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Find Your People!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jenette Purdy
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Find Your People!

Group meetups and events at the Utah Museums Association Annual Conference


In addition to the great sessions and networking opportunities at the UMA Annual Conference, there are always great groups to meet with after hours during the conference. Find your people and plan to attend one (or more!) of these events.


Tuesday, October 6


UMA Museum Leadership Dinner

Join us for the inaugural UMA Museum Leadership Dinner hosted by Mike L Washburn, Thanksgiving Point President & CEO on Tue, Oct 6 from 5:30-7:00. This event is open for those in leadership positions at Utah museums. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet and enjoy short remarks from this year’s conference keynote Marsha Semmel and philanthropist, Barbara Barrington Jones. This event requires registration separate from the conference. Price is $45. Please find registration information on the UMA website:


Drinking About Museums

Join other museum professionals in a casual setting to chat about museums and get to know your Utah museum colleagues better. We will be meeting at the Texas Roadhouse in Lehi from 6:30-8:00 on Tue, Oct 6 (1402 E Main St, Lehi 84043). There is beer, wine, and other alcoholic drinks for those interested, but Texas Roadhouse is not a bar, so you do not have to be 21 to attend. This is a casual event, so come when you can. RSVP to so we will know how many to plan on. If you can make it last minute, please come even without an RSVP!


Wednesday, October 7


Small Museum Meetup

The Small Utah Museums group will be gathering for dinner on Wednesday Oct 7 after the Opening Reception at the Utah Museums Association Annual Conference. We will meet at Porter's Place on Main Street in Lehi.  This unique restaurant honors the legacy of Utah Pioneer Porter Rockwell. What a great place for those of us from small museums to see historical objects and learn a little history as we discuss museum issues, eat good food and get to know each other better. We also hope to have some conversations about the future of our Small Utah Museums affinity group, so come with ideas. Please RSVP to Karen Stark, so we will know how many to plan on.


Emerging Museum Professionals

The Emerging Museum Professionals group will have a dinner meeting Wednesday, Oct 7 at 7:00 P.M. at Kick N It Sports Grill, 250 West State Street, Lehi. If you are a museum studies student or in your first ten years as a professional, you are already part of the group! Groups will meet in the lobby of the Museum of Natural Curiosity to arrange for carpools to the dinner. We will leave at 6:50. For more info, call/text Carl J. Aldrich, 435-754-6656. RSVP to Carl so we will know how many to plan on.




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