Are you ready to…
create on-the-edge exhibits and programs that will turn heads and draw crowds?
turn your small museum into an award-winning leader of the museum pack?
and do all this on a shoestring?

An abundance thinking success story can be found in the picturesque village of Fayetteville just south of Syracuse, New York. The Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation, guided by its visionary founder, Sally Roesch Wagner, Ph.D., tells more than the story of Gage… What makes the Gage foundation a model abundance thinker is its embrace of its audiences in the exploration of relevancy. – Anne W. Ackerson (Director, Museum Association of New York), “The History Museum in New York State”. The Public Historian, August 2011.

Is your museum ready to rethink everything you’re doing and take risks to get to a new level of sustainability?

Then consider inviting Dr. Sally Roesch Wagner, founding director of the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation and the 2012 recipient of the Katherine Coffey Award for outstanding service to museology from the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums, for a daylong workshop to consult, play and dream with your board, staff or volunteers.
With no museum background, this academic/activist turned the run-down home of an unknown suffragist in a sleepy upstate village into a nationally-recognized center for dialogue on social justice issues. Thirteen years and a $1 million capital campaign behind her, she’s eager to share the pitfalls, challenges and successes of her story and apply the knowledge she gained to your museum or historical society.
Small museums and historic house museums are an endangered species today, as we all know. Relevance is the direction of best practice. From creating the first dialogue on the issue of reproductive choice in a U.S. museum to briefing Congressional representatives about the Girl Ambassador for Human Rights project she directed, Dr. Wagner has watched her small museum in an economically depressed area shoot onto the national stage through abundance thinking, relevant programming, interactional exhibits and strategic partnerships. Her model of success is inspiring, enlightening and empowering.

A full day residency is $500 plus travel and expenses.

If you are a New York state nonprofit organization, you may want to combine the residency with a free, open-to-the-public lecture funded through the Speakers in the Humanities program of the New York Council for the Humanities. General topics of “The Iroquois (Haudenosaunee) Influence on Women’s Rights” and “Matilda Joslyn Gage: Bringing Her Into History” can be adapted to your region and interests. Dr. Wagner is funded for a maximum of 10 lectures a year, so early booking is advised. Awarded the grant (apply eight weeks prior to the proposed date), you pay a $50 event fee and honorarium and expenses are paid by the New York Humanities. You can find the form and directions at

For more information about Wagner’s visionary leadership, see: