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Archived Museum Chats

Museum Chat was retired in mid-2019. Below please see the discussed topics, links to transcripts, and archived video from Museum Chat. 

Museum Chat transcripts from 2010-2017 may be available upon request. 

Looking for our special video chats? Visit our chats video playlist on YouTube.


Chat # Date Guest Topic(s) Transcript or Slides
68 July 17 Wendy Sailors, Ricky Gease 50th anniversary of Alaska State Parks [YouTube, 38 minutes] n/a
67 June 19 Bethany Buckingham, Shina duVall, and Amy Steffian n/a
66 May 15 Monica Mohindra, Library of Congress Veterans History Project [YouTube, 58 minutes] LOC's Veterans History Project page
65 April 17 none Grant in Aid [YouTube, 23 minutes] Chat 65 slides [PDF]
64 February 20 Molissa Udevitz Creating a More Inclusive and Accessible Museum Experience [YouTube, 20 minutes] Chat 64 slides [PDF]
63 January 16 Margaret Greutert Museum Evaluation [YouTube, 58 minutes] n/a


Chat # Date Guest Topic(s) Transcript File
62 December 19 Cynthia Jones emergency preparedness Dec. 19, 2018 [Word] transcript
61 November 14 none strategic planning Nov. 14, 2018 [Word] transcript
60 October 17 none Discussion on how museums can communicate with their community. Included talk about tools such as websites, blogs, and social media. Oct. 11, 2018 [PDF] transcript
59 September 19 none Lively discussion about the recent AHS/MA Conference in Nome, and potentional cross-training opportunities with archives. Sept. 19, 2018 PDF transcript
58 August 15 none   Aug. 15, 2018 PDF transcript
57 April 18 none   Apr. 18, 2018 PDF transcript
56 February 28 Sarah Asper-Smith and Scott Barlett exhibit design tips and tricks Feb. 28, 2018 PDF transcript
55 January 17 none research policies and collections usage fees Jan. 17, 2018 PDF transcript


Chat # Date Guest Topic(s)
54 December 13 Freya Anderson, Alaska State Librarian Copyright
53 November 15 none Found in collection; abandoned property
52 October 11 none Museums Alaska Annual meeting in Anchorage
51 September 13 Amy Steffian How to write better Collections Management Fund and Art Acquisition grants
49-50 June, July, August none cancelled due to busy summer season
48 May 24 none Grant in Aid projects; SpaceSaver mobile storage unit dividers; sources for Plexi cubes
47 April 26 none Grant in Aid (GIA) from Alaska State Museums and Collections Management Fund (CMF) from Museums Alaska


Chat # Date Guest Topic(s)
46 April 15 Shane Southwick, Program Coordinator for the Alaska State Libraries' OWL Project Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (YouTube, 50 minutes)
45 January 28 Karen Witter CHAMPS advocacy
44 January 14 none ordering labeling materials; collecting visitor data


Chat # Date Guest Topic(s)
43 November 19 none ASM move; Memorandums of Understanding; window coverings
42 September 24 Ellen Carrlee and Jackie Fernandez Webinar: brainstorming session on gathering artists' intent (YouTube, 24 minutes), which can have effects on the curatorial, exhibition, and conservation aspects of museum work
41 May 14 none ASM move; Grant-In-Aid projects
40 April 16 none SLAM updates; Grant-In-Aid
39 February 12 none SLAM updates about museum move
38 January 14 none future "themed" chats


Chat # Date Guest Topic(s)
37 December 11 none portable temporary display walls; 1964 Earthquake Commemorations; "Model" vs. "Miniature" for museum cataloging
36 November 13 none working with a museum board; exhibit mount making
35 October 16 Curator Bethany Buckingham of the Dorothy G. Page Museum in Palmer assisting with packing objects in the Alaska State Museum
34 September 11 none collecting visitor data; doing exhibits without an in-house design team; inexpensive monitors to show videos in the gallery
33 August 14 none possible sources of funding for artworks in city beautification projects; donations or bequests that come all at once or over time; insurance on collections; Past Perfect and a less than perfect numbering system; granite sculpture in need of a conservator
32 July 17 none
  • found in collections
  • grease on a basket
  • deaccessioning
  • label rail for exhibits
31 May 8 Curator Samantha Richerts from the Klondike Gold Rush National Park in Skagway gold rush artifacts from the Rapuzzi collection (YouTube, 32 minutes) that used to be available for donation to museums in Alaska
30 April 17 none Alaska Collections Emergency Response Teams forming in Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Juneau to help out when our collections are impacted by some disaster
29 March 13 none
  • exhibit workshop at the Museums Alaska Conference in September
  • exhibit policies
  • strategic plans
  • accreditation
28 February 13 none Migratory Bird Treaty Act and museums (concerning marine mammal parts)
27 January 16 none SLAM ground breaking ceremony; IMLS grant that wil bring people down to help with the move


Chat # Date Guest Topic(s)
26 December 12 none Session ideas for the Museums Alaska conference in Haines next September 25-28; Seminar for Historical Administration; Art rack storage
25 November 14 none Humidity control in small museums in Alaska, Storing exhibit cases and Plexiglas in an unheated environment, The migratory bird act and what to do with feathers and specimens, Complications of de-accessioning a seal pelt, Sessions we would like to see at the Museums Alaska meeting in Haines
24 September 12 none Coordinating Museum exhibits in 2014 commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Good Friday Earthquake of 1964, Live broadcasting of museum events, Alaskan Museums on Second Life, Museum Kiosks, who uses them in Alaska , how are they working, How to charge when a museum does outside work for other entities
23 July 11 Conservator Ellen Carrlee
22 June 13 none artist files
21 May 16 none Alaska Museum Snapshot day; Grant in Aid eligibility, including attachments with the application, and further discussion of people projects
20 April 11 none Art Acquisition Fund Program & Grant-In-Aid questions and proposals
19 March 14 Jim Simard, Head of Historical Collections VILDA: Alaska's Digital Archives (YouTube, 54 minutes)
18 February 15 none Copyright issues involving photographs and fair use, Stuffing skin drums with cotton to keep them from splitting, Snapshot day for Alaska Museum day in May, Who is using Facebook for their museum, The Alaska Native Libraries, Archives, and Museums Boot Camp last week in Anchorage
17 January 18 none Cold and Snow in Alaska, Scanning and storing slides, Keeping the RH up in Winter, & Cold and low RH affecting Paintings


Chat # Date Guest Topic(s)
16 December 16 none Native art, Native artists and non-Native artists creating art in the Native tradition
15 November 9 none Storms in Western Alaska, fire suppression systems, museum store issues, obtaining ownership rights for artifacts found in collections
14 October 12 none Museums Alaska Annual meeting in Valdez
13 August 10 Christa Pack What's That White Stuff? (YouTube, 27 minutes)
12 July 13 none Copyright, Numbering of Museum Cases, And Issues With City Owned Collections
11 June 15 none Ethics of Donations and Donor Relations
10 May 18 none Grant in Aid
9 April 13 none exhibit labels, Cell Phone apps, the IMLS course Shaping Evaluations, Grant in Aid Applications and projects, Paper conservator in Alaska
8 March 16 Norm Lagasse LED lighting improvements made at the Aviation Heritage Museum in Anchorage (YouTube, 42 minutes)
7 February 16 none Museum educational loan kits, Alaska Native Libraries Archives and Museums Summit (April 27-30 2011), The Museums Alaska Annual Meeting in Valdez (Sept. 21-25 2011), Archives Training Opportunities, Alaska Museum Day (May 14) Film Project Deadline (March 1), Museum Projects Around the State
6 January 12 Bob Curtis-Johnson of Summit Day Media preservation of audio tapes, videotapes, film and other audiovisual media (YouTube, 57 minutes)


Chat # Date Guest Topic(s)
5 December 15 none Exhibiting Artists works for commission, Sourcing Ethafoam, Photography in Museums and copyright, Discussion of 2 possible HVAC systems for museums radiant floor heating and displacement ventilation
4 November 17 Scott Neel LED lighting at the Alaska Native Heritage Center (YouTube, 30 minutes)
3 October 20 none Museums Q&A including interpretive planning and computer servers
2 September 22 none Museums Alaska
1 August 18 none not recorded