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March 7th, 2014 by Kara

Engaging Nature Center and Museum Visitors through Social Networks Some of you probably read the title and immediately thought to yourself (or perhaps out loud startling your officemate) “Of course I am! I run a museum (or a nature center or a visitor center) and that’s our main objective.” I’m sure that’s true inside your four walls, but I’m wondering if you’re engaging your audience outside – in the land of the internet. (more…)


February 28th, 2014 by Nanette
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Soft Skills Needed to be an Exhibit Designer

Flashback: You, age 5, your backyard sandbox. You are surrounded by miniature plastic figures, some human and some from the animal world. You are intent on arranging them in a way that depicts a scene from eons ago. Or maybe you’re dreaming of the future. What could these subjects be doing in the future that seems impossible now? Hmmmm…Maybe you need some additional “artifacts” or visual components to bring your story to life, so you return to your toy-strewn bedroom in search of just the right thing. (more…)


February 7th, 2014 by Kara
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Iona Group: Donor Wall for Peoria Riverfront Museum

Iona Group: Donor Wall for PRM

Last July, I attended the Association of Midwest Museums (AMM) conference in Madison, WI. The sessions were excellent. One in particular stood out: “So the Capital Campaign is Over…But Fundraising Must Go On.” It focused on museum fundraising, but could be applied to other organizational fundraising as well. The presenters were Jim Richardson and Nikki Cole of the Peoria Riverfront Museum. (more…)


January 30th, 2014 by Betty

Custom Exhibits: Why do the Cost so Much?

Exhibit Costs Can Be Confusing

Museum exhibit fabrication costs can be confusing.  Clients can be aghast and dismayed that a Pileated Wood Pecker model can cost over $2,000 and a flying Great Blue Heron can cost over $6,000.  Fabrication costs come down to the difference between customization and mass production.  You can buy customized cabinets for your home or you can buy mass produced ones.  There is a big price difference. (more…)


January 24th, 2014 by Nanette
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4 Tips to Getting Through the Applicant Screening Process

What an awful way to have a job interview come to an end. I hope you will never hear this phrase in person in your lifetime. The bright side is that you actually made it to the interview phase of the search. Many people do not. (more…)

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