Entries by Patrick Goar

MSA PRO-File: Lynne Francis-Lunn

November 11, 2019 By David Duddy Until very recently, our colleague Lynne Francis-Lunn was the leader and creative force behind the extraordinary store at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts. After a career at the museum for 33 years, she has retired from her position to pursue new endeavors and paths. We caught up […]

Museum Store Sunday: Seeing the Forest and the Trees

October 28, 2019 By Angela Colasanti An international collaborative advocacy event Pennsylvania is my home … it always has been. I adore the changing seasons, the variations in landscape from mountain to field to city. For much of the year it is green, except for the punctuated starkness of white in the winter and the […]

Catch a Rising Star: ‘Museums and More’ 40 Under 40 Honorees

October 14, 2019 By Kate Botelho Sibya Museums and More magazine recently released its list of the 40 people under 40 who are rising stars in our industry. We caught up with three of the honorees who have close connections to MSA: Lindsay Hagerman, co-founder and CFO of RainCaper; Jill DeDominicis, visitor experience manager at Mingei […]

Museum Store Sunday … Is It on Your Radar?

September 30, 2019 By Laura Murphy Museum Store Sunday, MSA’s global one-day initiative, will be celebrated on Dec. 1, 2019. Cap off your Thanksgiving weekend with this shopping event highlighting your store’s unique, curated merchandise and representing the best in creativity and culture. Everyone is invited to shop the incredible offers at museum stores on […]

How Museum Stores Support Their Institutions and the Community At-Large

August 19, 2019 Compiled by Stuart Hata Throughout my 30 years as a museum retail professional, I have often had to explain to others how museum stores support their institutions and the public at-large. These conversations have occurred within professional circles, through my personal network of friends and family and with casual acquaintances and complete […]

Motivating Staff Members: Cash Is Not King

August 5, 2019 By Susan Saylor Recently, MSA President Susan Tudor asked for suggestions from other MSA members on ShopTalk for ideas that would help motivate employees to convert visitors to members. I replied to Susan in a private message, and she appreciated the suggestions so much, she encouraged me to share the information in […]

PRO-File: Katherine Kornblau

July 22, 2019 By David Duddy Katherine J. Kornblau is the founder and president of KJK Jewelry, Inc., which specializes in working with museums and other cultural institutions to create custom jewelry that complements collections and exhibitions. Katherine studied art history at Oberlin College. A lifelong New Yorker, Katherine reflects on her career, the impact […]

Big Ideas from AAM’s Annual Meeting — and How They Fit Into Museum Retail Stores

June 24, 2019 By Julie Steiner Part 1: Diversity, Equity, Accessibility and Inclusion I had the privilege of attending the American Alliance of Museum’s (AAM) 2019 Annual Meeting last month. I participated in learning sessions with museum professionals from all areas of the field: curators, educators, administrators, trustees, directors, collections staff, volunteers, students and more. […]