On Sunday, May 7, armed with posters, a toy truck, and more, I set out for St Louis, Missouri, site of this year's annual meeting of the American Alliance of Museums. The AAM meeting is a big, fun, wildly informative event. It draws museum professionals from all over the world, representing an incredible variety of organizations and businesses geared towards supporting museums. I'm already looking forward to next year!
I had the opportunity to participate in the Emerging Innovators Forum, a two hour program for new-ish museum professionals to present about exciting new projects and concepts. Many thanks to AAM and in particular COMPT for selecting our project!
My table offered informational posters about what the Traveling Cure Porch is, why we are working on such a project, and what we plan to do with it. I even had information on what a cure porch is. I also designed a "map" of sites of historical interest in the Saranac Lake area that the traveling porch might visit, including the Hotel Saranac, Will Rogers, and the Winter Carnival Ice Palace. Visitors to the table rolled a die and were able to move the truck to the corresponding spot and receive a small card to take home with them, featuring information about that site. People had fun driving the little truck and chatting about the wealth of great history we have here.
Historic Saranac Lake is developing the Cure Porch on Wheels, an exciting mobile exhibit space that will allow HSL to present mini exhibitions and oral history projects to audiences at locations throughout the area.