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February 28, 2020

Serving Small Museums – Faithe Miller Lakowicz (Alumni Spotlight)

I graduated with the UW Museology Class of 2015 and have been working for small museums ever since. I really stumbled into the world of small museums more than I sought it out deliberately, but through experience I’ve found that the environment of a smaller institution suits me personally and can be a great step…


February 4, 2020

Training Students for the Future of Museums – Community Engagement (Course Highlight)

In Fall Quarter 2019, the University of Washington Museology Graduate Program was pleased to offer our Community Engagement course for the second time, taught by Dr. Meena Selvakumar.  Meena has a long history with community engagement. “The very first project that I led and for which I received a federal grant was to develop a…


January 3, 2020

Mounting “Stories in Every Stitch” at Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park

I have in my wallet a rectangle of wallpaper, perhaps two inches by four inches. Everyone on the team for this year’s Directed Fieldwork in Exhibit Installation course got one, handed to us by our instructor after a weekend of work installing Stories in Every Stitch at the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park. As…


November 21, 2019

Taking Technology to New Heights – Peder Nelson (Alumni Spotlight)

Earlier this quarter, students in the Museology Program’s Museums & Technology course had the opportunity to visit the Museum of Flight to get a firsthand look at the exciting work being done there with virtual and augmented reality.  The person taking the lead on that work is none other than program alumnus Peder Nelson (Class…


October 24, 2019

Paid Internship Pilot: Thank you for a great first year

As we start our second full year of the Museology program’s paid internship pilot, we would like to thank all of our partner organizations that have made this work possible. Together, we are working towards a more dynamic, inclusive, and equitable museum field. Our pilot program currently works with 25 local organizations to host paid…


June 17, 2019

Curating “Capability”: Taking Risks and Finding Voice Through the Emerging Curator Initiative (ECI)

Author: Maggie DeFranco, Class of 2019 I came into the Museology program as an assistant curator and educator. I also came into the Museology program as a person who was attempting to leave the community trauma of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting about 3,000 miles behind me. These two aspects of my life, the professional…


June 11, 2019

Community Spotlight – Renton History Museum

Author: Sarah Samson, Renton History Museum Curator of Collections & Exhibitions, Museology class of 2005 “Full-circle.” This was how one of my students described the opening of a student-curated exhibit at Renton History Museum (RHM) this May. A group was attending to support one of their fellow M.A. candidates. I first met them one Monday afternoon…


June 4, 2019

“Doing Work for the People that I Love” – Josephine Lee (Alumni Spotlight)

Josie Lee (Class of 2013) has her dream job. As Director of the new Ho-Chunk Nation Museum and Cultural Center (opening Summer 2019), Josie puts her Museology degree to use “doing work for the people that I love, utilizing culture, language, traditions, community, and environment all wrapped into one.” In fact, Josie’s desire to serve…


May 21, 2019

“Hero’s Feast: Finding Community through Dungeons and Dragons” (Student Exhibit)

There’s a lot of buzz going around about the fantasy-themed exhibit guest curated by Museology student Allison Moore (class of 2019). Hero’s Feast: Finding Community through Dungeons and Dragons, currently on display at the Renton History Museum, explores the history and impact of the popular game. Moore appeared alongside Sarah Samson, Curator of Collections & Exhibitions at…


April 29, 2019

Count your theses: 31 ways our students are helping us improve our practice

Every year, in the first few weeks of spring quarter, our second-year students pull themselves out of the writing, data collecting, project planning, and analysis to share their thesis work in five minute lightning-style presentations. These thesis preview presentations are a chance for first-year students, staff and faculty to get an early indication of what they have learned…



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