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.


Form 990 Webinar
IRS will hold a Reporting compensation on Form 990 or Form 990-EZ webinar presentation, Tuesday May 12, 2016, 12 p.m. (Central). 

Common-Place Available
The Spring 2016 issue of Common-Place is now available online.

Knowing Visitors Helps History Sites Succeed
Visitors Count! is a visitor research program from AASLH to help historic sites and museums gather the information they need to make informed decisions.Visitors Count! offers three survey options:

  • Gate Visitor Survey - Deadline: June 1, 2016
  • Teacher Survey - Deadline: August 15, 2016
  • Spotlight Survey

MDL Annual Meeting
Minnesota Digital Library will hold its 14th Annual Meeting on Tuesday June 7, 2016, at the Continuing Education & Conference Center, St. Paul MN. Registration will open in early May. 

MDL Annual Meeting Keynote Announced
Minnesota Digital Library is pleased to announce that the keynote speaker for the Minnesota Digital Library 14th Annual Meeting, Tuesday June 7, 2016, will be Greg Cram, the Associate Director of Copyright and Information Policy at the New York Public Library.

The MDL Annual Meeting will be at the Continuing Education & Conference Center, University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus. To learn more about past meetings (including past topics), visit the MDL website. The schedule for the day will be available when registration is announced in early May.

Minnesota Digital Newspapers
Minneapolis Central Library, Minneapolis MN, invites the public to improve their online searches of Minnesota newspapers including the Historical Minneapolis Tribune. Minnesota Historical Society librarian Brigid Shields will share strategies and techniques to improve your results, Wednesday March 30, 7 8 p.m. For more information call 612-543-8175. 

The Nuts and Bolts of Managing Digitized Collections From Capture to Copyright
This American Alliance of Museums webinar will provide an overview of the digitization and rights management workflow for a collection object, starting from acquisition through the use cases of online collections and open access. Wednesday March 30, 2016 1 - 2:30 p.m. 

Developing History Leaders
American Association for State and Local History announces that applications are now being accepted for the Developing History Leaders @ SHA program, which will take place October 29 - November 19, 2016. Application deadline: May 16, 2016.

Coming to Minnesota!
Both of the following conferences are eligible for the Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grant Structured Grant Option: Scholarship to National Conference Hosted in Minnesota.

Association of Midwest Museums & MAM Joint Conference
Association of Midwest Museums in partnership with the Minnesota Association of Museums is hosting its annual conference July 27-30, 2016, in the Twin Cities! Save the date and get ready to network with museum professionals from across the Midwest, hear from thought leaders, attend incredible sessions, and spend your evenings at a few of the finest institutions in the Twin Cities.

Western History Association 56th Annual Conference
The 56th Annual Western History Association Conference will be held in St. Paul MN at the Crowne Plaza. Western History Association's annual conference is a four-day event, October 20-23, 2016, and features over fifty sessions on all aspects of the North American West, numerous receptions, and tours to nearby historic sites.


Get Certified!
Volunteer Services at MNHS is embarking on their spring volunteer drive and have become a Points of Light Certified Service Enterprise to more effectively achieve their mission. Learn more about the Points of Light, certification and what they can do for you.

RIFDS Training
Eastern Tribal Technical Assistance Program will be hosting RIFDS Training March 29-30, 2016 at the Midwest BIA offices in Bloomington MN. 

Save the Date!
56th Annual Western History Association Conference is coming to St. Paul MN at the Crowne Plaza, 11 East Kellogg Boulevard. As a national conference hosted in Minnesota it qualifies for the MHCHG Structured Grant: Scholarship to National Conference Hosted in Minnesota (see above).


Board Boot Camp
Board members will participate in a board meeting with more confidence and more knowledge about their role once they participate in MAP's Board Boot Camp. Register for one of nine available sessions between February and November. Board Boot Camps are held at: MAP for Nonprofits, 2314 University Avenue West, Suite 28, St. Paul, MN.

Risk Assessment and Management
Registration is now open for a AASLH two-part webinar on Risk Assessment and Management for history organizations

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.

Newberry Library Fellowship Program Accepting Applications
The Newberry Library Fellowship Program supports researchers using Newberry's collection. Both Long-term fellowships and Short-term fellowships are available.

Call for Proposals
Trans and gender non-conforming (GNC) community-based scholars and activists, academics, family members, and allies of trans and GNC people are invited to submit proposals for presentations, panels, posters, grass-roots projects, and workshops for the 2016 Moving Trans History Conference sponsored by the Transgender Archives at the University of Victoria, Thursday March 17, 2016.

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.

Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, Simi Valley CA, seeks an Education Outreach Manager.

NASPA, Washington D.C., seeks a Director for Equity, Inclusion, and Violence Prevention.

Director/Chief Administrator
National Atomic Testing Museum/Nevada Test Site Historical Foundation, Las Vegas NV, seeks a Director/Chief Administrator.

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!

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.