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Thursday, 16 March 2017 17:09

2017 LAM Annual Awards Luncheon and Meeting

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LAM Annual Awards Luncheon & Meeting
Monday, September 11, 2017
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Celebrate with the Louisiana Association of Museums at their Annual Awards Luncheon and Meeting on Monday, September 11 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  In addition to recognizing the outstanding achievements of fellow museum professionals, foundations and corporate sponsors, the Sazerac House will share plans for their upcoming museum and provide a festive tasting of their renowned products. Cost: $35.00. Register on-line at

LAMcon 2016
Conference and Annual Meeting
September 11-13, 2016
Lafayette, LA
“Connecting Communities”

The Louisiana Association of Museums’ annual conference brings the best in museum practices, communicates breaking developments, and adds new vitality to the museum field. LAMcon 2016 will take place in Lafayette and will explore the rich heritage and culture in Louisiana’s Cajun Country while helping museums and their professional staff develop the skills and knowledge to meet today’s challenges in connecting with the surrounding communities. We welcome proposals that focus on successful museum operations in such areas as education, administration, collections, preservation, marketing, fundraising, and membership.

Registration is now open. Click here for your registration form (PDF)

Click here to download the schedule of events (PDF)

Click here to download a donation form for the silent auction (PDF)


2016 LAMCon Hotel Information

Due to recent flooding, the conference hotel has changed. If you have made a reservation at the Fairfield Inn, you will need to change your reservations.

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Lafayette
1521 West Pinhook Road
Lafayette, LA, 70503
Phone:  1-800-222-8733 or 337-235-6111
Group Code: LAM
All Rooms: $89 + 13% tax When reserving, please make sure to mention your affiliation with the LAM Annual Conference to receive your discounted rate. A valid credit card is required to make your reservation.
Reservations must be made before August 29th to receive the conference rate.

Thursday, 27 August 2015 15:54

LAMcon 2015 Schedule of Events

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LAM Annual Meeting & Conference Schedule       


Sunday, September 13- Tuesday, September 15, 2015


Sunday, September 13

3:00-6:00 p.m. Registration at Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site

135 Riverfront Street, Pineville, LA 71360


3:30-5:00 p.m. Special Session

“Interpreting Difficult History: Histories of Slavery, War and Oppression” – Julie Rose, Director, West Baton Rouge Museum – Located at Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site


6:00 p.m. Party at Forts Randolph and Buhlow SHS (Food and drink provided)   


Monday, September 14 

NOTE: All functions on Monday held at Alexandria Museum of Art except Awards Luncheon


8:00-9:00         Registration at Alexandria Museum of Art

                        933 Second Street, Alexandria, LA 71301


9:00-9:45         Concurrent Sessions:

                        Session 1a

                        “Depicting the Adversaries’ Flags and Artifacts in U.S. Army Museums” – Frederick Adolphus, Director, Fort Polk Military Museum


Session 1b

“The Challenges of Opening a New Museum from Construction to Visitation” – Jennae Biddiscombe, Branch Director, Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum


9:45-10:00       Break


10:00-10:45     Concurrent Sessions:

                        Session 2a

                        “Civil War Women Perspectives” A Historical Performance – Linda Collins, Education Outreach Representative, West Baton Rouge Museum



Session 2b

“Packaging 101” – Laine Garner, Membership Director, Louisiana Travel Promotion Association


11:00 -11:15    Mayor’s Welcome:

                        Diamond Grill, 924 Third Street, Alexandria, LA 71301


                        Mayor Jacques Roy, Alexandria


                        Mayoral Chief of Staff Rich Dupree, Pineville


11:15-12:00     Keynote Speakers:


                        Michelle Riggs, Archivist, LSU-A – “A House into a Home: Turning a House Built by Slave Labor into an Exhibit about Freedom”


                        Dwight Landreneau, Assistant Secretary, Louisiana Office of State Parks – “The Office of State Park’s Interpretation and Presentation of Historical Issues”                       


12:00 -1:00      Annual Awards Luncheon and LAM Meeting

                        Diamond Grill, 924 Third Street, Alexandria, LA 71301


2:00-245          Concurrent Sessions:

                        Session 3a

                        “The Museum Innovation Model: Effective Techniques and Strategies for Innovation in Museums” – Haitham Eid, Assistant Professor/Interim Director, Master of Arts in Museum Studies Program - Southern University at New Orleans & L’Oreal Evans, Adjunct Instructor, Master of Arts in Museum Studies Program - Southern University at New Orleans


                        Session 3b

                        “Leprosy, A Disease Apart” – Elizabeth Schexnyder, Curator, National Hansen’s Disease Museum


3:00-3:45         Concurrent Sessions:

                        Session 4a

                        “African American Experience on Cane River Plantations” – Elvin Shields, Volunteer, Cane River Creole National Historical Park


Session 4b

(NOTE: One Hour Workshop Session)

“Story Maps: A Way to Digitize A Museum Collection or Program” – Fran Fetzer Harvey, GIS Professional and ArcGIS Educator, Global Geospatial Solutions & Susan Hymel, Gregory Art Historian and Curator



5:45-6:15         Meet at Hotel for transportation provided by Trolley Buses to Alexandria Museum of Art


6:00-9:00         Party and silent auction on 3rd Floor – Alexandria Museum of Art


                        Silent Auction


8:45-9:15         Return transportation to Hotel by Trolley Buses


Tuesday, September 15

Multiple locations


8:00-9:00         Breakfast on your own


9:15-10:00       Concurrent Sessions:

                        Session 5a

                        River Oaks Arts Center, 1330 Second Street, Alexandria

“The Evolution, Construction and Use of Native American Hunting Tools” – Donald Fontenot, Manager, Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site


Session 5b

T.R.E.E. House Children’s Museum, 1403 Third Street, Alexandria

“Presenting the Holocaust in a Museum Setting” – Arnold Task, Rabbi, Congregation Gemiluth Chassodim


10:00-10:30     Snacks at Arna Bontemps African American Museum, 1327 Third Street, Alexandria – Readings by staff of some of his writings.


10:45-11:30     Concurrent Sessions:

                        Session 6a

                        River Oaks Arts Center, 1330 2nd St, Alexandria

“Representing the Underrepresented: Exhibit Production at the Magnolia Plantation Quarters Community” – Dustin Fuqua, Cultural Resource Specialist, Cane River Creole National Historical Park


                        Session 6b

                        T.R.E.E House Children’s Museum, 1403 3rd St, Alexandria

“Behind the Scenes: A Traveling Exhibit in the Works” – Kara Edwards, Executive Director, T.R.E.E. House Children’s Museum


12:00               Lunch and tours on your own

·         Epps House – LSU-A Campus – 8215 Acorn Dr, Alexandria

·         Southern Forest Heritage Museum – 77 Long Leaf Road, Long Leaf, Louisiana 71448

·         Inglewood Plantation - 6287 Old Baton Rouge Hwy, Alexandria

·         Kent House - 3601 Bayou Rapides Rd, Alexandria        

A cooperative effort funded by the Greater Alexandria Economic Development Authority (GAEDA).
LAM Annual Convention
September 13th, 14th, and 15th, 2015
Alexandria/Pineville, LA
“Interpreting Subjects of a Difficult Nature for Our Society”
Registration is Now Open


The Louisiana Association of Museums brings the best in museum practices, breaking developments, and new vitality to the museum field. LAMcon 2015 will take place in Alexandria/Pineville along the banks of the Red River. Inspired by the saga of Solomon Northup’s stay in Rapides Parish and the deep interest in his story documented in the Academy Award winning film, “Twelve Years a Slave”, this year’s conference will explore the rich heritage and culture in the central Louisiana region while helping Louisiana’s museums and museum professionals develop the skills and knowledge to meet the challenges facing today’s museums in the interpretation of difficult subjects that are a part of our state’s history. 

A cooperative effort funded by the Greater Alexandria Economic Development Authority (GAEDA).
September 21, 2017 - June 09, 2018
Louisiana and The Great War
January 01, 2016 - December 31, 2019
U.S.S. Kidd WWI Centennial Exhibit

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