In the wake of tragedies ranging from mass killings to natural disasters to police brutality to political strife, we have found the ability to persevere and even triumph through the strength of our communities. Museums are at the heart of communities, acting not only as sites that help define our civic and cultural identities but as economic, social, and political actors.
At a time when many of us find ourselves and our communities tested as never before, we take this opportunity to ask how museums can and do contribute to the strength of communities. What makes us “good neighbors” to the communities we serve? How do we help define the very notion of “community”? In times of tragedy, how can museums shape the larger emotional and intellectual response, and provide healing and reconciliation?
We look forward to seeing you in Boulder City this fall!
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Keynote: Melissa Berthelemy, JD, MA, Doctoral Candidate in Public History, University of California, Santa Barbara
Hotel: Best Western Hoover Dam at 704 Nevada Highway, Boulder City, NV 89005. We have arranged a special group rate from October 9-12 of $65.99/night (plus tax) for double-occupancy rooms. To receive this rate, please call the hotel at (702) 826-4300 to make your reservation and tell the clerk you are with the "Museum Annual Conference" group. (Please do not use the 800-number or the website, as this rate will not be available through Best Western's national booking system.)