To qualify, applicants must be a museum professional, current graduate student, or new to the museum industry. Applicants must be either residing in a state within the MAAM region, attending school in the MAAM region, or currently working within the MAAM region. MAAM’s jurisdiction includes (New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, and Washington D.C.)

Applicants will be evaluated and selected by the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums Fellowship Committee. Applic

ants will be notified via email if they have received a fellowship by end of September.

Selected fellows receive:

  • Complimentary registration to MAAM Annual Meeting
  • $150 stipend
  • 1 year Individual Membership to MAAM

At this time, MAAM is unable to cover travel expenses or accommodations.

Please submit your application by Friday, September 15.

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Code of Conduct

The Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums (MAAM) is committed to providing a safe, inclusive, and welcoming environment free of bias and intimidation at all of our in-person and virtual events. In accordance with federal and state laws and with non-profit best practices, MAAM expressly prohibits any form of discrimination or harassment based on race, ethnicity, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, physicality, marital status, pregnancy, parenthood, status as a Vietnam-era or disabled veteran, or any other protected classification.

Discriminatory or harassing behavior by or towards any staff, volunteer, contractor, member, fellow, presenter, participant, vendor, or other person participating in MAAM programs or activities will not be tolerated.


Anyone who experiences or witnesses any violation of MAAM’s Code of Conduct should report the incident to MAAM’s Executive Director or a member of the Board of Directors as soon as possible.

If you witness sexual harassment or assault, respond first to the affected person’s needs and safety. Support that person if they choose to report the incident but respect their decision to report or not report.

MAAM is not an adjudicating body. However, MAAM will receive complaints to support addressing grievances associated with MAAM programs and activities.


MAAM is committed to enforcing this code of conduct at all levels of its organization. Unacceptable behavior will result in immediate removal from MAAM message boards, chats, Facebook groups, Discord channels, and the MAAM Virtual Conference and MAAM Membership without refund. 

MAAM reserves the right to prohibit participation in future programs and activities as well as the right to rescind association awards, fellowships, and/or and revoking or prohibiting membership.

Registration Cancellation Policy and Refunds

If you need to cancel your a la carte registration for the Annual Meeting, we will provide a refund of the ticket price, less a $20 processing fee, up to 7 days prior to the start of the Annual Meeting start date. We must receive your refund request in writing, by email, or in a written statement through WildApricot no later than 7 days prior to the start of the Annual Meeting explaining the need for a refund. Those who choose to purchase a MAAM membership to attend the Annual Meeting will not receive a refund for failure to attend the conference.

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