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.


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
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.

Member's Choice
Missouri Travel Council
October 19, 9:45 a.m.
Columbia or Jefferson City, MO

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

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

October 19, 7 p.m. or 10 p.m.
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

Effective Label Writing for a Better Visitor Experience

International Preservation Studies Center
October 20-21
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.


Copyright: The Archivist and the Law

International Preservation Studies Center

October 21-22
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.

Museums Build Community through Demntia-Inclusive and Caregiver-Friendly Programs
Shawnee Town 1929 Museum
October 24, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Museums store memories. They are the ideal places for welcoming people with memory loss.
Workshop is FREE. Lunch will be provided for $5.

What role can museums play in engaging persons with memory loss and their caregivers? How can museum programing be modified through awareness, understanding and sensitivity to the needs and interests of persons living with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers? What is the potential impact for dementia-inclusive programming to extend meaningful community outreach?
Presenters include professionals in health and wellness, leaders in the field of creative aging, specialists who work with caregivers and persons living with Alzheimer’s, and creative arts therapists.

Professional affiliations: Arts & AGEing KC, Heart of America Chapter Alzheimer’s Association, University of Kansas Alzheimer’s Disease Center, Soundscapes Music Therapy, The Golden Experience Drama Therapy, Professional Storytellers, Authors, Dementia Advocates, AAKC Visual Arts Studio, Prairie Elder Care.

This workshop is made possible through a grant from the Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area and the support of Shawnee Town 1929 Museum.This workshop is made possible through a grant from the Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area and the support of Shawnee Town 1929 Museum.

"Making A Difference"
Missouri Association for Museums and Archives

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

Kirksville, MO


Developing History Leaders @SHA (Seminar for Historical Administration): Class of 2017 
American Association for State and Local History
October 28-November 17
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.

MPMA Annual Conference

October 15-19

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

Developing History Leaders @ Seminar for Historical Administration 
American Alliance for State and Local History 
October 28 at 8 a.m.; November 17 at 5 p.m.
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.


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. 

How to Write a Successful National Register Nomination or State Nomination
November 6, 1:30 p.m.
Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St, Lawrence, KS 66044
Guest presenter, Amanda Loughlin, National Register Coordinator for the State of Kansas, will provide insights into how to research and complete the nomination forms.
• The workshop may be of interest to those who own historic homes or business buildings or those who have interest in having a church or historic site placed on the state or national register.
• Buildings on the state or national register may be eligible for state tax credits.

Limited seating. Free, but advance registration required by Oct. 31. Contact Jan Shupert-Arik, Heritage Coordinator, Douglas County (KS) Heritage Conservation Council, or at (785) 330-2878.

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

November 6-9
McClure Archives and University Museum, University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg MO
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.

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

NAI National Conference
National Association for Interpretation

Spokane, Washington
November 14-18
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.





MARCH 2018

Missouri Conference on History 
Jefferson City, MO
March 15-16, 2018
The Missouri Conference on History brings together teachers of history and other professional historians to share in the presentation of the results of research, to exchange information on teaching and curriculum, to consider ways to promote interest in history and the welfare of the profession, and to discuss other concerns common to all historians. All persons interested or involved in the teaching of history, historical research, historical preservation, or any other professional application of history are welcome.


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AASLH Annual Meeting 

Kansas City, MO 
September 26-29


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