2019 Fall Conference & Annual Meeting

  • 04 Oct 2019
  • 8:00 AM - 5:15 PM
  • University of Maine Hutchinson Center, Belfast


  • MAM members may log in (blue button at top of website) to activate this registration option. Includes lunch. Register BEFORE September 3 and save!
  • Register BEFORE September 3 and save! Non-member price includes lunch and a $25 credit toward MAM membership.
  • MAM members may log in (blue button at top of website) to activate this registration option.
    Includes lunch at the dining hall.
  • Includes lunch and a $25 credit toward MAM membership!
  • Includes lunch.
  • Includes lunch.
  • Includes lunch. Valid student ID required at registration.

Members may log in (blue button at the top of the page) to enable the member rate.

Please email cancellations to info@mainemuseums.org before September 27, 2019 to secure a full refund.

Cancellations emailed to info@mainemuseums.org between September 27 and October 2, 2019 will receive a refund, less a $25 administrative fee.

Refunds will not be offered for cancellations received on October 3, 2019 or later.

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

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 local venue TBA

Morning session one 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 two choices

  • I Am the Development Department: Raising Money With a Small Staff
  • Effective Use of Volunteers
  • Documentation: A Gift to Future You

Afternoon session one choices

  • Have Cake and Eat it Too! Taking Advantage of Free Digital Storytelling Tools & Visitor Analytics
  • Exhibition Development: Basics, Tips, and Tricks
  • A Historical Society and Land Trust Work Together: The Synergy of of Complementary Missions

Afternoon session two choices

  • Getting Started with Grantwriting: Basics You Need to Know
  • Connecting Students to Your Stories
  • 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 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 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).


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


Colby College Museum of Art

Maine Office of Tourism

Virtual Archive

Silver Sponsors

Northeast Document Conservation Center; Maine Historical Society; UMaineOnline; 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

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.

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