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 Education & Interpretation Manager Liz Hobson

 

APRIL 2017

Conference 
Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership
April 27-28, 2017
Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.A.
This year's conference theme, The Many Faces of Nonprofit Governance, reflects both our appreciation for and recognition of the need to continue to grow our understanding of this important field. Research on nonprofit boards and governance has developed substantially in the past decade, and we are learning more every year as scholars and practitioners from a wide range of disciplines and fields provide important new insights and knowledge about governance and the work of boards. For all of our progress, however, we still have much to learn, especially about the practice of governance and the work of boards in the myriad of different contexts and organizational types. How does governance differ in settings as different as associations and member-serving organizations, federations and networks, collective impact initiatives, multi-level organizations and systems, and even social movements? This conference challenges practitioners and researchers to come together to examine from multiple perspectives how we engage in governance and how governance and the work of boards is and will continue to be evolving in these challenging and dynamic times.


MAY 2017

Conference
Main Street America
2017 Main Street Now Conference
May 1-3, 2017
Pittsburgh, PA
Join your fellow commercial district revitalization professionals in Pittsburgh for three exciting days of education sessions, mobile tours, special events, and plenty of opportunities for exploring all the great things this city and the surrounding area has to offer.

Workshop 
Design Thinking Bootcamp
American Alliance of Museums
May 6, 2017
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Missouri Hisotry Museum 
Lindell and DeBaliviere in Forest Park
St. Louis, MO
In this fun and fast-paced workshop, participants will engage in design thinking: a user-centered approach started at Stanford University School of Design d.school that generates innovative solutions to complex challenges. Museum professionals who live and breathe this approach will lead participants through the five stages of design thinking: empathize, define, ideate, prototype and test. Work collaboratively to develop and test creative solutions to real-life museum challenges and leave with a set of tools that can be immediately employed in many aspects of your museum. This workshop is appropriate for any museum professional that faces complex challenges in his or her work—in other words, design thinking is for everyone!

Conference
Annual Meeting and Museum Expo
American Alliance of Museums
May 7-10, 2017
St. Louis, MO
The American Alliance of Museums Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo is the largest gathering of museum professionals in the world. Our 2017 event will take place at the America’s Center Convention Complex in St. Louis. The Marriott St. Louis Grand is the headquarters hotel and is connected to the Convention Center.“Going to AAM”–as attending the conference has come to be known–is considered the quintessential experience for museum professionals. The program is jam-packed with opportunities to hear diverse perspectives on a wide range of topics; to connect with your colleagues from across the country and around the world; and to engage in meaningful dialogue with peers from diverse backgrounds and from museums of all types.

Workshop
Museum Leadership Strategies 
International Preservation Studies Center

May 16-18, 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
Preservation of Gravestones and Cemetery Monuments I: Basic
International Preservation Studies Center

May 16-18, 2017
203 E. Seminary Street
Mount Carroll, IL 61053
The primary goal of this workshop is to educate the attendees regarding all of the various aspects of gravestone, monument and historic masonry preservation. The majority of the workshop will be conducted at a local historical cemetery. Classroom instruction will complement the hands-on training. The workshop will begin with a walk and talk tour, using the cemetery as an open-air museum to illustrate basic geology, common preservation problems, previously failed repairs, and other related issues. Gravestones and monuments will then be selected to be repaired, cleaned or preserved in some manner, which represent most of the commonly encountered preservation problems found in historic graveyards. The following list of preservation treatments will be performed during the workshop: reconstruction of fallen material, consolidation of weak and decayed stone, sealing stone. An in-depth demonstration on stone cleaning will be conducted by workshop participants. The philosophy of cleaning will be discussed, and safe cleaning techniques will be demonstrated on gravestones which will benefit from the cleaning treatments.


Workshop
Care of Plastic Artifacts
International Preservation Studies Center

May 16-19, 2017
203 E. Seminary Street
Mount Carroll, IL 61053
Plastics now play a significant role in museums, both as support materials and as artifacts, especially in archival, military, textile and toy collections. However, collections containing plastics present unusual and challenging collections care issues; controlled environments and archival storage materials recommended for the protection of museum collections may actually accelerate the decay of certain historic plastics. The resulting damage can be severe, irreversible and costly - contaminating and degrading other artifacts and storage cabinets. This 4-day course focuses on practical, cost-effective solutions to the problem and offers the latest updates on preventive care for different plastics in the context of the collections of which they are an integral part. Participants will develop strategies for extending the lifespans of artifacts made from incompatible plastic combinations and for coping with plastics which have already degraded. Practical sessions include designing storage solutions, selecting safe cleaning methods, monitoring for corrosive gases, etc., on a selection of specific artifacts. Participants may choose to solve problems from their own collections if they prefer.

Workshop
Planning a New Nonprofit: Essential Planning Steps and Legal Requirements
Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership

May 17, 2017, 4-6 p.m.
University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership Resource Center, 4747 Troost Avenue, Kansas City, MO - Conference Room 210
Many people express an interest in starting a nonprofit to address a specific need in the community. The process of starting a nonprofit can be confusing and present intimidating challenges. This 2 hour session covers basic preliminary procedures and introduces the steps to legally become a nonprofit organization.


Conference
Missouri Preservation Conference
May 17-19, 2017
Hannibal, MO 
This three-day conference features a trade show, 3 tracks of educational sessions and tours, technical workshops, and networking receptions, all keeping with our theme, "Home Town Preservation." 

Conference
On the Edge of Freedom: National Underground Railroad Conference
May 18-21, 2017
The National Park Service, National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom (NTF) Program and the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Conference will co-host a joint conference in honor of the grand opening of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center in Church Creek, Maryland. The conference will be held in Cambridge, Maryland.

Workshop
Preservation of Gravestones and Cemetery Monuments II: Advanced
International Preservation Studies Center
May 19-20, 2017
203 E. Seminary Street
Mount Carroll, IL 61053
This advanced workshop continues where the basic gravestone preservation workshop ended. It covers more complex gravestone and monument conservation treatments and procedures. The following techniques will be performed during the workshop as a group interactive experience: a basic overhead stone lifting tripod will be constructed and employed to raise large fallen, and/or badly leaning monument elements which are too heavy to lift by hand; the rigging of stone in order to lift it will be demonstrated; the joining and setting of monuments will be performed; composite stone in-fill materials will be discussed in depth, and applied to various kinds of substrate; pigments will be added to modify and create a color matching in-fill mortar; injection grout will be used in in-fill small cracks and voids, and help prevent freeze-thaw damage; a replacement base will be cast out of concrete to repair a gravestone fractured at or below the ground surface; after the concrete has cured, the tablet stone will be reset into a socket base, employing a historic pointing mortar; cleaning techniques will be discussed in greater detail, including the application of stone poultice to remove in-ground staining; the consolidation of a marble gravestone will be performed to strengthen the stone, and help prevent future degradation. Additional preservation treatments will be discussed and performed based on time allowance.

Workshop
Preservation and Handling of Papers and 3D Objects
Missouri Association for Museums and Archives
May 22, 2017 10am-3pm (W/ Lunch $15)
Daum Museum of Contemporary Art 
State Fair Community College, 3201 W 16th St, Sedalia, MO 65301

Presenters: Matt Clouse, Daum Museum of Contemporary Art. Luncida Adams, The State Historical Society of Missouri. Sarah Elder, St. Joseph Museums. Bring questions about your collections to ask the presenters.

Workshop
Choosing Adhesives for Conservation: the Modified FAIC Course
International Preservation Studies Center 

May 22-25, 2017
203 E. Seminary Street
Mount Carroll, IL 61053
This course focuses on understanding the characteristics and limitations of different classes of natural and synthetic adhesives which can be matched against various bonding problems. The choice of adhesive will include assessing the nature of the substrate, application and clamping techniques, toxicity and the degree of reversibility. Plans for reversing the treatment, not just the bond, are an essential part of the process.

Workshop
Traditional Gilding
International Preservation Studies Center 
May 22-27, 2017
203 E. Seminary Street
Mount Carroll, IL 61053
The focus of this course is on traditional gilding techniques. You will become familiar with one of the oldest crafts in the world, originating 4,500 years ago in ancient Egypt, which is still practiced today. Through presentations, demonstrations and hands-on practicum the participants will develop understanding of the basic gilding skills. In this class you will prepare your own mock-up frames and sample boards in different leafing techniques. We will work all the way from the bare wood to the finished product, including ornaments and special techniques for finishing and aging. This course will also offer a first orientation in the history of styles in picture frames. Topics included in this class are: a historical overview of traditional gilding materials, techniques and tools; surface preparation and the planned application glue, gesso, bole and size; gesso texturing and re-cutting; oil gilding and water gilding; application of gold, silver and metal leaf; burnishing; matte and gloss finishes; clay mixes and advanced leafing techniques; toning and aging and sealing.

Workshop
Financial Leadership of Nonprofit Organizations Seminars
Financial Leadership: Using Financial Information Systems to Assess Organizational Financial Health

Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership
May 24, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.)
University of Missouri - Kansas City (UMKC), Bloch Executive Hall, 5108 Cherry Street, Kansas City, Missouri (Room 413), Kansas City, Missouri

Conference
National Conference on Race and Ethnicity
NCORE- Southwest Center for Human Relations Studies
May 30-June 3, 2017
Fort Worth, Texas


JUNE 2017

Workshop 
Digitizing Museum Collections
International Preservation Studies Center
June 1-3, 2017
203 E. Seminary Street
Mount Carroll, IL 61053
This course provides an overview of the steps needed to begin a digitization program with a focus on two-dimensional archival and museum objects. Participants will take part in exercises designed to encourage critical thinking about issues involved in digital object curatorship. This course also includes a hands-on component in which participants will learn to properly use scanners and image manipulation software to create digital files.

Workshop
Introduction to Methods and Materials for Collections Care
International Preservation Studies Center
June 1-3, 2017
203 E. Seminary Street
Mount Carroll, IL 61053
This three-day beginner-level course is designed for those with little or no prior museum experience and includes both lecture material and practical, hands-on lab work. This course is designed as an introduction to perservation, documentation and maintenance of the physical integrity of museum collections. It begins with agents that deteriorate and how to mitigate their damage to collection. Participants are introduced to physical properties of inorganic, organic, composite, and textile materials. The course then turns to the study of collections packing, shipping and storage methods, as well as collections hazards, safety and emergency planning. While intended as a general introduction to those without any museum experience, the course does include hands-on labs and exercises in addition to lecture content.

Conference
The Berkshire Conference of Women Historians
Difficult Conversations: Thinking and Talking About Women, Genders, and Sexualities Inside and Outside the Academy
June 1-4, 2017
Hofstra University, Hempstead NY

Workshop 
Customer Service that Shines 
Virginia Association of Museums

June 5, 2017
Good customer service is more than telling employees and volunteers to smile and make eye contact. It’s ingraining a culture of compassion at your institution where your employees truly care about every person who walks through the door. Speakers from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and NOVA Parks plus the Community College Workforce Alliance will share their successful plans for customer service programs that create exceptional customer experiences. John Houser of NOVA Parks will present a program based on Service Purpose and Service Standards that provides consistent customer service at all 32 of their agency operations, where over 1,000 employees have already trained.
Speakers:
John Houser, Park Manager, Occoquan Regional Park, NOVA Parks
Joyce Lapsley, Client Solutions Manager, Corporate Training and Consulting, Community College Workforce Alliance
Brigette Thomas, Visitor Services Manager, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts


Workshop
Collections Management and Practices
American Association for State and Local History
June 5-6
Maine Historical Society, Portland, ME
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.

Workshop
Textile Stabilization Using Sheer Overlays 
International Preservation Studies Center

June 5-7, 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
Integrated Pest Management 
International Preservation Studies Center

June 5-7, 2017
203 E. Seminary Street
Mount Carroll, IL 61053
The course will focus on behavior- and facility-oriented methods of conducting integrated pest management, with heavy emphasis on low-chemical, practical solutions. Topics covered include: basic identification of common invertebrate and vertebrate pests; developing an awareness of pest populations in and near museum facilities; determining action thresholds; infestation control methods (both for buildings and in collections); how to choose a pest management professional; infestation prevention methods; and health hazards relating to infesting pests and pest control efforts. Participants will engage in institution-specific integrated pest management problem solving. The course will involve lectures, lab work, and group discussion. Lab work will include hands-on identification and building evaluation. Participants are strongly encouraged to bring examples or evidence of pests or pest damage in their institution’s building or collections (photographs, damaged non-collections items, and/or invertebrate pest specimens; please do not bring live examples!). Participants should bring photographs of their building(s), and are encouraged to bring building floor plans or maps.

Conference

Annual Conference:“Last Best Chance: The Chickamauga and Chattanooga Campaigns”
Civil War Trust

June 7-11, 2017
Chattanooga, Tennessee
This summer, join the Civil War Trust members and staff — along with some of the nation's elite historians — for four days of camaraderie and Civil War touring in Chattanooga! Conference Registration Fee includes tours, tour guides, coaches, conference program, name tags, breakfast, lunch, and a Saturday Banquet. Fee does not include hotel registration; attendees must make their own reservations. Conference tour registration is now available. Check out our tour descriptions. If you’ve already registered for the conference, you will sign into your account on RegOnline to update your registration with your tour selections. Confirmed speakers include: Garry Adelman, Keith Bohannon, Michael R. Bradley, Mark Brainard, Peter Cozzens, A. Wilson Greene, Parker Hills, James Ogden, III, David Powell, William Glenn Robertson, Gregory Wade and Brian Steele Wills.


Workshop
Effective Nonprofit Management: A Situational Approach to Supervision
Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership
June 8, 2017, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
UMKC, Bloch Executive Hall, 5108 Cherry Street, KCMO, Room 413
Discover a range of skills and strategies to succeed as a nonprofit manager. One of the persistent challenges in managing the staff and volunteers of a 21st Century nonprofit is to provide effective supervision and leadership amidst constant challenge and change. In this one-day workshop, learn about the situational approach to management and supervision, and how to tailor and employ a range of approaches, skills, and strategies to succeed as a nonprofit manager.

Workshop
Displaying Historic Textiles
International Preservation Studies Center
June 8-10, 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.


Workshop
Legal Issues for Museums
International Preservation Studies Center
June 8-10, 2017
203 E. Seminary Street
Mount Carroll, IL 61053
This course will review, analyze, and critically examine the legal framework impacting museums as well as the ethical considerations involved. Issues include: Copyright, Cenorship, Laws involving Endangered Species, Relationships with Dealers and Collectors, Donor Restrictions, Repatriation of Nazi War Loot, and the Native American Graves Protection Act.

Workshop
Collection Management Policies—Preparation, Implementation, Evaluation
International Preservation Studies Center

June 8-10, 2017
203 E. Seminary Street
Mount Carroll, IL 61053
This course is designed to teach you how to write (or revise) a comprehensive set of policies to better collections in museums and related cultural institutions. The topics covered include a comparison of policies, procedures, and plans; what should be covered in collections management policies; methods for developing and preparing policy statements; and the relevance of standards and best practices to policy development. Policies considered include acquisition and accession of objects, deaccession and disposal, loans, collection access and use, intellectual property rights related to collection objects, risk management, documentation, and codes of ethics. Course material will be presented in the form of lectures, readings, and in-class hands-on activities.

Workshop 
Grant Writing for Collections Care: NEH and IMLS Grants
International Preservation Studies Center

June 13-14, 2017 
203 E. Seminary Street
Mount Carroll, IL 61053
This course will provide instruction on how to write successful grant proposals for funding preservation projects with a focus on the NEH and teh IMLS. Topics include the importance of planning; grant protocol; the review process; and how to design and write a practical proposal and realistic budget. The course will include the opportunity to develop a proposal outline.

Workshop
Introduction to the Museum Profession
International Preservation Studies Center
June 13-16, 2017
203 E. Seminary Street
Mount Carroll, IL 61053
This course is an introduction to the museum world for Emerging Museum Professionals (EMP’s) who are completely new or have worked in the industry for fewer than five years. During this course, you will learn about the history and function of museums and the different professions within  museum work and their roles, and techniques to getting your foot in the door. Some of the topics discussed are; exhibitions, collections, museum education, administration, volunteering, internships, mentoring, and more! One day of the class will be spent visiting working museums in the area to get a behind-the-scenes look at museum work in action.

Workshop
Photographing Museum Collections
International preservation Studies Center

June 13-16, 2017
203 E. Seminary Street
Mount Carroll, IL 61053
This workshop teaches the basics of photographing two and three dimensional works for inventory and documentation. Topics covered will include standard museum practices; how to work on a budget; how to best use your camera; lighting techniques and equipment; and basic digital file manipulation. This course will also cover basic Photoshop techniques and procedures for proper use and management of images. Attendees will learn about various image types, editing, manipulation, and strategies for storage and organization.


Workshop
Care of Ethnographic Collections
International preservation Studies Center

June 15-17, 2017
203 E. Seminary Street
Mount Carroll, IL 61053
This course is an introduction to the care and management of ethnographic collections. Participants will gain an understanding of how the agents of deterioration impact the preservation of ethnographic collections (both organic and inorganic components) in storage and will practice mitigation techniques through hands-on activities. The course will also provide an introduction to the legal and ethical issues that impact the proper management of ethnographic collections.  A field trip to the Logan Museum of Anthropology at Beloit College will provide participants the opportunity to interact with a variety of ethnographic objects and to see high standards of collections stewardship in practice.


Workshop

Connecting Your Collections to Teachers and Students
American Association for State and Local History
June 22-23, 2017
George Mason’s Gunston Hall, Mason Neck, VA
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. 

Workshop
Design and Construction of Mounts for Exhibits
International Preservation Studies Center
June 26-29, 2017
203 E. Seminary Street
Mount Carroll, IL 61053
This course covers both theory and hands-on practice of mount making for museum objects. Topics include the designing and fabrication of mounts to protect, support, secure, and exhibit a variety of museum objects and various techniques for using archival materials in mount making. Practicum will include: techniques for braising metals; cutting, bending, and gluing acrylics for the use of various archival barrier materials; and for making fabric covered ethafoam forms. Participants may bring one or two small objects and can retain the mounts they construct for these objects.

Workshop
Financial Planning Tools: Budgeting and Cash Flow
Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership
June 28, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.)
University of Missouri - Kansas City (UMKC), Bloch Executive Hall, 5108 Cherry Street, Kansas City, Missouri (Room 413), Kansas City, Missouri
Seminar Content: Budgeting, Strategic planning and budgeting,Planning the budgeting process, Estimating costs and forecasting income, Planning for contingencies and budget revisions, Cash flow projections and cash management tools, Evaluating the Organization’s financial planning process.


Workshop
Packing and Shipping Workshop
International Preservation Studies Center
June 28- July 1, 2017
203 E. Seminary Street
Mount Carroll, IL 61053
Participants will receive an overview of the principles involved in safe handling, packing, and transport of works of art and artifacts. Problem scenarios will be presented to participants for resolution in hands-on practicum sessions. Topics covered include: risk assessment, decision-making, and related issues in artifact transportation; crate design and construction; interior packing including methods and materials for 2-D and 3-D objects; design techniques for specialized components such as bracing, double boxing, packing frames and multiple object packaging; soft packing; and material selection and use. Participants are encouraged to bring slides of packing problems for discussion and analysis.

Workshop
Exhibit Makeovers
American Association for State and Local History 

June 29-30, 2017
Idaho History Center, Boise, ID
Interpretive exhibits bring objects, images, and ideas to life for visitors through storytelling, diverse presentation media, and learning opportunities that engage multiple types of intelligence.
In this workshop, you’ll learn the basics of exhibit planning, organization, text writing, and design. Drawing on resources of the host institution, working hands-on in small groups, you’ll experiment with ways to make exhibit content meaningful and memorable for visitors.

JULY 2017
Workshop
Introduction to Textile Preservation

International Preservation Studies Center 

July 12-15, 2017

203 E. Seminary Street

Mount Carroll, IL 61053
Participants will learn fiber microscopy and the visual, physical and technical properties that make up the many fabrics that are found in private and institutional collections. Readings and PowerPoint presentations will focus on environmental, storage, and exhibition standards for textiles and costumes. Examination and condition reporting will be introduced to evaluate a textile or costume. Participants will learn basic stitches to stabilize textiles and costumes. Participants should bring at least one textile or costume for examination and analysis.


Workshop 
Care of Sculptures 
International Preservation Studies Center 

July 17-19, 2017
203 E. Seminary Street
Mount Carroll, IL 61053
This is an introductory course to the care of sculptures and objects, including basics on handling, storage, and exhibition but focusing mainly on preservation, conservation, and restoration. Sculpted fine art and ethnographic objects are made using a vast array of materials, techniques, and styles, often found in diverse cultural contexts: the emphasis here will be on objects made of wood, stone, plaster, and terracotta, including their surface treatments. We will learn spot tests to identify materials Thanks to group and individual hands-on study of sculptures from the collection of the Campbell Center, students will learn to feel comfortable with and confident in observing and identifying materials and techniques used to make a sculpture, as well as the dangers or the alterations and their causes, which is essential to determining the best care for a sculpture. International and national codes of ethics in conservation will be stressed upon and discussed as they are applied to real-life situations when dealing with sculptures belonging to collections and private clients. Specific treatment options applied to the sculpture in need of care (techniques, products, options, and results) and how to choose them will be discussed. Students will learn how to identify the problems of a specific sculpture, prioritize them, and complete a thorough condition report with treatment proposal by the end of the course. Students will also learn how to properly address dust and dirt removal on sculpted surfaces.


Workshop
Historic Landscape Restoration
International Preservation Studies Center

July 17-19, 2017
203 E. Seminary Street
Mount Carroll, IL 61053
This is an introductory course to the care of sculptures and objects, including basics on handling, storage, and exhibition but focusing mainly on preservation, conservation, and restoration. Sculpted fine art and ethnographic objects are made using a vast array of materials, techniques, and styles, often found in diverse cultural contexts: the emphasis here will be on objects made of wood, stone, plaster, and terracotta, including their surface treatments. We will learn spot tests to identify materials Thanks to group and individual hands-on study of sculptures from the collection of the Campbell Center, students will learn to feel comfortable with and confident in observing and identifying materials and techniques used to make a sculpture, as well as the dangers or the alterations and their causes, which is essential to determining the best care for a sculpture. International and national codes of ethics in conservation will be stressed upon and discussed as they are applied to real-life situations when dealing with sculptures belonging to collections and private clients. Specific treatment options applied to the sculpture in need of care (techniques, products, options, and results) and how to choose them will be discussed. Students will learn how to identify the problems of a specific sculpture, prioritize them, and complete a thorough condition report with treatment proposal by the end of the course. Students will also learn how to properly address dust and dirt removal on sculpted surfaces.

Workshop
Textile Preservation: Guided Practice and Technique
International Preservation Studies Center

July 17-20, 2017
203 E. Seminary Street
Mount Carroll, IL 61053
This course will include the review of conservation ethics, collection policies and emergency preparedness. The class will use a small collection for a case study. Participants will learn how to wet clean textiles. The class will then have three days of practicum designed for guided treatments.
Participants should bring their stitch sampler and several textiles and/or costumes for examination and treatment.

Workshop
Grant Writing for Collections Care: Non-Federal Grants
International Preservation Studies Center 
July 20-22, 2017
203 E. Seminary Street
Mount Carroll, IL 61053
This course will be complementary to Grant Writing for Collections Care: NEH & IMLS Grants. This course will provide instruction on how to write successful grant proposals for funding preservation projects with a focus on private, non-federal grants.  During this course, participants will learn how to identify foundations and other non-federal sources of grant funding, the grant writing process, the grant reviewing process, and management of awarded grants. This is a hands-on class devoted to the task of developing grant proposals as well as achieving proficiency in understanding how Grants form a key element of fund raising. Students will learn various aspects of grant writing and how it relates to community building. This class requires participation in an intensive reading and writing schedule.

Workshops
Textile Preservation: Advanced Practices
International Preservation Studies Center

July 21-22, 2017
203 E. Seminary Street
Mount Carroll, IL 61053
This hands-on course is designed to give participants an opportunity for guided treatments of textiles and costumes. Participants may pursue wet cleaning, traditional reweaving, stabilizing using needle and thread, and/or consolidating using archival adhesive. Participants should bring their stitch sampler and at least one textile or costume for examination and treatment.
*Prerequisite: Introduction to Textile Preservation &Textile Preservation: Guided Practice and Techniques

Conference
Annual Meeting 
Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting
July 23-29
Portland, OR
The annual meeting of the Society of American Archivists, held in late summer in different cities throughout the country, includes a wide array of informative education sessions, pre-conference workshops, networking opportunities, special events, exhibits, and tours of local repositories. Geography is a principal factor in selecting potential host cities. (With a national membership, it is important for SAA to move systematically around the country, from region to region.) Other important factors include access and affordability for attendees and SAA’s commitment to diversity, social responsibility, and sustainability in all aspects of conference planning.


Workshop
Financial Leadership Program - Advanced Topics: Grants Management, Allocations, Audits, Form 990, Communicating Progress, Social Enterprise
Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership
 Jul. 26, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.)
University of Missouri - Kansas City (UMKC), Bloch Executive Hall, 5108 Cherry Street, Kansas City, Missouri (Room 413), Kansas City, Missouri
Advanced Topics: Grants Management, Allocations, Audits, Form 990, Communicating Progress, Social Enterprise



AUGUST 2017

Workshop 
Care of Historic Scrapbooks
International Preservation Studies Center
August 1-2, 2017
203 E. Seminary Street
Mount Carroll, IL 61053
This courser offering is a combination of lecture and hands-on workshop for those responsible for the care, maintenance, and repair of scrapbook collections. The class presents the history of scrapbooks and their use as well as an overview of common formats, common types of materials preserved in scrapbooks, and most frequent preservation challenges. Tools and methodologies to assist collection managers in making preservation decisions regarding scrapbooks will also be presented. Hands-on repair approaches for scrapbook preservation will include stabilization with mylar sleeves while allowing for access to booklets and multipage documents, removing artifacts from various scrapbook page formats, and stabilizing artifacts in-situ, as well as repair of various binding structures and support pages.


Workshop 
Introduction to Historical Administration
International Preservation Studies Center
August 1-4, 2017
203 E. Seminary Street
Mount Carroll, IL 61053
Students will be introduced to the operations of historical museums, historical sites, libraries, and archives. Topics include public history, oral history, archives, museums, historic sites, historic preservation, and cultural resource management. Students will learn about resources, techniques, and best practices and explore some hands-on activities and practice new skills. Part of the class will be spent learning from working professionals by visiting a historic site, history museums, historical libraries, archives, and historic homes.

Workshop 
Emergency Preparedness, Response, & Recovery

International Preservation Studies Center
August 1-4, 2017
203 E. Seminary Street
Mount Carroll, IL 61053
The purpose of this course is to thoroughly address the process of “risk management” by examining in detail how to prepare for and respond to disaster. Topics will include how to set realistic goals and objectives relative to a specific institution, the identification and assessment of risks to the institution, and the formulation of a prevention and response plan utilizing established emergency planning guidelines and procedure. Participants will learn how to effectively assess their institution’s current level of preparedness in the following areas: health and safety of staff, risk to facility, insurance coverage, standing offer contracts, and collections documentation. Multiple levels of disaster preparedness are examined including a review of response techniques, the setting of priorities in and directing a salvage operation, and on-going risk assessment throughout planning and response phases. A mock water emergency will be used to give participants a “hands-on” experience in emergency preparedness and disaster management and recovery.

Workshop 
Guest Centered Live Interpretation
International Preservation Studies Center
August 3-5, 2017
203 E. Seminary Street
Mount Carroll, IL 61053
Interpretation can be a powerful tool when it comes to making personal connections with guests at your museum. This course will give you a wide variety of techniques and exercises to help boost your guest experience. We will cover the basics of interpretive methods such as first person, third person, and Museum Theater. You will learn how to develop an interpretive program and what to look for when hiring and training interpreters for your site. One day of this course will be spent visiting nearby museums to observe and assess interpretation in action.


Workshop 
Introduction to Rare Book Care and Structure
International Preservation Studies Center
August 3-5, 2017
203 E. Seminary Street
Mount Carroll, IL 61053
This class serves as an introduction to the care and structure of historic book collections and is useful as an introduction to book collections for those who specialize in the conservation of other materials but find themselves also caring for historic book collections, as well as those new collections care and conservation, but familiar with book collections.  This course will present a combination of lecture and hands-on sessions which will teach students the history of book and paper manufacture and basic storage and care of historic collections, as well as construct a historic book model and two forms of protective book boxes. Participants are encouraged to bring books for analysis, treatment approach recommendations, and discussion.


Workshop
Care of Photographic Collections I
International Preservation Studies Center 
August 7-9, 2017
203 E. Seminary Street

Mount Carroll, IL 61053
The focus of this course is on the preventative care of historical and contemporary photographs. Topics to be covered include the history and evolution of photography, agents of photographic deterioration, the stability and deterioration of each type of photograph, examination and identification of different photographic processes, and guidelines and standards for storage, exhibition, and use of photographic collections. The course will discuss all major photographic processes, positive and negative, used throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. These will include daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, tintypes, salted paper prints, albumen prints, collodion prints, carbon prints, platinum prints, gelatin prints, glass plate negatives, and film-based negatives. Participants are encouraged to bring items for discussion and examination.

Workshop
Book Repair Techniques for Special Collections
International Preservation Studies Center 

August 7-10, 2017
203 E. Seminary Street
Mount Carroll, IL 61053
During this workshop participants will practice conservation techniques for mending structures of original and early bindings. Methods for identifying structures, assessing deterioration and choosing repair techniques will be discussed. Problems that can arise from the repair of original structures and materials will be examined.Participants should bring cloth and leather books needing repair, preferably no later than early 20th century.


Workshop
Principles of Collection Management

International Preservation Studies Center 
August 7-11, 2017
203 E. Seminary Street
Mount Carroll, IL 61053
This course focuses specifically on collections management, facilities, and storage. The first section will cover risk assessment, staff training, inventory control, handling, and equipment. The second section addresses security and fire systems, environmental monitoring equipment, facility selection and design, and off-site storage. The third section discusses storage types, designs, material and construction; “custom-made” vs. “off-the-self” units; special housings; and how to build a custom objects storage unit. Participants are encouraged to bring up to six slides illustrating problems with their collections storage facility for discussion and analysis.


Workshop
Care of Photographic Collections III
International Preservation Studies Center
August 10-12, 2017
203 E. Seminary Street

Mount Carroll, IL 61053
This course will reinforce and supplement the material covered in Care of Photographic Collections I. The class will include both lecture and practicum sessions. Course work will focus on: reviewing the unique characteristics of the various photographic processes; special stabilization problems related to early cased objects, glass plate negatives, and photographic albums; cleaning of negatives and cased images; solutions to commonly encountered preservation issues; parameters which determine the treatment options for gelatin photographs; and an understanding of digital images and their preservation. For discussion in class, each participant is asked to bring a photographic preservation dilemma from their collection. This could be a single photograph with special problems, a sampling from a group of photographs with related problems, a slide or PowerPoint presentation which illustrates preservation concerns within the institution. They may be focused on storage, access, or administrative issues.

Workshop
Archives Principles and Practices 
International Preservation Studies Center
August 15-16, 2017
203 E. Seminary Street

Mount Carroll, IL 61053
Offered in partnership with the Society of American Archivists; course is eligible to receive 1.5 CEUs or 10 ARCs. This course is designed for librarians, records managers, museum staff, and administrators who have responsibility for archival records but little or no archives training. Although archivists have much in common with librarians, records managers, and museum staff, they must use different practices to protect the integrity of historical records. A strong archives program puts into practice long-standing archival principles. What are those principles and how are they implemented? This workshop provides an overview of the core archival functions of appraisal, accessioning, arrangement and description, preservation, reference, and access. This workshop will address the following issues: the terminology of archives and historical records and an overview of the body of knowledge needed, ethical responsibilities, and resources for continuing professional development; the principles and functions of archival organization: provenance, respect de fonds, and original order; core policy statements, professional standards, and best practices; evaluating an individual program to determine needed improvements; developing the knowledge base needed to make choices for balancing access to and preservation of historical records and holdings; and understanding of the role of the archives in fulfilling the mission of the institution.


Workshop
Preservation of Metals
International Preservation Studies Center 
August 15-17, 2017
203 E. Seminary Street
Mount Carroll, IL 61053
This new course will provide an introduction to the preservation of metals and is designed both for museum professionals responsible for metal artifacts, and for conservators wanting a refresher. A basic familiarity with the field and ethics of art conservation is a necessary prerequisite. Beginning with an overview of the most popular metals used in artwork fabrication and how that artwork is produced, this class will cover identification methods (without analytical equipment) and appropriate storage and display environments, as well as recognition of active corrosion and other common condition problems. Simple conservation techniques will be discussed, and there will be a variety of practical exercises including polishing silver, waxing copper alloys, and stabilizing archaeological iron.

Workshop
Boxes and Enclosures for Libraries and Archives 
International Preservation Studies Center
August 15-18, 2017
203 E. Seminary Street
Mount Carroll, IL 61053
The best first step to Preservation of books and paper materials is to house them in an archival storage container. Proper enclosures can protect them from the environment, including temperature and relative humidity swings and the effects of UV light. This workshop will cover boxes and enclosures for books and paper items from the simple to the complex, including the cloth covered clamshell box, phase box, self-closing wrapper, tuxedo box, corrugated clamshell box, the Folger Phase Box with Mylar Spine, enclosures for small items, and a four flap enclosure in a hard case. Class discussions will include the best material choices for presentation and preservation, best practices for measuring and cutting materials, and choosing materials for the best archival qualities.


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
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

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.


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 
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.

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
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
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
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

Exhibit 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.

Workshop

Effective Label Writing for a Better Visitor Experience

International Preservation Studies Center

October 20-21, 2017

203 E. Seminary Street

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 Street

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.


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. Watch for more information coming soon!

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

DECEMBER 2017 








 

 

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