Working with Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, Hilferty designed a traveling exhibit to raise awareness about stormwater pollution. This display has been on loan to many community organizations across Ohio since February 2018 and is scheduled to continue to travel through this fall.Read More
The team managing the project for the new and improved American Museum of Science and Energy held an event in Oak Ridge, sharing the vision for the new museum with the community.Read More
Hilferty has had a strong presence in Kentucky museums for decades. Did you know that we helped create the Kentucky Horse Park and design the Kentucky Derby Museum?
Hilferty staff will be presenting at the Kentucky Museum and Heritage Alliance Conference in Louisville in June. Their innovative session, “Off the Shelf,” will use its name literally and figuratively. “Museums” come in all shapes and sizes – from volunteer operated to behemoth corporate institutions, in historic buildings or glossy ultra-modern galleries. What can we learn from and share with each other, and what can we beg, borrow, and steal from other fields? What can you get “off the shelf” to enhance what you have– or how can you re-think what is already on your shelves? This session will share a snapshot of today’s best projects in the field, with practical takeaways on how you can try it at home.
Hilferty was honored to be recognized with two American Alliance of Museums Media and Technology MUSE Awards alongside our larger team including Monadnock Media, Inc., and staff from the Mississippi Department of Archives and History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum.
The American Alliance of Museums MUSE awards recognize outstanding achievement in media in galleries, libraries, archives, and museums media and celebrate scholarship, community, innovation, creativity, education and inclusiveness.
Join the team that created This Little Light of Mine for a special reception at the American Alliance of Museums Annual Meeting in Phoenix.
The informal reception, led by Transformit, will include staff from Hilferty, Exhibit Concepts, Monadnock Media, and Communications Electronic Design, who will be on hand to share their stories about their innovative work on this project
This Little Light of Mine is a lighting sculpture of intertwined “blades” that consist of a metal framework and fabric, with a series LED lights mounted to the framework. The sculpture is made up of 18 blades, and over 6000 total LEDs, that extend up into a three-story atrium and out into the museum exhibit galleries. The sculpture houses sensors which monitor visitor movement and allows the visitors to “direct” its lighting effects. Speakers are located around the perimeter of the space, as well as in the bottom of the sculpture. The sculpture “dances” during “show mode” to two songs, “This Little Light of Mine” and “Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around,” performed by a local Mississippi choir.
Hilferty led the design for the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, the first state-sponsored museum of its kind in the US, which opened in December 2017. The This Little Light of Mine sculpture and gallery was designed as a space of inspiration and contemplation at the heart of the challenging museum exhibits. The fabric & tubular aluminum sculpture was constructed and installed by Transformit acting as a subcontractor for the exhibit fabricator Exhibit Concepts. The lighting and multimedia was programmed, produced, and installed by Monadnock Media, Inc. and their subcontractor CED - Communications Electronics Design.
The reception will be hosted at the Transformit AAM Expo booth from 3:30-5pm on Monday May 7. Refreshments will be served.
The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum was honored to have a visit by Lonnie Bunch, founding director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture, in Washington D.C.
He toured the museum with Director Pam Junior. We were thrilled to see images of the two in front of our exhibits. Hilferty led the design for the new museum, which opened in December 2017.
The dynamic board of the OMA, and its fantastic members, made the conference a welcoming place to share experiences, brainstorm new ideas, reconnect with old friends, and make new ones!Read More
Hilferty is passionate about museums – ever since our start in 1971. This year we are participating in over a half dozen conferences, workshops, and programs in the fields of museums, history, exhibits, and design. We are presenting with our museum colleagues on topics like human rights, design, innovation, and building community relationships. We are learning about the latest trends in the field, in ideas and materials, so we can ensure our future projects are the best they can be for our partners.
Here’s an overview of where we have been and will be in 2018!
March 9-11, Building Museums Conference, Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums, Philadelphia, PA
March 17, History Relevance Workshop, Harrodsburg, KY
March 21-23, Tennessee Museum Association, Pickwick Landing State Park, TN
April 14-16, Ohio Museum Association Conference, Dayton, Ohio
May 6-9, American Alliance of Museums Conference, Pheonix, AZ
June 10-12, Kentucky Museum and Heritage Alliance Conference, Louisville, KY
July 19-12, Association of Midwestern Museums Conference, Chicago, IL
September 26-29, American Association of State and Local History Conference, Kansas City, MI
October 8-10, South Eastern Museums Conference, Jackson, MS
Stay tuned! We have other proposals pending. Do you have an idea for collaboration? We are very open to exploring projects and programs that support learning and innovation in our field!
An article from Commercial Appeal lists the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum as a top site in Civil Rights tourism, which is being considered an offshoot of traditional heritage tourism. This concept can be troublesome, the author notes, but visitors who are inspired to seek out these sites are out to challenge the assumptions of typical tourists.Read More
Hilferty is excited to be a part of the History Relevance Workshop, coming up Saturday March 17th at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill in Harrodsburg, Kentucky.#historyrelevance has been a trending topic in social media for some time, from the work of the National Council on Public History, to National History Day, to Museums Advocacy Day. The History Relevance Campaign, along with organizational mission, advocacy, and programming will be explored.Read More
Our friends and creative partners at Transformit just published a great blog post about the innovative work that went into creating, “This Little Light of Mine,” the interactive, three-story sculpture at the heart of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum.Read More
The Scottish Sun created a travelogue of important Civil Rights sites throughout the south, including the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum.Read More
Hilferty is beyond proud of the visitation numbers of the new Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, which they lead the design for. The MCRM shares a central location with the Mississippi History Museum. When these two museums opened on Dec. 9, tourism officials projected 180,000 visitors in the first year, with an annual economic impact of $17 million. Museum officials are almost halfway there with more than 80,000 visitors since the opening.Read More
Hilferty will be presenting at the 2018 Association of Midwestern Museums Conference in Chicago. We will be collaborating with staff from the Cincinnati Museum Center on the topic of trust between museums and their communities.Read More
The Environmental Programs of the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs at Ohio University reach out to Hilferty for their ideas on the design of a travelling exhibit that would educate the community about how to improve water quality from storm water run off.Read More
Hilferty is leading the design for American Museum of Science and Energy. The museum, built in 1975, is relocating to a new site in Oak Ridge. Dynamic exhibits and a variety of interactive media will share this complex and intriguing story with visitors.Read More
The BBC’s travel section highlights, “the new Mississippi Civil Rights Museum is an important stop for anyone interested in the US’ struggle for racial equality.”Read More
Hilferty is pleased to congratulate the National Great Lakes Museum on being recognized as a top attraction in the state of Ohio by USA Today’s 10 Best Ohio Attractions. Independent travel writers nominated twenty attractions around the state, and the NGLM came in against some strong competition at second place.Read More