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.


2017 Nonprofit Essentials Conference - Tomorrow!
August 10
- Minneapolis: Minnesota Council of Nonprofits - Nonprofit Essentials provides a back-to-basics overview of the many essential management topics and re-focuses staff on the core elements of working and managing nonprofit organizations. This day-long conference will provide you with training to help your organization work smarter. 
At this conference, you will find valuable information through an insightful keynote presentation, 20 skill-building breakout sessions, and opportunities to build networks with your peers. Cost: $159. Please register on site.

Board Recruitment Fair
August 21
- Minneapolis: 5 - 7:30 p.m. Minnesota Council of Nonprofits - Are you a nonprofit organization in the Twin Cities seeking to diversify your board of directors? Join MCN at the Board Recruitment Fair at the Courtyard Marriott in Minneapolis. They hope to have in attendance a few hundred people of color with various skills and backgrounds who are interested in joining boards. Cost: $25 table fee.

Call for Session Proposals: Chicago 2018
The Midwest Archives Conference will hold its 2018 Annual Meeting March 21-24, 2018, at the Doubletree Magnificent Mile in Chicago IL. The Program Committee invites session proposals on all areas of archival practice and research and from allied fields. They are especially interested in proposals that align with the 2018 theme “Blurring Boundaries, Crossing Lines.”

Quickbooks Desktop Version Webinar
August 15 to 17 
- Webinar: 1 to 3 p.m. (CDT). Ohio Association of NonProfit Organizations - Three Day Webinar Series for the Quickbooks Desktop Edition. Cost: $100 per day or $199 for all three days.

Transforming Business Models
August 22 
- Webinar: 12 to 1 p.m. (CDT) Nonprofits Assistance Fund - This webinar is designed to illuminate the connection between your mission and your business model. You will learn about the four core components to a nonprofit business model: revenue mix, understanding the cost of effective programs, infrastructure, and capital structure. You will understand how all of these components come together to impact your organization’s health. Cost: free.

Historic House Call: Developing Discussion Based Interpretation
August 23
- Webinar: 2 p.m. (CDT). American Association for State and Local History - This webinar illustrates how conversation promotes individual and group learning and helps to build connections to historic sites. It will provide strategies for encouraging conversation and discussion on tours, including asking the right 
questions, listening, and breaking down barriers to comfort and connection. Attendees will also receive resources and training materials for interpreters.

2017 Mississippi River Parkway Commission Annual Meeting
September 19 to 21
, 2017 - Marquette IA. The theme of our meeting is Agri-tainment in Iowa’s Driftless Area. Online registration for the 2017 MRPC Annual Meeting is now available. Register now and take advantage of early bird pricing (price increase Sept. 1, 2017)

Upper Midwest Country School Conference Scheduled for Sheldon, Iowa
October 6 to 7, 2017 - Sheldon IA: A multi-state conference focusing on preservation of country schools will be held in Sheldon IA at Northwest Iowa Community College. Speakers will discuss various aspects of country school ranging from building preservation, interpretative programming, producing a country history of one-room schools and marking locations of one-room schools.

Forum - Collections preservation and conservation information
Do you have questions about caring for your collections? Join the Connecting to Collections Care Forum.

History Crash Course: Immigration in a Changing America
August 2
- 2 p.m. (CDT). American Association for State and Local History - This webinar - organized by the Immigration History Research Center at the University of Minnesota and led by historian, author, and IHRC Director Erika Lee, IHRC Program Coordinator Saengmany Ratsabout, and Immigrant Stories Project Manager Dr. Elizabeth Venditto - will introduce key themes in immigration history and the main issues that historians are considering in today's highly-charged climate. Cost: Free.

Interpreting Anniversaries and Milestones at Museums and Historic Sites
August 8
- Webinar: 2 
p.m. (CDT). American Association for State and Local History - This webinar will discuss why people are drawn to celebrating and commemorating anniversaries in their own lives and in their communities, as well as the institutional benefits of planning this type of programming. Cost: $40 members/$65 nonmembers.

Unemployment and HR Risk Management for Nonprofits
Aug 8
- Webinar: 12 
p.m. (CDT). Minnesota Council of Nonprofits - This 30-minute webinar reveals some of the most common unemployment and HR risks that can cost your nonprofit thousands of dollars. After identifying the risks, this webinar reveals UST's top recommendations to combat these issues. Cost: Free.

Board Boot Camp
August 16
- Minneapolis: 6 to 8:30 
p.m. Nonprofits Assistance Fund - Board members will participate in board meetings and other engagements with more confidence and more knowledge about their role after attending MAP's Board Boot Camp. Cost: $65.

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. Early bird through August 15, 2017.

Caring for Photographs
August 9 
- Webinar: 10 a.m. (CDT). Texas Historical Commission - Photographs are some of the most useful artifacts in our collection as well as some of the most vulnerable. This webinar, led by Rebecca Elder, will discuss how to identify a few common types of historic photographs so that we can design appropriate storage systems. Also discussed: storage materials and exhibit practices. Cost: Free.

Quickbooks Desktop Version Webinar
August 15 
- Webinar: 1 to 4 p.m. (CDT). Ohio Association of NonProfit Organizations - 3 Day Webinar Series for the Desktop Edition. Cost: $100 per day or $199 for all three days.

Museum Metamorphosis: Building the Case for Change
August 3 - 
10 a.m.: Texas Historical Commission - In this webinar, learn the importance of clearly articulating your case, how to draft key and consistent messages to articulate the need for change with different audiences, and develop techniques to better reach the desired audience.
 Cost: 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.