2017 Annual Conference
New Mexico Museums: Where Discoveries Happen!
Los Alamos, New Mexico
November 15-18, 2017
New Mexico museums—where discoveries happen! Nothing in human experience is more exciting than seeing or learning something for the first time. Come to NMAM 2017 to experience this excitement. See how the process of discovery is transforming New Mexico museums, science centers and historic sites by igniting curiosity, inspiring creativity, and instilling a spirit of innovation. Learn how new strategies and technologies are leading visitors of every age and background on exciting journeys of exploration and discovery. What better place to explore this theme of discovery than Los Alamos? Known worldwide for development of the atomic bomb by Manhattan Project scientists and engineers, Los Alamos remains a place of discovery, where world-changing scientific and technological innovations are made every day.
Conference Program - Final Program Coming Soon!
Registration Page - Online Registration opens September 8, 2017 (payment w/ check or PayPal)
2017 Board Election
Hotel: Comfort Inn & Suites ($99 per night - ask for the NMAM rate)
2455 Trinity Dr
Los Alamos, NM 87544
Phone: 505-661-1110 (Press '2' for the Front Desk)
* Special hotel conference rate ends: November 6, 2017 *
All conference registration cancellations & refunds must be requested in writing by October 27, 2017. A $5.00 administrative fee will be applied. Please send requests to:
The New Mexico Association of Museums is tremendously grateful to these sponsors who have generously supported the 2017 Annual Conference.
Los Alamos County * Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation * Los Alamos National Security, LLC * Los Alamos National Bank * Pajarito Environmental Education Center * Los Alamos History Museum * Bradbury Science Museum * Fun and Games
The NMAM Scholarship Program provides up to three $400 scholarships and three registration-only scholarships available to students, volunteers, and emerging museum professionals whose attendance at the conference will benefit their future involvement in the museum field. Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of application packet materials and demonstrated financial need. Geographical distance from the conference location will be taken into account when determining the amount of the award. Priority will be given to those individuals and organizations who have not previously received a scholarship from NMAM.
All scholarship winners will be recognized during the Annual Business Meeting and will receive complimentary one-year individual memberships. NMAM reserves the right to limit the number of scholarships available for the conference. NMAM scholarship decisions are final.
Awardees will be notified by October 13, 2017.
Applications must be emailed or postmarked by Friday, October 6, 2017.
1. Complete Applicant Information Section (see link above).
2. On a separate sheet detail why you want to attend the NMAM Annual Conference, how your participation will benefit your chosen career and the museum community, and provide a statement of financial need.
3. Submit one letter of reference.
4. E-mail or mail the application packet to Carmen Vendelin, NMAM Scholarship Committee. All applications will be acknowledged once received.
NMAM Scholarship Committee
c/o Carmen Vendelin
312 W Broadway St
Silver City, NM 88061-4921
Edgar Lee Hewett was the first director of the Museum of New Mexico from 1909 until his death in 1946. He taught anthropology at UNM and was instrumental in encouraging the development of small museums throughout New Mexico. NMAM bestows two yearly awards in his honor.
Eligibility: The award is made to a person or organization whose actions exemplify leadership or service to the New Mexico museum community. Recipients do not have to be members of NMAM or work in the museum industry to be considered.
Nomination Process: Recipients of the Hewett Award (usually one individual and one organization) are chosen annually by the NMAM board based on nominations from the NMAM membership. Any member of NMAM in good standing can nominate potential recipients.
Recognition: The awards are generally presented to the recipient or accepted on behalf of an organization at the business luncheon during the annual meeting.
Deadline for nominations is October 6, 2017.
The American Association for Museum Volunteers (AAMV) has been an affiliated committee of the American Alliance of Museums since 1981. In 2010, the AAMV created a national award recognizing the key role volunteers play in museums and cultural institutions and showcasing outstanding achievement in volunteer service. They seek candidates who show exceptional commitment to their organization, a commitment to civic engagement and giving back to their community, and who serve as a leaders and role models for others.
In like manner, NMAM established in 2012 a Volunteer of the Year award for museums in New Mexico.
Eligibility: The award is made to a person whose volunteer service exemplifies leadership or service to the New Mexico Museum community. Recipients do not have to be members of NMAM to be considered.
Nomination Process: Recipients of the NMAM Volunteer of the Year Award are chosen annually by the NMAM Board based on nominations from the NMAM membership. Any member of NMAM in good standing can nominate potential recipients.
Recognition: The awards are generally presented to the recipient or accepted on behalf of the recipient at the business luncheon at the annual meeting.
Deadline for nominations is October 6, 2017.