SUPPORTING AND PROMOTING
MAINE'S COLLECTING INSTITUTIONS

 


HERE'S WHAT'S HAPPENING

Maine Archives & Museums hosts our own programs, events, and initiatives, and we help our member institutions promote their events as well.  Check our website for news, happenings, and deadlines from throughout the field.  

Got something you want to share, but you're not sure how or where to post it?  Contact us at info@mainemuseums.org.

MAM Events & Initiatives: Workshops, grant deadlines, and our annual conference

Public Events: Happenings for the public at our member institions

News You Can Use: News and opportunities from throughout the museum and archive field: grants, job listings, professional development, and more!

Upcoming events

    • 08 Sep 2017
    • 12:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    • Think Tank Biddeford, Pepperell Mill Campus, 40 Main St, Biddeford
    • 26

    Harness the Power:

    Great Tours + Maine's Tourism Industry = Museum Success

    What goes in to creating an in-demand, dynamic historic tour? And once you have a great tour, how do you tap into Maine’s well-developed tourism industry to promote what your organization has to offer? 

    Presented by members of the Biddeford Mills Museum, this workshop will help organizations/groups who wish to develop great quality historic tours, by sharing successful techniques for planning and executing a great tour program. Additionally, attendees will hear about the ways in which cultural organizations can take advantage of the marketing and advertising resources available through Maine’s well developed tourism industry. 

    The workshop will conclude with a full Pepperell Mills tour led by the Biddeford Mills Museum Mill Vets.

    Stick around after the workshop for a free MAM social mixer at the tasting room of the Banded Horn Brewing Company at 32 Main Street in downtown Biddeford, 4:30PM-6PM!


    Pepperell Mills Tour

    The historical tour is designed for those able to climb minimal stairs. Walking shoes should be worn. For safety reasons no open toed shoes are allowed. Children under the age of five (5) are discouraged from participating. A waiver is required to be signed for participation. An adult or guardian must sign for any participants under 18.


    Your Presenters

    The workshop will be presented by Board members and tour leaders from the Biddeford Mills Museum (BMM). The all-volunteer operated museum, and their incredibly successful tour program, have been an integral ingredient of Biddeford’s successful mill redevelopment over the last 10 years. BMM is a member of the Maine Tourism Association, and winner of the 2017 Originality Award at the Governor’s Conference on Tourism.


    The Venue

    Think Tank Biddeford is a professional coworking facility in the Pepperell Mill Campus in downtown Biddeford. Free parking is available at the public parking lot across Main Street on Foss Street. There are many other free public lots within a 5 minute walk. See this downtown Biddeford parking map.


    Online registration will be open through September 5.  Maximum number of participants is 30.  To register after September 5, contact Renee DesRoberts at rdesroberts@mcarthur.lib.me.us or 207-284-4181.

    MAM members enjoy discounted registration (please log in first).  If you're not a member, join today!

    • 08 Sep 2017
    • 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Banded Horn Brewing Company, 32 Main St, Biddeford

    Biddeford Mixer

    Come meet your colleagues in Southern Maine!  This social mixer event immediately follows the Great Tours workshop in Biddeford.

    Please RSVP so we know how many people to expect. 

    • 05 Oct 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Washburn-Norlands Living History Center, 290 Norlands Rd, Livermore
    • 25

    How to Say No:

    Creating a Collections Policy

    Historical Societies and Museums start out with empty shelves and exhibit cases and are so grateful for any donation that comes in the door.  Now years later, the shelves are reaching capacity and donors want assurances their family heirlooms will be on display forever. 

    This is the time to create a collections policy that spells out what your institution will collect, strict protocols for deaccessioning prized family heirlooms in the public trust, and a document that backs you up when you say, "thanks, but no thanks." 

    Stick around after the workshop for a free tour and MAM social mixer with refreshments, 3-4PM!


    Your Presenter

    Cipperly Good, an independent museum professional with over 15 years experience in the collections management field, will lead this introduction to creating your collections policy.  Cipperly is Principal of C.A. Good Museum Services, providing collections care and registration training, consultation, and project management, as well as exhibit services from concept to installation.


    The Venue

    The Washburn-Norlands Living History Center is Maine's oldest living history center and a multifaceted museum and working farm where costumed interpreters portray real people who lived in the area in the 1800s. 

    Upon arrival, park by the church and walk up the front drive towards the mansion. The workshop will be held in the Farmer's Cottage - the building between the mansion and barn (all connected). Enter the door to the right, that is next to the barn.


    Online registration will be open through September 27.  To register after this date, contact Dugan Murphy at info@mainemuseums.org or 207-400-6965.

    The size of the workshop space limits registration to 25 participants - register early to reserve your space!

    MAM members enjoy discounted registration (please log in first).  If you're not a member, join today!

    • 05 Oct 2017
    • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Washburn-Norlands Living History Center, 290 Norlands Rd, Livermore

    Livermore Mixer

    Come meet your colleagues in Western Central Maine!  This social mixer event immediately follows the Collections Policy workshop at the same venue.

    Please RSVP so we know to bring enough refreshments. 

    • 11 Oct 2017
    • 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM
    • Lincoln Memorial Library, 17 King St (Route 86), Dennysville
    • 20

    How to Place Your Historical Society on the Map

    At this workshop, participants will create an interactive map of historically significant places in Washington County for users of computers, smart phones and tablets, using the OnCell mobile platform.


    Full description

    Mobile technology resides in nearly everyone's pockets. A smartphone is the most indispensable tool for people as they navigate their world. It is vital that cultural and heritage organizations seize the opportunity to meet visitors in their world and give them access to information through their devices. So how can organizations connect with visitors via mobile?

    We’ll begin this workshop with a short presentation on the benefits of mobile apps, including visitor engagement, points of access, and leveraging apps as a marketing tool. We’ll review the benefits of creating apps with a content management system, such as OnCell, which allows organizations to build and manage their own mobile apps to help them meet both visitor engagement and accessibility goals.

    During the bulk of this workshop, participants will work together to gather information about historical institutions in Eastern Maine and use the OnCell platform to create a prototype digital tour of sites of historical and cultural interest, showcasing the unique heritage of Downeast Maine.

    Participants will bring with them their wish list of sites to be included in the app, along with any supporting modern and historic images and scripts for an audio tour. We’ll use OnCell to record our scripts, and then build our tour stops using images and text transcriptions for each point of interest. We’ll then map the locations and set GPS alerts based on a visitor’s location, so they can easily discover nearby points of interest.


    Outcomes

    Participants will walk away with new ideas on how to approach mobile tech, a solid understanding of best practices, and creative inspiration to take back to their team.


    Who should come

    This session welcomes individuals across all career levels and positions as variety in perspective drives creativity and collaboration, both of which are essential to building a successful mobile strategy and app.


    Other info

    Registration at least 2 weeks in advance is required so organizers can communicate with registrants about how to prepare for the workshop.  Participants will need to bring their own laptops.

    Check-in starts at 8:30AM.  The workshop starts at 9AM.

    Coffee will be available.  Bring your own bagged lunch to enjoy at half time!

    For more information about this workshop, contact Colin Windhorst at cjcw@myfairpoint.net or 207-726-3905.

    This event os co-hosted by the Dennysville River Historical Society and and OnCell.


    Your Presenter

    This workshop is presented by Colin J.C. Windhorst, Ph.D., Digital Curation Program, University of Maine.


    The Venue

    The historic Lincoln Memorial Library is located on Route 86 in Dennysville.


    Register online: The size of the workshop space limits registration to 24 participants - register early to reserve your space!

    Online registration is available until September 27 so organizers can communicate with registrants about how to prepare for the workshop.  Participants will need to bring their own laptops.

    MAM members enjoy discounted registration (please log in first).  If you're not a member, join today!

    • 10 Nov 2017
    • Thomas College, Waterville

    2017 Annual Conference

    The conference offers 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.  This year, the focus will be on Maine's upcoming bicentennial in 2020 and how your institution can be prepared for this once-in-a-lifetime celebration.


    Now accepting session proposals through June 15, 2017.

    The Association of Maine Archives and Museums is seeking qualified presenters to submit session proposals that fit this theme and advance MAM’s mission to support and promote Maine’s collecting institutions. Session proposals will be considered in the following formats:

    • Panel Sessions—90-minute session block with two or more presenters discussing a topic that can inform or inspire participants in their work.
    • Workshops—90-minute block with one or more presenters offering hands-on opportunities for skill building.
    • Poster Exhibits—Display material presenting a project or exhibit that your institution would like to share with a larger audience that has relevance to the field at large.

    The MAM Program Committee seeks proposals that will inspire organizations of various sizes and disciplines and are especially visionary. Case studies will be considered, but proposals that are clearly more applicable to the field at large will have priority. Topics may include but are not limited to:

    • Attracting new volunteers and members
    • Case statements, grant writing and other fundraising appeals
    • Effective marketing initiatives
    • Youth initiatives
    • Innovative educational or interpretive programming

    Click here to submit your session proposal.  Proposals will be reviewed in mid-June and applicants will be notified by mid-July, 2017 about whether their proposal was accepted.

    Please note:  MAM is unable to offer stipends, honorarium, or travel reimbursement to presenters.  Presenters who plan to attend other sessions during the conference must register and will receive the discounted Early Bird MAM member rate.



    Keynote speaker, Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr.

    The 2017 MAM conference will feature a dynamic keynote address from Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr.  Shettleworth has lectured and written extensively on Maine history and architecture.  He has served as Maine State Historian since 2004.  The longest serving State Historic Preservation Director, he filled this role in Maine from 1976 until 2015.  Shettleworth plans to present a lecture of images from Maine's centennial celebration in 1920.



    What else to expect at the conference

    If you would like to present at the conference, click here to submit your session proposal.

    Session topics may include

    • Framing and communicating the story of your institution and your collections
    • Exhibit design
    • Drafting and delivering effective speeches
    • Coordinating Maine's 2020 bicentennial celebration
    • Lots of other great discussion topics and networking opportunities!

    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 Thomas College in Waterville.  Stay tuned for more details!

Past events

24 Jul 2017 Fairfield Mixer
24 Jul 2017 Workshop: Looking Beyond the Closet: Storage Options and Implementation on a Budget
08 Jun 2017 Waterville Mixer
08 Jun 2017 Workshop: Basic Archiving
25 May 2017 Caribou Mixer
25 May 2017 Workshop: Basic Collections Care
18 May 2017 Workshop: Basic Digitization
18 Apr 2017 Workshop: Oral History Essentials
20 Mar 2017 Maine Museums Day
30 Dec 2016 Advertise in the Maine Archives and Museums newsletter!
14 Oct 2016 2016 Fall Conference & Annual Meeting
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
08 Jun 2016 Submissions for MAM's August 2016 newsletter
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
30 Mar 2016 ADVERTISE in the Maine Archives and Museums newsletter!
30 Mar 2016 MAM Newsletter Deadline for articles, updates & ads
30 Dec 2015 MAM Newsletter Deadline for articles, updates & ads
07 Nov 2015 MAM's November Mixer
02 Oct 2015 2015 Conference Sponsorship & Exhibitor Opportunities
02 Oct 2015 2015 Fall Conference & Annual Meeting
02 Oct 2015 Call for Proposals: MAM 2015 Fall Conference & Annual Meeting
29 Jun 2015 Historic Housekeeping
24 Jun 2015 Historic Frame Conservation Triage
05 Jun 2015 MAM June Mixer--Hinckley
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
16 Apr 2015 MAM April Mixer--Augusta
03 Mar 2015 MAM March Mixer--Portland
13 Jan 2015 MAM Winter Mixer--Camden
13 Jan 2015 Board Meeting
24 Oct 2014 2014 Fall Conference & Annual Meeting
24 Oct 2014 2014 Conference Sponsorship & Exhibitor Opportunities
18 Oct 2014 Identification and Care of Photographs
23 Jun 2014 Collections Care: Caring For & Storing Your Organic Objects
16 Jun 2014 Board Meeting
09 Jun 2014 A Development Primer: Build Capacity and Bolster Your Fundraising Efforts
06 Jun 2014 Call for Proposals: MAM 2014 Fall Conference & Annual Meeting
30 May 2014 Disaster Planning Step By Step (Bangor)
21 May 2014 Water Salvage of Library & Museum Materials (South Portland)
19 May 2014 Water Salvage of Library & Museum Materials (Ellsworth)
06 May 2014 Ink, Oil and Oak: Collections Care Workshop for Paper, Paintings and Furniture
02 May 2014 Disaster Planning Step By Step (Falmouth)
30 Apr 2014 Disaster Planning Step By Step (Belfast)
27 Apr 2014 Giving Voice to History
14 Apr 2014 Board Meeting
13 Jan 2014 Board Meeting
02 Nov 2013 Preservation Issues for Small Museums and Family Custodians
29 Oct 2013 2013 Conference Sponsorship & Exhibitor Opportunities
29 Oct 2013 2013 Fall Conference & Annual Meeting
29 Oct 2013 Call for Proposals: MAM 2013 Fall Conference & Annual Meeting
07 Oct 2013 Board Meeting
18 Sep 2013 Packaging, Public Relations & Promotion: The 3 P’s of Partnering with the Tourism Industry
09 Sep 2013 Long-Range Planning Retreat and Workshop
24 Jun 2013 Collections Care
10 Jun 2013 Board Meeting
21 May 2013 21st Century Skills Workshop
20 May 2013 Basic Collections Care Workshop
02 May 2013 21st Century Skills Workshop
29 Apr 2013 21st Century Skills Workshop
23 Apr 2013 Board Development & Digitizing Collections Workshop
08 Apr 2013 Board Meeting
05 Apr 2013 ADVERTISE in the Maine Archives and Museums newsletter!
02 Apr 2013 Basic Collections Care Workshop
27 Mar 2013 MAM Meet & Greet
14 Jan 2013 Board Meeting
30 Dec 2012 MAM Newsletter Deadline for articles, updates & ads
26 Oct 2012 2012 Conference Sponsorship & Exhibitor Opportunities
26 Oct 2012 2012 Fall Conference & Annual Meeting
16 Oct 2012 21st-Century Skillls Workshop: October 16
01 Sep 2012 Maine Memory Network Grant Deadline: September 1
11 May 2012 MAM 2012 Conference Call for Proposals
04 May 2012 Caring For and Storing Organic Objects: A Spring MAM Collections Housing Workshop
03 May 2012 21st-Century Skillls Workshop: May 3
28 Apr 2012 21st-Century Skillls Workshop: April 28
26 Apr 2012 21st-Century Skillls Workshop: April 26
25 Apr 2012 21st-Century Skillls Workshop: April 25
24 Apr 2012 21st-Century Skillls Workshop: April 24
02 Apr 2012 Board Meeting
01 Apr 2012 Maine Memory Network Grant Deadline: April 1
30 Mar 2012 MAM Newsletter Deadline for articles, updates & ads
03 Feb 2012 Kotzschmar Jr. Concerts at Dyer Library

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