Well friends, it’s that time again! Now that the conference season has passed it’s a good time to share the exciting things that happened at NEMA, ASTC, MCN, and any other member of the alphabet soup of museumy conferences. Come on by and find out what’s hot this year in museums.
We’ll also be sharing some of the preliminary results of a survey new DAM:BOS co-conspirator Susan Timberlake has started of the DAM:BOS community. We want to know what we can do to be a more useful, relevant, and joyful part of this commnuity. We’re interested in hearing from you about how we can improve Drinking About Museums, so bring your bright ideas along!
See you tomorrow night!
Susan & Ed
Drinking About Museums: Boston
Wednesday, November 15 at 6pm
The Hong Kong
1238 Massachusetts Ave,
Cambridge, MA 02138
Google Map & Directions
Mmm, frosty… CC0 image by Engin_Akyurt
It’s been a long, warm summer, and though it’s hard to imagine, it’s already October, and practically Halloween! It’s past time for another Drinking About Museums and we intend to rectify that problem this Wednesday, October 25th! We’ll be gathering at our old standby, at the venerable Hong Kong Restaurant (http://www.hongkongharvard.com/) in Harvard Square, Cambridge. We’ll convene upstairs at 6:30 and go till we stop! Come on by and say hi!
We’re particularly interested to hear from people who have attended some of the newer experiences at area museums, like Waiting Rooms at the MOS, or The Enemy at MIT Museum. Ed just saw The Enemy and is dying to talk to people who’ve seen it.
See you Wednesday!
Susan and Ed
your friendly DAM co-hosts
Emily Graslie: Museums, the care and feeding of online communities, and making a name for yourself
Mark your calendars! In July we’re teaming up with our friends at Museumhive to host a Google Hangout with museum educator/video blogger Emily Graslie. Emily is Chief Curiosity Correspondent at the Field Museum, and produces and stars in her own educational YouTube channel The Brain Scoop, listed on the New Media Rockstars top 100 Channels. She is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins Museum Studies program.
Emily will share her experience of working in museums small and large, and the perils and promise of building a distinct personal brand online. There will be an extended opportunity for you to ask her about social media outreach, being a visible woman online, or what’s like speaking to 60,000 people at a March for Science.
If you’ve been thinking of attending a Museumhive, this is the chance — the last Museumhive of the series funded by IMLS. Bring some friends, and hope to see you there!
6pm – 7pm: social hour with cash bar and music with co-host New England Museum Association
7pm – 8pm: Google Hangout with Emily Graslie, with Q&A from the hive
for tickets for the free event to give us a heads up on planning.
Not local to Boston? You can view the live stream on Wednesday at 7pm EDT, or view the archived version on Youtube later.
The New Media Consortium
) is in town for their Summer conference and we’re going to host a Drinking About Museums:NMC Edition! Come join us and hang out with special all-star guests like Liz Neely from the American Alliance of Museums, Douglas Hegley from Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Alex Freeman from the New Media Consortium, and a possible special guest star!
See you Wednesday!
Alli and Ed
your friendly DAM co-hosts
The May Drinking About Museums/Museums Show Off is fast approaching. There is still time sign up for a spot to speak, so if you’re thinking about conference session ideas for NEMA, or finishing up that interesting paper/thesis/dissertation and want to trot it our in front of an appreciative crowd, now is the time. Sign up here!
For those of you unfamiliar with the event, more details about Museums Show Off are here, and photos from our inaugural Show Off back in 2013 are here. We’d especially appreciate it if you invite your friends/colleagues/classmates. The more, the merrier, and it’s always good to come out and cheer on your fellow museum people for having the guts to get up and speak.
In addition to saying hello to new friends, we’ll be saying goodbye to some old ones. Jenn, Chris, and Alli have all conspired to seek new jobs and opportunities in other states and will be leaving us shortly. I, for one, will miss them sorely, not just for their co-conspiratorial prowess. Come by and wish them well and hear about their new adventures.
Jenn, Chris, Ed, and Alli – your DAM co-hosts
Tuesday, May 9th, 6 pm
Presenters begin at 7 pm
The Hong Kong Restaurant in Harvard Square
1238 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138 (map)
Museums Showoff returns! We’ve done it before with great success. Come hang out and watch some killer presentations.
Interested in showing off? Are you a young emerging professional? Have a great project? Exhibit? Problem? Philosophy? We want to hear about it (in 9 minutes).
Join us at the Concord Museum
Weds. Dec. 7th, 6pm
Parking GPS Address: 53 Cambridge Turnpike, Concord, MA
DrinkingAboutMuseums:Boston goes to Concord. Come see the special exhibitions at the Concord Museum. Enjoy miniatures in The Art & Mystery of the Dollhouse; learn about the important role of women in shaping this town in Women of Concord; and see trees decorated in the theme of children’s books in Family Trees: A Celebration of Children’s Literature. Also, take a peek at collections storage and hear about the exciting improvements that the Museum will be going through.
Afterwards, join us at the Trail’s End Cafe for a pint and socializing. Together we can carpool from the museum to the bar, just a couple minutes away. Trail’s End Café, 97 Lowell Road, Concord, MA.
Please RSVP here.
September 13 at 6 pm
115 John Street, Lowell
in the Boott Cotton Mills
Directions to Tsongas Industrial History Center Offices with parking
Join us for a tour of the Tsongas Industrial History Center in Lowell (Happy 100th birthday National Parks!).
Afterwards, join us at The Old Court for nosh and socializing.
29-31 Central Street, Lowell, MA 01852
Please let us know if you will be attending either part so we can let them know rough numbers. Thanks!
Bonus DAM in September at the Hong Kong
Thursday, September 29, 6 pm
with special guests from Frankly Green + Webb
We hope to see you all in September!
The Co-Conspirators: Ed, Jenn, Alli, & Chris