Museum People

Podcast hosts Marieke Van Damme and Dan Yaeger mixing it up at the Mystic Museum of Art.

Museum PeopleWelcome to Museum People, a NEMA-produced podcast that celebrates individuals connected with the museum field by highlighting their work, passions, opinions, and personalities. In each episode, you’ll hear stories and viewpoints from a variety of museum people, from unsung workers to executive directors, volunteers to trustees, as they help change the world one visitor at a time. NEMA Executive Director Dan Yaeger and Marieke Van Damme, director of the Cambridge Historical Society, are hosts. Each season of Museum People features eight episodes released weekly.

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Season 3, Episode 1 – January 25, 2017

Season 3 starts with Dan on location at the 2016 AASLH Annual Meeting in Detroit, getting choice comments from history professionals. Marieke and Dan reminisce about their childhood dolls before an interview with Debra Britt, founder and director of the National Black Doll Museum.

Music credits: “Funky Bots,” Admiral Bob; “Fallwind,” 700P3D,

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Season 3, Episode 2 – February 1, 2017

Dan tries to convince Marieke to attend national Museums Advocacy Day before segueing into Part II of the AASLH “person on the street” interviews. Marieke interviews Laurie Phillips of Museum Sage and relates her experience with the program when she was guided by museum consultant Rainey Tisdale.

Music credits: “By By Baby, JeffSpeed68 ,

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Season 3, Episode 3 – February 8, 2017

EmilyMarieke and Dan compare notes about the Inauguration and subsequent protests. Marieke interviews archivist Emily Gonzalez about collecting items from the Boston Women’s March. Dan has a chat with Steven Rothstein of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library about JFK’s legacy and its meaning for today.

Music credits: “Reverie (small theme),” ghost; “Hanging Eleven,” Kara Square,

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Season 3, Episode 4 – February 15, 2017

Becky FullertonMarieke and Dan talk about their wilderness experiences. Dan interviews archivist/artist Becky Fullerton of the Appalachian Mountain Club and explores the similarities between museums and the great outdoors. Marieke closes out the episode with an impassioned appeal to museum activism.

Music credits: “Wayo Wayo,” Reiswerk,

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Season 3, Episode 5 – February 15, 2017

Dan complains about the snow and wonders where all the kids have gone who used to shovel your driveway. Marieke revives the Pokémon Go discussion. Dan interviews Brian Cofrancesco of Connecticut’s Old State House, who talks about the Kid Governor Program and the importance of civic engagement.

Music credits: “Bueno Jazz,” texasradiofish,

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Season 3, Episode 6 – March 1, 2017

Dan and Marieke wax rhapsodic about the unusual niche museums in our midst. George Norton and David Ball of the Spellman Museum of Stamps and Postal History host Dan for a tour and interview. D and M close out the episode reflecting on small museum challenges.

Music credits: “Be What You Are,” unreal_dm,

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Season 3, Episode 7 – March 8, 2017

Marieke and Dan recall their earliest memories. Marieke hosts her first long-distance interview with fellow podcaster Nate Dimeo of The Memory Palace, who also serves as the artist-in-residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Music credits: “4 Guitars,” JeffSpeed68,

Podcast credits: The Memory Palace,

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Season 3, Episode 8 – March 15, 2017

Season 3 closes out with an interview with Nick Capasso, executive director of the Fitchburg Art Museum, who describes how the museum is helping transform a “dying mill town” through contemporary art and community collaboration.

Music credits: “Polydactyl Super Cat,” unreal_dm,

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Thanks and Credits

Museum People voiceover: Emily Robertson

Sound engineering for voiceover: Joe Rivers

Theme music: “Café Connection,” morgantj,


The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are solely those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the views of their employers.