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

Wh10 Quick Tips to Super Charge Your Next Fundraising Appeal

Join fundraising master trainer, Chad Barger, CFRE, for a review of the best practices in writing fundraising appeal letters. Chad will boil down the research from top fundraising experts to provide actionable tips on both how to write content that spurs action and how to actually get prospects to open the envelope.

9/22 @ 1pm (eastern)

Registration Link =

Care and ID Workshop, Photographs, with Gawain Weaver

October 4 – November 21, 2021

Care and ID ONLINE is a seven-week online course offered twice per year. The course is structured around weekly topics that are taught through video lectures, quizzes, and other learning materials that students absorb at their own pace, while a weekly online video chat allows for questions, feedback from the instructor, and demonstrations of print ID techniques. Cutting-edge online teaching tools are used to make this online course as similar as possible to the in-person workshop experience.

Registration Includes:

  • 7-week online course
  • Basic Photographic Sample Set
  • 60x LED handheld microscope

Registration can be found here.

2021 MAAM Annual Meeting and Conference

October 13-15, 2021

Registration will open soon. Please click here for more information.

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

Register Here:

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.

The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH)

AASLH Annual Meeting and Conference

AASLH/AMA 2021 Annual Meeting, September 22-25: The AASLH Program Chair, Michelle Moon, the 2021 Program and Host Committees, and AASLH staff are working to turn the Annual Meeting in Little Rock into a transformative experience. Every attendee will have the opportunity to be a true participant in a rich offering of workshops, tours, in-depth discussions, hands-on experiences, and social events. Days spent onsite with colleagues will include additional plenary events and more shared experiences inside and out of the conference program. Attendees will also be encouraged to visit history institutions and sites in the Little Rock area with colleagues or on their own and to participate in workshops and tours that maximize the history, culture, and places of the host city.

Scholarships are available.

Registration is open.

AASLH 2021 Online Conference, October 12-15: The 2021 Online Conference will continue to be an inspirational and informative experience. The online meeting will focus on sessions that allow speakers to share their stories, strategies, and expertise while interacting with participants through the chat function and some breakout rooms. The flexibility of the online format also allows the conference to be more reflective of crucial topics that emerge for the field in the months and weeks before the virtual meeting. Happy hours and discussion groups will also make more use of the Zoom break out rooms to encourage conversation between participants. This is an opportunity to improve on the successful online 2020 conference and to reach a larger percentage of our members and nonmembers around the country.

Please click here for more information.

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.