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MAM Events & Initiatives

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As part of its continuing service to the field, Maine Archives and Museums offers annual workshops, an annual conference, and professional development opportunities, often in collaboration with other collecting-based organizations. If you have any questions or suggestions for future programs, please email info@mainemuseums.org.

Upcoming events

    • 15 Apr 2014
    • 16 May 2014
    • TBD

    Maine Archives and Museums 2014 Annual Conference

    The Next Generation: Leadership, Partnership and Stewardship for Future Growth

    Location and date TBD

    Call for Proposals

    Proposal Submission Deadline: May 16, 2014

    For collecting institutions and organizations in Maine planning for our future is equally important as preserving our present and past.  While the future in its very essence hinges on the unknown, there is groundwork we can lay now with the goal of meeting these upcoming challenges head on, and enabling us to flourish in their wake.

    How will we continue to care for our collections?  What can we do to retain and increase membership and visitation?  Will we be able to maintain a presence of strong leadership within our organization?  What actions can we take now to ensure our success and growth for years to come?  The Maine Archives and Museums 2014 Annual Conference seeks to offer participants an array of topic sessions and workshops addressing these questions, in addition to a relevant keynote address and a variety of networking opportunities.

    Maine Archives and Museums invites you to share with MAM conference participants your innovative ideas, creative and pragmatic solutions, and experiences that align with the 2014 Annual Conference theme, The Next Generation: Leadership, Partnership and Stewardship for Future Growth.  The Program Committee seeks proposals that will engage organizations of various sizes and disciplines, and advance MAM’s mission to support and promote Maine’s collecting institutions. Case studies will be considered however proposals that are clearly more applicable to the field at large will be given priority.  Topics may include but are not limited to:

    • Strategic planning for both the immediate and long-range future
    • Board cultivation and development
    • Fostering leadership and retention among existing staff and volunteers
    • Best practices for collections stewardship
    • Local and state-wide organizational partnerships and collaborations
    • Policy development for governance, collections management and educational programming
    • Educational initiatives that cultivate interest among the next generation of leaders
    • Fundraising, marketing, and economic assessment and planning
    • Engaging and cultivating leadership in emerging and mid-career professionals
    • Innovative interpretive programming for an expanded audience

    Proposals will be considered in the following formats:

    • Panel Sessions – One hour and fifteen minute session block with two or more presenters discussing a topic.

    • Workshops – One hour and fifteen 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 and has relevance to the field at large.

    For more information or to submit a proposal, please complete the attached form and email it with resumes for all speakers to info@mainemuseums.org, or send requested materials to PO Box 46, Cumberland Center, ME 04021.  Proposals will be reviewed in early June and applicants will be notified by June 21, 2014 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.

    • 27 Apr 2014
    • 2:00 PM
    • Sidney Historical Society at Sidney Grange Hall, Sidney, ME

    April 27, 2:00pm

    Giving Voice to History--FREE!

    Sidney Historical Society at the Sidney Grange Hall, 2986 Middle Road, Sidney, ME

    Presented in partnership with Sidney Historical Society

    Keith Ludden and Molly Graham of Oral History and Folklife Research, Inc. describe techniques for interviewing, recording and transcribing the spoken words of  our family members and neighbors.

    Registration appreciated.  Register directly with Sidney Historical Society.  Contact Maura Gammans at megammans@gmail.com or 207-512 - 6402

    • 30 Apr 2014
    • 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    • Belfast Free Library, Belfast, ME
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    April 30, 1:00-4:30pm

    Disaster Planning Step by Step

    Belfast Free Library, Belfast, ME

    Presented in partnership with Cultural Emergency Resource Coalition: Maine

    Join us for this no-nonsense presentation of the basic benchmarks appropriate for small, medium and large organizations, and select resources to get them accomplished.

    Cost:  $10 MAM Members/$12 Non-members

    • 02 May 2014
    • 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    • Falmouth Memorial Library, Falmouth, ME
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    May 2, 1:00-4:30pm 

    Disaster Planning Step by Step

    Falmouth Memorial Library, Falmouth, ME

    Presented in partnership with Cultural Emergency Resource Coalition: Maine

    Join us for this no-nonsense presentation of the basic benchmarks appropriate for small, medium and large organizations, and select resources to get them accomplished.

    Cost:  $10 MAM Members/$12 Non-members


    • 06 May 2014
    • 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    • USM Lewiston-Auburn College, Lewiston, ME
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    May 6, 9:30am-4:30pm

    Ink, Oil and Oak: Collections Care Workshop for Paper, Paintings and Furniture

    USM Lewiston-Aubrun College, Lewiston, ME

    Join three conservators for this day-long workshop on caring for the many and varied items in your collections:  Nina Rayer of Rayer Fine Arts conservation specializes in treatments and consultation regarding works on paper, historic photographs, and small textiles; Jon Brandon of East Point Furniture Conservation has 30 years of experience working on major collections of American and European furniture for museums, the U.S. Government, and private collectors; and Lauren Lewis, Lewis Conservation Services, LLC focuses on painting conservation and preventive conservation.  The workshop will also feature a tour of the Franco-American Collection hosted by James Mayall.

    Cost:  $18 MAM Members/$25 Non-members. Lunch included

    • 19 May 2014
    • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Woodlawn Museum, Ellsworth, ME
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    May 19, 9:00am-4:30pm

    Water Salvage of Library and Museum Materials

    Woodlawn Museum, Ellsworth, ME

    Presented in partnership with Cultural Emergency Resource Coalition: Maine and Woodlawn Museum.

    After the pipes burst or the fire department leaves, you are left with wet collections. What now? This hands-on workshop walks you through the recovery of wet materials.   

    Cost:  $15 MAM Members/$18 Non-members.  Lunch included.

    • 21 May 2014
    • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • South Portland Fire Department, South Portland, ME
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    May 21, 9:00am-4:30pm

    Water Salvage of Library and Museum Materials

    South Portland Fire Department, South Portland, ME

    Presented in partnership with Cultural Emergency Resource Coalition: Maine and Woodlawn Museum.

    After the pipes burst or the fire department leaves, you are left with wet collections. What now? This hands-on workshop walks you through the recovery of wet materials.   

    Cost:  $15 MAM Members/$18 Non-members.  Lunch included.

    • 30 May 2014
    • 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM
    • Bangor Public Library, Bangor, ME
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    May 30, 10:00am-2:30pm 

    Disaster Planning Step by Step

    Bangor Public Library, Bangor, ME

    Presented in partnership with Cultural Emergency Resource Coalition: Maine

    Join us for this no-nonsense presentation of the basic benchmarks appropriate for small, medium and large organizations, and select resources to get them accomplished. 

    Cost:  $10 MAM Members/$12 Non-members  Lunch included.


    • 09 Jun 2014
    • 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Osher Map Library, Portland, ME
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    June 9, 9:00-3:30pm

    A Development Primer: Build Capacity and Bolster Your Fundraising Efforts

    Cohen Education Center at the Osher Map Library, Portland, ME

    Agenda

    9:00-9:30:  Registration, coffee

    9:30 - 10:30:  Trends in Philanthropy

    Dana Baldwin, Program and Communications Director, Maine Philanthropy Center  will give an overview of the latest trends in philanthropy in Maine, and lessons learned about funder/fundee relationships since transitioning out of a 25 year career in museums to become a new employee of the Philanthropy Center. An overview resources available at the Maine Philanthropy Center will be provided.

     

    10:30 - 11:45:  Back to Basics: Annual Fund and Major Gifts

    Kate Lewis, Development Director, Greater Portland Landmarks will lead a session focused on the foundations for a successful annual and major gifts fundraising program. Kate will examine the building blocks of leadership expectations, sharing your case for support, defining prospect goals and strategies, making the ask, and keeping donors engaged for the long haul.     

      

    11:45 - 1:00:  Lunch and tour of Osher Map Library

    Enjoy a boxed lunch followed by a guided tour of the Osher Map Library and its latest exhibit, Charting an Empire: The Atlantic Neptune.

     

    1:00 - 2:15:  Development in the Small Shop

    Kathryn Diphilippo, Director/Curator, South Portland Historical Society will share strategies on how to focus on fundraising and accomplish the mission when you are a staff of one. 

     

    2:15-3:30: Moving Toward a Mature Development Function

    Stephen Podgajny, Director, and Emily Bray Levine, Development & External Relations Director, Portland Public Library will share approaches for planning past the next week and assessing and committing to development functions while keeping operations running smoothly. In addition to sharing their perspectives about the Executive Director and the Director of Development partnership, Stephen and Emily will discuss how to work with your board and set advancement-related expectations for individual board members and how to create a development committee – your make-or-break volunteers and how to cultivate, educate, and position them for success.  

     


    • 09 Jun 2014
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Location TBD
    All MAM members are invited to attend MAM's quarterly board meetings.  E-mail info@mainemuseums.org for more information and to let us if you are attending so we can ensure adequate space.
    • 23 Jun 2014
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • L.C. Bates Museum, Hinckley, ME
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    June 23, 9:00-3:00pm

    Collections Care: Caring For & Storing Your Organic Objects

     

    L.C. Bates Museum, Hinckley, ME

    Presented in partnership with the L.C. Bates Museum and funded by a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services.

    Conservator Ron Harvey will explore the special needs of organic objects ranging from clothing to leather boxes and natural history collections to fabric arts and wooden materials. The presentation will include demonstrations and a hands-on storage activity. Participants may bring photos of their objects with storage or preservation issues for the conservator to discuss. The workshop will include an opportunity to prepare the interior of a small acid free box for safe object storage for an item in your collection. Morning refreshments will be provided but please bring a your lunch and questions for the conservator.

    • 29 Sep 2014
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Location TBD
    All MAM members are invited to attend MAM's quarterly board meetings.  E-mail info@mainemuseums.org for more information and to let us if you are attending so we can ensure adequate space.

 

Maine Archives and Museums / P.O. Box 46 / Cumberland Center, Maine 04021 / (207) 400-6965 / info@mainemuseums.org 

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