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Science Snapshot: Celebrating Sixth Grade Students in STEM

Science Snapshot: Discovering Excellence in Arkansas

Arkansas Governor Beebe and the Museum of Discovery celebrated nearly 100 sixth grade students, their families, and teachers at a recent event, Discovery Excellence in Arkansas. Students represented schools from across the state. It was a busy evening – but a fantastic one!

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Welsh and bilingual Museums at Night logos

Thought I’d share this neat posting from The Museum at Night blog.

I was fortunate to study abroad in South Wales for a year while in college, so seeing the Welsh language shared is always a moment of excitement and nostalgia for me. It’s a law, I believe, that all signage and major announcements be made not only in English but also in Welsh in an effort to preserve and share this unique language and culture. Worth a read if you’ve not explored this site before!

Museums at Night Blog

We’re delighted to share with you Welsh and Welsh/English versions of the Museums at Night logo, courtesy of CyMAL: Museums, Archives and Libraries Wales, and our design agency Crush.

Museums at Night bilingual logo

Now, in addition to our range of English language Museums at Night logos, which you can access from our Resources for Venues page, we have a range of bilingual logos and Welsh logos, all available as JPEG, EPS and PNG files.

Bilingual Museums at Night logo white on black

 

You can download a zip file of all of the Welsh logos here (1.8MB), or select individual logos to download on our Resources for Venues page. 

amgueddfeydd yn y nos logo

 

We hope these new logos make it much easier for any venues running Museums at Night / Amgueddfeydd yn y Nos events to promote and publicise them!

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Alumni in the Field

Alumni in the Field

Historical Administration alumni (yours truly on the left) enjoy the rooftop garden at the Madison Children’s Museum while attending the 2013 AMM Conference.

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Four Things Museums Can Learn From Sharknado

While I pack, unpack, pack, and repeat a few times during an especially busy July, I thought I’d share this fun & insightful post from Museum Minute. Even if you haven’t (yet) seen Sharknado, this article nicely sums up some key concepts that museums and all non-profits can easily embrace to better serve audiences. What do you think?

Museum Minute

This is not a paid endorsement for The SyFy Channel. In fact, I understand that SyFy isn’t for everyone – just like C-SPAN and Powerblock TV isn’t for everyone.

I’m a sucker for SyFy movies. As someone who lives and breathes history, which I find incredibly exciting (and at times exhilarating), the thing about history is that it isn’t always so happy. That being said, there is always something to be learned from history, a silver lining (no matter how small or seemingly unimportant), and the repercussions of history cannot be argued. While it’s hard for a history lover for me to admit, I completely acknowledge (and agree) that history can be a downer. After a long day of reading about chattel slavery, the civil war, segregation, genocide, etc., I truly appreciate a bizarre SyFy film.

So, why am I talking about SyFy films?

If you missed the cultural…

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What Happens in Vegas…

While I’ve not been, The Neon Museum in Las Vegas recently inched its way to the top of my “must see” museums.The last time I was in Vegas, I was in fifth grade. Needless to say, most of my memories of the trip involve a good time at the hotel pool.

Yesterday my thoughts on Las Vegas shifted when I stumbled across a photo essay on Fishing 4 Deals titled “Las Vegas Neon Boneyard: Photo Essay of Times Gone By.” The photos sparked interest – three types of interest, in fact.

First, I was curious about the museum as a potential visitor – How could I see the site, when, where, etc. The museum’s website nicely answered many of these FAQ. I also shifted into historian mode, and donned my “material culture” hat. Once I got past the practicalities of the museum and its mission, I was curious to consider the site as a case of collections storage, as well as curating stories from the artifacts. The vast majority of the signs appear to be stored in an outdoor facility, with a minority of signs being treated for preservation. After factoring in practicalities for both visitors and the signs, I began to, and here’s that museum education background kicking in, brainstorm possible public programs, activities, and possible local, national, and international outreach possibilities. 

I look forward to someday – soon hopefully – visiting the Neon Museum and seeing not only the sights but the signs! 

What do you think? Keen to visit? Been there already? I look forward to hearing your thoughts! 

ImageEvery sign has a story. I bet this sign has at least a dozen.

Photo courtesy Fishing 4 Deals. 

 

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