May 18 is International Museums Day.  ICOM has a list of events happening around the world.

As a local historian, even a local historian interested in the web, I find it very easy to lose sight of the global character of museums and historical organizations.  The world easily telescopes into North America, the US, Minnesota, Hennepin County, Minneapolis.  The small and marginalized nature of lots of local history projects makes it even more tempting and pressing to magnify the role of the local in interpretation and collaboration.  But we are, importantly ,connected to an international network of museums and people interested in preserving and finding meaning in the past.  Though the specific locations and foci differ, we can share tools, techniques, standards, theories on the way museums function in public life.  Happy International Museums Day, everyone!