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.


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.

Southern Minnesota Tourism Association Annual Meeting Notice
Southern Minnesota Tourism Association (SMTA) will hold its annual meeting at the Northfield Historical Society, Wednesday and Thursday September 14-15, 2016.

Register Today for the 2016 Hospitality Expo
Hospitality Minnesota invites you to attend the third-annual Minnesota Hospitality Expo at the Saint Paul RiverCentre on Thursday September 22, 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.

Old Home Certified Designation Course
Preservation Alliance of Minnesota, St. Paul MN, is offering their Old Home Certified Designation Course for licensed Minnesota real estate agents. The course is taught by professionals in architecture, interior design, real estate, and historic preservation,. Wednesday September 14 & 15, 2016.

Deleting history? Deleting news? Are we losing too much of the public record?
Minnesota Coalition on Government Information invites you to join them for a discussion of state law, current practice, and public policy options regarding records retention. September 8, 2016, 11:30 a.m. at the Rondo Community Outreach Library, St. Paul MN.

Hibernation – Not Just for Bears: Putting your house museum “to bed” for the season
In a discussion of how, when, why, and what to do to prepare your historic house museum for the winter season, this Connecting to Collections webinar will explore the variety of building and collections tasks that go into seasonal closings. August 31, 2016, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

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

Documentation Technologies Workshop
Association for Preservation Technology International will hold "Documentation Technologies Workshop" in Boston MA, September 23-24, 2016. Space is limited; register online.

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

Association of African American Museums 2016 Conference
Association of African American Museums announces this year's conference keynote is Clayborne Carson, Stanford University Professor of history and director of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute. Location: Riverside CA, August 3 - 6, 2016.

Webinar: Historic House Call: Religion and Historic House Interpretation
During this AASLH webinar, Susan Proctor, education coordinator at Surratt House, will discuss the elements of religion that have been incorporated into the history of Mary Surratt and the museum. August 16, 2016, 2-3 p.m. (CDT).

Engineering Collections Care Training for Small Museums Webinar
This free Connecting to Collections webinar will provide you with proven, working scenarios that you can take on board and develop to fit the training specifics for your staff and collections. August 24, 2016, 1-2:30 p.m. (CDT). Presenter: Brent Powell.

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.

AASLH Annual Meeting Registration Now Open
Register now for the American Association for State and Local History's Annual Meeting, The Spirit of Rebirth, September 14-17, 2016, Detroit, MI.

Cultural Community Partnership Grants
Minnesota State Arts Board Cultural Community Partnership grant application deadline is September 16, 2016. This program is designed to enhance the artistic and career development of artists of color. It supports collaborative projects between two individual artists, or between an artist and an organization.

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.

Knowing Visitors Helps History Sites Succeed
Visitors Count! is a visitor research program from AASLH to help historic sites and museums gather the information they need to make informed decisions.Visitors Count! offers three survey options:

  • Teacher Survey - Deadline: August 15, 2016
  • Spotlight Survey

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.