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.


Archaeology Conference
The Council for Minnesota Archaeology Biennial Conference is taking place in the Anderson Center at Hamline University, February 24 - 25, 2017, Friday 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Saturday, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 a.m.

American Folklore Society Annual Society
The American Folklore Society will hold its 2017 Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, October 18-21, 2017, on the theme Community: Resistance, Reclamation and Re-Creation." The field of folklore is inherently interdisciplinary, and they welcome the participation of presenters from allied fields. Preregistration is available at a discounted rate until August 31, 2017.

The 128th Annual Meeting of the American Folklore Society will bring hundreds of U.S. and international specialists in folklore and folklife, folk narrative, popular culture, music, material culture, and related fields, to exchange work and ideas and to create and strengthen friendships and networks. Prospective participants may submit proposals for papers, panels, forums, films, and diamond presentations, or propose new presentation formats. Presentations on the theme are encouraged but not required. The deadline for submitting a proposal is March 31, 2017.

Making plans to attend the annual meeting? Nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations, governmental units, tribes and educational institutions are eligible for an MHCHG Structured Grant Option: Scholarship to National Conference Hosted in Minnesota . The next Small Grant round deadline is Friday April 14, 2017. 


Co-Sponsor an SAA Course or Workshop
Society of American Archivists has developed a wide array of courses and workshops that are available for hosting by repositories and other institutions.

SAA Copyright Workshop
Society of American Archivists' workshop, "Copyright Law for Archivists: A Risk Assessment Approach" combines a detailed look at copyright basics with a risk-management approach for archivists to use in assessing their own collections and institutional circumstances. The ultimate goal is to enable archivists to fulfill their fundamental purpose, achieving the widest possible use of their collections. Thursday and
Friday June 29 - 30 2017, at Iowa State University Library, Ames IA. Attendance is limited to 25.

Practical Solutions: Quilt Care and Display
This free Connecting to Collections Care webinar will review the fundamentals of quilt care, including assessment, surface cleaning, stabilization, storage, and display. Along the way, we will dispel common myths, such as the necessity to handle with gloves and vacuum through a screen. February 16, 2017, 1 p.m . (CST).

Midwest Archives Conference announces that their next Annual Meeting will be April 5-8, 2017 in Omaha, NE. The program will include a variety of workshops, sessions, tours, and other opportunities for networking and education.

990 Time
The IRS offers Form 990-N and 990-EZ Filing Tips.

Webinar: Take the Guesswork Out of Evaluation: How to Measure What Really Matters
This AASLH webinar will begin with a brief overview of what an evaluation is and why it's so important for history museums, historic 
houses, and sites, then look at the three types of evaluation and methods for using each and finally, take a brief look at the standards and performance indicators in the StEPs program that apply to evaluation and what can be done to meet them. February 8, 2017, 2 - 3:30 p.m.

How to Analyze the News
Fake news has become the news--outrageous stories masquerading as truth, spreading with lightning speed on the internet. Fake news stories seem so true, how can anyone tell what to believe? Morrison County Historical Society, Little Falls MN, is offering a class meant to help. Called "How to Analyze the News," the class will cover propaganda, confirmation bias, the anatomy of a news article, and slant. It will teach how to spot fake news and methods of determining whether a source is credible, skills that MCHS staff continually use in uncovering history. Saturday February 18, 2017, from 1-4 p.m.

This is a hands-on class, during which attendees will have a chance to look through the bound volumes of local newspapers within Morrison County Historical Society's collection. Call 320-632-4007 for more information or sign up online.

Preservation Alliance Winter Workshop
The first 
Preservation Alliance of MN workshop of the new year, Rehab Lab: Painting and Plaster, will be held at a modest Victorian worker's house in South Minneapolis. This hands-on workshop will teach tricks of the painting trade, introduce tools for picking the right colors for your home, and share resources for researching your own vernacular home. February 11, 2017, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Registration is available online.

National Conference in Minnesota

The Organ Historical Society (OHS) is holding their 62nd Annual National Convention in St. Paul MN, August 511, 2017, at the InterContinental Saint Paul Riverfront Hotel, highlighting organs in our nation's heartland with tours around the state and into Wisconsin of historic organs. OHS celebrates, preserves, and studies the pipe organ in the USA; in all its historical styles, through research, education, advocacy and music.

Make plans to attend the annual meeting which is eligible for a MHCHG Structured Grant Option: Scholarship to National Conference Hosted in Minnesota . The next Small Grant round deadline is Friday April 14, 2017. 

2017 Finance Conference
Join the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and Nonprofits Assistance Fund for the 2017 Nonprofit Finance and Sustainability Conference, April 13, 2017, in Brooklyn Center MN. This sixth annual day-long conference will offer insights, strategies, and tools for staff and board members looking at your organization's financial sustainability from diverse perspectives-from strategy and oversight to implementation and evaluation. Join your nonprofit colleagues to learn about critical issues and best practices to help your organization remain sustainable into the future.

SAVE THE DATE: NCPH Annual Meeting
National Council on Public History will hold its 2017 Annual Meeting "The Middle: Where did we come from? Where are we Going?," April 19-22, 2017, Indianapolis IN.

Save the Date!
Mark your calendars now for the 2017 Minnesota Alliance of Local History Museums' Annual Meeting and Conference, April 26-27, 2017 at Chase on the Lake in Walker, MN. Registration opens soon.

Annual Meeting in Minneapolis
The Oral History Association's annual meeting will be held October 4-8, 2017 at the Hilton Minneapolis Hotel in Minneapolis MN, and they invite proposals for papers and presentations for the conference. 
Don't miss this opportunity to learn from the nation (and a significant international presence) as it gathers in Minneapolis to learn from all of you. Make plans to attend the annual meeting on October 4-8, 2017! Minnesotans--get ready to apply for a scholarship in January and April.

Mark your Calendar
Museums and the 
Webthe annual conference featuring advanced research and exemplary applications of digital practice for cultural, natural and scientific heritage, will be in Cleveland for their 21st Annual MW conference: April 19-22, 2017 at the Hilton Cleveland Downtown, Cleveland OH.

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.

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.

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


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.



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.

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.