Please spread the word about the Small Museum Association Conference scholarship

We know that many of our Forklift Fans are fond of history and preservation, so we thought this might interest some of you:  the next annual conference of the Small Museum Association is being held in Hyattsville!  There are even a few conference scholarships available for students, and museum volunteers & staff. The application deadline is November 13th, so please share the information below with anyone who might be eligible.



Conference Scholarships

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Small Museum Association  33rd Annual Conference 


The annual Small Museum Association conference attracts more than 250 museum professionals, board members, and volunteers from a wide variety of small museums. They attend sessions on topics ranging from collections and education to staffing and board issues. We offer a large Museum Resource Hall and plenty of informal networking opportunities for you to talk with (and get ideas from!) other small museum professionals and volunteers.


This year, the SMA conference will offer sessions that address the theme “All Hands on Deck.” Speakers will explore how professional staff, board members and volunteers work together to make small museums thrive.  It will be held at the Marriott Hotel & Conference Center (3501 University Boulevard East, Hyattsville, MD 20783)


SMA offers over scholarships each year through the generosity of past conference organizers and attendees as well as several partner organizations. All scholarships cover the cost of conference registration as well as hotel stay and most meals. Anyone affiliated with a museum, library, historical society, or related graduate study program (e.g. Museum Studies, Public History, Library and Information Studies, Historic Preservation) is eligible for the SMA Scholarships. This includes full-time or part-time employees, board members, students, interns, and volunteers.


All application materials must be submitted by November 13, 2016.

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