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 Call for Proposals

2019 Annual Conference

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”

Submit a proposal online by clicking here.

As part of Maine’s vibrant community of collecting institutions, YOU have skills, expertise, and experiences of great value to your colleagues around the state. WE have a great opportunity for you to share them!

Whether you are from an all-volunteer organization or a broadly-staffed institution, we invite you to share your unique resources in Belfast this fall.

Based on evaluations from the 2018 conference, proposals are being sought on a variety of topics including but not limited to:

  • All-volunteer or small staff success stories: “Small Shop Wisdom”
  • Bicentennial/statehood programs and activities*
  • Fundraising: one-time events to capital campaigns
  • Dynamic, out-of-the-box programming and events
  • Practical application of technology for both big and small institutions
  • Collections How-to: housing, cataloging, culling
  • Volunteers: managing and celebrating
  • Administration: Working with boards, finances, staffing, and more

We invite and encourage sessions geared to all levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced.

*Attendees of the conference will also have the opportunity to sign up on the conference registration form to participate in a “200 Years in 200 Seconds” lightning round session on Bicentennial activities at their institution. Submitting a proposal for a regular session does not preclude your participation in the lightning round. 

What special knowledge do you have that you would like to share with colleagues from throughout Maine?

Submit a proposal online by clicking here. 

Proposals will be considered in the following formats:

  • Workshops—90-minute session with one or more presenters offering hands-on/interactive opportunities for skill building.
  • Presentations—90-minute session with one presenter or a panel (two or more) discussing a topic that informs and inspires participants
  • Informational Displays—Stand-alone material on presentation boards or similar material presenting a successful project or exhibit with relevance to the museum and archive field at large. You would have the opportunity to discuss the project and answer questions with viewers.

Deadline for submitting proposals is May 17, 2019. MAM's Programs Committee will review submissions and notify applicants of the status of their proposal in early July. 

Please note: MAM is unable to offer stipends, honorarium or travel reimbursement to presenters. Presenters who plan to attend other sessions during the conference must register and will receive the discounted Early Bird MAM member rate.

Question? Need to submit via mail? Contact us at or 207.400.6965.

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