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.



Is Social Enterprise Right for You?
April 24
- Webinar: 12 to 1 p.m. (CDT). Propel Nonprofits - Starting a social enterprise can be a great way for your organization to achieve the double bottom line: mission impact and a new unrestricted revenue stream. Join them as they define social enterprise and look at the four areas you should research as you evaluate this option for your organization. Learn more »

Best Practices for Board Service: Historic House Museums - Part II
April 24
- Webinar: 1:30 to 3 p.m. (CDT). Wisconsin Historical Society - During this webinar, they will discuss what historic site board members do collectively and as individuals to support the organization with their "time, talent and treasure." All-volunteer historic sites will be talked about, as well as those with staff, to differentiate what the board versus the staff does in both types of organizations. Cost: No cost to attend.  Learn more »

An Introduction to Herbaria and Herbarium Practices
May 9
- Webinar: 1 to 2:30 p.m. (CDT). Connecting to Collections Care - This webinar will provide an overview of herbarium collections. This includes covering the broad range of taxonomic organisms that may be housed in a traditional herbarium and what some of the storage options are for their many forms. Some basic schemes of organization and what a taxonomic revision means for collections will be discussed. Cost: No cost to attend. 
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Museum and Education Outreach - An AASLH Small Museum Pro! Online Course
March 25 - May 17
: Online course. At their heart, regardless of type or size, museums are engaging, dynamic places of education. This AASLH online course, Museum Education and Outreach, is about how we can facilitate visitors’ meaningful and memorable experiences in the informal environments of museums. Cost: $195 members/$295 nonmembers. Learn more »


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.

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 »

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.