Training & Consulting

The Texas Historical Commission offers several opportunities for training and consulting on various topics. See the below sections for upcoming workshops and webinars:

Certified Local Government Workshops

There are no Certified Local Government workshops currently scheduled at this time.

Cemetery Preservation Workshops and Training

To RSVP for one of the following free cemetery workshops, please call 512-463-6044 or email

Abandoned Cemetery Preservation Workshop
Monday, October 9, 2017, 9:00 - 11:30 a.m., Sophienberg Museum and Archives, 401 Coll St., New Braunfels
Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 9:00 - 11:30 a.m., Heard-Craig Center for the Arts, 205 W. Hunt St., McKinney

Since 2009, Texas law has required any person who discovers an unknown or abandoned cemetery to file notice of the discovery with the county clerk. This workshop will instruct participants about how to fulfill this requirement and develop strategies to protect these threatened burial grounds. 

Historic Texas Cemetery Designation Workshop
Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Marshall Visual Arts Center, 208 E. Burleson St., Marshall

Historic cemeteries are increasingly threatened by development pressures, encroachment, vandalism, and theft. To address the problem of cemetery destruction, the THC developed the Historic Texas Cemetery (HTC) designation in 1998. More than 2,000 cemeteries now carry this important designation. This workshop will walk participants through the process of researching a a historic cemetery and successfully completing the application for the HTC designation.

Development Seminar Series

The Development Seminar Series is for volunteers and staff interested in learning more about securing philanthropic support for their organization. The series highlights best practices and facilitates dynamic group interactions to help teach fundraisers how to achieve their goals.

Two seminars are held in Austin in the spring and fall each year. Visit the Friends of the THC to learn more and see upcoming dates.

Historical Marker Workshops and Training

In-person Workshops

Would you like to learn to research and apply for an Official Texas Historical Marker for your community? THC's free workshops and webinars provide an overview of important historical research fundamentals, as participants walk through a sample historical marker application and sample narrative.

The presentations encourage consideration of the elements which comprise successful marker applications. Topics include historical significance and integrity, conducting research, primary vs. secondary sources, research tools, writing the narrative and the roles of the THC and county historical commissions (CHCs) in the application process.  To sign up for a marker workshop, please contact the History Programs Division at 512-463-5853 or

Upcoming Workshops

Thursday, June 22, 2017, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm - Wood County Workshop, Mineola Civic Center, Dogwood Room, 1150 N. Newsom St., Mineola

Friday, July 14, 2017, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm - Atascosa County Workshop, County Annex, 25 5th St., Leming

Tuesday, July 25, 2017, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm - Harrison County Workshop, Marshall Visual Arts Center, 208 E. Burleson St., Marshall

Friday, August 11, 2017 - Jasper County Workshop, Courthouse Annex, 271 E. Lamar St, Jasper

Friday, October 6, 2017, 10:00 am - 3:30 pm - Tom Green County Workshop, Fort Concho, San Angelo (Refinishing workshop in the morning; regular workshop after lunch break, starting at 1:30 pm)

Online Training

Can't make it to one of the workshops? No problem! We offer a variety of online training opportunities that you can view from your home or desk.


Thursday, June 1, 2017, 2 pm - 3:30 pm (Narrative history fundamentals) - listen to the recording

Tuesday, July 11, 2017, 10:30 am - 11:30 am (Marker application fundamentals) - listen to the recording

Tuesday, August 15, 2017, 2 pm - 3:30 pm (Role of a Marker Chair) - listen to the recording (Handouts)

2016 webinar: Markers and Heritage Tourism (listen to the recording)

Training Videos

Each of the training videos below offer useful tips and information about historical markers in Texas. They are short in length (5-15 minutes) and cover specific topics at various stages in the marker application process. Each video is in PowerPoint and has narration. Open the file on your computer and start the slideshow. 

Museum Consultations & Training


Becoming a Champion for Museums
Dates: October 3, Silent Wings Museum, Lubbock, and October 5, El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso
Time: Registration 8:30 a.m., Workshop 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Instructor:  Bob Beatty, The Lyndhurst Group, Inc.
Cost: $35 (includes lunch)

Ultimately, an organization's true value is measured in its importance to its community. Stakeholders often learn of our impact (and engage in our work) through efforts in sharing messages about our role and importance to community life. This is part of our job description as museum professionals and is a year-round activity that extends beyond policymakers and includes your stakeholders throughout the community including friends, neighbors, donors, and members. In this workshop, learn how to effectively make your case, from the basics of the process, to creating a plan to articulate message, and to engaging  stakeholders in the cause.

Making Sense of Cultural Equity
Date: Tuesday, October 17
Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (breakfast and lunch provided)
Location: Sammons Center for the Arts
              3630 Harry Hines Blvd, Dallas, TX 75219
Presenters: Ian David Moss (Knowledge Empower, Createquity) & Justin Laing (Hillombo LLC, Managing Partner)
Cost: free
Registration (Note: Registration is limited to up to two (2) representatives from your organization.)

Racial and cultural equity are increasingly a focus of arts and cultural organizations' work. But not everyone agrees on what cultural equity looks like in practice. Competing definitions and goals can be a source of confusion, especially when they are not brought out into the open.

After a morning full of learning and discussion, the afternoon session will be devoted to considering the question "What are the cultural equity outcomes that are both desirable and realistic for my organization to achieve over the next year?" in a small-group context with other organizations. The day will be capped off by a synthesis of what participants have heard throughout the workshop, and suggestions for how the community might move forward from there.

Free Webinars

Responding to Hurricane Harvey
Date: October 5
Time: 10-11 a.m. (CST)

Presenter: Rebecca Elder, Rebecca Elder Cultural Heritage Preservation and Lori Foley, Heritage Emergency National Task Force
Cost: free

Since the first "Responding to Hurricane Harvey" webinar filled so quickly, another webinar is being offered on the same topic. Was your institution affected by Hurricane Harvey? Are you curious about resources available to the museum community after a major disaster? Join Rebecca Elder of the National Heritage Responders and Lori Foley of the Heritage Emergency National Task Force for a discussion of emergency response. We’ll allow plenty of time to discuss your questions on emergency response, salvage, and recovery, so come prepared!

Advocacy In Action
Date: October 10
Time: 10-11 a.m. (CST)
Presenters:  Bob Beatty, The Lyndhurst Group, Inc., Melissa Prycer of Dallas Historical Village, Carolyn Brackett of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and Kent Whitworth of the Kentucky Historical Society
Cost: free

In this webinar, hear from museum colleagues who have effectively employed advocacy in their work and thus were successful on two fronts: solving an issue that needed solving, and increasing the museum’s visibility as a community entity. 

How Do We Pay For It?: Grants and Grant Writing for Collections
October 18
Time: 10-11 a.m. (CST)
Presenter: Rebecca Elder, Rebecca Elder Cultural Heritage Preservation

By now, you probably have a long list of collections care projects you would like to accomplish, but you probably don’t have the resources you need to make them happen. Let’s talk about potential funding sources and the grant writing process so that you can make your collections care dreams come true

Oral History Training

The Military History Oral History Training Workshop series highlights the real places telling the real stories of Texas’ involvement in the military and is designed for people to learn how to conduct and record oral histories pertaining to World War II and the Cold War.

The workshops are part of the "Here and There: Recollections of Texas in World War II" oral history training series. This program honors and preserves the memories of Texans who served in the armed forces during World War II and the contributions made on the home front. Historical markers, a commemorative brochure, and a military/home front sites survey are part of this program that enriches lives through history.

Upcoming Workshops

No workshops are planned at this time.

Texas Main Street Program Workshops

Twice a year, the Texas Main Street Program (TMSP) holds professional development and training for its local Main Street managers and their volunteers. Additionally, the TMSP partners each year with the Texas Downtown Association to hold an annual statewide downtown revitalization conference. The annual conference is open to anyone interested in downtown revitalization.