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Author: John Woodward, Valerie Innella Maiers, Patti Wood-Finkle

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From big cities to small towns, museums are everywhere. From natural history to art and everything in between, museums speak to different interests and backgrounds. Now peek behind the curtain and learn more about the museum world. Welcome to The M Files! Listen in as three museum professionals share and discuss professional topics and news impacting the museum world, along with interviews from museum colleagues from across the United States.
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We're rounding out season 4 of The M Files with a recent interview with Jackie Chapman-Grey from the University of Oxford's Natural History Museum. This special season finale was recorded "on location" during a recent trip across the pond for Val, Patty, and John. Our interview explores Jackie's museum background, which includes work both in the UK and Australia. We also learn more about the mission of the NHM and her work as a conservator.For more information about the National History Museu...
On this edition, we take a trip to the Platte Valley in Nebraska to chat with our colleague and MPMA compatriot Dr. Will Stoutamire. Will is an associate professor of history at the University of Nebraska-Kearney. A past museum director and active public historian, Will shares his insights about working with the past both in and outside of museums.For more information about the History Program at the University of Nebraska-Kearney -https://www.unk.edu/academics/history/index.phpFor more infor...
In this edition of The M Files, we chat with Dr. James Hagadorn from the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Dr. Hagadorn is the Tim & Kathryn Ryan Curator of Geology but likes to describe himself as "a detective in deep time." Join us as chat about his work at DMNS and how he shares geology with visitors.For more information about the Denver Museum of Nature and Science -https://www.dmns.org/For more information about the M FilesFacebook - https://www.facebook.com/TheMFilesPodcastEmail ...
On this edition of the M Files we're heading to the capital of the Sooner State to speak with Leigh Dudley. Leigh is the director of the Judicial Learning Center & Museum based at the Federal Court House in Oklahoma City. Join us as we learn about this interesting non-profit/public partnership that explores the role of the Federal Judiciary through the lens of the cases and history of the Western District Court of Oklahoma. One of these cases involved infamous bank robber George "Ma...
This edition of the M Files takes us to Osage County, Oklahoma, to speak with Tara Damron from the White Hair Memorial. A member of the Osage Nation, Tara has been a museum professional for over twenty years working with the history of her people and the State of Oklahoma. Join us as she shares more about the history and mission of the White Hair Memorial along with its connection to the events chronicled by author David Grann in his 2017 book "Killers of the Flower Moon."(There are some slig...
Welcome back to episode 45 of the M Files. On this edition, we are chatting with Levi Saulnier. Levi is a recent graduate of the museum studies program at Casper College (WY) and a senior at Plymouth State University (NH). He is an emerging museum professional who is working as an inventory curator at the Canterbury Shakers Village in Canterbury, NH. Listen in as we chat with Levi about his experiences so far in the museum world and some advice he has for students interested in working in the...
Welcome back to season 4 of The M Files! We are kicking the season off with an interview with Andrew Dunehoo. Andrew was our guest several years ago. On this edition, we check in and see about his work as the new president of the Mountain-Plains Museum Association. Besides talking about MPMA's recent conference in Corpus Christi, Texas, we chat about the association and its role in continuing museum education.For more information about the Mountain-Plains Museum Associationhttps://www.mpma.ne...
Hey, museum it's the final episode of season 3! In this edition we're chatting with museum professional and consultant John Simmons. John is a consultant with Museologica. Our conversation explores his background and training with natural history collections before launching into his perspectives on the museum world from a consultant's point of view.**Please note we had some technical issues with the recording for one of our co-hosts. Their feed cuts out about halfway through the episode.**Fo...
For this edition of The M Files we're chatting with Laura Barry from the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Art Museum at Colonial Williamsburg. Laura talks about the museum's history and connection to one of the most recognizable historic campuses in the United States. Besides the museum, we also chat about working and living at Colonial Williamsburg.For more information about our guest's institutions:Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Art Museum at Colonial Williamsburg - https://www.colonialwilliamsburg.org/e...
On this edition we're heading to the Volunteer State to chat with Katy Malone at the McClung Museum of Natural History & Culture at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Katy is the Curator of Academic Programs. Listen in as Katy talks about how the McClung serves as a resource to academic audiences.For more information about our guest's institutions:McClung Museum of Natural History & Culture - https://mcclungmuseum.utk.edu/For more information about the M FilesFacebook - https://ww...
On this episode of The M Files we're heading to the eastern United States to chat with Jonathan Nichols at the Woodman Museum in Dover, New Hampshire. The Woodman Museum is a fascinating local museum that exhibits the history, arts, and science-related collections through a campus of historic homes and buildings.For more information about our guest's institutions:Woodman Museum - https://woodmanmuseum.org/For more information about the M FilesFacebook - https://www.facebook.com/TheMFilesPodca...
All Aboard!!On this episode of The M Files, we're heading to Council Bluffs, Iowa, to chat with Patricia LaBounty at the Union Pacific Railroad Museum. The "UP" has been a part of American life, especially in the Western United States, for over 150 years. Listen in as Patricia talks about how her museum explores that vast history through a unique collection... including the skull cap from a failed Wyoming train robber.For more information about our guest's institutions:Union Pacific Railroad ...
Welcome back to The M Files! This week, we are chatting with Andrea Miskewicz at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, George. Andrea is the Director of Education for KSU's Museum of History and Holocaust Education. The MHHE explores the events surrounding one of the twentieth century's greatest tragedies. Listen in as Andrea discusses her museum journey and how she and her educational team explores and shares Holocaust history with people of all ages.For more information about our guest's i...
Happy New Year from the M File Team!We are chatting with Jim Moran, the Master Printer & Collections Officer from the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum in Two Rivers, Wisconsin. From printing presses to individual wood printing blocks, the museum has over 1.5 million pieces in its collection. It preserves the rich history and art of woodblock printing, practicing "preservation through use." Listen as Jim shares more of his experiences as a master printer and they shaped the Hamilto...
Happy Holidays from the M Files Team! James Taub from the National World War I Museum & Memorial in Kansas City, Missouri, joins us for our final episode of 2022. James is the History & Engagement Special for the institution. He has had an interesting career preserving and sharing military history in the United States, especially concerning the First World War.Listen in as we chat with James about his museum journey and learn more about an iconic institution that has been part of the ...
Although the snow and cold of winter has arrived, the M Files crew is sitting down with Rebecca Englehardt from the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington. Rebecca is the collections and exhibitions manager at the MoG. Join the conversation as learn more about Rebecca's cross country museum journey and all the interesting things happening at her museum.For more information about our guest's institutions:Museum of Glass - https://www.museumofglass.org/ For more information about the M FilesFace...
Masks have been symbols for many cultures across the globe. Museums, as cultural venues, interact with masks in a variety of ways and means. Some museums hold masks in their collections, while others use them for fundraising. Through the global COVID pandemic, a different kind of mask became a symbol of the era. On this episode, we've invited three museum professions to share their insights and experiences with masks. Michael Williams is the Registrar and Assistant Curator at the Oklahoma Ter...
On this episode we welcome Heidi Vaughn back to the program. Heidi, in her role at the University of Central Oklahoma, is at the forefront in preparing the next generation of museum professionals. As the Director of the Laboratory of History Museum and part of UCO's Museum Studies program she trains undergraduate and graduate students in museum theory and practice. Listen in as Heidi shares her insights with museum studies.For more information about the UCO Laboratory of History MuseumWeb - h...
College sports hold a special place in the hearts of many people. On this episode we're joined by Ken Hickman the director of the Penn State University's All-Sports Museum. The All-Sports Museum is dedicated to all varsity sports (men's and women's) at Penn State University in State College, Pennsylvania. Listen in to our conversation as he describes his museum, some of the challenges facing his museum, and how his staff uses sport as a lens for exploring broader topics in history.For more in...
Halloween is just around the corner and the M Files is heading to Sleepy Hollow. On this episode we're joined by Betsy Bradley, the Vice President of Programs and Engagement for Historic Hudson Valley. HHV manages and provides programming for five historic properties in Westchester County, New York including the home of Washington Irving, Sunnyside. Listen in as Patti and John talk to Betsy about her work at HHV and how they're working with Irving's legacy, including his most famous work ...
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