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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.


Nonprofit Communications and Tecnology Conference - March 21, 2018. Hyatt Regency, Minneapolis.

2018 Communications and Technology Conference
March 21 - Minneapolis: The 2018 Nonprofit Communications & Technology Conference is the place to go to consider the ways your nonprofit is balancing the art of communication in a world of high-speed technology. You’ll dive into nonprofit strategies for everything from Sharepoint to social media, analytics to ADA compliance and much, much more. This is one conference you don’t want to miss for the latest and greatest in all things nonprofit communications and tech.

Ghost Towns: Are they still among us?
March 15 
- Shakopee: 6 to 8 p.m. Scott County Historical Society - Put your detective skills to work by digging into the history of local ghost towns. SCHS is looking for research help to locate clues related to Scott County ghost towns that are recorded as archaeological alpha sites. An alpha site usually has been recorded based on historic documentation or communication through local informants. Blondo Consulting will be there to orient volunteers, answer questions, and do research. For more information contact them at 952-445-0378.

Museum Education and Outreach
March 26 to May 25
- Online Course: American Association for State and Local History - This course is about how we can facilitate visitors’ meaningful and memorable experiences in the informal environments of museums. Cost: $195 members/$295 nonmembers.

Historic House Call: Immersive Education in Historic House Museums
March 21 
- Webinar: 2 - 3:30 p.m. (CDT). American Association for State and Local History - This webinar will look at the unique way the Molly Brown House Museum and Byers-Evans House Museum in Denver CO have reworked their spaces to bring in more immersive, hands-on sensory learning not only for school children but new groups including young professionals, repeat visitors, and the like. This webinar will inspire attendees to look at their space in a whole new way and not be afraid to look beyond the ropes. Cost: No cost to attend for members/$40 nonmembers.

Preservation Reference Desk: Caring for Family Treasures
March 27
- Webinar: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (CDT). The Family Treasures webinar will provide information 
about the preservation of family papers, photos, books, and other materials for future generations. You will learn about resources to help the public display, store, and care for their family collections. Register for this series if you work at a reference desk or frequently answer questions from the public. Cost: $45.

Managing Cash Flow
March 28
- Webinar: 12 to 1 p.m. (CDT). Propel Nonprofits - Learn how to anticipate and prepare for the ebb and flow of cash coming in and out of your organization. We’ll explore how to navigate your nonprofit’s cash flow and how different types of income and expenses impact your finances. You will learn ways to avoid and manage cash flow challenges. Cost: No cost to attend.

Can There Be Neutrality in Cataloging? A Conversation Starter
April 11
- Webinar: 12 - 1:30 p.m. How does one create awareness of the bias that may be introduced into automated systems? This session will look at the selection of vocabulary in establishing taxonomies and ontologies. What is the real nature of the issue? How might establishing, maintenance, and use of a thesaurus contribute to a more inclusive search/discovery process? And where should responsibility lie for developing such ostensibly neutral tools? How can we bring more diverse voices into the development/maintenance of these resources? Cost: $100 members/$135 nonmembers.

Minnesota History Whatever 2: A Gathering of Historians
March 23 -
For those of you new to this event, the "Minnesota History Whatever" is an opportunity to spend a day talking about subjects of common interest with other people who do history (in any number of different ways, contexts, organizations). Unlike a traditional conference, this one emphasizes conversation and interaction. The gathering is co-sponsored by the Minnesota Historical Society and the American Swedish Institute and partners with Minnesota Association of Museums, Minnesota Alliance of Local History Museums.

On the chart you'll find tentative topics for this year. They're divided roughly into four categories. Sessions in the first two - theory and application - need facilitators (at least two each). In the scholarship, they need people to report on history projects/research. The How-To sessions will be hands-on workshops. The Whatever will also include lunch, time for socializing, and speed networking.

Registration for the 2018 AMM Conference is Now Open
Online registration is now open for the 2018 Association of Midwest Museums Conference to be held in Chicago on July 18 to 21, 2018. Access early bird rates today through March 26, 2018.

Fundamentals of Nonprofit Finance

Field Services Alliance Tips: Emergency Preparedness
Field Services Alliance has published tips that can be used by cultural institutions to help improve their emergency response and preparedness.

NEH Fellowships
April 11
- Deadline: Fellowships support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. Recipients usually produce articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources in the humanities.

Common Heritage
May 31
- Deadline: This National Endowment for the Humanities program supports events organized by community cultural institutions, which members of the public will be invited to attend. At these events experienced staff will digitize the community historical materials brought in by the public. Project staff will also record descriptive information—provided by community attendees—about the historical materials.

Image: Society of Architectural Historians LogoSociety of Architectural Historians 71st Annual International Conference
April 18-22
, 2018 - Saint Paul: The Society of Architectural Historians will host its 71st Annual International Conference in Saint Paul MN. The conference will include 48 paper sessions that will draw architectural historians, art historians, architects, museum professionals, and preservationists from around the world together to present new research on the history of the built environment. In addition, roundtable discussions and architectural and landscape tours are being planned to enhance the overall program. Registration opens January 9, 2018.

2018 Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo
May 6 to 9
- Phoenix AZ: American Alliance of Museums - Connect, collaborate, and share practical advice with fellow museum professionals at more than 160 interactive sessions, on topics ranging from collections management and curatorial practice to education and audience research; from exhibit planning and design to marketing and community engagement.

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Image: MCN LogoMinnesota Foundations 2018
Join the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits for this annual analysis of the trends, staffing, program shifts and financial outlooks of more than 50 of the most important Minnesota foundations. You'll learn frank, current information about significant changes taking place in Minnesota's foundation community.

Whether you're an executive director, a board member involved in fundraising or a fund development staff person, this workshop is a great way to jump-start your funding prospects for 2018. This workshop will be offered concurrently in St. Paul, Bemidji, Proctor, Fergus Falls, Rochester, Mankato, and Sartell. Register at the location that's best for your grant-seeking priorities.

American Library Association Mid-Winter Conference

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Equity and Diversity Toolkit for Museums and Science Centers
Association of Science - Technology Centers offers this toolkit that contains resources in the areas of leadership support, assessment, communication, professional development, career pipeline, and implementation of roles and responsibilities.

Call for Session Proposals: Chicago 2018
The Midwest Archives Conference will hold its 2018 Annual Meeting March 21-24, 2018, at the Doubletree Magnificent Mile in Chicago IL. The Program Committee invites session proposals on all areas of archival practice and research and from allied fields. They are especially interested in proposals that align with the 2018 theme "Blurring Boundaries, Crossing Lines."

Forum - Collections preservation and conservation information
Do you have questions about caring for your collections? Join the Connecting to Collections Care Forum.

LGBTQ Heritage Theme Study
LGBTQ America: A Theme Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer History is a publication of the National Park Foundation for the National Park Service and funded by the Gill Foundation. Each chapter is written and peer-reviewed by experts in LGBTQ Studies and is available for free downloading.

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.

Annual Meeting Videos Available
If you missed the Minnesota Digital Library 12th Annual Meeting, the morning keynote and MDL Update sessions are now available online:

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.