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.

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

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 history@thc.texas.gov

Upcoming Workshops

Thursday, June 9, 2016 @ 2 pm - Brownsville Heritage Museum, 1325 E. Washington, Brownsville

Saturday, June 25, 2016 @ 9:30 am - Eastland County Courthouse grounds, Eastland (Refinishing Workshop)

Thursday, July 14, 2016 @ 2 pm - Calhoun County Library Meeting Room, 200 W. Mahan, Port Lavaca

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 @ 2 pm - Stephen F. Austin State University, Ferguson Building, Room 473 (Pick up parking pass from Vista Dr. kiosk and park in Aikman Garage)

Thursday, July 28, 2016 @ 2 pm - Ellis County Woman's Building, 407 W. Jefferson St., Waxahachie

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.

Webinars

Thursday, May 26, 2016 @ 2 pm - WEBINAR (Narrative history fundamentals) (listen to the recording)

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 @ 2 pm - WEBINAR (Marker application fundamentals) (listen to the recording)

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 @ 2 pm - WEBINAR (Markers and Heritage Tourism) (register)

The following webinar recordings are available for download. Please note that Windows Media Player 9 or higher is required for the webinar recordings. 

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

Words to Live By: 5 Powerful Tools for your Museum's Success

AAM has determined that every museum should have five core documents in place in order to operate effectively and adhere to best practices in museums.
Does your museum have a …

  • Mission Statement?
  • Code of Ethics?
  • Strategic Institutional Plan?
  • Disaster Preparedness/Emergency Response Plan?
  • Collections Management Policy?

This all-day workshop provides the training, tools, and resources to help museums develop or improve their own core documents through hands-on activities and interactive discussions with an AAM staff member and other workshop attendees. In addition, real life examples of these essential documents are included for reference and review.  By preparing and formalizing these materials, your organization will be better positioned to receive contributions, collaborate with other museums, and take a step towards museum accreditation.

Dates and Locations:
Wednesday, July 13: Lubbock, Silent Wings Museum
Friday, July 15: Dallas, The Sixth Floor Museum
Wednesday, November 9: Austin, Bullock Texas State History Museum
Friday, November 11: Beaumont, Art Museum of Southeast Texas

Cost:  $35
Lunch is included.
Registration is required through Texas Association of Museums website.

This workshop is sponsored by the Texas Historical Commission's Museum Services Program in partnership with the Texas Association of Museums and the American Alliance of Museums.

Museum Hack

Museum Hack is coming to Texas for a half-day workshop focused on their methodology for successfully engaging audiences: storytelling. When you tell great stories, you create a memorable experience and start a powerful viral loop as visitors share their experiences with friends and family. In this workshop, participants will develop the confidence and skills to tell fascinating stories about their institutions from a place of personal connection and passion. Participants will also learn how to create interactive and inquiry-based games that utilize technology and the expertise of their audience to re-energize visitors and leave them wanting more.

Workshop Details:
The Grace Museum, 102 Cypress St, Abilene, TX 79601
Monday, August 15, 2016, 1-5 p.m. (with reception to follow)
$35

This workshop is full.

Membership Programs…Are you leaving money on the table?

Presented by the Texas Historical Commission, the Texas Association of Museums, and Daniller + Company

Do you have a thriving membership program or does your membership program need a tune up?  Are you maximizing its income potential or could you make changes that will yield more long-term loyal supporters of your organization? 

This workshop is a primer for beginners and a great review for seasoned membership professionals and will cover new trends in thriving membership programs. Topics will include:

  • Why Membership?
  • Member Life Cycle
  • Membership Program Structure
  • Methods to Market Membership
  • Membership Renewals
  • Upgrade Campaigns
  • Membership Program Analytics
  • Stewarding your Members for Long-term Loyalty

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from two deeply experienced membership professionals with over 30 years of combined experience who currently work with over 35 museums and botanic gardens located all over the country, including the Kimbell Art Museum, the McNay Art Museum, the Franklin Institute, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts. 

Mae Daniller and Martha Ernst of Daniller + Company will lead this interactive and lively session, with plenty of time for questions during the workshop. 

Workshop Details:
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Thursday, August 25, 2016
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
The fee is $35 and includes lunch.
Registration is available through the Texas Association of Museums website.

Daniller + Company is a premier fundraising consulting firm located in Austin Texas.  With dozens of non-profit clients across the country, they work with organizations from 5,000 to 500,000 supporters developing customized membership and annual giving strategies.  

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. The upcoming conference will be held November 3–6, 2015 in Waxahachie, a 19-year designated Main Street community.