The Emotional Work of Decolonization

This post was authored by Margo Lukens, Abbe Trustee, who shares her perspectives as a board member and as a non-Native person committed to co-developing decolonizing museum practices. When I joined the Abbe Museum’s Board of Trustees, I understood I’d be supporting the institution in various ways: expanding the Museum’s network more widely, cultivating new members, … More The Emotional Work of Decolonization

Unplanned Hiatus

This blog has been quiet for awhile…my apologies. It has been a whirlwind 12 months at the Abbe Museum; most of the time has been very, very good and the fruits of our planning and implementation are becoming evident. But the next thing I knew, nearly a whole year had gone by! This post marks … More Unplanned Hiatus

A Different Kind of Conference: ATALM 2017

It’s conference season in the museum world right now, and I’m privileged to be able to attend several this fall, including the American Association for State and Local History which was earlier this month in Austin, TX, and the New England Museum Association, which takes place in late October in Falmouth, MA. But the one … More A Different Kind of Conference: ATALM 2017

Questions Teachers Must Ask Themselves: A Reflection on Dignity

I came to the Abbe Museum as a former social justice trained educator having worked with middle and high school social studies students. I worked hard to develop my pedagogy in the classroom, constantly forcing myself and my students to look beyond the pages of our resources and ask ourselves questions. Why is this important? … More Questions Teachers Must Ask Themselves: A Reflection on Dignity

The Plan for MuseDI

When funding is secured, there are a number of activities we have outlined that will kick-off MuseDI and will ensure its impact on museum professionals and the wider museum world. Convene Methodology & Practice Group (M&P Group) – The Abbe will contract a group of consultants, advisors, and an evaluator who will work closely with … More The Plan for MuseDI

Federal Funding Helps Make this Work Possible

  Today President Donald J. Trump unveiled his preliminary FY18 budget proposal and sadly there are no surprises in there when it comes to crucial funding for museums. The museum field has been working these scenarios for awhile, imagining the consequences of zeroed-out federal funding and takings steps to prevent it. For six years now, … More Federal Funding Helps Make this Work Possible

A Different Kind of Museum Conference: ATALM 2016

On October 9-12, 2016, I was privileged to attend the annual International Conference of Indigenous Archives, Libraries, and Museums, hosted by the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums in Phoenix, Arizona. I participated in two days of workshops and an additional two days of conference sessions, learning so much about what is happening in … More A Different Kind of Museum Conference: ATALM 2016