KMHA Annual Conference

Professional Development & Networking Conference

June 11-13, 2017
Frankfort, KY

Organized by the Kentucky Museum & Heritage Alliance

The Kentucky Museum & Heritage Alliance Annual Professional Development & Networking Conference is an opportunity to connect with other institutions within each district and statewide. Organized around the subject areas of Collections, Administrative Management, and Education/Community Engagement, the following workshops, lectures, and panel discussions are designed to meet the needs of professionals at all stages of their careers and to meet the requirements of the KMHA Professional Development Certificate

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KMHA Annual Conference
June 11-13, 2017

SUNDAY, JUNE 11, 2017

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

  • Preconference Tours (Depart lobby of Capital Plaza Hotel)

    1. Visit to Capital City Museum and Fort Hill (Civil War Earthworks overlooking the city)

    2. Tour of historic Frankfort Cemetery led by local historian Russ Hatter (meet in lobby at 1:45 pm to carpool)

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

  • Opening reception with heavy hors d'oeuvres at Liberty Hall Historic Site

MONDAY, JUNE 12, 2017

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

  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, make through conference registration.

  3. Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the Kentucky Historical Society archival and collections spaces. Two tours available, each limited to 15 people, reservations required, make through conference registration.

  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

  4. 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

    - Dinner at Buffalo Trace Distillery

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
        - Sharyn Mitchell, Berea College
        - Dr. Debra Meyers, Northern Kentucky University
        - Vanessa Van Zant, Cincinnati Museum Center
        - Brian Hackett, Northern Kentucky University

  3. Collections
    "Using Your Exhibit to Respond to Current Events" (discussion in KHS exhibit spaces, limited to 25 people; reserve your spot through conference registration.)
        - Julie Kemper, Kentucky Historical Society

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

  1. Collections
    "Making Storage Mounts and Matting: A Hands-On Demonstration" (LIMITED TO 15; reserve your spot through conference registration.)
        - 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.


Hotel Information

Capital Plaza Hotel
405 Wilkinson Blvd.
Frankfort, KY 40601

$89.99 per night plus taxes
Ask for the KMHA Rate.
Conference rate deadline is May 19

Administrative Partner

Kentucky Historical Society