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Maine Archives & Museums Events

MAM Conference 2011 Maine Memory Network  MAM Workshop at the L.C. Bates Museum MAM Board Meeting, July 2011 Sponsor table at MAM Conference 2011 

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

Member events are listed here.

Upcoming events

    • 18 Apr 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Abbe Museum, Bar Harbor, ME
    • 38

    Oral History Essentials


    Learn how to engage in an oral history interview, starting with the equipment and resources you'll need and good recording practices, as well as editing your recording.  Meghan will cover what kind of questions to ask during an interview and how to ask them.  Participants will listen to examples and talk about what makes a good interview and how to best transform that for an audience.  If there is time, participants will do some practice interviewing.
     
    This half-day program will cover:

    • How to do an oral history interview
    • What equipment resources do you need
    • How to edit an oral history
    • Good recording practices
    • Best practices for oral history, including legal releases, how to get the best from your subject, how to make your oral history accessible, etc.

    Meghan will provide a break in the middle of the event for lunch.  Please bring your own lunch and keep the discussion going!


    Your Host

    This workshop is hosted by Meghan Vigeant of Stories to Tell, a self-publishing service specializing in personal history books and audio, to help people save and share their stories.

    Meghan Vigeant is an oral historian and writer. She studied radio documentary at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in 2006. She worked in public radio and conducted research for historical museums before turning her focus toward oral history work. From 2009 to 2011 she served as the Island Institute Fellow on Swan’s Island where she led the community to re-document their history after a fire, produced a series of oral histories and documentaries, and wrote Guts, Feathers, and All: Stories of Hard Work and Good Times on Swan’s Island, Maine. Four years ago she started her oral history business, now called Stories To Tell, to help individuals, families, and organizations save their stories as books and audio. She enjoys sharing her love of storytelling and has taught interviewing and documentary to students ages eight to eighty. 


    The Venue


    The Abbe Museum, located in downtown Bar Harbor, is a museum of Wabanaki art, history, and culture.  They strive to reflect and realize the values of decolonization in all of its practices, working with the Wabanaki Nations to share their stories, history, and culture with a broader audience.


    Registration will be open online through Sunday, April 16.  To register after this date, contact Tim Garrity at 207-276-9323.

    MAM members enjoy discounted registration.  If you're not already a member, join today!

    Due to space limitations, registration for this event is limited to 40 participants.

    Photo credits: top photo by Marti Stone; bottom photo by Amy Wilton

    • 18 May 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Colby College (Robinson Memorial Room in Special Collections at Miller Library)
    • 25

    Basic Digitization

    If you are new to digitization, planning a project that will involve digitizing your holdings, thinking about how to provide greater access to your materials, planning for Maine’s Bicentennial, or just curious about scanning, this half-day workshop will introduce you to basic digitization procedures and best practices. 

    Attendees will learn about the basics of scanning and digital project management; strategies for storing and managing digital files; scanning hardware and software; resources available online and in-state; and gain hands-on experience digitizing photos and textual materials.

    Note: this workshop will not cover digitizing audio or moving images.

    Tea, coffee, and lunch are provided.

    This workshop is co-presented by the Maine Historical Records Advisory Board.


    Schedule

    9 am – 9:30: Coffee and introductions

    9:30 - 12: Workshop

    12 - 1: Lunch in the dining hall on campus (your choice from the menu available that day)

    1 - 2: Optional museum tour and/or page turning of Audubon’s Birds of America in Special Collections


    Your Presenters

    This workshop is presented by:

    • Maggie Libby (Visual Resources Curator, Colby College Special Collections)
    • Meagan Doyle (O. O. Howard Digitization Project Supervisor, Bowdoin College Special Collections)
    • Erin Rhodes (Archives Education Librarian, Colby College Special Collections)


    The Venue

    The Robinson Memorial Room is located in Special Collections at Miller Library on the Colby College Campus in Waterville.  View the campus map.

    Parking available in the Roberts Parking Lot, which is a short walk to the Miller Library.

    This venue is wheelchair accessible.


    Online registration will be open through May 14.  To register after this date, contact Erin Rhodes at 207-859-5152 or enrhodes@colby.edu.

    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!

    • 25 May 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Caribou Public Library, 30 High St, Caribou
    • 15

    Basic Collections Care

    This all-day workshop will introduce you to basic collections care principles and practices and will cover the following topics

    1. What is preservation vs. conservation
    2. Environmental concerns
    3. How to survey and process collections
    4. What is provenance and what is the difference between finding original order and creating original order?
    5. Determining what re-housing materials you will need for your collections
    6. Accession records for manuscript versus artifacts.
    7. Staff and Volunteer management—how to optimize workflow

    Attendees will also have an opportunity for on-hands archival work for better understanding of collections care.

    The goal of this workshop is to familiarize attendees to the world of archival and special collections care from manuscripts to artifacts.

    Attendees may stay after workshop to enjoy a tour of the Caribou Historical Society. 

    Morning coffee and bagels are included with registration.


    Schedule

    9:00AM - Coffee, bagels, and registration in the History Room

    9:30-12:00 - Workshop part 1—theory and practice

    12:00-1:00 - Lunch in the Caribou Room (enjoy your own or go to a local eatery 

    1:00-3:30 Workshop part 2—hands-on work

    3:30-4:30 Optional social mixer with refreshments in the Caribou Room


    Your Presenters

    This workshop is presented by Anastasia S. Weigle, Director of Library and Special Collections at the Caribou Public Library


    The Venue

    This event is hosted in the History Room at the Caribou Public Library.  


    Online registration will be open through May 22.  To register after this date, contact Anastasia Weigle at 207-493-5946.

    The size of the workshop space limits registration to 15 participants - register early to reserve your space!

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

    • 08 Jun 2017
    • 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    • Colby College (Robinson Memorial Room in Special Collections at Miller Library)
    • 25

    Basic Archiving

    This basic archival workshop will give attendees a holistic understanding of collections care by discussing fundamentals of archives, including governance, preservation, arrangement and description, storage, access and outreach. Specific examples will illustrate key points and a list of resources will be provided. 

    Colby Special Collections will provide coffee, tea, and cookies.

    This workshop is co-presented by the Maine Historical Records Advisory Board.


    Schedule

    2 - 3:10: Part 1 of the workshop, including Q&A on broad topics like governance, preservation, arrangement, and description

    3:10 - 3:30: Snacks

    3:30 - 4:30: Part 2 of the workshop including Q&A on more granular topics like storage, access, and outreach

    4:30 - 5:00: Optional page turning of John James Audubon's The Birds of America in Special Collections

    5 PM: MAM social mixer in downtown Waterville (location TBA)


    Your Presenter

    This workshop is presented by Patricia Burdick, Assistant Director of Colby College Special Collections.


    The Venue

    The Robinson Memorial Room is located in Special Collections at Miller Library on the Colby College Campus in Waterville.  View the campus map.

    Parking available in the Roberts Parking Lot, which is a short walk to the Miller Library.

    This venue is wheelchair accessible.


    Online registration will be open through June 4.  To register after this date, contact Erin Rhodes at 207-859-5152 or enrhodes@colby.edu.

    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!

    • 24 Jul 2017
    • 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    • L.C. Bates Museum Visitors Center, Fairfield, ME
    • 35

    Looking Beyond the Closet:

    Storage Options and Implementation on a Budget

    This six-hour workshop will focus on the storage of historic objects and textiles.  

    Ron Harvey of Tuckerbrook Conservation will review storage environments, storage of historic objects and furniture, and appropriate storage materials. Ron will demonstrate hands-on use of storage materials techniques. 

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

    The workshop will be held in the visitors center, the building with the blue roof just north of the museum.

    Stick around for a MAM social mixer event with refreshments in the museum building to immediately follow this workshop!

    This event is supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.


    Your Host

    This workshop is hosted by Ron Harvey, Conservator/Principal at Tuckerbrook Conservation.  Tuckerbrook Conservation offers conservation consulting, treatment, teaching, management, storage, long-term preservation, handling, lecturing, preservation workshops, conservation assessments and assessment of collections, including archaeological, ethnographic, fine art objects, outdoor sculpture, and zinc sculpture.


    The Venue

    The L.C. Bates Museum at Good Will-Hinckley, located on U.S. Route 201 in Hinckley Village in Fairfield, is a natural history museum that includes amazing natural history exhibits, fun local history, Native American collections, rocks and minerals, fossils, outside nature trails, picnic tables, and an arboretum behind the museum.

    The workshop will be held at the visitors center, the building with the blue roof just north of the museum.


    Register online: The size of the workshop space limits registration to 35 participants - register early to reserve your space!

    Registration is free to MAM members (please log in first).  If you're not a member, join today!

    • 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!

    • 11 Oct 2017
    • 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM
    • Lincoln Memorial Library, 17 King St (Route 86), Dennysville
    • 24

    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!

Past events

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

Maine Archives and Museums

P.O. Box 784, Portland, Maine 04104   207-400-6965       info@mainemuseums.org 

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