The following list includes conferences and workshops discussing a variety of topics that could benefit our partners! Get an Overview of the Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area Professional Development Program. If you find a workshop or conference that you would like to attend under this program, apply for funding with our Professional Development Scholarship Application. Know of any opportunities that are not listed but should be? Let us know! Contact Youth and Education Coordinator Lexi Ray.

APRIL 2018

Digitization Workshop 
Missouri Association for Museums and Archives
April 6 
10 a.m.- 3 p.m.
Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center 2289 County Park Dr., Cape Girardeau, MO 6370
Learn best practices of digitizing papers and photos from public or private collections. Bring questions about your collections to ask the presenter. Presenter: Tom Nield, Director of Records Management, Office of Secretary of State John Ashcroft. FREE Workshop!

Genealogy in the Cloud
The State Historical Society of Missouri 
April 7
Bushwhacker Museum, 212 West Walnut Street in Nevada, MO

Genealogy research takes more than just scouring the Internet, but with so many resources now available online, it is important to organize your digital materials efficiently. At this new workshop, Amy L. Waters, State Historical Society of Missouri librarian, will share tips for finding online resources and integrating them with other materials to create, organize, and maintain your family tree.

The workshop is geared for both new and experienced genealogists. Register now to join SHSMO and the Cedar and Vernon County Genealogical Society for this session from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on April 7. The cost is $5, and it will be held at the Bushwhacker Museum, 212 West Walnut Street in Nevada. Registration is encouraged by March 30 to the Cedar and Vernon County Missouri Genealogical Society by email or by phone to 417.667.2457 or 417.876.2633.

Collections Management and Practices
American Association for State and Local History 
April 9- April 10
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, Santa Fe, NM
Learn about your institution’s responsibility toward its collection, necessary policies and procedures, and the best practices of collection management. Through lively group discussions and hands-on activities, you will become familiar with current issues and trends to better understand how collections fit within the context of history organizations. The workshop will also explore the role of collections in exhibition and interpretation, the basic steps of collections management from acquisition to disposal, professional standards and ethics, conservation on a shoe-string budget, and the many resources available for collections preservation.

Connecting Your Collections to Teachers and Students
American Association for State and Local History

April 23 - April 24
New Hampshire Historical Society, Concord, NH
Through a combination of presentations, discussion, hands-on activities, and take-home materials, this workshop addresses the elements of museum educational and programming needed to create engaging, educational, and successful collections-based programming. Learn how to craft programming that is meaningful to the education community. Topics include learning styles, presentation strategies, audience types, planning strategies, program assessment, research, and staff training.

MAY 2018

Annual Meeting- American Alliance of Museums 
American Alliance of Museums 
May 6-9
Phoenix, AZ

Tombstones on the Kansas Prairie: A Cemetery Conservation Workshop
Douglas County  Heritage Conservation Council
May 17-18
The Douglas County Heritage Conservation Council (HCC) was awarded a Heritage Preservation Fund grant from the Kansas State Historic Preservation Office in 2017. Grant funding will underwrite the cost to bring a professional cemetery conservator to Douglas County to teach us the correct procedures for cleaning tombstones, making minor repairs, and resetting small monuments. It is the hope of the HCC that workshop attendees will represent a variety of cemeteries across Douglas County and beyond.  

American Institute for Conservation (AIC) Annual Meeting 
Houston TX
May 29- June 2

JUNE 2018

Reinventing the Historic House Museum
American Association for State and Local History 

June 8
Hawks Inn and Delafield History Center, 426 Wells St, Delafield, WI 
Reinventing the Historic House Museum is a one-day symposium is designed to offer current thinking, practical information, and solutions to the challenges facing historic sites. The Historic House Museum in America is not dead nor is it dying. The field, however, needs to take time to reflect and renew as the world around our historic homes continues to change. The symposium will include presentations by historic house game-changers and local historic site administrators, discussion, a boxed lunch, historic site visit, and a brainstorming workshop at a historic house museum to try out the new ideas proposed during the symposium.

Historic House Museum Issues and Operations
American Association for State and Local History
June 11 - June 12
Workman and Temple Family Homestead Museum | City of Industry, CA
Why are historic houses necessary to their communities? How are historic house museums unique?
This workshop focuses on the unique needs, management, and interpretation of historic houses. With a focus on historic house museums, topics covered include collections care, types of research appropriate for historic house museums, exhibition development, interpretive tours, volunteers, and building and landscape maintenance.

Collections Camp: Military Collections
American Association for State and Local History

June 20 - June 22
U.S. Army Transportation Museum, Newport News, VA
Do you have military artifacts in your museum collection? This two-and-a-half-day workshop will focus on the care, conservation, and exhibition of military artifacts in museum collections. Spend time working with conservators and curators to learn how to be better stewards of your military history collection

JULY 2018

Association of Midwest Museums 
Annual Conference: Fostering Transparency, Strengthening Public Trust
July 18-21
Chicago, IL


2018 Presidential Sites and Libraries Conference
American Association for State and Local History 
August 27 - August 30
Washington, D.C


AASLH Annual Meeting 

Kansas City, MO 
September 26-29


Developing History Leaders @SHA (Seminar for Historical Administration): Class of 2018
American Association for State and Local History

October 27-November 16
Indiana Historical Society, Indianapolis, IN


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