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.


Leveraging Federal Resources to Improve Museum Security and Resilience
December 8 - Online: 10 am (CT). Texas Historical Commission - The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) leads the national effort to understand, manage, and reduce risk to our cyber and physical infrastructure. Lee Otten, CISA's Protective Security Advisor (PSA) for Central Texas, will provide a brief overview of the various no-cost resources available to assist with improving security and resilience at your museum or organization. CISA's free resources, analyses, and tools are available to help build and maintain cyber, communications, and physical security and resilience. Learn more »

Town Hall: We Don’t Know What Collections Cost: Let’s Find Out
December 13 - Online: 2 to 3 pm (CT). New England Museum Association - Museum collections cost money to acquire, care for, and make accessible. What are the costs? Is this the question? What do we need to know to answer it? Participate in designing the research questions and paths to the answers. Cost: No cost. Learn more »

Fundamentals of Nonprofit Board Governance
December 13 - Online: 9 am - 12 pm (CT). Minnesota Council of Nonprofits - You will learn typical board responsibilities and explore the nuances of board authority and relationships. Participants will receive Propel’s Nonprofit Board Governance workbook, which includes the Fiduciary Duties of Directors of Charitable Organizations. Cost: $75. Learn more »

Introduction To Museum Law 2022/2023
January 3 through 12, 2023 - Online: Mitchell Hamline School of Law - Museums must comply with a myriad of laws regulating virtually every aspect of their organization and operation. While some of these laws apply to businesses in general, some apply to nonprofit charitable organizations of all kinds, and others are unique to the museum community. This course will provide an overview of museum law, including a discussion of issues relating to museum organization and governance; museum personnel and facilities; museum intellectual property, collections management and cultural property; and funding for museums. For Non-JD Registration (degree) please contact Deanna Burns, Assistant Director of IP Institute, Mitchell Hamline School of Law by email or call 651-290-6309. Cost: $200. Learn more »

Workshop: Examining Your Organization's Origin Story with the Institutional Genealogy Framework
January 26-27, 2023 - Online: AASLH - Is your organization knowledgeable about its origin story—how it began, for what purpose and audiences, with whose money, on whose land, and with whose collections? This virtual workshop uses Aletheia Wittman’s Institutional Genealogy Framework to help you re-examine your organization’s past. Participants will leave with key questions and takeaway tools for positioning newfound awareness of the past as the basis for equity and inclusion actions that respond to institutional legacies. The workshop is limited to 25 participants. Deadline to register is January 22. Register »

National Foundations
December 1 - Online: 9 am to 12 pm (CT). Minnesota Council of Nonprofits - An annual look at hundreds of funding sources outside of Minnesota that fund Minnesota nonprofits. Cost: $89 members/$129 nonmembers. Learn more »

Call for Proposals
January 6, 2023 - (Deadline): Midwestern History Conference - The call for proposals is open for “Many Histories, One Midwest?” in Grand Rapids, MI, May 18-19, 2023. Learn more »

Online Course: Developing Exhibitions: Design
January 9 through March 5, 2023 - Online class: American Association for State and Local History - This is an online course about how to design exhibitions. Participants will design an actual exhibit. Participants will decide what their exhibit will be about and why, identify its storyline ideas and organizing concepts, and decide on its look and feel. Cost: $215 AASLH members/$315 nonmembers. Learn more »

2023 Conference - Curating a Culture of Care
February 20 to 22, 2023 - Wilmington, DE: Small Museum Association - This year's theme is about finding a work-life balance between caring for the cultural and historic resources that our institutions are entrusted with and serving our communities. How do leaders at small museums empower their employees to find time for guilt-free self-care? Learn more »

Online Course: Basics of Archives
January 9 through February 12, 2023 - Online class: American Association for State and Local History - The 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: $105 AASLH members/$205 nonmembers. Learn more »

Is Your Organization Ready for Self-Assessment? An Introduction to STEPS
December 8 - Online: 2 to 3 pm (CT). American Association for State and Local History - STEPS (Standards and Excellence Program for History Organizations) is a self-paced, self-assessment program for small- and mid-size organizations including those managed solely by volunteers. With a recently updated workbook that contains expanded guidance for essential topics like diversity and inclusion, you will be able to gain a birds-eye view of your organization. Learn how STEPS can help your organization create a road map for meaningful change. Cost: No cost. Learn more »

Online Course: Introduction to Financial Management
January 9 through February 5, 2023 - Online class: American Association for State and Local History/Museum Study - Designed for staff and volunteers of all abilities and organizations of all sizes, this four-week course provides an accessible, clear, and even fun introduction to financial concepts. From understanding expenses and income to how to establish an endowment, this course will equip you with a toolkit to engage with finance on your terms and to your ability. Cost: $175 AASLH members/$275 nonmembers. Learn more »

Fundamentals of Collections Care (Level 1)
January 26-February 16, 2023: Online: Center for Collections Care at Beloit College - This four-week course provides the foundational preservation knowledge necessary to care for museum, library, and archive collections. Cost: $475/$500. Learn more »


Choosing a Funding Opportunity for FY 2023
Recorded webinar - IMLS Office of Museum Services - Learn basic information to decide which FY 2023 IMLS museum funding program may fit your project idea and your organization.
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Preservation Housekeeping for Small Museums
Self-paced online: Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) and the Canadian Heritage Information Network (CHIN) - The course covers a variety of topics related to preservation housekeeping, with an emphasis on small institutions and heritage sites. The course consists of six sections, which cover a variety of topics, including: cleaning, agents of deterioration, condition reporting, housekeeping plans, how to conduct walkarounds, and health and safety. This course will take approximately 1.5 hours to complete. Cost: No cost. 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.