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


3rd Annual Minnesota Archives Symposium
Join the Hennepin County Library Special Collections and the Twin Cities Archives Round Table (TCART) on Friday October 24, 2014 for the third annual Minnesota Archives Symposium. This year's theme is "Inviting Interaction: Building Digital Access and Connections in Archives & Special Collections." Registration is FREE. For more information call 612-543-8203.

Save the Date
Mark your calendar now to attend the 2015 Explore Minnesota Tourism Conference, February 3-4, 2015, at the RiverCentre in St. Paul MN. Watch for updates on their web site.

Southwest Regional Meeting
The 2014 Wisconsin Council for Local History and Wisconsin Historical Society Southwest Regional Meeting, hosted by the La Crosse County Historical Society, La Crosse WI. 
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Old Home Certified Designation Course
Preservation Alliance of Minnesota, Saint Paul MN, is offering their Old Home Certified Designation Course, taugh by professionals in architecture, interior design, real estate, historic preservation for licensed Minnesota real estate agents. Wednesday October 8, 2014 at 8 a.m. and  Thursday, October 9, 2014, 4 p.m.

Oral History Annual Meeting
Online registration is now open for the 2014 Oral History Association Annual Meeting, October 8-12, 2014, Madison WI. 

Genealogical Conference

Minnesota Genealogical Society, South St. Paul MN, annouces that registration is now open for the 7th Annual North Star Family History Conference, October 3-4, 2014, Edina MN. Featured speaker is Judy G. Russell, author of The Legal Genealogist blog. 

IMA Annual Meeting
Iowa Museum Association, Cedar Falls IA, 2014 Annual Meeting & Conference, October 12-14, 2014. Cost: $160 non-members.

Reserve the date
National Association for Interpretation, Fort Collins CO, presents 2014 National Workshop, the national conference for the interpretation community, November 18-22, 2014, Denver, CO.

"PastForward" 2014 National Preservation Conference
National Trust for Historic Preservation announces conference registration is now open. The conference returns to Savannah GA November 11-14, 2014. Additional information

IRS Workshop
The IRS is offering a one-day workshop for small and medium-sized 501(c)(3) organizations at the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, October 29-30, 2014. This introductory workshop is designed for organization administrators, volunteers who are responsible for tax compliance, the faculty and students of its academic hosts, and nonprofit practitioners.

OHA Annual Meeting
The 48th Annual Meeting of the Oral History Association will be held in Madison WI, October 8-12, 2014. 

African-American Genealogy
Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison WI, announces the 2nd Annual African-American Genealogy ConferenceOctober 18, 2014, Sheraton Hotel, Madison WI. 

TCART Symposium Call for Proposals
Twin Cities Archives Round Table (TCART) announces the third annual Minnesota Archives Symposium, "Inviting Interaction: Building Digital Access and Connections in Archives & Special Collections," to be held Friday October 24, 2014.

Nonprofits Conference
Minnesota Council of Nonprofits announces their 2014 Annual Conference will be held November 6-7, 2014, Saint Paul RiverCentre.

Call for Proposals
National Council on Public History will hold their 2015 Annual Meeting April 15-18, 2015, Nashville TN.

NAPC Forum
National Alliance of Preservation Commissions (NAPC) requests proposals for Forum 2016.

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.