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Reserving A Conference Room



My first conferences of 2020 are fast approaching, so I thought I’d give a quick overview of what I have on the immediate horizon.


Small Museum Association’s 36th Annual Conference


I attended this conference last year and really enjoyed it. Held in College Park, MD, February 16-18, this one is a wonderful local event. The theme this year is Honoring the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage: Museums as Catalysts of Social Change.


Some of the sessions I plan to attend include:


  • For the Record: The Stories of Historic Women in Their Own Words

  • Interpreting Women at Historic House Museums

  • Change the Stereotype, Change the Narrative: Best Practices for Storytelling at Historic House Museums

  • Making History Our Story: An On-going Case Study from an Open-Air Museum


IDEA Personal Trainer Institute

Although I no longer work primarily as a personal trainer, I do maintain my certification. It’s turned out to be helpful as the #histgym space has continued to expand. Every-other-year I attend the IDEA Personal Trainer Institute to complete my continuing education

credits. It’s held nearby in Alexandria, VA, March 5-8 and is non-stop science, training, and nutrition.


Some of the sessions I have my eye on include:


  • Eight Essentials of Highly Effective Program Design

  • Are All Calories Equal? Caloric Quality Versus Caloric Quantity

  • Controversies in Resistance Training: Solved

  • Training the Female Athlete


I’ll post shenanigans on Twitter @MER11 (#SMA2020 and #IDEAPTI) and Instagram @michelle_emick_ronholm (#SMA2020 and #IDEAPTI). And following the conferences, will share in greater detail some of the highlights. If you’re at either SMA or IDEA, I’d love to connect.