Events Hosted by Maine Archives & Museums

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Maine Archives and Museums offers professional development workshops, an annual conference, and social mixers, often in collaboration with local collecting institutions. If you would like to present at or host future programs or have any suggestions, please email info@mainemuseums.org.

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Upcoming events

    • 19 Apr 2019
    • 9:45 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Cohen Education Center, Osher Map Library, University of Southern Maine, Portland Campus
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    Oral History Essentials


    Learn how to engage in an oral history interview, starting with the equipment and resources you'll need and good recording practices. We’ll cover what kind of questions to ask during an interview and how to ask them. We’ll listen to examples, talk about what makes a good interview, and how to best transform that for an audience. If there is time, we’ll do some practice interviewing.

    This 1/2-day program, which will include a short break for lunch in the middle, will cover:

    • How to conduct an oral history interview
    • Equipment & resources 
    • Good recording practices
    • Best practices: legal releases, archiving, how to make your project accessible, etc.

    Please bring:

    • Notebook & pen
    • A bagged lunch (there will NOT be sufficient time to go get lunch in town)
    • Recording kit (optional for show-and-tell)



    Your Presenter

    Meghan Vigeant is an oral historian and writer. She began her oral history work in 2009 as an Island Institute Fellow on Swan’s Island. There she produced a series of oral histories and documentaries, and authored the book Guts, Feathers, and All: Stories of Hard Work and Good Times on Swan’s Island, Maine. In 2013 Vigeant started Stories To Tell to help families and organizations record their stories as audio productions. She has worked in theater, public radio, and museums, and is a graduate of the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. She has taught creative writing, storytelling, oral history, and documentary to students ages eight to eighty. Vigeant is currently earning her MFA in creative nonfiction at USM’s Stonecoast program. 



    The Venue


    This event will be held at the Cohen Education Center at the Osher Map Library (OML) on the campus of the University of Southern Maine, Portland campus. OML occupies the three-story building at the corner of Forest Avenue and Bedford Street (314 Forest Avenue; Portland, ME 04101); it is attached, on the first floor, to the seven-story Albert Brenner Glickman Family Library. The public entrance to the Cohen Education Center — are all off the arcade that runs across the front of both library buildings.  See the USM Portland campus map.

    Free public parking is available in the USM parking garage, clearly marked (in blue) on the USM Portland campus map. The entrance to the parking garage is on Surrenden St, off Bedford St.

    Accessibility: This facility is accessible to wheelchair users.

    Bathrooms: Gender-neutral bathrooms are available on-site, as well as those labeled for men and women.



    Registration

    Online registration will be open through Wednesday, April 17. To register after this date, call Dugan Murphy at 207-400-6965. The fee for members is $30.  Non-members pay $45.

    To make sure attendees enjoy a quality experience, this workshop is limited to 20 participants. Register early to reserve your space!

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



    Top photo: Meghan Vigeant demonstrates how to record an interview with Eloise Schultz acting as a test subject during the MAM Oral History Essentials class at the Abbe Museum in 2017. Photo by Tim Garrity.

    Bottom photo: Meghan Vigeant, photo by Ann Hedley Rousseau.

    • 25 Apr 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Lincoln County Regional Planning Commission, Wiscasset
    • 15
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    Crafting History for Schools:

    Three Perspectives


    A range of expertise and decades of combined experience in the field of history education will be presented as a trio of educators talk about their views on educational programming. Workshop participants will learn how current programs were developed and are delivered, see examples of what has worked (and what has not), and hear about sources of funding. Examples of the tools, materials, and resources used by each educator, for outreach and onsite school programs, will be shared with the group.


    Schedule

    10:00AM – 10:15AM  Introduction
    10:15AM – 11:15AM  20-minute presentations by each presenter
    11:15AM – 11:30AM  Break 
    11:30AM – 12:30PM  Discussion and Q & A 


    Your Presenters

    Kathy Goldner, Outreach Manager, Boothbay Region Historical Society
    Kathy is currently presenting Boothbay history to the third grades at Boothbay Region Elementary School.  She devised and ran a history and literature enrichment program in Waldo County for 15 years, was External Relations Director for Penobscot Marine Museum, and Education Director for Boothbay Railway Village. 


    Louise Miller, Education Director, Lincoln County Historical Association (LCHA)
    Louise works with three historic sites under the care of LCHA.  Her approach to sharing this varied history is interdisciplinary. Louise’s background includes her work at Old Sturbridge Village in Massachusetts and at the Fort at No. 4 Living History Museum in New Hampshire; as well as publishing an historic focused periodical for 15 yrs. 

    Julia Einstein, Maine Education Program Coordinator, Historic New England 
    In a career from classroom to museum educator, Julia views learning as a way to experiment, enjoy and challenge one's perspective.  At Historic New England she creates school programs for the six historic house museums throughout Maine. At the Historical Society of Wells and Ogunquit, she develops marketing strategies, as well as curating the educational plan for the organization’s Meetinghouse Museum collections.


    The Venue

    This event will be held at office of the Lincoln County Regional Planning Commission, 297 Bath Rd, Wiscasset.

    Free parking is available on site.

    Accessibility: This facility is accessible to wheelchair users.

    Bathrooms are single-user facilities with no gender labels.


    Registration

    Online registration will be open through Tuesday, April 23. To register after this date, call Kathy Goldner at 207-633-0820. The fee for members is $15.  Non-members pay $25.

    Due to space limitations, this workshop is limited to 30 participants. Register early to reserve your space!

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

    • 11 Jul 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Colby College (Robinson Memorial Room in Special Collections at Miller Library)
    • 25
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    Metadata Basics


    Metadata is defined as a set of data that describes and gives information about other data. This Metadata Basics workshop will give attendees a solid understanding of the importance of metadata, how it is generated and how it is used. Specific examples will illustrate key points and a list of resources will be provided. 

    The workshop will be taught in two sessions in order to accommodate a broad audience. Participants are welcome to attend one or both sessions.

    Colby Special Collections will provide light morning refreshments. Lunch will be on your own.


    Schedule

    10:00AM – 12:00PM: Morning session - introduction to metadata concepts and best practices, why controlled vocabulary is important

    12:00PM - 1:30PM: Lunch on your own or in the dining hall on campus (your choice from the menu available that day)

    1:30PM - 3:30PM: Afternoon session - standards and tools relevant to metadata work, case studies of how peer repositories approach metadata creation, importance of data back up

    3:30PM - 4:00PM: Optional page turning of John James Audubon's The Birds of America in Special Collections

    This event will be followed immediately by a social mixer downtown, 4:30-5:30PM.  You don't need to attend this workshop to attend the mixer.


    Your Presenter


    This workshop is presented by Katie Donahue, Technical Services and Metadata Librarian, Colby Libraries. Prior to serving in this role, she enjoyed working as the Assistant Director of the Acadian Archives at the University of Maine at Fort Kent and as a manuscripts cataloger at the Georgia Historical Society in Savannah. Katie is a Bowdoin graduate and completed her MLS in archival management at Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science. Outside of work, Katie loves all things relating to pop culture and '90s music, much to the dismay of her husband and cat.


    The Venue

    The Robinson Memorial Room is located in Special Collections at Miller Library on the Colby College Campus in Waterville.  View the campus map.

    Parking available in the Roberts Parking Lot, which is a short walk to the Miller Library.

    This venue is wheelchair accessible.


    Online registration will be open through Monday, July 8.  To register after this date, contact Pat Burdick at 207-859-5151 or patricia.burdick@colby.edu.

    The size of the workshop space limits registration to 25 participants - register early to reserve your space!

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

    • 11 Jul 2019
    • 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
    • Silver Street Tavern, 2 Silver St, downtown Waterville
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    Waterville Mixer

    Come meet your colleagues in Central Maine!  This social mixer event immediately follows the Metadata Basics workshop at Colby College, but you don't need to attend the workshop to attend this moxer.

    Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

    Please RSVP so we know to expect you. 

Past events

06 Feb 2019 Workshop: The Art of the Ask
05 Feb 2019 Maine Museums Day
31 Dec 2018 Advertise in the Maine Archives and Museums Newsletter
13 Nov 2018 Waterville Mixer
13 Nov 2018 Workshop: Archival Basics
07 Nov 2018 Workshop: Book and Pamphlet Enclosures
22 Oct 2018 Portland Mixer
22 Oct 2018 Workshop: Security and Customer Service for Museums and Libraries
12 Oct 2018 2018 Fall Conference & Annual Meeting
10 Oct 2018 Workshop: Natural History Collections: Addressing Issues from Mounted Specimens to Sea Shells
10 Jul 2018 Waterville Mixer
10 Jul 2018 Workshop: Metadata Basics
28 Jun 2018 Workshop: Safely Handling, Packing, and Moving Collections
06 Jun 2018 Workshop: Basic Digitization
22 May 2018 Workshop: Oral History Essentials
16 May 2018 Caribou Mixer
16 May 2018 Workshop: Conservation Leather Repair: Re-Backing Leather Spines with Japanese Tissue Paper
10 Nov 2017 2017 Fall Conference & Annual Meeting
05 Oct 2017 Livermore Mixer
05 Oct 2017 Workshop: How to Say No: Creating a Collections Policy
08 Sep 2017 Biddeford Mixer
08 Sep 2017 Workshop: Harness the Power: Great Tours + Maine’s Tourism Industry = Museum Success
24 Jul 2017 Fairfield Mixer
24 Jul 2017 Workshop: Looking Beyond the Closet: Storage Options and Implementation on a Budget
08 Jun 2017 Waterville Mixer
08 Jun 2017 Workshop: Basic Archiving
25 May 2017 Caribou Mixer
25 May 2017 Workshop: Basic Collections Care
18 May 2017 Workshop: Basic Digitization
18 Apr 2017 Workshop: Oral History Essentials
20 Mar 2017 Maine Museums Day
14 Oct 2016 2016 Fall Conference & Annual Meeting
27 Jun 2016 Workshop: Collections Care
18 Jun 2016 Workshop: Grant Writing Basics: Crafting your Story for Fundraising Success
08 Jun 2016 Workshop: The Nuts and Bolts of Exhibit Development
08 Jun 2016 Submissions for MAM's August 2016 newsletter
17 May 2016 Workshop: Accidental Stories Pertaining to Collections and How to Use them to Reach New Audiences
09 May 2016 Workshop: Storing Your Collections
30 Mar 2016 ADVERTISE in the Maine Archives and Museums newsletter!
30 Mar 2016 MAM Newsletter Deadline for articles, updates & ads
30 Dec 2015 MAM Newsletter Deadline for articles, updates & ads
07 Nov 2015 MAM's November Mixer
02 Oct 2015 2015 Conference Sponsorship & Exhibitor Opportunities
02 Oct 2015 2015 Fall Conference & Annual Meeting
02 Oct 2015 Call for Proposals: MAM 2015 Fall Conference & Annual Meeting
29 Jun 2015 Historic Housekeeping
24 Jun 2015 Historic Frame Conservation Triage
05 Jun 2015 MAM June Mixer--Hinckley
05 Jun 2015 Let's Preserve Organic Collections
20 May 2015 Identification and Care of Photographic Collections
13 May 2015 Disaster Planning Step By Step (Auburn)
09 May 2015 Preparing Collection Materials for Exhibition
16 Apr 2015 MAM April Mixer--Augusta
03 Mar 2015 MAM March Mixer--Portland
13 Jan 2015 MAM Winter Mixer--Camden
13 Jan 2015 Board Meeting
24 Oct 2014 2014 Fall Conference & Annual Meeting
24 Oct 2014 2014 Conference Sponsorship & Exhibitor Opportunities
18 Oct 2014 Identification and Care of Photographs
23 Jun 2014 Collections Care: Caring For & Storing Your Organic Objects
16 Jun 2014 Board Meeting
09 Jun 2014 A Development Primer: Build Capacity and Bolster Your Fundraising Efforts
06 Jun 2014 Call for Proposals: MAM 2014 Fall Conference & Annual Meeting
30 May 2014 Disaster Planning Step By Step (Bangor)
21 May 2014 Water Salvage of Library & Museum Materials (South Portland)
19 May 2014 Water Salvage of Library & Museum Materials (Ellsworth)
06 May 2014 Ink, Oil and Oak: Collections Care Workshop for Paper, Paintings and Furniture
02 May 2014 Disaster Planning Step By Step (Falmouth)
30 Apr 2014 Disaster Planning Step By Step (Belfast)
27 Apr 2014 Giving Voice to History
14 Apr 2014 Board Meeting
13 Jan 2014 Board Meeting
02 Nov 2013 Preservation Issues for Small Museums and Family Custodians
29 Oct 2013 2013 Conference Sponsorship & Exhibitor Opportunities
29 Oct 2013 2013 Fall Conference & Annual Meeting
29 Oct 2013 Call for Proposals: MAM 2013 Fall Conference & Annual Meeting
07 Oct 2013 Board Meeting
18 Sep 2013 Packaging, Public Relations & Promotion: The 3 P’s of Partnering with the Tourism Industry
09 Sep 2013 Long-Range Planning Retreat and Workshop
24 Jun 2013 Collections Care
10 Jun 2013 Board Meeting
21 May 2013 21st Century Skills Workshop
20 May 2013 Basic Collections Care Workshop
02 May 2013 21st Century Skills Workshop
29 Apr 2013 21st Century Skills Workshop
23 Apr 2013 Board Development & Digitizing Collections Workshop
08 Apr 2013 Board Meeting
05 Apr 2013 ADVERTISE in the Maine Archives and Museums newsletter!
02 Apr 2013 Basic Collections Care Workshop
27 Mar 2013 MAM Meet & Greet
14 Jan 2013 Board Meeting
30 Dec 2012 MAM Newsletter Deadline for articles, updates & ads
26 Oct 2012 2012 Conference Sponsorship & Exhibitor Opportunities
26 Oct 2012 2012 Fall Conference & Annual Meeting
16 Oct 2012 21st-Century Skillls Workshop: October 16
01 Sep 2012 Maine Memory Network Grant Deadline: September 1
11 May 2012 MAM 2012 Conference Call for Proposals
04 May 2012 Caring For and Storing Organic Objects: A Spring MAM Collections Housing Workshop
03 May 2012 21st-Century Skillls Workshop: May 3
28 Apr 2012 21st-Century Skillls Workshop: April 28
26 Apr 2012 21st-Century Skillls Workshop: April 26
25 Apr 2012 21st-Century Skillls Workshop: April 25
24 Apr 2012 21st-Century Skillls Workshop: April 24
02 Apr 2012 Board Meeting
01 Apr 2012 Maine Memory Network Grant Deadline: April 1
30 Mar 2012 MAM Newsletter Deadline for articles, updates & ads
03 Feb 2012 Kotzschmar Jr. Concerts at Dyer Library
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