By Ben Hruska, Assistant Administrator, Block Island Historical Society
Longtime island summer resident Dennis O'Toole, left, attended the conference. He is director of the Canada Alamosa Institute in Monticello, N.M. The author is at right.
Last week I attended the American Association of Museums Annual meeting in Boston. The organization celebrated its 100-year contribution to the museum field, and this meeting of 6,500 represented the single largest gathering of museum professionals in history. Rubbing shoulders with museum professionals from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Smithsonian, I could not help but think that I represented the smallest museum on the smallest island in the smallest state."