Mountain-Plains Museums Association 54th Annual Conference (MPMA2007)

Venue: Radisson Fargo Hotel

Location: Fargo, North Dakota, United States

Event Date/Time: Sep 10, 2007 End Date/Time: Sep 14, 2007
Registration Date: Aug 14, 2007
Early Registration Date: Jul 14, 2007
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Charting the Course: Leadership, Technology, and Preservation is the theme of the Mountain-Plains Museums Association's 2007 Annual Conference. And it is perfect for the host community: Fargo, North Dakota. Why? Because Fargo is one of those places made famous by a movie (where's that woodchipper!) yet is on the verge of becoming better known for an urban chic-ness and the high tech companies that now rule this exploding metro area. And we aren't just talking Fargo: it is called Fargo-Moorhead since Minnesota is right across the river. Fargo-Moorhead may be set in the midst of fertile farmland, but it is also rich in culture and technology. There's a reason Microsoft's second largest office outside of Redmond is here: Fargo-Moorhead is recognized as a technology center that includes leading-edge work on such things as polymers which attracts museum conservators from around the country interested in new paint technology. Now you know why Technology is part of our theme. Our theme also includes Leadership because innovation is not just about high-tech, it is about forward thinking in all aspects of management. Preservation is a final element in our theme because Fargo's downtown is a model for urban historic preservation. Filled with art galleries and bohemian coffee shops and stores, Downtown looks smart and stylish because its old buildings were saved and remodeled. A major anchor in the town's redevelopment is the largest art museum in the state, the Plains Art Museum, which is located in a warehouse that was updated into a trendy art center. Heritage Preservation is part of our theme, too, because the thriving community also has a diverse heritage mixing rich Scandinavian history with that of the first Native peoples and recent immigrants. Ya, sure ya betcha. Uff da.
Our conference hotel is located in the heart of Fargo. So everything is within walking distance, including the site for our general session which will be the historic Art Deco Fargo Theatre and its "Mighty Wurlitzer" pipe organ.
MPMA's conference planners are making sure this is a leading-edge kind of meeting. A big thanks to our inkind donors: Bonanzaville, Fargo Air Museum, Plains Art Museum, Red River Valley Zoo, Rourke Art Museum, Children's Museum at Yunker Farm as well as Microsoft, Fargo Theatre, Eide Bailly and the Avalon Events Center. MPMA also wants to thank our speakers who are presenting us with a great variety of sessions and addressig new frontiers in our museum community. We will also have a full exhibit hall featuring the latest in products and services. The conference will close with our tradtionfal fun evening event; this year we bring you Museum Idol. It is an event you won't want to miss. So, come see who will be the first MPMA Idol!

We look forward to seeing you in the urban and chic Fargo-Moorhead!


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Additional Information

Workshops, Sessions, Meals, Social Events, Interview/Job Bank opportunities, On-Site/Insight specials, Awards Banquet, Auction, Networking, Distinguished Speakers, Tours, Affinity Meetings, Native American Topics, etc., all are available for registration rates of $155 for basic registration up to $299 for complete packages.