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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Upcoming MAM events

    • 24 Sep 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online
    • 100
    Register

    Accessioning and Deaccessioning

    Common Issues and Pitfalls

    An online workshop


    “An art museum, if it is to serve the cultural and educational needs of the community, cannot remain static. It must keep abreast of the advances of the times, like every other institution whose purpose is to educate and enlighten the community.” In other words, to fulfill its mission, a museum must keep pace with a changing society. Integral to this process are acquiring and deaccessioning works.

    This hour-long workshop will discuss common issues and pitfalls of accessioning and deaccessioning through an approachable analysis of selected court cases and legal doctrines, federal and state law, and policies from the American Association of Museums and the Association of Art Museum Directors.


    Your Presenter

    Joy Naifeh is a graduate of the University of Maine School of Law, cum laude. Joy received bachelor’s degrees in History and Anthropology, summa cum laude, from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and a Master’s Degree in Historic Preservation Planning from Cornell University. Joy entered law school to facilitate a career shift from the preservation of individual homes and landscapes to a wider involvement in the protection of our built environment and other facets of cultural heritage. To this end she attended the Tulane-Siena Institute for International Law, Cultural Heritage & the Arts and spent a semester studying at DePaul University College of Law’s Center for Art, Museum & Cultural Heritage Law during which she externed with the Chicago History Museum. She recently published an article entitled “Reinterpreting the Authenticity of Reconstructed World Heritage Properties for the Twenty-First Century,” in the DePaul Journal of Art, Technology & Intellectual Property.

    Joy is currently an associate with Woodman Edmands Danylik Austin Smith & Jacques, P.A. in Biddeford, Maine, and is also a member of the City of Portland’s Historic Preservation Board.



    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 September 24.

    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!



    Funding has been provided by The Maine Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act economic stabilization plan of 2020.

    • 08 Oct 2020
    • 2:00 PM (EDT)
    • 09 Oct 2020
    • 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online!
    Register


    Looking Forward from the Bicentennial

    MAM 2020 Online Annual Conference

    Presented by HistoryIT


    The MAM Conference Committee is excited to bring our annual conference online this year for the first time! You can now learn and network from your home or office.

    The 2020 conference will offer a mixture of professional development sessions, networking activities, 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 main body of the event will consist of three blocks of professional development sessions, punctuated and bracketed by rousing plenary and keynote presentations over a Thursday afternoon and Friday morning.


    Keynote Speaker: Rainey Tisdale

    Rainey Tisdale will be giving the keynote address titled Active Collections for Complicated Times.

    Rainey Tisdale is a museum consultant specializing in interpretive & strategic planning, content & collections curation, institutional capacity building, and igniting the creative process. Her holistic approach to museum work has been called slow food, divining, poetry, and a secret weapon. Her work on #BostonBetter and the exhibition Dear Boston: Messages from the Marathon Memorial won awards from the New England Association of Museums and the American Association for State and Local History.



    Event Program

    Check back for the conference program in PDF format


    THURSDAY, OCT 8

    2:00PM-2:30PM Opening plenary presentation

    2:30PM-3:30PM 4 Concurrent professional development sessions

    4:00PM-5:00PM 4 Concurrent professional development sessions

    5:30PM-7:00PM Trivia happy hour!


    FRIDAY, OCT 9

    9:00AM-10:00AM Keynote address by Rainey Tisdale

    10:30AM-11:30AM 4 Concurrent professional development sessions

    11:30AM-12:00PM Closing plenary presentation


    Thursday 2:30PM Session choices

    • Creating a Virtual Online Tour - Free - Using MS PowerPoint
    • Toward a Maine Union Manuscript Catalog: Examples of Online Access to Manuscript Collections
    • Behind the Scenes: How to Build a School Program
    • Decolonizing Methodologies and Collaborative Practices

    Thursday 4:00PM session choices

    • Purposely Popular: Developing Practical Social Media Guidelines
    • No-Budget Preservation Tips
    • Building Community COVID-19 Archives
    • Build a Mobile App for Your Collection

    Friday 10:30AM session choices

    • Wíwənikan: Partnering on New Models for Exhibition and Engagement
    • Creating a Virtual History Tour for Your Town
    • How to Put Out a Great Newsletter
    • It's Not About You: Mission vs. Relationships in COVID Era Fundraising

      Session descriptions and presenters listed here.



      Attending an Online Conference

      To participate in this online conference you will need access to a computer or mobile device with an internet connection. We will be using Zoom videoconferencing to host the plenary presentations, keynote address, concurrent sessions, and networking activities. Before the event you will receive instructions via email for logging in.

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


      Registration

      Online registration opens August 1, 2020.

      Early bird rates available online through September 11, 2020

      • MAM Members $25
      • Non-members $45
      • Student/Bridge Rate* $15

      Regular rates available online through October 9, 2020

      • MAM Members $35
      • Non-members $55
      • Student/Bridge Rate* $15


        *The Bridge rate is for anyone laid off, furloughed, or underemployed because of the pandemic.


        Sponsors

        Thank you to our presenting sponsor!



        Host Sponsors





        Gold Sponsors

        History Live! North East

        Colby College Museum of Art

        STQRY

        Maine Office of Tourism

        University of Maine Department of History

        Biddeford Cultural and Heritage Center


        Silver Sponsors

        Northeast Document Conservation Center; Riverside Museum Solutions; Center for Painted Wall PreservationGnome Landscapes, Design, Masonry and Maintenance; Ted Anderson Design & Photography; Maine Historical Society


        Additional funding provided by


        Funding has been provided by The Maine Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act economic stabilization plan of 2020.


        Please get in touch about sponsor 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.

        • 09 Dec 2020
        • 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM (EST)
        • Online
        • 50
        Register

        Authentic Dialogues

        Why Race Matters

        An online workshop


        The objective of this session is to start a conversation on why race matters in Maine’s museum and archive community. Representation matters, and too often, diverse stories and voices are not represented in Maine, due to the false belief that Maine is a “white state.”

        Representation within Maine’s archive and museum community starts with the recognition that this community is primarily white, and too often, that whiteness influences representation. Or lack of representation, or a white washing of history.

        Our dialogue will focus on discussing why creating diverse racial representation requires a willingness for white people to talk with other white people about race, and to avoid the pitfalls of falling into white saviorism. This 90-minute session is a mixture of lecture and small-group work, which will allow participants to deepen their knowledge of racism, while practicing starting conversations on race with other participants.

        This session is an introduction to discussing race that is not a reaction to America’s larger racial reckoning, but about creating spaces that reflect and honor Maine’s racially diverse history.

         


        Your Presenter


        Shay Stewart-Bouley is founder of Black Girl in Maine Media and a graduate of both DePaul University and Antioch University New England. She currently serves as the Executive Director of Community Change Inc., a 49-year-old civil rights organization in Boston, MA, that has been educating and organizing for racial equality since 1968 with a specific focus on the white problem. She earned the New England Press Association Award in 2011 for her work writing on diversity issues in the Portland Phoenix, Journal Tribune, DigPortland, and Portland Press Herald, among other publications. Her writing also has been featured in a variety of Maine and national publications as well as several anthologies.



        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 9. Attendance is limited to 50 people; register soon to save your spot!

        The fee for 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!



        Funding has been provided by The Maine Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act economic stabilization plan of 2020.

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

        Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Museum and Archive Professionals

        An Online Workshop


        This 90-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
        • 30
        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!

        • 24 Mar 2021
        • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM (EDT)
        • Online
        • 30
        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!

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