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The M Files Podcast
34 minutes | May 6, 2022
Episode 29 - CWAM Conference and Season 2 Finale
To end our second season, Patti, Val, and John spend a little time with several of the attendees at the Colorado Wyoming Association of Museums. Ranging from students to career professionals, we hear their take on the CWAM conference and some of the issues facing smaller museums in the Rocky Mountain West. So strap in as we open the cabinet of curiosities for one more time this season.
41 minutes | Apr 15, 2022
Episode 28 - Dee Harris (Wichita State University & National Archives - Kansas City)
On this edition of The M Files, Patti, Val, and John are joined by Dee Harris. Dee is museum studies professor at Wichita State University and worked for the National Archives branch in Kansas City, Missouri. Our conversation focuses on the role of museum studies and how best to prepare students for careers in the museum field.
31 minutes | Apr 1, 2022
Episode 27 - Susan Baley (Grinnell College Museum of Art)
This week the M Files journey's (figuratively) to the Midwest to chat with Susan Baley. Susan is the director of the Grinnell College Museum of Art. Our conversation touches on several different subjects, including some of the challenges and benefits of academic art museums. We also learn about Susan's strangest experiences in a museum. Just a hint...it involves bubble wrap. To tune in as we open up the cabinet of curiosities and learn more about the museum world.
38 minutes | Mar 18, 2022
Episode 26 - Julie Hodges (National Ranching Heritage Center)
Interested in learning about daily life in the Old West? Join us this week as John and Patti talk with Julie Hodges. Julie is the Helen DeVitt Jones Director of Education at the National Ranching Heritage Center in Lubbock, Texas. Julie talks about her work in preserving the lifeways of the Old West, especially during the Heritage Center's Annual "Ranch Day." Listen in as talk about an institution that combines museum collections with a sprawling museum campus filled with historic buildings.
40 minutes | Mar 4, 2022
Episode 25 - Kallie Moore (University of Montana & PBS's Eons)
On this edition of The M Files we have a fun conversation with Kallie Moore. Kallie is the collections manager at the University of Montana's Paleontology Center. She's also a co-host of PBS's Eons. Eons explores different topics related to the history of life on earth. John, Patti, and Kallie talk about her experiences as a fossil librarian and her work with Eons. Listen in as we open the cabinet of curiosities a little wider...
30 minutes | Feb 18, 2022
Episode 24 - Erin Anderson (Western Heritage Museum & Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame)
Have you ever found a live bull in your museum? Listen in as we share a fantastic conversation with Erin Anderson, Executive Director of the Western Heritage Museum & Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame. Erin is based at New Mexico Junior College, in Hobbs, New Mexico. Besides learning more about the bull in the museum, Erin, Patti, Val, and John discuss a wide range of topics including learning more about the Western Heritage Museum, eastern New Mexico, and museum disaster planning. At the end we're join by Oscar the cat, our special co-host.
34 minutes | Feb 4, 2022
Episode 23 - Delaynna Trim (Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art)
On this edition of The M Files, Patti, Val, and John chat with our friend Delaynna Trim. Delaynna is the Curator of Collections at the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art in Shawnee, Oklahoma. Besides learning about her strangest experience in a museum, we talk about museum disaster planning and non-profit fundraising.
42 minutes | Jan 21, 2022
Episode 22 - Steve Whittington (National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum)
Steve Whittington from the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum joins John and Patti for this episode. Steve is a past President of the Mountain Plains Museum Association with over thirty years. He has been a museum director for most of his career. Our conversation touches on his experiences and a brief look at the NMHF. Our interview also touches a little on retirement as Steve will be retiring in a few months.
35 minutes | Dec 24, 2021
Episode 21 - Museums & The Great Resignation
Happy Holidays from the M Files team! This week our team sits down for a roundtable discussion on the Great Resignation. As with other industries, museums are seeing an upheaval as professional staff, especially administrators, begin departing their institutions. John, Patti, and Val discuss how these departures affect museums and some of the reasons behind them.
23 minutes | Dec 10, 2021
Episode 20 - Madeline Calise (Kennedy Space Center Visitor's Center)
We're going a little above and beyond for this edition of the M Files. From the Space Coast of Florida we are speaking with Madeline Calise. Madeline is registrar at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor's Center in Florida. Our conversation with Madeline explores some of the difficulties working in Florida, including climate, weather, and wildlife.
27 minutes | Nov 26, 2021
Episode 19 - Dan Brosz (North Carolina Arts Council)
For this edition of the M Files, Patti, Val, and John chat with their good friend and long-time colleague, Dan Brosz. Dan is Arts and Community Director for the North Carolina Arts Council. He previously worked as the Curator of Collections for the South Dakota State Historical Society. He also work with the Association of South Dakota Museums (ASDM).Dan joins us to talk about his experiences in the museum field and transitioning to the arts community in North Carolina.
32 minutes | Nov 12, 2021
Episode 18 - Steve Schnell (Science Zone)
This edition of the M Files gathers around in John's kitchen...quite literally...to talk with Steve Schnell. Steve is the executive director of The Science Zone in Casper, Wyoming. Our discussion with Steve looks at various topics, including the pitfalls of moving, how to engage a non-traditional audience, and how museums of different disciplines can partner with science and technology institutions.So pull up a chair and listen as Patti, Val, John, and Steve talk about the Science Zone.
25 minutes | Oct 29, 2021
Episode 17 - Eric Wimmer (Anderson Abruzzo International Balloon Museum)
Happy Halloween from the M Files Crew!Eric Wimmer is our guest on this edition of the M Files. He is a long-standing friend and professional colleague. A native of New Mexico, his professional journey has taken him through several states in the Rocky Mountain region. He has worked in a range of museums, including history, art, military, and a spooky historic home. Listen in as we learn more about his career, discuss the importance of Dia de Los Muertos (the Day of the Dead), and examine how museums can introduce visitors to new and different cultural experiences.
28 minutes | Oct 15, 2021
Episode 16 - Mountain Plains Museum Association 2021
The M Files crew went on the road to Sioux Falls, South Dakota last week for the 2021 Mountain Plains Museum Association's annual conference. In between sessions, we interviewed several conference attendees. This group included several seasoned museum professionals, conference vendors, and museum studies students. Listen in each interviewee shares their view of the museum world and their experiences with MPMA!
33 minutes | Oct 1, 2021
Episode 15 - Heather Coffman
Welcome back to Season 2 of The M Files Podcast!To kick off our second season, we're joined by Heather Coffman. Heather is the museum registrar at the Comanche National Museum and Cultural Center in Lawton, Oklahoma. As usual, we start our conversation by asking Heather about her strangest experience in a museum. Then we dive right in to learn more about her work at the CNM and the recent ICOM museum survey.
24 minutes | Apr 9, 2021
Episode 14 - Season 1 Finale
Six months and fifteen episodes later we've come to end of the first season of "The M Files." Listen in as John, Valerie, and Patti talk about some lessons learned about podcasting and how the pandemic has affected the museum world.Don't worry, this isn't the last hurray for our fearless podcasters! They'll be back in October 2021 with more news, reviews, and interviews from the museum world. In the meantime keep watching our Facebook page for news and maybe a special event or two!
64 minutes | Mar 26, 2021
Episode 13 - Danny Bills (Wichita Falls Museum of Art)
Hey museum fans, this week we have a fantastic episode featuring Danny Bills. Danny is the Curator of Collections and Exhibitions at the Wichita Falls Museum of Art in Wichita Falls, Texas. As both an artist and museum professional, Danny has a unique view of the museum world. During the Museum Wire, Danny joins John, Val, and Patti to discuss fundraising. During our interview, we learn more about Danny's twenty-plus-year museum career.Here's how you can learn more about the Wichita Falls Museum of ArtWeb - https://wfma.msutexas.edu/Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/www.wfma.msutexas.edu/Instagram - @wfmamsuTwitter - @wfmamsuYoutube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCc1a81XCbXyDB__2is1Ylxw
60 minutes | Mar 12, 2021
Episode 12 - Dave Kennedy (U.S. Marshals Museum)
This week the M Files team welcomes an old friend to the program, Dave Kennedy. Dave is the curator of collections for the U.S. Marshals Museum in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Before his time with the USMM, Dave worked in small museums across the West in places like Cody, Wyoming. He brings a wealth of museum experience, including within the realm of historic firearms. During our episode, we have a lively discussion on metrics and data during the Museum Wire. Later in the interview segment, Dave discusses his work at the USMM and how he's contributed to building a brand new museum.Check out the United States Marshals Museum online and through social media:Web - https://usmmuseum.org/Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/marshalsmuseumInstagram - https://www.instagram.com/marshalsmuseum/Twitter - https://twitter.com/marshalsmuseum?lang=enYoutube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEWTTOunMN7iYtf0lSirHvA
29 minutes | Feb 26, 2021
Episode 11 - Cyrus Green (Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology)
This week the M Files goes to the east coast to speak with Cyrus Green. Cyrus is a Curatorial Assistant at The Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology. Founded in 1859 by zoologist Louis Agassiz, the MCZ has over twenty million specimens in its collections. Cyrus joins us for the museum wire to discuss antiquated/older collections techniques before jumping into the interview. Cyrus describes his work at the MCZ and how university museums connect with research and in the classroom.Special thanks to the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University, for making this episode possible. To learn more about the MCZ, check out their website or on social media via the MCZ's Facebook, the MCZ Instagram account, or their various MCZ Twitter accounts.
52 minutes | Feb 12, 2021
Episode 10 - Benjamin Clark (Charles M. Schulz Museum)
This week we journey to California for a special interview with an old friend. Benjamin Clark's museum career includes almost two decades of experiences. His current position allows him to work closely with the history and legacy of comic strip artist Charles M. Schulz. Schulz is the creator of the Peanuts comic strip along characters like Snoopy, Charlie Brown, and Woodstock. Join John, Patti, and Val as we talk to Benj about his museum career and experiences working at the Schulz Museum.
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