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.


2017 Minnesota Council of Nonprofits Annual Conference

October 12 & 13 - St. Paul: Minnesota Council of Nonprofits - A perfect opportunity for professionals from every corner of Minnesota's robust nonprofit sector to join together, celebrate the sector, learn from one another and prepare for another year. With everything going on in the world right now, sometimes you just need to hang out with people who get you. Location: Saint Paul RiverCentre.

Supervising for Team Engagement
October 17
- St. Paul: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Minnesota Council of Nonprofits - Many work environments are increasingly complex and uncertain, requiring high functioning teams. This workshop teaches how to develop shared leadership among team members and provides concrete tools for improving collaboration. Cost: $119 members/$149 nonmembers.

Developing your Evaluation Strategy and Plan
October 17, 24, & 31 
- Web Classes: 10 a.m. Minnesota Council of Nonprofits - In this three-part virtual training, you'll go beyond basic evaluation concepts to learning how to craft strategic, informed decisions about evaluation for your program or organization. This training will be highly interactive--combining presentations, conversations, and individual reflection and work. Cost: $119 members/$149 nonmembers.

Healthy Nonprofits, Healthy Communities: Nonprofit Business Model and the Mission Money Matrix
October 19
- Grand Rapids: 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Nonprofits Assistance Fund - To conclude their 2017 series on revenue, the October Healthy Nonprofits, Healthy Communities learning series in Grand Rapids MN, will look at the nonprofit business model that makes programs and organizations operate and succeed. Cost: Free.

Inclusive Storytelling in Museums
October 19
- Webinar: 1 - 2 p.m. (CDT) American Alliance of Museums - Join this talk-show style online conversation to discuss “Out West: LGBT Stories of the American West,” a program series designed to illuminate positive contributions of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) community to the history and culture of the American West. Attendees will gain a deeper understanding of the power of storytelling in our practice and how it relates to our audiences. Cost: Free but pre-registration is required.

2017 Minnesota Council of Nonprofits Annual Conference
October 12-13
- St. Paul: Minnesota Council of Nonprofits - A perfect opportunity for professionals from every corner of Minnesota's robust nonprofit sector to join together, celebrate the sector, learn from one another and prepare for another year. With everything going on in the world right now, sometimes you just need to hang out with people who get you. Location: Saint Paul RiverCentre.

Hat Rack Series #1: Essentials for Small Nonprofits
October 5
- Rochester: 1 to 4 p.m. Minnesota Council of Nonprofits - The leaders of small nonprofits have to wear many hats, performing tasks that may be handled in larger organizations by staff members with formal training in those areas. In the Hat Rack workshop series, experts will cover many of these areas, identifying and streamlining the highest priority tasks. The first workshop will have three sections:
Introduction; Nonprofit Legal and Ethical Essentials; and Information Technology Essentials. Location: 125 LIVE - Room 207. Cost: $30 members/$55 nonmembers?.

What is this? Solving Problems Found in Collection
October 17
- Webinar: 1 - 2:30 p.m. (CDT) Connecting to Collections Care - This webinar will define what constitutes a Found in Collection (FIC) and will provide useful guidelines for documenting, researching, and numbering FIC items, as well as identify potential problems with disposal of FIC items.

Board Boot Camp
October 17
- Minneapolis: 6 to 8:30 p.m. Nonprofits Assistance Fund - Board members will participate in board meetings and other engagements with more confidence and more knowledge about their roles after attending MAP's Board Boot Camp. Learn typical board responsibilities; identify the nuances of board authority and relationships; discuss how you would respond to specific board scenarios. Cost: $65.

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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.

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October 16 to November 10
- Online Course: American Association for State and Local History - This online course shows you how to implement internationally recognized project management principles in 
historical context. Cost: $350 members/$425 nonmembers

Registration is Now Open
October 26 - Little Falls: Minnesota Alliance of Local History Museum's fall workshop for House Museums at Linden Hill Historical Event Center and Museum, and Lindbergh Historic Site,, both in Little Falls, MN.

Cost: $15 members/$25 nonmembers for the full-day event. Lunch is not included. 

Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. with sessions beginning at 9 a.m. and ending with house tours in the afternoon. For more information, contact MALHM Coordinator Marci Matson by email or 612-500-7460.

OHA 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.

Getting Started on Photographic Documentation of Collections
October 4
- Webinar: 1 - 2:30 p.m. (CDT). American Alliance of Museums - This webinar will cover different 
behind photographic documentation, and provide tips for implementing them-whether you are photographing an object for cataloging or condition reports, or looking for ways to digitize your collection.

Section 106: An Introduction
October 24 to 26
- Minneapolis: National Preservation Institute - Learn the basics of project review under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. This seminar emphasizes practicalities-how to avoid pitfalls and victimization by myths. Discuss recent changes in regulations and procedures, with an emphasis on coordination with the National Environmental Policy Act and other laws.

The Recent Past: Strategies for Evaluation
November 29 to 30
- Minneapolis: National Preservation Institute - Examine nationwide trends in mid-20th-century houses and neighborhoods, with an emphasis on the evaluation of large suburban developments, construction methods, and house types and plans. Review era-specific factors that help to identify and categorize these buildings. Evaluate survey methodologies and consider the impact of neighborhood zoning, subdivision design review, urban renewal, and owner associations. Discuss how to determine the significance and integrity of resources when evaluating eligibility for federal and state programs, such as the National Register and the Secretary of the Interior's Standards.

MALHM House Museum Workshop

October 26 - Little Falls: The Minnesota Alliance of Local History Museums will hold its second annual workshop at two Little Falls sites with historic homes: Linden Hill Estate and the Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site.

The workshop will include tours of both sites as well as sessions on evaluation methods and living history tours. Attendees will also have the chance to network with house museum colleagues. Save the date now; more details coming soon with registration information.

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."

Upper Midwest Country School Conference Scheduled for Sheldon, Iowa
October 6 to 7, 2017 - Sheldon IA: A multi-state conference focusing on preservation of country schools will be held in Sheldon IA at Northwest Iowa Community College. Speakers will discuss various aspects of country school ranging from building preservation, interpretative programming, producing a country history of one-room schools and marking locations of one-room schools.

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 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.