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.


Community Engagement through User Experience Webinar
Presented by Interactive Mechanics
May 23rd / 3pm / Free

User Experience (UX) is how your visitors feels about a product or service, whether you’re designing a website, an exhibit, or a toaster. How do you know if your target audience is having a good or bad experience? Learn to put yourself in your users’ shoes in order to better understand their motivations, so that you can create a welcoming experience and make something that is useful, easy to use, and enjoyable for them.

We’ll cover a typical UX journey and common methodologies that are useful for museum professionals, emphasizing ways to engage new and existing communities along the way, including evaluating your audiences, developing personas, facilitating design charrettes, co-creating and validating your concepts with your audiences. We’ll look at methodologies that are easy to implement with a limited budget and time.

Interactive Mechanics is a digital design firm that works with museums and archives on beautiful, user-centered digital projects for web, mobile, and in-gallery exhibit interactives. More info:


Creating Conversations: Interpreting Slavery
June 3rd, 2018 from 1-5 p.m.
The Peter Wentz Farmstead
Norristown Farm Park, Norristown

A half-day conference featuring the expertise of professional interpreters as a starting-point for continued conversation on this important part of our shared history.  Featured speakers include Joseph McGill, Founder- The Slave Dwelling Project; Brenda Parker, Character Interpreter- George Washington’s Mount Vernon; Cheyney McKnight, Founder- Not Your Momma’s History with a post-conference opportunity to continue in casual conversation during supper with fellow attendees and the speakers.

Register here.


Is Your Museum Grant Ready?
AASLH Webinar
June 4, 2018

Sarah Sutton offers a guide to self-assessing your institution’s grant-readiness and steps for bringing yourselves up to par. This 75-minute workshop reviews the institutional structures, policies, information, and practices that make museums competitive in the grants game. This webinar is adapted from Sarah’s new book of the same title.

Details: Date: June 4th, 2018 Time: 3:00 – 4:30 pm EASTERN
Cost: $40 members/$65 non-members Closed captioning available upon advanced notice.

Register here.



Archives Without Tears
Pennsylvania State Archives
June 5-6, Erie
June 13-14, Chambersburg

The Pennsylvania State Archives (PSA) and State Historical Records Advisory Board (SHRAB), in partnership with Erie Maritime Museum and the Franklin County Historical Society, are pleased to announce the Spring 2018 Archives Without Tears workshop schedule. The workshops will be held  June 5-6 at Erie Maritime Museum, Erie, PA and June 13–14 at the Franklin County Historical Society, Chambersburg, PA. These are the only sessions planned for 2018.

Archives Without Tears is an affordable workshop open to anyone who works, interns or volunteers for organizations that deal with archival records—whether it’s a museum; private, non-profit, or college archives; the city clerk’s office; the library’s local history room; or a historic site. The workshop provides practical advice, sample forms and policies, and discusses archival best practices, disaster planning and response, and records management principles so that staff can collect, preserve, and assist researchers with the archival records in their care.

Please click here for the brochure and registration information: Archives Workshop 2018


Collections Management (online course)
The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH)
July 9 – September 3, 2018

Please click here for more information and registration.


Annual Meeting
The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH)
September 26-29, 2018
Kansas City, MO


Annual Meeting
The Assocation of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC)
September 29 – October 2, 2018
Harford, CT

Registration is open.



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 (


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


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


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