Client: Project ABLE

For the past two years, we have worked with the board, staff, and volunteers of Project ABLE - a community based mental health organization on a wide variety of organizational development projects. Project activities have included: Board Development Recruiting a New Executive Director Organizational Development Metrics & Data Analysis Technology Consulting Software Specifications and Transitions Website Content Development Photography Videography

Client: Sierra Mono Museum

We are now under contract with the tribal government of the  North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians of California to help the tribe and the Sierra Mono Museum. We were asked to assist with institutional planning and creation of a grant proposal to the Institute of Museum and Library Services in support of the total renovation of the museum, its facilities, exhibitions, and collections storage.

Site Update

Hi, Thanks for Visiting -- I have been away from this site for a while. For the past 6 years I have run the Washington County Museum here outside of Portland Oregon as the Executive Director. I started that job the Monday after the stock market collapsed in September 2008! It was a temporary gig that turned into a long term commitment when the Board asked after 6 months that I mover from serving as a part-time E.D. to full-time Executive Director. In that first year I led the museum through its first strategic planning and vision process which resulted…

Disappearing Maritime Landscapes – The Old Grainery in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin

A disappearing maritime landscape. This photo of the westside granary in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin was taken during a protracted legal battle between community residents and their local government. Many wanted the granary, and the remains of the working waterfront protected. A few wanted another hotel. The piles of dirt surrounding the building we added by the city in an effort to force the issue. Despite the city's best intentions, this important historical building was saved by the Sturgeon Bay Historical Society. But to save it the building had to be moved. So earlier this spring the building was jacked up, wheels…

The Challenge of Preserving Maritime Cultural Landscapes – Two Examples

Tug Owned by Selvic Marine Towing Bask In Early Morning Sunlight on a Fall Day in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin  (MaitimeImages.Net/Sam Shogren) I'm sharing a post on Facebook from earlier today from the Sturgeon Bay (WI) Historical Society. I'm sharing this because it highlights the struggles older maritime communities face as they explore new paths to the future. This is compounded here because this is one of the last active shipbuilding communities on the Great Lakes and represents the industrial heart of America. I am sharing because this is a story about my hometown. Visitors tour a collection of grain elevators that…

CAMM Annual Meeting Presentation

Our Principal, Sam Shogren together with Salim Mohammad, Curator of the David Rumsey Map Center at Stanford University's Cecil H Green Library were invited to at the Council of American Maritime Museum's 2017 Annual Meeting held at the San Fransisco National Maritime Museum, a unit of the National Park Service. Salim Mohammad shared with the audience how the Rumsey Map Center came to be, the collecting passions of David Rumsey the man, and the technologies used by the Center to preserve and present one of the nation's largest map collections. Following Salim's presentation, Sam Shogren dug into the research potential of…

Client: International School of Beaverton

 Project Background Sam Shogren worked with school leadership, district personnel, and volunteers to develop and launch a new parent-teacher organization FRISB or Friends of the International School of Beaverton for the opening of this new school in Beaverton, Oregon. The Beaverton School Board decided in 2008 to expand the options available to students and families by repurposing a renovated and expanded former elementary school into the District's only dedicated ISB certified school for both middle school and high school students. To facilitate the opening of the school and effective engagement of incoming families a new PTO needed to formed, incorporated, and…

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…