The New England Museum Association (NEMA) annual meeting was held in Burlington, VT. November 7, 8 & 9 and University Products was there to debut its new Archival Quality Materials catalog. In the booth was Pat Foster, Vice President of Marketing and John Dunphy, Vice President & General Manager. They displayed a variety of new products that have been added to the product line and illustrated in the 2013 catalog. Attendees got practical ideas and useful tips from top museum experts as they explored this year’s theme, “Pushing the Envelope: Innovation and the Future of Museums.” The conference was an opportunity for museum professionals to meet key colleagues, expand their professional network, and share their opinions in lively discussions with museums big and small. Also exhibiting were our New England neighbors which include the Northeast Document Conservation Center out of Andover, MA, Collector Services from Easthampton, MA and Small Corp from Greenfield, MA among others. It was nice to see representatives from our local museum, the Wistariahurst Museum in Holyoke in attendance as well as our friends from Smith College in Northampton.
Rachel Lovett, Curator at the Hanover (MA), Historical Society was the recipient of the University Products’ annual sponsorship of the New England Museum Association (NEMA) scholarship. The scholarship helps to offset the cost of attending the annual conference. In addition to her work at the Hanover Historical Society, Rachel attends the Harvard Museum studies program. Her attendance at the conference, this year held in Burlington, VT, allowed Rachel to seek out new ideas and current trends in the field. “I believe that attending NEMA will help enhance my museum skill set at work as well as in school,” Rachel said.
It was good to see all our neighboring museum professionals at the recent 93rd New England Museum Association annual meeting and conference held in Hartford. Our Ethafoam® cutting and shaping tools drew a great deal of interest from attendees, and they will be pleased to find out that we will soon be adding videos to our website that show these tools in use. Another favorite were the miniature bulk storage boxes we were handing out. They were created on our new custom box machine and were a very popular giveaway.
It was also a pleasure to meet Howayda Affan, the assistant curator at the Armenian Library and Museum of America in Watertown, MA. Ms. Affan was kind enough to stop by our booth to thank University Products for sponsoring a scholarship so that she could attend the conference. She was among the over 800 museum professionals who attended the dozens of panels, workshops, and off-site events.
This is my 20th year exhibiting at the NEMA conference for University Products. It is my final show of the calendar year and always one of my favorites. I’m already looking forward to exhibiting at the NEMA conference next year in Burlington, VT.
The New England Museum Association will be holding its annual meeting in Hartford, CT this November. The Curators Professional Affinity Group, with support from University Products, provides a $300 stipend for individual members of NEMA and employees of NEMA institutional members to be used for a three-day conference registration. Any curator who has worked in the field five years or less, and works for an institution with an annual budget of $250,000 or less, is eligible for the award. This year the recipient of the award is Howayda Abu Affan, who graduated two years ago from the Harvard Extension School’s Masters Program in Museum Studies and is now Assistant Curator-Registrar of the Armenian Library and Museum of America located in Watertown, MA.