Conferences and Continuing Education

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


Shifting Your Fundraising Strategy and Programs Virtually 
May 28
- Online: 12 p.m. (CDT). Network for Good - Join in for a webinar with Matthew Gayer, Co-Executive Director at Catalogue for Philanthropy as we discuss how to pivot your fundraising strategy and programs virtually. Cost: No cost. Learn more »

When Every Aspect of Your Museum Job Has Changed, How Do You Move Forward?
May 28
- Online: 1 pm (CDT). Almost every aspect of your museum job is changing. How do you give socially distanced tours? How do you retool your visitor engagement and fundraising strategies? What about maintaining membership levels or retaining your older volunteers? Hosted by Museum Management Consultants, Inc. Learn more »

Virtual Memberships: Creating Digital Benefits & Virtual Access for Members
May 28
- Online: 2 p.m. (CDT). Cuseum - Join in for a webinar to discuss digital and virtual memberships and how to offer digital access to your members. Learn more »

NAME Reimagine Experiences: Honoring Our Values and Visitor Needs What are the Questions We Need to Ask?
May 28
- Online: 1 to 2 p.m. (CDT). American Alliance of Museums - Join in small-group discussions to dig into some of the issues and common questions that face us all. They’ll share and establish the common, essential questions we need to address as we design and re-open public experiences. Cost: No cost. Learn more »

Visitor Experience Innovation for Reopening
May 28 -
Online: 12 to 1 p.m. (CDT). American Alliance of Museums - Leaders from NASA’s Space Center Houston and Monterey Bay Aquarium discuss their plans for bringing visitor experience innovation into reopening. Discussion items: Approaches to reopening and safety; Front of house training and creating a culture of safety; Setting visitor expectations but making it less scary for kids; Bringing delight back into the visitor experience; The emotional experience for visitors. Cost: No cost. Learn more »

Bi-Weekly Call with the Governor's Office
June 1
- Online: 1:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. (CDT). Minnesota Council of Nonprofits - Although calls may focus on a specific sector of nonprofits, or cross-sector issues, they anticipate the information shared will intersect between activity areas. Anyone is welcome to register and join. Questions for the Administration will be gathered ahead of time by MCN's Public Policy and Minnesota Budget Project teams. Cost: No cost. Learn more »

Tea with Terri: Greater Minnesota Office Hours
June 3
- Online: 9 to 10 a.m. (CDT). Minnesota Council of Nonprofits - Would you like the opportunity to talk to an experienced nonprofit professional? Do you have a specific question related to nonprofit operations, policy or staffing? Join Terri Allred, MCN's Greater Minnesota and Southeast regional coordinator, for tea during this virtual drop-in office hour. Terri will be available to answer your nonprofit questions, provide resources and offer referrals. Cost: No cost. Learn more »

Building an Effective CEO + Board Chair Partnership (Virtual)
June 9
- Online: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (CDT). Propel Nonprofits - They recommend the nonprofit’s executive director and board chair attend this session together to explore their critical relationship and to discuss how they will support each other in leading their organization to success. Cost: $75 - one attendee/$125 - both attendees. Learn more »

Best Practices in Conflict Resolution and De-escalation
June 9
- Webinar: 9 to 10 a.m. (CDT). Ohio Museums Association -⠀Speakers will help identify potential conflict and high-stress scenarios, review key strategies to defuse conflict and de-escalate upset patrons or situations, and discuss utilizing team members’ strengths in responding to conflict. Cost: $10 members/$15 nonmembers. Learn more »

Advocating for Collections During Challenging Times
June 10
- Webinar: 1 to 2:30 p.m. (CDT). Connecting to Collections Care  – Learn how to utilize advocacy strategies to secure resources and funding for collections stewardship and preservation. Cost: No cost. 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 »


In Toronto, a Drive-In Exhibition Immerses Visitors in Vincent van Gogh’s Art

ButtonHistory 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 »


How to Use and Find Public Domain & Open Access Resources
Recorded Webinar: Culture Connect - Learn about making and using “free” online resources. Cost: No cost. Watch »

Basics of Archives
June 1 to July 5
- Online: Museum Study/AASLH - The newly revised Basics of Archives online course is designed to give organizations and individuals who are responsible for the care of historical records an introduction to the core aspects of managing and protecting historical records collections, using appropriate principles and best practices. Cost: $85 members/$160 nonmembers. Learn more » 

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 »


A Small Museum’s Rapid Response Collecting Project for COVID-19

Short Term Strategies for Museum Workers

Digital Collections: A Future for Small Museums

41 Ways Museums Are Merging Social and Tech to Engage Audiences

Ideas for how your museum can use social media during COVID-19

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.