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 Special Projects Coordinator Liz Hobson



AUGUST 2017


Workshop 
Genealogy and History Fair
Riley County Genealogical Society and Riley County Historical Museum 

August 19, 2017
10am-3pm 
Genealogy and History Fair - A multi-county & community event organized by Riley County Genealogical Society & Riley County Historical Museum. The Genealogical and Historical Societies will be sharing information with the community in order to increase resources. Presentations Include: “Fort Leavenworth to Fort Riley Military Road Markers”, “Records that serve as a Substitute for 1890 Census”, “How to Conduct Oral History Interviews” and “Tips on using FamilySearch and FamilySearch Wiki: A Virtual Help Desk”.

Workshop
Care of Archaeological Collections
International Preservation Studies Center

August 22-24, 2017
203 E. Seminary Street
Mount Carroll, IL 61053
This course is designed for museum personnel who care for archaeological collections. We will discuss various archaeological objects and the materials they are made of as well as discuss methods for their stabilization, exhibit and long term storage. Emphasis will be placed on methods collections staff can use to preserve archaeological objects and their associated information for current and future research. We will look at current archaeological research trends, discuss collections care methods past and present, learn how to assess the condition of various objects and exchange ideas and methods for both large and small museums who house archaeological collections.


Workshop
Historic Book Structures and Materials
International Preservation Studies Center 
August 22- 25, 2017
203 E. Seminary Street
Mount Carroll, IL 61053
This course will cover the methods and materials used on book manufacture over time. Students will make book models to be used as reference when approaching rare books for conservation. Variations in sewing structure and board attachment will be covered. Book structures covered will include Medieval Gothic binding, laced cased binding, 18th century laced boards, and 19th-century case binding. Models will be break away or partially complete to allow future reference to the structures of the models.

Workshop
Museum Leadership Strategies
International Preservation Studies Center 
August 23- 25, 2017
203 E. Seminary Street
Mount Carroll, IL 61053 
Museums play a unique role in their communities. They are seen as trusted, safe spaces for reflection, learning, engagement, and dialog. They are the recorders of great stories that show people the meaning of where they live. This becomes a strong basis for a site to offer leadership in training, sustainability, and networks for community action. In this way, museums play the larger role of community catalyst. Learn strategies for putting these ideas into action through building and leading community networks; positioning your organization in community, economic, and social issues; advocating for your
institution and the community; and engaging affinity communities in your work.

Workshop
Coaching Interpreters Workshop
National Association for Interpretation 

August 29-31, 2017
Deer Haven Park- Preservation Parks of Delaware County
4183 Liberty Road, Delaware, OH 43015

Have you ever wondered how to be a better coach for your staff? Are you looking for new coaching tools such as language and methods to review your interpreters? Do you struggle with the difference between coaching and supervision? If so, this new 3-day workshop is for you! Building upon the requests from our membership for more management skills training, NAI offers this course to give you a chance to both learn and hone your coaching skills. During this course participants will study and practice skills including how to review a program, coaching styles and preferences and giving verbal feedback. Throughout the offering, participants will take part in practicums designed to put new skills into practice, including coaching live interpreters.

Workshop
Rigging and Moving of Art and Artifacts
International Preservation Studies Center 
August 29- September 1, 2017
203 E. Seminary Street
Mount Carroll, IL 61053
The focus of this course is to teach participants how to safely plan and execute moves of heavy and/or fragile museum artifacts weighing up to 5000lbs. Techniques taught will include equipment readily available to the heritage professional as well as equipment used by professional riggers. This course includes a brief history of rigging practices and technologies; how rigging crews and boxes are organized; mitigating the negative effects of rigging on surrounding structures and substrates using crates, pallets, and dunnage; using a forklift; common rigging problems and solutions; and specifications of and ordering cranes. There will be demonstrations and hands-on experience with rigging equipment.


Workshop
Parchment Conservation
International Preservation Studies Center 
August 29- September 1, 2017
203 E. Seminary Street
Mount Carroll, IL 61053
The course will provide an introduction to parchment, its manufacture and use, and some of the techniques involved in its conservation and care. It will be useful for anyone involved in its conservation or who has parchment or parchment artifacts in their collection. The course will consist of morning lectures and afternoon experiments where participants can explore techniques in the controlled environment of the laboratory. Course topic will include: the identification of parchment; history and manufacture; examination; surface preparation; cleaning, flattening, and repairing; materials and adhesives; techniques; and housing options.

SEPTEMBER 2017

Conference
2017 Annual Meeting
American Association for State and Local History

September 6-9
Austin, Texas 

Austin is a city continually redefining itself. It is the state capital, the heart of live music, and a center for technology and innovation. With the famous slogan, “Keep Austin Weird,” it is no surprise that Austin embraces, even advertises, the individualistic spirit that symbolizes Texas. This spirit represents the histories, cultures, communities and ways of thinking that created one of the most diverse states in the country. I AM History embraces and celebrates the continuing journey of Austin and Texas toward diversity and inclusion. It also connects history to the present day and reminds us that history is relevant and is happening every day, everywhere. As professionals in this field, we are the anchors, we are the visionaries, we are the bold spirits who challenge ourselves to tell the extraordinary stories of all people in all places. I AM History asks us to consider how we turn obstacles of the past into opportunities of the present. Our genuine commitment to this results in positive movement forward and prompts our communities to value museums and history. I AM History asks how we ensure that our organizations will remain relevant as our communities and their needs grow more diverse. And, it asks how each object we house, each staff member we mentor and each community we engage makes us more inclusive in the process. I AM History has transformative power; power to leverage our greatest strengths – the stories, objects and values of people.


Workshop
Specialized Matting Techniques for Paper Artifacts
International Preservation Studies Center
September 6-9, 2017
203 E. Seminary Street
Mount Carroll, IL 61053
Designed as hands-on workshop, this inclusive course focuses on all facets of mounting and storing works of art on paper within a museum setting. Participants will learn a variety of techniques from the construction of simple storage enclosures to basic 4-ply mats to elegant exhibition mats. The course will conclude with a class project incorporating techniques for the mounting and framing of oversized art. All media and paper supports will be covered as well as accepted methods of attachment and framing practices. Participants are encouraged to bring 1-2 items for discussion and examination. They should not be extremely fragile or larger than 18”x24”.


Workshop
Constructing Affordable Storage Mounts and Supports
International Preservation Studies Center
September 6-9, 2017
203 E. Seminary Street
Mount Carroll, IL 61053
The vast majority of cultural heritage collections are located in storage spaces of all types and sizes making the method these objects are housed one of the most important factors for their long-term preservation. This hands-on workshop is designed for those responsible for the care and use of museum objects with a strong focus on creating practical storage mounts and supports that can be reasonably constructed by museum staff. The course will provide information and tools so that emerging and existing professionals at institutions of all types, sizes, and resource levels can learn how to strategize and construct safe and appropriate collection storage solutions.

Online Conference 
2017 AASLH Online Conference 
American Association for State and Local History 

September 7 @ 8:00 am - September 8 @ 5:00 pm Central 
Want to participate in AASLH Annual Meeting sessions without leaving your office? Join us at the Online Conference where you can virtually attend six hot topic sessions and get recordings of keynote speakers. Each session is broadcast live from the Annual Meeting as a presentation reworked for an online audience. See slides, ask questions, and interact online with presenters and the virtual audience in these live broadcasts. Then enjoy access to the recordings for six months. These sessions provide real ideas, tools, and solutions to help you do good history.

Low rates and a group log-in option make this online learning opportunity accessible for anyone who wants to improve their practice of history. Watch at home, at your desk, or gather staff members together for a team-building event.




Workshop
Social Interpretation: Graphic Design and Social Media
National Association for Interpretation

September 11-12, 2017
Frying Pan Farm Park
Herndon, VA
This workshop is designed for interpreters who have little or no training in graphic design or social media, but find themselves responsible for creating nonpersonal media. Interpreters use media from Facebook pages and Twitter accounts to printed brochures and exhibits to tell their stories. Social Interpretation focuses on using basic principles of interpretation as a guide to creating effective nonpersonal media. By the end of the workshop, you should have a good understanding of how to make decisions about using social media and creating visual communications—and why an interpretive approach is an effective way to communicate with your audience through these media. Day one focuses on developing social media skills—understanding the technical and cultural differences among popular platforms, with specific emphasis (in descending order) on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and others. Participants will understand how to cater their message to a desired audience, enhancing social media effectiveness by building the appropriate audience for their social media outlets. Day two focuses on visual communication, with specific emphasis on typography, color usage, image usage, layout, visual hierarchy, and catering messages to the appropriate medium.


Workshop
Museum Environmental Monitoring and Management
International Preservation Studies Center
September 12-15, 2017
203 E. Seminary Street
Mount Carroll, IL 61053
From the moment they are created, objects are susceptible to deterioration and damage which can be abated by storage and display in environmentally appropriate conditions. This course is a combination of lecture and hands-on exercises that will provide information relating to managing and monitoring environmental conditions in a variety of spaces. Participants will learn about various factors that impact the museum environment, how to identify and contend with them and how to find resources to support these important preventative care activities. Topics include: formulation and implementation of policies and procedures for environmental management and care; agents of deterioration, appropriate environmental conditions for various types of objects; handling and maintenance procedures for storage, exhibition, packing, transport, and use; Integrated Pest Management; and emergency preparedness and response.

Workshop 
Mastering Inpainting
International Preservation Studies Center 

September 12-15, 2017
203 E. Seminary Street
Mount Carroll, IL 61053
Now in its 19th year, there is no other course that compares with this special, four-day intensive. It is tailored for conservators from diverse specializations who wish to improve their mastery of inpainting and filling skills. An extensive overview of this complicated topic is given, as well as considerable attention to detail critical for successful compensation. Colleagues will work closely with one anther, sharing experiences and observations as they have fun experimenting with a vast array of compensation materials. They will be guided through problem assessment, enabling discovery of improved, appropriate treatment solutions for various inpainting challenges.Lecture, discussion and studio sessions will encompass: inpainting criteria; environmental adaptation; light and color phenomena; pigments and their properties; preparation and fills; wet/dry inpainting media and toning systems (synthetic resins, watercolor/gouache, gums, pencils/pastels, dry pigments, dyes and other coloring agents); inpaint modifiers (bulking, glossing, matting, polishing agents); medium/pigment/diluent adjustments for differing artifact structures, application instrumentation, methods and tips; and discourse upon philosophical/ethical considerations.-Selection of participants will be based upon: extent of professional experience and training; balance of institutional and private practice conservators; number of registrants from a single organization; balance of areas of specialization within conservation (paintings, paper, objects, etc.) and date of application filing. Attendance demand for this highly regarded course is typically strong, so early planning and applications are recommended. Applicants must send resume and receive instructor approval to be admitted into this workshop.


Workshop
What Research Says About Visitor Behavior in Museum Exhibitions and So What?
Michigan Museums Association
September 14, 2017
Michigan History Center
Tracking-and-timing (T&T) is one of the oldest methods of capturing empirical data on visitors' use of exhibits and their behaviors in exhibit spaces. This workshop will review a large database of T&T benchmarks and discuss the implications of the data for the design and evaluation of museum exhibitions.

Workshop
Mannequin Making Workshop
International Preservation Studies Center 
September 19-21, 2017
203 E. Seminary Street
Mount Carroll, IL 61053
This course will focus on examining the changing female silhouette from the periods of 1830-1970, and how it affects the way a costume appears on exhibit; appropriate archival materials to use with museum costumes; and proper methods for exhibiting hats and other headgear. Participants learn the process of carving polypropylene foam to create custom forms, and will make a form they can take back to their institutions.
Participants may bring costume pieces from their collection, and be prepared to transport your forms back home.

Workshop
Introduction to Archives Preservation
International Preservation Studies Center

September 19-21, 2017
203 E. Seminary Street
Mount Carroll, IL 61053
This course is an introduction to preservation principles and practices for archival collections. Ms. Shoemaker will provide participants with the necessary information to make sound decisions for collections care, storage, and treatment — with special attention given to providing practical solutions for smaller budgets. Participants will deepen their understanding of the types of materials found in archival collections and how they are affected by time, handling, and environment. Discussions and labs will focus on best practices to handle, house, and monitor archival collections; these will include how to use basic tools for document prepping, how to assess damage to a collection, and how to monitor and regulate temperature and humidity. Participants are encouraged to contact Ms. Shoemaker in advance if they have specific topics they would like her to address, or they may bring questions to class.

Workshop 
Historic Interior Plaster: Restoration and Preservation
International Preservation Studies Center
September 19-22, 2017
203 E. Seminary Street
Mount Carroll, IL 61053
This course will focus on flat plaster, plaster cornice, and decorative plaster ornaments.Course topics include: a review of historic plaster and its evolution; plaster materials and their physical properties; causes of plaster deterioration; preservation of plaster; repairing flat plaster and plaster cornices; and the replication of decorative ornaments. Course participants will learn primarily through hands-on practice. Projects in which participants are currently involved will also be discussed. Each participant should bring a CD or photographs illustrating plaster problems encountered in an actual building project.



Workshop
Care of Paper Artifacts
International Preservation Studies Center

September 25-29, 2017

203 E. Seminary Street

Mount Carroll, IL 61053

This course is an introduction to book and paper conservation designed for conservation technicians and others who wish to have a theoretical preservation framework and basic hands-on treatment experience. Topics covered include a review of paper making, techniques of media application, degradation patterns, and preventative preservation care. Conservation treatments covered will include surface cleaning, humidification and flattening, various mending methods, non-aqueous deacidification, currently accepted materials for housings and treatments, and treatment documentation. Mending of rare flat paper and books using Japanese tissue and wheat starch paste will be emphasized. The class has been extended to a new 5-day format to allow additional time for paper production and media discussion, a demonstration of aqueous washing and deacidification, and more student treatment projects. Participants are encouraged to bring examples of specific problems for examination and possible treatment.

Workshop
Media Workflows for Museum Professionals
Michigan Museums Association
September 26, 2017
Grand Valley State University - Grand Rapids Campus
This interactive workshop focusing on effective uses of digital media as part one’s professional practice in the service of digital humanities and access efforts. This workshop is divided into 2-parts with the morning session being devoted to media workflows and the afternoon session will showcase the collection management system Collective Access as one such example.


Conference
Governor's Conference on Tourism
Missouri Travel Council
September 26-28
Branson, MO

Conference
"The Santa Fe Trail: America's First Highway of International Commerce"

Santa Fe Trail Association Symposium
 
September 27-30
Olathe, KS


OCTOBER 2017


Workshop
Creativity Bootcamp for Cultural Nonprofits
Kansas Humanities Council in partnership with Museum Hack
October 2-3, 2017
8:30 am - 5:00 pm daily
Kansas Museum of History
6425 SW 6th Ave, Topeka

The Creativity Boot Camp is sponsored by the Kansas Humanities Council in partnership with Museum Hack. Museum Hack’s team of “renegade tour guides” brings their storytelling approach and creativity skills outside the museum walls to offer consultation and training to cultural organizations of all kinds.The purpose of this two-day workshop is to boost the capacity of nonprofit cultural organizations in Kansas by building creative strategies through storytelling for leadership and messaging.
The major topics to be covered over the two days include:
Creativity
Leadership
Audience Engagement
Messaging
Participants who successfully complete the two-day learning experience will be able to:
Sharpen their organization’s story for donors, funders, civic leaders, and community partners.
Position their organization as a community leader.
Learn techniques for high-level audience engagement.


Workshop
Maintaining Historic House Museums
International Preservation Studies Center
October 3-6, 2017
203 E. Seminary Street
Mount Carroll, IL 61053
This course will cover information and training necessary to managing firearms within a museum collection. Participants will learn identification techniques, legal ramifications, storage methods, care and basic conservation techniques, and exhibition issues peculiar to firearms. Tours of nearby museums will allow the class to view firearms on exhibit and in storage.

Workshop
Care of Historic Firearms 
International Preservation Studies Center 

October 3-6, 2017
203 E. Seminary Street
Mount Carroll, IL 61053
This course will cover information and training necessary to managing firearms within a museum collection. Participants will learn identification techniques, legal ramifications, storage methods, care and basic conservation techniques, and exhibition issues peculiar to firearms. Tours of nearby museums will allow the class to view firearms on exhibit and in storage.


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

October 5, 2017
Alexander Majors House & Barn, Kansas City, Missouri
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.


Workshop

Maintaining Historic House Museums

International Preservation Studies Center

October 9-11, 2017
203 E. Seminary Street
Mount Carroll, IL 61053
This workshop is designed for those responsible for the ongoing care of historic house museums. Instructor Bob Yapp will lead this 3 day workshop in accordance with the Secretary of the Interiors Standards. This class is a combination of classroom and hands-on training. Students will learn the basic principles including: maintenance expectations for museum houses by the National Park Service, how to passively restore wooden floors, how to repair damaged and rotted wood, how to carefully weatherize house museums, basic masonry repairs, basic wood window repair, basic window & door weatherization, and methods & materials for house museums. Since there is a hands-on element to the course, students should expect to get dirty. All tools and materials will be provided.

Workshop
Textile Stabilization Using Sheer Overlays 
International Preservation Studies Center

October 9-11, 2017
203 E. Seminary Street
Mount Carroll, IL 61053

Conservators employ three main types of sheer overlay to stabilize deteriorated textiles: net, silk sheer, and synthetic sheer. Each material has its pros and cons including cost, availability, invisibility, ease of use, and archival stability. The benefit of any sheer overlay is that it provides immediate stabilization as well as preventative protection. Participants will learn how to use all three of these sheer materials and, more importantly, how to determine which overlay is best for a given situation. You may choose to bring your own clean, pest-free textile that is quilt sized or smaller. 


Workshop
Installation and Handling of Art & Artifacts
I
nternational Preservation Studies Center

October 11-14, 2017

This workshop will introduce the principles of art and artifact installation. Topics covered include hardware and tools; museum and gallery installation standards; case and vitrine installation; commercial and residential installations; ceiling, masonry and heavy installations; and job site etiquette. Daily hands on practice will introduce a variety of installation techniques and scenarios.Participants are encouraged to bring examples of installation problems for discussion and analysis.

Workshop
Historic Window Restoration and Weatherization
International Preservation Studies Center

October 12-14, 2017
203 E. Seminary Street
Mount Carroll, IL 61053
In our constant struggle to preserve original materials in historic homes, buildings and museum properties, original wood windows present one of our biggest challenges. The pressure to replace is backed up by multi-million dollar advertising campaigns perpetrated by the replacement industry. In the preservation movement's effort to lead the "Green Movement", we must constantly show the world that nothing is greener than an original window or existing property.This course is an intense three- day, hands-on workshop that deals with these very issues. Students will learn by doing as they work side-by-side with instructor Bob Yapp. Every aspect of efficient and cost effective wood window restoration will be addressed. Students will work in teams. Each team will completely restore two double hung wood window openings including: sash removal; safe lead paint & putty removal; historic glass retention; painting; glazing putty installation; weather-stripping; re-installation of the sashes including how to re-string sash weights.


Workshop 
Displaying Historic Textiles
International Preservation Studies Center 

October 12-14, 2017 
203 E. Seminary Street 
Mount Carroll, IL 61053 
Temporary display of flat textiles, such as quilts, flags, embroideries, and lace, is a challenge faced every season by museum staff. Learning what technique is best for each textile is essential to safe and attractive exhibition of these often fragile and large items. This three-day workshop will begin with choosing textiles that are good candidates for display. Basic documentation and surface cleaning will then be taught. Attendees will learn hands on how to create a slant mount and a pinable mount for display of small to medium-sized textiles. Magnetic and Velcro hanging systems will then be created for larger textiles. Other display solutions, such as pressure mounting and framing, will also be presented for comparison. This workshop is intended for people with excellent hand skills and experience working with museum artifacts. Sewing skills are preferred but not required.

Conference
Annual Conference 
Mountain-Plains Museums Association
October 15-19
Denver, CO

The Mountain-Plains Museums Association’s Annual Conference is known as a premier training and networking venue for those who work in MPMA’s region of ten states in the west. This is where the networking begins. Provocative programming will get you thinking about all the possibilities in your museum or in your career. Come away inspired and energized about your profession. Learn what is new in the profession. Then, go back home and make a difference in your community.

And what better place for updates and eyes-wide opening opportunities than Denver. Why? Colorado was ranked as the fourth happiest state in 2015 by WalletHub. Maybe it’s because the city gets a ton of sunshine--nearly 250 days with some sun a year on average. Or perhaps because it’s one of the fittest cities in America.

The city is super high. And no, not because marijuana is legal. But Denver is literally high up — 5,280 feet above sea level to be exact, earning its “Mile High City” nickname. Altitude sickness can be a problem here for those not used to this altitude so limit your alcohol intake and drink plenty of water while you are here.

Colorado is home to the Rocky Mountains and 58 fourteeners. It is a magnet for adventure seekers. Just a short drive from Denver, you’ll find some of the country’s best skiing, snowboarding, hiking, and rafting. Colorado has more than 20 natural hot springs, the perfect way to unwind after a long day of outdoor activities.

Denver has lots of museums and collections worth seeing. This conference will take you to many of them.

WorkshopExhibit Design and Planning 
International Preservation Studies Center

October 17-19, 2017
203 E. Seminary Street
Mount Carroll, IL 61053
This course will cover space design concepts, exhibit planning, drafting/drawing using traditional and and electronic tools, and the steps involved in creating a design package. In addition, this course will introduce conservation concerns and materials in the design of cases, the design of labels, simple interactives, exhibit lighting, and best practices for accessibility. The use of exhibit design software such as Vectorworks and SketchUp along with graphic software Photoshop and InDesign will help participants realize their designs. Participants are encouraged to bring images and rough plans of their exhibit spaces and be prepared to discuss problems their museum is facing in terms of exhibit presentation and design.

Worskshop
Member's Choice
Missouri Travel Council
October 19, 2017, 9:45
Columbia or Jefferson City, MO

Topic will be decided by feedback from Missouri Travel Council Members.

Workshop
How Many "Trails of Tears?": Native American Forced Removal
National Archives at Kansas City 

October, 19 7pm or 10pm
Join National Archives staff for this workshop offered on Thursday, October 19 at 7 p.m. or 10 p.m. Eastern Time. Many people associate the term “Trail of Tears” with the forced removal of the Cherokee Nation from the southeastern U.S. to Indian Territory (now Oklahoma). Of course, they would be correct. However, there were other forced removals of tribes from the eastern and mid-western United States to various locations across the United States, some of which might have been from (or crossed through) your very own area of the country. U.S. government records of the Cherokee and other removals are equally profoundly enlightening and deeply disturbing. Learn how to find and work with these records while incorporating them into classroom curriculum. Suitable for all grade levels. To register, email distancelearning@nara.gov.

Workshop
Effective Label Writing for a Better Visitor Experience

International Preservation Studies Center
October 20-21, 2017
203 E. Seminary St., Mount Carroll, IL 61053
Good label-writing starts with good planning. This course begins with the basics, showing through examples and exercises how to shape goals and aim for the best visitor experience. Then students will practice writing and editing labels, including testing them for effectiveness. Bring samples of your own work for discussion.


Workshop

Copyright: The Archivist and the Law

International Preservation Studies Center

October 21-22, 2017
203 E. Seminary St., Mount Carroll, IL 61053
This workshop provides a basis for the administration of copyright in daily archival work. Workshop topics include the complex issues relating to authors' , owners', and users' rights in intellectual property; the historical rationale for copyright laws; the relevance of U.S. federal law to archives and manuscript collections; the current law; and the sequence of decision making steps needed to manage copyright issues. Offered in partnership with the SAA; course is eligble to receive 1.5 CEUs or 10 ARCs.

Conference 
"Making A Difference"
Missouri Association for Museums and Archives

October 27-28, 2017 (Pre-conference session by Museum Hack on October 26)

Kirksville, MO

Workshop

Developing History Leaders @SHA (Seminar for Historical Administration): Class of 2017 
American Association for State and Local History
October 28-November 17, 2017
SHA is distinctive because it combines depth—three weeks of engagement in deep discussion about issues facing our field; with breadth—discussions led by nationally recognized leaders in the history/museum field. It brings together leaders at all levels to learn in an intimate, collegial atmosphere. Using case studies, workshops, forums and field trips, Developing History Leaders @SHA is an opportunity like no other. Click here to see an example of the current curriculum. SHA is for participants in a position of responsibility or are preparing for such a position; a minimum of three years of challenging work experience in the history field is required. Developing History Leaders @SHA occurs once a year, during the three weeks prior to Thanksgiving. Applications for the Class of 2017 (October 28-November 17) are due May 15, 2017.

Conference
MPMA Annual Conference

October 15-19, 2017

Denver, CO
Registration Opens May 5, and early bird registration ends August 15.

Workshop
Developing History Leaders @ Seminar for Historical Administration 
American Alliance for State and Local History 
October 28 @ 8:00 am - November 17 @ 5:00 pm
Indiana Historical Society, Indianapolis, IN
Developing History Leaders @SHA is the premier professional development opportunity for leaders in history organizations of all types and sizes. Since 1959, the Seminar for Historical Administration has provided history professionals the tools, ideas, and connections that allow them to become effective leaders and managers of history organizations.



NOVEMBER 2017

Conference
Telling Stories: Why Our Museums Matter
Kansas Museums Association
November 1-3
Manhattan, KS
Make plans now to join us in Manhattan to learn about all the ways that storytelling is important to museums and take away fresh techniques for making sure you are telling the story you want people to hear. Hotel reservations can be made at the Four Points Sheraton by calling 785.587.5571. Request the group rate of $79 per night by identifying as part of the “Kansas Museums Association” group. 

Workshop
AAM LGBTQ Welcoming Guidelines: Overview, Issues, and Actions
American Alliance of Museums 

November 6-9, 2017
Location TBD 
Join colleagues at host institutions across the country during the week of November 6-9, to discuss the AAM LGBTQ Welcoming Guidelines for Museums. The Welcoming Guidelines compile preferred practices for museums to use in working with LGBTQ professionals and communities. A series of checklists allows museums to review each of AAM’s 38 Characteristics of Excellence from the perspective of LGBTQ staff and visitors, and groups the characteristics into functional areas.
The goal of these local convenings is to help museum colleagues better understand how to use the Welcoming Guidelines and how they can be applied in all types of institutions. Participants will briefly discuss the goals of the Welcoming Guidelines, review the document, and work through an exercise that is relevant to their institution. Participants are encouraged to download and read the LGBTQ Welcoming Guidelines for Museums prior to attending a local convening.

Conference 
PastForward 2017
National Trust for Historic Preservation
November 14-17, 2017 Chicago, Illinois

Conference
NAI National Conference
National Association for Interpretation

Spokane, Washington
November 14-18, 2017
Immersed in rich cultural history and surrounding natural beauty, Spokane has long been a place where people gather to exchange goods and ideas. As Washington state’s second-largest destination (next to Seattle), the Spokane Valley is a hub for commerce, the environment and tourism. In its past and present, it is the largest trading hub for gathering tribes and businesses that include three states (Washington, Idaho, and Montana) and two Canadian provinces (British Columbia and Alberta). With a vibrant waterfall and river running through this urban metropolis, one can easily forget that they’re in the midst of a big city. Spokane offers the best of nature and heritage, proving to be an ideal location for this year’s national conference. The word “Spokane” comes from the local native community, meaning “Children of the Sun.” Join us in illuminating interpretation to our communities, ourselves, and future generations to come.

 

DECEMBER 2017 

 

 

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