Annual Meeting and Conference

Maine Archives and Museums holds an annual conference each fall with professional development sessions, rousing plenary presentations, networking, and more. The annual meeting of MAM's membership also takes place at this time--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 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.

Also check out our other event offerings throughout the state throughout the year!

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Upcoming conference

    • 08 Oct 2020
    • 1:30 PM (EDT)
    • 09 Oct 2020
    • 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online!

    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 Museum Association and the American Association for State and Local History.

    Event Program

    Here's the program!


    1:30PM-2:15PM Opening plenary presentation by Meadow Dibble and Kate McMahon

    2:30PM-3:30PM 4 Concurrent professional development sessions

    4:00PM-5:00PM 4 Concurrent professional development sessions

    5:30PM-7:00PM Maine 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 by Libby Bischof

    Opening plenary: The Atlantic Black Box Project

    Meadow Dibble and Kate McMahon represent the Atlantic Black Box Project. If New England’s merchant vessels had been equipped with black boxes to record the nature of their trade throughout the age of sail, we would be in a far better position today to determine the causes of the crash we are experiencing as a nation, as well as the origins of persistent racial injustice in this region. Atlantic Black Box is a broad-based coalition devoted to researching and reckoning with New England’s role in the slave trade and the economy of enslavement, actively looking to partner with museums, archives, and historic sites in unearthing this repressed racial history. Meadow Dibble is the Founding Director of Atlantic Black Box and a Visiting Scholar at Brown University’s Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice. Kate McMahon is a Museum Specialist at the National Museum of African American History & Culture and leads research efforts at the Center for the Study of Global Slavery.

    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

    Session descriptions and presenters listed here

    Maine Trivia happy hour

    All conference attendees are invited to gather Thursday evening for a fun social event to connect with others across Maine. Drinks and snacks welcome! MAM Executive Director Dugan Murphy will post readable Maine trivia questions and break participants into random groups to convince each other which multiple choice answers they think are correct.

    Prize: The participant with the most correct answers will win a free membership (institution, individual, or business) or membership renewal!

    Friday 10:30AM session choices

    • Wíwənikan: Partnering on New Models for Exhibition and Engagement
    • Creating a Virtual History Tour for Your Town
    • Telling the Bigger Story: Utilizing Statewide Collaborations in Your Exhibitions
    • It's Not About You: Mission vs. Relationships in COVID Era Fundraising

      Session descriptions and presenters listed here

      Closing plenary: The Importance of Public History During a Pandemic Bicentennial

      Libby Bischof, Executive Director of the Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education, and Professor of History at the University of Southern Maine, will reflect upon the continued importance of public history, collection development, education and outreach as the land we now call Maine moves into the third century of statehood. Pulling together various themes from the conference, Bischof will stress the central role of collaboration, partnerships, community work, and decolonization for Maine's museums, archives, and libraries as we look forward to 2021 and beyond.

      Annual meeting: Register separately (free, members-only) for the Annual Meeting of MAM membership on Thursday, October 15 at noon.

      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

        Maine Historic Preservation Commission

        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 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.

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