Save the dates: November edition

Join fellow Columbus EMPs at Marshall’s in Grandview for our next Museum Monday on November 16 at 6:00p! Our theme is “Museum and Thanks”. Why are you thankful for museums? What role do they play in your professional and personal life?
Please bring non-parishable items to be collected and donated to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank.

Tweet your thoughts or questions during the November 19 #OHMuseumChat hosted by the Ohio Museums Association and Lake County Historical Society. This month’s theme is “Visitor Studies” and will feature guest panelists from The Cincinnati Museum, COSI, and The Ohio History Center.

Our annual EMP holiday party will be in December. Once everything is finalized, we will let you know where you can find us!  Here we are at the 2014 party hosted at the Pizzuti Collection:EMP Holiday

We hope to see you soon!


Museum Monday | May 18


Museum Monday is back on May 18 at Marshall’s in Grandview!

Join us from 6-8pm as we recap the Collections Conundrums webinar.  Do you have any scary, great, wonderfully awkward collections stories to share with us?  Or perhaps you’ve started thinking about how to implement what you learned into your own institution?  Whatever it may be, bring it along for discussion, food, drinks, and great company.

Homework: for those who attended the last Museum Monday, bring a friend!

Collections Conundrums Webinar


Interested in learning more about how to maintain your collections? Join Columbus EMPs for a viewing of the American Alliance of Museums webinar, Collections Conundrums. Presented by collections professionals, this webinar offers a practical review of collection issues including institutional guidelines; processing incoming objects; accessioning; and keeping track of collections.

The webinar will take place at Pizzuti Collection on Wednesday, May 13 at 6:30pm. $5 gives you access to this collections management webinar and the opportunity to hang out with other cool museum professionals.

Space is limited to 12 people and will fill up fast, so please RSVP! Only emailed responses to will be accepted. We look forward to seeing you there!

After the webinar, on Monday, May 18, join us for Museum Monday!

Museum Happenings this Weekend: April 11-12, 2015

This weekend is supposed to be gorgeous, and what better thing to do than get outside and visit some local museums and institutions?  Here are just a few things going on around Central Ohio:

Columbus Metropolitan Library:


The Whitehall Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library will open the doors of its new 20,000-square-foot facility at noon on Saturday, during a scheduled three-hour grand opening ceremony. The new facility has many new amenities including a recording studio, fireplace, and a drive-up window for reserved materials just to name a few. If you’d like to catch up on your reading, this is definitely the place to be!

Franklin Park Conservatory:


The Conservatory is in full-bloom this weekend with a handful of great events. Swing through and visit Blooms & Butterflies, the Spring Bulb Display, and catch the Sogetsu School of Ikebana Exhibit. Also on display, glassworks by Dale Chihuly. A great experience awaits at the Conservatory!

The Octagon Earthworks:


Looking for some adventure this weekend? The Octagon Earthworks in Newark, OH is holding an open house on Sunday and Monday. Join Archaeology Curator Brad Lepper for guided tours on Sunday!

Pizzuti Collection:


The Pizzuti Collection is hosting a unique, interactive experience for visitors on Saturday morning at 11am. The Campana Brothers, designers of the exhibition Campana Brothers: Brazilian Design Now, have answered questions from our community that were submitted by visitors. They recorded answers from their studio in São Paulo, Brazil for this special session. The Q&A will be followed by a curated tour of the exhibition with Assistant Curator, Greer Pagano. Check it out!

Wexner Center:


Time is running to catch Fiber: Sculpture 1960-present. This Sunday is the last day to catch this diverse collection of fiber-based work in contemporary art. The exhibition includes 33 artists whose boundary-pushing works explore abstraction, materiality, and the blurred lines between art and craft. Check it out before it’s gone!

Do you have events planned for the upcoming weekends?  Email us at!

Onward and Upward for our Fearless Leader

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One of the great things about being a part of a group like the Columbus EMPs (among the many) is that you have the opportunity to meet and interact with really smart up-and-coming Museum Pros who are actively seeking to engage further in the field and who embrace professional growth and change in meaningful ways. This was one of the main reasons that Johnna McEntee, Jamie Glavic and I were so excited to start such a group here in Ohio’s capital city all the way back in the Fall of 2012 and this also describes just about all of the EMPs we’ve had the fortune to get to know over the last several years.

These qualities also tend to be accompanied by other admirable (and highly valuable) qualities, like intelligence, self-motivation, strong interpersonal skills, and an always growing understanding of one’s particular area of professional focus.

No one embodies these qualities more than Columbus EMP President, Jamie Glavic. She has been a driving force in both the founding and continued success of Columbus EMPs , which is why the fact that she will be leaving our fair city to become the Director of Marketing & Communications at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center so bittersweet for those of us here in Columbus.

I first met Jamie in 2011, during her first stint as a staff member at the Freedom Center, when we were classmates in the Developing History Leaders at the Seminar for Historical Administration (SHA for short). Besides being the only other Ohioan in the group, I quickly discovered that she thought about museums and their potential impacts in ways that were different from what I was used to. We became fast friends and have challenged and supported each other in the years since. I’d even go so far as to say that I played a pivotal role in luring her to Columbus in the first place. She is also the reason I am on twitter and have written the four blog posts – including this one – that I’ve written in my life. (If she knew I was writing this one, I’d get an earful about how long it is, but… Oh well.)

Jamie is one of the smartest, forward thinking museum professionals I know. In addition to her innate understanding of the power of social media and the important role it can play in the work we do, she has an almost evangelical drive to make sure others see the value of these tools, learn how to use them, and maximize their effectiveness, both within her own organization and at cultural heritage institutions around the world. She has done this through several channels, including presentations at local, regional and national conferences, a non-stop twitter presence, where she actively engages in discussions around important museum issues, as well as on her blog,, where she discusses issues of the day and spreads the word about other museum pros doing good work around these issues.

Clearly, I am a big fan of Jamie’s and will miss her presence here in Columbus. But, I’m not the only one. I asked a few of the more active members of Columbus EMP to share their thoughts about Jamie’s impact on them while she served as a leader for the group. Here’s what some of them had to say:

  • “Jamie is the most museumilogical (my own word!) thinking gal I’ve had the pleasure to meet. She is awesome, a hard worker, and a great friend. I will miss her EMP passion and ideas, but look forward to seeing what she does in Cincinnati!”
  •  “Her presence in my life is something I will always be thankful for and I am not sure I can simply put it into a sentence or three.”
  •  “Jamie is one of the friendliest people I have met, and have really appreciated being able to get to know her. I hope she enjoys the new position and wish her the best of luck.”
  •  “Jamie to me has always been a person with determination and strong will. I admire her desire to excel at the highest level in her career – she’s always wanting more. For me one of the best things about Jamie is the example she set for me as a professional and her willingness to help me with my career.”
  • “People will always come and go throughout my life, but it is the ones like Jamie that I wish to never leave. I admire Jamie’s drive and ambition for the museum field. She is always pushing to do more. Yet, it is Jamie’s positive and passionate energy that I am going to miss the most. Jamie – I wish you all the best in your next stage. I can’t wait to see what you will do next.”
  •  “Jamie’s passion and love for museums – all museums, not just “her museum” – is contagious. She’s inspired me professionally and personally, and I’ll miss her positivity, energy, and awesome ideas.”
  •  “I am so very excited for Jamie and her new opportunity! As happy as I am for her to start this new adventure, I am equally sad that she won’t be in Columbus anymore. Our loss is certainly Cincinnati’s gain!
  • Jamie, I can’t think of anyone else who is more suited for your new position than you. I know this is a big step in helping you achieve your goals – and I know you will be brilliant!
  • Even though I know you’ll have a great network of support in Cincinnati with the Cinci/Dayton EMPs and other museum pros, please don’t forget that we in Columbus are always here to lend an ear (or a hand, or an extra set of eyes) – whatever you need to help you in the transition and into the future! We’ll sure miss you, but we’re so happy for you!”


Ryan Gosling couldn’t have said it any better himself… Hey girl, we’ll sure miss you, but we are so happy for you!

Jason Crabill

President-Elect, Columbus EMP

PS- If there are any words of wisdom or encouragement you’d like to share with Jamie, please add them in the comments below!

I Can Smell the Civil War From Here!

Earlier this month I had the pleasure of exploring the inner realms of the Ohio History Connection with the Columbus, Ohio, chapter of the Emerging Museum Professionals. With our hosts, Jamie Glavic and Jason Crabill, we got to see the side of the museum that most never get to see (or even know about) and explore items that have yet to be seen in an exhibit.

But first, my name is Amy Rether and I work at a slightly different type of museum, a botanical garden, as an educator. However, I definitely have a passionate chunk in my heart dedicated to human and other forms of natural history. My parents “dragged” us kids to the history museum to see the flags, the Mastodon, the mummy, and all of the other objects that I grew to love. It made a difference, ultimately, in my career choice when I started pursuing being a naturalist and a park ranger and began raving to the general public about how cool natural history is.

So, when this opportunity came up, I immediately called my mother (of course) and we joined in the fun.

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This is Mom checking out a Mastodon tooth. Mom’s love to be published on the internet, right?

We began in the archaeology collection area. They jokingly referred to it as the warehouse you see at the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark. Boxes upon boxes of ancient treasure full of nuggets of information to be gleaned lined the shelves. Some said bones, some said pottery, some didn’t say much at all except numbers. There are quite a lot of things the curators are taking care of.

There was a selection of neat artifacts from our prehistoric native tribes that we were able to look at and, in a few cases, touch. Below is a picture of a Clovis point as well as some other EMP’s oohing and aahing at it. At 13,000 years old, I think this might be the oldest, human-altered, object I’ve gotten to touch. Nerd moment? Yep. Worth it? Yep.

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We also got to see some items recently donated by a History of Flight Museum including an inflatable, Goodyear emergency airplane. These were made in case one of our flyboys got downed behind enemy lines.  We visited their accession area and the storage for their more modern objects like military, house goods, paintings. So. Much. Cool. Stuff.

One of the things that I loved looking at the most growing up was the flags. They had so many! They’ve since changed how they store them so they are no longer simply hung from the ceiling and they’re now mostly laid out in a nice cabinet where they are safe. When we got to see the Infantry (I think) flag below, we were advised to lean in and take a sniff of the cabinet. You could still smell the smoke and gun powder from the civil war. Just let that sink in for a moment: to be able to smell something that impacted our country so much (and still to this day) 150 years ago.

An Ohio military flag from the Civil War
An Ohio military flag from the Civil War

The Ohio History Connection has an amazing collection of clothing from over the years including the dresses from Ohio’s own, 1963 Miss America, Jackie Mayer. They have many quilts as well that I think would make a great exhibit at some point (hint, hint). They’re very excited to be getting some new cases to help protect their treasures. We’re lucky to have folks that care so much about our historical artifacts.

By the way, that was just one area.  Below is from a selection of my photos from the natural history portion and this is the stuff that gets me really pumped up. We got to see bones, eggs, rocks, taxidermies, insect mounts and more.

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People from a long time ago really liked to collect eggs. Why would that be valuable? If it weren’t for collections like these, we may never have found out why DDT was being such a detriment to the American Bald Eagle. Scientists were able to compare shell thicknesses of eggs from the 1960’s to egg shells from collections like this one.

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It is not uncommon for museums, like Ohio History Connection, to have cattle bones so they and others can compare them to bones that look like they may be human or dinosaur. Ohio has A LOT of cattle ones lying around. Folks get confused sometimes.

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Not the best photo but you can kind of see the difference between the jaws of the two creatures. A Mammoth tooth, which we were able to view, is…well…mammoth. You could build muscle curling one of those.

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This is a drawer full of Galena, a type of stone. This is where lead comes from.

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Humphrey the Turkey Vulture and I feel you should come out and see the Ohio History Connection the next time you’re in the Columbus, Ohio, vicinity. There’s always something old….er….new to see. They also have the Ohio Village (which is living history). Actually, check in your local area. They may have a site that is around the corner like the Custer Monument Historic Site or Fort Ancient Earthworks and Nature Preserve. So much history, so little time!

My First InstaMeet #gggone

November 1st was Natural History Day, it was also the day of an InstaMeet for the Ohio History Connection‘s exhibit Going, Going, Gone? Endangered and Extinct Species. 

Being a social media novice it this was my first InstaMeet and I was not entirely sure what an InstaMeet actually was. Thanks to the help of our EMP President, and Ohio History Connection’s Online Marketing Coordinator Jamie Glavic, here is what I found out.

An InstaMeet is where a group gathers together to make posts to their Instagram accounts about a certain topic. Before starting the  tour of Going, Going, Gone? we were given the specific hashtags to use to label the pictures, in this case #gggone for the exhibit, and also #naturalhistoryday.

Throughout the tour group members would stop to take a picture. Maybe one person would take a picture of Buttons, who was one of the last passenger pigeons, while another was taking a picture of the polar bear skin.








The valuable part of the InstaMeet is that with everyone using the same hashtag each person’s friends can easily see all of the images taken about the exhibit and perhaps inspire them to come see it for themselves.

Have you ever attended an InstaMeet?