Paleonet: Notice of museum-focused session at GSA 2018 in Indianapolis

Fisherkeller, Peggy PFisherkeller at
Tue Jul 3 13:42:32 UTC 2018

We would like to draw your attention to the following session at the annual GSA meeting, November 4-7, 2018 in Indianapolis, IN. Please consider submitting a proposal.

T86. Making the case for collections: how institutions are using real objects to engage the public, solve problems, and save the world.

As humans produce more of everything, competition for physical space becomes ever more intense. This session will highlight how institutions and individuals are ensuring that resource-consuming natural history collections continue to be viewed as relevant.

Museums and institutions that preserve collections continually fight - sometimes successfully and sometimes unsuccessfully - to hold space for real objects. Though the majority of specimens aren't seen by the public, collections advocates must convince audiences that the mission to preserve collections for the future is a worthwhile pursuit. As public funding for museums becomes more competitive, this can seem like a herculean task.
Fortunately, museum professionals and collection advocates are up to the challenge. With this session we hope to give scientists and educators a forum to share some of the most successful and creative ways that they're using programming, public digs, research, exhibits, online content and more to highlight real objects.

Abstract deadline
11:59 p.m., Pacific Time, 14 August 2018

Invited Speakers
Phillip Manning
Victoria Egerton

Peggy Fisherkeller (Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites)
Dallas Evans (The Children's Museum of Indianapolis)

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Peggy Fisherkeller
Curator of Geology
Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites
pfisherkeller at<mailto:pfisherkeller at>
p: 317-232-7172

650 West Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204<>

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