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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.


For when LHN is on break during the holidays, here are some General Resources:

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.

minnesota council of nonprofits logoRFP Open Now for 2019 MCN Conferences
January 23 - (Deadline): The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, along with their various co-hosts, welcomes your proposals for breakout sessions for three conferences coming in 2019. This is your chance to network and share your skills with your nonprofit peers. Learn more »

Crafting a Strong Session Proposal
January 16
- Webinar: 1 to 2 p.m. (CST) Minnesota Council of Nonprofits - Are you thinking about presenting a workshop in front of a nonprofit audience? Whether you're preparing for MCN's conferences in 2019 or you're getting ready to host your own workshop, this session can help you prepare your ideas. No cost to attend.  Learn More » 

Online Course: Basics of Archives
February 4 thru March 1 
- Online Course: American Association for State and Local History - This online course taught by Charles Arp is about caring for historical records. The recently revised Basics of Archives online course is designed to give organizations and individuals who are responsible for the care of historical records an introduction to the core aspects of managing and protecting historical records collections, using appropriate principles and best practices. Cost: $85 members/$160 nonmembers. Learn More »

Demystifying Silica Gel for Effective Microclimates
January 22
- Webinar: 1 to 2:30 p.m. Connecting to Collections Care - This Webinar will focus on understanding the different types of gel, why it matters which you use, and how to calculate appropriate amounts for use in a vitrine or storage cabinet. The basics of appropriate preservation environments, creating a safe microclimate, and how to monitor the environment within will be touched on. No cost to attend. Learn More »

Appraisal of Digital Records
March 1
- Milwaukee WI: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Society of American Archivists - Appraisal of Digital Records After a review of the fundamental principles of archival appraisal and appraisal policies, you’ll be introduced to the unique issues that need to be addressed when appraising electronic records. Case studies will highlight the practical aspects of appraisal when dealing with electronic records. Location: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Cost: $199-$249 members/$279-$349 nonmembers. Learn More »


  • Nonprofit Leadership Conference, June 13, 2019, Minneapolis (co-hosted with Humphrey School)
  • Nonprofit Fundraising Conference, July 25, 2019, Brooklyn Center (co-hosted with AFP-MN)
  • MCN Annual Conference, October 24 - 25, 2019, Rochester

Want help crafting your proposal? January 16 - There will be one webinar where MCN will guide you to consider ways to create a strong proposal that is likely to result in a successful conference workshop. Cost: No cost. Register » 


Engaging Donors Volunteers and InfluencersEngaging Donors, Volunteers, and Influencers
There is a yin and yang to Behind The Scenes (BTS) Experiences. Attend this session and understand the fundamentals of how smaller nonprofits can reasonably scale this model to meet their community needs. Whether that’s engaging experienced volunteers, connecting with essential influencers for broader community understanding, stewarding potential donors (from corporate sponsors to individuals to foundations) to fund your mission or a combination of all three. Fergus Falls » St. Paul » Duluth »

SHPO LogoPreserve MN Annual Conference Call for Session Proposals
February 1
 - (Deadline): The Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) is currently accepting proposals for speaker sessions for Preserve MN 2019, the Annual Statewide Historic Preservation Conference which will take place in St. Cloud MN, Wednesday, September 11 to Friday, September 13, 2019. Sessions should highlight topics related to Minnesota preservation, archaeology, history, architectural history, preservation planning, heritage tourism, sustainability, and other related topics.

Society of Gilders Conference Proposals
The Society of Gilders is holding its next conference the week of June 17-21, 2019 in St. Paul MN hosted by Macalester College. They expect about 40 people to attend for classes taught by other gilders, networking and work on a community project. They are reaching out to the Minnesota community for suggestions of a community project that might require gilding during that time period. Please contact Amy Ouradnik for more information and to submit proposals. See past community projects »

Book CoverThe Oral History Manual, 3rd Edition
The Oral History Manual is designed to help anyone interested in doing oral history research to think like an oral historian. Recognizing that oral history is a research methodology, the authors define oral history and then discuss the methodology in the context of the oral history life cycle – the guiding steps that take a practitioner from idea through access/use. They examine how to articulate the purpose of an interview, determine legal and ethical parameters, identify narrators and interviewers, choose equipment, develop budgets and record-keeping systems, prepare for and record interviews, care for interview materials, and use the interview information. Learn more »


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.