Museum Association of Arizona





Council on Public History Annual Meeting

April 29-22, 2017

Indianapolis IN 

American Alliance of Museums

May 7-10, 2017

St Louis MO

Society of Southwest Archivists Annual Meeting  

May 24-27, 2017

Fayetteville AR  

Digital Data in Biodiversity Research Conference

June 5-6,  2017

Ann Arbor  MI 

Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums

June 9-13, 2017

Genesee County Village and Museum, Rochester, New York

Arizona Historic Preservation Conference

June 14-16, 2017

Hilton El Conquistador Hotel, Oro Valley AZ

Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections

June 18-24, 2017

Denver CO

Association of Academic Museums and Galleries Annual Conference

June 22-26, 2017

Eugene OR

Institute for Cultural Entrepreneurship Conference

July 9-13, 2017 

Kansas City, MO


Visitor Studies Association

July 18-22, 2017

Columbus, OH

Society of American Archivists

July 23-29, 2017

Portland OR

Association of African American Museums 

July 31-August 4, 2017  

Washington, D.C.

Digitial Directions

August 21-23, 2017

Seattle WA

American Association for State and Local History

September 6-9, 2017

Austin TX

Cultural Property Protection

September 16-20, 2017

Yale University, New Haven CT

Western Museum Association

September 20-23, 2017

Edmonton, Alberta CANADA

Oral History Association (OHA) 

October 4-7, 2017

Minneapolis, MN

Association of Tribal Libraries, Archives and Museums

October 9-12, 2017

Santa Ana Pueblo NM

International ICOM Committee for Architecture and Museum Techniques

October 14-18, 2017

Cincinnati. Ohio. U.S.A.

Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC)

October 21-24, 2017

San Jose, CA

Arizona Library Association

October 25-27, 2017

Mesa AZ


Native American Art Studies Association Conference

October 25-29, 2017

Tulsa OK

CAMOC Annual Conference 2017

Museums of Cities and Contested Urban Histories

October 30-31, 2017

Mexico City, Mexico

ARCS Biennial Conference

November 1-5, 2017

Vancouver BC, Canada

National Humanities Conference

November 2-5, 2017

Boston MA

Museum Trustee Association Fall 2017 Trustee/Director Forum

November 3, 2017

University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Philadelphia PA

Museum Computer Network

November 7-10, 2017

Pittsburgh PA


Workshops and Seminars

Getty Conservation Institute

Managing Collection Environments:  Preserving Collections in the Age of Sustainability

March 2017-July 2017

This three-phase course, which includes online activities, an intensive workshop, and a period of distance mentoring, aims to disseminate recent research and thinking on technical aspects of environmental management while enhancing participants’ critical thinking and analysis to different kinds of information, and enhance their decision-making and influence within institutional frameworks. The course intends to provide up-to-date knowledge on technical advances, practical implementation, and decision-making skills for collection preservation.

University of San Diego, Copley Library

Digital Initiatives Symposium

May 1-2, 2017

San Diego CA


Digital Photography 101: Managing Cameras, Lighting, and Workstations for Specimen Imaging

May 2-3, 2017

Florida Museum of Natural History, Gainesville FL

This is a basic course in digital photography for specimen imaging targeted to collections managers, digitization specialists, and others in museums and biodiversity collections that have little to moderate experience with digital photography and would like to learn methods for enhancing specimen imaging, as well as the technical workings of their camera. Participants are encouraged to bring the DSLR camera and lens they use in their work, the camera manual (if available), and preferably a laptop with the software used for managing the camera. Hands-on activities will be emphasized.   No registration fee.   Participants will be responsible for costs of travel, lodging, meals, and per diem. We have reserved a block of reasonably priced rooms near the Museum.  The workshop facility has limited capacity. Acceptance will be based on a first come, first served basis.

Western States and Territories Preservation Assistance Service (WESTPAS) Workshop

Protecting Cultural Collections: Disaster Prevention, Preparedness, Response and Recovery

May 15, 2017

Navajo County Historical Society, Holbrook AZ.  

The workshop will help participants create simple disaster plans for their institutional collections, whether they are housed in libraries, museums, archives or records offices.

Society of American Archivists   

Arranging and Describing Photograph Workshop

May 16, 2017

Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, Tucson

Learn how to use archival principles to arrange and describe photographic materials and optimize physical and intellectual control. This one-day course addresses ways to build a viable plan to effectively process collections with photographs. We will review the impact of decisions in creating and managing photograph processing projects while considering priorities. Emphasis is placed on applying traditional concepts and practices specifically to photographic images in a variety of institutional settings. You'll explore options for describing photographs employing visual literacy skills, standardized tools and commonly used data elements. Activities are designed to generate practical solutions to improve organization and access to collections with photographic materials.

Arizona Commission on the Arts and ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

Create/Change AZ

May 22-24, 2017

Workshop from TimeSlips that focuses on transforming elder care through creative engagement

Nonproft Learning Lab
Nonprofit Institute
May 23, 2017  
Phoenix, AZ 

American Association for State and Local History

Collections Management and Practices 

June 5-6, 2017

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.

Northeast Document Conservartion Center

Boxes Within Boxes: Caring for Historic Structures and Collections

June 15, 2017

Providence Athenaeum, Providence, RI

Your historic building is not only the first line of defense for any collections held within, it is often the largest and most complicated item in your collection. Whether you are working or living in a historic structure, understanding the issues and challenges presented by these buildings is the first step in ensuring long-term preservation. As an added benefit, proper care of your building will provide the foundations for the proper care of your documents, photographs, scrapbooks, and other collections with lasting value. 

American Association for State and Local History

Connecting Your Collections to Teachers and Students 

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.

American Association for State and Local History

Exhibit Makeovers

June 29-30, 2017

Idaho History Center, Boise ID

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.

Cooperstown Graduate Program of the State University of New York

Institute for Cultural Entrepreneurship

July 9-13, 2017

Kauffman Foundation Conference Center, Kansas City, MO.

This program is an opportunity for mid-career arts and culture professionals to learn and develop skills in cultural entrepreneurship, with practical workshops on a variety of topics including creative problem solving, managing institutional change and developing an entrepreneurial mindset to help face changing organizational challenges in creative and sustainable ways.

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

October 5, 2017 
Alexander Majors House & Barn, Kansas City MO
One-day symposium 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.  This course is led by Kenneth Turino of Historic New England and Max van Baloogy of Engaging Places, LLC.

On-Line Classes and Webinars                            

American Association for State and Local History Online Course

Collections Management

March 20-May 15, 2017

This eight-week course will introduce participants to the professional principles and practices in the management of museum collections. Topics will include collections development, registration and record keeping with an emphasis on the development of Collection Policies and Procedures and what it means to be intellectually and physically responsible for museum objects.

American Association for State and Local History Online Course

Caring for Museum Collections 

April 3-May 29, 2017

American Association for State and Local History Online Course

Project Management for History Professionals

April 10-May 5, 2017

Project Management for History Professionals online course provides valuable instruction in planning, managing and successfully completing projects of all types. In this course, you will learn how to implement internationally recognized project management principles in a history context.

Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) Webinar

Assessing Your Preservation Practices

April 26, 2017, 12:30pm – 1:30pm (ET)


American Association for State and Local History Webinar

Training Volunteers

April 26, 2017, 3:00 p.m. (ET)

How can we train our volunteers for projects that will help them make a difference in our organizations? And how do we make it fun and empowering while avoiding conflicts? Learn about training tips and tactics that can stimulate the long-term sustainability of a volunteer program. This session will be presented by staff from two Field Services offices and will be jam-packed with ideas for how to train volunteers and make their service a rewarding experience.

Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) Webinar

Writing A Preservation Plan

April 27, 2017, 12:30pm – 1:30pm (ET)


American Association for State and Local History Webinar

Interpreting LGBT History at Museums & Historic Sites 

May 5, 2017, 3:00 p.m. (ET)

This webinar will provide an introduction to interpreting LGBT history at museums and historic sites. We will discuss first steps in planning LGBT interpretive efforts, which include: deciding if the time is right for your organization to interpret LGBT history; approaching the sources; conceptualizing your story; and trust-building. 

Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) Webinar

Coping With Pests And Mold

May 9, 2017, 2-4 p.m. (ET)

American Association for State and Local History Webinar

How to Preserve Your Historic Building

May 11, 2017, 3:00 p.m. (ET)

Rehabilitating and preserving an historic building can be challenging…unless you have the right tools! Come learn about the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Rehabilitation of Historic Structures, the methods for applying them to your historic building, and how they can help you apply for funds! 

American Association for State and Local History Webinar
Creating 21st Century Digital Collections

May 16, 2017, 3:00 p.m. (ET)
This webinar will focus on what users of digital collections demand now, and on sustainable best practices for converting or creating online platforms that not only grow with their users’ interests and expectations but also bring out the hidden stories each collection holds.

Northeast Document Conservation Center (Nedcc) Webinar

Creating Useful Digital Objects 

May 16, 2017, 2-4 p.m. (ET)

Connecting to Collections Care Webinar

Why do we need this? Insights and Hindsights from Deaccessioning 

May 17, 2017, 2-3 p.m. (ET)

Texas Historical Commission Webinar

Don’t Panic: Responding to Your Emergency

May 17, 2017, 10-11 a.m. (MT)

American Association for State and Local History
Basics of Archives
May 22-June 23, 2017
The newly revised Basics of Archives online course is designed to give organizations and individuals who are responsible for the care of historical records an introduction to the core aspects of managing and protecting historical records collections, using appropriate principles and best practices.  

Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) Webinar

Caring For Scrapbooks

May 23, 2017, 2:00pm – 4 p.m. (ET)

American Association for State and Local History Webinar
Planning for Marketing at Museums & Historic Sites 

May 23, 2017, 3:00 p.m. (ET)
Marketing is crucial for small museums and historic sites, but where do you begin? This webinar will teach you, step by step, how to create a marketing plan tailored to your organization’s unique needs. A good marketing plan can help you more effectively allocated time and money, get approval for a marketing budget, keep you focused on high-priority goals, and ensure that your marketing objectives and methods are supporting your institutional mission.

American Alliance of Museums

Aligning your Board, your Organization, and your Business Model around Audience Building

May 23, 24, 25, 2017, 2-3:30 p.m. (ET)

May 23: Getting the Board on Board with Audiences

Explore the key roles of a museum’s board, including understanding and informing strategic decision making around audience building initiatives. How is museum leadership working to build a better board that recognizes audiences as part of their strategic, generative and fiduciary responsibilities?  

May 24: Building Audiences and New Business Models for Museums 

Explore new business models for museums, including aligning the organization around audience building. In what ways are museums are shifting their business models to be more responsive to their visitors? What is the financial impact of these shifts on the institution? The community?  

May 25: Museums and Shifting Cultural Demographics

Reflection on our increased understanding of the importance of market research in the cultural sector, and how this influences decision-making and alignment up, down, and across the organization. Why is market research important to museums? Why should museum leaders pay attention to audience and visitor trends from outside the museum sector?

Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) Webinar

Digitizing Scrapbooks

May 24, 2017, 12:30pm – 1:30pm (ET)

Wisconsin Historical Society Webinar

Preserving Architectural Drawings

May 24, 2017, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. (ET)

Explore the problems involved in safely recovering, restoring, and reproducing large, poorly kept architectural drawings. The problems and challenges confronted in the process include: how to relax dry, brittle paper; flattening rolled and folded documents; and how to digitally preserve the document's content.

American Association for State and Local History Webinar 

How to Stop Worrying and Embrace Fundraising 
May 25, 2017, 3:00 p.m. (ET)
Fundraising is critical to nonprofit work, but it isn’t exclusively reserved for executive directors, development staff, and board committees. This discussion will demystify fundraising and explore how staff and volunteers at organizations of all sizes can advance their mission with better understanding of the fund development process.

Texas Historical Commission Webinar 

Implementing Good Storytelling in Your Exhibits
May 25, 2017, 11:30-12:45 p.m. (MT)
Storytelling is one of the most powerful ways to connect people with each other and the past. In this webinar, we'll review what is - and isn't - a story, define the characteristics of good storytelling, and explore how you can find stories in your collections and incorporate them into your exhibits.

Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) Online Course

Preservation 101 

June 1 - August 24, 2017  (10 Sessions)

This comprehensive introduction prepares participants to complete a preservation needs assessment and provides structured guidance on developing an institutional disaster plan. Revised and updated, the course uses the free online version of Preservation 101 as its textbook, adding expanded resources and assignments, interactive discussions, and new content covering audiovisual and digital formats and digital preservation.   Preservation 101 is a hybrid course. A series of ten live webinars builds on self-paced study through assigned readings. Feedback will be provided by the instructor. The webinars are interactive, and are supported by NEDCC’s Preservation 101 Education Classroom. Participants will have access to webinar recordings, readings, and additional resources, and can communicate with the instructor and fellow participants.  

Class Dates: June 1, 2017, June 8, 2017, June 15, 2017, June 29, 2017, July 6, 2017, July 13, 2017, July 20, 2017, August 3, 2017, August 10, 2017, August 24, 2017.   Meeting times are 2pm-4pm ET

American Association for State and Local History Webinar
Facebook for Museums & Historic Sites 

June 13, 2017, 3:00 p.m. (ET)
Facebook is used by over 100 million adult Americans every day and is the most popular social networking site in the US and the world. It’s important that museums and historic sites know how to effectively use this platform to increase awareness of their institution, further their mission, engage their audience online, and inspire new and existing audiences to visit.

Texas Historical Commission Webinar

Critters and Slime: Dealing with Biological Agents of Deterioration

June 14, 2017, 10-11 a.m. (MT)

Texas Historical Commission Webinar
Grappling with Difficult and Undertold Stories in Exhibits

June 15, 2017, 11:30 a.m. (MT)
Stories of heroism and victory often take center stage when interpreting war, but sometimes telling the whole story means presenting stories of loss and tragedy as well. In this webinar, we'll discuss techniques for presenting difficult stories and explore examples of how organizations around the world are presenting perspectives that often go overlooked.

Texas Historical Commission Webinar
Selecting Strong Visuals for Exhibits
June 22, 2017, 11:30 a.m. (MT)
Choosing the right look for your exhibit can make the difference between leaving a lasting impression on your audience and missing the mark entirely. In this webinar, we'll review how to select the best types of visuals for your exhibit, what makes a compelling photograph, which fonts to use (and which to avoid), and other principles for putting together visually appealing exhibits.

Texas Historical Commission Webinar
Caring for Books and Paper
July 12, 2017, 8:00 a.m. (MT)
Books and paper are some of the most common artifacts found in museums. Join us to discuss mechanisms of deterioration for paper objects and how to house and handle them safely.

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