Conferences and Workshops

PA Museums posts statewide, regional, and national conferences and workshops that may be of interest to our members. Our own conferences and workshops are at Programs and Services.

To submit a listing, please contact us.


City, County, Commonwealth, and Country: Local and Regional History as America’s History
The Pennsylvania Historical Association
Annual Meeting
October 11-13, 2018
Lancaster, PA

The Pennsylvania Historical Association’s 2018 annual meeting will be held in Lancaster from October 11-13 and hosted by  The conference theme will be “City, County, Commonwealth, and Country: Local and Regional History as America’s History.”

Registration and local information for the conference will be available by August 1. Please visit this page for updates.

Questions should be directed to program chair Michael Birkner ( or local arrangements chair Tom Ryan (


Investigating Mid-Atlantic Plantations: Slavery, Economies, and Space
A conference presented by Stenton Museum, the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, the Program in Early
American Economy and Society at the Library Company of Philadelphia, Cliveden of the National Trust, and the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation at the University of Pennsylvania
October 17-19, 2018
Philadelphia, PA
Call for Papers


Annual Meeting
Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums
October 17-19, 2018
Baltimore, MD


2018 Archives and Records Management Seminar
Pennsylvania State Archives
October 23, 2018
Harrisburg, PA, online, and special viewing at the Senator John  Heinz History Center, Pittsburgh, PA

Please click here for more information and registration.


Assessing and Managing Risks to Your Collections
Earth and Mineral Sciences Museum Center for Education, Research, and Collections (CERC)
October 24 – 25, 2018, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Special Services Building Conference Room (204 SSB)
151 Standing Stone Lane, State College, PA 16803

In this two-day workshop, Dr. Rob Waller will explain how to assess and manage risks to collections based on an integrated approach of estimating damage and loss and mitigation of damage and loss to cultural property. Participants will learn how to apply the principles of preventive conservation to make risk management a sound, strategic investment for their institution. Workshop participants will learn:
How to identify risks to collections, the agents of change responsible, and risk event frequencies from rare to continual.
How to evaluate relative importance of each risk.
How to identify means of controlling risks by using different methods at different levels.
How to develop and evaluate risk mitigation strategies, their costs, benefits, risks, and best option for each situation.

Wednesday, 24 October—Assessing Risks to Collections
Agents of change and the identification of risks to collections
Evaluating risks by frequency and severity
Parameters for estimating risks—fraction susceptible,
loss in value, extent, and probability
Calculating the magnitudes of risk

Thursday, 25 October—Managing Risks to Collections
Identifying methods for controlling risks
Levels of risks and the application of control methods
Developing risk mitigation strategies
Evaluating the relative costs, risks, and benefits of mitigation strategies

The workshop is free and open to staff of area museums, libraries, and archives, risk management specialists, and facilities managers.

Space is limited. Advanced registration is required.

To register, please contact:
Julianne Snider, Assistant Director, Earth and Mineral Sciences Museum & Art Gallery, Penn State 814-571-6317 or

Using the Cultural Property Risk Analysis Model (CPRAM), participants in this interactive workshop will learn to apply theory and integrated practical components to assess and manage risks. With lectures, demonstrations, small group brainstorming, assembling ideas, presentations, and discussion, Dr. Waller’s teaching approach imparts information and fosters team-building and mutual understanding.

This workshop is generously funded by a Museums for American grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Earth and Mineral Sciences Museum Center for Education, Research, and Collections (CERC)
Special Services Building Conference Room (204 SSB)
151 Standing Stone Lane, State College, PA 16803



Preserving Modern and Contemporary Museum Collections: The Then and Now
The Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts
December 4, 2018
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
Philadelphia, PA

Caring for modern and contemporary collections is a continually evolving challenge. The 20th and 21st centuries present a vast array of new materials that have left collections staff in uncharted territory as they address unprecedented preservation problems. Colors change and fade, structures lose their integrity, and material components become obsolete. Museums and other collecting institutions must understand the long-term needs of these items in order to determine appropriate priorities for conservation, storage, exhibition, documentation, and digitization. In presentations and artist/conservator conversations, this 1-day conference will explore ways to anticipate, plan for, and address preservation concerns in modern and contemporary collections.

Please click here for more information and registration.



Agents of Change: Leadership in Small Museums
Small Museums Association Conference
February 17-19, 2019
College Park, MD
Call for proposals, deadline September 10, 2018


Building Museums Symposium
Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums
February 27-March 1, 2019
New York, NY


Exercising Power: Individuals and Institutions in History
2019 National Council for History Education Conference
March 14-16, 2019
Washington, DC

Early Bird Registration is now open. Rates will increase on November 1st.  To register for the 2019 Conference, go to:


Contact John Csepegi at or (240) 696-6612


PA Museums Annual Statewide Museum Conference
PA Museums
April 7-9, 2019
Chadds Ford, PA


AAM Annual Meeting and MuseumExpo
The American Alliance of Museums
May 19-22, 2019
New Orleans, LA


Association of Registrars and Collections Specialists(ARCS) Biennial Conference
November 7-9, 2019
Philadelphia, PA