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.



Advocacy from the Ground Up
May 14
- Online: 9 a.m. (CT). The Association of Midwest Museums and the Indiana Historical Society - Listen as archivists from the Indiana Historical Society share a few lesser-known stories of leadership featuring Indiana women whose advocacy work made a difference for communities facing hardship as the result of discrimination, racism, and injustice. Cost: $5 members/$10 nonmembers. Learn more »

A Crisis Will Happen…Are You Prepared?
May 17
- Online: 9 to 10 a.m. (CT). Ohio Museums Association - Join the presenters as they share how, through proper preparedness and training, a recent fire at the museum was handled quickly and efficiently. Learn from their experience, and get helpful insight to take back to your museum’s disaster plan. Cost: $10 members/$15 non-members. Learn more »

LGBTQ+ Museum Stories Make Us Happy Hour
May 19
- Online: 3 p.m. (CT). New England Museums Association - The LGBTQ+ Museums Staff & Students PAG are coordinating two networking hours in celebration of National Pride Month. The networking hours will each feature rapid-fire presentations about museums celebrating queer history, elevating LGBTQ+ voices, and supporting their staff and community. Cost: No cost. Learn more »

Engaging Your Audiences Digitally
May 20
- Online: 3 to 4 p.m. (CT). Exhibits USA and the 9/11 Memorial and Museum - In 2020, many museums had to shift all programming online in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Through this experience, some museums have been able to not only create dynamic programs but also grow and diversify their audience. Join in as presenters share some of their secrets to success and stick around to ask them your own questions about how to create dynamic digital programming now and in the future. Cost: No cost. Learn more »

Technical Workshop 2: Audience Participation in Live Streamed Programs
May 20
- Online: 1 p.m. (CT). Museum Hub - The second workshop in Module 2 will address technologies and tools that enhance audience participation and interaction in live-streamed programming. Learn more about when and how live-stream features such as chats and breakout rooms can be used alone or in combination with other available online tools to provide a participatory virtual experience. Cost: No cost. Learn more »

Mukurtu Workshop and Panel Event
May 21
- Online: 1 p.m. (CT). The event explores how to thoughtfully approach managing, restricting, and providing access to Indigenous archival materials in your collections. Overview of Mukurtu will feature a presentation about Mukurtu CMS – the free, mobile, and open-source platform built with Indigenous communities to manage and share digital cultural heritage. Cost: No cost. Learn more »

Online Course: Leadership and Administration for History Organizations
June 7 - August 1
- Online: AASLH - During the eight weeks of this course, modules addressing governance and administrative structures; nonprofit status and the public trust; mission and vision; the relationship between board and staff, including their roles and responsibilities; strategic planning; human resource development and management; and leadership will be covered. Cost: $195 members/$295 nonmembers. Learn more »

Technical Workshops: Live Streaming
May 6 through 27 - Online: 1 p.m. (CT) Museum HUB - Learn about streaming solutions, broadcasting equipment, how to set up/customize a live stream event, and more. Cost: No cost. Learn more »

  • May 6: Live Streaming - Get Inspired
  • May 13: Intro to Live Streaming
  • May 20: Audience Participation in Live Streamed Programs
  • May 27: Live Streaming with Multi-Source Content

Citizenship Education and Civic Integration in Your Museum or Library
May 19
- Online: 1 to 2 p.m. (CT). Institute of Museum and Library Services - Subject matter experts from the USCIS Citizenship and Education Training Branch will share information on civic integration opportunities that museums and libraries can provide for immigrants and adult citizenship education programs. They will end with a question-and-answer session. Cost: No cost. Learn more »

10-Step Budgeting Process
May 18
- Online: 12 p.m. (CT). Propel Nonprofits - The success and usefulness of your budget largely depend on the process used to create it. You will walk away from this webinar with a proven 10-step budgeting process that will engage staff and the board to ensure that your budget reflects your organization’s mission, strategic plan, and programmatic priorities. 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 »

Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions
June 11 - (Application available) | August 11 - (Deadline): The Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions (FPIRI) program supports institutions that provide fellowships for advanced humanities research in the United States and abroad, foster communities of intellectual exchange among participating scholars, and provide access to resources that might otherwise not be available to the participating scholars. Learn more »

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 »

Collections Emergency Kits
May 19
- Online: 12 to 1:30 p.m. (CT). Connecting to Collections - This talk will examine types of materials to include in your kit, how to manage inventory, where to store your kits, and how to educate your team on the value of this important resource. This webinar reports on the recent efforts of the Smithsonian Institution’s Preparedness and Response in Collections Emergencies (PRICE) Team to understand emergency kit status and needs at the Institution via a year-long survey of each of its museums, archives, and libraries. They will share useful tips from this survey and provide listeners with a great starting point to prepare their own collections emergency kits. Cost: No cost. Learn more »

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.