Written by our Americorps Heritage Vista, Alicia Erjavec.
Friday, the first morning of the conference, the sessions I went to mainly pertained to historical preservation, various diverse communities and how to reach out to them, along with the lessons to be learned in regards to such outreach efforts. “Preservation Basics: Ten Agents of Deterioration” by Dyani Feige provided an introductory to preservation basics and how to prevent ten different forms of deterioration to your museum artifacts. “Preservation Tools from the Foundation for Advancement in Conservation” by Tiffani Emig explained to us how her organization offers free and low-cost programs— C2C’s website and the Collections Assessment Preservation program (CAPP) — to help museums take care of the objects they collect. “Using Clio for Visitor Outreach and Digital Outreach” by Kathleen Thompson gave further information how to use the website Clio, allowing organizations & museums to document local history and develop programs to engage visitors, volunteers, and members across the whole of the United States. “LGBTQIA+ History and Community in West Virginia” by Sarah Shepherd, Jack Jarvis, and Chris Mielke addressed inequity and erasure of a very prominent yet marginalized community, giving practical tips & strategies on how to find and creatively highlight these histories. Lastly, “Building Bridges in Minority Communities: Lessons Learned” by Sarah Insalaco discussed effective strategies for building bridges across diverse communities through research projects, social media, and other methods of outreach.