Workshop: How to Say No: Creating a Collections Policy

  • 05 Oct 2017
  • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Washburn-Norlands Living History Center, 290 Norlands Rd, Livermore
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How to Say No:

Creating a Collections Policy

Historical Societies and Museums start out with empty shelves and exhibit cases and are so grateful for any donation that comes in the door.  Now years later, the shelves are reaching capacity and donors want assurances their family heirlooms will be on display forever. 

This is the time to create a collections policy that spells out what your institution will collect, strict protocols for deaccessioning prized family heirlooms in the public trust, and a document that backs you up when you say, "thanks, but no thanks." 

Stick around after the workshop for a free tour and MAM social mixer with refreshments, 3-4PM!

Your Presenter

Cipperly Good, Curator/Collections Manager at Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport, as well as an independent museum professional with over 15 years experience in the collections management field, will lead this introduction to creating your collections policy. Cipperly is Principal of C.A. Good Museum Services, providing collections care and registration training, consultation, and project management, as well as exhibit services from concept to installation.

The Venue

The Washburn-Norlands Living History Center is Maine's oldest living history center and a multifaceted museum and working farm where costumed interpreters portray real people who lived in the area in the 1800s. 

Upon arrival, park by the church and walk up the front drive towards the mansion. The workshop will be held in the Farmer's Cottage - the building between the mansion and barn (all connected). Enter the door to the right, that is next to the barn.

Online registration will be open through September 27.  To register after this date, contact Dugan Murphy at or 207-400-6965.

The size of the workshop space limits registration to 25 participants - register early to reserve your space!

MAM members enjoy discounted registration (please log in first).  If you're not a member, join today!

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