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Friday, November 6 • 9:00am - 9:15am
Building a Multi-Site Calendar

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Facing a rapidly approaching deadline to replace aging technology and needing to produce a calendar that delivers event information for 26 historic sites and museums, the Minnesota Historical Society created a custom solution that combined existing tools and new ideas.

In about 2003, the web team built a custom solution that allowed the marketing team to manage event data without much assistance from the technical side. The calendar had a few glitches, but served MNHS well for years.

However, at the end of 2014, the tools being used were aging out and a new solution needed to be found, requiring quick action and cooperation among a wide number of departments with sometimes competing interests.

MNHS implemented a solution, mnhs.org/calendar, that combines its existing website content management system (Drupal) and a custom API for data storage and access. The new calendar provides an updated look, responsive design, filtering, and promotional space as well as a new admin interface. A welcome outcome was the cooperation and teamwork among departments that emerged when facing a tight deadline.


Crystal Mulry

Web Project Manager, Minnesota Historical Society


Meleck Davis

Designer, Minnesota Historical Society
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Morgan L'Argent

Web Bricoleur, Minnesota Historical Society

Friday November 6, 2015 9:00am - 9:15am CST
Minnetonka Hyatt Regency Minneapolis 1300 Nicollet Mall Minneapolis, MN 55403

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