Speaker: Matthew MacArthur
April 13-17, 2010
Denver, Colorado, USA

Speakers: Biography

Matthew MacArthur

Director of New Media
National Museum of American History
AHB 4010 MRC 603
P.O. Box 37012
Washington DC
20013-7012 USA

Matthew MacArthur is Director of New Media at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History, Washington, D.C. His department administers the museum’s award-winning Web site and oversees a range of digital media projects, including social media outreach, interactive kiosks, mobile devices, and e-mail communication. At the Smithsonian, he has worked on a variety of initiatives that employ technology in the teaching of history and material culture. A number of these groundbreaking projects, including Revealing Things and HistoryWired, have experimented with innovative interface techniques. During his tenure, NMAH sites have won recognition from such organizations and publications as the American Association of Museums, New York Festivals, HOW magazine, Communication Arts, and I.D. magazine. Matthew serves as adjunct faculty in the Johns Hopkins University museum studies program. He holds a B.A. in American Studies from the University of Oregon and an M.A. in history from the Claremont Graduate School, where he focused on history and new media.

Matthew will present Small Towns and Big Cities: How Museums Foster Community Online. [Paper]