2014 Conference theme:
Milestones: Interpreting events that change the course of communities.
Museums often preserve and share the impact of community changing events – from the tragic to the triumphant. We collect objects, record accounts, and share stories. On the 50th anniversary of the Great Alaska Earthquake and the 25th anniversary of the EXXON-Valdez Oil Spill, the 2014 Museums Alaska conference will explore the opportunities and challenges museums face in commemorating such community milestones.
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Jan Seidler Ramirez
We are thrilled to announce Dr. Jan Ramirez from the National September 11 Memorial Museum as our keynote speaker in Seward, informing our theme of interpreting events that change the course of communities. The title of her talk is
Too Soon? Too Sad? Too Sensitive? Too Sacred? Some Lessons Learned in Creating a Museum of History and Memory at Ground Zero
Jan Seidler Ramirez is Chief Curator and Vice President of Collections for the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York City. Under her guidance over the past 8 years, the Memorial Museum’s collection has grown to include many thousands of objects, artworks, photographs, films, oral histories and audio artifacts, architectural relics, and other evidentiary materials relevant to 9/11.
Immediately prior to her 2006 appointment, she worked as a consulting curator to the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, which was spearheading renewal plans for the destroyed 16-acres of the World Trade Center. Previously, she served as Vice President and Museum Director at the New-York Historical Society, where she played a major role in developing that institution’s 20th century collecting program and its History Responds initiative, a series of exhibitions, public programs, and collection acquisition efforts focused on the 9/11 attacks in their broad historical context.
In her career Ramirez has held curatorial, interpretation, collections development and senior administrative posts at museums in Boston and New York, including the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Hudson River Museum and the Museum of the City of New York. She also has taught and lectured on American and arts, and material culture at colleges, institutions and conferences across the country, served on the boards of various museums and non-profit cultural/educational organizations, and authored numerous publications relating to American arts andcultural history. A graduate of Dartmouth College, Jan earned her Ph.D. in American Studies at Boston University.
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