October 10-12, Boulder City, NV


This year's annual Nevada Museums Association Conference will be held October 10-12 in Boulder City. Our theme for 2018 is "The Strength of Community", paying homage to the role museums play in defining and holding communities together, especially in our most challenging times -- and how communities in turn support and inform what we do. 

In the wake of tragedies ranging from mass killings to natural disasters to police brutality to political strife, we have found the ability to persevere and even triumph through the strength of our communities. Museums are at the heart of communities, acting not only as sites that help define our civic and cultural identities but as economic, social, and political actors.

At a time when many of us find ourselves and our communities tested as never before, we take this opportunity to ask how museums can and do contribute to the strength of communities. What makes us “good neighbors” to the communities we serve? How do we help define the very notion of “community”? In times of tragedy, how can museums shape the larger emotional and intellectual response, and provide healing and reconciliation?

We look forward to seeing you in Boulder City this fall!

Register onsite! 


Download the full program (PDF) and start scheduling your conference now! 

Download a copy of the Schedule at a Glance for quick reference. 


Melissa Barthelemy

Melissa Barthelemy, JD, MA, Doctoral Candidate in Public History, University of California, Santa Barbara

“We Rise Together: Community Resilience and Museum Responses to Tragedy”

Melissa Barthelemy is a PhD Candidate in Public History at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her dissertation focuses on community-driven memorial projects in the wake of mass shootings and other public tragedies. Since June 2014 she has served as the project manager for the condolence collection project that she began in the wake of the violent rampage that occurred adjacent to her campus on May 23, 2014. She has curated a national award winning exhibition on community resilience and has helped advise museums across the nation that have found themselves responding to mass shootings. She holds a BA in History from UC Santa Cruz, a JD from Golden Gate University School of Law, and an MA in History from San Francisco State University.

Official Conference Hotel

The official conference hotel for this fall's NMA Annual Meeting is the Best Western Hoover Dam at 704 Nevada Highway, Boulder CIty, NV 89005. We have arranged a special group rate from October 9-12 of $65.99/night (plus tax) for double-occupancy rooms. To receive this rate, please call the hotel at (702) 826-4300 to make your reservation and tell the clerk you are with the "Museum Annual Conference" group. Please do not use the 800-number or the website, as this rate will not be available through Best Western's national booking system.

To learn more about the hotel and its amenities, visit its page at https://www.bestwestern.com/en_US/book/hotels-in-boulder-city/best-western-hoover-dam-hotel/propertyCode.29089.html