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.

Upcoming Webinars

Museums for All – Since 2014-2015, Museums for All has served more than 3 million visitors at more than 700 museums of all varieties, representing all 50 states. An initiative of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) which is administered by the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM), Museums for All is the only nationally coordinated financial accessibility program in the museum field.

Are you interested in learning more about Museums for All? Join staff from IMLS and ACM on October 28 at 2 p.m. Eastern to learn more about how and why over 700 museums participate in the program. Find more information and register to attend the informational webinar on the IMLS website.

How to Get Donor Visits and Navigate the Asking Process

October 28, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Join fundraising master trainer, Chad Barger, CFRE, for a session focused on figuring out who you should talk to, getting the meeting, figuring out what to talk about, making the ask and following up afterward. Chad will walk you step by step through the process he has successfully used for years as he works to raise support for a nonprofit organization. Templates and resources will be provided to help attendees implement the recommendations. Please click here to register.

What’s in a Theme – Virtual Collections Showcase

October 26, 7 p.m.

Join PHMC staff to discuss the most dangerous items in collections.

Please click here to register.

Beyond the Trail of Tears: K-12 Education about Native Americans at the National Museum of the American Indian

October 19, 12:00pm – 1:00pm

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian is engaged in Native Knowledge 360°, a national initiative to transform K-12 education about Native Americans. Please click here to learn more and register.

Archives and Records Management Seminar, Archives with Without Tears, The Pennsylvania State Archives

October 20-21, 2021

The Pennsylvania State Archives is pleased to announce that registration for the both the Annual Archives and Records Management Seminar (Wednesday, October 20) and the Archives Without Tears Key Concepts Series Q&A Panel (Thursday, October 21) are now live! Register from the links in the descriptions below.

Wednesday October 20, 10:00 – 12:00

ARM Seminar: Teams, OneDrive, SharePoint, Oh My!  Records Management and Microsoft 365

The Commonwealth and local governments are implementing many features of M365.  Agencies are moving away from network file shares to use SharePoint. Teams promises increased functionality, with chat, collaboration tools, and a phone system. One Drive allows sharing of work documents with others. What are the records management implications?  Where should records be stored? How should they be maintained for retention and disposition? Our speakers will lay out some of the challenges and concerns with managing records in this new environment.

Elizabeth Adkins, Director of Information Governance, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Meaghan Fukunaga, Deputy Director, Records Management, Indiana Archives and Records Administration

Phillip Walters, Chief Information Officer, County of Adams

Register Here:

Wednesday, October 20, 1:30 – 3:00

ARM Seminar: Looking in the Mirror: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility at Historical Records Repositories

Join us for a discussion on diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility in cultural heritage organizations. Speakers will be sharing their own experiences and will also answer audience questions.

Dominique Luster, Principle Archivist, The Luster Company

Jane Nutter, President, Gettysburg Black History Museum

Andrew Dalton, Executive Director, Adams County Historical Society

Cara Curtis, Archives and Library Director, Cumberland County History Society

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Thursday, October 21, 10:00 – 12:00

Archives Without Tears Key Concepts Series Panel Q&A

The Archives Without Tears Key Concepts Series distilled the two-day Archives Without Tears workshops into brief online modules that are freely available on PHMC’s YouTube channel. A panel of archivists will be on hand to answer your questions about practical solutions for how to collect, preserve, and assist researchers with the archival treasures in your care.

Please be sure to watch the videos prior to this panel session and bring your questions!

Register Here:

Association of Registrars and Collections Specialists (ARCS) 2021 Conference

The ARCS 2021 conference, Evolution, will be entirely virtual this year. Currently the conference will be from November 8-19, 2021 and will offer:

  • Educational Sessions
  • Networking Opportunities
  • Exhibitor Experiences

For the first time ARCS is planning on offering virtual pre-conference workshops to occur from October 25-November 5, 2021.

Small Museum Association Conference

Seizing the Moment: Opportunities for Radical Change

Small museums are uniquely positioned to pivot quickly to respond to the changing needs of our audiences. As we reflect on the impacts of the dual pandemics that came to the forefront in 2020, that of COVID-19 and racial injustice around the world, how can we seize the moment to create lasting, meaningful change for our institutions and our communities? If not now, when?

Sunday, February 20 to Tuesday, February 22, 2022
The Hotel at the University of Maryland
Find out more.