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

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 @ 2 pm - Johnson County Courthouse, Conference Room, Room 104, 2 North Main Street, Cleburne

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

WEBINAR (Narrative history fundamentals) (listen to the recording)

WEBINAR (Marker application fundamentals) (listen to the recording)

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

FREE Webinars
Click here to access recordings of past webinars.

All collections webinars are led by Rebecca Elder of Rebecca Elder Cultural Heritage Preservation.
All exhibit webinars are led by Erin McClelland of Erin McClelland Museum Services.

May 17: Webinar: Don’t Panic: Responding to Your Emergency

May 25: Webinar: Implementing Good Storytelling in Your Exhibits

June 14: Webinar: Critters and Slime: Dealing with Biological Agents of Deterioration

June 15: Webinar: Grappling with Difficult and Undertold Stories in Exhibits

June 22: Webinar: Selecting Strong Visuals for Exhibits

July 12: Webinar: Caring for Books and Paper.

August 9: Webinar: Caring for Photographs. Registration coming in June.

September 13: Webinar: Textile Conservation. Registration coming in July.

October 18: Webinar: How Do We Pay For It?: Grants and Grant Writing for Collections. Registration coming in August.

Workshops

Learn to See Clearly: Removing Blind Spots from Organizational Behaviors
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Time: Registration begins at 9 a.m., workshop 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Instructor: Chris Taylor, Chief Inclusion Officer, Minnesota Historical Society
Location: The Sixth Floor Museum, Dallas
Cost:  Free
Registration

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.

This workshop is limited to 40 people and two people from each organization is highly recommended.


Advocacy is not a Dirty Word (and it’s not THAT Scary Either…)
Dates: June 6 and June 8, 217; October 3 and October 5, 2017

Time: Registration 9 a.m., Workshop 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Instructor:  Bob Beatty, The Lyndhurst Group, Inc.
Locations: June 6 at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center, Fort Worth and June 8 at the George Bush Library and Museum, College Station
Cost: $35 (includes lunch)
Registration


Ultimately, a museum’s value is measured in its importance to its community, is it not? Often stakeholders know about that impact through advocating for the institution. In its purest form, advocacy is simply “the act or process of supporting a cause.” In our case, that cause is our museums and their impact on the public. Advocacy is part of the job description of a museum professional and is a year-round activity that extends beyond the corridors of power and includes your stakeholders throughout the community including friends, neighbors, donors, and members. In this workshop, learn advocacy incrementally, from the basics of advocacy and the differences between advocacy and lobbying, to intermediate steps such as engaging diverse stakeholders and creating a plan to articulate message. 

Workshop: So What? Connecting Visitors to Meaning through Interpretive Exhibits
Date: June 28, 2017
Time: Registration at 8:30 a.m., workshop 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Instructor: Erin McClelland, Erin McClelland Museum Services
Location: Bullock Texas State History Museum, Austin
Cost: $25 (includes lunch)
Registration

This one-day workshop focuses on ways you can make your exhibits more meaningful to your visitors through interpretation. We will examine the place of interpretation in exhibits and practice proven techniques of interpretive writing. Discussion and group activities will teach participants how to create relevance for visitors, develop memorable exhibit themes, and create hierarchies to engage visitors of all interest levels. This workshop is part of the WWI Centennial Series, and while examples from WWI are utilized, the information presented is applicable to everyone.

Coming Soon:

Colleen Dilenschneider, author of the popular Know Your Own Bone blog, will be holding two workshops and one webinar for Texas museums this summer. Stay tuned to the Museum Services Program web page and the Texas Association of Museums web page for more information on the workshop and webinar, including registration.

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.