MRC Annual Lunch Meeting Scheduled for Thursday, July 21st!

Don’t forget to join the MRC at our annual lunch meeting to be held during the AMM conference. This year’s lunch meeting will take place on Thursday, July 21st from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at the Oak Barrel Public House located at 1033 N Doctor MLK Jr. Drive. Free lunch and drinks (non-alcoholic and alcoholic) will be provided! It’s a short 5-10 minute walk from the conference hotel. 

The meeting and lunch are open to current and new members of the Midwest Registrars Committee. You can join MRC for $10/year at Please make sure to RSVP for lunch during registration for the conference. For more information on the conference, please visit

While we will have our annual business meeting there will be plenty of time for socializing and networking! This year’s lunch is sponsored by Huntington T. Block.

MRC Offering Four Travel Stipends to Attend 2022 AMM/WFM Joint Conference

2022 Association of Midwest Museums Conference Stipends
Application Deadline: June 3, 2022 

The Midwest Registrars Committee is offering four travel stipends for members to attend the Association of Midwest Museums and Wisconsin Federation of Museums Virtual + In-Person Joint Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with virtual program day on July 19 and in-person program days from July 20-23, 2022. Applicants must be active members of the Midwest Registrars Committee and work or attend college in the Midwest region. Selections will be based on the materials submitted to the Travel Stipend Committee. For more information and to download the application, visit

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT from the AMM-WFM Joint Conference!

From communication sent on February 21, 2022:
Join us virtually July 19, 2022 and in-person IN MILWAUKEE on July 20-23, 2022 for FORWARD, TOGETHER!

In 2019 the Association of Midwest Museums (AMM) and Wisconsin Federation of Museums (WFM) partnered to bring us the 2020 AMM-WFM Conference, Museums Evolving…then COVID-19 happened. We skipped a year to stay safe at home and came back with Museums Evolving 2.0, an all-virtual conference in 2021. Since then, we’ve been taking time to listen to our friends in Milwaukee, our members, and colleagues, to ensure our first time back in person meets everyone’s needs.

It’s now 2022, and we can finally look forward to a fun summer conference in Milwaukee! Join us virtually July 19 and in-person on July 20-23 for FORWARD, TOGETHER, a two-part experience that prioritizes new connections – with the dozens of museums and cultural organizations in our host city and with each other. We’ll honor the ground you’ve broken in the last few years by helping you gather what you need to take your next steps. Based on your comfort level, you will have options to register for “Virtual Only” programs or for “Virtual + In-Person” programs. (Rates and special discounts to be announced soon!) Offsite events, tours, and workshops will be available a la carte. Want to be a part of the programming…and get a great discount on conference registration? Be on the lookout for our call for session proposals coming in March

Important Notes From Conference Organizers:

*Health and safety: Our conference health policy was developed based on current recommendations from the CDC and in response to preferences expressed by our members.

*The Hyatt Regency is currently accepting reservations for conference attendees. You can book, modify or cancel your hotel reservations at any time through the booking website. Reservations must be made by June 27, 2022 to access the conference rate. Space is limited. Book early!

*Volunteers have access to discounted or free registration for their time. Interested? Sign up!

*Sponsor, exhibitor, and advertising guides coming soon!

MRC Accepting Stipend Applications to Attend the 2021 Association of Midwest Museum’s Virtual Conference

Hello MRC members,

A big hello from Minneapolis! Hope you have had a good summer and are gearing up for fall.  I’m not ready for summer to be wrapping up yet! As fall is getting closer, so too is the 2021 AMM Virtual Conference, which will be November 1-5.  Here are details from the AMM website:

We look forward to hosting you online for Museums Evolving 2.0, our 2021 Virtual Conference! Museums Evolving 2.0 will be all-virtual and flexible, with both on-demand and live opportunities.

The program will include access to 40+ pre-recorded breakout sessions made available before and after the live event for learning at your own pace, when it is convenient for you. The live experience will take place mornings, November 1-5, and be centered around the peer-to-peer exchange we look forward to at conferences—plus inspirational talks, networking activities, and opportunities for Q&A with breakout session presenters. You’ll also have access to a virtual expo highlighting new exhibitions, behind-the scenes tours, product demos, and a myriad of other projects from Midwest museums and service providers.

To learn more about the Virtual Conference Schedule, visit

There are two pricing models this year.  The All-Inclusive Package includes the breakout session library, Virtual Expo, keynotes, and networking sessions for $100 for members; $50 for students and furloughed museum workers.  The Breakout Session Library Package includes only the pre-recorded breakout sessions (available up to three months after the conference dates) and the Virtual Expo for $50 for members, and free for students and furloughed museum workers.

As the 2020 conference was cancelled, the MRC has not awarded travel stipends since 2019.  This year, the Board and I are pleased to announce that the MRC will be awarding NINE stipends for the 2021 virtual conference:  Six stipends of $100 each will be offered that will cover full virtual conference registration fees; three stipends of $50 each will cover full registration for students/furloughed museum workers, breakout session library access only, or half of the fees for the full conference. 

Visit our Grants and Travel page to download the application for the 2021 MRC conference stipends.  Please keep in mind that all recipients of conference stipends will be expected to write one article for the MRC Courier about a session at the conference.  Also note that we’ve streamlined the application requirements a little this year, so your statement can be shorter, and we are only requiring one letter of recommendation. We would love to have student applicants as well, so if you have any interns or know of deserving students who are interested in registration and collections management, please encourage them to apply. 

All applicants must be MRC members, but applicants may join MRC at the time of their application submission. If you’re unsure of your membership status, please contact the MRC Secretary, Linda Endersby, The deadline for applications will be October 1, 2021.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me at We look forward to reviewing your applications!  Hope to “see” you at the conference!

All kind regards,

Leslie Ory Lewellen
MRC Vice-Chair

2021 Board Members and State Representatives Announced!

On December 1, 2020 members of the Midwest Registrars Committee virtually attended an annual meeting. While MRC was not able to meet in person this year, “seeing” everyone was uplifting. The current membership expressed their gratitude and thankfulness for the thoughtful leadership that has been provided by Andy Near during his time as Chair and well wishes were given to our 2021 Board Members and State Representatives.

Congratulations to the 2021 Board Members and State Representatives:


Julie Burgess, Registrar
Grand Rapids Art Museum
101 Monroe Center
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503

Leslie Ory Lewellen, Registrar for Collections
Minneapolis Institute of Art
2400 Third Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404

Linda Endersby, Registrar/Collections Manager
Museum of Art & Archaeology, University of Missouri
115 Business Loop 70 W.    Room 2021
Columbia, MO 65211-8310

Sarah Humes, Associate Registrar
Grand Rapids Public Museum
730 84th Street SW
Byron Center, MI 49315

Lauren Hancock, Associate Registrar
The Field Museum
1400 South Lakeshore Drive
Chicago, IL 60605

Marisa Szpytman, Associate Registrar
Detroit Institue of Arts

Rachel Vargas, Registrar
Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University
547 E. Circle Dr.
East Lansing, Michigan 48824

Margaret Helms, Development & Membership Associate
Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science
577 Fuquay Rd
Chandler, IN 47610

Liz Fuhrman Bragg

Brittany Williams, Collections Registrar
Kalamazoo Valley Museum
230 N. Rose St. / PO Box 4070
Kalamazoo, MI 49003



Sara Hindmarch, Head Registrar
Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago
5550 S. Greenwood Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

Christa Barleben, Registrar
Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art
500 W. Washington St
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Direct: 317-275-1359 / Fax: 317-275-1400,

Angela Stanford, Curator of Collections & Registrar
Museum of Danish America
2212 Washington Street
Elk Horn, IA 51531

Holly Waldenmeyer
Grand Rapids Public Museum, Registrar and Collections Manager
272 Pearl Street NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Mai Huizel, Registrar of Collections and Archives
Minnesota Museum of American Art
350 Robert St. N St. Paul, MN 55101

Stacie Petersen, Collections Registrar
National World War I Museum
100 W 26th Street
Kansas City, MO 64108

Robin Goodman, Registrar
The Gund Gallery at Kenyon College
101 1/2 College Drive
Gambier, Ohio 43022

Andrea Selbig, Collections Registrar
Chazen Museum of Art | University of Wisconsin-Madison
750 University Avenue (mailing: 800 University Avenue)
Madison, WI 53706

2020 AMM/WFM Conference Postponed

On April 21, 2020, the Association of Midwest Museums and the Wisconsin Federation of Museums announced that the joint conference which was scheduled to take place in July has been postponed to a future date due to ongoing concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. The new date of the conference is yet to be determined but will be no earlier than mid-November.

To read the full announcement from AAM/WFM, please click here.

It's an Election Year! 2020 MRC Board Elections

The Midwest Registrars Committee is soliciting nominations for our Executive Board which includes the Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer. Please self-nominate or encourage a colleague to run!

Nominations are due by April 24, 2020. Voting ballots will be sent out to the MRC membership by May 1st. Please contact Rachel Vargas ( or Andy Near if you are interested or have any questions.

You may also contact a current Executive Board member to ask them about their position and what it entails if you are curious to know what it’s like:

Andrew Near, Collections Manager
Kruizenga Art Museum, Hope College

Julie Burgess, Registrar
Grand Rapids Art Museum

Linda Endersby, Registrar/Collections Manager
Museum of Art & Archaeology, University of Missouri

Sarah Humes, Associate Registrar, Grand Rapids Public Museum

COVID-19: Resources & Information from the American Alliance of Museums

With the growing spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in the United States, the American Alliance of Museums has compiled a guide to help museums prepare internally and externally for outbreaks in their communities. AAM will continue to monitor this evolving situation and update this guide as needed.

Click here to access AAM’s guide and additional resources.

A message from AAM: Please note that these recommendations are not to be taken as legal advice or a definitive answer for any particular museum, but rather as a guide for preparedness for the field.

2020 AMM Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

On April 21, 2020, the Association of Midwest Museums and the Wisconsin Federation of Museums announced that the joint conference which was scheduled to take place in July has been postponed to a future date due to ongoing concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. The new date of the conference is yet to be determined but will be no earlier than mid-November.

To read the full announcement from AAM/WFM, please click here.

Join the Association of Midwest Museums and the Wisconsin Federation of Museums at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin on July 22-25 for the 2020 AMM-WFM Join Conference! We look forward to seeing our MRC colleagues from all eight Midwestern states in Wisconsin for diverse professional programming, opportunities to visit local museums, and a chance to explore the “City of Festivals” during it’s peak season.

Early Bird Registration is open now through May 1st, followed by online pre-registration through July 6, 2020. After online registration periods, only onsite registration will be available.

The conference Schedule-At-A-Glance has been released! Check it out for a heads up on all the amazing sessions, activities, and opportunities that will be offered!

Keep an eye on for more conference information as it becomes available!