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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.


Writing Your Preservation Assistance Grant
November 13 
- Webinar: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (CDT). NEDCC - Be ready for the new grant deadline on January 15, 2019. This webinar covers the issues that should be considered when preparing to submit an NEH 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. Register » 

How to Close a Museum
November 13
- Webinar: 1 to 2:30 p.m. (CDT). Connecting to Collections Care - When closing is inevitable how can the process be done properly, meeting both legal and ethical standards? Beginning with a review of what causes a museum to close, this webinar will provide the specific actions needed to bring a “good end,” including legal requirements, collections disposal, maintaining community relations, and recognizing the deep commitments of founders and other stakeholders. Cost: No cost. Register »

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MCN Annual Conference
November 14 thru 15
- St. Paul - The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits will be holding its annual meeting at the Saint Paul RiverCentre. This year's focus is "Choosing hope in times of disruption." This conference will feature exhibitors, various breakout sessions, awards, and keynote speakers. The second day has been adjusted for those participating in Given to the Max Day.
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November 14 thru 16 - Hinckley - The Minnesota Indian Education Association has opened registration for this year's annual conference at the Grand Casino. This conference provides a variety of breakout sessions and includes quiz bowls, special speakers, and more for students and professionals. Tickets can include one day or the full conference and may include meals.  Learn more » Register »

MALHM Call for Proposals
November 30 (Deadline)
- MALHM seeks to provide a voice for the over 500 local history organizations across Minnesota. The two-day conference has seen increasing attendance. The 2021 Annual Conference will be held April 28-29, 2021. Proposals can be submitted by a local history organization or official tourism organization of a community. Submitters should fill out the Conference Proposal Agreement Form as well as a written event proposal that includes the required information. Learn more »

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.


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.

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.

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.