Conferences & 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.

2020 Annual Meeting
The American Association for State and Local History, September 24-30

The 2020 AASLH Annual Meeting will take place online September 24–30. You can join AASLH or renew your membership to take advantage of our member pricing. Register today!

Download the Registration Form to register by mail or fax

Download the 2020 Annual Meeting Program (All times listed are in Eastern Time)


The Pennsylvania Historical Association Annual Conference, October 16, 2020

The Pennsylvania Historical Association (PHA) will host its 89th annual meeting virtually (via Zoom), on Friday, October 16th. The theme, “Suffrage, Political Rights and Equality,” recognizes the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. 

The PHA invites its members, partners, and history-minded organizations to participate in its virtual conference. To that end our annual meeting is open to all—scholars, students, teachers, archivists and activists—and is available free of charge. 

Please register here.

Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums, Annual Meeting, October 5-16, 2020

Do Museums Still Need Objects?

Once perceived as static “cabinets of curiosities”, museums are now evolving their missions to meet the needs of their ever-changing communities. As we think about how museums will look in the future, we also need to think about how collections serve diverse audiences. The question remains: Do museums still need objects?

The MAAM Annual Conference will examine this question in its entirety. We will discuss the ways in which art, history, and science collections can play a new, or different, role in the museum. We will discuss how digital technologies make collections more accessible to communities. We will discuss how museums thrive with and without collections. We will discuss tough topics regarding collections. We want to know what you think about this question!

Registration will open soon.

Online Professional Development – Fall 2020

MuseumDev offers 4-week, online courses for museum professionals taught by subject experts with specialized skills and practical experience. Asynchronous courses allow you to finish readings, participate in discussion forums, and complete class assignments on your own schedule. 
Receive certificates of completion.

MEMBER DISCOUNT: Members of PA Museums can receive 10% off the course price of $199 using the discount code “PA10” at checkout.

Upcoming courses include:
Collection Management Policies (Oct 2020) – Instructor: Matthew Clouse
Intro to Museum Evaluation (Oct 2020) – Instructor: Emily Kalnicky
Inquiry-Based Learning and Museum Education (Nov 2020) – Instructor: David Bowles
Using Data in Museum Planning (Nov 2020) – Instructor: Emily Kalnicky
Writing for Exhibits (Dec 2020) – Instructor: Kathryn Lasdow
Management of Loans and Exhibits (Jan 2021) – Instructor: Matthew Clouse

For full details, please see

Growing Community and Moving Forward after 30 Years of NAGPRA, Annual Repatriation Conference, October 26-28, 2020