Free collections workshop for museums, libraries, archives in Dakotas

Staff and volunteers at museums, libraries and archives in South Dakota and North Dakota are invited to attend free hands-on workshops on how to properly care for a variety of collections, such as textiles, books, art, furniture and photographs.

The scheduled dates and locations for the workshops in each state follow:

South Dakota

  • Aug. 8-10: Gregory County Historical Society, Dallas
  • Aug. 15-17: Yankton County Historical Society (Dakota Territorial Museum), Yankton
  • Aug. 22-24: Fort Sisseton Historic State Park, Lake City
  • Aug. 29-31: Timber Lake & Area Historical Society and Museum, Timber Lake
  • Sept. 12-14: Tri-State Museum, Belle Fourche
  • Sept. 19-21: Keystone Area Historical Society Museum, Keystone

North Dakota

  • May 16-18: Griggs County Historical Society, Cooperstown
  • May 23-25: Ox Cart Trails Historical Society, Drayton
  • June 6-8: Northwest Art Gallery at Minot State University, Minot
  • June 13-15: Lewis and Clark Trail Museum, Alexander
  • June 20-22: Stoxen Library at Dickinson State University, Dickinson
  • June 27-29: Pioneer Trails Regional Museum, Bowman

Although the workshops are free, registration is required online at and closes one week prior to the start of each workshop.

"Attendees to the workshops will gain information on best practices to care for their collections and make connections with other similar institutions to build a much-needed network in the state," said Chelle Somsen, state archivist for the South Dakota State Historical Society.

The workshops are hosted by the Dakota Collections Care Initiative (DCCI), a partnership between collections care professionals at museums, libraries and archives in South Dakota and North Dakota to improve collections care and emergency preparedness and response for the small and mid-sized collecting heritage institutions across the two states.

More information about DCCI and the summer workshops is available at or by calling (701) 355-4458.

The project is made possible by a two-year Connecting to Collections implementation grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The IMLS is the primary source of federal support for the nation's 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The institute's mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas. To learn more about the Institute, please visit

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