Sunday, 26 January 2014


WASHINGTON, DC — January 11-15, 2014

In January of 2014 the MMSt Program took its first international trip to a place on every museum lover’s list of must-see cities, Washington, D.C! We braved the 10-hour drive by bus by watching lots of movies, chatting with friends and, of course, some napping. We stayed at a hotel right on the National Mall that was within walking distance to all the Smithsonian favourites. We toured the national mall and monuments and took advantage of all the great photo opportunities! The five-day trip was full of enriching professional and cultural experiences and delicious food!

Courtesy of Robyn Bosnyak

Some of the highlights included:

- We spoke with Jim Deutsch, the Programs Curator, and Marjorie Hunt, the Education Specialist/Folklife Curator.

- We spoke with Gregory Naranjo, the Exhibition Developer, and Belinda Blomberg, the Exhibition
  Coordinator about the exhibition process and the temporary exhibit "Some Were Neighbours".
- We spoke with Steven Luckert, the Permanent Exhibition Curator about the permanent exhibitions.
- We also spoke with Joseph White, the Research Assistant about the research project "The
  Encyclopedia of Camps and Ghettos".
- We spoke with Dieter Kuntz, the Programs Officer, about the work of the Centre for Advanced
  Holocaust Studies.

Courtesy of Jaime Clifton-Ross

GOOGLE HANGOUT AT THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN:  Hosted by Nancy Proctor“Mobile as a dimension of everything”

- Speakers included Dana Allen Greil, Chief of Digital Outreach and Engagement at the National
  Gallery of Art.
- Michelle Herman, Digital Media Manager at the Phillips Collection.
- Suzanne Sarraf, Web Designer at the National Gallery of Art.
- Chris Magnus, Live it Learn it.
- Patrick Goar, Accessibility Program at the Smithsonian Institution.
- Nancy Proctor, Head of Mobile Strategy and Initiatives at the Smithsonian Institution.
- Valeria Gasparotti, Mobile Intern at the Smithsonian Institution.

Playing with Google Glass - Courtesy of Meaghan Dalby


- We met Jill Norwood, Community Services Specialist and Manager of the Internship Program.
- We met Eric Christiansen, Exhibits Designer.
- We met James Harrison III, Museum Technician (Interpretive Services Unit).
- We met Carrie Gonzalez, Museum Technician (Interpretive Services Unit).
- We met Mandy Foster, Manager of the Cultural Interpreter Program.

Courtesy of Jaime Clifton-Ross

FOOD: Transforming the American Table 1950-2000, with Paula Johnson, Museum Curator and America on the Movewith Roger White, Museum Curator

- Informal talk about museum theatre and programs with Katie Macko, Floor Manager, Programming
  and Strategic Initiatives and Brianna Rossettie. 
- Informal talk with Jane Fortune, Collection Support Specialist about collections management.
- Spoke with Howard Morrison, Director of Education and Interpretation and Katherine Klein, Project
  Assistant, about renovations to the West Wing of the museum.

Courtesy of Jaime Clifton-Ross

Courtesy of Jaime Clifton-Ross

Courtesy of Meaghan Dalby

OTTAWA, ON— January 12-15, 2013

January 2013 marked the second trip to Ottawa for the MMSt Program after visiting Montreal the year before, and Ottawa for the first time two-years prior. The Canadian Capital provided a wide variety of museums and cultural institutions that students took full advantage of; institutions that many of our alumni currently work at.

Courtesy of Robyn Bosnyak

Some of the Highlights included:

- We visitied the Canadian Museum of Civilization; speaking with Bridgette Hammon, Interpretation
  Manager; Jean-Marc Blais, Vice President of Exhibitions and Programs; Glenn Ogden, Senior
  Interpretive Planner; Bill Moore, Director of Collections Management and Planning; and Claire
  Champ, Senior Interpretive Planner

- We visited the National Gallery of Canada; spoke with Beatrice Djahanbin and Colin Chen about
  designing a QR code mobile tour for the outdoor sculptures; Christine Nobel about the Letters to 
  Vincent program for the Van Gogh: Up Close exhibit; and Katja Canini and Lexie Buchanan about
  social media in the gallery and recent acquisitions for the biennale.

- We visited the Canadian War Museum (with alum Britt Braaten), the Museum of Nature,
  the Currency Museumthe Bytown Museum, and the Diefenbunker.

- We visited Parliament Hill and the Peace Tower.

- We held an alumni gathering at the Black Thorn Pub in Byward Market.

- We consumed beaver tails aplenty!

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