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.
American Indian Museum Fellows
Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul MN, offers a 2 1/2-week residential summer internship designed to expose American Indian undergraduates to the possible career opportunities and challenges of historical interpretation and cultural preservation within museums. Priority deadline: March 14, 2014.
Civil War Symposium
Boy in Blue Memorial Project announces a Civil War Symposium, "1864...This Mighty Scourge of War," Saturday March 15, 2014, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Summit Center, Mankato MN. Advance registration due by March 10, 2014. Contact Julie, 507-625-8056, for more information.
Financial Assessment Workshop
Nonprofits Assistance Fund, Minneapolis MN, hosts free workshops by Kate Barr, "Financial Assessment and Planning for Small Arts Organizations" and "Financial Assessment and Business Models for Large Arts Organizations," March 17, 2014, Minnesota History Center, St. Paul MN.
PastPerfect offers "Research and Reporting with PastPerfect 5.0," March 18-19, 2014, 9-11:30 a.m. Call 800-562-6080 for more information or to register.
Public History Conference
MuseumPests.net will hold a two-day conference and workshop at Colonial Williamsburg, March 27-28, 2014.
Minnesota Council of Nonprofits hosts "Advanced Grantwriting: Taking your Grantsmanship to the Next Level," in two parts, March 27, 2014, 1-4:30 p.m. and April 23, 2014, 1-3:30 p.m., MCN Conference Room, St. Paul MN.
American Association for State and Local History offers public programming workshops in April:
- Focusing on Visitors: Public Programming and Exhibits at History Institutions, April 3-4, 2014, Governor Langdon House, Historic New England, Portsmouth NH.
- Connecting Your Collections to Teachers and Students, April 10-11, 2014, Ohio Historical Society, Columbus OH.
The 2014 Nonprofit Technology and Communications Conference will be held April 10, 2014, Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Washington County Historical Society, Stillwater MN, offers scholarships to graduating seniors enrolled in a Washington County high school or students in a college or university program currently residing in Washington County who are focusing on history, American studies, architecture, or history-related field. Contact your counselor's office or WCHS, 651-439-5956, to receive an application. Deadline: April 15, 2014.
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.
Native American Studies
University of California, Berkeley, announces the Native American Museum Studies Institute, a professional development opportunity for tribal museum professionals, June 2-6, 2014. Review of applications begins March 3, 2014.
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.
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.
2014 Nonprofit Leadership Conference, will be held Thursday June 26, 2014, University of Minnesota--Twin Cities (Minneapolis campus).
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.
OHA Annual Meeting
The 48th Annual Meeting of the Oral History Association will be held in Madison WI, October 8-12, 2014.
Call for Session Proposals
Iowa Museum Association announces a call for proposals for their annual meeting, "Passionate People Creating Vibrant Communities," October 12-14, 2014, Cedar Rapids IA. Deadline: March 10, 2014.
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.
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.
Free webinars available online from PastPerfect.
Connecting to Collections Online Community offers timely discussions on a variety of topics important to colleagues working in museums, archives, or libraries.
Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison WI, offers free PowerPoint presentations from their 2012 Local History and Historic Preservation Conference.
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.
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.
Minnesota Digital Library offers online metadata tutorials.
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.
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.
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 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.
Northeast Document Conservation Center offers a set of free online courses in the basics of caring for objects.