Heritage Workshops


Arts and Heritage Day Workshops

February 4, 2020
9am – 3pm
Lord Mansion, Olympia

Please join the Washington State Historical Society for a day of workshops and networking on February 4, 2020 at the Lord Mansion in Olympia.  There will be presentations on celebrating women’s suffrage in your community, the Heritage Capital Projects grant, tips for emergency preparedness and a small museums roundtable covering topics including collections care, volunteer recruitment and membership programs.   The workshops will be followed by a reception hosted by the Washington Museum Association. The cost is $15, which includes lunch. 

Space is limited. Register at 

Workshop Schedule:

Celebrating Women’s Suffrage in Your Community - 9am - 10am
Elisa Law (WSHS) and Molly Wilmoth (WSHS)
Staff from the Washington State Historical Society will share details of statewide programming that museums can participate in to celebrate the centennial of the 19th amendment in their own communities.  This includes free traveling exhibits, school curricula, digital initiatives to increase the representation of washington women on Wikipedia, and projects to research and restore gravesites of suffragists form across our state.  Find out how your museum can join in the 2020 commemorations!  

Heritage Capital Projects Grant - 10am - 10:45am
Lissa Kramer (WSHS)
The Heritage Capital Projects program provides grants for building projects that support public access to history.  Nonprofits, public development authorities, ports, and local and tribal governments are eligible to apply. Learn about the new guidelines for the 2021-2023 granting cycle, find out if your organization is eligible, and get tips for registering to apply online.  

Coffee Break
- 10:45am - 11am

Washington State Heritage Census - 11am - 11:30am
Allison Campbell (WSHS)
In 2020 the Washington State Historical Society will set out to survey every heritage organization in the State.  This Washington State Heritage Census is intended to collect basic information and learn about the needs of the local history museums and historical societies and identify specific ways that the Society can support their work.  Find out how to participate in the survey and learn about the kinds of services already available to your organization.  

Emergency Preparedness 101 - 11:30am - 12:30pm
Lissa Kramer and Allison Campbell
Do you live in fear of a fast moving wildfire that threatens your museum or plumbing leak in your collections storage?  Learn why it’s important to identify risks to your collections, prepare for natural and man-made disasters, and mitigate their impact on the precious artifacts and archival materials that you care for on behalf of your community.  This will be a short introduction to emergency planning for cultural heritage and will include a conversation about the Pocket Response Plan, an easy first step towards preparedness.  

Lunch - 12:30pm -1:30pm

Small Museum Roundtable - 1:30pm - 3pm
Nancy Salguero McKay (Highline Heritage Museum), Cristy Lake (Snoqualmie Valley Historical Society and Northwest Railroad Museum) and Harriet Weber (Quincy Valley Heritage Museum)
We know that small museums are constantly finding ways to do great things with few resources.  Hear from these three small museum leaders about how they find creative solutions to common problems.  Topics will include a range of issues facing small museums such as collections care and volunteer recruitment.  Following presentations by the panelists we will break into small groups for an opportunity to bounce ideas around and discuss challenges and successes.  

WaMA Reception - 5pm - 7pm