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.


Request for Conference Session Proposals
The Minnesota Association of Museums and Program Team invite you to submit proposals for sessions and workshops at this year's Annual Conference in Ely MN, September 27 - 29, 2017. Your stories, strategies, and presentations are valuable and can inspire new ideas, build partnerships, and change the museum community in our state. Download their RFP document for more information and directions for submitting.?


Association of Midwest Museums 2017 Annual Conference
July 12-15
- Des Moines IA: The 2017 AMM Annual Conference and Meeting "Strong Roots and Thriving Communities" will include a diverse line-up of workshops, sessions, events, and keynote speakers.?

Call for Award Nominations
Association of Midwest Museums invites nominations for career, leadership, best practices, and corporate achievement awards?

Atlas of ReUrbanism
This tool from the National Trust takes the massive amount of data currently available about cities and makes it more accessible, allowing for the exploration and discovery of connections between older buildings and economic, demographic, and environmental measures.?

Capitalization Supports Mission
April 25
- Webinar: 12 - 1 p.m. (CDT). Nonprofits Assistance Fund - This webinar is designed to illuminate the connection between your mission and your business model. You will learn about the four core components to a nonprofit business model: revenue mix, understanding the cost of effective programs, infrastructure, and capital structure.

Financing Models: Individual Giving AND Planned Giving
April 26
- Grand Rapids: 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Nonprofits Assistance Fund - Join Katrina Pierson, CFRE, to learn more about why developing and working a donor cultivation plan is critical to your success with individual supporters; how to create pathways for donors and prospects to engage more meaningfully with your mission; how to choose the right cultivation strategies for your donor constituencies that will result in enduring support for your cause.

Working with Disaster Recovery Companies: What You Need to Know
May 1
 - This session will be held via Facebook Live: 1 - 2 p.m. (CDT). Connecting to Collections Care - Log on to AIC's Facebook page to view the program. Join National Heritage Responder Tara Kennedy to learn some basic principles for salvaging different types of collection materials and which critical questions to ask when entering into (or renewing) contracts with recovery companies. ?

Gallery Guides Online Short Course
May 1 to 12 - online: Northern States Conservation Center - Explore the strengths and challenges of many different methods and garner resources for further information. Learn how to determine which method works best with which exhibits and how to provide variety to enhance the visitor experience.?

Coping with Pests and Mold
May 9
- Webinar: 1 p.m. (CDT). Northeast Document Conservation Center - This webinar covers strategies for preventing and mitigating issues in your library, archives and museum collections, as well as larger institutional policies and procedures that can be implemented to reduce the chance of infestation.?

Fund Your Mission

Humanities Access Grants
May 3 - (Deadline): National Endowment for the Humanities. Supports capacity building for humanities programs that benefit one or more of the following groups: children, family, and young adults (defined to include those between ages 18 and 30).

Community Arts Education Support Program
July 14 - (Deadline): Minnesota State Arts Board - This grant program provides operating support to build and strengthen the capacity of exceptional arts 
education organizations, or of arts education programs of public or nonprofit organizations that have a sustained commitment to providing ongoing, rigorous arts education opportunities in community settings.

Summit Graphic treatmentGreater Minnesota Nonprofit Summit
May 31 - Fargo ND: Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and the North Dakota Association of Nonprofit Organizations are joining together to co-host the 2017 Greater Minnesota Nonprofit Summit in conjunction with the North Dakota Nonprofit Leadership Conference. The
event is especially designed for small to mid-size organizations, especially those working in regional centers, small towns, and rural communities. Location: Holiday Inn Fargo.

2017 Feminist Scholars Digital Workshop
June 12 to 18
- Online: HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory). The workshop is a biennial, online, interdisciplinary workshop for individuals working on feminist-oriented research projects. Registration deadline: Friday, April 21, 2017.


Program CoverConference Program Guide Now Online
Minnesota Alliance of Local History Museums Annual Meeting and Conference guide is now posted. The conference is on track to break past attendance records. There,s still time to register, either online with a credit card or by mail with a check. Join your colleagues from the around Minnesota for networking and to attend the many sessions and panel discussion. April 26-27, 2017, in Walker MN.



Advanced Grant writing Part 1 of 2
April 20
- St. Paul: Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, 1 - 5 p.m. This two-part,
grant writing series will give you the tools to develop more effective fundraising strategies and polished grant proposals to secure new and larger gifts.

Capitalization Supports Mission
April 25
- Webinar: Nonprofits Assistance Fund, 12 - 1 p.m. (CDT). This webinar is designed to illuminate the connection between your mission and your business model. You will learn about the four core components to a nonprofit business model: revenue mix, understanding the cost of effective programs, infrastructure, and capital structure.

What is Preservation?
April 25
- Webinar: Northeast Document Conservation Center. This Brown Bag Webinar will teach the basic concepts of the preservation and conservation of documents and objects. 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Registration deadline: April 24, 2017.

Training Volunteers
April 26
- Webinar: American Association for State and Local History. Learn about training tips and tactics that can stimulate the long-term sustainability of a volunteer program. 2 p.m. (CDT).

Developing Exhibitions
May 15 to July 7
- Online Course:
American Association for State and Local History. This class is about how to put together an exhibition, from deciding what it will be about and why, to gathering, creating and arranging all the elements for visitors.

April 12
(Deadline): National Endowment for the Humanities. Fellowships support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. Recipients usually produce articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources in the humanities.

Artist Initiative Webinar
Minnesota State Arts Board is offering a one-hour Webinar to help applicants prepare to apply for the Artist Initiative grant program. This session will be particularly helpful for first-time applicants.
The session is offered on two dates. The content is identical.

  • Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 3 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 27, 2017, 3 p.m.

"Common Heritage" Grant Program
June 1
(Deadline): National Endowment for the Humanities. Grants will support day-long events, organized by community cultural institutions, in which members of the public will be invited to share materials important to their family or community histories, such as photographs, artifacts, family letters, and works of art.

Documenting Endangered Languages
September 15
(Deadline): National Endowment for the Humanities. To develop and advance knowledge concerning endangered human languages. Awards support fieldwork and other activities relevant to recording, documenting, and archiving endangered languages, including the preparation of lexicons, grammars, text samples, and databases.

Call for Papers
Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) is now accepting abstracts for its 2018 Annual International Conference in Saint Paul MN (April 18-22, 2018). Please submit an abstract no later than 5 p.m. on June 15, 2017, to one of the 45 thematic sessions, the Graduate Student Lightning Talks or the open sessions. SAH encourages submissions from architectural, landscape, and urban historians; museum curators; preservationists; independent scholars; architects; scholars in related fields; and members of SAH chapters and partner organizations.

Making plans to attend the conference? Nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations, governmental units, tribes, and educational institutions are eligible for an MHCHG Structured Grant Option: Scholarship to National Conference Hosted in Minnesota. The next Small Grant round deadline is Friday, April 14, 2017. 


Call for Papers: Museums and Social Issues
Call for Submissions for "Museums & Social Issues: A Journal of Reflective Discourse" Volume 12 number 2, due May 15, 2017. Museums in the Era of Trump will include essays, opinions, and case studies up to 3,000 words reflecting efforts in museums both in the U.S. and worldwide to counteract the new era of anti-immigration and xenophobia, questioning truth and facts, recognition of climate change, and broader implications of populist policies on arts and cultural organizations. Submissions might include efforts to collect protest materials, photo essays, thought pieces, exhibit plans, etc.

General Articles are typically between 4,000-6,000 words in length, and should not normally exceed 8,000. Content should reflect the aims and scope of the journal as described. 

Historic House Museum Issues and Operations Workshop
April 6 & 7
- Online: American Association for State and Local History - This workshop focuses on the unique needs, management, and interpretation of historic houses. With a focus on historic house museums, topics covered include collections care, types of research appropriate for historic house museums, exhibition development, interpretive tours, volunteers, and building and landscape maintenance.

Assessing your Digital Preservation Readiness
April 11
- Webinar: 1 - 2 p.m. (CDT). Northeast Document Conservation Center - This session will explore self-assessment as a tool for improving young and developing digital preservation programs.

Mankato Area Networking Lunch
April 13
- Mankato: 12 - 1 p.m. Minnesota Council of Nonprofits - If you are currently working at a nonprofit in the Mankato area, you are invited to join this informal discussion and information sharing group.

Board Excellence - Characteristics of Excelling Boards
April 20 - Webinar: 9 - 10 a.m. (CDT) Ohio Association of Nonprofit Organizations - This webinar will help you identify what great board members do in the business of doing good and how to lead your board to excellence.

MALHM Conference Keynote Speaker Drawn to History

The keynote speaker at the Minnesota Alliance of Local History Museum's Annual Meeting and Conference has always been drawn to history. Formerly the executive director of the Cass County Historical Society (West Fargo ND), Steve Stark now combines his love of history with his drawing skills to create his "Illustrated History" presentations. Dressed in historical costume, Steve tells true tales of the past while fast-drawing them in charcoal on mounted rolls of paper. The political cartoonist and artist is known as "Mr. History" for his talks to more than 5,000 school children each year as well as adults throughout the region.

See him in action on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at the Conference at Chase on the Lake in Walker MN. Register online with a credit card or by mail with a check.

Introduction to Legal Issues in Collections Management
April 12 - Webinar: 1 p.m. (CDT). Connecting to Collections Care - The first in 
three-part webinar series on Legal Issues, this webinar will provide an introduction to the series and an overview of U.S. and international laws and regulations that affect the acquisition, import, export, ownership, possession, and exhibition of objects and specimens, including wildlife laws and regulations that may affect artifacts or art objects. Free.

Call for Papers
April 26 (Deadline): The Public Historian - Seeking Articles on LGBTQ Public History. The Public Historian invites proposals for articles to be published in a special issue of the journal on LGTBQ public history to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising.

MALHM Conference Intro Track for Students and Emerging Professionals
Minnesota Alliance of Local History Museums has an intro track for students and emerging professionals at their Conference & Annual Meeting in Walker MN, on Day One, Wednesday April 27, 2017. The session topics are: building your resume to find a job in the history field, Exhibit Graphic Design 101, a light-hearted introduction to working at a local history museum, and an introductory collections panel. Students are welcome to attend any of the other sessions as well, which will include more in-depth topics on collection management, outreach and education, social media/marketing and administration. Full-time students may register at the MALHM member price of $70 for both 
days, or $40 for one day.

Twin Cities Archive Round Table
This spring's Twin Cities Archive Round Table (TCART) meeting will be on Thursday May 11, 2017, at Gustavus College in St. Peter MN. They are organizing the presentations around the subject of diversity and inclusion in archives and are looking for members interested in presenting on this subject. Please contact Ted Hathaway if you are interested.

Small Archival Projects Conference is sponsored by 
DALINC (Dubuque Area Library Information Consortium) to learn and talk about the basics of small digital archival projects. People will share their expertise, lessons learned, project management skills, selection of projects, equipment, software, planning, budgeting and more, April 7, 2017, 
at Loras CollegeDubuque IA.

ALHFAM Annual Meeting and Conference
Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums (ALHFAM) Annual Meeting and Conference's theme is "Breaking Through Barriers: Living History in Modern Times," encouraging attendees to "consider how their own museum, business or program has, or will, evolve to remove barriers that may inhibit growth, creativity, access to collections and information, communication, or even survival." Hosted by Genesee Country Village & Museum in Mumford NY, June 11-13, 2017.

AAM Annual Meeting
American Alliance of Museums is pleased to announce their upcoming Annual Meeting in St. Louis MO, May 7-10, 2017, at the America's Center Convention Complex. This year's theme is "Gateways for Understanding: Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion in Museums."


The IRS recently released an updated Form 990-EZ, Short Form Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax, that will help tax-exempt organizations avoid common mistakes when filing their annual return.

The updated Form 990-EZ includes 29 "help" icons describing key information to help small and mid-size exempt organizations avoid common mistakes when filling out the form and filing their return. The icons also link to additional information available on

American Folklore Society Annual Society
The American Folklore Society will hold its 2017 Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, October 18-21, 2017, on the theme "Community: Resistance, Reclamation and Re-Creation." The field of folklore is inherently interdisciplinary, and they welcome the participation of presenters from allied fields. Preregistration is available at a discounted rate until August 31, 2017.

Making plans to attend the annual meeting? Nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations, governmental units, tribes and educational institutions are eligible for an MHCHG Structured Grant Option: Scholarship to National Conference Hosted in Minnesota . The next Small Grant round deadline is Friday April 14, 2017. 


Co-Sponsor an SAA Course or Workshop
Society of American Archivists has developed a wide array of courses and workshops that are available for hosting by repositories and other institutions.

SAA Copyright Workshop
Society of American Archivists' workshop, "Copyright Law for Archivists: A Risk Assessment Approach" combines a detailed look at copyright basics with a risk-management approach for archivists to use in assessing their own collections and institutional circumstances. The ultimate goal is to enable archivists to fulfill their fundamental purpose, achieving the widest possible use of their collections. Thursday and
Friday June 29 - 30 2017, at Iowa State University Library, Ames IA. Attendance is limited to 25.

Midwest Archives Conference announces that their next Annual Meeting will be April 5-8, 2017 in Omaha, NE. The program will include a variety of workshops, sessions, tours, and other opportunities for networking and education.

This is a hands-on class, during which attendees will have a chance to look through the bound volumes of local newspapers within Morrison County Historical Society's collection. Call 320-632-4007 for more information or sign up online.

National Conference in Minnesota

The Organ Historical Society (OHS) is holding their 62nd Annual National Convention in St. Paul MN, August 5-11, 2017, at the InterContinental Saint Paul Riverfront Hotel, highlighting organs in our nation's heartland with tours around the state and into Wisconsin of historic organs. OHS celebrates, preserves, and studies the pipe organ in the USA; in all its historical styles, through research, education, advocacy and music.

Make plans to attend the annual meeting which is eligible for a MHCHG Structured Grant Option: Scholarship to National Conference Hosted in Minnesota . The next Small Grant round deadline is Friday April 14, 2017. 

2017 Finance Conference
Join the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and Nonprofits Assistance Fund for the 2017 Nonprofit Finance and Sustainability Conference, April 13, 2017, in Brooklyn Center MN. This sixth annual day-long conference will offer insights, strategies, and tools for staff and board members looking at your organization's financial sustainability from diverse perspectives-from strategy and oversight to implementation and evaluation. Join your nonprofit colleagues to learn about critical issues and best practices to help your organization remain sustainable into the future.



SAVE THE DATE: NCPH Annual Meeting
National Council on Public History will hold its 2017 Annual Meeting "The Middle: Where did we come from? Where are we Going?," April 19-22, 2017, Indianapolis IN.



Save the Date!
Mark your calendars now for the 2017 Minnesota Alliance of Local History Museums' Annual Meeting and Conference, April 26-27, 2017 at Chase on the Lake in Walker, MN. Registration opens soon.



Annual Meeting in Minneapolis
The Oral History Association's annual meeting will be held October 4-8, 2017 at the Hilton Minneapolis Hotel in Minneapolis MN, and they invite proposals for papers and presentations for the conference. 
Don't miss this opportunity to learn from the nation (and a significant international presence) as it gathers in Minneapolis to learn from all of you. Make plans to attend the annual meeting on October 4-8, 2017! Minnesotans--get ready to apply for a scholarship in January and April.

Mark your Calendar
Museums and the 
Webthe annual conference featuring advanced research and exemplary applications of digital practice for cultural, natural and scientific heritage, will be in Cleveland for their 21st Annual MW conference: April 19-22, 2017 at the Hilton Cleveland Downtown, Cleveland OH.

Wireless Environmental Monitoring: Is it right for you?
This free Connecting to Collections webinar is an update on the Connecting to Collections 2012 program on the topic. Join presenter Rachael Perkins Arenstein to learn what new products have come on the market in the last few years.

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.


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


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.





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:

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.