2019 Conference Sessions

The MAM Conference Committee was overwhelmed by the number of session proposals this year, which made our job difficult when deciding which to accept or decline.  Below is a draft outline of sessions. 

The event will also include our annual meeting, keynote address, snacks, lunch, and time for networking. 

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Morning Session One Choices

Getting Started with Digital Preservation, presented by Becky Geller, Preservation Specialist at Northeast Document Conservation CenterDigitization results in the creation of a new collection of digital objects that need to be stewarded into the future along with our physical originals. The records in our archives are increasingly digital as well, arriving as born digital files that are ingested, organized, and preserved. But how do we take care of these digital collections to make sure they last? This session will explain the basics of digital preservation and the importance of digital preservation programs for small- to mid-sized institutions.


It's Not About the Money: An Introduction to Fundraising, presented by Ellen Maling, Proprietor of Merrymeeting Management SolutionsThis workshop provides an overview of fundraising strategies. Fast-paced and introductory, the session will provide participants with highlights that can inform fundraising planning and implementation. Participants will leave with a few action steps they plan to implement.


Creative Immersive Learning Experiences at the Abbe Museum, presented by Starr Kelly, Curator at the Abbe Museum, and Angela Raup, Manager of Guest Experience at the Abbe MuseumHow can museum educators ignite curiosity and sustained learning through immersive experiences? What tools and frameworks will you need to build your own youth programming? This 90 minute session will focus on the current work being done at the Abbe Museum’s Education Department through the development of a week long summer camp. Co-lead by Starr Kelly and Angela Raup, this session will address deeper engagement through interdisciplinary work, the framing and embedding of lessons, and creative ways to evaluate your programming.

Morning Session Two Choices

I am the Development Department: Raising Money with a Small Staff, presented by Samuel Heck, Director of Development and Community Relations at Milestone RecoveryIn a nonprofit with a small (or no) staff, two things are constant: the to-do list is too long and everything on it is urgent. Among all the pressing matters that need attention RIGHT NOW, fundraising often seems to be the one thing that can wait until another day. And yet, if you're not deliberately making space to cultivate donor relationships, you may be leaving money on the table that could expand your organization's impact and make your life easier. This session will explore truths and misconceptions about giving, discuss best practices in fundraising, and outline fast, cheap, effective ways to motivate your donors to give.

Effective Use of Volunteers, presented by Kimberly Smith, Board Member of the Presque Isle Historical SocietyThis presentation was initially designed by the presenter as a course for a Non-Profit Management Diploma Course given at local college. The workshop covers risks/liabilities of using volunteers and how to screen and mitigate those risks. Trends in volunteer management, motivation and recognition will also be discussed. Lastly, organizations that use volunteers will be encouraged to leverage their volunteers. Helpful hints and useful websites will be provided.


Documentation: A Gift to Future You, presented by Kate Herbert, Digital Archivist at the Maine State ArchivesTired of accidentally redoing work? Finding abbreviations and classification schemes that seem like gibberish? Turn over leading to dropped or half done projects? Projects that are done six different ways? Discuss how to create documentation that will help alleviate these problems. What to document, and how to make sure that it will be available to the future you.

Afternoon Session One Choices

Have Cake and Eat it Too! Taking Advantage of Free Digital Storrytelling Tools and Visitor Analytics, presented by Nick Petit, Chief Marketing Officer at VAMONDEMuseums are burdened by society to not just be great art, history, science, etc….museums, but to also be technology companies that can speak any language. How can museums be expected to meet these expectations? By using free tools made for cities & cultural organizations to help visitors and residents to learn, experience and navigate culture in any city, in ANY language. VAMONDE is the future of cultural marketing and city tourism management. We enable culture and cities to be more competitive and relevant by using free tools. Our platform connects the city and all its cultural stories with digitally savvy visitors through immersive content.

Exhibition Development: Basics, Tips, and Tricks, presented by Julia Gray, Consultant at Riverside Museum SolutionsThis presentation will share some basic steps for developing engaging and effective exhibitions, from the big idea to content development, from design to installation. We will also talk about creative ways to stretch your exhibit budget, tips for presenting your content in various formats, and practical solutions to installing temporary exhibitions in challenging spaces.


A Historical Society and Land Trust Work Together: The Synergy of Complementary Missions, presented by Ned Allen, Executive Director of Bridgton Historical Society, and Jon Evans, Stewardship Manager at Loon Echo Land TrustIn this session we will share the experiences of Bridgton Historical Society and Loon Echo Land Trust in providing joint programs and cooperative ventures, culminating in Loon Echo’s acquisition of 252 acres, the Peabody-Fitch Woods, which surround BHS’s 25-acre property, Narramissic Historic Farmstead. The collaboration started with a public program about the Perleys, a prominent early Bridgton family. LELT discussed their extensive stewardship of lands once owned by the family, BHS presented a history of the family, and the owner of the original Perley Farm and orchard talked about the history of that property. In 2016 BHS worked with Rob Sanford ("Reading Rural Landscapes: A Field Guide to New England's Past") to develop a historic landscape hike of Pondicherry Park, a 66-acre tract of woodland in the middle of Bridgton, owned by the town and managed by LELT. This hike is available both in guided self-guided forms, including a printed brochure and app. Most recently, LELT raised $325,000 to acquire the land surrounding Narramissic from the family who bequeathed it to BHS in 1987. LELT and BHS are working together to develop interpretive trails and programs that will stress the property’s cultural history and its relationship to the land.

Afternoon Session Two Choices

Getting Started with Grantwriting: Basics You Need to Know, presented by Ellen Maling, Proprietor of Merrymeeting Management Solutions: This session will cover the basics for getting started and organized to develop effective relationships with donors and submit a credible proposal that can advance your strategic goals. We'll look at the landscape of institutions, provide some tips on research and approaches, and introduce a framework for creating narrative that will help you be more efficient and effective at preparing the proposal.

Connecting Students to Your Stories, presented by Joana Torow, Chief Educator at the Maine State Museum, and Kate Webber, Lead Educator at the Maine State MuseumJoin Maine State Museum (MSM) educators for an interactive workshop on working with teachers to share your institution’s exhibits and collections with Maine students. This workshop is based on the development, testing, and implementation of teacher materials created for MSM’s newest exhibit, Women’s Long Road: 100 Years to the Vote. Joanna and Kate will lead selected activities from the lesson plans, giving participants the chance to experience the materials as well as enjoy some of the fascinating stories unearthed in the process of creating the Women’s Long Road exhibit. The lessons cover political cartoons, suffrage maps, and the dramatic recreation of a 1914 Maine debate. This workshop is suited for institutions of all sizes. Our teacher materials are shared digitally, which keeps the budget low and makes it possible for students across the state to interact with MSM’s content even if they can’t visit the museum. We will give participants the option to share ideas and challenges from their own institutions, and workshop potential solutions as a group.


Wow! Homegrown Content Management Systems that will Blow Your Mind, presented by Renée DesRoberts, Special Collections Librarian at MacArthur LibraryInterested in creating your own collections/content management system with a developer? Curious about what goes into creating your own system rather than buying one "off the shelf" or using a service? The developers from the Southwest Harbor Public Library and the Kittery Historical and Naval Museum will show-and-tell-all in this panel w/Q+A.

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