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


Labor History
The East Side Freedom Library, St. Paul MN, announces opportunities to learn labor history
For more information e-mail or call: 651-774-8687:

  • Labor Movement and the Struggle for Democracy in Minnesota, Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 11a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • The History of Labor in Minnesota, October 16, 2014 – November 20, 2014.
  • Four Voices for Labor: Making St. Paul Work for Working People, Saturday, October 18, 2014, 11am – 1 p.m.

2014 Minnesota Council of Nonprofits Annual Conference

Only one month left until the 2014 MCN Annual Conference kicks off in St. Paul. Designed around the theme Nonprofits in Motion: Momentum for a New Minnesota, this year's gathering of nonprofit, philanthropic and public-sector leaders is jam-packed with learning opportunities, resource sharing and peer networking—including more than 45+ breakout sessions, a timely plenary panel discussion exploring the impact of the 2014 election results on nonprofits, new Townhall Meetings, an exhibitor showcase featuring over 70 resource providers, and plenty of opportunities to connect with nonprofit peers from across the state. 

3rd Annual Minnesota Archives Symposium
Join the Hennepin County Library Special Collections and the Twin Cities Archives Round Table (TCART) on Friday October 24, 2014 for the third annual Minnesota Archives Symposium. This year's theme is "Inviting Interaction: Building Digital Access and Connections in Archives & Special Collections." Registration is FREE. For more information call 612-543-8203.

Save the Date
Mark your calendar now to attend the 2015 Explore Minnesota Tourism Conference, February 3-4, 2015, at the RiverCentre in St. Paul MN. Watch for updates on their web site.

Southwest Regional Meeting
The 2014 Wisconsin Council for Local History and Wisconsin Historical Society Southwest Regional Meeting, hosted by the La Crosse County Historical Society, La Crosse WI. 
Registration | Agenda

Old Home Certified Designation Course
Preservation Alliance of Minnesota, Saint Paul MN, is offering their Old Home Certified Designation Course, taugh by professionals in architecture, interior design, real estate, historic preservation for licensed Minnesota real estate agents. Wednesday October 8, 2014 at 8 a.m. and  Thursday, October 9, 2014, 4 p.m.

Oral History Annual Meeting
Online registration is now open for the 2014 Oral History Association Annual Meeting, October 8-12, 2014, Madison WI. 

Genealogical Conference

Minnesota Genealogical Society, South St. Paul MN, annouces that registration is now open for the 7th Annual North Star Family History Conference, October 3-4, 2014, Edina MN. Featured speaker is Judy G. Russell, author of The Legal Genealogist blog. 

IMA Annual Meeting
Iowa Museum Association, Cedar Falls IA, 2014 Annual Meeting & Conference, October 12-14, 2014. Cost: $160 non-members.

Reserve the date
National Association for Interpretation, Fort Collins CO, presents 2014 National Workshop, the national conference for the interpretation community, November 18-22, 2014, Denver, CO.

"PastForward" 2014 National Preservation Conference
National Trust for Historic Preservation announces conference registration is now open. The conference returns to Savannah GA November 11-14, 2014. Additional information

IRS Workshop
The IRS is offering a one-day workshop for small and medium-sized 501(c)(3) organizations at the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, October 29-30, 2014. This introductory workshop is designed for organization administrators, volunteers who are responsible for tax compliance, the faculty and students of its academic hosts, and nonprofit practitioners.

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.

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.