Author Archives: debarenz

The Dreaded Performance Review

Is your institution still stuck in the cycle of the dreaded, annual performance review? I am afraid mine still is, and frankly it’s awful. (I am sure some of my coworkers reading this will rat me out. It’s okay the … Continue reading

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Livestock Care in Museums

Recently a dedicated group of ALHFAM members, primarily from the Farm Professional Interest Group, took the time to develop and/or revise three documents relating to the use of livestock in museum settings. They are: Position statement on the Use of … Continue reading

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#MuseumSelfieDay

It’s #MuseumSelfie Day! Did you know? The times they have a-changed since I started working in museums 20 or so years ago. Back then, “No Photography” signs were the norm (copyright and preservation issues). Then came the “No Flash Photography” … Continue reading

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Guerrilla Volunteer Appreciation

As 2017 starts afresh, many of us are in the position of tallying, tabulating, and filling out end of year reports for 2016. In particular, I’m working on making sure every single one of our volunteer’s hours were tracked and … Continue reading

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Happy New Year ALHFAMily!

Best wishes to you all for a healthy, prosperous, and joyous 2017. Let’s all look forward to the many opportunities we’ll have to come together again for fellowship. –Deb Arenz

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Holiday Programming: A Time To Share

It’s that time of year again. Love it or hate it, if you work in a living history museum or a historic house of any type you are likely in the thick of holiday programming. While I work at a … Continue reading

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A Chair No One Sits On

The article Honest Museum Audio Tour from The New Yorker is a quick read and quite funny.  Having worked in museums my entire adult life and visited countless others, I related to much of the commentary in the author’s made-up … Continue reading

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