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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).


Conference Program 
Session proposals are now being accepted. Submit your session proposal by December 15, 2018.

Poster proposals are now being accepted. Submit your poster proposal by June 1, 2019.  


Conference Registration 

Registration includes all sessions, opening reception [Sep 18], business lunch and awards dinner [Sep 19], and closing lunch [Sep 20]. Registration for the Annual Conference will open May 15, 2019. No refunds will be given after Aug 15, 2019 however registration can be transferred to a colleague.


Early Bird Registration [May 15 - Jul 15, 2019]

$185 General

$160 Student


Registration [Jul 16 - Aug 31, 2019]

$195 General

$170 Student


Late Registration [Sep 1 - Sep 18, 2019]

$215 General

$190 Student


Attendees must be UMA Members (find out more about membership).


Conference attendees may choose to bring a guest to the Opening Reception or Awards Dinner. This requires a separate registration. Guest registration will open May 15, 2019.


Opening Reception Guest   $25

Awards Dinner Guest          $40


Conference Scholarships

Congratulations to our scholarship recipients. After the conference all recipients will be required to report on their conference experience. Submit a scholarship report.

Museum Leadership Dinner  

Pre-registration is required. Ticket cost: $45 Tickets will be available May 15, 2019.   

Join us for the annual UMA Museum Leadership Dinner. This event is open to all in leadership positions at Utah museums and offers the opportunity to network with colleagues from around the state. 

While this event is held in conjunction with the Annual Conference it requires a separate registration.


Volunteer at the Conference

Volunteering at the conference is a great opportunity to attend the conference in exchange for your service. Volunteer application will open May 15, 2019.


Silent Auction
Each year UMA hosts a fundraising silent auction in conjunction with our annual conference. All proceeds support programs that help build the capacity for museums across our state. Please consider donating an item to the silent auction and come to the conference ready to bid! Find out more about the silent auction.
Conference Venue
Academy Conference Center
58 N Main St
Brigham City, UT 84302


Free parking is available in lots adjacent to the building. Please note some of the concurrent sessions will be held in the Hampton Inn conference room next door.

Conference Hotel 
University Guest House & Conference Center
40 N Main St
Brigham City, UT 84302


Blocks of rooms have been reserved at the rate of $98+tax/night. Rate is valid through 8/15/19 based on availability. Reservations will be available starting May 15, 2019. 

Annual Awards
Each year the Utah Museums Association presents awards to honor individuals or organizations who have made significant contributions to Utah Museums. Submit an award nomination by June 1, 2019.


If you have any questions please email Ruth White directly.

The Utah Museums Association gratefully acknowledges conference support from our partners. 



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