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: Listen to the recording

In this recorded webinar, 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 covers 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. Recorded live on July 10, 2018.

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:​ Listen to the recording

Role of a Marker Chair - Friday, June 29, 2018, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm: Listen to the recording 

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

Workshop: Beyond Diversity: Practicing Equity and Inclusion
Date: August 8, 2018
Time:
8:30 a.m. Registration and continental breakfast
         Workshop 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (lunch provided)
Location: Houston Ballet, 601 Preston, Houston, TX 77002
Presenter: artEquity
Cost: Free but registration is required

What are key literacies and practices for cultural organizations in the changing landscape (a world where demographic shifts and rapidly evolving definitions of identity are unprecedented)? How might the unique positions of art and history practitioners be used as points of leverage for social change, in artistic collaborations, cultural institutions, and in communities large and small?

This session comes at a time when museums and art communities are exploring their relevance and relationships to the communities they serve. This highly interactive session will provide participants with a framework to examine ideologies of difference; explore personal identity and social location; and develop next steps to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion within the Texas arts and culture community.

This workshop is presented by the Texas Historical Commission, the Houston Endowment, and the Texas Association of Museums.

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Webinar: Website Redos
July 25, 2018
10-11 a.m. CST
Free
Register

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.

Protecting Minors in Museums
July 31, 2018
10-11 a.m. CST
Free
Register

Reggie Miller, of the Office of Governance and Risk Manager of the Youth Protection and Compliance program at Baylor University, outlines what museums can do to minimize the threat of child abuse, recognize the signs of child abuse, and to respond promptly and effectively should abuse be observed, suspected, or disclosed.

This webinar is presented by the THC and the Texas Association of Museums.

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

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.

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.