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.

Conferences/Workshops

2019 Overcoming Racism Conference
November 15
- Bemidji: 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Minnesota Council of Nonprofits - Attendees of this session will also gather in-person for locally-organized peer conversations and breakout sessions. Throughout the day, the conference aims to increase knowledge, build skills, and create strategies for change. Cost: $50. Learn more »

How to Create a Year-End Marketing Plan to Engage Donors
November 26
- Webinar: 12 to 1 p.m. (CST). Network for Good – Learn how a great marketing and PR strategy implemented as part of your overall year-end game plan will keep your organization at the forefront and quadruple your results. Cost: No cost to attend. Learn more »   

So Many Generations, So Little Time!
December 5
- Webinar: 12 to 1 p.m. (CST). In this webinar, you'll learn about what makes each generation tick and how you can connect in ways that THEY seek. Participants will discover common beliefs about fundraising that are deeply damaging to relationships with donors and ultimately their fundraising bottom line. Cost: No cost to attend. Learn more »

Introduction to Proposal Writing
December 4
- Webinar: 1 to 2 p.m. (CST). GrantSpace - This class will provide you with an overview of how to write a standard project proposal to a foundation. It will include: The basic elements of a proposal; The "do's" and "don'ts" of writing and submitting a proposal; How to follow up whether the answer is yes or no. Cost: No cost to attend. Learn more » 

Insurance – How to Manage Your Organization’s Risk
December 5
- Webinar: 1 to 2:30 p.m. (CST). Connecting to Collections - This webinar will cover how and why insurance will help you to manage risks to your institution and the types of insurance and risk strategies appropriate for museums and other cultural institutions with collections. Cost: No cost to attend. Learn more »

TIPS & TOOLS

American Association for State and Local History has published the National Visitation Report after surveying more than 1,250 institutions around the country. 

10-Step Budgeting Process
November 20
- Webinar: 12 to 1 p.m. Propel Nonprofits - The success and usefulness of your budget largely depend on the process used to create it. You will walk away from this webinar with a proven 10-step budget process that will get everyone involved and ensure that your budget reflects your organization’s mission, strategic plan, and programmatic priorities. Cost: No cost to attend. Learn more »

Introduction to Collections Data Management
December 2
- Webinar: LYRASIS - Learn good data management, how to evaluate current data management practices and the first steps toward creating a data management plan. Cost: $75. Learn more »

Managing Moving Image Collections
November 21
- Webinar: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (CST). Northeast Document Conservation Center - This webinar introduces participants to concepts that will facilitate the care and management of moving image collections. The instructor will discuss common film formats and their preservation risks, as well as introduce tools for film identification and assessment. Cost: $45. Learn more »

How to Change a Light Bulb: LED Lighting for Museums
November 21
- Webinar: 1 to 2 p.m. (CDT). Connecting To Collections Care - This webinar will demonstrate how light-emitting diodes (LEDs) emit light, describe methods for assessing the qualities of light and provide examples of how good lighting design can help provide a dynamic visitor experience while minimizing light’s harmful impact on collections. Cost: No cost to attend. Learn more »

TIPS & TOOLS

Halloween is a good time to review Minnesota's laws on Burial Sites Protection for historic cemeteries and burial grounds, including over 12,000 known Indian burial mounds and hundreds of early historic cemeteries. 

Using Financial Analysis to Tell Your Story
November 13
- Twin Cities Metro: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Propel Nonprofits - This workshop builds on the information learned in Fundamentals of Nonprofit Finance and Fundamentals of Budgeting to build powerful strategies using current financial indicators and measures. You will learn how to tell your financial story for greater mission success. Cost: $75. Learn more »

Using Financial Analysis to Tell Your Story
November 13
- Minneapolis: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Propel Nonprofits - This workshop builds on the information learned in Fundamentals of Nonprofit Finance and Fundamentals of Budgeting to build powerful strategies using current financial indicators and measures. You will learn how to tell your financial story for greater mission success. Cost: $75. Learn more » 

Live Webinar: Introduction to Audio, Visual & Film Media and Their Care
December 5
- Webinar: 2 to 3:30 p.m. American Association for State and Local History - Join in for a lively overview of the many types of media & materials that comprise audiovisual media and movie film. The information will be presented in a historical context to give the participants an ability to more accurately identify these types of artifacts that may be in their collections.Cost: $40 members/$65 nonmembers. Learn more »

Writing Your Preservation Assistance Grant
November 14
- Webinar: NEDCC - This webinar covers the issues that should be considered when preparing to submit a National Endowment for the Humanities Preservation Assistance Grant. Emphasis will be on preparing the grant narrative, making the case for your project, getting requisite information from consultants, and putting together a good budget. Cost: No cost to attend. Learn more/Register »

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 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.