Professional Development Workshops

Maine Archives and Museums hosts professional development workshops throughout the state. See the calendar below for a listing of upcoming events and check back for updates.  We're always working on more!

Also check out the additional networking opportunities at MAM's Mixers: informal gatherings of colleagues working in collecting organizations and cultural institutions throughout Maine.  

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Upcoming workshops

    • 19 Apr 2019
    • 9:45 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Cohen Education Center, Osher Map Library, University of Southern Maine, Portland Campus
    • 13

    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

06 Feb 2019 Workshop: The Art of the Ask
13 Nov 2018 Workshop: Archival Basics
07 Nov 2018 Workshop: Book and Pamphlet Enclosures
22 Oct 2018 Workshop: Security and Customer Service for Museums and Libraries
10 Oct 2018 Workshop: Natural History Collections: Addressing Issues from Mounted Specimens to Sea Shells
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 Workshop: Conservation Leather Repair: Re-Backing Leather Spines with Japanese Tissue Paper
05 Oct 2017 Workshop: How to Say No: Creating a Collections Policy
08 Sep 2017 Workshop: Harness the Power: Great Tours + Maine’s Tourism Industry = Museum Success
24 Jul 2017 Workshop: Looking Beyond the Closet: Storage Options and Implementation on a Budget
08 Jun 2017 Workshop: Basic Archiving
25 May 2017 Workshop: Basic Collections Care
18 May 2017 Workshop: Basic Digitization
18 Apr 2017 Workshop: Oral History Essentials
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
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
29 Jun 2015 Historic Housekeeping
24 Jun 2015 Historic Frame Conservation Triage
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

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