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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.


Workshop: Nonprofit Finance and Boards
September 25 
- Stillwater: 8:30 to 4 p.m. Propel Nonprofits - Two of their most popular trainings in one day. In the morning it's "Fundamentals of Nonprofit Finance" which covers jargon, accounting rules, roles and responsibilities, and procedures and policies. In the afternoon it's "Board Boot Camp" where they review Board roles and responsibilities, nuances of authority and relationships, and responses to certain scenarios. Lunch is provided. Cost: No cost. Register »

Workshop: Evaluation Basics
September 26
- St. Paul: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Minnesota Council of Nonprofits - Learn how to incorporate evaluation into your work. This full-day evaluation workshop will combine presentation, activities, and group consulting/problem-solving. Participants will be developing an evaluation framework for their organization and resources to dig deeper. Cost: $90 members/$125 non-members. Register »

Understanding Executive Director and Board Chair Roles
September 26
- Webinar: 12 to 1 p.m. (CDT). Propel Nonprofits - A nonprofit’s board and the staff need to be collaborative partners. However, there are times where roles and responsibilities, particularly of the executive director and board chair, become blurred. Join us as we clarify where governance stops and management begins. Cost: No cost. Register »
Salvage & Recovery of Cultural Heritage Collections
Starts October 1 - Online Course: Museum Study, LLC - This course is designed to develop knowledge and skills in emergency actions and salvage decision making. Students will increase their ability to respond and recover from disasters of all types and sizes. Class participants can be at any level of expertise. Learn more » 

11th Annual North Star Genealogy Conference11th Annual North Star Genealogy Conference
October 5 & 6
- Plymouth: Minnesota Genealogical Society - This year's conference theme, "Looking Back, Sharing Forward," focuses on the rewards of researching family history and passing it forward to future generations. The conference features presentations by two of America's leading genealogy educators, Thomas W. Jones and Karen Mauer Jones, plus 25 how-to classes on topics such as DNA, finding immigrant origins, internet research, and breaking down brick walls. Registration will open in early summer. Location: Crowne Plaza West. 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.