2020 Online Annual Conference

  • 08 Oct 2020
  • 2:00 PM
  • 09 Oct 2020
  • 12:00 PM
  • Online!


  • MAM members may log in (blue button at top of website) to activate this registration option. Includes lunch. Register BEFORE September 11 and save!
  • Register BEFORE September 11 and save! Non-member price includes lunch and a $20 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 $20 credit toward MAM membership!
  • Students and anyone laid off, furloughed, or underemployed because of the pandemic


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


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!


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. 


    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.


      Thank you to our presenting sponsor!

      Host Sponsors

      Gold Sponsors

      History Live! North East

      Colby College Museum of Art


      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 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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