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2024 SMA Annual Conference

Conference Materials

40th Annual SMA Conference: "Telling Tough Stories"

Monday, February 19 to Wednesday, February 21, 2024
Omni Richmond Hotel, Richmond, VA

Thank you to everybody who attended the 2024 Conference.

2024 Conference Program

2024 Conference Attendee List


Thank you to our presenters for generously sharing their materials with the SMA community!


  • Carolina (Chrissy) Cortina, Stefanie Walker, Adriana Cutler: Crafting Your Next Project with NEH Support for Small Museums
  • Maggie Creech, Maria Day, Laura Earle: Monumental Moments: Public Art & Public Memory
  • Megan Hopkins & Emily Henely: Congratulations! Now You're in HR: Navigating Human Resources for Small Museums — presentation
  • Dora Hughes: Storytime! Sharing Our Stories, Building Our Success — presentation and handout
  • J Marcos Salaverria: "Voices Recovered" Conducting an Oral History with a Disappearing Community in Lewes DE — presentation


  • Shawn Halifax: Keynote — presentation
  • Conrad Dietrick: Can We Use The Endowment For That? An Introduction to Managing Charitable Funds — presentation
  • Michelle Eisenberg, Tom Clareson: Moving Forward: Cultural Stewardship Succession Planning - An Update — presentation
  • Jennifer Gray: How to Keep the Ball in Your Court — presentation and handout
  • Katherine Humphries (Moderator), Jane Briscoe, Gwen Bankins, Kelsey Bush: Talking and Walking Common Ground — Sotterly Common Ground Initiative webpage
  • Mia Phifer, Dan Haumschild: Institutional Allyship in Practice: Collaborative Tour Creation Across Milwaukee's Cultural Museums — presentation
  • Deb Rantanen, Liz Brant: Becoming Comfortable With the Uncomfortable — presentation
  • Alli Schell: Single, Taken, or It's Complicated: Museum Career Advice For All Stages — presentation and handouts
  • Rebecca Schulman: The Reflective Practice Cycle: A Tool for Developing and Improving Programs — presentation
  • Daniel Tucker, Christopher Rogers, Aislinn Pentecost-Farren: Museum Engagement Tactics: Lessons Learned from Henry Ossawa Tanner House and the Climate Crisis Heritage Project — presentation


  • Faith Wilkerson: Plenary — presentation
  • Ayla Amon: Unflinching and Unvarnished: Curating Hard History — presentation
  • Mark Benbow: An Island of Blue in a Sea of Gray: Remembering the Civil War in Arlington County
  • Aaron Hollis, Patrick Brochy, Pam Curtin: Forging Connections in Exhibits: Leveraging Tough Stories and Primary Sources to Engage Visitors With the Past — presentation
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