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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.


Oral History Workshop
Steele County Historical Society, Owatonna MN, hosts an Oral History Workshop, Wednesday July 23, 2014, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Free. Space is limited--RSVP to Dan Moeckly507-451-1420.

Historic Tax Credits
Presented by the Cornerstone Academy program of Preservation Alliance of Minnesota, in partnership with Minnesota Historical Society, the class, Understanding Historic Tax Credits, is limited to 25 participants and will be held Wednesday August 6, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lower Post, Historic Fort Snelling. Cost: $79.

AASLH Registration Open
Register now for the American Association for State and Local History's Annual Meeting, Greater Than the Sum of Our PartsSeptember 17-20, 2014, St. Paul MN. Early bird rate ends July 25, 2014!

Historic Roads Conference
National Scenic Byway Foundation is partnering with Historic Roads for the "Preserving the Historic Road 2014" conference, September 26-28, 2014, Savannah GA. Early Bird registration ends August 1, 2014. Scholarships available; contact Sally Pearce for more information. 

OHA Annual Meeting
The 48th Annual Meeting of the Oral History Association will be held in Madison WI, October 8-12, 2014. 

African-American Genealogy
Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison WI, announces the 2nd Annual African-American Genealogy ConferenceOctober 18, 2014, Sheraton Hotel, Madison WI. 

TCART Symposium Call for Proposals
Twin Cities Archives Round Table (TCART) announces the third annual Minnesota Archives Symposium, "Inviting Interaction: Building Digital Access and Connections in Archives & Special Collections," to be held Friday October 24, 2014. Proposals due Monday August 25, 2014. 

Nonprofits Conference
Minnesota Council of Nonprofits announces their 2014 Annual Conference will be held November 6-7, 2014, Saint Paul RiverCentre. Register by July 26, 2014 for Super Saver rate of $149. 

Call for Proposals
National Council on Public History will hold their 2015 Annual Meeting April 15-18, 2015, Nashville TN.

NAPC Forum
National Alliance of Preservation Commissions (NAPC) requests proposals for Forum 2016.

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:

PastPerfect Webinars
Free webinars available online from PastPerfect.

Online Community
Connecting to Collections Online Community offers timely discussions on a variety of topics important to colleagues working in museums, archives, or libraries.

Free PowerPoints
Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison WI, offers free PowerPoint presentations from their 2012 Local History and Historic Preservation Conference.

501(c)(3) Webinar
Internal Revenue Service offers free webinar, "Starting off Right--What New 501(c)(3) Organizations Need to Know." Includes tips on annual filing requirements and the types of records organizations should maintain.

AIC Workshops
Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works announces their 2012 regional workshop schedule.

Doll Preservation Webinar
Learn about the care and preservation of dolls through a free Connecting to Collections webinar, Community Webinar: Care of Dolls. Presenters: Tom Braun and Tammy Schmitz.

MDL Tutorials
Minnesota Digital Library offers online metadata tutorials.

Review and Compliance Cultural Resource Management Seminar
Audio and Video Podcasts are now posted from the seminar including the Archaeological Issues Panel and Architectural Issues Panel.

Museum Training Webcasts
Texas Historical Commission offers short webcasts from their "Training for Texas Museums" project.

Historic Preservation Certificate
Plymouth State University, Plymouth NH, offers courses toward Historic Preservation Certificate and Master of Education in Heritage Studies with a focus in Historic Preservation. Contact Stacey Yap, 603-535-2333, for more information.

Emergency Response Training
Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation seeks candidates for Emergency Response Training (AIC-CERT) program. No registration fee; support for travel, meals, and hotel included. Participants must be willing to make a commitment to FAIC's emergency response requests.

Tribal Records Online Course
Free online workshops regarding identifying and protecting essential government records. Register online.

MDL Webinar
Minnesota Digital Library webinar "Moving Forward: New Guidelines for Contributors to Minnesota Reflections" now available online.

Online Library Courses
University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Library & Information Studies offers online continuing education classes on a variety of topics. Contact Meredith Lowe, 608-890-0364, or Anna Palmer, 608-263-4452, for more information.

Project Archaeology Available Online
Project Archaeology is an educational organization working to make archaeology accessible to students and teachers nationwide. Online courses available. Contact Madlyn Runburg for more information or to register.

Quick-Build Museum Exhibits
Check out the newest addition to Morrison County Historical Society's webpage—a how-to guide entitled "How to Build a Museum Exhibit in an Hour." Mary Warner explains how to put together a small exhibit case and includes plenty of photographs along with step-by-step explanations.

Online courses from Upstate History Alliance
Try these low cost (starting at $45) online classes that may be taken at your own pace.

  • Collections Management 101
  • Climate Control for Small Institutions
  • Introduction to Reformatting
  • Basic Preservation and Care of Paper Based Materials
  • Conservation and Preservation of Photographs and Albums

Leadership Certificate Series
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire offers two leadership series for nonprofit professionals. Nonprofit Leadership Certificate Series is designed for nonprofit staff who seek a broad overview of nonprofit management. Volunteer Impact Leadership Training Series is designed to increase skills and abilities in working with volunteers. Sign up for individual courses or take the whole series and receive a certificate.

Ongoing Training

Center for Social Studies Education Launched

Minnesota Historical Society and Minnesota Department of Education have launched a new initiative to provide educators and students with information regarding the Social Studies. The Center for Social Studies Education (CSSE) is a clearinghouse created to provide links to relevant resources, teaching tools, professional development opportunities, and programs for teachers and students within the Social Studies.

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.