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.


Characteristics of a Financially Healthy Nonprofit
Join this free webinar discussion of the role of financial health for the nonprofit mission. They will examine an overview of governance, management, and structural factors that indicate financial strength and review resources available for building effective financial practices. December 13, 2016, 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. (CST).

Webinar: Accessibility and Inclusivity at Museums and Historic Sites
This AASLH webinar will provide examples and strategies for cultural organizations to be better stewards of history and accessible to diverse audiences. November 29, 2016, 2 - 3:15 p.m. CST.

Getting Started on Collection Storage
In this 90-minute American Alliance of
Museums webinar, expert practitioners explore the fundamentals of collection storage that are critical for successful stewardship.
Wednesday December 14, 2016
1 - 2:30 p.m. CST.

Wireless Environmental Monitoring: Is it right for you?
This free Connecting to Collections webinar is an update on the Connecting to Collections 2012 program on the topic. Join presenter Rachael Perkins Arenstein to learn what new products have come on the market in the last few years.


Grantwriting Clinics 
Minnesota Council of Nonprofits is offering a "Grantwriting Clinic for Beginners."  In this workshop participants will have an opportunity to 
learn the basics of grant seeking and the types of foundations, as well as develop an understanding of the sections of a grant proposal and review actual grant proposals. 

  • WillmarNovember 15, 2016, 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • St. PaulNovember 16, 2016, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Red WingNovember 21, 2016, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

WEBINAR: Interpreting Native American History and Culture at Museums and Historic Sites
This AASLH webinar will provide strategies for engaging with Native Americans beyond the legal framework of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), in order to work collaboratively, share authority, and incorporate multiple ways of knowing about the past into all interpretation about Native people, objects, histories, and cultures. November 7, 2016, 2 - 4:15 p.m. (CDT).

Board Roles and Responsibilities--Free Training
This Nonprofits Assistance Fund webinar explores different types of boards. Discussion of what good governance looks like and the roles and responsibilities of nonprofit boards, including five questions that guide the work of a board. November 8, 2016, 12 - 1 p.m.

High-Performing Nonprofits Learning Series: Financial Health and Sustainability 
Nonprofits Assistance Fund workshop will explore financial roles and responsibilities for your organization, communication of financial information, and provide the leadership needed to keep your organization financially healthy. November 9, 2016, 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Location: Timberlake Lodge Hotel, Grand Rapids MN.

PAM Education Survey Deadline Extended
Help shape the future of Preservation Alliance of Minnesota's education program! What preservation resources you are looking for? Please complete and share this short survey by November 11, 2016. At the end of the survey, participants will receive a promo code for 20% off any PAM homeowner class, workshop, or tour in 2017. With your help, PAM can bring targeted, accessible education throughout Minnesota. PAM's Homeowner, Professional, and Community Series have been financed in part with funds provided by the State of Minnesota from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the Minnesota Historical Society.

Leadership Academy
The Dr. Josie R. Johnson Leadership Academy is a year-long leadership training program designed to meet the personal, cultural, civic, and professional development needs of 15-20 intergenerational African American leaders while fostering their lifelong commitment to improving outcomes in the community. With sponsorship by the Bush Foundation and based on the Collective Impact model, JRJLA will leverage the time and talents of established
African-American leaders in business and philanthropy, government and politics, faith and religion, and community action. Under the mentorship of these leaders, the JRJLA fellows actively engage in developing a united urban agenda, which will detail the critical issues in the African-American community and their solutions. Deadline: December 15, 2016.

Lemelson Center Fellowships and Travel Grants
Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation fellowships and travel grants support research projects that present creative approaches to the study of invention and innovation in American society. Projects may include (but are not limited to) historical research and documentation projects resulting in dissertations, publications, exhibitions, educational initiatives, documentary films, or other multimedia products. Deadline: December 1, 2016.

Apply to attend ALI in 2017
Archives Leadership Institute (ALI) is a program funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), a statutory body affiliated with the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), and is being hosted at Berea College, Berea KY, for the years 2016-2018.  Deadline: November 30, 2016. Apply now.

Repairing Old Windows 
The next Preservation Alliance of Minnesota Hands-on Repairing Old Windows Workshop is
 is November 5, 2016, 12:30 - 4:30 p.m. at the Morrison County Historical Society and gives attendees the tips and tools necessary to repair, refurbish, and rejuvenate their homes' old windows, improving efficiency and leading to decreased energy costs. For more information contact Morrison County Historical Society at 320-632-4007.

5th Annual Minnesota Archives Symposium
Join the Twin Cities Archives Round Table (
TCART) on Monday, November 14, 2016, Elmer L. Andersen Library, University of Minnesota for the fifth annual Minnesota Archives Symposium. This year at the Minnesota Archives Symposium they will forego a singular theme, and instead focus on conversations. They will host panels around several topics of interest to the profession, encouraging panelists from different institutions to talk about their struggles and solutions surrounding similar issues. Registration is FREE but complete the registration form by Monday, November 7, 2016. For more information please contact TCART or Kate Dietrick.

Beyond “No Food or Drink in the Gallery”: Food Management Strategies for the Real World
Food in museums may seem at odds with collections care. How do you balance revenue-generating food service and events with protecting collections from increased risks of pest infestation and damage? How do staff meals and snacks affect collections care? What do you do if you have food items in your collection? Join in this free Connecting to Collections Care webinar for a discussion of best practices for food management in museums 
and collections-holding institutions. November 3, 2016, 1 - 2 p.m. (CDT).

2016 Annual Theatre Archives Workshop
The University of Minnesota Libraries and ASTR’s American Theatre Archive Project (ATAP) are co-hosting What’s Past is Prologue: Theatre Archives Now, a workshop for theatre artists, scholars, dramaturgs, archivists, information professionals, and students with an interest in preserving and sustaining the artifacts of performance history, Thursday, November 3, 2016, 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at the Andersen Library, University of Minnesota-Minneapolis campus.?

Collection Protection
Northern States Conservation Center is offering the online course: Collection Protection - Are you Prepared? Disaster planning is overwhelming. Where do you start? What do you already have in place? Are you somewhat prepared? What can you do next? Help clarify your current state of readiness and develop future steps to improve it. November 7 to 11, 2016. Instructor: Terri Schindel.


Call for Papers
The 2017 annual meeting of the Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums (ALHFAM) will take place in Henrietta NY, June 9-13, 2017. 
The call for papers and information about the meeting is now available on the ALHFAM website. Proposals are due on December 2, 2016.

Small Museum Association Conference
Registration is open for the 33rd Annual Small Museum Association ConferenceFebruary 19 -
21, 2017, Hyattsville MD. Scholarships are available; applications are due November 13, 2016.

Chazen Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin, Madison WI, seeks a Curator of Education.

CEO/Executive Director
Heritage Hill State Historical Park, Green Bay WI, seeks a CEO/Executive Director.

Curator of Exhibits
Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society, Pierre SD, seeks a Curator of Exhibits.

Administrative Coordinator
The History Center, Cedar Rapids IA, seeks an Administrative Coordinator.

Museum Director
California State Railroad Museum – Sacramento CA, seeks a Museum Director.

CEO/Executive Director
Heritage Hill Corporation, Green Bay WI, seeks CEO/Executive Director for Heritage Hill State Historical Park

The full-day workshop, held at Ramsey House, St. Paul MN, costs $15 for MALHM members or $25 for non-members. (Lunch not included.) Sign up today! Space is limited to 50 participants.

Speakers include: Jane Pederson (Glensheen) - Instagram; Jayne Becker (Ramsey House) - Interpretation; and Aaron Novodvorsky (MNHS) - Museum Security. See MALHM website for more information. For more Information contact MALHM Coordinator Marci Matson at 612-500-7460.

Save the Date!
Mark your calendars to attend the 2017 Main Street Now Conference in Pittsburgh PA, May 1-3, 2017.

International Museum Conference
MuseumNext's global conference on the future of museums, covering a broad range of subjects including audiences, design, technology, skills, collections, conservation, purpose, and leadership will take place in New York City NY, November 14 - 16, 2016.

National Trust for Historic Preservation Conference
The National Trust for Historic Preservation, "Past Forward: The National Preservation Conference," will be held November 15-18, 2016, in Houston TX. This year, attendees will be energized and challenged as they consider the role preservation can play in securing healthier and more sustainable, just, and attractive cities during the 50th anniversary celebrations of the National Historic Preservation Act.

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 five available sessions between now and November. Board Boot Camps are held at MAP for Nonprofits, St. Paul MN.

Modernism on the Prairie Symposium Videos Available
Videos are posted of selected sessions from the three-and-a-half-day Docomomo US National Symposium "Modernism on the Prairie" held in the Twin Cities in June of 2015. Videos include presentations by the leading minds in the fields of architecture and preservation on the current issues facing modern architecture and cultural heritage preservation. Examples of available session videos:

  • Modern Sustainability
  • Concrete & Religious Modernism
  • Rural Modernism
  • Concrete Conservation


2016 Summit on Racism
Society For History And Racial Equity, Kalamazoo MI, announces the 2016 Summit on Racism. Goals of the Summit are to go deeper in an understanding of racial equity, to take a look at the progress that has been made in some organizations, and to highlight how communities of color can affect change by taking control of their own narratives, Friday November 18, 2016, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Conference Session Proposals
African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS) invites proposals for its second annual conference scheduled to take place at Vanderbilt University on March 24-25, 2017. Proposals are due on November 15, 2016.

NAI National Conference 
Join the National Association for Interpretation at their National Conference in Corpus Christi TX, November 8-12, 2016. The keynote is Dr. Larry McKinney, Executive Director, Harte Research Institute.

Call for Papers
Women, Gender, and Families of Color (WGFC) invite submissions for upcoming issues. WGFC is ? multidisciplinary journal that centers on the study of ?lack, Latina/o, Indigenous, and Asian American women, gender, and families. 

33rd Annual Small Museum Association Conference
The Annual Small Museum Association Conference attracts more than 250 museum professionals, board members, and volunteers from a wide variety of small museums. They attend sessions on topics ranging from collections and education to staffing and board issues. February 19 - 21, 2017, College Park MD.

This webinar will take a look at laws that govern firearms and how museums can ensure they are legally obtaining weapons. The webinar will also address the care of firearms as composite objects, made of both organic and inorganic materials, in close contact. This can result in complicated deterioration reactions that make balancing storage conditions a challenge.

Museum Studies
The University of St. Thomas, Saint Paul, MN is offering a new Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies. Details on their website.

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 five available sessions between June and November. Board Boot Camps are held at MAP for Nonprofits, St. Paul MN.


US Department of Labor Finalizes New Overtime Rules; Free webinar offers guidance
The US Department of Labor has announced new regulations governing when an employee is eligible for overtime compensation. Under the new rules—which go into effect on December 1, 2016—a full-time salaried employee earning less than $47,476 per year could now be eligible to receive overtime pay. The department estimates that 4.2 million workers will be affected by this change, and the nonprofit sector—including many museums and their workers—will also be affected. 

Resources available to help:

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.