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

There are no Cemetery Preservation workshops 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

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

Keep checking this webpage for 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.