Maine Archives and Museums holds an annual conference each fall with professional development sessions, rousing plenary presentations, networking, and more. The annual meeting of MAM's membership also takes place at this time--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 other event offerings throughout the state throughout the year!
Or see the list of previous conferences to get an idea of where we've hosted them and who has presented what topics in the last few years.
Please plan to join us for Maine Archives & Museums' Annual Conference, Friday, October 13, 2023 at the University of Maine at Presque Isle!
This year's conference will focus on the theme "Maine Beyond Borders: Overcoming Barriers" and include a keynote presentation from Paul Buck, Associate Professor of History and Education at the University of Maine at Fort Kent. Professor Buck will examine the different perspectives of Maine statehood and of Maine culture as seen through the prism of the Webster-Ashburton Treaty of 1842, which definitively established the boundary between British North America and the United States.
This year's annual conference will include inspirational and educational sessions, a track for for small organizations, networking opportunities, and more! The conference schedule will be anchored by a plenary presentation by John Dennis, a Mi'kmaq language keeper and educator, who will speak on his efforts to preserve tribal cultural heritage.
MAM's annual conference is presented by HistoryIT, host sponsored by Acadian Archives/Archives Acadiennes at the University of Maine, Fort Kent and The Cultural Alliance of Maine, and sponsored by The Atlantic Black Box Project. Become a sponsor or an exhibitor by reviewing the conference sponsorship opportunities here and contacting MAM's Interim Executive Director.
Please join us in historic Presque Isle or attend online!
If you can’t join us in person, you can attend the Friday sessions online. This is a hybrid conference, and all sessions will be live-streamed to online attendees.
The conference will feature twelve presentations by your Maine Archives and Museums colleagues, with an emphasis on the theme of overcoming barriers and including two sessions geared toward all volunteer organizations.
Click here to view the Conference Schedule.
The Presque Isle Historical Society invites conference attendees to an opening reception on Thursday, October 12, 7:00 to 8:30 PM at the 1875 Vera Estey House Museum, designated a "Distinctive Designation" by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. There will be time to get to know other conference attendees over drinks and snacks, as well as optional tours. No cost to attend.
Click here to view the Opening Reception Invitation.
The Northeastland Hotel is offering a discounted rate of $103 per night for queen or double bed rooms while availability lasts. This hotel is newly renovated and features an upscale restaurant in the lobby. Please call the hotel (207-768-5321) to reserve a room and say you are attending the Maine Archives & Museums conference to receive the discounted rate.
The Hampton Inn has reserved a block of rooms at a discounted rate of $179 per night. To reserve a room please call the hotel (207-760-9292) and have your address, email address, phone number, and credit card at the ready. Or click on this Booking Link and enter your reservation dates as necessary at the top of the booking page.
HistoryIT (Presenting Sponsor)
Acadian Archives / Archives Acadiennes (Host Sponsor)
The Cultural Alliance of Maine (Host Sponsor and Exhibitor)
The Atlantic Black Box Project (Gold Sponsor and Exhibitor)
Things to Do in Presque Isle
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