Events Hosted by Maine Archives & Museums

Maine Archives and Museums offers professional development workshops, an annual conference, and other events, often in collaboration with local collecting institutions.

Most events are recorded and recordings are made available to those who register. Check the individual event descriptions or email info@mainemuseums.org to confirm.

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Upcoming MAM events

    • 04 Nov 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Online
    • 77
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    Dealing with Difficult Visitors


    As museum professionals, we generally interact with visitors who are eager to experience our spaces or programs, visitors who range from pleasant and memorable at best to nondescript at worst. But what about those sticky situations we find ourselves in with more difficult visitors? How do we handle the people who are disappointed, challenging, or just downright rude? Join us for a virtual workshop covering the nitty gritty of an ever-present issue facing frontline staff. We’ll identify the types of difficult visitors, develop strategies for dealing with each type, role play, and discuss the parallels between a good facilitator and a good customer service rep. You’ll come away feeling more confident in your ability to command scenarios with unhappy guests graciously and professionally.

    This workshop serves any museum professional who interacts with the public regularly, and is specifically geared toward educators, docents, volunteers, and visitor and retail services. Be prepared to participate in conversations and to take and share notes. This fast-paced, fun, and active workshop is NOT a gripe session as we will work together to find potential solutions and to remind ourselves of everyone’s humanity. Bring your questions, ideas, patience, and empathy!

    A recording of this event will be shared with registered participants, though any activity in breakout rooms cannot be captured.


    Agenda

    2:00 – 2:25: Identify types of difficult visitors

    2:25 – 3:00: Develop strategies for dealing with difficult visitors

    3:00 – 3:20: Consider qualities of a good facilitator/customer service rep

    3:20 – 3:35: Respond to frustration and disappointment

    3:35 – 4:00: Role playing scenarios and questions


    Your Presenter


    Erin Wederbrook Yuskaitis, Principal for Yellow Room Consulting, is an experienced museum educator and Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) facilitator specializing in adult learning, innovative program development, and cross-discipline meaning-making. She spent 15 years in the art and museum worlds, working for four different cultural institutions in both Alabama and Massachusetts. Erin received her BA from the University of Virginia in art history and archaeology, her MA from the University of Alabama in American studies, and her Certificate in Museum Studies/Education from Tufts University. She serves on the Steering Committee of the Greater Boston Museum Educators Roundtable and as the Education Professional Affinity Group Co-Chair for the New England Museum Association. Erin also lectures and leads gallery talks on art + medicine topics with her physician-scientist husband in museums, hospitals, and schools. They live in Boston with their children where they root for the Red Sox.


    Attending an Online Workshop

    To participate in this online workshop you will need access to a computer or mobile device with an internet connection.  We will be using Zoom to host this workshop as an online videoconference.  Once you register, you will immediately be sent instructions for logging in via automatically sent email.

    If you do not have access to a computer or mobile device with an internet connection, you will still be able to call in on a telephone, but you will unfortunately not be able to see any of the participants or visuals. 


    Online registration will be open through November 4. Attendance is limited to 90 people; register soon to save your spot!

    Registration for MAM members is $30.  Non-members pay $45.

    Members of MAM enjoy discounted registration (MAM members please log in first).  If you're not a MAM member, join today!

    • 18 Nov 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Online
    • 87
    Register

    The Maine State Archivist

    Who, What, Why


    Join Susie R. Bock and Pat Burdick for a Zoom conversation with Kate McBrien, the new Maine State Archivist. Learn about the position and McBrien's plans and vision for the future. Following the interview, there will be time for questions, comments, and discussion.

    Kate McBrien was appointed as Maine State Archivist in March 2021, after serving a year in the position as the Deputy Secretary of State for Archives. As curator of the award winning exhibition “Malaga Island, Fragmented Lives,” Kate continues to serve as historian for the Malaga Island community. She previously held positions as Chief Curator and Director of Public Engagement at the Maine Historical Society and as the Curator of Historic Collections for the Maine State Museum. Kate earned a Master’s degree in Museum Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program and a BA in British history from the University of New Hampshire. She began her career in the history field as an intern at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC where she helped to reunite family members. Kate brings to her current position at the Archives a passion for making history accessible and a deep knowledge of Maine’s history.

    A recording of this event will be shared with registered participants.


    Leading the discussion


    Susie R. Bock, Coordinator of University of Southern Maine Special Collections, came to USM in 1999 to build that department. A graduate of Bates College, Bock earned a MS in European History and MLS majoring in archival management from Columbia University. Positions at Yale’s Beinecke Library and the University of Colorado at Boulder honed her technical services skills. Her work building collections of primary sources preserving the story of underrepresented communities, the Jean Byers Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine, has meant developing public programming to engage communities and educate the public—many of which can be viewed on USM's digital commons.



    Pat Burdick, Assistant Director for Colby College Special Collections & Archives, has been working with Colby's rare and unique materials for over 20 years. She received her MLS degree with an archival concentration from Simmons College and continues to serve as an archival consultant and workshop presenter throughout the state of Maine. One of her professional passions involves exploration of the serendipitous intersections that occur between people, time periods and collections such as those captured in the History of Special Collections @ Colby website she created during a sabbatical in 2015. She lives on North Pond in the Belgrade Lakes area with her covivant, artist Kevin E James, and two lovely felines. She is a Master Gardener and an active volunteer in local and regional environmental and social justice organizations.


    Attending an Online Event

    To participate in this online event you will need access to a computer or mobile device with an internet connection.  We will be using Zoom to host this event as an online videoconference.  Once you register, you will immediately be sent instructions for logging in via automatically sent email.

    If you do not have access to a computer or mobile device with an internet connection, you will still be able to call in on a telephone, but you will unfortunately not be able to see any of the participants or visuals. 


    Online registration will be open through November 18. Attendance is limited to 90 people; register soon to save your spot!

    Registration is free for members.  Non-members pay $15.

    Members of MAM enjoy discounted registration (MAM members please log in first).  If you're not a MAM member, join today!

    • 13 Dec 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Online
    • 90
    Register

    Maine’s Black Future

    Moving Beyond Erasure


    This presentation will reveal some of the little known Black history of Maine, and how this history impacts today. As we understand modern Maine for Black people, we can begin to imagine a vibrant, flourishing future for these same citizens. We will explore how Black Owned Maine is working in the community to support Black businesses and individuals - and more importantly how you can join in the push and help shape Maine’s Black future.

    This event is designed for archive and library professionals and their families. The presenter seeks an audience with people who realize the deep violence of long-winded erasure and devaluation, acknowledge the true history of Black people in Maine, and intend to commit anti-racist acts to overcome erasure. Participants will leave with a better understanding of how to uplift the State of Maine by respectfully celebrating and supporting Black Mainers.

    A recording of this event will be shared with registered participants.


    Your Presenter


    Genius Black is a visionary leader and collaborator extraordinaire, as well as Co-Director of Black Owned Maine. He is an artist and musician based in South Portland. He is a professional voice over actor, public speaker, storyteller, and public speaking coach. He currently hosts and co-produces the Black Owned Maine Podcast and the One Maine Group Podcast, both focused on supporting and inspiring BIPOC Mainers. Genius moved to Maine in the year 2000 to attend Bowdoin College. He graduated with an A,B, in Africana Studies, a minor in English, and focused on writing and collaborating with professors during independent studies.


    Attending an Online Workshop

    To participate in this online workshop you will need access to a computer or mobile device with an internet connection.  We will be using Zoom to host this workshop as an online videoconference.  Once you register, you will immediately be sent instructions for logging in via automatically sent email.

    If you do not have access to a computer or mobile device with an internet connection, you will still be able to call in on a telephone, but you will unfortunately not be able to see any of the participants or visuals. 


    Online registration will be open through December 13. Attendance is limited to 90 people; register soon to save your spot!

    Registration for MAM members is $20.  Non-members pay $30.

    Members of MAM enjoy discounted registration (MAM members please log in first).  If you're not a MAM member, join today!

    • 27 Jan 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Online
    • 90

    Planned Giving and Endowments

    Sustainable Funding for Your Institution


    This workshop will present two tools for funding your nonprofit institution: endowments and planned giving.

    An endowment is a bundle of investments that can fund your organization's operations in the long term — a one-time gift that keeps on givingMost endowments are designed to keep the principal amount intact, to grow over time, while using the annual investment income to carry out the work of the organization’s mission. Establishing an endowment can lets donors know your organization is planning ahead and building the necessary assets for future sustainability. By investing the endowment assets in well diversified, high quality investments you are able to use the income generated from these investments to cover expenses without touching the principle. We will be discussing the importance of having an Investment Policy and Spending Policy and how the two influence the investment allocation of the endowment's portfolio.

    Planned giving refers to a donor's intent to make a major contribution to an organization upon their death. We will discuss methods of planned giving and factors that determine suitability for donors. We will also cover issues regarding planned giving, donor relations, and obstacles to giving from an estate planner’s perspective. Participants will leave with tolls for discussing planned giving with current and prospective donors.

    Presenters will take questions following their presentations. A recording of this event will be shared with registered participants.


    Your presenters


    Christopher J. Shelton is Portfolio Manager for First National Wealth Management and will be presenting on endowments. Prior to joining First National, Chris worked as a Financial Advisor at Morgan Stanley in Portland for over 7 years. Chris graduated from the University of Maine with a BS in Business Administration with a Finance Concentration in 2010. Chris has completed his Series 7, 63 and 65 licenses. Chris currently resides in Ellsworth with his wife, two sons, and two dogs.



    Nicholas Walton is Portfolio Manager for First National Wealth Management and will be presenting on endowments. Prior to joining First National, Nick worked in Boston for twenty years, and with MFS Investment Management since 2006. Nick earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance at Bentley University and is a holder of the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst designation®. Nick lives in Bar Harbor with his wife, enjoys volunteering in the community, and spending time in Acadia National Park.



    Rebecca Sargent is an attorney and Partner at First National Wealth Management and will be presenting on planned giving. Prior to establishing her own law practice in estate planning, probate, and real estate, Rebecca was Senior Vice President & Senior Trust Officer at Union Trust Company (now Camden National Bank) from 1994 to 2008. Before that, she practiced law at Loughlin & Wade in Portsmouth, NH. Rebecca holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration from The Pennsylvania State University and a J.D. degree from the University of Maine School of Law. An Ellsworth native, Rebecca's passions include gardening and golfing.


    Attending an Online Workshop

    To participate in this online workshop you will need access to a computer or mobile device with an internet connection.  We will be using Zoom to host this event as an online videoconference.  Once you register, you will immediately be sent instructions for logging in via automatically sent email.

    If you do not have access to a computer or mobile device with an internet connection, you will still be able to call in on a telephone, but you will unfortunately not be able to see any of the participants or visuals. 


    Online registration will be open through January 27. Attendance is limited to 90 people; register soon to save your spot!

    Registration is free for members.  Non-members pay $15.

    Members of MAM enjoy discounted registration (MAM members please log in first).  If you're not a MAM member, join today!

    • 28 Jan 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Online
    • 90

    Retirement Plans and Executive Lines of Credit

    403(b)s and Flexible Loans for Nonprofits


    This workshop will present two financial tools for your nonprofit institution: 403(b) retirement plans and investment accounts with executive lines of credit.

    A 403(b) plan is the nonprofit equivalent of a 401(k). This session will introduce how they work with an overview of the rules and plan options available. Collecting institutions with employees should consider offering their staff a plan to increase employee retention.

    An executive line of credit is a type of flexible loan that provides funding for short-term needs. This session will focus on using an investment account as collateral for an executive line of credit, including rough rough costs and examples of when and how to use one. While your investment account is working for you, you are not tying up funds needed for a long-term or short-term project or operating costs.

    Presenters will take questions following their presentations. A recording of this event will be shared with registered participants.


    Your presenter


    Amanda Gardner is Financial Advisor for First National Investment Services. A lifelong Maine resident, Amanda has worked in the financial services industry since 2004. She currently is the Financial Advisor and Business Development Officer for Hancock and Washington Counties. She resides in Edmunds Township with her husband Chris and their 3 children.


    Attending an Online Workshop

    To participate in this online workshop you will need access to a computer or mobile device with an internet connection.  We will be using Zoom to host this event as an online videoconference.  Once you register, you will immediately be sent instructions for logging in via automatically sent email.

    If you do not have access to a computer or mobile device with an internet connection, you will still be able to call in on a telephone, but you will unfortunately not be able to see any of the participants or visuals. 


    Online registration will be open through January 28. Attendance is limited to 90 people; register soon to save your spot!

    Registration is free for members.  Non-members pay $15.

    Members of MAM enjoy discounted registration (MAM members please log in first).  If you're not a MAM member, join today!

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Maine Archives and Museums

P.O. Box 784, Portland, Maine 04104

207-400-6965

info@mainemuseums.org 


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