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

    • 04 Oct 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 5:15 PM
    • University of Maine Hutchinson Center, Belfast
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    Thank you to our leading sponsor, Northern Artery!


    The MAM Conference Committee is excited to bring our conference and annual meeting this year to the coast at the height of leaf season.  Meet us in Belfast!

    The 2019 conference will offer 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.  

    The event starts with registration check-in, morning refreshments, and networking with the exhibitors.  It continues with four blocks of professional development sessions, punctuated in the middle by our annual membership meeting, lunch, and a keynote address.


    Keynote Speaker: Dr. Darren Ranco

    Dr. Ranco will be giving the keynote address titled Decolonizing Museums and Archives: Pathways for Sharing Wabanaki Stories.

    Dr. Ranco is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Coordinator of Native American Research at the University of Maine. His research focuses on the ways in which indigenous communities in the United States resist environmental destruction by using indigenous diplomacies and critiques of liberalism to protect cultural resources, and how state knowledge systems, rooted in colonial contexts, continue to expose indigenous peoples to an inordinate amount of environmental risk. He teaches classes on indigenous intellectual property rights, research ethics, environmental justice and tribal governance. A member of the Penobscot Indian Nation, he is particularly interested in how better research relationships can be made between universities, Native and non-Native researchers, and indigenous communities. 


    Event Program

    View the program in PDF format

    8:00AM-8:30AM Registration, morning coffee and snacks, exhibitors

    8:30AM-9:45AM Session block A

    10:00AM-11:15AM Session block B

    11:30AM-12:30PM Annual meeting and presentation from David Cheever of the Maine Bicentennial Commission

    12:30PM-1:15PM Lunch (sandwiches and salads catered by Bell the Cat)

    1:15PM-2:15PM Keynote address

    2:30PM-3:45PM Session block C

    4:00PM-5:15PM Session block D

    5:15PM Post-conference social at the upstairs event room at Darby's, 155 High St, Belfast


    Morning session block A choices

    • Getting Started with Digital Preservation
    • It's Not About the Money: An Introduction to Fundraising
    • Creating Immersive Learning Experiences at the Abbe Museum

    Morning session block B choices

    • I Am the Development Department: Raising Money With a Small Staff
    • Have Cake and Eat it Too! Taking Advantage of Free Digital Storytelling Tools & Visitor Analytics
    • Documentation: A Gift to Future You

    Afternoon session block C choices

    • Getting Started with Grantwriting: Basics You Need to Know
    • Effective Use of Volunteers
    • A Historical Society and Land Trust Work Together: The Synergy of of Complementary Missions

    Afternoon block D choices

    • Connecting Students to Your Stories
    • Exhibition Development: Basics, Tips, and Tricks
    • Wow! Homegrown Content Management Systems that Will Blow Your Mind

    Session descriptions and presenters listed here.

    Between the morning and afternoon professional development sessions will be the annual meeting for members, keynote address, and lunch.


    Lunch

    Lunch will be a sandwich platter with salads cookies provided by local restaurant, Bell the Cat.  Please tell us when registering if you have any dietary restrictions so we can make sure you are accommodated.


    Annual Meeting

    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 annual meeting will be immediately followed by a presentation by David Cheever of the Maine Bicentennial Commission.


    The Venue


    The conference will be held at the at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center at 80 Belmont Avenue (Maine Route #3) in Belfast.  

    Directions: Use the directions listed on the Hutchinson Center website.

    Parking: Parking is available on site.

    Bathrooms: There will be two restrooms labeled for women, one for men, and one for any gender.

    Accessibility: All spaces used for this event are accessible to standards set in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).


    Registration

    Online registration opens August 1, 2019.

    Early bird rates available online through September 2, 2019

    • MAM Members $55
    • Non-members $80
    • Students $40

    On-time bird rates available online through September 26, 2019

    • MAM Members $65
    • Non-members $90
    • Students $40

    Last-minute bird rates available online through October 2, 2019 and in-person at the conference on October 4, 2019

    • MAM Members $75
    • Non-members $100
    • Students $40


    We will be able to accept cash, checks (made out to "Maine Archives and Museums"), and credit/debit cards at the conference for those not paid in advance.


    Sponsors and Exhibitors

    Thank you to our presenting sponsor!

    Northern Artery


    Host Sponsors



    Gold Sponsors

    Maine Community Foundation

    SmallCorp

    Colby College Museum of Art

    Maine Office of Tourism

    Virtual Archive

    UMaineOnline

    University of Maine Department of History

    HistoryIT


    Silver Sponsors

    Northeast Document Conservation Center; Maine Historical Society; Gnome Landscape, Design, Masonry & Maintenance; Riverside Museum Solutions; Ted Anderson Design & Photography; Oral History and Folklife Research, Inc.; Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine; Center for Painted Wall Preservation


    Please get in touch about sponsor and exhibitor opportunities.

    Sponsoring and exhibiting at the Maine Archives & Museums Annual Conference are great ways to reach museum and archives professionals throughout Maine.  See here the opportunities available for sponsors and exhibitors.

    • 15 Oct 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Glickman Family Library (7th floor), University of Maine Portland Campus
    • 30
    Register

    Surveying Your Repository to Create Basic Control and Plan for the Future


    Whether young or old, chaos creeps into the best-run special collections. Do you know what collections you have, where they are, and what work they require in terms of processing, access systems, and preservation?

    Surveying and documenting your repository will create the tool you need to plan for the future.

    Coffee, tea, and snacks will be provided. 

    The event will be followed by a free social mixer.


    Your Presenter

    Susie R. Bock’s career spans 30 years, from processing manuscript collections at Yale’s Beinecke Library, to managing technical services at Special Collections, University of Colorado at Boulder, to coordinating University of Southern Maine’s Special Collections and directing the Jean Byers Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine. She has dealt with collections from hands on work to planning their acquisition to public access. While at Boulder she oversaw the first survey of that department’s rare books and manuscript collections and led a similar effort at USM about 15 years after creating its special collections department.


    The Venue


    The Glickman Family Library is located on the Portland campus of the University of Southern Maine at 314 Forest Ave. The workshop will be held on the 7th floor.

    Free parking is available at the parking garage on site, accessible off Bedford Street. After parking in the garage, exit the garage heading toward Forest Ave. The Library is within sight of the garage, across the surface parking lots.

    Directions and more info on parking available here.

    Accessibility: This space is accessible for wheelchair users.  

    Bathrooms: The bathrooms on the 7th floor are multi-stall bathrooms labeled "men" and "women." There are multi-stall bathrooms on the 3rd floor labeled "all genders."


    Online registration will be open through October 13.  To register after this date, contact Susie Bock at susie.bock@maine.edu or 207-780-4269.

    The size of the workshop space limits registration to 30 participants - register early to reserve your space! If the workshop fills up before you register, you can register to be on the wait list.

    Registration is only $25 for MAM members (log in first to activate the member rate), or $35 for nonmembers.  If you're not a member, join today!

    • 15 Oct 2019
    • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Glickman Family Library (6th floor lobby), University of Southern Maine Portland Campus
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    Bathrooms: The bathrooms on the 7th floor are multi-stall bathrooms labeled "men" and "women." There are multi-stall bathrooms on the 3rd floor labeled "all genders."

    Portland Mixer


    Come meet your colleagues in Southern Maine and enjoy a tour of Special Collections and the Osher Map Library!  

    This social mixer event immediately follows the Surveying Your Repository workshop in the same building, but you don't need to attend the workshop to attend this mixer.

    The Glickman Family Library is located on the Portland campus of the University of Southern Maine at 314 Forest Ave. Meet us on the 6th floor.

    Refreshments will be provided.

    Hosted by Special Collections and the Osher Map Library.

    Free parking is available at the parking garage on site, accessible off Bedford Street. After parking in the garage, exit the garage heading toward Forest Ave. The Library is within sight of the garage, across the surface parking lots.

    Directions and more info on parking available here.

    Accessibility: This space is accessible for wheelchair users. 

    Bathrooms: The bathrooms on the 7th floor are multi-stall bathrooms labeled "men" and "women." There are multi-stall bathrooms on the 3rd floor labeled "all genders."

    Please RSVP so we know to expect you. If you don't have the opportunity to, come anyway!

    • 18 Feb 2020
    • Maine State House, Augusta, ME

    Save the Date:

    Maine Museums Day

    February 18, 2020

    Learn about advocacy, meet your legislators, and help us celebrate and advocate for all museums!  

    The event will include a training on best practices in advocating for your collecting institution, time for attendees to meet with their legislators, and a reception in the Hall of Flags.

    Stay in touch for many more details to come.


    Help Advocate

    Please use these materials to communicate about the impact of collecting institutions.


    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, and support for important projects like the Maine bicentennial in 2020.  Join us for the next Maine Museums Day on February 18, 2020!

Past events

16 Sep 2019 Workshop: Conserving Natural History and Organic Collections
25 Jul 2019 Workshop: Wabanaki Culture and Collections
11 Jul 2019 Waterville Mixer
11 Jul 2019 Workshop: Metadata Basics
05 Jun 2019 Workshop: Basic Digitization
25 Apr 2019 Workshop: Crafting History for Schools
19 Apr 2019 Workshop: Oral History Essentials
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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