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.


Save the Date
Oral History Association 2016 Annual Meeting is in Long Beach, California,

October 12-16, 2016. The theme this year is OHA@50: Traditions, Transitions, and Technologies from the Field.

Annual Meeting
Joint Annual Meeting of the Council of State Archivists and Society of American Archivists in Atlanta GA, includes a wide array of informative education sessions, pre-conference workshops, networking opportunities, special events, exhibits, and tours of local repositories. July 31- August 6, 2016.

Registration for 2016 Minnesota Digital Library Annual Meeting now open!
Minnesota Digital Library's 14th Annual Meeting will be held Tuesday June 7, 2016, at the Continuing Education & Conference Center, University of Minnesota--St. Paul Campus.

American Association for State and Local History Recordings Available
AASLH Annual Meeting Session Recordings are now available for free on iTunes and Soundcloud. And from May 18 through May 25, 2016, AASLH is offering Webinars 50% Off All their Recorded Webinars.

Save the Date
Oral History Association holds its Annual Meeting October 12-16, 2016, Long Beach, CA. The theme this year is OHA@50: Traditions, Transitions and Technologies from the Field.

TCART 2016 Spring Meeting
Twin Cities Archives Round Table announces their 2016 Spring Meeting will be at Blake Upper School, Minneapolis MN, and will feature a presentation by by Colleen McFarland Rademake, Head Archivist, Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth in Kansas. Tuesday June 14, 2016, 10 a.m. 5 p.m. Please RSVP if you plan on attending.

AAM Annual Meeting & Museum Expo
For those attending the AAM Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., May 26-29, 2016, the Small Museum Administrators Committee has put together a list of sessions that include perspectives relevant to small museums.

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.

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.

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.

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.