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, part 1

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, part 1

MASS Action

In October, I had the incredible honor to join a dynamic group of 50+ museum professionals for MASS Action, Museums as Sites of Social Action. The Abbe’s decolonization initiative and relevant and timely programming found us on the radar of MASS Action’s organizers. Over the course of three days in Minneapolis, the group participated in an intensive, … More MASS Action

Pondering Edward Curtis

Abbe Museum Trustee Jamie Bissonette Lewey offered these remarks on May 6th at an event on the occasion of an exhibit, Contemporary Native Photographers and the Edward Curtis Legacy, at the Portland Museum of Art. The talk was co-produced by the Abbe Museum and discussed the ways Curtis’ images have perpetuated cultural genocide of Indigenous … More Pondering Edward Curtis

Coming Soon – People of the First Light exhibit

Wabanaki people, their history and their culture, represent at least a 12,000-year-long experience in their homeland. This continuous narrative for the Wabanaki people – a historic confederacy between the Abenaki, Maliseet, Micmac, Passamaquoddy, and Penobscot – offers an extraordinary story of resilience with contemporary meaning and relevance. To communicate these messages, the Abbe Museum will … More Coming Soon – People of the First Light exhibit