Events Hosted by Maine Archives & Museums

MAM Conference 2011 Maine Memory Network MAM Workshop at the L.C. Bates Museum MAM Board Meeting, July 2011 Sponsor table at MAM Conference 2011 

Maine Archives and Museums offers professional development workshops, an annual conference, and social mixers, often in collaboration with local collecting institutions. If you would like to present at or host future programs or have any suggestions, please email

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Upcoming events

    • 05 Feb 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Maine State Archives and Maine State House, Augusta, ME

    Contemplate – Educate – Understand -- Renew

    Learn about advocacy, meet your legislators, and help us celebrate and advocate for collecting institutions throughout Maine!  

    The event will begin with a training on best practices in advocating for your institution.  Attendees will have time to meet with their legislators before reconvening for a reception in the Hall of Flags.

    11AM-12PM Maine State Archives  Advocacy Training - discuss current issues and practice your advocacy story with representatives from the New England Museum Association.  Register here (no cost, space limited) if you'd like to attend.

    12PM-2PM Maine State House  Meet Your LegislatorsMake appointments to meet with your legislators to discuss the issues relevant to your organization.

    2PM-4PM Hall of Flags, Maine State House  ReceptionExhibit your organization (register here at no cost to members of MAM and NEMA to reserve table space) and/or meet with folks from other collecting institutions while enjoying refreshments and inspiring speakers.

    This event is free, including the 11AM training (space limited) and first-come-first-serve exhibitor table space.  You must be a MAM member or NEMA member to exhibit.  NEMA members, please email or call Dugan at 207-400-6965 to register for exhibitor table space.

    We encourage collecting institutions, their volunteers and staff, students, and supporters across the state to attend. 

    Register for the Advocacy Training, Reserve Exhibitor Space, or Sponsor

    Register on this page for the 

    • 11AM advocacy training (free to anyone, 30 seats available, registration open through February 4)
    • Limited exhibitor table space  (MAM members must sign in first and NEMA members can contact Dugan at or 207-400-6965; registration open through February 3) 
    • Sponsorship opportunities

    Spread the Word

    Please use these materials to communicate about Maine Museums Day and about the impact of collecting institutions.

    Maine archives, historical societies, and museums are valuable economic engines in their communities, contributing millions of dollars to Maine’s economy, and enticing visitors to stay longer, spend more, and return in the future.  However, their value is more than dollars and cents, these collecting organizations create the unique feel of our communities, while preserving and sharing our most cherished history, art, and culture.  These Maine institutions, found in communities - large and small, rural and urban - provide opportunities for our citizens to understand where we have been and who we are as a society; they offer places where we can contemplate beauty and meaning in our lives, provide a sanctuary where we can refresh our spirits and reflect on our lives.  Archives, museums and historical societies can educate and inspire all ages, from the senior living in retirement, to the child just beginning school and learning about both our individual and common heritage.  Investment in the arts and humanities is essential to our well-being as Americans, and to the generations who will follow us.

    As valued partners in our communities and the state, our collecting institutions need protection. At risk are vital funds through state and national granting organizations, and support for important projects like the Maine bicentennial in 2020.  Join us as we listen, learn, and celebrate all these attributes at Maine Museums Day at the State House!

    Thank you to our event partner!

    Thank you to our Lead Sponsor!

    Thank you to our Gold Sponsor

    Thank you to our Silver Sponsors

    University of Maine Department of History

    Northeast Document Conservation Center

    Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education

    • 06 Feb 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Yarmouth History Center, 118 East Elm Street, Yarmouth
    • 30

    The Art of the Ask

    Plus Other Essential Tools of Persuasion

    “You can’t always get what you want,” the Rolling Stones sang, “But if you try sometime, you just might find you get what you need.” 

    As a museum professional, success often depends on how well you are able to ask for things: donations, political support, collaboration, salary and benefits, among many others. You need to be persuasive, convincing, a good speaker and listener, a good negotiator. Are all these things in your personal toolkit?

    Learn how to get what you and your museum want (and need) in this special interactive workshop featuring Dan Yaeger, Executive Director of the New England Museum Association. The workshop, designed for emerging and mid-career leaders in all disciplines, will engage you in three hour-long modules.


    The Art of the Ask 1-2PM: Learn about the psychology of asking, the types of asks, elements of crafting your ask, execution, and follow up. 

    Elevator Speeches 2-3PM: Having a sharp, concise elevator speech is one of the keys to a successful ask. In this module you will learn how to create and deliver an elevator speech that is captivating and persuasive. You’ll get a chance to craft your own speech and practice it.

    Successful Negotiation 3-4PM: Here you’ll learn the difference between asking and negotiating, and when it’s appropriate to use these tools. We’ll highlight the importance of understanding your negotiating partner as a person, focusing on interests instead of positions, developing creative options, and finding objective criteria for agreement. Several activities will help you build your negotiation skills for long-term effectiveness.

    Your Presenter

    Dan Yaeger was named executive director of the New England Museum Association in April, 2010. His passion is to strengthen capacity in museums and build skills in the leaders that serve them. Dan has a 20-year history with museums, most recently as the director of the Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation in Waltham, Massachusetts. He has developed communications programs for the Museum of Fine Arts/Boston, Peabody Essex Museum, Cleveland Museum of Art, Portland Museum of Art, Currier Museum of Art, Old Sturbridge Village, John F. Kennedy Library, and Plimoth Plantation among others. He has been adjunct professor, guest lecturer, advisor, and fellow at Tufts, Harvard, Brown, and Bentley universities and Lasell College. Dan holds a B.A. from Gettysburg College and received his master’s degree from Harvard University.

    The Venue

    This event is hosted at the Yarmouth History Center, located at 118 East Elm Street in Yarmouth, Maine.  The facility is wheelchair accessible. Parking is available on-site and across the street at Royal River Park.

    Online registration will be open through February 3.  To register after this date, contact Katie Worthing at 207-846-6259.

    The fee for members is $25.  Non-members pay $35.

    Due to space limitations, this workshop is limited to 40 participants. Register early to reserve your space!

    Members of MAM and NEMA enjoy discounted registration (MAM members please log in first; NEMA members contact Dugan Murphy at or 207-400-6965).  If you're not a MAM member, join today!

    • 19 Apr 2019
    • 9:45 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Cohen Education Center, Osher Map Library, University of Southern Maine, Portland Campus
    • 18

    Oral History Essentials

    Learn how to engage in an oral history interview, starting with the equipment and resources you'll need and good recording practices. We’ll cover what kind of questions to ask during an interview and how to ask them. We’ll listen to examples, talk about what makes a good interview, and how to best transform that for an audience. If there is time, we’ll do some practice interviewing.

    This 1/2-day program, which will include a short break for lunch in the middle, will cover:

    • How to conduct an oral history interview
    • Equipment & resources 
    • Good recording practices
    • Best practices: legal releases, archiving, how to make your project accessible, etc.

    Please bring:

    • Notebook & pen
    • A bagged lunch (there will NOT be sufficient time to go get lunch in town)
    • Recording kit (optional for show-and-tell)

    Your Presenter

    Meghan Vigeant is an oral historian and writer. She began her oral history work in 2009 as an Island Institute Fellow on Swan’s Island. There she produced a series of oral histories and documentaries, and authored the book Guts, Feathers, and All: Stories of Hard Work and Good Times on Swan’s Island, Maine. In 2013 Vigeant started Stories To Tell to help families and organizations record their stories as audio productions. She has worked in theater, public radio, and museums, and is a graduate of the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. She has taught creative writing, storytelling, oral history, and documentary to students ages eight to eighty. Vigeant is currently earning her MFA in creative nonfiction at USM’s Stonecoast program. 

    The Venue

    This event will be held at the Cohen Education Center at the Osher Map Library (OML) on the campus of the University of Southern Maine, Portland campus. OML occupies the three-story building at the corner of Forest Avenue and Bedford Street (314 Forest Avenue; Portland, ME 04101); it is attached, on the first floor, to the seven-story Albert Brenner Glickman Family Library. The public entrance to the Cohen Education Center — are all off the arcade that runs across the front of both library buildings.  See the USM Portland campus map.

    Free public parking is available in the USM parking garage, clearly marked (in blue) on the USM Portland campus map. The entrance to the parking garage is on Surrenden St, off Bedford St.

    Accessibility: This facility is accessible to wheelchair users.

    Bathrooms: Gender-neutral bathrooms are available on-site, as well as those labeled for men and women.


    Online registration will be open through Wednesday, April 17. To register after this date, call Dugan Murphy at 207-400-6965. The fee for members is $30.  Non-members pay $45.

    To make sure attendees enjoy a quality experience, this workshop is limited to 20 participants. Register early to reserve your space!

    Members of MAM enjoy discounted registration (MAM members must log in first).  If you're not a MAM member, join today!

    Top photo: Meghan Vigeant demonstrates how to record an interview with Eloise Schultz acting as a test subject during the MAM Oral History Essentials class at the Abbe Museum in 2017. Photo by Tim Garrity.

    Bottom photo: Meghan Vigeant, photo by Ann Hedley Rousseau.

Past events

31 Dec 2018 Advertise in the Maine Archives and Museums Newsletter
13 Nov 2018 Waterville Mixer
13 Nov 2018 Workshop: Archival Basics
07 Nov 2018 Workshop: Book and Pamphlet Enclosures
22 Oct 2018 Portland Mixer
22 Oct 2018 Workshop: Security and Customer Service for Museums and Libraries
12 Oct 2018 2018 Fall Conference & Annual Meeting
10 Oct 2018 Workshop: Natural History Collections: Addressing Issues from Mounted Specimens to Sea Shells
10 Jul 2018 Waterville Mixer
10 Jul 2018 Workshop: Metadata Basics
28 Jun 2018 Workshop: Safely Handling, Packing, and Moving Collections
06 Jun 2018 Workshop: Basic Digitization
22 May 2018 Workshop: Oral History Essentials
16 May 2018 Caribou Mixer
16 May 2018 Workshop: Conservation Leather Repair: Re-Backing Leather Spines with Japanese Tissue Paper
10 Nov 2017 2017 Fall Conference & Annual Meeting
05 Oct 2017 Livermore Mixer
05 Oct 2017 Workshop: How to Say No: Creating a Collections Policy
08 Sep 2017 Biddeford Mixer
08 Sep 2017 Workshop: Harness the Power: Great Tours + Maine’s Tourism Industry = Museum Success
24 Jul 2017 Fairfield Mixer
24 Jul 2017 Workshop: Looking Beyond the Closet: Storage Options and Implementation on a Budget
08 Jun 2017 Waterville Mixer
08 Jun 2017 Workshop: Basic Archiving
25 May 2017 Caribou Mixer
25 May 2017 Workshop: Basic Collections Care
18 May 2017 Workshop: Basic Digitization
18 Apr 2017 Workshop: Oral History Essentials
20 Mar 2017 Maine Museums Day
14 Oct 2016 2016 Fall Conference & Annual Meeting
27 Jun 2016 Workshop: Collections Care
18 Jun 2016 Workshop: Grant Writing Basics: Crafting your Story for Fundraising Success
08 Jun 2016 Workshop: The Nuts and Bolts of Exhibit Development
08 Jun 2016 Submissions for MAM's August 2016 newsletter
17 May 2016 Workshop: Accidental Stories Pertaining to Collections and How to Use them to Reach New Audiences
09 May 2016 Workshop: Storing Your Collections
30 Mar 2016 ADVERTISE in the Maine Archives and Museums newsletter!
30 Mar 2016 MAM Newsletter Deadline for articles, updates & ads
30 Dec 2015 MAM Newsletter Deadline for articles, updates & ads
07 Nov 2015 MAM's November Mixer
02 Oct 2015 2015 Conference Sponsorship & Exhibitor Opportunities
02 Oct 2015 2015 Fall Conference & Annual Meeting
02 Oct 2015 Call for Proposals: MAM 2015 Fall Conference & Annual Meeting
29 Jun 2015 Historic Housekeeping
24 Jun 2015 Historic Frame Conservation Triage
05 Jun 2015 MAM June Mixer--Hinckley
05 Jun 2015 Let's Preserve Organic Collections
20 May 2015 Identification and Care of Photographic Collections
13 May 2015 Disaster Planning Step By Step (Auburn)
09 May 2015 Preparing Collection Materials for Exhibition
16 Apr 2015 MAM April Mixer--Augusta
03 Mar 2015 MAM March Mixer--Portland
13 Jan 2015 MAM Winter Mixer--Camden
13 Jan 2015 Board Meeting
24 Oct 2014 2014 Fall Conference & Annual Meeting
24 Oct 2014 2014 Conference Sponsorship & Exhibitor Opportunities
18 Oct 2014 Identification and Care of Photographs
23 Jun 2014 Collections Care: Caring For & Storing Your Organic Objects
16 Jun 2014 Board Meeting
09 Jun 2014 A Development Primer: Build Capacity and Bolster Your Fundraising Efforts
06 Jun 2014 Call for Proposals: MAM 2014 Fall Conference & Annual Meeting
30 May 2014 Disaster Planning Step By Step (Bangor)
21 May 2014 Water Salvage of Library & Museum Materials (South Portland)
19 May 2014 Water Salvage of Library & Museum Materials (Ellsworth)
06 May 2014 Ink, Oil and Oak: Collections Care Workshop for Paper, Paintings and Furniture
02 May 2014 Disaster Planning Step By Step (Falmouth)
30 Apr 2014 Disaster Planning Step By Step (Belfast)
27 Apr 2014 Giving Voice to History
14 Apr 2014 Board Meeting
13 Jan 2014 Board Meeting
02 Nov 2013 Preservation Issues for Small Museums and Family Custodians
29 Oct 2013 2013 Conference Sponsorship & Exhibitor Opportunities
29 Oct 2013 2013 Fall Conference & Annual Meeting
29 Oct 2013 Call for Proposals: MAM 2013 Fall Conference & Annual Meeting
07 Oct 2013 Board Meeting
18 Sep 2013 Packaging, Public Relations & Promotion: The 3 P’s of Partnering with the Tourism Industry
09 Sep 2013 Long-Range Planning Retreat and Workshop
24 Jun 2013 Collections Care
10 Jun 2013 Board Meeting
21 May 2013 21st Century Skills Workshop
20 May 2013 Basic Collections Care Workshop
02 May 2013 21st Century Skills Workshop
29 Apr 2013 21st Century Skills Workshop
23 Apr 2013 Board Development & Digitizing Collections Workshop
08 Apr 2013 Board Meeting
05 Apr 2013 ADVERTISE in the Maine Archives and Museums newsletter!
02 Apr 2013 Basic Collections Care Workshop
27 Mar 2013 MAM Meet & Greet
14 Jan 2013 Board Meeting
30 Dec 2012 MAM Newsletter Deadline for articles, updates & ads
26 Oct 2012 2012 Conference Sponsorship & Exhibitor Opportunities
26 Oct 2012 2012 Fall Conference & Annual Meeting
16 Oct 2012 21st-Century Skillls Workshop: October 16
01 Sep 2012 Maine Memory Network Grant Deadline: September 1
11 May 2012 MAM 2012 Conference Call for Proposals
04 May 2012 Caring For and Storing Organic Objects: A Spring MAM Collections Housing Workshop
03 May 2012 21st-Century Skillls Workshop: May 3
28 Apr 2012 21st-Century Skillls Workshop: April 28
26 Apr 2012 21st-Century Skillls Workshop: April 26
25 Apr 2012 21st-Century Skillls Workshop: April 25
24 Apr 2012 21st-Century Skillls Workshop: April 24
02 Apr 2012 Board Meeting
01 Apr 2012 Maine Memory Network Grant Deadline: April 1
30 Mar 2012 MAM Newsletter Deadline for articles, updates & ads
03 Feb 2012 Kotzschmar Jr. Concerts at Dyer Library

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