Audience Engagement Archive

A gift for furloughed employees

My Facebook newsfeed has been full of “furlough” posts from my federal employee friends and NPS sites I follow. Today, I saw a post from Frederick Magazine that is offering a FREE one-year subscription to furloughed employees who message them with the addresses! I think is is a great

Overnight guests at living history museums

In July’s issue of Baltimore Magazine was an article I found quite interesting: Down on the Farm. The article’s author spent a weekend at a bed and breakfast that also offers a farm-like experience. Visitors can choose to just relax on the large front porch and enjoy the scenic

“Stuffed Animal Sleepover” great way to engage pre-school set

One of my friend’s children participated in a great program at the Madeline Olewine Memorial Library in Harrisburg (part of the Dauphin County Library System) and I couldn’t help but think how well it could work at museums too! The program was a “Stuffed Animal Sleepover.” The kids who

Living History Farms uses Pinterest to promote their uniqueness

The other day we looked at the way the New England Museum Association was using Pinterest. Today I found another great museum Pinterest page – this time by Living History Farms in Urbandale, Iowa. Their boards celebrate all that is unique about their living history site: “From the Farm

Do your guides have access to primary source materials?

I found this blog post, “A seasonal ranger ponders “The State of History in the National Park Service,” by Jennifer Burns, very thought-provoking on two different levels: as an administrator and as a docent. Burns discusses the National Park Service report, Imperiled Promise, and admits she isn’t surprised by

Collaborate with your neighbor museums

I work for two different groups who are each collaborative museum entities. One is the Greater Baltimore History Alliance (GBHA); the other the Heritage Museums of Havre de Grace (HMHdG). GBHA is a group of 37 history museums in the Baltimore area and surrounding counties. They have their own

Foursquare and Yelp! Is this some type new language?

Yes! Yes, it is – it is the language of social media. Foursquare and Yelp! are both location-based social networking services and are two of the most used of a whole bunch of similar apps. What may surprise you about these two services is that I can almost guarantee

Crowd-sourcing: Does the Public Deserve a Vote?

So if you have been on the museum conference circuit in the past two years, the term “crowd-sourcing” is not new to you. Conference sessions aplenty have been conducted about this concept, discussing it from every angle – Is it good? Is it bad? How do we get more?

Get involved in IMLS’s “Let’s Move: Museums & Gardens” Initiative

Recently First Lady Michelle Obama announced the “Let’s Move” initiative, “dedicated to solving the challenge of childhood obesity within a generation, so that children born today will grow up healthier and able to pursue their dreams.” The Institute of Museum and Library Services saw the importance of this program,

Woodlawn finds new way to sustain itself through farm-to-table movement

In this month’s (May/June 2011) Preservation magazine is an article about how Woodlawn, the former estate of George Washington’s granddaughter Nellie Custis – and a favorite of mine – has implemented a new innovative farming program based on the estate’s roots as a farm. The article explains, “Restauranteur Michael

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