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

Free Webinar: Learn to apply for the Historic Texas Cemetery designation.
Tuesday, July 10, 10:00 am - 11:30 am: Register

Join the Texas Historical Commission (THC) for an overview of the Historic Texas Cemetery (HTC) designation program. This free webinar led by Cemetery Preservation program staff will cover the benefits of the HTC designation, eligibility requirements, how to complete the request for designation application form, and what to expect during the designation process. There will be ample time for questions from the audience at the end of the presentation.

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 history@thc.texas.gov

Upcoming Workshops

There are no in-person Historical Marker Workshops scheduled for 2018.

Online Training

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

Webinars

Narrative history fundamentals - Thursday, May 31, 2018, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm: Register

Role of a Marker Chair - Friday, June 29, 2018, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm: Register

Marker application fundamentals - Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm: Register

Markers and Heritage Tourism - Wednesday, August 15, 2018, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm: Register

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

Webinars:

Webinar: Making Your Case with Parent Organizations
June 7, 2018
2-3 p.m. CST
Free
Register

Many museums and historic sites fall under the governance of county, city or universities. Representatives from organizations governed by these entities present challenges they have faced and the tools they utilized to solve these challenges.

Webinar: Website Redos
July 25, 2018
10-11 a.m. CST
Free
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Is your website outdated? Wondering how to give it a facelift? Texas Historical Commission’s webmaster Jared Porter will share some tips and answer your questions about updating your website.

Webinar: Better Safe than Sorry: Understanding Hazards Found in Collections
August 21, 2018
10-11 a.m. CST
Free
Register

Museum collections are filled with ordinary objects that contain health and safety hazards for museum staff and volunteers. During this webinar, we will explore how you can identify these objects and work safely around them.

Workshops:

Learn to See Clearly: Removing Blind Spots from Organizational Behaviors
May 23, 2018
Workshop 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (registration is at 9 a.m. and lunch is provided)
Chris Taylor, Chief Inclusion Officer, Minnesota Historical Society
Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, Houston
FREE
Register

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 tricia.blakistone@thc.texas.gov and asked to be added to Museum Services e-mail list. (This list is not sold or distributed to third-parties.)

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.