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Museum Professionals To Meet In Estes Park

Peter Hassrick, the Denver Art Museum’s Director for the Petrie Institute of Western American Art, will deliver the keynote address for the Colorado-Wyoming Association of Museums annual meeting at the Estes Park Conference Center on May 8, 2009.  Photo courtesy Estes Park Museum

Peter Hassrick, the Denver Art Museum’s Director for the Petrie Institute of Western American Art, will deliver the keynote address for the Colorado-Wyoming Association of Museums annual meeting at the Estes Park Conference Center on May 8, 2009. Photo courtesy Estes Park Museum

More than 125 museum professionals from several states are expected to converge on Estes Park May 7-10 for the 37th annual Colorado-Wyoming Association of Museums (CWAM) annual meeting. The four-day event is co-sponsored by the Estes Park Museum, in cooperation with the Estes Park Convention & Visitors Bureau, Rocky Mountain National Park, the Stanley Museum, and the Dorsey Museum at the YMCA of the Rockies. The meeting will be headquartered at the Estes Park Conference Center.

This year’s meeting is built around the theme, “Agents of Change,” according to Betty Kilsdonk, director of Museum/Senior Center Services for the Town of Estes Park and local arrangements committee chairperson for the conference. The meeting will focus on helping CWAM members initiate, accept, and implement positive change in their institutions and the museum community as a whole.

“We are thrilled at the level of community support for this conference,” noted Kilsdonk.  Local sponsors include the Estes Valley Sunrise Rotary Club, the Estes Park Community Thrift Shop, H. W. Stewart, Inc. (Rocky Mountain Gateway), the Rocky Mountain Nature Association, the National Park Service, the Town of Estes Park and the Estes Park Museum Friends & Foundation, Inc. Starbucks, Safeway, Scholastic, Whole Foods, Traub Design Associates, regional author Kenneth Jessen,  Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Fall River Antiques, Jewelry and Coins, the Estes Park Car Club, KM Concessions and others are also contributing to the conference. Corporate sponsors include Pru Grant and Family and The Gregory Group at Merrill Lynch. According to Kilsdonk, such contributions enable conference organizers to keep the costs down for registrants and support scholarships for museum professionals who would otherwise be unable to attend the conference. Financial and in-kind contributions such as auction items are still welcome, as are vendors in areas related to the museum field.

Keynote speaker for the meeting is Peter Hassrick, the Denver Art Museum’s Director for the Petrie Institute of Western American Art since 2005. Hassrick is a leading scholar in the field of Western American art with more than 35 years of experience in the field. He is the Founding Director Emeritus of the Charles M. Russell Center for the Study of Art of the American West at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, OK. He was also the founding director of The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, NM, and was the director of the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, WY for 20 years. Hassrick’s devotion to the history and art of the American West has inspired numerous exhibitions, lectures and publications and a television documentary on Remington produced by The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

CWAM, which is affiliated with both the American Association of Museums and the American Association for State and Local History, is the official membership organization for museum professionals in the two-state region of Colorado and Wyoming. CWAM was organized in 1972. The meeting was last held in Estes Park in 1985. The 2010 meeting will be held in Laramie, Wyoming.

For more information or to become involved with the conference, please contact Betty Kilsdonk at bkilsdonk@estes.org or 970-577-3760.

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