Conferences and Continuing Education

Sharpen Your Skills by Attending Training

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


Security for Collections
January 29
- Webinar: 1 p.m. Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts - This webinar provides an overview of collections security with a focus on protection from theft and vandalism. Topics will include secure storage, protection of materials while in use, and security policies and procedures. Learn more »

It’s a New World: How to Cultivate Your Online Community
January 29
- Webinar: 1 to 2 p.m. Firespring - One of the biggest challenges facing organizations is changing the culture of giving and engagement, and our futures depend on it. Discover the secret sauce of cultivating a community of online donors primed and ready to support you. Learn more »

Evaluation Basics: What Evaluation is and How to Use It - Multi-part Virtual Training
February 4
- Webinar: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Minnesota Council of Nonprofits - Evaluation can give us insights about our work, stories to share with others and ideas to strengthen our programs and their impact. Done thoughtfully, the evaluation also can provide the chance to engage stakeholders in new and meaningful ways. Join The Improve Group for this two-part virtual training to learn how to incorporate evaluation into your work. Cost: $89 members/$139 nonmembers. Learn more » 

2020 Native American Library Services: Basic Grants - New Applicant Webinar 2
February 11
- Webinar: 3 to 4 p.m. CST). A webinar to learn more about the FY 2020 Native American Library Services: Basic Grants program, ask questions, and listen to the questions and comments of other participants. Cost: No cost to attend. Learn more »

Caring for Scrapbooks
February 11
- 1 to 2:15 p.m. (CST). Webinar: Northwest Document Conservation Center - Scrapbooks document personal moments alongside local and national history. The variety of records and materials inside--and the myriad methods of fastening them to the page--pose significant preservation challenges. Participants will learn about the structure of scrapbooks, the types of materials commonly found in them, methods of attachment, implications for preservation and conservation, and how to provide the best level of care for scrapbook collections. Low-cost, in-house preservation approaches are included. Cost: $45. Learn more » 

7 Things Your Nonprofit Can Do to Get the Most out of Your Website in 2020
February 18
- Webinar: 1 to 2 p.m. (CST). Techsoup - In this webinar, our partners at Tapp Network, a purpose-driven digital agency, will walk you through client case studies and key insights on how to improve your web presence so your marketing efforts don't go to waste. Following this webinar, you'll know how to evaluate your website and take seven actionable steps to ensure that your organization is putting its best foot forward in all things digital for 2020. Cost: No cost to attend. Learn more » 


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Learn Current Information about Updates and Changes in Minnesota's Foundations
Minnesota Council of Nonprofits - These workshops will include information about some of your area's most active private, community, and corporate foundations. This session is a time to dig beyond the grantmakers’ websites and to hear candidly from your peer grantseekers about their experiences and knowledge about working with various foundations.

History Check-In: African American Women's Suffrage
February 11
- Webinar: 2 to 3:15 p.m. (CST). American Association for State and Local History - This webinar asks how we can better incorporate African American women into our histories of women's suffrage and voting rights. This question challenges often stated assumptions about a narrative that goes from Seneca Falls to 1920. And from this vantage point, ratification of the 19th Amendment was not a clear victory in the struggle for women’s rights. As white American women celebrated being granted the vote, many black women remained disenfranchised for another 45 years. Cost: $20 members/$30 non-members. Learn more »

Treasurer/Finance Committee: Right People, Right Roles
February 12
- Minneapolis: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Propel Nonprofits - This session is geared toward helping new treasurers and finance committee members (or current ones looking for a refresher) be successful in their role. Cost: $75. Learn more »


Nonprofit Annual Reports

True Program Costs
January 22
- Webinar: 12 to 1 p.m. (CST). Propel Nonprofits - Understanding the true, full cost of delivering programs and services is essential for management decisions, program design, and effective fund development. This webinar provides an introduction to calculating program costs and an overview of tools that will help you understand your true program costs and develop realistic budgets. Cost: no cost to attend. Learn more »

The Engaged Nonprofit Budget: Budgeting to Reflect Today’s Shifting Financial Realities
January 23
- Webinar: 12 to 1 p.m. (CST). Propel Nonprofits - Join in for an in-depth exploration of current financial trends and how they should impact your approach to your next annual budget. Cost: $69. Learn more »

Understanding the State Budget
January 31
- Webinar: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. (CST). Minnesota Council of Nonprofits - Learn about what the state’s latest economic forecast means for state tax and budget decisions. Cost: $15 members/$35 nonmembers. Learn more »

Strategies for Nitrate Negatives and Film
February 4 - Webinar: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (CST). NEDCC  - This webinar, presented by NEDCC’s Director of Imaging Services, will cover all of the logistical complexities involved in a digitization/reformatting project that includes nitrocellulose-based film, from packing and shipping to long-term storage and maintenance to the ethical dilemma of retention vs. disposal. Cost: $45. Register »

Identifying and Preserving Motion Picture Film
February 20
- Webinar: 1 p.m. (CST). Connecting to Collections Care - This webinar will help to figure out what kind of film you have in your collection and what kind of shape it’s in. The speaker will go over some of the more common types of film elements and types of deterioration that may affect film holdings. After they discuss how to triage your collection she will provide you with guidelines for digitization, choosing file formats, an outline for what to ask from potential vendors, and what types of digital storage may be appropriate. Learn more »


The AASLH National Visitation Report: The View from Small Museums

Tick Tock – Care for Your Clock
January 22
- Webinar: 1 to 2:30 p.m. (CST). Connecting to Collections Care - This webinar will provide information for the care of clocks in small museum collections. Cost: No cost to attend. Learn more »

Is Your Organization Ready for StEPs?
January 23
- Webinar: 2 to 3 p.m. (CST). American Association for State and Local History - Is your organization ready for StEPs? Join us for this free, one-hour webinar to hear how StEPs can help your organization create a road map for meaningful change. StEPs is a self-study assessment program open to any museum, historical society, historic house, site, or related organization. It is intended for small- and mid-sized organizations that do not feel ready for other assessment programs, but larger museums may find it useful for prioritizing and as a refresher checklist or training tool. Cost: No cost to attend. Learn more »

Celebrate with Collections! Utilizing collections in your community's Anniversary Celebration
January 23
- Webinar: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (CST). Northeast Document Conservation Center - Before you bring out your most precious items, though, you'll want to attend this webinar to learn how to protect them during handling, scanning, and exhibition. The instructor will also explain how you can collaborate with other local organizations to save time and money as you engage the public in your community's history. It's never too early to begin planning. Cost: No cost to attend. Learn more »

Series II: Environmental Data Analysis
January 23, February 20, and March 19,
2020 - Webinar: 1 to 2 p.m. (Central Time). RIT: Image Permanence Institute - This webinar series consists of three webinars, “Understanding Fluctuations and Equilibrations,” “Setting Appropriate Parameters,” and “Responding to Issues.” These are designed to teach participants with at least one year of environmental data on how to progress from the monitoring stage to the management stage. At the end of the series, participants will be able to analyze and interpret meaning from environmental data and respond to data interpretation by creating appropriate action plans. Cost: No cost to attend. Learn more/Register »

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 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.