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Conferences and Workshops

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


Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting

Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting will be held in Cleveland OH, August 16-22, 2015.

AASLH Annual Meeting Early Registration Deadline

American Association for State and Local History wants to remind everyone the Annual Meeting Early Registration Deadline is July 24, 2015.

Association of Midwest Museums Annual Meeting

The Association of Midwest Museums Annual Meeting will be held in Cincinnati OH, July 19-22, 2015.

Association of African American Museums Annual Conference

The Association of African American Museums Annual Conference will be held in Memphis TN, August 4-7, 2015. 

Online Oral History Workshop

Baylor University Institute for Oral History is hosting an online, live audio workshop, "Getting Started with Oral History"  on August 12 and August 19, 2015.

Tax Credit 101 Webinar

The National Park Service is offering a 90 minute webinar reviewing the basics of the Federal Historic Tax Credit, July 23, 2015, 1 p.m. Presenters:Jenny Parker, Architectural Historian/Tax Act Reviewer with Technical Preservation Services, National Park Service; Tim Simmons, Senior Preservation Architect/Federal Rehabilitation Tax Credit Coordinator, North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office.


A Century of Homes

Led by architectural historian Larry Millett, this U of M extension course provides a richly illustrated armchair tour of the homes and architectural styles that make Minnesota's housing stock so rich and diverse. In addition to learning about the construction and original owners of the homes, you will also hear about the current owners who are dedicated to restoring these historical treasures, September 14-21, 2015.

Social Media Webinar

This free Connecting to Collections webinar will provide an opportunity to learn more about what social media out there, how different platforms are being used, and will provide tips for effectively using social media to share your collections, which ultimately assists in furthering access and preservation. July 14, 2015, 1-2 p.m. Presenters: Molly Gleeson and Tom Stanley.


Advanced Wood Window Repair

Live in an old home? Have old windows? Do those windows need some work? Preservation Alliance of Minnesota is offering an Advanced Wood Window Repair class. Learn from window specialist Paul Schmidt of Restoration Window Systems, Saturday July 18, 2015, 1 - 5 p.m.

Online Course Archives 

Museum Study will be hosting the Basics of Archives course from the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH). The newly revised Basics of Archives online course is designed to give organizations and individuals who are responsible for the care of historical records an introduction to the core aspects of managing and protecting historical records collections, using appropriate principles and best practices. Beginning June 22, 2015.

Webinar on Undocumented Collections
American Association for State and Local History’s StEPs program is offering the webinar The ABCs of FICs: What to do about “Found in the Collection” Items on Wednesday June 24, 2015, 1-2:15 p.m.  The webinar is offered as part of the StEPs program Lab series.


AMM Conference
Register Online for the Association of Midwest Museums Annual Meeting and Conference, July 19-22, 2015, in Cincinnati, Ohio. This year's theme is "Communicating The Value of Museums"


2015 Un-Conference    
Minnesota Association of Museums (MAM) announced their 2015 Un-Conference will be September 13-15, 2015 in Winona, MN. 

MAM is looking for your help and ideas.

Connecting Your Collections 
Sign up for the next free Connecting Your Collections webinar on Preservation Metrics Today: Heritage Health Information and Preservation Statistics scheduled for June 11, 2015, 1-2:30 p.m. 

Collections care is an ongoing process and the need for caring for collections doesn't go away when times are lean. Having your specific needs spelled out can help you make a persuasive argument for future funding. The Heritage Health Information and the Preservation Statistics programs are both dedicated to collecting and analyzing the information on care for our collections in the broadest sense and they are the go-to programs for the data you need.

Minnesota Digital Library Annual Meeting
Minnesota Digital Library's 13th Annual Meeting will be held Tuesday June 15, 2015, at the Continuing Education & Conference Center, University of Minnesota--St. Paul Campus.


Connecting Your Collections 
Registration for AASLH's Connecting Your Collections to Teachers and Students workshop scheduled for June 17-18, 2015 in Chicago IL, is now open. The workshop will be held at Chicago History Museum. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Mark your Calendars
The 50th Annual Northern Great Plains History Conference at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Bismarck from September 30 - October 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.

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.

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.

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




Tourism Conference
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.

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.