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2019 UMA Annual Conference

Join your colleagues from across the state for three days of networking and learning at the Academy Conference Center in Brigham City, UT.

9/18/2019 to 9/20/2019
When: Sep 18-20, 2019
8:00 AM
Where: Academy Conference Center
58 N Main St
Brigham City, Utah  84302
United States
Contact: Ruth White
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September 18-20, 2019   |   Brigham City, UT   |   Ride the Relevant Rails

2019 marks the 150-year anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad. We invite our members in museums across the state to reflect upon and be inspired by this legacy as they strive to increase their relevancy in their communities. This year we will explore how museums can be more relevant, using history and research to reach our diverse communities. Museums can - and should - truly reflect the people of Utah. Increased relevance can come through new programs, sharing new histories and collections, revising our current practices, and broadening the tent of meaning for all of our institutions. Please join us this year in our journey riding the relevant rails!

Museums continue to strive to be more relevant in their communities, by using history to reach their diverse communities. The conference will allow attendees to be inspired by the legacy of the Transcontinental Railroad and reflect on how to use that legacy in their work to tell the diverse stories of their communities at their museums. Unifying Utahns is a major part of what museums in Utah do. Helping them do it better, and truly reflect the people of Utah, is the Utah Museums Association's major goal for this conference. This project also directly inspires, educates, and reflects the Transcontinental Railroad's legacy to conference attendees through the related conference content. The story of the Transcontinental Railroad will be used as an example of how to integrate diverse stories in museums and history work.

The main goal for completing this project is to help museum professionals (and volunteers!) from throughout Utah to better understand how to use history to make (or keep) their institutions relevant in their communities. The history and legacy of the Transcontinental Railroad will be used as an example of how to do that, and how to bring diverse stories into museums and historical monuments (which increases the relevance of the institution) (and other history work).

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