The following list includes webinars and online courses discussing a variety of topics that could benefit our partners! Know of any opportunities that are not listed but should be? Let us know! Contact Youth and Education Coordinator Lexi Ray.


 NOVEMBER 2018


Webinar 
Looking at Plastics: An Introduction to Caring for Plastics
Connecting to Collections Care
November 27 
2pm EASTERN 

Plastics are everywhere – they are an inescapable part of our lives both at home and in our collections. Plastics present a deceptive promise of permanence yet we know from experience that their preservation is not an easy task.We may be able to identify something broadly as “plastic,” however, not all plastics are the same. Do you know which plastics are in your collections? Do you know how to identify different plastics? Do you know how to handle and store plastics? Which plastics are most at risk for deterioration? Which ones have the capacity to negatively affect nearby materials? The goal of this webinar it to help you more fully understand plastics so that you can make a preservation strategy based on the recognition of risks inherent in some plastics and the threat they can pose to other materials. Learn how to monitor and mitigate problems that may arise from the deterioration of plastics in your collection.

Webinar
History Relevance Coffee Break with Washington State Historical Society
American Association for State and Local History 

November 29
3pm EASTERN

Take a coffee break with Gwen Whiting of Washington State Historical Society and Elisabeth Marsh of the Organization of American Historians and the History Relevance initiative. During this thirty-minute interview, Gwen and Elisabeth discuss the challenges faced and lessons learned in the development of Washington State Historical Society’s new permanent exhibit, “Washington, My Home.”
This webinar is part of the History Relevance Coffee Break webinar series. Each webinar in this short-form series showcases projects by history organizations that are making history relevant to their communities in meaningful, measurable, and replicable ways. Webinar participants will glean practical tips for how organizations can connect issues of the past to issues of the present and meet their relevance goals.


DECEMBER 2018


Webinar 
Doorstep Donations and Unclaimed Loans: Resolve Provenance Problems with Abandoned and Unclaimed Property Law (StEPs Lab)
American Association for State and Local History
December 6
3pm EASTERN 

In this webinar guest speaker Erin Richardson addresses how to resolve unclaimed and abandoned property in museum collections. Webinar participants learn why claiming title to this property is beneficial and what the basic processes are to do so. Erin reviews unclaimed property law generally, and provide resources on how to find the law in your state. She will also discuss what to do when title is successfully claimed. Lastly, we’ll review strategies to prevent future unclaimed loans and abandoned property in your collection. This webinar is part of the StEPs Lab series offered to both StEPs program participants and others interested in the topic of abandoned and unclaimed collection items. StEPs Labs provide an in-depth look at a topic central to operating a museum, historic house, site, or related organization. Applying what you learn in a Lab to your organization’s policies and practices helps you making meaningful progress in meeting national standards.

Webinar
History Check-In: Native American Activism
American Association for State and Local History
December 11
3pm EASTERN 

In this History Check-in webinar, Philip Deloria provides an overview of Native American activism. This webinar is part of the History Check-In webinar series, a partnership between the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) and the Organization of American Historians (OAH). Each webinar in this series is designed to provide history professionals from throughout the field with an update on the current state of historiography for a particular subject.

Participant Outcomes:
Participants will develop an understanding of the range of political philosophies and strategies that have characterized Native American activism, including protest, public address, written appeals, petitions, legal work, ally-ship, among others.
Participants will develop an understanding of the long trajectory of activism, within and against distinct strategies of landtaking and settler colonialism.
Participants will be able to link understandings of the breadth and depth of Indian activism to specific recent manifestations, including the American Indian Movement and the Standing Rock resistance.

Webinar 
History Relevance Coffee Break with Ford’s Theatre
American Association for State and Local History
December 13
3pm EASTERN

Take a coffee break with David McKenzie of Ford’s Theatre and Conny Graft of the History Relevance initiative. During this thirty-minute interview, David and Conny discuss the challenges faced and lessons learned during Ford’s Theatre’s prototyping project.
This webinar is part of the History Relevance Coffee Break webinar series. Each webinar in this short-form series showcases projects by history organizations that are making history relevant to their communities in meaningful, measurable, and replicable ways. Webinar participants will glean practical tips for how organizations can connect issues of the past to issues of the present and meet their relevance goals.
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