April 2020
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COVID-19 and Our Museum Community 
During our worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, museums are stepping up to the plate, serving their communities and their countries in myriad ways, from innovative digital communications and activities for all ages to donations of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) to local hospitals, and more. At this time, museum professionals can rely on proactive networking platforms, resources, and guidelines from organizations, including, but not limited to the International Council of Museums, American Alliance of Museums, and regional museum associations.
Now is the time for each of us to take part in Webinars and online meetings so that we can share and learn and support each other. Click on icons with links at the end of this e-newsletter. In social media, there are numerous hashtags to see what other museums are doing online, including #MuseumFromHome, #MuseumsFromHome, #IMD2020, #CovidClassics, and #MuseumsAndChill. You are not alone.
The ICOM-US managment team is working from home until it is safe to return to our office. Membership cards and stickers may be delayed, but we will do our best to get them to you as soon as possible. If you have any questions or concerns, we are always available at
From the leadership of ICOM-US to all ICOM-US members: Be safe, stay at home, and stay connected.
Museums, Museum Professionals and COVID-19

Help ICOM gather information on how the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak is affecting the museum sector around the world. A global vision will help us give a stronger and clearer response on how to support museums through this difficult time!


The ICOM-US Activities at the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) Annual Meeting, #AAM2020, in San Francisco have been cancelled. Read the official cancellation statement on the AAM Website. AAM will be announcing their virtual program options after April 10, 2020. 
Stay tuned for more information from ICOM-US on our virtual events.

Deadline Extended! 

ICOM-US invites members to nominate candidates to serve on the ICOM-US Board of Directors. The deadline for nominations is May 1, 2020. Please complete the Board Nomination Form HERE and send via email with a bio/ resume to Molly Shevlin, Administrative/ Membership Coordinator at If you are nominating on behalf of someone else, please include a letter of nomination. 

*Note that the committee is taking a long view of shaping the board, so nominations received this year may be considered in future years.

International Museum Day #IMD2020

ICOM's International Museum Day #IMD2020, scheduled for May 18th, has adjusted to go digital this year and celebrates "Museums for Equality: Diversity and Inclusion." See inspiring ideas of how museums have participated in the past; download this year's graphics and guidelines; and put your museum on the virtual map, as described in this article by ICOM-US board member Deborah Ziska. 

We will promote your IMD2020 event(s) on ICOM-US's Facebook, Twitter & Instagram feeds. Send a brief description of your event, a jpeg with photo credit and caption, and a contact name and email to:

More IMD2020 links:
IMD2020 Website:
Interactive Map:

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You can find ICOM GIFs at! Just type "ICOM" on the GIFs section.
Check them out here & be sure to tag us in your posts! 
ICOM-US Museum Definition Forum Coming Soon to the ICOM-US website! 

Call for Application Training Sharing Stories on Contested Histories 2020

by the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands
in close collaboration with the Reinwardt Academy

In 2018, 2019 and 2020, the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands and the Reinwardt Academy jointly organize the international training Sharing Stories on Contested Histories. This training originates from the need to gain more expertise on the engagement with contested heritage and explores approaches and tools available to present contested heritage from multiple perspectives. Sharing Stories on Contested Histories aims to contribute to the international dialogue and practice of navigating complex stories.

If you or you know someone who may be interested in the training, you can find requirements, programmes, how to particiapte and more on their website here 

If you have questions about the application procedure, the content of the training or the logistics related to the training, please do not hesitate to contact the Training Coordinator, Ms. Iris Volkers:

New Volume on Collection Storage

Good storage is the foundation of effective collection care, advancing conservation while at the same time promoting accessibility and use. Preventive Conservation: Collection Storage covers the storage of all types of collections, including science, fine and decorative art, history, library, archive, and digital collections. Reflecting the breadth of its scope, the new book is collaboration between The Society for the Preservation of Natural History CollectionsThe American Institute for Conservationthe Smithsonian Institution, and the Museum Studies Program of George Washington University  The book is now available through AIC's online store. Download the book's table of contents or visit the SPNHC Wiki to read more about each chapter.

Check out the updates to the ICOM-US website Calendar of Events, plus fellowships, internships and more!
A SUMMARY OF YOUR MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS Thank you for your membership and support on behalf of ICOM-US!
Tom Loughman and Lonnie Bunch
ICOM-US Co-Chairs

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