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


Managing Your Digital Collections
Northfield History Collaborative will host a free Managing your Digital Collection Workshop in Carleton College's Weitz Center, Friday May 15, 2015 with registration starting at 8 a.m. Attendees should RSVP by contacting Kristin Glomstad, 507-645-9268, by today, May 13, 2015.

Cataloging Collections with PastPerfect 5.0 
From accessioning new items to documenting items already in your collection, this online class demonstrates how to catalog your collection efficiently. May 19-21, 2015, 9 - 11:30 a.m.

2015 Spring Meeting
Twin Cities Archives Round Table announces that they will be touring the American Swedish Institute's  Wallenberg Library and Archives at their 2015 Spring MeetingNat Wilson of Carlton College and Lisa Calahan of the University of Minnesota will be talking about changes to Archival Content Management Systems and transitions to new systems. Wednesday May 20, 2015, 9 - 12:30 p.m.

Plaster Repair Workshop
Preservation Alliance of Minnesota presents a Plaster Repair Workshop with instructor Anders Christenson of Tiger Ox Painting, who will conduct this hands-on class at the Villaume Mansion, a home built in the 1880s. He will present tried-and-true techniques to use with modern materials readily available at any hardware store, Saturday June 6, 2015 & Sunday June 7, 2015 in St. Paul MN.

Evaluating Beer, Evaluating Museums!
Join the Minnesota Association of Museums at this year's Summit at SummitMay 13, 2015, 6 - 8:30 p.m. You'll have a beer-tasting experience that will introduce practical evaluation methods that you can use at your museum immediately. REGISTER ONLINE

Webinar: Hosting a Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon at Your Library
Hosting a Wikipedia edit-a-thon can be a meaningful way to highlight your collections, apply them to research, and bring new users into your library. This free session offered by Minitex will cover the basic considerations for planning, preparing, and running a Wikipedia event at your library. Tuesday May 19, 2015, 10 - 11 a.m.

Call for Proposals - "Challenging the Exclusive Past"
The National Council on Public History and Society for History in the Federal Government will meet jointly in Baltimore MD, March 16-19, 2016, and they need your ideas to make this meeting a success. They are looking for Topic, Session and Workshop proposals. All proposals are due July 15, 2015. Proposers will be informed of their acceptance in September.

Save the Date!
Minnesota Alliance of Local History Museums announces that the program schedule for their Annual Meeting is now available for download, June 18-19, 2015, at the Historic Glensheen Mansion, Duluth MN. Registration will be available soon.

Midwest Conference
The Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies at Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids MI, will host a two-day conference, "Finding the Lost Region: A Conference on Rediscovering the Midwest, America's Most Common Ground," that will explore the rich, varied history and culture of the region through keynote addresses and panel discussions on the history, literature and art of the Midwest, along with Midwestern political leadership, statesmanship, and the growing field of Midwestern studies, April 30 & May 1, 2015. 

Repairing Old Windows Workshop
Preservation Alliance of Minnesota's Cornerstone Academy is offering a Repairing Old Windows Workshop Saturday May 16, 2015, 11:30 a.m - 3:30 p.m. in Minneapolis MN. The workshop is limited to 25 participants so register now. For more information e-mail or call: 651-293-9047. 

Considering Main Street Workshop

Preservation Alliance of Minnesota is offering a Considering Main Street Workshop, Wednesday May 20, 2015, 6 - 9 p.m. in Albert Lea MN. Main Street is asset-based economic development. Minnesota Main Street provides local Main Street programs with the training, tools, information and networking they need to be successful revitalizing their commercial district.  For more information e-mail or call: 651-293-9047.

Call for Proposals
National Council on Public History announces that a Call for Proposals is now open for the 2016 NCPH and Society for History in the Federal Government Joint Meeting in Baltimore MD, March 16-19, 2016. All proposals are due July 15, 2015, 10:59 p.m. CDT. Proposers will be informed of their acceptance in September. Please note that all accepted presenters must submit a non-refundable registration for the annual meeting within 6 weeks of their acceptance notification to secure their space on the program.

Stained Glass Symposium
Association for Preservation Technology is offering a major program on stained glass preservation. This unique learning experience at the Washington National Cathedral, Washington, DC brings together international stained glass conservators and experts to discuss primary conservation problems encountered when restoring historic stained glass windows; June 19-20, 2015.

Evaluating Beer, Evaluating Museums!
Minnesota Association of Museums presents Summit at Summit: Tap into Evaluation! an evening of informal learning, beer tasting, and professional networking. Learn practical evaluation methods that you can use at your museum immediately! Wednesday May 13, 2015, 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Location: Summit Brewing Company, St. Paul MN.

Paranormal Investigations in Museums and Historic Sites
Increasingly museums and historic sites are approached by paranormal teams or investigators, and many have started to allow access on a fee basis and some have partnered with local paranormal teams or have developed their own special ghost programs and tours to bring visitors in who have curiosity about this. This three-week online course will bridge both sides to create awareness in both groups.

Free IRS Webcast - What Is A Fringe Benefit and When Is It Taxable? 

April 23, 2015; 11 a.m. (CDT)
Learn about:

  • What fringe benefits are
  • Which fringe benefits are taxable
  • Special accounting rules for fringe benefits
  • What is a working condition fringe benefit
  • What is a de minimis fringe benefit
  • Taxability of per diem payments
  • The accountable plan rules

Register for this event

Caring for Museum Collections
This eight week online course offered by American Association for State and Local History will deal with the physical care and preservation of museum collections. This practical course will cover how collections age and deteriorate, handling collections, storage requirements, environmental considerations, housekeeping, and risk management; April 20-June 12, 2015.

Minnesota Festival Support Webinar
The Minnesota State Arts Board is offering a free one-hour Webinar to help applicants prepare to apply for the Minnesota Festival Support grant program. This session will be particularly helpful for first-time applicants, Thursday April 23, 2015, 3 p.m. The webinar is free of charge, but advance registration is strongly encouraged. 

Training Opportunity
Mount Carmel Archives of the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary will be hosting a Society of American Archivists workshop on Friday June 5, 2015 in Dubuque, Iowa. The training focuses on identifying and resolving privacy and confidentiality issues such as third party rights, access to medical and educational records, and the impact of national security legislation. For more information, please contact Jennifer Head.


Connecting Your Collections
Registration for American Association for State and Local History's Connecting Your Collections to Teachers and Students workshop, June 17-18, 2015, in Chicago, IL is now open. This workshop is ideally suited for staff (first-time museum educators, directors, tour guides or volunteer managers and mid-career professionals), museum studies students, or dedicated volunteers working in all types of museums who are given the responsibility of education and public programming. The workshop will be held at Chicago History Museum. Register by May 13, 2015 and save $40 on your registration fee. Please contact Bethany Hawkins, Program Manager, 615-320-3203 for more information.

Museum Computer Network is now accepting proposals to present at "Museum Computer Network 2015" November 4-7, 2015 in Minneapolis, MN. Registration opens: July 1, 2015. Proposals will be accepted through April 30, 2015 (midnight, ET). 

Conference Theme: "The Invisible Architectures of Connected Museums: Making Meaning with People, Collections, and Information"

The world continues to move past the simple physical/digital dialectic toward a more nuanced matrix of architectures uniting digital and material culture. For this year’s conference, MCN seeks submissions that expand the museum experience through the marrying of the physical and the digital, the back office and the visitor, the screen and the vitrine. How will we utilize embodied, digitally responsive, and inclusive methods and approaches to build 21st-century literacies with our audiences?

Proposals may be submitted for an Ignite Talk (5 min), Case Study (10 min), Presentation (30 min), Full Panel (60 min) or Workshop (Half Day or Full Day).

The Digital Public Library of America invites you to attend DPLAfest 2015, taking place on April 17-18, 2015 in Indianapolis, IN.

DPLAfest brings together the full range of the cultural heritage sector to discuss everything from technology and development, to content, law, and education. DPLAfest will appeal to librarians, archivists, museum professionals, developers and technologists, publishers and authors, teachers and students, and members of the public alike who are interested in an engaging mix of interactive workshops, hackathons, engaging discussions with community leaders and practitioners, fun events, and so much more.

Imaging Science and Technology Archiving Conference 
Society for Imaging Science and Technology is holding its "Archiving 2015" conference, held at the Getty Center, Los Angeles CA, May 19-22, 2015, presenting digital archiving ideas, solutions, and tools. The Preliminary Program is available online. Keynote speakers: Katherine Skinner, Educopia Institute; Murtha Baca, The Getty Research Institute; and Paul Conway, University of Michigan. 

Save when you register by April 27, 2015. 

Genealogy Conference
Minnesota Genealogical Society invites the public to its Spring 2015 Genealogy Conference at Normandale Community College, Bloomington, MN with featured Keynote speaker Craig R. Scott. April 24 - 25, 2015. For more information e-mail or call: 651-455-9057.



MDL Annual Meeting Keynote Announced
Minnesota Digital Library pleased to announce that the keynote speaker for the Minnesota Digital Library 13th Annual Meeting, Monday June 15, 2015, will be Natalie Milbrodt from Queens Public Library, New York. 

The MDL Annual Meeting will be at the Continuing Education & Conference Center, University of Minnesota – St. Paul Campus. To learn more about past meetings (including past topics), visit the MDL website. The schedule for the day will be available when registration is announced in early May.

Germanic Genealogy Society Conference/s
Germanic Genealogy Society invites the public to join them on Friday May 15 and Saturday May 16, 2015 for their regular conference AND ON Friday May 29 and Saturday May 30, 2015 for a special bonus conference at Inver Hills Community College. For more information call Kent Cutkomp at 612-920-8118. 

ARCS Conference Seeks Proposals
Association of Registrars and Collections Specialists is looking for session proposals for their upcoming conference in New Orleans, LA, November 13–15, 2015. Session proposals will be accepted until March 29, 2015.

Mark your Calendars
The 50th Annual Northern Great Plains History Conference at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Bismarck from September 30October 3, 2015. Presenting the keynote address after the Friday evening banquet will be Dr. Paul Beck, who will speak on his book "Columns of Vengeance: Soldiers, Sioux, and the Punitive Expeditions, 1863-1864" and related research.

Mark your Calendars

National Preservation Institute, Alexandria VA, will be offering the following seminars in Minneapolis MN during the month of May:

Cultural and Natural Resources: An Integrated Management Strategy
May 5-6, 2015
Explore a holistic stewardship approach to an integrated management strategy for cultural and natural resources on public and private lands. These resources often are analyzed and planned for independently, leading to isolated approaches. Read more >>

Native American Cultural Property Law
May 7-8, 2015
Review the federal laws intended to preserve Native American heritage through the protection of cultural practices and sacred lands. Examine the use of statutes as tools to manage tangible and intangible cultural property. Discuss government-to-government obligations, court decisions, and case studies to illustrate federal policies and practice. Read more >>

Simplifying Preservation Planning Using Worksheets

Connecting to Collection's free webinar will show you, in the context of a case study using the Hawaiian Historical Society, how to make a long-range preservation plan using worksheets. Date/Time: March 5, 2015, 1-2:30 p.m. CST.

NEH summer workshop in Virginia

NEH invites school teachers (Grade 6-12) to participate in a one-week workshop on school desegregation in Virginia, following the historic Brown v. Board Education decision. Teachers will interact with leading scholars in the field, visit historic sites and archives, and will discuss curricular and instructional strategies related to this subject.

Location: Richmond, Virginia

Workshop Dates: July 13-July 17 OR July 27-July 31, 2015. Application Deadline: March 2, 2015.

Participants will receive a $1,200 NEH stipend to defray travel and related expenses . E-mail more information.

Research Travel Grant and Visiting Research Fellowship

The Bakken, Minneapolis MN, awards short-term fellowships and travel grants to scholars and artists to support research using The Bakken’s library and artifact collections. The collections address the history of electricity and magnetism (with a focus on their roles in the life sciences and medicine) and include approximately 11,000 books, journals, and manuscripts, and 2,200 instruments, medical devices, and other artifacts. The awards are to be used to help defray the expenses of travel, subsistence, and other direct costs of conducting research at The Bakken for researchers who must travel and pay for temporary lodging in the Twin Cities in order to conduct research at The Bakken. Application deadline: March 23, 2015.

Museum Assessment Program
The Museum Assessment Program (MAP) is supported through a cooperative agreement between the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the American Alliance of Museums. It is designed to help museums assess their strengths and weaknesses, and plan for the future. Deadline: July 1, 2015.

Call For Abstracts
Association for Preservation Technology (APT) is accepting abstract submissions for APT Kansas City 2015 paper presentations and APT Student Scholar applications are now being accepted online. Conference submissions are due Sunday February 22, 2015; Student Scholar submissions are due Tuesday March 31, 2015. The theme for this year's conference is "Convergence of People and Places-Diverse Technologies and Practices."

Financial Webinars
American Association for State and Local History is offering a webinar to discuss the important topic of "Money Talks: How to Discuss Financial Information with Your Board." Each paid registrant receives one login. You may have an unlimited number of participants taking part in the webinar from one computer. For more information contact Cherie Cook at 573-893-5164.

Conference Downloads Now Available
Audio from the AASLH 2014 Annual Meeting in St. Paul is available as free MP3 downloads online.




Call For Proposals
Minnesota Alliance of Local History Museums (MALHM) seeks proposals for session speakers for its 2015 Annual Meeting. The conference theme is "Progress of History" – as history shows change over time, historical organizations in Minnesota strive to show innovation and improvement. If you have any questions, please contact Theresa Norman, MALHM Treasurer at 952-445-0378.



2015 Council for Minnesota Archaeology Conference
Official program for the 2015 Council for Minnesota Archaeology Conference, hosted by St. Cloud State University is now released. The program contains a brief description of highlighted events for this year’s conference, a schedule of presentations, abstracts for posters and papers, and visitor’s information for how to get around St. Cloud and recommendations for restaurants and hotels. 



SAVE THE DATE: NCPH Annual Meeting
National Council on Public History will hold its 2015 Annual Meeting "History on the Edge," April 15-18, 2015, Nashville TN. Download the Conference Program.

Plan to attend the 2015 Explore Minnesota Tourism Conference to get the latest information on tourism trends, sharpen your promotional skills with new ideas and approaches for marketing, and get a “sneak peek” at the next round of advertising planned for the Explore Minnesota Tourism advertising program.

Mark Your Calendars
The 2015 Association of Midwest Museums (AMM) Conference is in Cincinnati OH, July 19-22, 2015. AMM is accepting session proposals for the 2015 Conference through January 16, 2015.

Call for Proposals
Southern Jewish Historical Society issues a call for paper proposals for its 40th annual conference October 30-November 1, 2015 in Nashville TN. Deadline for proposals: March 15, 2015.

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.