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Conferences and Workshops

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


Call for Proposals
Twin Cities Archives Round Table announces the 4th Annual Minnesota Archives Symposium (MAS), sponsored by the Minnesota Historical Society, Monday November 2, 2015. This year’s topic will be "Bridging the Gap Between Our Digital and Physical Collections" and TCART needs your ideas to make this meeting a success. They are looking for session proposals. All proposals are due Monday August 31, 2015. Proposers will be informed of their acceptance in September.

Both novices and experts are encouraged to submit proposals or session ideas. Varied session formats are welcome. Questions should be sent to the Twin Cities Archives Round Table or Lori Williamson at 651-259-3252.

Registration for the Symposium is FREE!

Museum Computer Network Conference
Museum Computer Network (MCN) is offering scholarships for 15 qualified applicants to attend their annual "Museum Computer Network 2015" conference November 4-7, 2015 in Minneapolis MN. Deadline is September 2, 2015. Conference theme: "The Invisible Architectures of Connected Museums: Making Meaning with People, Collections, and Information"

MCN is also offering a great opportunity to help museum professionals attend the conference in Minneapolis. They are looking for volunteers to help with social media and on-site tasks starting on Tuesday November 3 through Saturday November 7, 2015. Volunteer shifts are 4-8 hours, and in return for each shift the volunteer receives free registration for one day of the conference. Volunteers can also attend more than one day of the conference for free if they serve multiple shifts.

Care and Identification of Photographs
Wisconsin Historical Society hosts photograph conservator Gawain Weaver who will lead this 3-day workshop, an introduction to the history, identification, and preservation of photographic materials. Participants will acquire hands-on identification skills and learn practical photograph preservation techniques. Location, H.H. Bennett StudioWisconsin Dells WI, October 21 - 23, 2015, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Advanced registration required by September 21, 2015. Please direct any questions about the workshop to the H.H. Bennett Studio (608-253-3523) or e-mail Jennifer Kolb.

Wisconsin Local History and Historic Preservation Conference
Wisconsin Historical Society announces registration is open for their 9th Annual Local History and Historic Preservation Conference in Middleton WI. Conference offers nine tracks of programming, including 24 informative sessions, 16 in-depth workshops, as well as ample opportunities for networking and socializing. October 9-10, 2015.

AIC Annual Meeting
American Institute for Conservation is holding its 44th Annual Meeting jointly with the 42nd Annual CAC-ACCR Conference in Montreal, Canada, May 13-17, 2016. The theme will be "Emergency! Preparing for Disasters and Confronting the Unexpected in Conservation." Colleagues are invited to submit abstracts that address in a broad-based way the impact of past, present, and future disasters on the protection of cultural property. 

NPI Cemetery Preservation
National Preservation Institute, will be offering two classes on cemetery preservation in Minneapolis. Advance registration is available through August 18, 2015.

LYRASIS is offering online classes including "Preservation of Photographic Materials," "Introduction to METS (Metadata Encoding and Transmission Standard) ," and "Fragile Imaging: Lantern Slides, Glass Plate Negatives and Daguerreotypes." Check classes for dates and times.

AASLH Online Conference
As part of this year's American Association for State and Local History Annual Meeting in Louisville KY, they are once again offering online access to six of their sessions. Sessions held on September 17 and 18, 2015, will be broadcast live from the Annual Meeting and have been reworked for a live audience.

Digital Preservation for Video Workshop

Minitex Digitization, Cataloging & Metadata Education at the University of Minnesota is hosting the Midwest Art Conservation Center (MACC) workshop Digital Preservation for Video, August 21, 2015, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. For more information call or e-mail MACC: 612-870-3120.


First Call for 2016 AAM Session Proposals for Small Museums

American Alliance of Museums' online Session Proposal Website is now open, if you have a session idea you can post it online or look at some of the ideas that have been suggested for sessions.


AASLH 2015 Conference in Louisville

The Field Service Alliance asks you to join them for the 2015 American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) conference in Louisville, Kentucky! To be held from September 16-19, this conference offers many session options for those who work in field services and outreach.

Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting

Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting will be held in Cleveland OH, August 16-22, 2015.

AASLH Annual Meeting Early Registration Deadline

American Association for State and Local History wants to remind everyone the Annual Meeting Early Registration Deadline is July 24, 2015.

Association of Midwest Museums Annual Meeting

The Association of Midwest Museums Annual Meeting will be held in Cincinnati OH, July 19-22, 2015.

Association of African American Museums Annual Conference

The Association of African American Museums Annual Conference will be held in Memphis TN, August 4-7, 2015. 

Online Oral History Workshop

Baylor University Institute for Oral History is hosting an online, live audio workshop, "Getting Started with Oral History"  on August 12 and August 19, 2015.

Tax Credit 101 Webinar

The National Park Service is offering a 90 minute webinar reviewing the basics of the Federal Historic Tax Credit, July 23, 2015, 1 p.m. Presenters:Jenny Parker, Architectural Historian/Tax Act Reviewer with Technical Preservation Services, National Park Service; Tim Simmons, Senior Preservation Architect/Federal Rehabilitation Tax Credit Coordinator, North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office.


A Century of Homes

Led by architectural historian Larry Millett, this U of M extension course provides a richly illustrated armchair tour of the homes and architectural styles that make Minnesota's housing stock so rich and diverse. In addition to learning about the construction and original owners of the homes, you will also hear about the current owners who are dedicated to restoring these historical treasures, September 14-21, 2015.

Social Media Webinar

This free Connecting to Collections webinar will provide an opportunity to learn more about what social media out there, how different platforms are being used, and will provide tips for effectively using social media to share your collections, which ultimately assists in furthering access and preservation. July 14, 2015, 1-2 p.m. Presenters: Molly Gleeson and Tom Stanley.


Advanced Wood Window Repair

Live in an old home? Have old windows? Do those windows need some work? Preservation Alliance of Minnesota is offering an Advanced Wood Window Repair class. Learn from window specialist Paul Schmidt of Restoration Window Systems, Saturday July 18, 2015, 1 - 5 p.m.

Online Course Archives 

Museum Study will be hosting the Basics of Archives course from the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH). The newly revised Basics of Archives online course is designed to give organizations and individuals who are responsible for the care of historical records an introduction to the core aspects of managing and protecting historical records collections, using appropriate principles and best practices. Beginning June 22, 2015.

Webinar on Undocumented Collections
American Association for State and Local History’s StEPs program is offering the webinar The ABCs of FICs: What to do about “Found in the Collection” Items on Wednesday June 24, 2015, 1-2:15 p.m.  The webinar is offered as part of the StEPs program Lab series.


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.