Based on feedback from our members and the museum community in the Mid-Atlantic region, the MAAM Board of Directors approved a series of highly focused, timely, informative and cost effective professional development offerings. These topics will be complemented by dedicated discussion and networking time at each venue.

This program has a rolling schedule is always in development with current topics month to month in addition to the other larger MAAM programs. We expect a small and comfortable gathering of dedicated museum professionals at various venues throughout the MAAM region.



Coming soon…


New Ideas for Historic Houses
March 23, 2017

“This is our number one priority so the material was 100% on target.  More current than any books!” – Cornerstone Participant

MAAM presented “New Ideas for Old Houses” at the Albany Institute of History and Art in March of 2017.  The event brought in participants from as far as Colonial Williamsburg to Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site.

Heidi Hill, Site Manager of Schuyler Mansion, spoke about how historic houses can appeal to their communities through exhibitions and programs.  Cordell Reaves, Historic Interpretation and Preservation Analyst at the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation, engaged in discussion with participants on tough topics including the Emmett Till controversy Whitney Biennial and how to best approach tough subjects and controversy in historic houses.

Keynote speaker, director of Old Salem Village, and author Franklin Vagnone closed out the day with a lecture and workshop on topics from his book, The Anarchist’s Guide to Historic House Museums.  The workshop overall received positive reviews, and reminded us at MAAM why these professional development events are important to our museums and institutions.

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