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.St. Louis May 7-10, 2017
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.

 


MARCH 2017


Course
Prospect Research and Proposal Writing 
Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership
March 10 & April 22, 2017
University of Missouri - Kansas City (UMKC), Bloch Heritage Hall, 5110 Cherry Street, Room 4, Kansas City, Missouri.


The most effective proposal writers have “done their homework.” They know the most likely funding sources for their agency and its programs, and they know what the grantmaker wants to see in a proposal. In this course, students will examine the relationship between comprehensive systematic prospect research and proposal writing. They will explore printed materials and databases that can help them find likely funding sources; study proposal writing techniques; and review samples of proposals that were actually funded.

Workshop 
Focusing on Visitors: Public Programming and Exhibits at History Institutions 
American Association for State and Local History 
March 30-31, 2017
Atlanta History Center Atlanta, Georgia 

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. 

Conference
2017 NCHE Conference
Histories Seen and Unseen
March 30 - April 1, 2017
Atlanta, GA

 

APRIL 2017


Conference
Midwest Archives Conference
Annual Meeting
April 5-8
Omaha, NE



Workshop
Historic House Museum Issues and Operations
American Association for State and Local History 
April 6 @ 8:00 am - April 7 @ 5:00 pm
Strawbery Banke Portsmouth, New Hampshire

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. 

Conference
Organization of American Historians

April 6-9, 2017
New Orleans, Louisiana

Conference
Kansas Association of Historians

April 14-15, 2017
Overland Park, KS 

Conference
National Council on Public History Annual Meeting

April 19-22, 2017
Indianapolis, IN
Theme: "The Middle: Where did we come from? Where are we going?" 

Workshop 
Collections Camp: Textiles
American Association for State and Local History 
April 24-25, 2017
Indiana Historical Society, Indianapolis, IN

Do you have costumes and/or textiles in your museum collection? Would you like to spend time working with conservators and costume experts to learn how to be a better steward of your costume and textile collection? This three day workshop will focus on the care and conservation of textiles in museum collections. Spend time working with conservators and curators to learn how to be a better steward of your textile collection.

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
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
Planning a New Nonprofit: Essential Planning Steps and Legal Requirements
Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership
May 17, 2017 (4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.)

University of Missouri - Kansas City (UMKC), Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership Resource Center, 4747 Troost Avenue, Kansas City, Missouri (Conference Room 210), Kansas City, Missouri

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 2017, in honor of the grand opening of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center in Church Creek, Maryland. The conference, "On the Edge of Freedom: Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad in the Borderlands," will be held in Cambridge, Maryland, May 18-21, 2017.

Workshop
Financial Leadership of Nonprofit Organizations Seminars
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

Financial Leadership: Using Financial Information Systems to Assess Organizational Financial Health.




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




JUNE 2017




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
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
Effective Nonprofit Management: A Situational Approach to Supervision
Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership
Jun. 8, 2017 (8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)
University of Missouri - Kansas City (UMKC), Bloch Executive Hall, 5108 Cherry Street, Kansas City, Missouri (Room 413), Kansas City, Missouri

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
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
Financial Planning Tools: Budgeting and Cash Flow
Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership

Jun. 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
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


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

 

SEPTEMBER 2017

 

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
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



NOVEMBER 2017

DECEMBER 2017 








 

 

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