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

MARCH 2018

Building Museums™ Symposium 2018 
American Alliance of Museums 
March 9-11
Philadelphia, PA 

Exhibit Makeovers
American Association for State and Local History 
March 5 - March 6
Location: Charlotte Museum of History, 3500 Shamrock Dr, Charlotte, NC 28215

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.

Missouri Conference on History 
Jefferson City, MO
March 15-16
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.

Focusing on Visitors: Public Programming and Exhibits at History Institutions
American Association for State and Local History

March 15 - March 16
Historic Locust Grove, 561 Blankenbaker Lane
Louisville, KY 40207-1168 

 This workshop provides a broad overview of public programming and exhibits with a focus on active learning. Seasoned educators will direct conversations about museum education and the role of museum educators.

Participants will leave the workshop with information and materials they can take back to their organizations to adapt and apply.Through interactive activities and case studies, participants will gain knowledge and tools for a wide range of relevant topics, including audience types, volunteer management and training, tour techniques, active learning with people of all ages, developing exhibits with visitors in mind, technology, evaluations, planning, and working with others to build programs.

Leading Forward: Shaping the Future of Your Historic Site 
American Alliance of Museums
Mount Vernon VA
March 23-24

Join us at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, located in Alexandria, Virginia, for the first American Alliance of Museums, Historic House and Sites Network Summit entitled, Leading Forward: Shaping the future of your historic site. In an effort to connect leaders of historic sites with relevant and accessible topics that drive everyday decision-making at their museums, AAM's Historic House and Sites Professional Network will convene thought leaders, experts in the field, and you to discuss the challenges you face in your everyday practice. Leadership will be the overarching topic for the inaugural Summit to be held at Mount Vernon, the historic estate of our George Washington.Each day will begin with a thought provoking keynote speaker to spark subsequent breakout discussions. Case Study presentations will follow with opportunities throughout each day for discussion and dialog, networking with colleagues, touring the estate, and brainstorming the future of your historic site. 


APRIL 2018

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

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

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

MAY 2018

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

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

JUNE 2018

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

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

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

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

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

JULY 2018

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


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


AASLH Annual Meeting 

Kansas City, MO 
September 26-29


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

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


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