Partner Site Annual Training

Virtual Partner Site Annual Training

Join Silos & Smokestacks virtually Tuesday, April 6 for the Partner Site Annual Training. Check back for complete schedule! Featuring keynote speaker Debra A. Reid, Curator of Agriculture and the Environment at The Henry Ford. Author of Interpreting Agriculture at Museums and Historic Sites.

Cost is free for Silos & Smokestacks Partner Sites, Emerging Sites, Board Members & Partnership Panel. For those not affiliated with Silos & Smokestacks, cost is $20/registrant.

Topics at this year’s training:

  • Interpreting Agriculture, Interpreting the Environment, What about Interpreting the Rural?
  • Visitors, Donors, and Members, Oh My! – Cultivating, Engaging, and Retaining a Lifetime of Support.
  • Volunteers: Getting, Training and Retaining.
  • Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area Program Awards (former grant programs)

Keynote message by Debra Reid:

Agriculture Landscapes as Public Attractions


Debra Reid, Curator of Agriculture and the Environment for The Henry Ford, curates collections documenting farming from stoop labor to internal combustion engines to the production revolution, and back again to organic, slow food and grow-local alternatives. She has experience and has published pieces about K-12 pedagogy and agriculture. She is the author of Interpreting Agriculture at History Museums and Historic Sites and has over thirty years of experience working in museums. She holds a Ph.D. from Texas A&M University and M.A.s from Baylor University and State University of New York/Cooperstown Graduate Program in History Museum Studies.


Training Schedule:

8:30: Jump Start Your Day: Trivia about Silos and the Heritage Area

9:00-9:30: Welcome by Executive Director Cara Miller/ Zoom How-To’s by Laura Elfers, Educational Engagement Director

9:30-10:30: Keynote with Debra Reid

10:30-10:45: Special Announcement form SSNHA Executive Director Cara Miller

10:45-11:45 Visitors, Donors, and Members Oh MY! Cultivating, Engaging and Retaining a Lifetime of Supporters: Stacie Stearns, Community Relations Manager, Living History Farms

11:45-12:15: Stretch, Grab an early lunch

12:15-12:45: Site Anniversary Recognition and SSNHA 25th Anniversary Announcements, Jori Wade-Booth, Marketing & Communications Director

12:45-1:00: Small Group Breakout Sessions and In Your Office Scavenger Hunt Event

1:00-2:00: Volunteers: Getting, Training and Retraining: Panel discussion: Martha Griesheimer, Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum; Aaron Tarchinski, National Czech & Slovak Museum; Cheryl Erb, Carrie Chapman Catt Girlhood Home

2:00-2:30: New Traveling Exhibit Discussion

2:30-3:30: Partner Site Evaluation Report, Memorandum of Understanding Signings, and SSNHA New Program Awards announcement – Candy Streed, Director of Partnerships

3:30: Closing Remarks- Cara Miller, Executive Director


2019 Presenter Notes

Resources in the Heritage Area

Emergency Preparedness Planning, Dr. Danelle Bickett-Weddle

IEDA Tourism Research, Jacque Matsen