Alice Parman plans and conducts workshops on exhibit planning, custom-tailored for your conference or your museum. In recent years, Alice has been a keynote speaker and/ or workshop leader for Museums Alaska, Utah Museums Association, Utah Humanities Council, and the American Association for State and Local History.

Alice is available to jump-start the exhibit makeover process with your planning team. She’ll work with your museum or regional consortium to develop an agenda that meets your situation and needs. She’s also available to coach you through the process by email and phone. Click here to learn more.

Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum

Before and After images
with the Executive Director's comments:

Alaska Airlines Exhibit


The old philosophy of aviation museums was parking aircraft with placards telling visitors the vital statistics of the aircraft (size, horsepower, carrying capacity, etc) and a brief history of that particular airframe. Not much about the human story behind the aircraft.


Our new approach to exhibits involves using the "artifact" to tell the human story that surrounds the aircraft and its use. The environment is more immersive and provides the visitor with the personal link(s) to the hardware or the company.

Military Expeditions Exhibit


The old approach of generic exhibit cases with sterile data labels. Some personal information but not very engaging.



Using the Jamesway Huts for exhibit cases helps the visitors step back in time and engage with the personal artifacts and the stories they tell. It provides an experience for visitors with a little mystery or discovery involved; "That looks interesting. I wonder what's inside there?"

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