Conferences and Continuing Education

Sharpen Your Skills by Attending Training

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



Copyright 101
September 22 - Online: 1 pm (CT). LYRASIS - This 90-minute introductory course will provide an overview of the origin and purpose of U.S. copyright law and how it promotes creativity, teaching, learning, and research in ways that have become an integral part of everyday life. This session will introduce copyright concepts most relevant to those working in libraries, archives, museums, and community cultural heritage organizations. Cost: No cost. Learn more »

Why are the lights so dim? Why are there reproductions instead of originals on display?
September 28 -
Online: 1 pm (CT). Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts - The second in a four-part series "Volunteer Here! Returning to Collections Care," this session approaches preservation best practices from the perspective of common questions collections volunteers may field from the public. It will provide tips on introducing basic preservation concepts in an approachable, relatable manner. Cost: No cost. Learn more »

Preparation is Key: Getting Started with Media Relations and Crisis Management
September 29
- Online: 2 pm (CT). Texas Historical Commission - Does your museum have relationships with a variety of local media outlets? Do you have strategies in place to both promote your programs and handle unexpected events? In this free webinar, you'll learn how to develop a media relations strategy that works for your museum and your community. Cost: No cost. Learn more »

Smithsonian's National Conference on Cultural Property Protection
October 4 & 5
- Online: 11 am to 3 pm (CT). Smithsonian Institution - Join colleagues from around the world for two days to explore the future of cultural heritage protection and preservation. Through easily accessible presentations, group panels, interviews, and Q&A's, NCCPP will teach the strategies you need to turn challenges into opportunities during a time of crisis. Cost: $25. Learn more »

2021 Iowa Museum Association Annual Conference
October 3 through 5
- Online: 9 am to 5 pm (CT). Iowa Museum Association - Two and one-half days are packed with networking opportunities, career conversations, and educational sessions. Learn more »

GEMM Circle on Anti-Bullying in Museums with Tamsin Russell
October 21
- Online: 1 pm (CT). Gender Equity in Museums Movement - Join Tamsin Russell and GEMM Steering Committee members for a GEMM Circle on Anti-Bullying. Russell led the research on bullying for the Museums Association UK “Sticks and Stones: Bullying in Museums" Campaign. This small group discussion will include space for talking about anti-bullying practices in museums and how museum professionals can make a more equitable and welcoming space for all. All are welcome. Learn more »

Looking Ahead: Embracing Sustainability and Resiliency for a Better Tomorrow
September 22
- Online: 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. American Alliance of Museums Environment and Climate Network - Museum directors from different continents will engage in an insightful dialogue addressing their response to operational sustainability while preserving cultural heritage and inspiring, protecting and respecting their communities. Cost: No cost. Learn more »

Samantha 'Rastles' the Woman Question
September 22
- Roseau: Dinner: 6 p.m. Program: 7 p.m. Roseau County Historical Society - A one-woman performance featuring Jane Curry as Samantha Smith Allen, the rustic 19th-century philosopher of sound country stock whose ideas on various issues are grounded in affection for common sense and faith in its applicability to problems. Through horse-sense American humor, she challenges the status quo of social norms regarding women's issues and plants herself squarely on the side of sensible women's rights. Learn more »

Town Hall on Museums: A Vaccinated Workforce
September 29
- Online: 12 p.m. New England Museum Association - A Town Hall to discuss the museum field as a vaccinated workforce. Share how your museum is navigating variants and implementing (or not) vaccine requirements or testing procedures for staff and visitors. Cost: No cost. Learn more »

2021 Virtual Green Museums Seminar
September 30
- Online: California Association of Museums - The program will kick off with Perspectives on Environmental Justice by Moisés Moreno-Rivera, Assistant Secretary for Equity and Environmental Justice with the California Natural Resources Agency and a guest. This introduction will be followed by a panel discussion, moderated by Laura Rodriguez of Justice Outside, about how museums are supporting environmental justice with case studies. Cost: No cost members/$14 nonmembers. Learn more »

Care of Painted Surfaces
October 13
- Online: 12 to 1:30 p.m. (CT). Connecting to Collections Care - Across time and culture, paint has been applied to the surface of many materials. Paint can be found on fabrics, wood, metal, and glass, just to name a few. Caring for painted surfaces can be challenging as the paint and substrate frequently respond differently to fluctuations in the environment. This webinar will provide an overview of common condition issues and best practices for storage and display. Cost: No cost. Learn more »

Technical Workshops: Managing Digitization Projects
September 9 through 30
- Online: 1 p.m. (CT) Museum HUB - Learn about solutions for Managing Digitization Projects as well as standards and strategies. Cost: No cost. Learn more »

  • September 9: Session 1: Get Inspired
  • September 16: Introduction to Podcasting for Museums
  • September 23: Episode Planning: Writing and Recording Your Podcast
  • September 30: Podcast Editing and Collaborative Production Models

Giving Circles: How to Engage This Fast-Growing Form of Philanthropy
September 23 - Online: 1 to 2 p.m. (CT). Nonprofit Quarterly - In this webinar, they'll explore: how giving circles work; the benefits of giving circle participation according to the most recent research; the roots and current roles of identity-based giving circle networks; key actions nonprofits and funders can take to support and engage with giving circles. Cost: $69. Learn more »

Building Collaborations Between Museums and Indigenous Communities
September 30 through October 21
- Online: Connecting to Collections Care - This course will walk participants through the process of building positive foundations of mutual respect and trust, essential to collaborative work. Topics will be co-presented by a diverse group of museum professionals and artists experienced in collaborative museum work. Further, course participants will learn how to adapt the Guidelines for Collaboration to their own work. Cost: $99/after September 22: $149. Learn more »

Climate Change Interpretation Course
October 4
(4 weeks) - Online: Museum Study - The focus of this course to help empower you to be an effective climate change educator, community interpretive resource, and developer/presenter of interpretive programs, media, and services to inspire your visitors to learn more about how climate change will (or currently) affects them and their families personally, and inspire them to take active steps at home to help reduce the effects of climate change. Cost: $400. Learn more »

Preparation is Key: Getting Started with Media Relations and Crisis Management
September 29
- Online: 2 to 3 p.m. (CT). Texas Historical Commission – Learn about building a basic media plan, preparing for unexpected events, and tips for on-camera interviews. Cost: No cost. Learn more »

How to Tell Stories and Construct Effective Exhibition Labels
October 4
- Online: Museum Study - This course will focus on providing you with tips on how to research, develop, and structure content. Plus, how to transform your story into effective exhibition panels and labels. Cost: $400. Learn more »

"Reimagine Nonprofits" at the 2021 Minnesota Council of Nonprofits Annual Conference
October 14, 25, 28, & 29
- Virtual Conference: Minnesota Council of Nonprofits - the conference will look at how nonprofits are and must continue to move the sector in the direction of equity, healing, and sustained transformation by looking critically at how the last year and a half has necessitated change in our practices, operations, values, and relationships. Cost: $139-$179 members/$199-$249 nonmembers. Learn more »

Submissions for Symposium Proposals
October 15
(Deadline): The Costume Society of America call for submissions for their symposium, “Land of 10,000 Ideas: Innovation Through Dress,” in Minneapolis, MN, May 24 through 29, 2022. Learn more »

Planning for Changes in the Archives: 12 steps for undertaking collection relocation
Recorded Webinar: Midwest Archives Conference - The presenter walks through the 12 steps so you’ll have a framework to follow for your project. This framework helps focus your plans and ensures you consider possible options. These steps have been honed through experience moving archives and special collections materials. Watch video »

Elmer L. Andersen Research Scholars Program
The Elmer L. Andersen Research Scholars Program supports scholarly research projects using materials from the Libraries’ rare and special collections. Named for former governor and University of Minnesota regent Elmer L. Andersen, the new program honors the Governor’s passion for collecting and for expanding the use of the collections. The program is available to scholars including faculty, graduate, postgraduate, and independent researchers using the collections in the Department of Archives and Special Collections. This program is not available to currently enrolled University of Minnesota graduate or undergraduate students or UM faculty.

The program will provide support for research projects that require the use of one or more of the collections. Awards range from $500 to $2,000 and provide funds for travel, housing and other research-related costs. The final research product (e.g., journal article, documentary film) must acknowledge the Libraries’ support and be deposited with the University Libraries. Learn more »

The ASALH Book Prize
The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) awards an annual prize to recognize an outstanding book in the field of African American history and culture. Books must engage archives to be eligible for consideration, however, the book prize committee invites submissions from across disciplinary and interdisciplinary boundaries. Learn more »

Planning an Exit Strategy for a Board Member
Recorded Webinar: Network for Good - During this recorded webinar they discuss how to identify disconnected or poorly matched board members, craft a plan of action and help create a mutual exit strategy that doesn't impact the overall culture of your organization. Cost: No cost. Register to download »

Architecture Specialty Group (ASG)
Formed in 1988, the purpose of the Architecture Specialty Group is to develop and promote the conservation of immovable cultural property such as buildings, monuments, outdoor sculpture, and related heritage sites. The group provides a forum for the exchange of information yielded from practice and research in an effort to further the professional standards of architectural conservation. ASG activities include organizing sessions at American Institute for Conservation (AIC) annual meetings in addition to facilitating other regional conferences. In past years, sessions have followed overall AIC conference themes or concentrated on a unique theme often as part of joint sessions with other AIC specialty groups. Additional conference activities have included discussion groups, technical sessions, and architectural walking tours. ASG provides scholarships and support for emerging professionals to engage them in the field via a network of specialists. View group site »

Video: Catch up on Your Accessibility Procedures
DIY ADA Access Planning, with Scott Artley, Accessibility Program Director for the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council in Minneapolis/St. Paul. Artley developed a do-it-yourself approach to ADA planning that works for large and small cultural organizations, whether you’re just beginning to center inclusion for people with disabilities or ready to level-up your efforts. Learn how to conduct an accessibility audit and begin building your ADA Access Plan using tools provided. Watch Video »

Digital Stewardship Training Courses for Tribal Libraries, Archives, Museums, and Small Public Libraries
OCLC's WebJunction, in partnership with Washington State University's Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation, is creating a series of 10 free online courses for staff at tribal archives, libraries, museums (TALMs), and small public libraries on digital stewardship and community-centered curation of cultural collections. Learn more »

Community Reflection on Black Lives and Archives
(Recording) - Webinar: Society of American Archivists - Society of American Archivists’ statement on Black Lives and Archives. The vitality of American archives depends on the safety of archives workers and an explicit commitment to social responsibility, justice, and anti-racism in the work that we do and the organizations we work within. As part of this the SAA Council convened a forum of reflection to move toward healing and understanding, of which a recording of this event is now available. Listen in »

Cultural Institutions at Times of Social Unrest
Recording of Carla Hayden and Lonnie Bunch discussing the future of their institutions and how they remain accessible and relevant during a period of global pandemic coupled with nationwide protests against injustice. Watch webcast »

'Talking About Race' Is a New Online Resource by the National Museum of African American History
Last week, The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) released a new, online portal discussing race, racism, and racial identity. The new web portal, “Talking About Race,” was launched as a way to help everyone, including families and communities, talk about racism and racial identity and the way these forces shape every aspect of society, from the economy and politics to the broader American culture. Learn more »

Free Access to MuseumsEtc Collection for Museums
In an effort to assist museums and galleries during the COVID-19 pandemic, MuseumsEtc has partnered with digital publishers Exact Editions to offer free access to the publisher’s complete book collection, comprising almost 70 titles, until November 1, 2020. The offer includes advanced remote access options to allow museum professionals to easily navigate resources whilst working at home over the coming months. Learn more »

PDF Reflecting on Museum Labor
A course in the Museum Studies program at University of Illinois at Chicago, centered on public engagement, produced a magazine/newspaper-style publication containing useful information about labor rights, history, and museums/places associated with celebrating labor movements and history. It also has interviews with folks in the field and activities like a custom labor-themed cocktail list. Download PDF »

History Responds to Crisis Workshops Recordings Now Available
Recordings are now available of online workshops with sessions focused on planning and responding to the unexpected. From planning for massive disruptions in operations to preparing your museum and collection for an extended period of closure to staying in touch with your members. View Recordings »

Repository of Distance Learning
American Alliance of Museums created the "Repository of Distance Learning" as a resource for parents with their children out of school for the foreseeable future. Museums across the continent have come together to add their programs to the site. Anyone looking for a trusted museum activity or resource can go to one site and find (at present) almost four hundred submissions from more than seventy-five history, art, and science museums, historical museums, as well as zoos, children’s museums, and other sundry cultural institutions. Consider adding your institution to this resource or scour it for ideas that your organization can do.
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Webinar Recording: Oral History at a Distance: Conducting Remote Interviews 
This timely webinar addresses the dynamics of conducting remote oral history interviews. It begins with an analysis of the pros and cons of conducting distance oral history interviews, then addresses aspects of interviewing in a distance environment, breaking down the interviewer and narrator experience in these exchanges, and offer direction on best approaches for interviewing at a distance. This session will cover best practices for recording archival-quality oral history interviews, then discuss in depth the tools and techniques available to enable the user to follow best practices in a remote setting. Listen in »

Webinar Recording: Insurance 101: Practical Considerations for Protecting Institutional Collections and Loans
Connecting to Collections - This webinar recording is appropriate for all levels of experience from beginner to expert as an introduction and review of collections insurance basics and how they are an integral part of collections care. We will examine loss prevention, loss control and how to protect the collection through good housekeeping, landscaping, managing patrons, and during transport of objects. In addition, examples of recent claims and outcomes to illustrate how insurance responds to loss and damage will be presented. Watch the recording »

A Guide to Approaching Audiovisual Digitization
This paper was written through support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The information discussed in the paper is meant to help collection holders prepare their materials and their technology systems for a digitization initiative, as well as give a brief overview of digitization workflows. There is also a discussion of some of the updates made to the BAVC workflow over the last two years. This section may be of interest to those interested in the technical and procedural aspects of digitization workflows.  Download paper »

Archiving Classes - The Society of American Archivists often has events in Minnesota. Register »
Collections Webinars - The Connecting to Collections Online Community offers free webinars. Register » 
Document Conservation - NEDCC has many webinars on paper, books, and similar items and topics. Register » 
Nonprofit Education - Propel Nonprofits and the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits feature local training.

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.

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.