Events Hosted by Maine Archives & Museums

MAM Conference 2011 Maine Memory Network MAM Workshop at the L.C. Bates Museum MAM Board Meeting, July 2011 Sponsor table at MAM Conference 2011 

Maine Archives and Museums offers professional development workshops, an annual conference, and other events, 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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Members: log in first to access members-only discounts on event registration. Email info@mainemuseums.org if you have trouble logging in.

Upcoming MAM events

    • 27 Jan 2021
    • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM (EST)
    • Online
    • 17
    Register

    Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Museum and Archive Professionals

    An Online Workshop


    This 60-minute introductory workshop supports staff and volunteers of archives and museums who want to learn about human differences and their impacts. Through dialogue and self-reflection, participants will gain new vocabulary and improve their ability to see and respond to bias and bigotry in their everyday lives.

    Participants will be asked to consider how our differences—such as race, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, class, and ability—shape our life experiences; how these differences impact individuals and communities; and how learned beliefs and institutional culture can make workplaces more or less welcoming and inclusive.

    We will reflect on our professional commitments to co-workers, volunteers, and guests and how we can better support others through our choices, words, and actions.

     


    Your Presenter


    Dr. Gabriel Piser is co-founder of Big Sky Education and Strategy, an organization that works collaboratively with young people, educators, and institutional leaders to develop innovative programs, increase communication around difficult topics, and identify big-picture organizational solutions. He has over 15 years of experience as an educator, researcher, and manager in the fields of diversity and inclusion, social-emotional learning, and adult education. He holds a doctorate in Comparative Studies from the Ohio State University, an MA in Philosophy from Binghamton University, and a BA in Sociology from Earlham College. Gabriel is an expert facilitator with thousands of hours of experience leading groups through challenging conversations and reflective processes. He also has over a decade of experience teaching at the post-secondary level. At conferences, colleges, and schools across the country he has helped young people and adults explore important topics like racial bias, gender and sexuality, conflict resolution, and intergenerational understanding. As a facilitator, he brings a unique blend of rigor, humor, and sensitivity to trainings and workshops. 



    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 January 27. Attendance is limited to 30 people; register soon to save your spot!

    Folks who register early will receive optional short readings and videos ahead of the event to maximize their learning experience during the workshop.

    The fee for members is $15.  Non-members pay $25.

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

    • 24 Feb 2021
    • 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM (EST)
    • Online
    • 27
    Register

    Introduction to Race and Racism for Museum and Archive Professionals

    An Online Workshop


    In this introductory 90-minute workshop we create a supportive place for people who want to educate themselves about race and racism while empowering themselves to make meaningful changes personally and professionally.

    Participants will learn about the four forms of racism (internalized, interpersonal, institutional, and systemic); explore core concepts like implicit bias, microaggressions, and the cycle of socialization; and begin to reflect on the history of race and whiteness in America. Together, we will explore how race and racism impact our lives and improve our ability to bring justice and equity into our workplaces and communities.

     


    Your Presenter


    Dr. Gabriel Piser is co-founder of Big Sky Education and Strategy, an organization that works collaboratively with young people, educators, and institutional leaders to develop innovative programs, increase communication around difficult topics, and identify big-picture organizational solutions. He has over 15 years of experience as an educator, researcher, and manager in the fields of diversity and inclusion, social-emotional learning, and adult education. He holds a doctorate in Comparative Studies from the Ohio State University, an MA in Philosophy from Binghamton University, and a BA in Sociology from Earlham College. Gabriel is an expert facilitator with thousands of hours of experience leading groups through challenging conversations and reflective processes. He also has over a decade of experience teaching at the post-secondary level. At conferences, colleges, and schools across the country he has helped young people and adults explore important topics like racial bias, gender and sexuality, conflict resolution, and intergenerational understanding. As a facilitator, he brings a unique blend of rigor, humor, and sensitivity to trainings and workshops.



    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 February 24. Attendance is limited to 30 people; register soon to save your spot!

    Folks who register early will receive optional short readings and videos ahead of the event to maximize their learning experience during the workshop.

    The fee for 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!

    • 09 Mar 2021
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EST)
    • Online!
    • 79
    Register


    Maine archives, historical societies, and museums are valuable economic engines in their communities, contributing millions of dollars to Maine’s economy, and enticing visitors to stay longer, spend more, and return in the future.  However, their value is more than dollars and cents, these collecting organizations create the unique feel of our communities, while preserving and sharing our most cherished history, art, and culture.  These Maine institutions, found in communities - large and small, rural and urban - provide opportunities for our citizens to understand where we have been and who we are as a society; they offer places where we can contemplate beauty and meaning in our lives, provide a sanctuary where we can refresh our spirits and reflect on our lives.  Archives, museums and historical societies can educate and inspire all ages, from the senior living in retirement, to the child just beginning school and learning about both our individual and common heritage.  Investment in the arts and humanities is essential to our well-being as Americans, and to the generations who will follow us.

    As valued partners in our communities and the state, our collecting institutions need protection. At risk are vital funds through state and national granting organizations.  Join us as we listen, learn, and celebrate all these attributes at Maine Museums Day!


    Up Your Impact: Advocacy Tools for the Social Distance Era

    While the coronavirus has altered the methods of communication, expectations of availability, and even dress codes, the basics of advocacy remain the same. Relationship building, data collection and analysis, and effective storytelling are still key.  Join NEMA's executive director, Dan Yaeger, and director of engagement, Meg Winikates, for a training session aimed at bringing your advocacy game to the next level, get familiar with new tools, and learn how to keep your stakeholders and your public officials engaged in your mission and issues in the era of social distancing. 

    Attending online

    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 the presentation 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 is free and will be open through March 9.  We encourage collecting institutions, their volunteers and staff, students, and supporters across the state to attend.


    Spread the word

    Please use these materials to communicate about Maine Museums Day and about the impact of collecting institutions.


    Thank you to our event partner!

    • 24 Mar 2021
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online
    • 25
    Register

    Institutions, Racial Equity, and Diversity Planning

    An Online Workshop


    This 2-hour workshop affords participants the chance to reflect on the power that institutions wield in society, the inadvertent harm they can cause, and proven strategies institutions are using to be a force for social justice and equity.

    Together we will look at some of the ways that the history of white supremacy and the history of archives and museums are intertwined. We will look at how structural biases can persist in organizations despite the personal beliefs of individuals involved. We will review various institutional responses to racial equity concerns and introduce a methodology to evaluate the efficacy of these programs. Participants will leave with an expanded critical toolbox and resources related to both stakeholder engagement, and to recruiting, hiring, promotion, and retention of diverse volunteers, staff, and leadership.

     


    Your Presenter


    Dr. Gabriel Piser is co-founder of Big Sky Education and Strategy, an organization that works collaboratively with young people, educators, and institutional leaders to develop innovative programs, increase communication around difficult topics, and identify big-picture organizational solutions. He has over 15 years of experience as an educator, researcher, and manager in the fields of diversity and inclusion, social-emotional learning, and adult education. He holds a doctorate in Comparative Studies from the Ohio State University, an MA in Philosophy from Binghamton University, and a BA in Sociology from Earlham College. Gabriel is an expert facilitator with thousands of hours of experience leading groups through challenging conversations and reflective processes. He also has over a decade of experience teaching at the post-secondary level. At conferences, colleges, and schools across the country he has helped young people and adults explore important topics like racial bias, gender and sexuality, conflict resolution, and intergenerational understanding. As a facilitator, he brings a unique blend of rigor, humor, and sensitivity to trainings and workshops. 



    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 March 24. Attendance is limited to 30 people; register soon to save your spot!

    Folks who register early will receive optional short readings and videos ahead of the event to maximize their learning experience during the workshop.

    The fee for members is $25.  Non-members pay $35.

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

    • 14 Apr 2021
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online
    • 40
    Register

    Remote Recruiting During the Pandemic

    Three Library/Museum Case Studies


    Recruiting and interviewing in the era of the COVID-19 pandemic has required many of us to pivot to fully-remote approaches that test our creativity, patience and organizational skills. How can we retain some semblance of interpersonal interaction and engagement while acknowledging Zoom fatigue, personal distraction and overloaded schedules?

    The presenters, from three different types of institutions, will discuss how their respective search committees filled open positions, from May 2020 onward, and reflect upon lessons learned.

    A Q&A will follow.

     


    Your Presenters


    Pat Burdick, Assistant Director for 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.



    Joanna Robinson-Clarke is the Director of Operations at the Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor. She coordinates financial accounting and reporting, general office and facility management, vendor and contractor relations, property rentals, and human resources. She is also the Greening Champion for the museum, overseeing ongoing greening projects and facility improvements. A Mount Desert Island local, Joanna studied Anthropology and Sociology at Rochester Institute of Technology. As an avid volunteer in local communities, she realized her passion for community development and outreach, which she now brings to her role at the Abbe. In her free time, she is an active Rotarian, serves as Treasurer and Chair of the Marketing Committee for Acadia Community Theater, collects board games, and bakes for friends and family.



    John Taylor is National History Day Coordinator and Museum Assistant at the Margaret Chase Smith Library in Skowhegan. He moved to Maine from Indiana in December 2011. The following February, he began volunteering at the library. That turned into a permanent position in April 2013. John brings extensive historical experience to the position. He earned his B.S. in History and Political Science from Indiana State University and holds a M.A. in American History and Popular Culture from Indiana University Indianapolis. John is the state coordinator for National History Day (NHD) in Maine and represents New England on the NHD Executive Council of Coordinators. He also assists in educational programming and the creation, installation, and maintenance of museum exhibits. John is currently on the board of directors for Maine Archives and Museums. Previously, he served as a docent at the James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home in Indianapolis and worked both at the Indiana Historical Society and Indiana Historical Bureau. His area of specialty is the Cold War with a particular interest in comedy and music of the 1950s and 60s.


    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 April 14. Attendance is limited to 40 people; register soon to save your spot!

    Folks who register early will receive optional short readings and videos ahead of the event to maximize their learning experience during the workshop.

    The fee for members is $15.  Non-members pay $25.

    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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