Professional Development Workshops

Maine Archives and Museums hosts professional development workshops throughout the state. See the calendar below for a listing of upcoming events and check back for updates.  We're always working on more!

Also check out the additional networking opportunities at MAM's Mixers: informal gatherings of colleagues working in collecting organizations and cultural institutions throughout Maine.  

Also check out our annual conference, held each fall somewhere in Maine.

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Upcoming workshops

    • 19 Feb 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    • Yarmouth History Center, 118 East Elm Street, Yarmouth
    • 38

    Tainted Money

    Fundraising Ethics in Changing Times

    William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army, is alleged to have said, “the problem with tainted money is there t’aint enough of it,” expressing the idea that it doesn’t matter where the money comes from as long as it goes to a good cause. But that philosophy today is being put to the test. Activists, artists, and museum workers are pushing back, calling out museum donors who have made their money from weapons, drugs, fossil fuels, or activities that conflict with the mission. As a result, museum leaders are confronting ethical conundrums concerning philanthropic paradigms, staff relations, power dynamics, and social justice. A recent national survey (led by NEMA in cooperation with other museum associations) uncovers critical data and insights from the museum field. Survey results will be the jumping-off place for workshop attendees to understand the issues, offer their own experiences and opinions, and help formulate ways the field can respond to the changing nature of fundraising. The workshop will include discussion of the field’s ethical standards and an opportunity for participants to craft or redraft a gift policy for their institution. (Participants should bring their museum’s current gift policy if applicable.)


    1:00 – 2:00: Introduce the topic; present the national survey that NEMA led; discuss results

    2:00 – 2:15: Break

    2:15 – 3:00: Current museum field ethical standards around fundraising

    3:00 – 4:00: Gift policies; participants will craft or redraft gift policies for their institution based on the day’s discussion

    4:00 – 4:30: Final discussion

    Your Presenter

    Dan Yaeger was named executive director of the New England Museum Association in April, 2010. His passion is to strengthen capacity in museums and build skills in the leaders that serve them. Dan has a 20-year history with museums, most recently as the director of the Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation in Waltham, Massachusetts. He has developed communications programs for the Museum of Fine Arts/Boston, Peabody Essex Museum, Cleveland Museum of Art, Portland Museum of Art, Currier Museum of Art, Old Sturbridge Village, John F. Kennedy Library, and Plimoth Plantation among others. He has been adjunct professor, guest lecturer, advisor, and fellow at Tufts, Harvard, Brown, and Bentley universities and Lasell College. Dan holds a B.A. from Gettysburg College and received his master’s degree from Harvard University.

    The Venue

    This event is hosted at the Yarmouth History Center, located at 118 East Elm Street in Yarmouth, Maine.  The facility is wheelchair accessible.  Bathrooms are single-user unisex.  Parking is available on-site and across the street at Royal River Park.

    Online registration will be open through February 17.  To register after this date, contact Katie Worthing at 207-846-6259.

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

    Due to space limitations, this workshop is limited to 36 participants. Register early to reserve your space!

    Members of MAM and NEMA enjoy discounted registration (MAM members please log in first; NEMA members contact Dugan Murphy at or 207-400-6965).  If you're not a MAM member, join today!

Past events

15 Oct 2019 POSTPONED Workshop: Surveying Your Repository to Create Basic Control and Plan for the Future
16 Sep 2019 Workshop: Conserving Natural History and Organic Collections
25 Jul 2019 Workshop: Wabanaki Culture and Collections
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
13 Nov 2018 Workshop: Archival Basics
07 Nov 2018 Workshop: Book and Pamphlet Enclosures
22 Oct 2018 Workshop: Security and Customer Service for Museums and Libraries
10 Oct 2018 Workshop: Natural History Collections: Addressing Issues from Mounted Specimens to Sea Shells
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 Workshop: Conservation Leather Repair: Re-Backing Leather Spines with Japanese Tissue Paper
05 Oct 2017 Workshop: How to Say No: Creating a Collections Policy
08 Sep 2017 Workshop: Harness the Power: Great Tours + Maine’s Tourism Industry = Museum Success
24 Jul 2017 Workshop: Looking Beyond the Closet: Storage Options and Implementation on a Budget
08 Jun 2017 Workshop: Basic Archiving
25 May 2017 Workshop: Basic Collections Care
18 May 2017 Workshop: Basic Digitization
18 Apr 2017 Workshop: Oral History Essentials
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
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
29 Jun 2015 Historic Housekeeping
24 Jun 2015 Historic Frame Conservation Triage
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
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