Annual Conference 2012

Content posted from 2012 conference sessions is here!

Museums Alaska and the Alaska Historical Society honored our friends who passed away in the last year. Read the 2012 memorials.

October 10-13, 2012 in Sitka, Alaska

Museums Alaska-Alaska Historical Society
Joint Annual Conference

Museums Alaska Theme: Museums Matter: Connecting with Our Communities

Alaska Historical Society Theme: Alaska on the World Stage

We are looking forward to this year’s Joint Annual Conference with the Alaska Historical Society, taking place October 10-13 in Sitka, Alaska. Full registration information is posted on the Alaska Historical Society’s website. A preview of Museums Alaska sessions and speakers is listed here, as well as the registration form, for your convenience.

2012 Museums Alaska Conference Sessions

2012 Conference RegistrationForm

Museum consultant and organizational coach Alice Parman, Ph.D., will be the Museums Alaska keynote speaker for Sitka 2012! The title of Alice’s talk will be “Engaging Communities in Exhibit  Development,” and directly following her keynote address, she will be available for an “Up Close” Q&A session for direct conversations. But before all of that, she will also be leading a pre-conference workshop on Wednesday, October 10th, entitled “Exhibit Makeovers.”

Please join us for an exciting set of opportunities to learn more about working with communities in the exhibit-making process. Our Sitka Host Committee is working hard to deliver a great time for us this fall.


The Sitka Historical Society would like to recruit teams for two Angels Projects. The first project will involve 6-8 people to inventory, re-house, and organize nearly three dozen photo albums in storage. The second project will utilize 8-10 people and involve inventorying and organizing a collection of large objects at an off-site storage location. SHS is grateful for this opportunity to involve volunteers at the AHS/MA Conference.

Contact Scott Carrlee to become a 2012 Angel.  1-888-913-6873 (Toll-free in AK) or 907-465-4806


The Museums Alaska Board of Directors is committed to helping its members to take advantage of attending the Sitka Conference through travel scholarships. This initiative is made possible by generous sponsors and income from last year’s meeting in Valdez.

Applications (including attachments to be e-mailed separately) must be received on or before Friday, July 13, 2012. Scholarship applicants will be notified of awards no later than August 15th.

Recipients must attend the entire Alaska Historical Society and Museums Alaska
Joint Annual Conference, October 10-13, 2012 in Sitka.

Funds are limited, and partial awards may be given.

Following the conference, recipients must write an article for the Network due no later than Friday, November 2, 2012.

Recipients must pay expenses up-front, and will be reimbursed upon presentation of receipts. Reimbursement will not be made without receipts. Receipts must be submitted by November 2, 2012.

If you have questions about the scholarship, please contact:

Monica Shah, Museums Alaska Scholarship Committee Chair, 907-929-9240