Annual Meeting and Conference


Maine Archives and Museums holds an annual conference each fall with a day-long slate of listening, learning, networking, and more.  The annual meeting of MAM's membership also takes place at the conference each year--this is your chance as a MAM member to vote on new officers or changes in policy, or to address issues that affect the organization and its membership.

The conference offers a mixture of sessions, workshops, networking opportunities, and a dynamic keynote address that will leave you feeling recharged, connected, and inspired with new ideas to assist you in the care and management of your collecting institution.

Also check out our professional development workshop and social mixer event offerings throughout the state throughout the year!


2019 Annual Conference

Presented by Northern Artery

Friday, October 4, 2019

University of Maine Hutchinson Center, Belfast, Maine

Keynote speaker: Dr. Darren Ranco, Chair the University of Maine Native American Programs, “Decolonizing Museums and Archives: Pathways for Sharing Wabanaki Stories”


Click here to review sponsor & exhibitor opportunities.

Click here to view the draft schedule of professional development sessions.

Online registration available August 1, 2019 through October 2, 2019.


Members: log in first to access discounted registration rates. If you have trouble logging in, email info@mainemuseums.org.


Upcoming conference

    • 04 Oct 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 5:15 PM
    • University of Maine Hutchinson Center, Belfast
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    Thank you to our leading sponsor, Northern Artery!


    The MAM Conference Committee is excited to bring our conference and annual meeting this year to the coast at the height of leaf season.  Meet us in Belfast!

    The 2019 conference will offer a mixture of sessions, workshops, networking opportunities, and a dynamic keynote address that will leave you feeling recharged, connected, and inspired with new ideas to assist you in the care and management of your collecting institution.  

    The event starts with registration check-in, morning refreshments, and networking with the exhibitors.  It continues with four blocks of professional development sessions, punctuated in the middle by our annual membership meeting, lunch, and a keynote address.


    Keynote Speaker: Dr. Darren Ranco

    Dr. Ranco will be giving the keynote address titled Decolonizing Museums and Archives: Pathways for Sharing Wabanaki Stories.

    Dr. Ranco is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Coordinator of Native American Research at the University of Maine. His research focuses on the ways in which indigenous communities in the United States resist environmental destruction by using indigenous diplomacies and critiques of liberalism to protect cultural resources, and how state knowledge systems, rooted in colonial contexts, continue to expose indigenous peoples to an inordinate amount of environmental risk. He teaches classes on indigenous intellectual property rights, research ethics, environmental justice and tribal governance. A member of the Penobscot Indian Nation, he is particularly interested in how better research relationships can be made between universities, Native and non-Native researchers, and indigenous communities. 


    Event Program

    The doors will open for registration check-in at 8:00AM and the last session will end at 5:00PM. The day will include 4 blocks of concurrent professional development sessions (2 in the morning and 2 in the afternoon) with 3 sessions from which to choose in each block.

    Morning session one choices

    • Getting Started with Digital Preservation
    • It's Not About the Money: An Introduction to Fundraising
    • Creating Immersive Learning Experiences at the Abbe Museum

    Morning session two choices

    • I Am the Development Department: Raising Money With a Small Staff
    • Effective Use of Volunteers
    • Documentation: A Gift to Future You

    Afternoon session one choices

    • Have Cake and Eat it Too! Taking Advantage of Free Digital Storytelling Tools & Visitor Analytics
    • Exhibition Development: Basics, Tips, and Tricks
    • A Historical Society and Land Trust Work Together: The Synergy of of Complementary Missions

    Afternoon session two choices

    • Getting Started with Grantwriting: Basics You Need to Know
    • Connecting Students to Your Stories
    • Wow! Homegrown Content Management Systems that Will Blow Your Mind

    Session descriptions and presenters listed here.

    Between the morning and afternoon professional development sessions will be the annual meeting for members, keynote address, and lunch.

    Round table discussions: During lunch there will be opportunities to join round table discussion groups. This is your opportunity to meet with your colleagues in a more intimate setting around topics of common interest. A list of topics will be available at the conference.


    Lunch

    Lunch will be a sandwich platter with salads desert bars provided by local restaurant, Bell the Cat.  Please tell us when registering if you have any dietary restrictions so we can make sure you are accommodated.


    Annual Meeting

    The annual meeting of MAM's membership also takes place at the conference each year--this is your chance as a MAM member to vote on new officers or changes in policy, or to address issues that affect the organization and its membership.


    The Venue


    The conference will be held at the at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center at 80 Belmont Avenue (Maine Route #3) in Belfast.  

    Directions: Use the directions listed on the Hutchinson Center website.

    Parking: Parking is available on site.

    Bathrooms: There will be two restrooms labeled for women, one for men, and one for any gender.

    Accessibility: All spaces used for this event are accessible to standards set in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).


    Registration

    Online registration opens August 1, 2019.

    Early bird rates available online through September 2, 2019

    • MAM Members $55
    • Non-members $80
    • Students $40

    On-time bird rates available online through September 26, 2019

    • MAM Members $65
    • Non-members $90
    • Students $40

    Last-minute bird rates available online through October 2, 2019 and in-person at the conference on October 4, 2019

    • MAM Members $75
    • Non-members $100
    • Students $40


    We will be able to accept cash, checks (made out to "Maine Archives and Museums"), and credit/debit cards at the conference for those not paid in advance.


    Sponsors and Exhibitors

    Thank you to our presenting sponsor!

    Northern Artery


    Host Sponsors



    Gold Sponsors

    Maine Community Foundation

    SmallCorp

    Colby College Museum of Art

    Maine Office of Tourism

    Virtual Archive


    Silver Sponsors

    Northeast Document Conservation Center; Maine Historical Society; UMaineOnline; Gnome Landscape, Design, Masonry & Maintenance; Riverside Museum Solutions; Ted Anderson Design & Photography; Oral History and Folklife Research, Inc.; Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine


    Please get in touch about sponsor and exhibitor opportunities.

    Sponsoring and exhibiting at the Maine Archives & Museums Annual Conference are great ways to reach museum and archives professionals throughout Maine.  See here the opportunities available for sponsors and exhibitors.

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