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Workshop: Exhibit Makeovers

March 5, 2018 - March 6, 2018

Interpretive exhibits bring objects, images, and ideas to life for visitors through storytelling, diverse presentation media, and learning opportunities that engage multiple types of intelligence.

In this workshop, you’ll learn the basics of exhibit planning, organization, text writing, and design. Drawing on resources of the host institution, working hands-on in small groups, you’ll experiment with ways to make exhibit content meaningful and memorable for visitors.


Date: March 5-6, 2018

Cost: $230 AASLH members/$345 nonmembers
*Get $40 off registration if you book by February 5, 2017!*

Location: Charlotte Museum of History, 3500 Shamrock Dr, Charlotte, NC 28215


Who Should Attend:

This workshop is intended for museum staff and volunteers who want to create more engaging and effective exhibits. It’s also an opportunity for managers and board members to gain insight into the processes of exhibit development and design. A supportive, team-based environment will build skills, confidence, and a network of colleagues.

What Participants Said: 

“I really enjoyed all aspects [of the workshop]. I enjoyed working with others and hearing their ideas. Alice was a great facilitator of thought and discussion.”

“The group size worked well to build a sort of camaraderie feeling and the info was fantastic and immediately put into use.”

“Great vocab, take home information, comfortable friendly, enjoyable, thought provoking.”

“The activities that supplemented each lecture help to see these concepts in practice.”


About the Faculty:

Alice Parman has spent a lifetime in museum. After earning a Ph.D. in Education (University of Chicago), Alice joined the education staff at Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History. There she worked to help teachers use the museum’s resources more effectively, then chaired the Department of Education from 1973–1978 (as the Field’s first woman manager). From 1978–1982 she was director of the University of Oregon Museum of Natural History; from 1982–1988 she served as director of WISTEC (now The Science Factory), also in Eugene. In 1989, Alice joined Formations Inc., a Portland-based exhibit design/build firm with a national clientele. After 14 years as Senior Planner/Writer for Formations, she launched her own consulting business in September 2003. She is co-author, with Ann Craig, Lyle Murphy, Liz White, and Lauren Willis, of Exhibit Makeovers: A Do-It-Yourself Workbook for Small Museums, Second Edition (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017).

Ann Craig (BA, History and Asian Studies, 2000, University of Oregon; MA, Arts Management, Museum Studies, 2006, University of Oregon) is the Director of Public Programs at The Museum of Natural and Cultural History at the University of Oregon. Ann has been with the museum since 2005, where she oversees educational programming and exhibitions for all audiences. She is a board member with the Oregon Museum Association, chair of the Museums of Springfield and Eugene (MUSE) and a member of the Lane County Cultural Coalition.She is co-author, with Alice Parman, Lyle Murphy, Liz White, and Lauren Willis, of Exhibit Makeovers: A Do-It-Yourself Workbook for Small Museums, Second Edition (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017).



March 5, 2018
March 6, 2018