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.


The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH)

Online Course: Basics of Archives
September 30-October 25
$85 members/$160 nonmembers

Online Course: Introduction to Financial Management
September 30-October 27
$150 members/$250 nonmembers


Continuing Education Programs at Rutgers-Camden

Registration is open for most Fall 2019 continuing education courses and workshops in historic preservation ( This program is run by the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities (MARCH) at Rutgers University-Camden in partnership with the New Jersey Historic Trust and attracts participants from throughout the region who work or volunteer at cultural heritage institutions of all shapes and sizes as well as those who have avocational interests in historic preservation, broadly defined. Register for one or more courses or workshops to acquire the tools you need to get history stuff done! No prerequisites. Everyone is welcome.


How do you take care of historic buildings, and what policies and procedures should be in place to do that? Learn first-hand about maintaining and preserving historic structures, inside and out. Class meets in Trenton, NJ.


REGISTRATION OPTION A: If you plan to use a Rutgers PC that is already in the lab, register here. Limit 12: |
REGISTRATION OPTION B: If you plan to bring your own laptop, register here. Limit 8:

Learn how to conduct historical research on the historic sites and houses where you work, volunteer, or live using free, digitized historic sources available online. Don’t tell the same old stories!


Get guidance on how to improve the historic authenticity and quality of what your site’s costumed interpreters are wearing – on a budget! If your setting is authentic, you interpreters should be too! Class meets at Rutgers in Camden.

For the most up-to-date course info and to learn more about the certificate option:



10 Quick Tips to Super Charge Your Next Fundraising Appeal
PA Museums Webinar
September 23, 2019, 11 a.m.

Join fundraising master trainer, Chad Barger, CFRE, to review the best practices in writing fundraising appeal letters.  This session includes the most current research on what is working and what isn’t from the field’s top experts. This is a free webinar, but registration will be required. Contact PA Museums to register.

IMLS Grants Workshop
September 24, 2019
Newark, NJ

This full-day workshop will offer a comprehensive overview of the IMLS grant programs administered by the Office of Museum Services (OMS), special initiatives such as MAP, CAP, Museums for All, and Museums for Digital Learning, and other agency priorities and resources. OMS staff will help prospective applicants walk through the nuts and bolts of putting together a successful IMLS application.

Space is limited and registration is required. Attendance is limited to two staff members per institution. For additional details and event updates, please visit the workshop event page on the IMLS website.


Annual Meeting
The Ohio Local History Alliance
October 3-5, 2019
Columbus, OH

The Ohio Local History Alliance invites local historians around the region to its Annual Meeting in Columbus, October 3-5, 2019. This year, Nekole Alligood of the Delaware Nation will be the keynote speaker to anchor a full slate of sessions about American Indian topics, from consultation to working together to archaeological collections care and debunking myths. Other conference sessions include deaccessioning, pest management, building an inclusive board, steering tourism toward your site, and accessibility at historic sites. More information, including the full conference schedule and registration information, can be found on our website at


Caring for Paper Collections in Your House Museums or Historic Building (Workshop)
The Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts
October 10, 2019, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
A.J. Drexel Picture Gallery of Drexel University, Philadelphia

Presenter: Stephenie Schwartz Bailey, Education Program Manager & Preservation Consultant, CCAHA

Click here to register.

The end of family ownership and opening of historic buildings to visitors determines the use, presentation, and long-term care of the collections within. This workshop introduces best practices for handling, housing, and exhibiting photographs, books, and paper artifacts when architecture may limit storage space and environmental controls. Discussion will include an overview of the agents of deterioration, how to prioritize conservation concerns, and recommendations for preventive maintenance. After identifying preservation quality materials and tools, participants will design and make an enclosure for a paper artifact.


The 2019 Visitor Experience Conference
Visitor Experience Group
October 13-15, 2019
Philadelphia, PA

Please click here for more details and registration information.


MAAM Annual Meeting 2019
Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums
October 16-18, 2019
West Point, NY

Diversity and Emerging Museum Professionals’ fellowships are available to attend MAAM.


Museum Trustee Association
October 17-20, 2019
Cleveland, OH

Twice a year, MTA convenes gatherings of museum board members and senior staff to discuss and ignite conversations around topics essential to museum trustees today. Please click here for details, and use this link for registration.

2019 Archives and Records Management Seminar
October 23, 2019
Harrisburg, PA

Save the date. More information will be coming soon.


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

Registration is open.


Striking the Balance: Access vs. Preservation in Museums (Conference)
The Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts
December 5-6, 2019
Museum of the American Revolution, Philadelphia

Click here to register.

Innovative educational strategies have revolutionized how art and artifacts are presented to diverse audiences, as a variety of communication styles and learning preferences are considered. Programs that incorporate touch experience, adaptive exhibition environments, and interactive digital encounters relay the story for all. Even the work of conservators and museum professionals may be presented as part of the storytelling, as creative approaches to accessibility and collections care evolve. Yet, these approaches may seem at odds with preservation. The need for accessibility in museums requires a delicate balance between preservation and making materials available and understandable to a large audience with diverse needs. Strategies for promoting access with responsible stewardship is the focus of this conference.

This two-day conference includes the opportunity to explore interactive exhibits and a new special exhibition, Cost of Revolution: The Life and Death of an Irish Soldier, at the Museum of the American Revolution.

Topics include:

  • Touch programs with preservation handling
  • ADA considerations in house museums
  • Conservation on exhibit
  • Digitization for accessibility
  • Sensory sensitivity and visitor experience
  • Giving access to university museum students



Building Museums Symposium
The Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums
March 4 – 6, 2020
Chicago, IL

The Mid-Atlantic Association of Museum is currently seeking session proposals. Please click here to see their Call for Session Proposals.


Annual Statewide Museum Conference and Special Achievement Awards
PA Museums
April 19-21, 2020
The Senator John Heinz History Center
Pittsburgh, PA

Please click here to see our Call for Session Proposals.


Annual Meeting and MuseumExpo
The American Alliance of Museums
May 17-20, 2020
San Francisco, CA