KMHA Annual Conference

Professional Development & Networking Conference

June 11-13, 2017
Frankfort, KY

Organized by the Kentucky Museum & Heritage Alliance

Planning for the program for the upcoming Professional Development & Networking Conference is underway with the sessions meeting the requirements of the KMHA Professional Development Certificate.


KMHA Annual Conference
June 11-13, 2016

MONDAY, JUNE 12, 2017

9:00am - 10:30am

  1. Collections
    Direct Care of Collections: Facilitated Discussion and Case Study
        - Deb Van Horn, Kentucky Historical Society
        - Aaron Genton, Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill

  2. Administration/Management
    Fundraising and Grantwriting for Small Organizations/Fundraising and Grantwriting 101
        - Jessica Coleman Hastings (fundraising consultant)
        - Amy Nelson-University of Kentucky Art Museum

  3. Education/Community Engagement
    Inside/Outside: Engaging Audiences with Collections
        - Scott Erbes, Speed Art Museum
        - Amber Thieneman, Speed Art Museum

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

  1. Collections
    Exhibits 101: From Idea to Implementation on a Shoestring Budget
        - Chris Goodlett, Kentucky Derby Museum
        - Mike Hudson,American Printing House for the Blind

  2. Education/Community Engagement
    Kentucky Hemp, Historic Sites, and Community Education
        - Eric Brooks, Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate
        - Diane Young (Farmington Historic Plantation
        - Alyssa Erickson and Kirsten Bohnert, Kentucky Hempsters

  3. Administration/Management
    Security, Disasters, and Museum Insurance
        - Bob Detherage, Pence Insurance
        - Debbie Eaton, National Corvette Museum
        - Amy Greene, Headley-Whitney Museum

12:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.


2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.


  1. Tour KHS exhibits, including A Kentucky Journey, the Keeneland Gallery, and the Kentucky Military History Museum at the Old State Arsenal. Self-guided.

  2. Guided tour of Kentucky’s Old State Capitol. Limited to 40 people, reservations required, first come, first serve.

  3. Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the Kentucky Historical Society archival and collections spaces. Two tours available, each limited to 15 people, reservations required, first-come, first serve.
  4. Don’t want to tour? Take time to network! Use this opportunity to meet new people and share ideas and information.

3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

  1. Collections
    Loans and Abandoned Property
        - Sandy Staebell, Kentucky Museum, WKU
        - Chuck Pittenger, Speed Art Museum
        - Deb Van Horn, Kentucky Historical Society

  2. Administration/Management
    Strategic Planning 101
        - Bobbie Smith Bryant, Kentucky League of Cities
        - Alissa Keller, Museums of Hopkinsville

  3. Education/Community Engagement
    Maximizing Your Heritage Tourism Potential
        - Sharon Tabor (moderator), KMHA President, Cave City Convention Center
        - Mary Quinn Ramer, VisitLex
        - Kimberly Clay, Kentucky Department of Tourism
        - Hank Phillips, KTIA

TUESDAY, JUNE 13, 2017

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.

  1. Education/Community Engagement
    "Reimagining Archives"
        - Amanda Higgins, moderator, Kentucky Historical Society
        - Patrick Lewis, Kentucky Historical Society
        - Deana Thomas, Kentucky Historical Society
        - Stephanie Schmidt, Buffalo Trace

  2. Collections
    "Culturally-Sensitive Collections and How to Deal with Them"
        - Tressa Brown, moderator, Kentucky Heritage Council
  3. Collections
    "Using Your Exhibit to Respond to Current Events" (discussion in KHS exhibit spaces, limited to 25 people)
        - Julie Kemper, Kentucky Historical Society

  4. TBD

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

  1. Collections
    "Making Storage Mounts and Matting: A Hands-On Demonstration" (LIMITED TO 15)
        - Amy Beisel, Kentucky Horse Park
        - Jennifer Spence, Audubon
        - Beth Carter, KHS, on-site support

  2. Education/Community Engagement
    "Audience Participation in Public Programming"
        - Ashlee Chilton, Kentucky Horse Park
        - Heather Hill, Kentucky Derby Museum
        - Ronnie Driestadt, Kentucky Derby Museum

  3. Education/Community Engagement
    "Building Community Collaboration through Summer Camps"
        - Greg Hardison, Kentucky Historical Society
        - Skylar Davis, Headley-Whitney Museum
        - Nancy Theiss, Oldham County Historical Society
        - Sanda Jones, Shelbyville Historical Society

12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.


Administrative Partner

Kentucky Historical Society