The American Alliance of Museums finished up their annual meeting in Seattle this week with about 5,000 people in attendance, including many from China, England, and Canada. The weather was jaw-dropping beautiful so trading it for the sessions indoors was a dilemma at times, but nothing would have pulled me away from the opening plenary which featured Erik Larson, author of Isaac’s Storm and Devil in the White City, who discussed his process for writing these histories. He doesn’t think of himself as an historian, however, but as an “animator of history” who seeks to “create a rich historical experience.” Hmm. Sounds like what historic sites do. I was also provoked by several very intriguing sessions related to history museums and I’ll be sharing highlights soon. In the meantime, enjoy these snapshots from the annual meeting.