MAMA’s response to the removal of the “Making History: Kansas City and the Rise of Gay Rights” exhibit from the Missouri State Capitol

Recently, Missouri Governor Mike Parson mandated the removal of the “Making History: Kansas City and the Rise of Gay Rights” exhibit from the Capitol to the Lohman Building in Jefferson City, Missouri.

As a professional organization, the Missouri Association for Museums and Archives (MAMA) adheres to the American Alliance of Museums’ statement on Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion:

Museums are a vital part of how we tell the stories of who we are, who we’ve been, and how we will live together. They maintain our cultural heritage and teach us about all the ways we are different and the same. Reflecting the diversity of that heritage is a critical part of museums’ work. We cannot claim to be truly essential to society if we are not accessible to all.

As MAMA is a statewide organization dedicated to supporting museum and archive professionals and to promoting a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable atmosphere for museums and archives across our state, we stand with our LGBTIA+ community whose stories have historically been marginalized, suppressed, and erased. Our colleagues at the Missouri State Museum have our support in their decision-making processes and professional judgement in curating the content of that museum.

Everyone’s story deserves to be told; state leaders should not marginalize, censor, or discriminate against voices of Missouri citizens. As such, MAMA is requesting that the exhibit should be reinstalled in the Capitol Building so that it may be viewed by more Missourians, and we encourage you to call Governor Mike Parson’s office (573) 751-3222 and the Department of Natural Resources (573) 751-1010 to lend your support to this initiative.

New Position – Missouri Association for Museums and Archives Program Manager

JOB TITLE
Missouri Association for Museums and Archives (MAMA) Program Manager

POSITION SUMMARY
Seeking to build capacity on its services to Missouri museums and archives through a collaborative partnership with the Missouri Humanities Council (MHC), MAMA seeks a Program Manager who will serve as a primary contact and general manager for the organization. Responsibilities include planning, organizing, directing and coordinating all programs, internships, and other activities of the organization to assure that board objectives are attained, plans fulfilled, and member needs met. The Program Manager will maintain effective internal and external relationships, ensure a streamlined process for event management, and develop a process for centralizing operations of the organization.

This is a full-time, one year (12 month) temporary position, $45,000, no benefits, location flexible; date of hire negotiable (to start before Dec. 30, 2021). It reports jointly to the President of MAMA and the Executive Director of the MHC. A significant part of this position will be to
establish a sustainability plan for future employment.

Although this position is statewide in scope, and may require travel across the state, the Program Manager will be provided workspace and necessary office equipment in one of MHC’s offices. Mileage will be reimbursed.

RESPONSIBILITIES
The successful candidate will work with MAMA and the MHC to establish priorities and begin development on the areas of focus listed below:

Creating a position-sustainability plan: Establishes such relationships as the Board of Directors may specify or as deemed advisable in the best interests of the MHC. In particular, this position is expected to work closely with the MHC to create a position-sustainability plan, ensuring longevity of the position beyond the temporary, one year appointment.

Website redesign and maintenance: works to re-envision MAMA’s two existing hosted websites and combine them into one operational and effective website; effectively utilizes the website for communication to the public.

Membership structure and development: Plans, organizes and directs membership promotion and retention programs, evaluates results and recommends policies, procedures and action to achieve membership goals.
Collects dues and terminates delinquent members.

Diversity Internship management: in conjunction with the board of directors and interested institutions, promote, develop, and manage the MAMA diversity program, including creating internship guidelines; establishing educational partnerships; maintaining communication with project partners (interns and sites); archiving final internship reports

Programming/Workshop development and management: coordinates event management, including marketing, registration, online/virtual platform management, and gathering appropriate statistical information for reporting purposes. May include management of MAMA’s annual membership meeting and conference.

Improvement of communication channels/marketing: Plans and executes all communications to the general membership which include newsletters, general mailings, news releases, research reports, publications, etc.

Daily management of MAMA’s budget: In cooperation with the MAMA executive board develops, recommends and upon approval operates within an annual budget.

QUALIFICATIONS
Education
● Bachelor’s Degree Required
● MA in museum studies, library/archival science, or equivalent field in the humanities preferred

Skills
● Outstanding oral and written communication skills
● Strong interpersonal and collaboration skills
● Negotiation skills to navigate multiple organizational structures
● Ability to learn new technologies and software
● Program management/Ability to organize and set priorities
● Ability to work well independently; take initiative; as well as work collaboratively
● Strong teamwork skills

Preferred Experience
● Website Design
● Marketing Experience
● Grant Writing and Fundraising
● Event management and/or coordination
● Budgeting and/or Accounting

ABOUT THE ORGANIZATIONS
The Missouri Humanities Council
Founded by Congress in 1971, Missouri Humanities is one of the fifty-six state and territorial humanities councils that receives support from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). For nearly 50 years, the MHC has been dedicated to helping Missourians explore the people, places, and ideas that shape our society. The focus for the future remains the same; for a more thoughtful, informed, and civil society.

Missouri Association for Museums and Archives
MAMA exists to bring together Missouri organizations so they can share ideas, resources, and information. With the ability to connect cultural institutions of Missouri through online programming, workshops, and an annual conference, the organization strives to advocate for financial viability, strategic growth, and development of educational opportunities of museums and archives which serve the citizens of Missouri.
TO APPLY
Candidates should submit a letter of application, resume, relevant transcripts, and the contact information for three professional references. Materials may be submitted to alang@truman.edu or by mail to:
Amanda Langendoerfer
Pickler Memorial Library
Truman State University
100 East Normal Avenue
Kirksville MO 63501

Review of applications will begin September 13, 2021 and will continue until filled.

MAMA is an equal opportunity and affirmative action organization committed to assembling a diverse team. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, MAMA does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or protected veteran status in its program or activities.

MAMA is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate form or to request an accommodation, please contact Amanda Langendoerfer, alang@truman.edu, 660-785-7546.

You can download a copy of this job posting here

Show Me Missouri Museums and Archives Virtual Series

Missouri is home to over 600 significant museums and archives. The Missouri Association of Museums and Archives in partnership with the Missouri Humanities Council wants to help you share your organization’s unique story with the public. We are curating videos for a virtual programming series. Participating institutions will have the opportunity to showcase their space and collection through social media via posts, short videos, or virtual programs.

You get to choose your topic and format. Projects could be a tour of exhibits, behind-the-scenes operations, collections items, educational activity, or interpretive program. Videos can be prerecorded or broadcast live. The Show Me Missouri Museums and Archives program will take place over June, July and possibly August.

If a video or virtual program is not right for you, space in the schedule will also include non-video content posting, for example a story on an important artifact from your collection with a photo. Help your photos and posts reach further in our combined network!

For more details or if interested please contact: Levi Cullifer at dlc4232@truman.edu.

Apply Now – Diversity Internship Program

The Missouri Humanities Council and the Missouri Association of Museums and Archives invites museum and archival organizations across the State to apply to serve as a host site for paid undergraduate or graduate-level internships that will take place during the Summer or Fall Semester of 2020.  

Sponsored by the Missouri Humanities Council and coordinated through MAMA, the internship program is designed to provide meaningful work experiences for students from diverse backgrounds interested in the museum profession. The internships will match students with museum and archival sites that will direct, and benefit from, a sponsored internship.

Internships can provide opportunities in interpretation, educational programming, exhibit design, marketing, collections management, and non-profit business management.

The internship provides a $1500 stipend for 125 internship hours.

Host sites and students interested in participating in the program should email Sara Wilson at sara@stjosephmuseum.org or call 816-232-8471 for more information.

Are you looking for interns? Please fill out the Diversity Internship Host Application

Are you looking for an internship? Please fill out the Diversity Internship Student Application

Nomination Open – MAMA Awards 2020

Each year, MAMA will make one award for achievement in museums or archives. The award is open to staff and volunteers who work in museums and archives in the state of Missouri, or to archives and museums in the state of Missouri.

Museum award for:
• Individuals involved in a museum project that best serves its community through exhibits or programs.
Archives award for:
• Individuals involved in an archives project that achieves excellence in making records or documents available to the public, or
• Individuals involved in an archive project that preserves an important endangered collection.

Any current MAMA member can nominate an individual for the award. Deadline for nominations will be September 1, 2020. Awards will be given at the MAMA annual meeting each October.

To nominate yourself or a colleague, please Download the MAMA award nomination cover sheet.

Nominations Open – MAMA Awards 2018

Each year, MAMA will make one award for achievement in museums or archives. The award is open to staff and volunteers who work in museums and archives in the state of Missouri, or to archives and museums in the state of Missouri.

Museum award for:
• Individuals involved in a museum project that best serves its community through exhibits or programs.
Archives award for:
• Individuals involved in an archives project that achieves excellence in making records or documents available to the public, or
• Individuals involved in an archive project that preserves an important endangered collection.

Any current MAMA member can nominate an individual for the award. Deadline for nominations will be September 1, 2018. Awards will be given at the MAMA annual meeting each October.

To nominate yourself or a colleague, please Download the MAMA award nomination cover sheet.

Nominations open for MAMA Awards for achievement in Museums or Archives

Each year, MAMA will make one award for achievement in museums or archives. The award is open to staff and volunteers who work in museums and archives in the state of Missouri, or to archives and museums in the state of Missouri.

Museum award for:
• Individuals involved in a museum project that best serves its community through exhibits or
programs.

Archives award for:
• Individuals involved in an archives project that achieves excellence in making records or
documents available to the public, or
• Individuals involved in an archive project that preserves an important endangered collection

Any current MAMA member can nominate an individual for the award. Deadline for nominations will be September 1. Awards will be given at the MAMA annual meeting each October.

To nominate yourself or a colleague, please Download the MAMA award nomination cover sheet.

Nominations open for MAMA Awards for achievement in Museums or Archives

Each year, MAMA will make one award for achievement in museums or archives. The award is open to staff and volunteers who work in museums and archives in the state of Missouri, or to archives and museums in the state of Missouri.

Museum award for:
• Individuals involved in a museum project that best serves its community through exhibits or
programs.

Archives award for:
• Individuals involved in an archives project that achieves excellence in making records or
documents available to the public, or
• Individuals involved in an archive project that preserves an important endangered collection

Any current MAMA member can nominate an individual for the award. Deadline for nominations will be August 1. Awards will be given at the MAMA annual meeting each October.

To nominate yourself or a colleague, please Download the MAMA award nomination cover sheet.

Call for Proposals – MAMA Annual Meeting

Annual Meeting

Preserve.  Innovate.  Connect.

MAMA Annual Meeting

October 21-22, 2016

St. Joseph, MO

 A joint conference of the Missouri Association for Museums and Archives and the Missouri Humanities Council

Call for Proposals
Session proposal submission deadline – July 1st

This year the theme of our Annual Conference will be Preserve. Innovate. Connect. This conference, held in historic St. Joseph, Missouri, will explore the ways Missouri’s museums and archives are serving and reaching out to their audiences through preservation and exhibition. We would like to hear from you!

Individuals from the museums/archives and related supporting communities who would like to present at this dynamic and friendly conference are invited to submit proposals. Each session proposal should in some way touch on the themes of preservation, innovation, and/or connecting with audiences.

We encourage you to seek out people from other institutions to collaborate on a panel. Possible session
topics include, but are not limited to: merging cultures, community and partnership building, conservation / preservation, educational programs, excellence in exhibit design, and evaluation.

Sessions may be 30 or 60 minutes.

Attendees are welcome to begin exploring St. Joseph Thursday, October 20th. Conference attendees who wish to explore Northwest Missouri will receive free passes to our member museums for Thursday through Sunday. Join us for a tour of the St. Joseph Museums, including the Glore Psychiatric Museum at 3406 Frederick Avenue Friday at 10:30 am. An opening luncheon reception will be hosted at the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art beginning at 11:30. Please RSVP. After a morning exploring, sessions will begin on Friday, October 21st, at the Remington Nature Center at 1:00 in the afternoon. Conference attendees will get an exclusive showing of the innovative living history production “Voices of Mt. Mora: Cemetery Tours,” which will begin at the Wyeth-Tootle Mansion at 5:30. Afterwards, explore downtown St. Joseph, but don’t stay out too late! Sessions resume at 9:00 am at the Pony Express Museum. Lunch will be at noon, followed by the Keynote Speaker at 1:00 on Saturday. 

The deadline for submission is Wednesday, July 1st, 2016. We invite individuals to submit proposals electronically to Sara Wilson at: sara@stjosephmuseum.org. (Proposals may also be sent by mail to MAMA, P.O. Box 533, Jefferson City, MO 65102.)

Proposals should include:
Name, Institution/Organization/Company, Address, Phone, Email
Title of Proposed Session
Presenter’s Names / Affiliations
Description of Session:
How long is your presentation? (30 minutes [usually for a single person] or 60 minutes [for a panel])

Download Call for Proposals 2016

Call For Papers – A Confluence of Cultures: US-Native American Relations in the 19th Century

A CONFLUENCE OF CULTURES:

U.S.-NATIVE AMERICAN RELATIONS IN THE 19TH CENTURY

The Department of History and Geography at Lindenwood University, St. Charles, Missouri, will host a conference on October 10, 2015, to help commemorate the 200th anniversary of treaties signed at Portage des Sioux in 1815. The conference, held in conjunction with other events being organized by the Portage 200 Committee, solicits papers from scholars and writers nationally. Some papers may be published in the Fall/Winter 2015 of The Confluence, Lindenwood’s award-winning regional studies journal.

The treaties signed at Portage des Sioux ended the War of 1812 between the United States and eleven western tribes allied with Great Britain. Missouri territorial governor William Clark was the chief emissary for the United States government as the treaties were signed between July and September 1815. The terms of the treaties established American dominion over the western tribes and opened the door for American expansion into Native American lands in the West—first in places like present-day Iowa, Minnesota, and the Dakotas, but later across the continent. The treaties exacerbated U.S. relations with the Sauk Indians, leading to Black Hawk’s War, and were an early turning point in U.S.-Native American relations that ultimately led to inter-cultural violence throughout much of the 19th century.

The department solicits papers from faculty, students, and independent scholars in a variety of academic disciplines, including history, public history, anthropology, archaeology, art history, and Native American studies. Proposals may focus on the Portage des Sioux treaties or on the much broader theme of U.S.-Native American relations throughout the 19th century. The program committee will accept proposals for individual papers, paired papers, and complete sessions.

The conference’s keynote speaker will be Professor Stephen Aron, chair of the History Department at UCLA and author ofAmerican Confluence: The Missouri Frontier from Borderland to Border State (2006).

Those interested in presenting their work at this conference should submit a title and an abstract (300-500 words) as a pdf file by March 15, 2015, to

Dr. Steven P. Gietschier, sgietschier@lindenwood.edu

Speakers should plan on twenty minutes for each presentation. We are also looking for individuals to serve as chairs for each session and as commentators on the papers.

Local arrangements to follow.