Upcoming Events

Emergency Preparedness through Partnerships

Sponsor/Host:  Lake Superior Libraries Symposium (Register)
Date: Friday, June 7, 2024
Presenter: Mary Coburn, MN-AHR Board Member and Preservation Specialist, Libraries Collection Management & Preservation Dept., University of Minnesota

The Minnesota Alliance for Heritage Response (MN-AHR) is a statewide network of museums, archives, libraries, performing arts organizations, historic preservation groups, and emergency responders dedicated to preparing for and responding to disasters affecting collections and historic properties. In this session, presenters from MN-AHR will introduce our organization and will discuss Emergency preparedness and the importance of relationships for effective emergency response. Representatives from the Fire Department will talk about fire safety response/training opportunities. If time allows, the fire department would go through some hands on fire extinguisher training. Additionally, we will provide resources for creating emergency plans and salvage/recovery methods and supplies.

Disaster Recovery – Collaboration Between Owners and Design Professionals

Sponsor/Host:  Association for Preservation Technology (Register)
Date: Tuesday, June 25, 2024
Time: 2pm - 3:30pm ET

Unexpected disasters can be overwhelming and challenging. Disaster recovery effectiveness can be improved with prepared collaboration in the chance a traumatic event occurs. This presentation will discuss ways that design professionals and stewards of historic buildings can work better together before, during, and after disasters. The speakers – an engineer and architectural historian and conservator – will share lessons learned from decades of combined experience responding to earthquakes, hurricanes, and floods, and how they work together to get the best outcomes for the sites they serve. Topics covered will include: the stages of disaster recovery, how to raise money for resilience and repair projects, working with insurance companies to get the best outcomes, and how design professionals can define scope of work and create biddable documents that help building owners write better grants and cases for support.    

Must be a member of APT to participate. Learn more.

Previous Events

Conference Session

Event: Minnesota Alliance of Local History Museums' 2024 Conference & Annual Meeting (Info & Registration)
Date: April 24 & 25, 2024
Location: Duluth Entertainment Convention Center, Duluth MN

Session: Wet Salvage Training Demonstration
In the fall of 2023 MALHM members received wet salvage training from the Minnesota Art Conservation Center. The training involved learning how to safely remove documents, photographs and artifacts from water and then techniques for drying those items. This session will demonstrate some of these techniques and allow attendees the opportunity to get their hands wet and learn salvage techniques for themselves.


Wet Salvage Mini-Workshop

Sponsor/Host: Dorothy Molter Museum & Ely Public Library
Date: February 22, 2024 from 1-4pm, Free
Location:Ely Public Library, 224 E Chapman St, Ely, MN 55731

This hands-on mini-workshop provided the basics of emergency planning, preparing for and safely addressing a water event such as burst pipes, flooding or storm damage.

Materials were provided from the Fall 2023 Wet Salvage & Emergency Planning Workshop sponsored by MALHM and MACC.

Wet Salvage & Emergency Planning Workshop

Sponsor/Host: Midwest Art Conservation Center & Minnesota Alliance of Local History Museums
Dates & Locations:
September 14 - 15, History Center of Olmsted County
October 11 - 12, Kandiyohi County Historical Society
October 16 - 17, Beltrami County Historical Society

This training, led by Midwest Art Conservation Center (MACC), equipped individuals with the skills and resources to conduct salvage of museum collections damaged by water and host abbreviated wet salvage workshops with their own staff, volunteers, and other regional collection caretakers. In addition, each participant will update or create an emergency plan for their organization in 2024. Learn more »

2022 Minnesota Heritage Responders Training

Sponsor/Host: MN-AHR
Date: September 29 & 30, 2022
Location: Minnesota Historical Society,  St. Paul, MN

This course, which involved both online and in-person components, provided foundational collections response knowledge to participants and brought together cultural heritage and emergency management professionals in order to strengthen Minnesota’s local Alliance for Response (AFR) network. Learn more »

Conference Session

Event: Minnesota Alliance of Local History Museums' 2022 Conference & Annual Meeting
Date: April 25 & 26, 2022
Location: Arrowwood Resort & Conference Center, Alexandria, MN

Session: Mutual Assistance: Tackling Disasters Together
MALHM's Mutual Assistance Team is working to develop a new model of mutual assistance, learn about the work being done to improve regional disaster response. Megan will discuss creating disaster kits, grant opportunities through MNHS, and introduce the Minnesota Alliance for Response. Nicole will discuss emergency planning, response, and how MACC can support your museum. Celeste will talk about her experiences creating a disaster plan and applying for grant funding.