2023 Iowa Museum Association Conference Schedule in Progress! 
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Registration will open mid-May, 2023.


Sunday, October 1
Place: German American Heritage Center, 712 W. 2nd Street, Davenport, Iowa
Join us on Sunday, October 1st, from 6-8 pm to kickoff the 2023 Iowa Museum Association Annual Conference at the German American Heritage Center and Museum in downtown Davenport, Iowa. Snacks, appetizers, and beverages will be provided. Optional activities include a modified version of our “Haunted Walking Tour” around our historic neighborhood at 6:30, and a guided tour of our permanent exhibition, “The German Immigrant Experience” at 7:15. Enjoy friendship, mingling, and our impressive views of the Mississippi River from our historic, 1860s building.

Scroll down for map of available parking near German American Heritage Center.

Monday, October 2  
Morning Location: Figge Art Museum, 225 West 2nd Street, Davenport, Iowa

8:55 Welcome.  Patricia LaBounty, President, Iowa Museum Association.

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.  The Power of Place. Susan Snow, Superintendent, Effigy Mounds National Monument.

10:15 – 11:15 Choose from three breakout sessions:

•    Guided Tour of Figge Art Museum
•    Finding Dubuque: Black Heritage Survey. Chris Happ Olson, Project Coordinator and Assistant Planner, City of Dubuque and Ricki King, Project Team Member and principal of Roots to Branches Genealogy.   .
•    STEPS-IMA: Reflections. Heidi Lung, Moderator

11:30 – 1 p.m. Lunch @ the Figge. Sponsored by Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area. Sponsor Moment:  Candy Welch-Streed, Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area.  
Power of Place: Emerging Ideas in Historic Preservation, Paula Mohr, Principal, Bentonsport Preservation, LLC.  

Afternoon Location: Putnam Museum, 1717 W. 12th St., Davenport, Iowa

1:30-2:30 p.m. Choose from three breakout sessions:

•    Guided Tour of Common Ground exhibit, Putnam Museum.
•    A New Take on Emergency Planning. Angela Stanford, Assistant Museum Director/Registrar and Jared McDonald, Executive Director, Madison County Historical Complex.
•    Preparing your Museum for America’s 250th Anniversary. Eric Morse, Marketing and Sales Manager, American Association for State and Local History.

2:45 – 3:45 Choose from three breakout sessions:
•    A Woman’s Place. Judy Bowman and Judy Stokesberry, Plymouth County Historical Museum
•    Are you in the Same Place as Your Visitor? Candy Welch-Streed, Director of Partnerships, Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area. 
•    Redefining a Quad Cities Institution: The Rock Island Arsenal. Patrick Allie, Director, Rock Island Arsenal Museum. Sponsored by Advanced Museum Services.

4:30 – 8:30 p.m.  Jester Hospitality Suite, DoubleTree by Hilton.  Join us for FREE adult drinks and snacks.  Informal networking at its finest!    Sponsored by Jester Insurance Services.

Tuesday, October 3  
Location: WIU-Quad Cities Campus, 3300 River Drive, Moline, Illinois

8:55 Welcome, Patricia LaBounty, President, Iowa Museum Association.

9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Kyle Bowen, Museums As Progress. Sponsored by WIU-Quad Cities Graduate Center.

10:15 – 11:15 Choose from three breakout sessions:

•    Kyle Bowen, Museums As Progress 
•    Our Neighbors, Our Friends: A Collaboration with Tapestry Farms. Clare Tobin, Assistant Director and Curator of the German American Heritage Center and Museum and Ann McGlynn, Executive Director of Tapestry Farms.
•    Fostering Organizational and Community Success Through Innovative Place-Based Partnership, Marketing and Public Engagement.  Lora Friest, Iowa Tourism Office.  

Noon – 1:00   Box Lunches, Annual Meeting, Awards, Visit with Exhibitors.  Sponsor Moment: Tim Wren, Edwards Creative.

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Choose from three breakout sessions:

•    Things in Place: Revisiting Biographical Objects. Dr. Angela McClanahan-Simmons 
•    Leveraging Place in a Digital Space: Connecting Transcontinental Audiences to Foster Empathy Through Animated Storytelling. Jennifer Kovarik, Collection Manager, Vesterheim, The National Norwegian-American Museum and Folk Art School, Decorah, Iowa.
•    Power of Place:  Building Environmental Literacy through place making on the Mississippi River. Codi Sharkey. Conservation Programs Lead, National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium.   

2:15 – 3:15 p.m. Choose from three breakout sessions:
•    Honoring the Legacy of Bix. How a Small Museum Finds Relevance. Nathaniel Kraft, Executive Director of the Bix Beiderbecke Museum.  
•    Quad Cities Archives Fair: Collaboration in the Quad Cities.  Onnica Marquez, Archivist at St. Ambrose University; Kathryn Whalen, Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Supervisor at Davenport Public Library, and Gretchen Small, Director of Programs and Collections at Butterworth Center and Deere-Wyman House. 
•    Learning from Luchadores: WIU Student Reflections on a Community Art Installation. Dr. Heidi Lung, facilitator.

3:30 departure

Parking near German American Heritage Center, Sunday 10/1.