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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.


Simplifying Preservation Planning Using Worksheets

Connecting to Collection's free webinar will show you, in the context of a case study using the Hawaiian Historical Society, how to make a long-range preservation plan using worksheets. Date/Time: March 5, 2015, 1-2:30 p.m. CST.


NEH summer workshop in Virginia

NEH invites school teachers (Grade 6-12) to participate in a one-week workshop on school desegregation in Virginia, following the historic Brown v. Board Education decision. Teachers will interact with leading scholars in the field, visit historic sites and archives, and will discuss curricular and instructional strategies related to this subject.

Location: Richmond, Virginia

Workshop Dates: July 13-July 17 OR July 27-July 31, 2015. Application Deadline: March 2, 2015.

Participants will receive a $1,200 NEH stipend to defray travel and related expenses . E-mail more information.


Research Travel Grant and Visiting Research Fellowship

The Bakken, Minneapolis MN, awards short-term fellowships and travel grants to scholars and artists to support research using The Bakken’s library and artifact collections. The collections address the history of electricity and magnetism (with a focus on their roles in the life sciences and medicine) and include approximately 11,000 books, journals, and manuscripts, and 2,200 instruments, medical devices, and other artifacts. The awards are to be used to help defray the expenses of travel, subsistence, and other direct costs of conducting research at The Bakken for researchers who must travel and pay for temporary lodging in the Twin Cities in order to conduct research at The Bakken. Application deadline: March 23, 2015.

Fair Use Webcast

American University Washington College of Law invites to join them for this Fair Use Week event "Presenting the Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use of Collections Containing Orphan Works." A live webcast will be available when the event begins. No registration required but it is requested. Thursday February 26, 2015, 1:15 to 5:15 p.m.

Starting Right: Introduction to Digital Project Management Planning 

The class is taught in two, two-hour sessions over the course of two days. Covered topics: intellectual property, how to accept and deal with born digital materials, and defining collection selection criteria. Collection preservation, dealing with culturally sensitive materials, building digital glossaries and Metadata considerations will also be covered. Finally the class will look at staffing considerations, digitization in-house and outsourcing, digital display, infrastructure development, funding and sustainability. Tuesday February 17, 2015 & Thursday February 26, 2015. See web site for more information and to register.


Museum Assessment Program

The Museum Assessment Program (MAP) is supported through a cooperative agreement between the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the American Alliance of Museums. It is designed to help museums assess their strengths and weaknesses, and plan for the future. Deadline: July 1, 2015.

Call For Abstracts
Association for Preservation Technology (APT) is accepting abstract submissions for APT Kansas City 2015 paper presentations and APT Student Scholar applications are now being accepted online. Conference submissions are due Sunday February 22, 2015; Student Scholar submissions are due Tuesday March 31, 2015. The theme for this year's conference is "Convergence of People and Places-Diverse Technologies and Practices."

Financial Webinars
American Association for State and Local History is offering a webinar to discuss the important topic of "Money Talks: How to Discuss Financial Information with Your Board." Each paid registrant receives one login. You may have an unlimited number of participants taking part in the webinar from one computer. For more information contact Cherie Cook at 573-893-5164.

Conference Downloads Now Available
Audio from the AASLH 2014 Annual Meeting in St. Paul is available as free MP3 downloads online.




Call For Proposals
Minnesota Alliance of Local History Museums (MALHM) seeks proposals for session speakers for its 2015 Annual Meeting. The conference theme is "Progress of History" – as history shows change over time, historical organizations in Minnesota strive to show innovation and improvement. If you have any questions, please contact Theresa Norman, MALHM Treasurer at 952-445-0378.

Local History Awards
The Minnesota Alliance of Local History Museums (MALHM) seeks nominations for their annual Minnesota History Awards. Contact Dustin Heckman, 651-388-6024, for more information. Deadline: March 1, 2015.

2015 Council for Minnesota Archaeology Conference
Official program for the 2015 Council for Minnesota Archaeology Conference, hosted by St. Cloud State University is now released. The program contains a brief description of highlighted events for this year’s conference, a schedule of presentations, abstracts for posters and papers, and visitor’s information for how to get around St. Cloud and recommendations for restaurants and hotels. 



Project Management Workshop
American Association for State and Local History is offering Project Management for History Professionals workshopMarch 10-112015 at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, TN. 

SAVE THE DATE: NCPH Annual Meeting
National Council on Public History will hold its 2015 Annual Meeting "History on the Edge," April 15-18, 2015, Nashville TN. Download the Conference Program.

Plan to attend the 2015 Explore Minnesota Tourism Conference to get the latest information on tourism trends, sharpen your promotional skills with new ideas and approaches for marketing, and get a “sneak peek” at the next round of advertising planned for the Explore Minnesota Tourism advertising program.

Mark Your Calendars
The 2015 Association of Midwest Museums (AMM) Conference is in Cincinnati OH, July 19-22, 2015. AMM is accepting session proposals for the 2015 Conference through January 16, 2015.

Call for Proposals
Southern Jewish Historical Society issues a call for paper proposals for its 40th annual conference October 30-November 1, 2015 in Nashville TN. Deadline for proposals: March 15, 2015.

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.