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.



Stay tuned for upcoming Cornerstone and member mixer announcements!


MAAM Mixer: A Conversation with Martha Morris on ‘Leading Museums Today’
Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives (1201 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20036)

About 50 participants joined us for an evening of networking with colleagues and learning more about what MAAM has to offer! Distinguished professional Martha Morris (bio below) presented on her newest book, Leading Museums Today: Theory and Practice, and shared valuable insight from her experiences in museums. 

Martha Morris is Associate Professor Emerita of Museum Studies at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She has over 45 years of experience in the museum field as a manager and leader. Her career began in registration and collections management at the Corcoran Gallery of Art and later at the Smithsonian’s Museum of American History where she eventually served as deputy director. Her work and her teaching have consistently focused on management and leadership practices, including strategic planning, project management, teambuilding, staff development, and facilities projects. As a member of the board of the Midatlantic Association of Museums she served as founding program chair of the annual Building Museums symposium. She has designed workshops, lectured and written on a number of topics including collections planning and management, exhibition development, leading change, museum facilities programs, museum mergers, and 21st century leadership skills. She is author of Leading Museums Today: Theory and Practice, 2018, Managing People and Projects in Museums (2017) and co-author of Planning Successful Museum Building Projects (2009). She holds BA and MA degrees in Art History and a Master’s in Business Administration.

Copyright 101
July 20, 2018

MAAM presented a summer Cornerstone™, “Copyright 101”, in conjunction with the The Library of Congress​ Copyright Office. Staff of the Copyright Office and colleagues covered topics including a brief overview of copyright law, museums and copyright law, overview of the registration process, and presentation of records and certification.

Speakers included Aurelia Schultz, Counsel for Policy and International Affairs Office; Whitney Levandusky, Attorney Advisor to the Public Information and Education Office, and other members of the Copyright Office.

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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