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Conferences and Workshops

Sharpen Your Skills by Attending Training

The following list is gathered by the Local History Services team. Please send updates as needed.


Online Continuing Ed Classes
University of Wisconsin--Madison, School of Library & Information Studies announces their Spring 2014 Online Courses

PastPerfect Classes
PastPerfect announces their Spring 2014 classes

Connecting to Collections Online Community hosts "The Supercharged Management System: Implementing the Incident Command System in Cultural Repositories," Thursday April 17, 2014, 1 p.m. ET. 

Nonprofit Business Plans
Minnesota Council of Nonprofits hosts "Creating a Nonprofit Business Plan," April 24, 2014, 1:30 to 4 p.m., MCN Conference Room.

Genealogy Program
Minnesota Genealogical Society invites the public to "Genealogy TechTrek" featuring Thomas MacEntee, April 25-26, 2014, Hennepin Technical College, Brooklyn Park MN. Registration opens in early March. 

StEPs Program
American Association for State and Local History offers StEPs UP Day, April 30, 2014, an exclusive online event for organizations and museums enrolled in the StEPs program. Network with other StEPs organizations! 

Scholarship Applications
National Trust for Historic Preservation seeks emerging preservation professionals to apply to the Diversity Scholarship Program. Deadline: May 1, 2014. 

Collections Care Workshop
Iowa Museum Association announces "Collections Care for Beginners" workshop, May 5, 2014, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Forest Park Museum, Perry IA. Registration deadline: April 28, 2014. 

Tourism Conference
Riverland Tourism Association will hold "Developing Tourism in Northwest Minnesota...One Story at a Time," Tuesday May 6, 2014, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., University of Minnesota, Crookston. Registration deadline: April 28, 2014.

JHA Conference
Jefferson Highway Association will hold its 2014 International Conference in Park Rapids MN, May 30-31, 2014. 

MDL Annual Meeting
Minnesota Digital Library will hold its 12th Annual Meeting on Tuesday June 3, 2014, Continuing Education & Conference Center, St. Paul. Registration will open in early May.

Archival Principles Workshop
Northern Illinois University, DeKalb IL, announces a general archival knowledge workshop, "Archives: Principles & Practices," developed by the Society of American Archivists, June 9-10, 2014. Registration is limited to 35; early-bird deadline May 10, 2014.

Collections Workshop
Mormon Trail Center at Historic Winter Quarters, Omaha NE, hosts the AASLH Collections Management and Practices Workshop, June 12-13, 2014. Cost: $270/members; $345/nonmembers. Early bird discount if fee is received by May 8, 2014. 

Cultural Data Project's National Forum
Save the date for the Cultural Data Project's National Forum, Saturday June 14, 2014 at the Omni Nashville Hotel in Nashville, TN. Questions, please contact: events@culturaldata.org.

Nonprofit Conference
2014 Nonprofit Leadership Conference, will be held Thursday June 26, 2014, University of Minnesota--Twin Cities (Minneapolis campus).

NAPC Forum
National Alliance of Preservation Commissions (NAPC) requests proposals for Forum 2016. The upcoming Forum 2014 will be held in Philadelphia PA, July 16-20, 2014.

AASLH Poster Sessions
American Association for State and Local History, issues a Call for Posters for their Annual Meeting, "Greater than the Sum of our Parts," September 17-21, 2014, St. Paul MN, issues a Call for Posters. Deadline: May 12, 2014.

OHA Annual Meeting
The 48th Annual Meeting of the Oral History Association will be held in Madison WI, October 8-12, 2014. 

African-American Genealogy
Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison WI, announces the 2nd Annual African-American Genealogy ConferenceOctober 18, 2014, Sheraton Hotel, Madison WI. 

Developing History Leaders
American Association for State and Local History announces that applications are now being accepted for the Developing History Leaders @ SHA program, which will take place October 25-November 14, 2014. Application deadline: May 19, 2014.

Call for Proposals
Minnesota Council of Nonprofits issues a Call for Proposals for sessions during their 2014 Annual Conference, November 6-7, 2014, Saint Paul RiverCentre, St. Paul MN. Deadline: Friday May 2, 2014, 5 p.m.

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.

MDL Meeting Information Available
Minnesota Digital Library Annual Meeting 2013 presenter handouts and recordings are now available on the MDL website

PastPerfect Webinars
Free webinars available online from PastPerfect.

Online Community
Connecting to Collections Online Community offers timely discussions on a variety of topics important to colleagues working in museums, archives, or libraries.

Free PowerPoints
Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison WI, offers free PowerPoint presentations from their 2012 Local History and Historic Preservation Conference.

501(c)(3) Webinar
Internal Revenue Service offers free webinar, "Starting off Right--What New 501(c)(3) Organizations Need to Know." Includes tips on annual filing requirements and the types of records organizations should maintain.

AIC Workshops
Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works announces their 2012 regional workshop schedule.

Doll Preservation Webinar
Learn about the care and preservation of dolls through a free Connecting to Collections webinar, Community Webinar: Care of Dolls. Presenters: Tom Braun and Tammy Schmitz.

MDL Tutorials
Minnesota Digital Library offers online metadata tutorials.

Review and Compliance Cultural Resource Management Seminar
Audio and Video Podcasts are now posted from the seminar including the Archaeological Issues Panel and Architectural Issues Panel.

Museum Training Webcasts
Texas Historical Commission offers short webcasts from their "Training for Texas Museums" project.

Historic Preservation Certificate
Plymouth State University, Plymouth NH, offers courses toward Historic Preservation Certificate and Master of Education in Heritage Studies with a focus in Historic Preservation. Contact Stacey Yap, 603-535-2333, for more information.

Emergency Response Training
Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation seeks candidates for Emergency Response Training (AIC-CERT) program. No registration fee; support for travel, meals, and hotel included. Participants must be willing to make a commitment to FAIC's emergency response requests.

Tribal Records Online Course
Free online workshops regarding identifying and protecting essential government records. Register online.

MDL Webinar
Minnesota Digital Library webinar "Moving Forward: New Guidelines for Contributors to Minnesota Reflections" now available online.

Online Library Courses
University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Library & Information Studies offers online continuing education classes on a variety of topics. Contact Meredith Lowe, 608-890-0364, or Anna Palmer, 608-263-4452, for more information.

Project Archaeology Available Online
Project Archaeology is an educational organization working to make archaeology accessible to students and teachers nationwide. Online courses available. Contact Madlyn Runburg for more information or to register.

Quick-Build Museum Exhibits
Check out the newest addition to Morrison County Historical Society's webpage—a how-to guide entitled "How to Build a Museum Exhibit in an Hour." Mary Warner explains how to put together a small exhibit case and includes plenty of photographs along with step-by-step explanations.

Online courses from Upstate History Alliance
Try these low cost (starting at $45) online classes that may be taken at your own pace.

  • Collections Management 101
  • Climate Control for Small Institutions
  • Introduction to Reformatting
  • Basic Preservation and Care of Paper Based Materials
  • Conservation and Preservation of Photographs and Albums

Leadership Certificate Series
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire offers two leadership series for nonprofit professionals. Nonprofit Leadership Certificate Series is designed for nonprofit staff who seek a broad overview of nonprofit management. Volunteer Impact Leadership Training Series is designed to increase skills and abilities in working with volunteers. Sign up for individual courses or take the whole series and receive a certificate.

Ongoing Training

Center for Social Studies Education Launched

Minnesota Historical Society and Minnesota Department of Education have launched a new initiative to provide educators and students with information regarding the Social Studies. The Center for Social Studies Education (CSSE) is a clearinghouse created to provide links to relevant resources, teaching tools, professional development opportunities, and programs for teachers and students within the Social Studies.

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.