Events Hosted by Maine Archives & Museums

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Maine Archives and Museums offers professional development workshops, an annual conference, and other events, often in collaboration with local collecting institutions. 

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Upcoming MAM events

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


    THURSDAY, OCT 8

    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!


    FRIDAY, OCT 9

    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. 



      Registration

      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.


        Sponsors

        Thank you to our presenting sponsor!



        Host Sponsors





        Gold Sponsors

        History Live! North East

        Colby College Museum of Art

        STQRY

        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.

        • 15 Oct 2020
        • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
        • Online
        Register

        2020 Annual Meeting of MAM Members

        Online


        The Annual Meeting of MAM membership is everyone's opportunity to discuss and be a part of potential changes to the bylaws, election of  officers and other members to the Board of Directors, and to hear addresses on the state of the organization from the Board President and the Executive Director.

        In pre-pandemic times we have held this event in conjunction with the Annual Conference to take advantage of having so many members in one place.  This year we are moving it online for safety reasons and scheduling it separate from the conference to reduce Zoom fatigue.

        One member in attendance will be selected to receive free conference registration next year!


        Agenda

        Click here to view the agenda for the 2020 Annual Meeting! We will be electing board officers, electing one new board member, and hearing from the President and Executive Director about the health of the organization. There are no proposed bylaws changes this year.


        Attending an Online Annual Meeting

        To participate in this online meeting you will need access to a computer or mobile device with an internet connection. We will be using Zoom to host the chat. Once you register, you will immediately be sent instructions for logging in via automatically sent email.

        If you do not have access to a computer or mobile device with an internet connection, you will still be able to call in on a telephone, but you will unfortunately not be able to see any of the participants. 


        Online registration is free and unlimited to all members. Once you register you will be emailed information on how to attend online. 

        Registration will be open through October 15.

        Members of MAM must log to access registration. If you're not a MAM member, join today!



        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.

        • 10 Nov 2020
        • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EST)
        • Online
        • 97
        Register

        The Altered-Exhibit

        How Augmented-Reality, X Reality, and Virtual Reality Can Enhance the Museum Experience

        An Online Workshop


        We'll demonstrate how the use of Augmented and Virtual Reality technologies can enhance the museum experience, making exhibits more interactive and immersive. Participants will learn how AR and XR technologies can be integrated into already existing exhibits and how they can be used to attract and educate visitors.


        We will specifically talk about using Photogrammetry and 3D modeling to enhance existing or new exhibits, Altered-Reality Models being used to help visualize historical narratives, and the use of Virtual Reality for fully immersive exhibits.

        We will talk about the different technologies needed to make these projects, which most small to mid-sized museums already have! They include digital SLR cameras, webcams, and cellphones.

        This talk is oriented toward small and mid-sized museums/collections, but it is relevant to large ones as well.


        Your Presenters


        Matt Blazek is the Executive Director of History Live! North East, a 501(c)(30 nonprofit organization that provides high-fidelity, accurate, informative, interactive, andengaging living history presentations and demonstrations to primary and secondary schools, free of charge. He has over 25 years experience as a living history interpreter and educator, and studied Medieval and Renaissance Literature at the University of Southern Maine. In 2017 he started the lecture series The Agincourt Soldier, and has done over 200 presentations across Maine and New England since. In 2020 he merged that venture into History Live! North East, with plans to expand to 1607 Pre-Colonial Maine, and 1775 Pre-American Revolution.



        Ian Donnelly is an Research and Development Engineer at Penn State University, working to develop VR and AR applications. He has a passion for creating immersive and interactive pedagogical experiences. For his University of Maine honors thesis, Ian created Microscopia, a digital museum experience in both VR and AR. The applications centered around photogrammetric models of organisms generated from images captured with a scanning electron microscope, allowing users to shrink down to a microscopic scale. Since completing that project, he has shifted focus from science education to cultural heritage in his current projects.


        Attending an Online Workshop

        To participate in this online workshop you will need access to a computer or mobile device with an internet connection.  We will be using Zoom to host this workshop as an online videoconference.  Once you register, you will immediately be sent instructions for logging in via automatically sent email.

        If you do not have access to a computer or mobile device with an internet connection, you will still be able to call in on a telephone, but you will unfortunately not be able to see any of the participants or visuals. 


        Online registration will be open through November 10.

        The fee for members is $10.  Non-members pay $20.

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



        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.

        • 09 Dec 2020
        • 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM (EST)
        • Online
        • 48
        Register

        Authentic Dialogues

        Why Race Matters

        An online workshop


        The objective of this session is to start a conversation on why race matters in Maine’s museum and archive community. Representation matters, and too often, diverse stories and voices are not represented in Maine, due to the false belief that Maine is a “white state.”

        Representation within Maine’s archive and museum community starts with the recognition that this community is primarily white, and too often, that whiteness influences representation. Or lack of representation, or a white washing of history.

        Our dialogue will focus on discussing why creating diverse racial representation requires a willingness for white people to talk with other white people about race, and to avoid the pitfalls of falling into white saviorism. This 90-minute session is a mixture of lecture and small-group work, which will allow participants to deepen their knowledge of racism, while practicing starting conversations on race with other participants.

        This session is an introduction to discussing race that is not a reaction to America’s larger racial reckoning, but about creating spaces that reflect and honor Maine’s racially diverse history.

         


        Your Presenter


        Shay Stewart-Bouley is founder of Black Girl in Maine Media and a graduate of both DePaul University and Antioch University New England. She currently serves as the Executive Director of Community Change Inc., a 49-year-old civil rights organization in Boston, MA, that has been educating and organizing for racial equality since 1968 with a specific focus on the white problem. She earned the New England Press Association Award in 2011 for her work writing on diversity issues in the Portland Phoenix, Journal Tribune, DigPortland, and Portland Press Herald, among other publications. Her writing also has been featured in a variety of Maine and national publications as well as several anthologies.



        Attending an Online Workshop

        To participate in this online workshop you will need access to a computer or mobile device with an internet connection.  We will be using Zoom to host this workshop as an online videoconference.  Once you register, you will immediately be sent instructions for logging in via automatically sent email.

        If you do not have access to a computer or mobile device with an internet connection, you will still be able to call in on a telephone, but you will unfortunately not be able to see any of the participants or visuals. 


        Online registration will be open through December 9. Attendance is limited to 50 people; register soon to save your spot!

        The fee for members is $30.  Non-members pay $45.

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



        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.

        • 27 Jan 2021
        • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM (EST)
        • Online
        • 29
        Register

        Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Museum and Archive Professionals

        An Online Workshop


        This 90-minute introductory workshop supports staff and volunteers of archives and museums who want to learn about human differences and their impacts. Through dialogue and self-reflection, participants will gain new vocabulary and improve their ability to see and respond to bias and bigotry in their everyday lives.

        Participants will be asked to consider how our differences—such as race, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, class, and ability—shape our life experiences; how these differences impact individuals and communities; and how learned beliefs and institutional culture can make workplaces more or less welcoming and inclusive.

        We will reflect on our professional commitments to co-workers, volunteers, and guests and how we can better support others through our choices, words, and actions.

         


        Your Presenter


        Dr. Gabriel Piser is co-founder of Big Sky Education and Strategy, an organization that works collaboratively with young people, educators, and institutional leaders to develop innovative programs, increase communication around difficult topics, and identify big-picture organizational solutions. He has over 15 years of experience as an educator, researcher, and manager in the fields of diversity and inclusion, social-emotional learning, and adult education. He holds a doctorate in Comparative Studies from the Ohio State University, an MA in Philosophy from Binghamton University, and a BA in Sociology from Earlham College. Gabriel is an expert facilitator with thousands of hours of experience leading groups through challenging conversations and reflective processes. He also has over a decade of experience teaching at the post-secondary level. At conferences, colleges, and schools across the country he has helped young people and adults explore important topics like racial bias, gender and sexuality, conflict resolution, and intergenerational understanding. As a facilitator, he brings a unique blend of rigor, humor, and sensitivity to trainings and workshops. 



        Attending an Online Workshop

        To participate in this online workshop you will need access to a computer or mobile device with an internet connection.  We will be using Zoom to host this workshop as an online videoconference.  Once you register, you will immediately be sent instructions for logging in via automatically sent email.

        If you do not have access to a computer or mobile device with an internet connection, you will still be able to call in on a telephone, but you will unfortunately not be able to see any of the participants or visuals. 


        Online registration will be open through January 27. Attendance is limited to 30 people; register soon to save your spot!

        Folks who register early will receive optional short readings and videos ahead of the event to maximize their learning experience during the workshop.

        The fee for members is $15.  Non-members pay $25.

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

        • 24 Feb 2021
        • 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM (EST)
        • Online
        • 29
        Register

        Introduction to Race and Racism for Museum and Archive Professionals

        An Online Workshop


        In this introductory 90-minute workshop we create a supportive place for people who want to educate themselves about race and racism while empowering themselves to make meaningful changes personally and professionally.

        Participants will learn about the four forms of racism (internalized, interpersonal, institutional, and systemic); explore core concepts like implicit bias, microaggressions, and the cycle of socialization; and begin to reflect on the history of race and whiteness in America. Together, we will explore how race and racism impact our lives and improve our ability to bring justice and equity into our workplaces and communities.

         


        Your Presenter


        Dr. Gabriel Piser is co-founder of Big Sky Education and Strategy, an organization that works collaboratively with young people, educators, and institutional leaders to develop innovative programs, increase communication around difficult topics, and identify big-picture organizational solutions. He has over 15 years of experience as an educator, researcher, and manager in the fields of diversity and inclusion, social-emotional learning, and adult education. He holds a doctorate in Comparative Studies from the Ohio State University, an MA in Philosophy from Binghamton University, and a BA in Sociology from Earlham College. Gabriel is an expert facilitator with thousands of hours of experience leading groups through challenging conversations and reflective processes. He also has over a decade of experience teaching at the post-secondary level. At conferences, colleges, and schools across the country he has helped young people and adults explore important topics like racial bias, gender and sexuality, conflict resolution, and intergenerational understanding. As a facilitator, he brings a unique blend of rigor, humor, and sensitivity to trainings and workshops.



        Attending an Online Workshop

        To participate in this online workshop you will need access to a computer or mobile device with an internet connection.  We will be using Zoom to host this workshop as an online videoconference.  Once you register, you will immediately be sent instructions for logging in via automatically sent email.

        If you do not have access to a computer or mobile device with an internet connection, you will still be able to call in on a telephone, but you will unfortunately not be able to see any of the participants or visuals. 


        Online registration will be open through February 24. Attendance is limited to 30 people; register soon to save your spot!

        Folks who register early will receive optional short readings and videos ahead of the event to maximize their learning experience during the workshop.

        The fee for members is $20.  Non-members pay $30.

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

        • 24 Mar 2021
        • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM (EDT)
        • Online
        • 28
        Register

        Institutions, Racial Equity, and Diversity Planning

        An Online Workshop


        This 2-hour workshop affords participants the chance to reflect on the power that institutions wield in society, the inadvertent harm they can cause, and proven strategies institutions are using to be a force for social justice and equity.

        Together we will look at some of the ways that the history of white supremacy and the history of archives and museums are intertwined. We will look at how structural biases can persist in organizations despite the personal beliefs of individuals involved. We will review various institutional responses to racial equity concerns and introduce a methodology to evaluate the efficacy of these programs. Participants will leave with an expanded critical toolbox and resources related to both stakeholder engagement, and to recruiting, hiring, promotion, and retention of diverse volunteers, staff, and leadership.

         


        Your Presenter


        Dr. Gabriel Piser is co-founder of Big Sky Education and Strategy, an organization that works collaboratively with young people, educators, and institutional leaders to develop innovative programs, increase communication around difficult topics, and identify big-picture organizational solutions. He has over 15 years of experience as an educator, researcher, and manager in the fields of diversity and inclusion, social-emotional learning, and adult education. He holds a doctorate in Comparative Studies from the Ohio State University, an MA in Philosophy from Binghamton University, and a BA in Sociology from Earlham College. Gabriel is an expert facilitator with thousands of hours of experience leading groups through challenging conversations and reflective processes. He also has over a decade of experience teaching at the post-secondary level. At conferences, colleges, and schools across the country he has helped young people and adults explore important topics like racial bias, gender and sexuality, conflict resolution, and intergenerational understanding. As a facilitator, he brings a unique blend of rigor, humor, and sensitivity to trainings and workshops. 



        Attending an Online Workshop

        To participate in this online workshop you will need access to a computer or mobile device with an internet connection.  We will be using Zoom to host this workshop as an online videoconference.  Once you register, you will immediately be sent instructions for logging in via automatically sent email.

        If you do not have access to a computer or mobile device with an internet connection, you will still be able to call in on a telephone, but you will unfortunately not be able to see any of the participants or visuals. 


        Online registration will be open through March 24. Attendance is limited to 30 people; register soon to save your spot!

        Folks who register early will receive optional short readings and videos ahead of the event to maximize their learning experience during the workshop.

        The fee for members is $25.  Non-members pay $35.

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

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