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Professional Development and Networking Luncheon

  • March 06, 2020
  • 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Twin Lights State Historic Site, 2 Light House Rd, Highlands, NJ 07732
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Join your museum colleagues and friends from around the state on Friday, March 6, 2020 for a networking luncheon and professional development workshop at the Twin Lights State Historic Site in Highlands, Monmouth County, New Jersey.

Please note: Due to size of venue, only 30 total registrations can be accommodated.   

Participate in lively discussions about the museum field with your peers over lunch.  Then engage in an interactive professional development session on Disaster Management.  Finish the afternoon with a site tour exploring the Lighthouse and exhibitions.

12 PM: Networking Luncheon

1 PM: Professional Development Workshop: Soot Happens: How to Recover from the Unthinkable presented by Sue Shutte, Historian, Ringwood Manor  

When professionals at museums and historic sites prepare their disaster management plans, they often focus on environmental catastrophes such as floods and fires. But what about other major incidents that fall outside of these two categories, but are just as devastating? How can professionals working in the field be better prepared for these types of events? This presentation will focus on three separate disasters that took place at the same historic site- burglary, structural failure, and mechanical systems failure- and the challenges each posed in order to recover and reopen the site to the public.  

Sue Shutte is the historian at Ringwood Manor, the former 51-room summer home of the Cooper & Hewitt families. Today, the estate is a designated National Historic Landmark district and a NJ state-owned historic site.  Ms. Shutte obtained her masters degree in historic preservation planning from Cornell University in 2003. She became an unwitting expert in disaster management and recovery in no small part because of three separate disasters that took place at Ringwood Manor in a span of less than a year (March 2011 to January 2012). 

2PM: Tour of Twin Lights Historic Site

Location: Twin Lights State Historic Site, 2 Light House Rd, Highlands, NJ 07732

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