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

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) - Register here

August 2017 (TBD) (Role of a Marker Chair) - Register here

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

Workshops

Workshop: Telling a Story in Three Dimensions: Exhibit Design and Development
Date: July 26, 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

Creating an exhibition is about more than just pairing objects with labels and hanging a few panels on the wall. Good exhibits take visitors on a journey through history, educating and inspiring them along the way. This involves space planning, selecting appropriate materials and lighting, and an understanding of design principles. This workshop will teach the basics of the design process, from initial concept to installation. Come prepared for a day of hands-on, creative work that will leave you well-prepared to plan your next exhibition.

The last day for registration and refunds is July 23.

Know Your Own Bone ... and Your Audience
Dates and locations: July 25, National Museum of the Pacific War, Fredericksburg; July 27 Irving Arts Center, Irving.
Time: Registration begins at 9 a.m.; workshop 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Instructor: Colleen Dilenschneider
Cost: $40 (includes lunch)
Registration

Declining attendance? Need for growth to balance your business model? Is your organization experiencing decreasing - or even stable - visitation? If so, it’s time to update operations and find new ways to “connect with a more connected world.” The number of people who profile as traditional visitors to museums is decreasing in the United States, and museum attendance is not keeping pace with population growth. This means that organizations experiencing anything less than a steady increase in attendance are in a state of urgent visitation decline. It’s an industry-wide problem, and it is time for individual organizations to turn their ships around.

Colleen Dilenschneider is the Chief Market Engagement Officer at IMPACTS Research and author of the popular website, Know Your Own Bone. In this workshop, Colleen will discuss the visitation decision-making and engagement process, and cover the most critical, trends informing the evolution of museum operations in four, key areas: Access, marketing, visitor experiences, and development. The trends discussed will challenge organizations to carefully consider traditional best practices, and provide room for exploring not only how your organization may evolve to satisfy future audiences, but also what it can do to increase visitation and engagement right now.

This workshop is equally suitable for both large and small organizations. You will leave this workshop with a better understanding of market trends and audience expectations and have actionable strategies that workshop attendees can put into play or begin thinking about within their organizations to adapt to these trends.

Becoming a Champion for Museums
Dates: October 3 (Lubbock) and October 5 (El Paso). Exact locations tbd.
Time: Registration 8:30 a.m., Workshop 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Instructor:  Bob Beatty, The Lyndhurst Group, Inc.
Cost: $35 (includes lunch)
Registration

Ultimately, a organization's true value is measured in its importance to its community. Stakeholders often learn of our impact (and engage in our work) through efforts in sharing messages about our role and importance to community life. This is part of our job description as museum professionals and is a year-round activity that extends beyond policymakers and includes your stakeholders throughout the community including friends, neighbors, donors, and members. In this workshop, learn how to effectively make your case, from the basics of the process, to creating a plan to articulate message, and to engaging  stakeholders in the cause.

FREE Webinars
Click here to access recordings of past webinars.

All collections webinars are led by Rebecca Elder of Rebecca Elder Cultural Heritage Preservation.

August 3: Webinar: Museum Metamorphosis: Building the Case for Change (presented by Bob Beatty, The Lyndhurst Group)

August 9: Webinar: Caring for Photographs

September 13: Webinar: Textile Conservation

October 18: Webinar: How Do We Pay For It?: Grants and Grant Writing for Collections

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.