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.

Conferences/Workshops

How a Bill Becomes Law with a Capitol Tour
February 16
- St. Paul: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Minnesota Council of Nonprofits - Learn how a bill actually becomes a law in Minnesota and then put your walking shoes on for an 
in-person tour of the Minnesota Capitol. Cost: $15 members/$35 nonmembers.

Digitial Preservation Peer Assessment
February 20 - Web Training: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Northeast Document Conservation Center - Participants will leave this workshop with an understanding of the challenges of digital preservation, the ways that assessment can make those challenges more manageable, the steps in digital preservation assessment, and the tools to perform a basic peer assessment. Cost: No cost to attend.

Big Marketing for Small Museums
February 20
- Webinar: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. (CST). Texas Historical Commission - Everyone wants to get the word out about their great museum but some can't afford a dedicated marketing department. So what can you do to market your site on a small budget? Mary Jane Connor, Director of Marketing at the Wisconsin Historical Society, shares some of her top tips for small museums with big marketing needs.

Policies and Procedures for Deaccessioning
February 21
- Webinar: 2 - 3:30 p.m. (CST). American Association for State and Local History - This webinar will examine the necessary components of an effective deaccessioning policy, including options for removal, ethical considerations, broad-level legal concerns (not from a legal professional!), and general best practices. Options for dealing with items such as found-in-collections and abandoned property will also be addressed. Cost: $40 members/$65 nonmembers.

Found In Collections (FIC): Pathways for Resolving Undocumented Objects in Museum Collections
February 21
- Webinar: 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. (CST). Wisconsin Historical Society - Undocumented or "orphaned" collections are groups of objects with little or no associated records that remain unresolved in museums. Ownership of or title to these collections is often unclear. This webinar will address "Found in Collections," or FIC items, and provide practical guidance for working through the step-by-step process of reconciling them. A complimentary electronic resource guide that outlines specific criteria and procedures for determining appropriate methods to resolve FIC objects is provided to all participants. Cost: No cost to attend.

The Care and Documentation of Ivory
February 28 
- Webinar: 1 to 2:30 p.m. Connecting to Collections Care - This webinar will focus on the collections care of elephant ivory objects and address other mammal ivories.

Minnesota History Whatever 2: A Gathering of Historians
March 23 -
  For those of you new to this event, the "Minnesota History Whatever" is an opportunity to spend a day talking about subjects of common interest with other people who do history (in any number of different ways, contexts, organizations). Unlike a traditional conference, this one emphasizes conversation and interaction. The gathering is co-sponsored by the Minnesota Historical Society and the American Swedish Institute and partners with Minnesota Association of Museums, Minnesota Alliance of Local History Museums.

On the chart you'll find tentative topics for this year. They're divided roughly into four categories. Sessions in the first two - theory and application - need facilitators (at least two each). In the scholarship, they need people to report on history projects/research. The How-To sessions will be hands-on workshops. The Whatever will also include lunch, time for socializing, and speed networking.

Registration for the 2018 AMM Conference is Now Open
Online registration is now open for the 2018 Association of Midwest Museums Conference to be held in Chicago on July 18 to 21, 2018. Access early bird rates today through March 26, 2018.

Fundamentals of Nonprofit Finance

February 7 - Mankato: 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. Minnesota Council of Nonprofits - This workshop is designed to make you more comfortable with nonprofit finance. At this session, you will walk through real nonprofit examples and reports that will help you understand jargon, accounting rules, roles and responsibilities, and procedures and policies. 

Fundamentals of Nonprofit Budgeting
February 7
- Mankato: 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. Minnesota Council of Nonprofits - In this 
session, you'll learn about the relationships between budgeting, planning, and financial management and walk away with a proven 10-step process you can use to craft budgets at your organization.

The cost of the full day training is for both sessions is $60 MN Council of Nonprofit members / $85 for non-members.

Interpreting Difficult History
February 7
- Webinar: 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. (CST). This session will involve participants in learning about how to develop and deliver interpretations of difficult histories with strategies that are sensitive and offer ethical representations of historical Others. 

Managing Resources for Collections Storage Projects: Strategic Planning to Completion
February 15
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Webinar: 1 to 2:30 (CST). Connecting to Collections Care - This session will present an overview of what project criteria and information should be known at each phase (strategic planning to completion) to properly inform the early budgets (which will be remembered by the board). Learn how input from internal stakeholders changes from predesign (problem definition) to design (project solution). Cost: No cost to attend.

Nightmare at the Museum
February 19-23
: The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) has organized a week-long program in which they plan to engage museum professionals in discussions regarding "the undesirable and the unimaginable" issues they may have to face. AASLH will be hosting two webinars and a Twitter chat.

Field Services Alliance Tips: Emergency Preparedness
Field Services Alliance has published tips that can be used by cultural institutions to help improve their emergency response and preparedness.

Managing Resources for Collections Storage Projects: Strategic Planning to Completion
February 15
- Webinar: 1 to 2 p.m. (CST). Connecting to Collections Care - This session will present an overview of what project criteria and information should be known at each phase (strategic planning to completion) to properly inform the early budgets (which will be remembered by the board). Learn how input from internal stakeholders changes from predesign (problem definition) to design (project solution). ?
Cost: No cost to attend.

True Program Costs
January 31
- Webinar: 12 to 1 p.m. (CST). Propel Nonprofits - Learn how to calculate expenses to determine true program costs.? Cost: No cost to attend.

Caring for Scrapbooks
February 6
- Webinar: 1 - 3 p.m. (CST). Northeast Document Conservation Center - This webinar will cover the issues to consider in providing the best level of care for scrapbook collections and will introduce the structure of scrapbooks, types of materials commonly found in them, methods of attachment, and the implications for preservation and conservation. Cost: $95.?

Apply for a Mosaic Fellowship
February 27
- Deadline: The Association of Research Libraries (ARL)/SAA Mosaic Program II is now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 cohort. Funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the program promotes diversification of the archives and special collections professional workforce by supporting master of library and information science (MLIS) students from traditionally underrepresented racial and ethnic groups who are pursuing degrees with a concentration in archives or special collections librarianship. ?

Collections Management
January 29 to March 30
- Online Course: American Association for State and Local History - 
This eight-week course will introduce participants to the professional principles and practices in the management of museum collections. Topics will include collections development, registration, and record-keeping with an emphasis on the development of Collection Policies and Procedures and what it means to be intellectually and physically responsible for museum objects. Cost: $195 members/$295 nonmembers.

Image: Society of Architectural Historians LogoSociety of Architectural Historians 71st Annual International Conference
April 18-22
, 2018 - Saint Paul: The Society of Architectural Historians will host its 71st Annual International Conference in Saint Paul MN. The conference will include 48 paper sessions that will draw architectural historians, art historians, architects, museum professionals, and preservationists from around the world together to present new research on the history of the built environment. In addition, roundtable discussions and architectural and landscape tours are being planned to enhance the overall program. Registration opens January 9, 2018.

PastForward 2018 Call for Ideas
February 5 - Deadline: The National Trust for Historic Places wants your input to shape the educational programming at PastForward 2018, which will take place in San Francisco, November 13 to 16, 2018 Is there a topic you'd like covered or a speaker you'd like to see? Suggest critical content or a dynamic, engaging expert whose voice is especially important in the preservation field, as well as exhibitors that you'd like to see in the Preservation Studio.

2018 Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo
May 6 to 9
- Phoenix AZ: American Alliance of Museums - Connect, collaborate, and share practical advice with fellow museum professionals at more than 160 interactive sessions, on topics ranging from collections management and 
curatorial practice to education and audience research; from exhibit planning and design to marketing and community engagement.

Branding GraphicMulti-part Virtual Training: Supervising for Employee Engagement
Jan 9 to 11
- Virtual Training, live and online in three parts: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Minnesota Council of Nonprofits - This workshop is one of MCN's most popular training sessions and consistently receives high evaluations. Previously only available as a six-hour in-person training, we are now also offering it as a virtual training spread over three two-hour sessions. Receive tools and ideas that can be immediately implemented. Cost: $125 members/$160 nonmembers.

Image: MCN LogoMinnesota Foundations 2018
Join the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits for this annual analysis of the trends, staffing, program shifts and financial outlooks of more than 50 of the most important Minnesota foundations. You'll learn frank, current information about significant changes taking place in Minnesota's foundation community.


Whether you're an executive director, a board member involved in fundraising or a fund development staff person, this workshop is a great way to jump-start your funding prospects for 2018. This workshop will be offered concurrently in St. Paul, Bemidji, Proctor, Fergus Falls, Rochester, Mankato, and Sartell. Register at the location that's best for your grant-seeking priorities.

American Library Association Mid-Winter Conference

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February 9 to 13, 2018 - Denver CO: This Symposium on the Future of Libraries will consider the near-term trends already inspiring innovation in libraries and the longer-term trends that will help adapt to the needs of their communities.

Society of Architectural Historians 71st Annual International Conference
April 18-22
, 2018 - Saint Paul: The Society of Architectural Historians will host its 71st Annual International Conference in Saint Paul MN. The conference will include 48 paper sessions that will draw architectural historians, art historians, architects, museum professionals, and preservationists from around the world together to present new research on the history of the built environment. In addition, roundtable discussions and architectural and landscape tours are being planned to enhance the overall program. Registration opens January 9, 2018.

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Association of
Science - Technology Centers offers this toolkit that contains resources in the areas of leadership support, assessment, communication, professional development, career pipeline, and implementation of roles and responsibilities.

Call for Session Proposals: Chicago 2018
The Midwest Archives Conference will hold its 2018 Annual Meeting March 21-24, 2018, at the Doubletree Magnificent Mile in Chicago IL. The Program Committee invites session proposals on all areas of archival practice and research and from allied fields. They are especially interested in proposals that align with the 2018 theme "Blurring Boundaries, Crossing Lines."

Forum - Collections preservation and conservation information
Do you have questions about caring for your collections? Join the Connecting to Collections Care Forum.

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 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.

Preservation 101

Northeast Document Conservation Center offers a set of free online courses in the basics of caring for objects.