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.


5th Annual Minnesota Archives Symposium
Join the Twin Cities Archives Round Table (
TCART) on Monday, November 14, 2016, Elmer L. Andersen Library, University of Minnesota for the fifth annual Minnesota Archives Symposium. This year at the Minnesota Archives Symposium they will forego a singular theme, and instead focus on conversations. They will host panels around several topics of interest to the profession, encouraging panelists from different institutions to talk about their struggles and solutions surrounding similar issues. Registration is FREE but complete the registration form by Monday, November 7, 2016. For more information please contact TCART or Kate Dietrick.

Beyond “No Food or Drink in the Gallery”: Food Management Strategies for the Real World
Food in museums may seem at odds with collections care. How do you balance revenue-generating food service and events with protecting collections from increased risks of pest infestation and damage? How do staff meals and snacks affect collections care? What do you do if you have food items in your collection? Join in this free Connecting to Collections Care webinar for a discussion of best practices for food management in museums 
and collections-holding institutions. November 3, 2016, 1 - 2 p.m. (CDT).

2016 Annual Theatre Archives Workshop
The University of Minnesota Libraries and ASTR’s American Theatre Archive Project (ATAP) are co-hosting What’s Past is Prologue: Theatre Archives Now, a workshop for theatre artists, scholars, dramaturgs, archivists, information professionals, and students with an interest in preserving and sustaining the artifacts of performance history, Thursday, November 3, 2016, 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at the Andersen Library, University of Minnesota-Minneapolis campus.?

Collection Protection
Northern States Conservation Center is offering the online course: Collection Protection - Are you Prepared? Disaster planning is overwhelming. Where do you start? What do you already have in place? Are you somewhat prepared? What can you do next? Help clarify your current state of readiness and develop future steps to improve it. November 7 to 11, 2016. Instructor: Terri Schindel.


Family History Fair
On Saturday October 29, 2015, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., go to the Minneapolis Central Library to connect with expert genealogists and learn about state, local, and library resources; learn to identify clues to your family history; find out how to use and evaluate DNA for family connections; and more. Visit resource tables, attend presentations, and learn how to start your family genealogy. Register today.

Expanding your Professional Network 
Minnesota Association of Museum's emerging professionals group, North Star Connect, is having a speed networking event with a panel of established museum professionals at the American Museum of Asmat Art at the University of St. Thomas, Saint Paul MN, October 27, 2016, beginning at 6 p.m. The event is free and is geared toward students.


Museum Mashup
Also from the Minnesota Association of Museums, join them for their #MuseumMashup as they take a new look at interpretation and evaluation in a social and experimental way, Tuesday October 18, 2016, 7 - 9 p.m. at Du Nord Craft Spirits, Minneapolis MN.

Call for Papers
The 2017 annual meeting of the Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums (ALHFAM) will take place in Henrietta NY, June 9-13, 2017. 
The call for papers and information about the meeting is now available on the ALHFAM website. Proposals are due on December 2, 2016.

Webinar: Cultivating Diversity and Inclusion at Museums and Historic Sites
This AASLH webinar will provide strategies for museum professionals to demonstrate cultural competency on multiple levels in order to help create a place for underrepresented communities at the museum table, October 25, 2016, 2 - 3:15 p.m. (CDT).

Small Museum Association Conference
Registration is open for the 33rd Annual Small Museum Association ConferenceFebruary 19 -
21, 2017, Hyattsville MD. Scholarships are available; applications are due November 13, 2016.

Chazen Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin, Madison WI, seeks a Curator of Education.

CEO/Executive Director
Heritage Hill State Historical Park, Green Bay WI, seeks a CEO/Executive Director.

Curator of Exhibits
Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society, Pierre SD, seeks a Curator of Exhibits.

Administrative Coordinator
The History Center, Cedar Rapids IA, seeks an Administrative Coordinator.

Museum Director
California State Railroad Museum – Sacramento CA, seeks a Museum Director.

CEO/Executive Director
Heritage Hill Corporation, Green Bay WI, seeks CEO/Executive Director for Heritage Hill State Historical Park

Restoration Event
Preservation Alliance of MN and the Clarence H. Johnston Society, St. Paul MN, are partnering on a new educational event "How to Make Your Walls Talk: Using Research to Guide Inspired Restoration." This will be a fun and informative talk and house tour for anyone curious about their home's history. Get inspired as the new owners of this restoration-in-progress share their sleuthing skills and show you firsthand how they are using historical data, photographs, newspaper articles, and even connections with descendants to guide their renovation decisions. Saturday October 8, 2016, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. or 1 - 3 p.m. at the historic 1894 Thomas and Susan Welch House, designed by Clarence H. Johnston. For more information contact them at 651-293-9047.

Register now for MALHM House Museum workshop
Learn about using Instagram for museums, storytelling in interpretation, and keeping your people and collections safe at an October 24, 2016 workshop offered by the Minnesota Alliance of Local History Museums.

The full-day workshop, held at Ramsey House, St. Paul MN, costs $15 for MALHM members or $25 for non-members. (Lunch not included.) Sign up today! Space is limited to 50 participants.

Speakers include: Jane Pederson (Glensheen) - Instagram; Jayne Becker (Ramsey House) - Interpretation; and Aaron Novodvorsky (MNHS) - Museum Security. See MALHM website for more information. For more Information contact MALHM Coordinator Marci Matson at 612-500-7460.

Save the Date!
Mark your calendars to attend the 2017 Main Street Now Conference in Pittsburgh PA, May 1-3, 2017.

PastPerfect Workshops
Association of South Dakota Museums is sponsoring a PastPerfect Museum Software training workshop at the Old Courthouse Museum in Sioux Falls SD, October 4, 2016, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. The workshop will be led by Peggy Schaller, president of Collections Research for Museums based in Denver CO. Attendees will need to bring a laptop loaded with the PastPerfect program or the free trial software.

International Museum Conference
MuseumNext's global conference on the future of museums, covering a broad range of subjects including audiences, design, technology, skills, collections, conservation, purpose, and leadership will take place in New York City NY, November 14 - 16, 2016.

2016 Annual Conference
Join Minnesota Council of Nonprofits on October 6-7, 2016, for their 2016 Annual Conference. Hosted in Duluth MN, this year's gathering is the perfect opportunity for professionals from every corner of Minnesota’s robust nonprofit sector to join together, celebrate the sector, learn from one another and prepare for another year. Keynote presentations from both Winona LaDuke and Frances Kunreuther.

Plains Anthropological Conference
The Plains Anthropological Society will put on the 74th Plains Anthropological Conference October 12-15, 2016. The conference will take place in Lincoln NE and will feature several symposia, forums, and meetings. Several field trips will be offered throughout the conference.

Student Scholarship Award
Twin Cites Archives Round Table (TCART) announces that applications for the Student Scholarship Award are due October 1, 2016. This award supports current student members of TCART who are enrolled in a Libraries or Archives Certification program. The goal of the scholarship is to stimulate greater participation in professional associations and to provide educational opportunities.

National Trust for Historic Preservation Conference
The National Trust for Historic Preservation, "Past Forward: The National Preservation Conference," will be held November 15-18, 2016, in Houston TX. This year, attendees will be energized and challenged as they consider the role preservation can play in securing healthier and more sustainable, just, and attractive cities during the 50th anniversary celebrations of the National Historic Preservation Act.

Board Boot Camp 
Board members will participate in a board meeting with more confidence and more knowledge about their role once they participate in MAP's Board Boot Camp. Register for one of five available sessions between now and November. Board Boot Camps are held at MAP for Nonprofits, St. Paul MN.

Modernism on the Prairie Symposium Videos Available
Videos are posted of selected sessions from the three-and-a-half-day Docomomo US National Symposium "Modernism on the Prairie" held in the Twin Cities in June of 2015. Videos include presentations by the leading minds in the fields of architecture and preservation on the current issues facing modern architecture and cultural heritage preservation. Examples of available session videos:

  • Modern Sustainability
  • Concrete & Religious Modernism
  • Rural Modernism
  • Concrete Conservation


2016 Summit on Racism
Society For History And Racial Equity, Kalamazoo MI, announces the 2016 Summit on Racism. Goals of the Summit are to go deeper in an understanding of racial equity, to take a look at the progress that has been made in some organizations, and to highlight how communities of color can affect change by taking control of their own narratives, Friday November 18, 2016, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Conference Session Proposals
African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS) invites proposals for its second annual conference scheduled to take place at Vanderbilt University on March 24-25, 2017. Proposals are due on November 15, 2016.

NAI National Conference 
Join the National Association for Interpretation at their National Conference in Corpus Christi TX, November 8-12, 2016. The keynote is Dr. Larry McKinney, Executive Director, Harte Research Institute.

IMA Conference
Iowa Museum Association's Annual Conference will be held October 16-18, 2016 in Ames IA. Registration is now open

IMA Conference
Iowa Museum Association's Annual Conference will be held October 16-18, 2016 in Ames IA. Registration is now open

Call for Papers
Women, Gender, and Families of Color (WGFC) invite submissions for upcoming issues. WGFC is ? multidisciplinary journal that centers on the study of ?lack, Latina/o, Indigenous, and Asian American women, gender, and families. 

Save the Date
Giving Voice: Interpreting & Preserving Oral Histories Conference, intended for archivists, librarians, collections managers, and any other collections staff working with oral histories, brings together noted historians and preservation experts to discuss best practices and methods for capturing and sharing oral histories. October 5, 2016. Location: Denver Public Library, Denver CO.

33rd Annual Small Museum Association Conference
The Annual Small Museum Association Conference attracts more than 250 museum professionals, board members, and volunteers from a wide variety of small museums. They attend sessions on topics ranging from collections and education to staffing and board issues. February 19 - 21, 2017, College Park MD.

This webinar will take a look at laws that govern firearms and how museums can ensure they are legally obtaining weapons. The webinar will also address the care of firearms as composite objects, made of both organic and inorganic materials, in close contact. This can result in complicated deterioration reactions that make balancing storage conditions a challenge.

Museum Studies
The University of St. Thomas, Saint Paul, MN is offering a new Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies. Details on their website.

Hold the Date
Registration is now open for the 2016 International Conference of Indigenous Archives, Libraries, and Museums in Phoenix AZ, October 9 - 15, 2016.

Board Boot Camp 
Board members will participate in a board meeting with more confidence and more knowledge about their role once they participate in MAP's Board Boot Camp. Register for one of five available sessions between June and November. Board Boot Camps are held at MAP for Nonprofits, St. Paul MN.


US Department of Labor Finalizes New Overtime Rules; Free webinar offers guidance
The US Department of Labor has announced new regulations governing when an employee is eligible for overtime compensation. Under the new rules—which go into effect on December 1, 2016—a full-time salaried employee earning less than $47,476 per year could now be eligible to receive overtime pay. The department estimates that 4.2 million workers will be affected by this change, and the nonprofit sector—including many museums and their workers—will also be affected. 

Resources available to help:

Save the Date
Oral History Association 2016 Annual Meeting is in Long Beach, California,

October 12-16, 2016. The theme this year is OHA@50: Traditions, Transitions, and Technologies from the Field.

Save the Date
Oral History Association holds its Annual Meeting October 12-16, 2016, Long Beach, CA. The theme this year is OHA@50: Traditions, Transitions and Technologies from the Field.

Common-Place Available
The Spring 2016 issue of Common-Place is now available online.

Coming to Minnesota!
Both of the following conferences are eligible for the Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grant Structured Grant Option: Scholarship to National Conference Hosted in Minnesota.

Get Certified!
Volunteer Services at MNHS is embarking on their spring volunteer drive and have become a Points of Light Certified Service Enterprise to more effectively achieve their mission. Learn more about the Points of Light, certification and what they can do for you.

Board Boot Camp
Board members will participate in a board meeting with more confidence and more knowledge about their role once they participate in MAP's Board Boot Camp. Register for one of nine available sessions between February and November. Board Boot Camps are held at: MAP for Nonprofits, 2314 University Avenue West, Suite 28, St. Paul, MN.

Webinar Recording
If you missed Connecting to Collections' webinar "Deaccessioning Dilemma: Laws, Ethics, and Actions", you can listen to it and download the handouts for free.

HiFi History Podcast
HiFi History is a new podcast geared toward organizations dealing with historic preservation. The first episode is focused on how the National Trust manages their social media accounts and makes decisions related to social media.

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.