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CMEG Milestones

1981 – 1985   

Museum Communicators Group meets (a precursor to CMEG)

Aug 1991       

Planning for CMEG begins

Oct 1991

First monthly CMEG meeting

Mar 1993       

First CMEG Road Trip: House on the Rock, Spring Green, WI
How can a “museum” that breaks all the rules be so much fun?

Spring 1996

Second CMEG Road Trip: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland
Hey, hey rock and roll!!!

Feb 1996

CMEG Label Writing Workshop at Field Museum

Dec 1997

CMEG Members Directory–first edition

Dec 1998

CMEG meetings go to 4-5 times a year

Apr 2003

Third CMEG Road Trip: Memphis, Tennessee
Graceland, Sun Studio, National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum, and the Gibson Guitar Plant

May 2007

American Association of Museums annual conference, Chicago
CMEG hosts a Mentoring Roundtable
: "One Hundred Reasons to form a professional networking group in your area - and how to do it successfully" 
CMEG Develops and distributes a brochure entitled "100 years of Museum Exhibitions: A Tour of Chicago's Milestones"

Oct 2008

CMEG drops snail-mail in favor of solely e-mailed invitations; and creates an e-mail only pdf of the CMEG directory

Fall 2009

CBusMEG (Columbus Museum Exhibitors Group) starts up in Columbus, Ohio – modeled after CMEG

Nov 2009

CMEG joins Facebook

Dec 2009

New CMEG website

Sep 2011 CMEG's 20th Anniversary (with cupcakes)

Oct 2016 CMEG's 25th Anniversary (with cake)

2016–2017 CMEG leadership decided to redefine the organization’s goals and role within the Chicago community, an initiative we dubbed CMEG 2.0.  We surveyed our members to gauge what they most value about CMEG, our communication practices, what could be changed in the future, and basic member demographics. The information is being used as we continue to update and improve CMEG.

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