Conferences and Continuing Education

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The following list is gathered by the Local History Services team. Please send updates as needed.

Conferences/Workshops

Care of Metals 
April 6 to May 8
- Online Course: Northern States Conservation Center - Learn how to identify different types of metal and their alloys. Gain an understanding of how and why metals deteriorate and methods for preventing deterioration from occurring or continuing. An overview of treatments, including cleaning, used on metals and how appropriate they are for the long-term preservation of the metal object will help students make care decisions when consulting with conservators. Learn more »

Practical Leadership 2.0 - Virtual Training
April 7
- Webinar: Minnesota Council of Nonprofits - Many work environments are increasingly complex and uncertain, requiring high functioning teams. Effective teamwork and collaboration needs to be cultivated and given regular attention. This workshop helps team leaders develop shared leadership among team members and provides concrete tools for improving collaboration between team members. Cost: $129 members/$169 nonmembers. Learn more »

Preservation Planning in Practice: Strategically Guiding Collections Care
April 9
- Webinar: 1 p.m. Conservation Center - In this webinar, presenters will begin by discussing the different types of assessments that cultural heritage institutions of all sizes can use to evaluate their collections care needs and jump start their preservation planning process. Cost: $25 members/$30 nonmembers. Learn more »

Fire Protection Strategies for Collections & Museums
May 6
- Webinar: 1 to 2:30 p.m. (CDT). Connecting to Collections - Managing the fire risk to collections and museums requires a multi-pronged strategy incorporating prevention programs, fire containment measures, as well as detection and suppression systems. When implemented together, the frequency of unintentional fires can be drastically reduced, and the impact of fires successfully managed. A brief review of the Smithsonian’s fire experience, lessons learned, and strategies employed to manage fire risk will be presented. Cost: No cost to attend. Learn more »

Webinar Recording: Insurance 101: Practical Considerations for Protecting Institutional Collections and Loans
Connecting to Collections - This webinar recording is appropriate for all levels of experience from beginner to expert as an introduction and review of collections insurance basics and how they are an integral part of collections care. We will examine loss prevention, loss control and how to protect the collection through good housekeeping, landscaping, managing patrons, and during transport of objects. In addition, examples of recent claims and outcomes to illustrate how insurance responds to loss and damage will be presented. Watch the recording »

How to Create Opportunity from Chaos
March 25 - Webinar: 1 to 2 p.m. American Association for State and Local History - Join in for a presentation and discussion on how to leverage the unexpected. Participants will hear examples from Brooke Salvanto at Tuckerton Seaport about how they turned chaos into opportunity by taking part in an interactive developed by Brooke called Cards of Chaos. Those attending the webinar will find inspiration in how to create their own opportunities out of unforeseen events all while working with limited budgets and with limited staffing. Cost: $40 members/$65 nonmembers. Learn more »

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Earn Your 2020 Seal of Transparency on GuideStar
March 25
- Webinar: 1 to 2:00 p.m. (CDT). Grantspace - Time for a spring refresh for your Nonprofit Profile on GuideStar! You can now earn one of our new 2020 Seals of Transparency and we’ll show you how. Cost: No cost to attend. Learn more »

From Reluctant Fundraiser to Fundraising Superhero
March 26
- Webinar: 12 p.m. (CDT). Charity Village – Discover how you can fundraise in a way that feels good (and is more effective). Cost: No cost to attend. Learn more »

Introduction to Integrated Pest Management
April 6
- Online Class: Museum Study, LLC - This 4-week online course explores the foundation of knowledge needed to solve pest problems in a myriad of situations that might be encountered in cultural institutions. Cost: $400. Learn more »

National Fund for Sacred Places focus on Sacred Places and Women's History
April 22
- Letter of Intent Due: Sacred places have played a critical role in shaping the character of our communities—receive grant funding to keep these historic places an important part of our national cultural heritage. The National Fund for Sacred Places provides training, planning grants, and capital grants from $50,000 to $250,000 for congregations of all faiths. This year our nation celebrates the 100th anniversary of the women’s suffrage movement, where women and men across the country fought—and won—a major victory for women’s equality and their right to express their voice through the power of the ballot box. Learn more »

Looking at Glazing: Finding the Best Solution to Protect Your Works of Art and Historic Artifacts
March 25
- Webinar: Connecting to Collections Care - This webinar will review these various alternatives and their properties in order to make informed decisions when choosing the most appropriate glazing for each particular application. Learn more »

How to Spot Opportunity When it is Disguised as Chaos
March 25
- Webinar: 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. (CDT). This webinar will welcome active participation as we all share how we have leveraged the unexpected. Participants will hear examples and ideas of how Tuckerton Seaport has turned chaos into opportunity by taking part in an interactive developed by Brooke called Cards of Chaos. Those attending the webinar will find inspiration in how to create their own opportunities out of unforeseen events all while working on limited budgets and with few staff. Cost: $40 members/$65 nonmembers. Learn more »

Looking at Glazing: Finding the Best Solution to Protect Your Works of Art and Historic Artifacts
March 25
- Webinar: 1 to 3 (CST). Connecting to Collections Care - Glazing, flat glass or acrylic fit in a frame or display case to protect works of art and historic artifacts, is available in a wide variety of options from very basic to containing multiple protective qualities. This webinar will review these various alternatives and their properties in order to make informed decisions when choosing the most appropriate glazing for each particular application. Cost: No cost to attend. Learn more »

A Guide to Approaching Audiovisual Digitization
This paper was written through support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The information discussed in the paper is meant to help collection holders prepare their materials and their technology systems for a digitization initiative, as well as give a brief overview of digitization workflows. There is also a discussion of some of the updates made to the BAVC workflow over the last two years. This section may be of interest to those interested in the technical and procedural aspects of digitization workflows.  Download paper »

Archiving Classes - The Society of American Archivists often has events in Minnesota. Register »
Collections Webinars - The Connecting to Collections Online Community offers free webinars. Register » 
Document Conservation - NEDCC has many webinars on paper, books, and similar items and topics. Register » 
Nonprofit Education - Propel Nonprofits and the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits feature local training.

Online Continuing Education

Free Webinar Recordings
Wisconsin Historical Society has pre-recorded webinars available for viewing: Intro to PastPerfect 5 and Basic Archival Supplies and Preservation Methods.

Free Collections Care Webinars
Connecting to Collections Online Community offers "Caring for Yesterday's Treasures--Today," a series of free, online courses about the preservation of archival and historical collections. Check online for dates and registration information.

ONLINE MUSEUM CLASSES THROUGH NORTHERN STATES CONSERVATION CENTER
Online museum classes offered by the Northern States Conservation Center.

Online Information for Exempt Organizations

IRS Exempt Organizations has developed an educational website with an online version of their popular workshop for Small and Mid-Sized 501(c)(3) organizations, plus mini-courses on other topics of interest, including information on the redesigned Form 990.

PastPerfect Online Training

The online training classes, "Cataloging Your Collection with PastPerfect 4.0" and "Managing Contacts, Donations and Membership with PastPerfect 4.0" are taught by a live, experienced PastPerfect instructor via internet and conference call.

Free ADA Training

Ten free training lessons regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act are available online from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Preservation 101

Northeast Document Conservation Center offers a set of free online courses in the basics of caring for objects.