It Could Happen to You: Collecting in the Face of Tragedy

Track
Forces of Change
Start Day and Time
Sunday May 7 2:30-3:45 p.m.
Venue and Meeting Room
225 America's Center
Description
From gathering survivors' stories and heartfelt memorials to bullet-torn doors and victims' cellphones, museums can play an important role in community healing. This panel features professionals familiar with the intricacies of collecting after tragedy, touching on political, material, community-building, and staff health concerns. Join us for this necessary lesson in contemporary collecting, because the only thing worse than enduring a tragedy is finding yourself unprepared to react to one.
Learner Outcome
  1. Be prepared to handle contemporary collecting as a result of tragedy in the community.
  2. Gain insight into working alongside political, legal, religious, and moral constraints and ideology as the result of a tragedy.
  3. Gain valuable in-hand resources and a professional network.
Speakers
Presenter: 
Adam Ware
Role: 
Moderator
Title: 
Historian & Research Librarian
Organization: 
Orange County Regional History Center
Bio
Historian & Research Librarian at Orange County Regional History Center, who was involved in the collecting efforts after the 2016 shooting at Pulse Nightclub.
Presenter: 
Amy Weinstein
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Director of Collections and Senior Oral Historian
Organization: 
National September 11 Memorial & Museum
Bio
Director of Collections & Senior Oral Historian at 9/11 Memorial, who served as a fieldwork curator for the New York Historical Society in their collecting endeavor after the 9/11/2001 WTC attack.
Presenter: 
George McDaniel
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
President
Organization: 
McDaniel Consulting LLC
Bio
Director Emeritus of Drayton Hall in Charleston, SC, initiated a museum committee to collect memorabilia and produce a commemorative exhibit after the 2015 shooting at Mother Emanuel AME Church.
Presenter: 
Pam Schwartz
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Curator of Exhibitions and Collections
Organization: 
Orange County Regional History Center
Bio
Chief Curator at Orange County Regional History Center in Orlando, FL, who spearheaded the collecting efforts after the 2016 shooting at Pulse Nightclub.
Presenter: 
Tamara Kennelly
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
University Archivist
Bio
University Archivist at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA, who coordinated the collecting efforts after the 2007 shooting at Virginia Tech.