Museum Association of Arizona





Arizona Archives Summit
February 1-2, 2018
Tempe Historical Society, Tempe AZ

Small Museum Association
February 18-21, 2018
Hyattsville MD

Building Museums

March 9-11, 2018

Philadelphia PA

MAA Spring Conference

March 26, 2018

Pueblo Grande Museum, Phoenix AZ

Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference
March 28-31, 2018
J.W. Marriott, Indianapolis, IN

National Council on Public History
April 18-21, 2018
Las Vegas NV

Museums and the Web
April 18-21, 2018
Vancouver BC Canada

Museum Trustee Association
April 26-27, 2018
San Diego CA

American Alliance of Museums
May 6-9, 2018
Phoenix AZ

Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums (ALHFAM)
June 1-5, 2018
Tahlequah, OK

Digital Data in Biodiversity Research
June 4-6, 2018
Berkeley CA

Ecsite Annual Conference 2018
June 5-9, 2018

Arizona Historic Preservation Conference
June 6-8, 2018
Hotel Valley Ho, Scottsdale AZ

Association of Academic Museums and Galleries

June 21-24, 2017

Lowe Art Museum, Miami FL

Archives*Records 2018

August 12-18, 2018

Washington, D.C.

Presidential Sites and Libraries Conference
August 27-30, 2018
Washington, D.C.

American Association for State and Local History

September 26-29, 2018

Kansas City MO

Western Museums Association
October 21-24, 2018

Tacoma WA

Museum Trustee Association
October 25-26, 2018
Hartford CT

National Humanities Conference
November 8-11, 2018
New Orleans LA


Workshops and Seminars

American Alliance of Museums Working Meeting
Don't Raid the Cookie Jar: Creating Early Interventions to Prevent Deaccessioning Crises 
December 14-15, 2017
Harvard Museums of Science & Culture, Cambridge MA
Participants will work alongside thought-leaders, from inside and outside of the museum field, to frame ,a practical toolkit that would help the museum field create an "early warning system" to detect potential crises that might lead to inappropriate sales, and identify resources that can help museums find other options to address their financial needs.

Audio Description Training
January 9-10, 2018
Mesa Arts Center, Mesa AZ
Audio Description is a narration of setting, action and character in a performance or the description of visual elements in a piece of artwork.  Participants will learn the technique of Audio Description from script analysis to character description to word choices.  Discover the art of Audio Description and try out your skills in an intimate classroom setting.  Participants are required to attend both days of the training.

Society of American Archivists
Implementing "More Product, Less Process"
January 29, 2018 
Flagstaff, AZ 
Backlogs don't have to weigh as heavily as they do. Focus on implementing concrete strategies for increasing processing rates and reducing backlogs, as outlined in the Greene-Meissner article, "More Product, Less Process: Revamping Traditional Archival Processing," and learn as you share information and experiences with fellow course participants. Topics include appraisal, arrangement, description, digitization, and preservation, as well as development of processing plans, policies, and benchmarks. This array of topics is addressed through lecture, case studies, and group discussion.

Society of American Archivists/Arizona Archives Alliance
Arrangement and Description: Fundamentals
January 30-31, 2018
Tempe History Museum, Tempe AZ
This course introduces the basic principles, concepts, and tools that archivists use to establish both physical and intellectual control over archival records. These include developing accession records and processing work plans; identifying common arrangement schemes for certain types of collections, as well as various formats; and how to physically organize materials during processing.

American Association for State and Local History Workshop
Exhibit Makeovers

March 5, 2018 - March 6, 2018
Charlotte Museum of History, Charlotte NC
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.

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

March 15, 2018 - March 16, 2018
Historic Locust Grove, Louisville KY
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. 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.

American Association for State and Local History Workshop
Collections Management and Practices  

April 9, 2018 - April 10, 2018
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

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

April 23, 2018 - April 24, 201
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.  

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

June 8, 2018
Hawks Inn and Delafield History Center, 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

American Association for State and Local History Workshop
Historic House Museum Issues and Operations

June 11, 2018 - June 12, 2018
The 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.  

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

June 20, 2018 - June 22, 2018
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.

On-Line Classes and Webinars   

Image Permanence Institute Webinar
A Methodology for Process Identification, Part 1

December 13, 2017, 2:00-3:00pm EST
Process identification can be overwhelming and daunting.  IPI has developed several tools in order to make this task easier.  This includes a step-by-step methodology and a controlled vocabulary specific to photograph characteristics for identification. This webinar will present the methodology and controlled vocabulary.

American Alliance of Museums Webinar
Designing for Outrage: Inviting Disruption into Exhibitions

December 14, 2017, 3:00 p.m. (ET)
An exploration of four sites that are innovating to startle, puzzle, enrage, delight, surprise, and evoke outrage will offer critical examples and challenges for creating exhibits that invite marginal, subversive, or fragmented narratives and that give visitors an opportunity to explore a full range of issues and emotions.

American Association for State and Local History Online Course
Leadership and Administration in History Organizations

January 22, 2018 - March 23, 2018
Administration and leadership matter, regardless the size or focus of your organization. This online course covers governance and administrative structure, nonprofit status, mission and vision, board and staff responsibilities, the relationship between board and staff, strategic planning, human resource management, and leadership.

American Association for State and Local History Online Course
Developing Exhibitions (Two Part Course)

January 22, 2018 - March 23, 2018
This two-part class is about how to put together an exhibition, from deciding what it will be about and why, to gathering, creating and arranging all the elements for visitors.  

American Association for State and Local History Webinar
Caring for Paper Collections

January 23, 2018, 3:00 p.m. (ET)
Paper artifacts are sensitive materials that require special housing to ensure their longevity. This webinar will examine suitable housing supplies, environmental parameters for storage, proper labeling techniques, and safe handling techniques. Common issues with condition and identification of different types of damage will also be discussed. 

Historical Society of Wisconsin Webinar
Textile Preservation 101 
January 24, 2018, 9:30 a.m. (AZ)

American Association for State and Local History Online Course
Collections Management

January 29, 2018 - March 30, 2018
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 Webinar
Growing Things: Case Studies in Interpreting Agriculture

January 30, 2018
Farm to fork – Community Supported Agriculture – Locally sources foods. Any AASLH member can find ways to connect their institution to these hot topics. Presenters in this webinar share their successes in linking site-specific and culturally distinct stories to the big topic of agriculture. 

Historical Society of Wisconsin Webinar
Interpreting Difficult History
February 7, 2018, 9:30 a.m. (AZ)
How do history workers engage audiences in learning about difficult histories? These are the tough stories. These are the recollections from history that can be upsetting, uncomfortable and at times even shocking to learn. This session will involve participants in learning about how to develop and deliver interpretations of difficult histories with strategies that are sensitive and offer ethical representations of historical Others. Historical representations of difficult histories can go beyond informing audiences by encouraging audience members to empathize deeply with the historical suffering of Others and to be encouraged to make meaningful connections to those who suffered and how their suffering is meaningful to society today.

Image Permanence Institute Webinar
A Methodology for Process Identification, Part 2

January 10, 2018, 2:00-3:00pm EST
This webinar will showcase IPI’s web resource, It will highlight the new process identification pages launched in December 2016 as well as the new filtered search and controlled vocabulary. IPI staff will demonstrate how these new features can be used toward accurate process ID.

Image Permanence Institute Webinar
Using Identification to Improve Collection Preservation and Access 

February 14, 2018, 2:00-3:00pm EST
The webinar series will culminate with a discussion of preservation and access for photographic collections. This presentation will draw from recent research to include an overview of collections care for prints and photographs, such as proper storage, handling and display methods, and guidelines for a preservation storage environment.

Historical Society of Wisconsin Webinar
Found in Collections: Resolving Undocumented Objects in Collections
February 21, 2018, 9:30 a.m. (AZ)
Undocumented or “orphaned” collections are groups of objects with little or no associated records that remain unresolved in museums. Ownership of or title to these collections is often unclear. This webinar will address “Found in Collections,” or FIC items, and provide practical guidance for working through the step-by-step process of reconciling them. A complimentary electronic resource guide that outlines specific criteria and procedures for determining appropriate methods to resolve FIC objects is provided to all participants.

American Association for State and Local History Online Course
Basics of Archives

February 26, 2018 - March 30, 2018
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. 

Historical Society of Wisconsin Webinar
Making the Case for your Museum
March 7, 2018, 9:30 a.m. (AZ)
We know museums do good work and are critical to communities. But how do we carry that message to others? In this webinar, learn the importance of clearly articulating your case, how to draft key and consistent messages to articulate the need for change with different audiences, and develop techniques to better reach a desired audience.

Historical Society of Wisconsin Webinar
Object Numbering
April 11, 2018, 8:30 a.m. (AZ)
One of the most essential, and yet invasive, procedures performed on a museum object is applying a label. Numbering systems link an object to its record using a unique identifier, most often called a catalogue number, making those numbers fundamental for effective collections management. This session will introduce participants to the proper supplies and methods for marking a range of materials commonly found in museum collections. Participants will learn to identify safe and effective marking materials and techniques. They will also receive handouts for future reference, including a list of recommended supplies.

American Association for State and Local History Online Course
Caring for Museum Collections

April 16, 2018 - June 15, 2018
This eight week course will deal with the physical care and preservation of your museum collections. This practical course will cover how collections age and deteriorate, handling collections, storage requirements, environmental considerations, housekeeping, and risk management.

Historical Society of Wisconsin Webinar
Exhibiting Historical Clothing & Textiles
April 26, 2018, 8:30 a.m. (AZ)
This session will introduce safe and economical ways to exhibit historical clothing and textiles in small museums with limited staff and resources. Participants will receive a general introduction to textile fiber properties, fabric identification, and common causes of damage in museum display environments. Participants will also learn to identify appropriate (and affordable) mounting materials and methods for the display of a wide range of flat and 3-D textile objects—from slant boards and Velcro mounts for historical flags and quilts, to creating or modifying mannequins for historical garments.

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