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.

MAY 2019 

Talk Less, See and Do More!
National Association for Interpretation 
May 7th @ 1pm Eastern 
Focus on inclusion at your site! Learn how one CIG modified an existing program, wrote a brand new program, and has found ways to include people with special needs/intellectual disabilities into standard programming at her site. There will be time for Q&A and brainstorming.

Cleaning Gravestones
Wisconsin Historical Society 
May 8th @ 1:30 PM - 3PM Central
Jason Church is a materials conservator in the Materials Conservation Program with the National Center of Preservation Training and Technology. Jason coordinates and works to further develop the Center’s national cemetery training initiative and related research. His experience is in cemetery conservation with special attention placed on cemetery ironwork. Before joining NCPTT, he was a conservator and historic metals expert for the City of Savannah, Ga., Department of Cemeteries. He earned his M.F.A. in Historic Preservation from Savannah College of Art and Design.

An Introduction to Herbaria and Herbarium Practices
Connecting to Collections Care 
May 9th @ 2-3:30pm Eastern 
A herbarium is the home for botanical research specimens within the natural history collections community. Herbaria traditionally house specimens, and related items, from across all areas of “botany,” both living and fossilized. In today’s view of life, this includes plants, fungi, brown algae, red algae, and some bacteria and amoeba. The biological diversity across the tree of life in any given herbarium may be exceptionally high, and complicated to manage.

This webinar will provide an overview on herbarium collections. This includes covering the broad range of taxonomic organisms that may be housed in a traditional herbarium and what some of the storage options are for their many forms. Some basic schemes of organization and what a taxonomic revision means for collections will be discussed. We will briefly touch upon assessing material for incoming accessions and basic permitting guidelines. A list of some of the critical resources for understanding and maintaining these collections will be provided and gone over, and digitization will be touched on briefly. Lastly, we will talk about collections risk related to pest infestations and suggestions on integrated pest management strategies.

Digital Strategy on a Budget
Texas Historical Commision 
May 14th @ 10AM Central
How does a cultural institution of modest means make decisions about what technology to use, and the most effective ways to implement it? In this webinar, Koven J. Smith, non-profit digital strategy consultant and former tech lead at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Blanton Museum of Art, and more, will share strategies for implementing technology effectively in cultural institutions. Participants will learn frameworks for decision-making that will enable them to develop technology strategies at their own institutions that are impactful, transformational, and efficient.

Fake News, Real Talk: Engaging Your Patrons on Fake News and News Literacy
Information School- University of Wisconsin 
May 14th @ 12PM Central
From politics to natural disasters, fake news is rampant and on patrons’ minds. Librarians can capitalize on this phenomenon and use their expertise to make a difference by engaging their patrons around issues of fake news and news literacy. At this webinar attendees will learn about ways they can lead educational outreach on this topic at their library, including pairing up with community partners, empowering patrons with strategies to spot fake news, and facilitating reflection on news consumption habits. I will share examples of ways my colleagues and I have worked to address the issue of fake news at my own institution and discuss tips for finding fake news story examples to use in programming.

Architectural Paint Analysis: Color and More!
Wisconsin Historical Society
May 15th @ 1:30 – 3pm Central
When working with historic architecture, paint analysis can be an essential tool that helps inform the preservation of a space. The typical outcome of analysis is a finish color, but there is so much more insightful information that can be learned. This webinar will dive into paint analysis via case studies from Mount Vernon, covering why it should be done, the type of information uncovered, and how it may be of use for the preservation of our country's old and historic buildings.

Steve Stuckey is the Architectural Conservator at George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate. His education has included a mix of formal and informal experiences, including two graduate degrees (one in historic preservation from Eastern Michigan University and the other in history from the University of Missouri St. Louis), participation in various training (including with organizations such as the Belvedere School for Hands-On Preservation and the Campbell Center for Historic Preservation Studies), and professional field opportunities with private and nonprofit organizations. He is also designated as a Professional Associate through the American Institute for Conservation (AIC), which is the leading association for professionals who preserve cultural heritage. Stuckey has a deep interest in preserving all old and historic architectural elements, but has recently focused heavily on wood window preservation, flat plaster conservation, and material testing and analysis.

Online Course  
Introduction to Financial Management
American Association of State and Local History 
May 28th – June 25, 2019
Designed for staff and volunteers of all abilities and organizations of all sizes, this four-week course provides an accessible, clear, and even fun introduction to financial concepts. From understanding expenses and income to how to establish an endowment, this course will equip you with a toolkit to engage with finance on your terms and to your ability. Over the four weeks, students will participate in dynamic discussions, review relevant and timely case studies and readings, and ultimately build a real, usable budget tailored to their organization’s needs.  

Writing for History Publications
American Association of State and Local History
May 30th @ 3pm - 4:15pm Eastern
Every project has a story, and the field want to hear yours! Public history publications offer a way to share your research and experiences with others, gather feedback from across the field, and make connections for future partnerships. But how do you get started? Join editors from AASLH, NCPH, and Nursing Clio to learn about sharing your work through magazines, journals, and blogs. We’ll cover the basics of submitting work to History News, the AASLH blog, The Public Historian, History@Work, and the Nursing Clio blog, with tips on choosing your platform and focus.

Readers across the country look to public history publications to gain ideas and inspiration for their own work, so sharing new techniques, hidden history, and challenges and opportunities in digital or hardcopy print is essential for a diverse and thriving field. Join us to find out how you can become a resource for the field and share your public history work by writing for history publications.


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