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
- Cemetery Preservation Workshops and Training
- County Historical Commission Training Recommendations
- Development Seminar Series
- Historical Marker Workshops and Training
- Museum Consultations & Training
- Oral History Training
- Texas Main Street Program Workshops
There are no Certified Local Government workshops currently scheduled at this time.
There are no cemetery preservation workshops sceduled at this time.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are no Historical Marker Workshops scheduled at this time.
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.
Narrative history fundamentals - listen to the recording
Marker application fundamentals - listen to the recording
Markers and Heritage Tourism - listen to the recording
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.
- Introduction to Official Texas Historical Markers 12.4 MB
- How to fill out the marker application 9.48 MB
Webinar: Creating a Culture of Civility in the Era of #MeToo & Time’s Up
May 3, 2018
Imagine a work environment where all communications and interactions were conducted in a civil and respectful manner. Co-workers and customers would be treated respectfully on a consistent basis. There would be no place for harassment, discrimination, bullying, workplace violence, unethical actions, or other disrespectful and potentially illegal behaviors. Instead of this idealized picture, studies and polls indicate that workplaces are a reflection of society at-large and that incivility is a serious problem that is getting worse. During this webinar, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s Joe Bontke offers a solution to edit and make your own. This webinar is co-sponsored by the Texas Association of Museums (TAM).
Learn to See Clearly: Removing Blind Spots from Organizational Behaviors
May 23, 2018
Workshop 9:30am – 4:00pm (registration is at 9 a.m. and lunch provided)
Chris Taylor, Chief Inclusion Officer, Minnesota Historical Society
Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, Houston
Increasing diversity within audience and staff is crucial to the sustainability of all arts and cultural institutions. The decision to be more inclusive often requires fundamental changes in organizational policies and procedures. Examining organizational culture for systemic bias helps remove barriers to creating inclusive workplaces that value diverse perspectives from everyone. This workshop focuses on understanding the relationship between organizational culture and unconscious bias and how this relationship can derail inclusion efforts within institutions. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of organizational culture and how blind spots have become embedded in our behaviors, practices and organizational policies. Participants will have time to examine bias within their own institutions and learn ways to move unconscious bias to conscious bias in an effort to mitigate effects on inclusion efforts. This is a hands-on, participatory learning opportunity. Participants are encouraged, but not required, to bring current organizational policies with them to the workshop to examine during afternoon group discussions.
Two representatives per organization is highly encouraged.
This program is a collaboration between TAM (Texas Association of Museums), THC (Texas Historical Commission) and the Houston Endowment.
Keep checking this webpage for more 2018 webinars and workshops, or e-mail email@example.com and asked to be added to Museum Services e-mail list. (This list is not sold or distributed to third-parties.)
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.
No workshops are planned at this time.
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.