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.


District Hall


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

Hey friends,
The New Media Consortium (http://www.nmc.org) 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 (http://www.hongkongharvard.com/) 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


Museums Showoff: YEP Edition

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).

Reserve your spot to present!

Concord Museum

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 at Tsongas Industrial History Center in Lowell


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!

RSVP here.

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

August 11 at Perkins

Perkins School for the Blind Museum, 6 pm

Thursday, August 11, we have been invited to visit the Perkins School for the Blind Museum with Jamie Gordon, archivist Jen Hale, and research librarian Jennifer Arnot.

No need to RSVP, we look forward to seeing you there!

Perkins School for the Blind Museum image


Address and parking:
175 North Beacon Street, Watertown, MA, 02472.
Visitors usually park in the Beechwood Avenue parking lot, which is off of North Beacon Street across from the Watertown Diner.

After tour gathering will take place at Branch Line at

321 Arsenal Street, Watertown

We hope to see you all in August!

May & June Events – please RSVP!

May 18 at Gore Place in Waltham: RSVP

Wednesday, May 18 –  Gore Place in Waltham
Meet at 6 pm for a tour of the grounds of this 1806 mansion that was home to Governor Christopher Gore. Meet the sheep and a llama.  Be social, raise a pint, enjoy!


Directions to 52 Gore Street in Waltham

Following the tour we will adjourn to John Brewer’s Tavern across the street. We’d like to give them a heads up of how many people might be coming, so please RSVP if you plan on being at one or both portions of the evening.



June 1 at Fitchburg Art Museum: RSVP

Wednesday, June 1Fitchburg Art Museum
Meet at 6 pm for a tour of the museum with director Nick Capasso, then stay for drinks and snacks!

Directions to 185 Elm Street  Fitchburg, MA 01420

Please RSVP and let us know if you plan on coming and if you can drive others.  We will try to connect people as promptly as possible so you all can coordinate pick-ups etc.

If coming from Boston, please give yourself plenty of time to get to Fitchburg in late afternoon traffic.