HAPA: Historical Administration Program Association

Since 1975, over 360 people have graduated from the Historical Administration Program. An active and extensive alumni association, the Historical Administration Program Association, supports the program and the current students in numerous ways, including through financial support for the fall and spring study trips. The association publishes a quarterly newsletter, HAPpenings; sponsors a yearly symposium; and maintains a current directory of alumni.

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HAPpenings (newsletter)

Annual Symposium                                                                                        

2013 Annual Symposium Brochure

Each spring, the alumni association sponsors a symposium on some aspect of current museum theories and practices. The symposium is open to the public, and offers an annual opportunity for alumni, faculty, and current HA students to reconnect.

Recent Symposia include:

  • 2011 "Museum Standards: Evolution or Revolution?"
  • 2010 "Bridging the Gap: Cultural Institutions and their Communities in the 21st Century"
  • 2009 "The Ties that Bond: Museums Making Connections"
  • 2008 "Ambassadaors of History: A New Voice for Marketing Museums"
  • 2007 "Justify Your Existence: A Question of Relevance"
  • 2006 "Extreme Makeover: Remaking your Museum Career"
  • 2005 "You Want Me To Do What??? Museum Training Versus Museum Reality"


 Keynote speakers have included:

  • 2011 Cherie Cook, Senior Program Manager, American Association for State and Local History
  • 2010 Bob Beatty, Vice President for Programs, American Association for State and Local History
  • 2009 Mary Alexander, Director Maryland Historical Trust Museum Assistance Program
  • 2008 Ellsworth H. Brown, Director, Wisconsin Historical Society
  • 2007 William Underwood Elland, Director, Georgia Museum of Art
  • 2006 Kristie Frieze, Executive Director, Lewis and Clark Fort Mandan Foundation
  • 2005 Janice Klein, Director, Mitchell Museum of the American Indian