Sustaining Places

Resources for small museums and historic sites

Workshop News & Registration

Upcoming Workshops



Is your board of trustees sinking under the challenge of meeting the needs of your museum, historical society or historic house? Do your meetings feel like time spent rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic? You need BOARD S.O.S!, a workshop that will help you diagnose your strengths and weaknesses and develop realistic strategies for change. This is a repeat of the workshop that took place on October 27 and November 10. Please check back for more details!



February 15, 2015

12 p.m. to 4 p.m.



31st Annual Small Museum Association Conference

Clarion Resort Fontainebleau Hotel

10100 Coastal Highway

Ocean City, MD


Expert Instructors:

Kimberly Andrews (Executive Director, Shofuso Japanese House and Garden)

Previously a preservation consultant to over fifty cultural heritage organizations, Kim Andrews has been Executive Director of Shofuso Japanese House and Garden since 2010, overseeing comprehensive strategic planning and implementation while raising almost $1 million for capital projects and capacity-building. Shofuso’s board has undergone a complete rebirth in this time. Kim is also a founding board member and treasurer of the North American Japanese Garden Association, a current board member of the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia, and a former board member of three other nonprofits.

Armand Battisti (independent consultant on development and fund raising)

Armand Battisti’s 35-year career in development includes, most recently, positions at the Winterthur Museum and the University of Delaware. An expert on working with boards of trustees on fundraising, Armand has directed or participated in four capital campaigns and has raised numerous major gifts, mostly from individuals. After retiring from the university, Armand started his own fundraising consulting business in 2013, serving museum and social non-profit organizations in our region. He also teaches Fundraising Principles for the Museum Studies Program at the University of Delaware.

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To attend Board S.O.S! please register for the Small Museum Association Conference here. Registration fees vary. You may choose to register for just one day of the three-day conference, or all three days.

Past Workshops

Check out the titles and some resources from the previous workshops that Sustaining Places has offered.

Mailing Address

University of Delaware
Museum Studies Program, Sustaining Places
77 E. Main St.
Newark, DE 19711