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ASDM Annual Conference

  • Thursday, May 03, 2018
  • 6:30 PM
  • Saturday, May 05, 2018
  • 3:00 PM
  • The Mead Cultural Education Center, Yankton, SD


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • Special price for members

Building on the Past for the Future!


Join us in Yankton at the Mead Cultural Education Center!  In the city where the Dakota Territorial Capital once stood, we explore how to build stronger institutions from traditional benchmarks to the latest technology. We will learn first hand how preserving history can enhance and grow our communities.


Thursday, May 3

6:30 – 8:00 PM Opening Reception
@ Cramer-Kenyon Heritage Home
509 Pine Street, Yankton
Relax and meet with old and new friends and enjoy light refreshments. Tour the museum and hear
about the creation of their latest exhibit.

Friday, May 4
@ Mead Cultural Education Center

8:00-8:45 AM
Registration. Coffee, rolls, & fruit. Silent auction begins.

8:45 AM
Welcome – Ronette Rumpca, ASDM President

9:00 AM
Wild Apricot – ASDM Members
How-To-Instruction on accessing our new website, entering you contact info, and renewing your

9:45 AM - Break – silent auction bidding!

10:00 AM
Developing   History   Leaders   @   Seminar   for Historical Administration
Jessie Nesseim (Siouxland Heritage Museums) will talk about her experience at the AASLH 3-week
leadership development seminar.

11:00 AM
Caring for your Historic Building
Your building may be your largest artifact. Learn tips to preserve and care for it from Architect
Brad Ciavarella.

Lunch – Stay and mingle. Tickets are $15. “Make-Your-Own Sandwich Bar” includes choice of meat,
cheese, toppings, side salads, drink, and dessert. Silent auction bidding continues…

1:30 PM
Project Management for Historic Restoration
Crystal Nelson (Dakota Territorial Museum) will share her experience on managing the restoration of
the Mead Cultural Education Center and offer some helpful tips.

2:30 PM
Tour of Mead Cultural Educational Center
Crystal  will  guide  us  through  the  architectural splendor of the Mead Cultural Education

3:15 PM - Break – Keep bidding!

3:30 PM
Crafting Your Message
Museums do more than just collect old things and hang pictures on a wall. This round table discussion will explore ways to communicate to your stakeholders about your core mission and your
broader impacts on the community.

5:00 PM - End of Silent Auction and sessions.

6:00-8:00 PM Evening Reception
@ Dakota Territorial Capital Replica
Building – Levee Street - Free Event!
Join us for heavy hors d’ourves and drinks. Offering
a guided historic-walking tour of the Meridian Bridge. Not up for the hike? Relax and stay at the
capital with food, friends, and folly.

Saturday, May 5
@ Mead Cultural Education Center

8:00 – 9:00 AM
ASDM Breakfast Business Meeting
Food ticket required ($10), but not for attendance.

9:00 AM
Finding the Right Tech for Exhibits
Gwen McCausland (South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum) will highlight some different apps and
tech options for museums without an IT staff.

9:45 AM - Break

10:00 AM Building Productive Boards: One Size Does Not Fit All
Jay Smith (State History Museum) and Jennifer Hoesing (Stockyards Experience) will discuss their experiences as well as strategies for building the right board for a variety of museum types.
Formal presentations will be followed by an open discussion of board development, board related issues and where to find additional help and advice.

11:00 AM
Sharing your Collections using Social Media
Not everything can be physically on display. Jakob Etrheim (End-O-Line Railroad Park and Museum) shares how you can get your collection in the public eye via social media platforms. It is more
than posting a picture.

Noon ASDM Board Meeting - lunch

2:00 PM
TOUR Historic Yankton!!!

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