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

Disaster Response Workshop for Historic Cemeteries

  • Houston, February 5-6, 2018: Click here to learn more and register.
  • Corpus Christi, February 8-9, 2018: Click here to learn more and register.

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

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.

Webinars

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

Webinars:

Active Shooter Training for Museums

February 2, 2018
2 p.m. to 3 p.m. (CST)
Register

This training program, led by Sergeant Michael Monaghan of the Texas Department of Public Safety, is designed to teach you, as a museum staff, volunteer or board member, to take direct responsibility for your personal safety and security in the museum and beyond. It stresses awareness, preparation, and rehearsal; the keys to safety. You will learn how, with proper mindset and the necessary tools, to be better equipped to react with purpose and to maximize your chance of survival if involved in an active shooter situation.

Big Marketing for Small Museums
February 20, 2018
10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Register

Everyone wants to get the word out about their great museum but some can’t afford a dedicated marketing department. So what can you do to market your site on a small budget?  Mary Jane Connor, Director of Marketing at the Wisconsin Historical Society, shares some of her top tips for small museums with big marketing needs.

Workshops:

Education, Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace "Town Hall"
March 6, 2018
9 a.m. Continential breakfast and attendee check-in
9:30 a.m. to noon Program
Houston Children's Museum
Registration
Free

Most arts and cultural organizations embrace the notion of diversity, but how can we also address equity and inclusion in the workplace? What are some tactical strategies arts and cultural organizations can do to make progress in this work? What are barriers to implementing new strategies? Join us as we launch the second year of our four-part series, aimed at answering these questions and facilitating change in our community.

In this first session, a panel of local Houston practitioners will discuss and answer questions about how their organization addresses the topic of equity, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace and barriers they have encountered through their work.

This program is a collaboration between TAM (Texas Association of Museums) and THC (Texas Historical Commission).

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.