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

WEBINAR (Collections Protection, February 23, 2017) (listen to recording)

Webinar: Controlling The Preservation Environment: The Most Important Thing You Can Do For Your Collection
March 8, 2017
10-11 a.m.

The environment affects every single object in your collections. This webinar will examine the effects of temperature, relative humidity and light on collections, investigate ways to monitor the environment, and provide quick, low-cost tips on reducing environmental damage. This webinar is free but you must register in advance. Register for this webinar.

Workshop: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the Workplace
March 22, 2017
9-11:30 a.m...
Communities Foundation of Texas, Dallas, Texas

Presented by the Texas Historical Commission, the Texas Association of Museums, and TACA (The Arts Community Alliance), this is the first of four workshops that examine how cultural organizations can address diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace. During this first session, a panel of local non-profit representatives will discuss and answer questions about how their organizations address the topic of equity, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace. This session is free but you must register in advance.

Webinar: Hurricanes, Tornadoes and Earthquakes, Oh My: Creating Your Emergency Plan
April 19, 2017
10-11 a.m.

One of the most basic steps for protecting your collection is creating an emergency plan. This webinar will start by assessing threats to your collection, and then introduce a simple, free tool for creating an emergency plan that will leave you ready when the worst happens. This webinar is free but you must register in advance. Register for this webinar.

Webinar: Don’t Panic: Responding to Your Emergency
May 17, 2017
10-11 a.m.

Sudden emergencies can affect any collection. This webinar will examine the emergency response and salvage process and discuss resources that are available to help you when the worst happens so that you can recover. This webinar is free but you must register in advance. Registration coming soon!

Webinar: Mold and Pests
June 14, 2017
10-11 a.m.
Registration coming soon!

Webinar: Caring for Books and Paper
July 12, 2017
10-11 a.m.

Books and paper are some of the most common artifacts found in museums. Join us to discuss mechanisms of deterioration for paper objects and how to house and handle them safely. This webinar is free but you must register in advance. Registration coming soon!

Webinar: Caring for Photographs    
August 9, 2017
10-11 a.m.

Photographs are some of the most useful artifacts in our collection as well as some of the most vulnerable. This webinar will discuss how to identify a few common types of historic photographs so that we can design appropriate storage systems. We will also discuss storage materials and exhibit practices. This webinar is free but you must register in advance. Registration coming soon!

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.