Association of Manitoba Museums

Annual Conference

This year's conference will be held from September 19 - 21 in Selkirk, MB.

Opening Reception:   Gwen Fox Art Gallery (250 Manitoba Avenue) on Thursday, September 19, from 7 to 9 PM

Sessions:  Selkirk and Arena Memorial Hall (376 Jemima Street), Friday (September 20) and Saturday (September 21)

Awards Banquet:  Selkirk Golf & Country Club (100 Sutherland Ave.), Friday (September 20)

AGM:  Selkirk and Arena Memorial Hall (376 Jemima Street), Saturday (September 21) from 9 to 10 AM

Confirmed Speakers and topics:

  • Jane Dalley, CSP Conservator: Risk Assessment and Mitigation
  • Evan Graham, Manitoba Infrastructure: Flooding in Manitoba - the history and how to evaluate your risk
  • Jo Bunka & Loretta Dyck, Winnipegosis Museum: TBA
  • Andrea Dyck, Mennonite Heritage Village: Getting Over Ourselves: Experiments in Exhibits as Community Partnerships
  • Ralph Groening, President, Association of Manitoba Municipalities
  • Levina Cunningham & Leslie Tsai, St. François Xavier Historical Society
  • Ruban Insurance
  • Volunteer Manitoba
  • James Dykstra, Heritage Fairs

For more on the speakers and their topics.


Call for Papers
We're looking for a few good presenters for this year's conference.

We'll be looking at engaging with visitors, involving volunteers, our environment (or how green is our storage?), accessibility, and reconciliation. If you have a topic you'd like to present please contact the AMM office with a brief description of your presentation.

Remember to register before the Early bird deadline ends on August 29, 2019!

Registration deadline is September 12, 2019

Here's a useful MAP to help you find your way to and from the conference venues.



Grants/Bursaries Available

The Winnipeg Foundation and the Canadian Museums Association offer grants/bursaries to attend conferences and courses. Applications need to be made 4 to 6 weeks in advance.


Tradeshow and Sponsorship

We invite businesses and organizations who'd like to connect with museums from across the province to consider participating in our tradeshow or sponsoring an event.

Please look at our Tradeshow & Sponsorship package for 2019 to see the available opportunities.



Canalta Selkirk
1061 Manitoba Ave, Selkirk
1-204-482-7474 or Toll-free 1-844-484-7474

Standard rooms include the following:
•    Two Queen beds
•    Fridge and microwave
•    Complimentary hot breakfast
•    Pool & Hot Tub

Cost: $122.55 a night (plus taxes)
Rooms must be booked before August 19 to get the delegate rate.
Remember to mention you’re with the AMM conference to get the special rate.

For other accommodation suggestions click HERE.

Here's a MAP of the venues in Selkirk.


Another excellent conference!

Thank you to our speakers, hosts and delegates for taking part.

If you didn't attend please look at the program to see what you missed: 2018 Conference Program

Hope to see you all again next year!


AMM Annual Conference

September 20 - 22, 2018

Mennonite Heritage Village, Steinbach

A conference is an excellent way to connect with your contempories from across the province to share ideas, problems and solutions.


Presentation, Boissevain 2016                                              Enjoying the banquet, Boissevain 2016

Click HERE to Register for the conference - NOW CLOSED!
This is a fillable PDF. Please contact us if you have any problems. There is also a tutorial video available on our Facebook page.

Confirmed speakers so far include:

  • Jane Dalley, Cultural StewardshipProgram
  • Dr. Rhonda Hinther, University of Brandon, Public History
  • Pam McKenzie, Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada
  • Heather Beerling, Parks Canada, Lower Fort Garry
  • Eric Hagan, Canadian Conservation Institute
  • Dr. Naomi Berger, Winnipeg Police Service
  • Andrea Reichert, Manitoba Craft Museum & Library, Manitoba Sport Hall of Fame & Museum
  • Julianna Roberts, New Iceland Heritage Museum
  • Sandra Chewka, Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada
  • Jennifer Maxwell, Transcona Historical Museum
  • Mary Alice Osborn, Seven Oaks House Museum
  • Dr. Gordon Goldsborough, University of Manitoba, author of Abandoned Manitoba
  • Heather Bidzinski, Canadian Museumn for Human Rights
  • Dr. Stephen Borys, Winnipeg Art Gallery
  • Lorne Roder, Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada

Conference 2018 Program , click HERE

Pre-Conference Workshop
Thursday, September 20


There will be a workshop from 1 - 3 at the Mennonite Heritage Village with The Winnipeg Foundation on the Province's Heritage Trust Program. There is NO CHARGE for this workshop, but we do require registration as space is limited.

Click HERE to register - CLOSED!


Opening Reception
Thursday, September 20

The Opening Reception will be held from 7 to 9 at the Steinbach Cultural Arts Centre, 304 Second Street, Steinbach.  This evening event is a great way to meet other delegates and speakers.

Opening Reception, Dalnavert Museum - 2012 Conference

Tradeshow & Sponsorships

Participating in the Conference Tradeshow as an Exhibitor, or as a Sponsor, is a great way to contact museum people from across Manitoba.


Tradeshow exhibitors, Gimli 2013

If you'd be interested in promoting your products and/or services feel free to check out the opportunities by clicking HERE.





Thank you to the over 70 Delegates, Speakers, Hosts, Donors and Sponsors for making this year's Conference another fabulous opportunity to learn and share.

Our Speakers came from museums big and small, from areas rural and urban, and even from outside of the museum world. Here was our line up of steller Speakers:

  • Andy Blicq, 4th Avenue Productions Inc.
  • Joseph Brown, Miami Museum
  • Shayne Campbell, Settlers, Rails and Trails
  • Peter Cantelon, Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre
  • Kathleen Christensen, RCA Museum
  • Jane Dalley, Cultural Stewardship Program
  • Rachel Erickson, Manitoba Museum
  • Colin Ferguson, Travel Manitoba
  • Kate Johnson, Department of Canadian Heritage
  • Vera Lemecha, Department of Canadian Heritage
  • Dr. Christopher Malcolm, University of Brandon
  • Dr. Jeremy Maron, Canadian Museum for Human Rights
  • Jennifer Maxwell, Transcona Museum
  • Eric Napier Strong, Seven Oaks Museum
  • Julia Peristerakis, Canadian Museum for Human Rights
  • Dr. Doug Ramsey, University of Brandon
  • Juliana Roberts, New Iceland Heritage Museum
  • Vanessa Warne, Friends of Dalnavert Museum


Click HERE for the Speakers' biographies.

Thank you to Our Donors

Thank you to Our Hosts

Thank you to Our Supporters


Pre-conference Workshop - The Kairos Blanket Exercise

Thursday, September 21
Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada

Our thanks to Instructors Adele Ledoux and Louise Landygo for putting on this workshop.

Here is what some participants had to say about the experience:

"The Kairos Blanket Exercise was very educational regarding our indigenous history as well as very impactful with the use of visual components and dolls."

"This experience would increase compassion and empathy between peoples in our country; educate, heal, and hopefully create an increase of love for one another. This is how reconciliation grows."

"It was a powerful method of story telling which created emotional and physical connections to the hidden history and systematic oppression of Indigenous people in Manitoba. It helped to connect the dots of a complicated history and has forever changed my perspective."

Click HERE to see the comments in their entirety.

Click HERE for more information regarding the Kairos Blanket Exercise.



AMM 2016 Conference

This year our conference was held in the lovely town of Boissevain from September 22 – 24.

The presenters were top notch and Boissevain’s museums, motel, economic development office and caterers helped make it one of the best conferences ever!

Session at the Royal Canadian Legion, Boissevain 2016

Dale Banman, Tourism and Economic Development Officer, invited us to hold our conference in Boissevain claiming the town had everything we needed. He was correct, we couldn’t have asked for anything more.

The Canadian Wilderness Inn provided affordable and comfy rooms along with a wonderful array of breakfast choices for delegates staying there.

Food for the conference was provided by several different caterers in Boissevain and the neighbouring town of Ninga. Our thanks go out to Boissevain Bakery, Reimer Corner Country Café, and Sawmill Tea and Coffee for providing such tasty tidbits.

One of the tasty items on the menu

The Goodon International Wildlife Museum / Moncur Gallery – Peoples of the Plains provided an interesting and welcoming venue for our Opening Reception. They took our pictures, cooked us bannock and served us delicious food and drink. The volunteers from Beckoning Hills Museum added a twist to the festivities as they invited delegates to participate in a game of What Is It?; a collection of 10 unusual items to test our collective knowledge. Our thanks to the many dedicated museum volunteers who did such a great job in welcoming us and breaking the ice.

Mayor of the Boissevain-Morton Municipality, Edward Anderson, graciously welcomed us on the first day of our conference, which was held at the Royal Canadian Legion.
Our Awards Banquet was held at the Interpretive Centre in the International Peace Garden and was arranged with Garry Enns, CEO. The Centre provided a lovely space and beautifully decorated tables. Sawmill Tea and Coffee, cooked up a delicious meal and the most scrumptious desserts imaginable.

We did not hold a live auction this year, but a few member museums and individuals donated some tempting items for a raffle.

Thanks to the hard work of those mentioned, the town of Boissevain and the Boissevain Chamber of Commerce, our conference ran seamlessly making our job so much easier and the delegates’ experience so much better.

Boissevain is a town we will definitely visit again.

Annual General Meeting (AGM)

The AGM will be held on Saturday, September 23, 2017 in Winnipeg as part of the Annual Conference.

There is no fee to attend the AGM, all are welcome to attend.


Sponsorship opportunities and the Tradeshow.

For information on how your business or organization can participate in this year's conference and help make it another big success.

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