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2015 National Conference

2014 National Conference

All current Smithsonian Affiliates are invited to Washington, D.C., June 15-17, 2015, for an exclusive conference that exposes Affiliates to new programs, exhibits and collections. Instructional sessions, hands-on workshops, and behind-the-scenes tours are led by Smithsonian and Affiliate subject experts.

2015 Preliminary Agenda (Titles and schedule subject to change)

Monday, June 15:  
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Pre-scheduled meetings with Smithsonian staff
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Conference Registration, Residence Inn Capitol
4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Conference Registration, National Museum of American History
5:00 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. Orientation, Presidential Reception Suite,  National Museum of American History
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Welcome Reception, National Museum of American History
Tuesday, June 16: Guests at the Residence Inn receive free, hot, full buffet breakfast weekdays, 6:30 - 9:30 a.m.
7:00 a.m. - 7:30 a.m. Short, 2-mile Fun Run on the National Mall
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Conference Registration, Concourse, S. Dillon Ripley Center
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Keynote Address: A New Birth of Freedom
Dr. Clarence G. Newsome, President, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
,  Lecture Hall, S. Dillon Ripley Center (Keynote will be webcast)
10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. - Coffee/Tea Break -
10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Interpreting Difficult Subjects: Engaging Communities While Managing Experiences and Expectations, S. Dillon Ripley Center
10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Here, There, and Everywhere: Distance Learning at Your Doorstep, S. Dillon Ripley Center
10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. What Are You Doing with Your Affiliation: Impact of the Visiting Professionals Program, S. Dillon Ripley Center
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Pre-ordered boxed lunch or free time on your own -
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Teens & Technology: Connecting Underserved Communities with Technology Skills, S. Dillon Ripley Center
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Building Collaborative Partnerships for Fundraising Your Affiliation, S. Dillon Ripley Center
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Thirsty for Ideas? Shaping the Nationwide Project for Water: Resource for Life, S. Dillon Ripley Center
2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Break / Transportation to Residence Inn Capitol for Smithsonian Resource Fair
2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Smithsonian Resource Fair, Residence Inn Capitol
6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Shuttle transportation from Residence Inn Capitol to Smithsonian Congressional Night. 1st shuttle leaves at 6:15; final shuttle leaves at 6:30 p.m.
7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Congressional Night at the Smithsonian,  Kogod Courtyard, Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery
Wednesday, June 17: Guests at the Residence Inn receive free, hot, full buffet breakfast weekdays, 6:30 - 9:30 a.m.
7:00 a.m. - 7:30 a.m. Short, 2-mile, Fun Run on the National Mall
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

(See full agenda for individual tour times)

Tours and Workshops

The How Things Fly Design Hangar, A New Maker Space at the National Air and Space Museum

Time and Navigation: The Untold Story of Getting from Here to There exhibition tour at the National Air and Space Museum

Behind-the-Scenes at the Smithsonian Institution Archives

National Gem and Mineral Collection at the National Museum of Natural History

Through the African American Lens: Selections from the Permanent Collection exhibition tour in the National Museum of African American History and Culture Gallery at the National Museum of American History

Open F|S Digital Studio at the Freer and Sackler Galleries

Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center Workshop - Never Too Young: Talking Culture with Kids

Time Covers in the 1960s curator-led exhibition tour at the National Portrait Gallery

11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. - Coffee/Tea Break -
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Wooing a New Generation: Making the Millenial Connection
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 3D Digitization: Bridging the Digital and the Physical
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Peer to Peer: Building a Community of Practice Across the Affiliate Network
12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. - Pre-ordered boxed lunch or free time on your own -
2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m Championing Your Brand: The Value of Marketing What You Do with What You Have
2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Innovating the "M" in STEM: Engaging Youth in Financial Literacy, Entrepreneurship and Economics
3:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. -Break-
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Smithsonian Affiliate Membership: Increasing Your Local Membership in 2015
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Places of Invention: What's Next for Affiliateland
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Closing Reception, U.S. Botanic Garden
Thursday, June 18 - Friday, June 19  
2015 Museum Leadership Seminar, presented by The George Washington University and Smithsonian Affiliations. Apply here. Additional fees apply.

If you have questions or comments related to the Affiliations National Conference, please contact External Affairs Coordinator, Elizabeth Bugbee,, 202.633.5304. The Smithsonian Affiliations National Conference is for current Affiliates only. If you are interested in becoming an Affiliate, or have an application in progress and would like to attend the Conference, please contact Elizabeth Bugbee for more information.

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