Thursday, February 3, 2011

Conference Presenter - Mike Connolly

I hope you’ll join Colleen Callahan and me for our Monday morning presentation: We Didn't Know What We Didn't Know - A Costume Exhibit Experience at a Small Museum. We’re looking forward to sharing our experience in producing one of the most ambitious, and successful, costume exhibitions ever undertaken by the New Castle Historical Society. I’m the Society’s executive director and Colleen, from The Costume and Textile Specialists, consulted with us on the exhibition.

We’ll cover a variety of topics including exhibit planning, design, costume display techniques, graphics, companion publications, and working with volunteers. We’ll share what worked, what didn’t, what we should have done, and what we didn’t know we needed to do. We’ll provide tips for saving money on costume mounts, professional-looking text panels and signs. Colleen will demonstrate how to dress a form with a Civil War military uniform and woman’s dress. As a workshop participant, you’ll receive a CD with useful information and templates that will help you plan your own successful exhibit.

If you are planning your own exhibition of historic clothing, be sure to bring your questions to the workshop, or email them in advance to Mike at We’ll try to make sure we cover them during the workshop.

See you in Ocean City!

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