Museum Studies

MSU Museum Studies Newsletter, May 2nd, 2017

MSU Museum Studies Program E-Newsletter


Museum Studies News, Events, and Resources

1.     Reminder to Graduating Seniors As a general reminder to graduating seniors, you will lose access to your MSU email account soon after graduation. In order to stay connected with Museum Studies and to continue receiving the E-newsletter, please contact Susan Bandes with your non-MSU affiliated email address (

2.     Museum Studies Practicum, Summer 2017 There are still spaces left in the Museum Studies Practicum offered this summer by MSU Museum curators Shirley Wajda and Mary Worrall. AL 497 is a one-credit course that offers the unique opportunity to learn about curation and collections management using the historic textile collection that was recently transferred from the Apparel, Textile and Design program to the museum. In this hands-on experience, students will research, catalogue and store clothing and other textiles. The short-term course is offered in the first summer semester, Monday and Wednesday, 12:40-2:30pm, May 15- June 1 and meets at the MSU Museum.

3.     Michigan Museums Association Annual Meeting in Lansing Update Two MSU undergraduate students, Jason McCormick and Jasmine Smith, were selected as presenters in the student session at the upcoming Michigan Museums Association meeting, October 17-19 at the Lansing Center. Each will talk about their experiences during their internships. Thanks to the generous support from Chris Long, Dean of the College of Arts and Letters, attendance by a number of students at the annual meeting will be subsidized. Watch this newsletter for further information about these scholarships.

4.     (Re)Dress: Outfitting Controversy, the curatorial effort of this Spring Semester’s AL 488/888 Curatorial Practices students, remains on view through May 7 at the Union Art Gallery on the second floor of the MSU Union. The venue is new for this annual exhibition as is the theme- controversy and identify revealed through dress. Each of the twenty-five students in the course chose one object from either the MSU Museum or the Broad Art Museum collections. After thoroughly studying and researching the object, each wrote a label that addressed how the wearer self-identified by the clothing or was identified by others. From prison and KKK uniforms to fur stoles and stars and stripes bell-bottom pants, the exhibition takes visitors across the globe and from the late 19th century to the present, unearthing controversies that have since faded from memory or remain alive today.

5.     2017-2018 Museum Studies Courses Scheduled

Museum Studies courses at MSU have a new course code beginning in Fall 2017. Courses will be listed as “MUSM” (rather than under the old “AL”). Fall courses include: MUSM 485 Foundations of Museum Studies and MUSM 494 Exhibition Theory and Design. Spring courses are MUSM 488 Curatorial Practices and MUSM 498 Learning in Museums.

In addition, for the first time a new History course, History Harvest, HST 495, cross-listed as MUSM 495 will be offered and can count for credit in the Museum Studies minor and graduate track.  History Harvest is a hands-on, collaborative course at MSU that joins a larger nationwide initiative (see to collect the stories, artifacts, documents, and family heirlooms of underrepresented and marginalized communities. Students in History Harvest courses will build relationships with community leaders and organizations, hold events where they collect oral histories and digitize historical objects, and then create a digital archive that tells the story of a community and its history.

This Fall, HST 495/MSUM 495 will learn about and connect with the Latinx community in Lansing and Mid-Michigan. Students will learn about the history of Latinx culture, identity, migration, employment, churches, and more through the lived experiences of participants and their historical artifacts.

For questions, contact the instructors Prof. Brandon Locke ( and curator Shirley Wajda (


MSU Museums, Galleries, and Collections: Events, Exhibitions, Internship, and Volunteer Opportunities

6.     Informal Learning Network Brown Bag Lunch, Kellogg Center, Room 93, May 9, 2017, 12:00-1:00 PMFor the past year, the ILN-MSU ( has been re-grouping and plans to re-launch itself with a new agenda and energy. The advisory group has been planning, and we’d like to get everyone together for a meeting before the semester ends. Please bring your lunch and join us for a chance to see everyone and get the Informal Learning Network going again. RSVP to If you have any questions, please contact Denice Blair

7.     Curator-led Tour, MSU Museum, May 13, 2017, 2:00 -3:00 PM

Join us for a curator-led exhibit tour of, “Sympathetic Detail:R. F. Deckert and the Art of Natural History Illustration,” with Curator of History Shirley Wajda, on display in the Art-Science-Creativity Gallery through November 22, 2017.

8.     International Museum Day, MSU Museum, May 18, 2017


Local: Exhibitions, Internship Opportunities

9.       Arts Night Out, Arts Council of Greater Lansing, Old Town, Lansing, MI, May 5, 2017

10.     Michigan Day, Michigan History Center, Lansing, MI, May 6, 2017 10:00 AM-4:00 PM

Celebrate the real stories of Michigan – from our First Peoples to the Civil War to the building of the Mackinac Bridge – in our new signature event. Current highlights include: Viewing rare and significant documents preserved in the Archives of Michigan; participating in hands-on activities to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Mackinac Bridge; Walk through a Civil War reenactors encampment; Hear the story of a renowned Michigan abolitionist; Try your hand at making old-fashioned radio sound effects; Celebrate the birthday of a famous Michigan rocker – and much more!

11.     Minds of Modernism and Microbrews, Michigan History Center, Lansing, MI, May 11, 2017

Minds of Modernism, our current special exhibit, is extending its run due to popular demand–help us celebrate at our first EVER happy hour event! Get your mid-century modern fix with tours by author Susan J. Bandes and themed hands-on games and activities. Try your hand at our modern architecture design challenge for a chance to win great prizes. And, of course, in true happy hour fashion, enjoy adult beverages courtesy of our generous sponsor Midtown Brewing Company. Tickets to this event are $10 (or $5 for current MHC members and students with student ID). This is a 21+ event and drink vouchers are included with your ticket.

12.     East Lansing Art Festival, May 20-21, 2017, East Lansing, MI

13.     Be a Tourist in Your Own Town, Multiple Locations, June 3, 2017

While a dollar sure doesn’t buy much these days, it’s still enough to participate in the Lansing area’s favorite annual event – Be A Tourist In Your Own Town. This day allows event participants to visit more than 80 local attractions and one-day only special tours that include: Impression 5 Science Center, Potter Park Zoo, the State Capitol Building, the Michigan Historical Museum and so much more!    

State/National/Regional Conferences, Workshops

14.     Interpreting LGBT History at Museums and Historic Sites Webinar, AASLH, May 4,2017

15.     Preservation 101: Preservation Basics for Paper and Media Collections, Northeast Document Conservation Center, May 12, 2017

16.     Basic Grantwriting, Dorthy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, Grand Rapids, MI, May 31, 2017, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

17.     Association of Midwest Museums 2017 Annual Conference and Meeting, Des Moines, Iowa, July 12-15, 2017

18.     The Institute for Cultural Entrepreneurship will host its annual conference“Blending Money and Mission,” from July 9-13, 2017 in Kansas City, MO.

19.    MMA Annual Conference 2017, Lansing, MI, October 17-19, 2017

20.    Museum Computer Network Annual Conference 2017, “Looking Back, Thinking Forward, Taking Action” Pittsburgh, PA, November 7-10, 2017

Grants, Fellowships


21.   Cultural Heritage Informatics Graduate Fellowship: Administered by the Department of Anthropology, the Cultural Heritage Informatics Graduate Fellowship Program provides Michigan State University graduate students who have a scholarly interest in cultural heritage with support to develop vital skills with key technologies and tools, explore fundamental topics in digital cultural heritage, and build a significant and innovative digital cultural heritage project.

   Informational Meeting: May 5th, 9:00-10:00 AM, 115 Old Horticulture

  Deadline: July 3, 2017

22.    The Preserve New Jersey Historic Preservation Fund invites applications for its Capital Preservation and Historic Site Management Grants. Deadline: May 3, 2017.

23.  The Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, TX invites applications for its Davidson Family Fellowship. Deadline: May 30, 2017.



24.     Education and Events Intern, Applewood Ruth Mott Foundation, Flint, MI

25.     The Image Permanence Institute invites applications for its Internship in Preservation Research. Deadline: May 15, 2017.


26.     Guest Experience Team Member, Impression 5 Science Center, Lansing, MI

27.     Interpreter, Tawas Point Lighthouse Historic Site, East Tawas, MI

28.     Director of Development, Cranbrook Institute of Science, Bloomfield Hills, MI

29.     School Experience Manager, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, MI

30.     Multiple Renegade Tour Guide Positions, Museum Hack

31.     Registrar, World Chess Hall of Fame, Saint Louis, MO

32.     Assistant Collections Manager, La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, Los Angeles, CA.  Deadline: May 12, 2017.


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Editor, MSUMSP E-Newsletter: Max Evjen, Exhibitions Technology Specialist, MSU  Museum; Arts & Cultural Management and Museum Studies, Site Specific Performance, Department of Theatre, Michigan State University

Editorial Assistant: Nick Vanacker