Author: Ed Rodley

Assoc Dir. of Integrated Media at Peabody Essex Museum. Experienced museum professional. Into new media in general and always a sucker for a good narrative. Find me on Google+

Drinking About Museums/Museumhive, Thursday 7/27 w Emily Graslie!



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!


Thursday 7/27:

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

Please register

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.


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Next Drinking About Museums: Boston! Wednesday June 14th, 6:30PM

Hey friends,
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!
We’ll convene upstairs at the Hong Kong ( in historic Harvard Square at 6:30. Special thanks to Brendan Ciecko of Cuseum for spearheading this get together!
See you Wednesday!
Alli and Ed
your friendly DAM co-hosts

Hellos and goodbyes

CC-BY image by Flickr user Mr Kael

Hey all,

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.

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Jenn, Chris, Ed, and Alli – your DAM co-hosts


Next Drinking About Museums: Boston/ Museums Showoff, Jan 13


A Reminder to Show Off!

January 13 at 6 pm (Speakers begin at 7 pm)

Happy New Year!

Museums Show Off is tomorrow! There are still a couple slots for speakers if you are interested.  Claim your spot today! Please email us with your name and topic if you are interested in signing up.

 This month’s victims include:

  • Nick Capasso, Fitchburg Art Museum
  • Alli Rico, NEMA
  • Katie Gilligan, Museum of Science
  • Margaret Middleton, Boston Children’s Museum
  • Lynn Baum, Turtle Peak Consulting

It’s not too late to join them!
What is Museums Show Off? It’s a chance for you to get up and talk about what ever museum project, subject, theory, or trend has you inspired, puzzled, or curious for what comes next.  9 minutes, slides if you want, a microphone, and YOU!

Location: We return to the Hong Kong
1238 Mass Ave in Cambridge

Hope to see you all there!

Ed, Jenn, & Alli

November recap and December plans

Hey gang,

Last night was a fabulous time! The good folks at the Museum of Science pulled out all the stops to give 35 of their colleagues an in-depth look at the process behind making their next traveling exhibition: The Science Behind Pixar. Thanks to Emily Marsh, Mike Horvath, Alana Parkes, Katie Gilligan and the rest of the team for showing us what a really really really big and complicated show looks like from the inside.


Our next event will be Wednesday, December 9, 6 pm

Old North Church: Behind-the-scenes Tour

Arrive between 6 and 6:30 pm
6:30 pm – A behind-the-scenes tour of the Old North Church
7 pm – We will move next door to their social event space for drinks, snacks, and conversation.

We must limit participants to 40 people so please RSVP!

RSVP for Old North Church


Surprise Drinking tomorrow w Frith Williams from Te Papa!

Hola comrades!
It seems like just yesterday we last got together, but sometimes opportunities arise that can’t be missed.  We have a guest in town who’s been making a grand pilgrimage of US museums. Come on out tomorrow night and meet Frith Williams, the Head of Writing at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. She’s here on a 2015 Fulbright Scholar Award to explore digital and bilingual/bicultural storytelling in US museums. She’s been crisscrossing the country for the past few months, looking and talking, and she’s stopping off in Boston on her travels.
She’d love to meet colleagues and learn more about what’s going on in town. If you’re into interpretation, writing, exhibit development, and/or drinking, then come join us at the Hong Kong in Harvard Square tomorrow night starting at 6:30!
For a peek at Te Papa’s current Gallipoli exhibition, check out these videos. It’s pretty mind-blowing.

Recap of 10 September, and looking forward!

Hola colleagues!

Last night’s joint DAM/NEMA advocacy event was a blast, despite the appalling traffic and gloomy weather.  35 folks descended (or ascended, I guess, since it’s on Beacon Hill) on the Nichols House Museum, courtesy of their Director, Victoria Glazomitsky and her staff, to have a private tour of the museum and a primer from Meg Winikates and Dan Yaeger of NEMA on how to advocate with your state representatives.

You should take a tour next time you’re on Beacon Hill. It’s a great way to understand what went on behind the shiny front doors of Beacon Hill in the 19th and 20th centuries.

In the kitchen at Nichols House, getting the skinny on talking to legislators.

In the kitchen at Nichols House, getting the skinny on talking to legislators.

We followed it up with a trip down the Hill to Harvard Gardens where the merriment continued late into the evening.

The Big News

As part of our continuous improvement process, the lean, agile DAM trio (Alli Rico, Jenn Schmitt, and Ed Rodley) did a reconnaissance trip to Redbones a couple of weeks ago. We’re always looking for ways to improve your experience, especially if it means hanging out and eating barbecue! We combined our lists of places we want to go and folks who’ve asked us to host a DAM, and put together a tentative schedule for the next eight months! Phone calls will be going out soon, so if your museum is on the list, be on the lookout! Drinking About Museums is coming for you! We’ll add dates as we confirm venues.

Jan – Museums Showoff @ the Hong Kong
Feb – DAM @ the Hong Kong
April  – Castle Hill, Ipswich
May – Gore Place, Waltham


Recap of June 22nd

Improv, and Drinking About Museums. What could be a better combination? Not much, it turns out. Jen Oleniczak, of the Engaging Educator, was there to talk about improv, and of course, to make us all get up and do stuff. She laughs a lot, and is even more of a hoot in person than she is online.

Special guest, Jen Oleniczak, of The Engaging Educator.

Special guest, Jen Oleniczak, of The Engaging Educator. She does this a lot.

She brought swag, too.

When @erodley without hesitation took the EE sticker and stuck it immediately on his MacBook. Heart full guys. Heart. Full. #improv #drinkingaboutmuseums

When @erodley without hesitation took the EE sticker and stuck it immediately on his MacBook. Heart full guys. Heart. Full. #improv #drinkingaboutmuseums

The NEMA YEPs were out in force with swag, courtesy of Monika.

We have #buttons. #NEMA #YEPs #Young #Emerging #Professionals #NEMAYEPs #museumselfie #museum #drinkingaboutmuseums #bos #onedollar

We have #buttons. #NEMA #YEPs #Young #Emerging #Professionals #NEMAYEPs #museumselfie #museum #drinkingaboutmuseums #bos #one dollar

As always, there were new and old faces, and it was so entertaining I entirely forgot to take pictures of than these two, later in the night.

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Next month, we hope to find time to grab Liz Neely, President of the Museum Computer Network, while she’s in town for the Harvard MetaLab Beautiful Data II workshop. Stay tuned for dates!

Drinking about Museums: Boston June 22, 6PM

Join us on Monday, June 22 with special guest Jen Oleniczak, a.k.a. @TheEngagingEd and founder of

The Hong Kong

Google Map & Directions

Again, if anyone has suggestions of a new location that doesn’t mind a crowd that can range from 8 – 40 people and has a bar, we’d love to hear it.  Or if you are interested in hosting the gang at your museum followed by a visit to a local establishment, please let us know.

Hope to see you there!

Ed, Jenn & Alli