Long Range Preservation Planning: Philip Foster Farm

 Project BackgroundSam Shogren was contracted to work with the board, staff, and volunteers of the historical society and museum during the summer of 2008 to develop a Long-Range Preservation Plan for their collections and buildings. We based out work on NorthEast Documents Conservation Center's (NEDCC)'s collections preservation manual developed while I served on the Advisory Committee. I had the opportunity to beta-test the manual before publication at the Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport, Maine.Scope of Work & DeliverablesDeveloped and provided workshops for staff and volunteers on:collections care and handlinghistoric housekeepingpreservation planningDesigned and implemented an environmental monitoring program for:collections storagehistoric buildingsResearched and created a…

Maritime Cultural Landscapes – A National Symposium

A new look at an old problem: how to connect the disparate elements of maritime activity both on land and offshore into one commonly understood cultural whole. Despite being a maritime nation, American's struggle when connecting the dots between shore side and maritime activities. This is true to for the managers and planners responsible for managing, protecting and presenting our shared maritime cultural heritage who work within the regulatory environment of current environmental and historic preservation law. The struggle comes from policies and practices that fragment the totality of the maritime experience. And from rules written from a land-based rather…

Using Humor To Communicate Your Message| Video Helping Preserve Maine’s Fisheries

Using Humor to Communicate Your Message Video Helping Preserve Maine's Fisheries A common challenge shared by those working in maritime trades, business, fisheries, ports and cultural heritage is how to tell your story. It's had to tell the story of what occurs "out there" or "back when."  This is a challenge I faced daily in my years curating the maritime heritage of Downeast Maine. How do you transport your audience to a place they can't  get to physically both in time and space? How you make your audience care for the heritage and daily challenges of the maritime work? Well, Maine…

Shogren Choosen to Join LEAD

CONGRATULATIONS!! Our President and Principal, Sam Shogren, has been selected by LEAD Canada to join the LEAD network and undertake the training required to become a LEAD Fellow.  LEAD, short for Leadership for Environment and Development, searches worldwide for outstanding people, developing their leadership potential through innovative training programs and working with them to mobilize others to make a real difference to the future of this planet. LEAD Canada is a not-for-profit corporation, dedicated to furthering the goals of environmental, social and economic sustainability through training, projects and networking.  Created in 1994, LEAD Canada joined the global network set up…

Cultivating “Natural” Cultural Districts – A Report by the Social Impact of the Arts Project

Can the arts and culture play a central role in revitalizing American cities? Over the past decade, a number of cities have answered this question affirmatively. For the most part, they have turned to big-ticket downtown cultural districts as the strategy to expand their “creative economy.” At the same time, skeptics like Joel Kotkin have ridiculed this approach as the creation of “the ephemeral city” that ignores thefundamentals of good city-building for the illusion of urban vitality. Cultivating Natural Cultural Districts

Revisioning Museums Paper Presentation

Good Morning - Later today Sam will be presenting a draft of his paper for the Transforming Museums conference in Seattle before the students in the Arts Administration and Museum Studies Programs at the University of Oregon. The paper's draft titled: Museums, Starbucks, and the Third Place Way: the Museums Role in Civil Society proposes a new role for museums in our communities by   proposing that our real role is in fostering civil discourse concerning contemporary   topics and utilizing the museum's collections to bring insights into the public debate. Sam also argues that contemporary models of museum development…

Washington County Cultural Coalition

Our Principal, Sam Shogren, was appointed to Washington County's Arts, Heritage and Humanities Coalition by the Washington County Board of Supervisors in January of 2007. This month Sam assumed a leadership position within the Coalition by volunteering to steer the Coalition's efforts at rewriting the Washington County's Cultural Plan. The Coalition was formed at the County level in response to the formation of the Oregon Cultural Trust by the state legislature in 2001. Today the Coalition re-grants funds given the County by the Oregon Cultural Trust. And in accordance with the initial legislation of the Cultural Trust each county and…