Training Opportunities

Museum Services Program staff conducts and works in partnership with other groups to provide training workshops on a variety of museum topics throughout the state. The list is updated monthly.  

Collections Care WorkshopExhibit Workshop

For more information on workshops or if your institution is interested in sponsoring and hosting a workshop in 2017 please contact the Museum Services Coordinator.

THC Museum Services

FREE 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 August

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

Click here to access recordings of past webinars.

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 in Fort Worth and June 8 at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum in 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 our 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, to 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.

American Alliance of Museums (AAM)

Recorded Webinars
With over 70 programs to choose from, our recorded webinars cover a range of topics, and offer an affordable, accessible and convenient online learning opportunity for you, your staff and your colleagues. Purchase of each recorded webinar includes access to the archived recording and presentation materials. Programs originally produced after 2009 feature closed-captioning.

Online Professional Development Center
This course catalog covers everything from budgeting and PCI compliance to crisis communications to managing employees and volunteers.

April 27: Webinar: How to Save Money on Janitorial Supplies with Georgia-Pacific Professional

May 23-25: Webinars: Aligning your Board, your Organization, and your Business Model around Audience Building FREE but pre-registration is required.


American Association for State and Local History (AASLH)

Online Course: Basics of Archives

May 16 @ 8:00 am - June 13 @ 5:00 pm

The newly revised Basics of Archives online course is designed to give organizations and individuals who are responsible for the care of historical records an introduction to the core aspects of managing and protecting historical records collections, using appropriate principles and best practices. The course consists of five lessons: Archives and Archivists Acquiring Your Collections Processing Collections Housing Your Collections Access and Outreach Learn more

- See more at: http://learn.aaslh.org/calendar/#sthash.udeDrD8t.dpuf

Online Course: Basics of Archives

May 16 @ 8:00 am - June 13 @ 5:00 pm

The newly revised Basics of Archives online course is designed to give organizations and individuals who are responsible for the care of historical records an introduction to the core aspects of managing and protecting historical records collections, using appropriate principles and best practices. The course consists of five lessons: Archives and Archivists Acquiring Your Collections Processing Collections Housing Your Collections Access and Outreach Learn more

- See more at: http://learn.aaslh.org/calendar/#sthash.udeDrD8t.dpuf
Designed for both emerging and seasoned museum practitioners, Writing for Historical Publications will inspire and equip participants to write for professional publications, organization blogs, and book manuscripts. - See more at: http://learn.aaslh.org/event/writing-for-historical-publications-webinar...
Webinar: Risk Assessment in Historic Houses

Apr 26: Training Volunteers (Volunteer Management Series)

May 5: Interpreting LGBT History at Museums & Historic Sites

May 15- July 7: Online Course: Developing Expeditions

May 16: Creating 21st Century Digital Collections

May 22 - June 23: Online Course: Basics of Archives

May 23: Planning for Marketing at Museums & Historic Sites (Marketing Series)

June 5 - July 31: Online Course: Museum and Outreach

Jun 13: Facebook for Museums & Historic Sites (Marketing Series)

Jul 11: Twitter for Museums & Historic Sites (Marketing Series)

Jul 25: Instagram for Museums & Historic Sites (Marketing Series)

August 8: Interpreting Anniversaries and Milestones at Historic Sites

Interpreting LGBT History at Museums and Historic Sites - See more at: http://learn.aaslh.org/calendar/#sthash.aKeWrecl.dpuf

Austin Community College Center for Non-Profit Studies

This eight week course will introduce participants to the professional principles and practices in the management of museum collections. Topics will include collections development, registration and record keeping with an emphasis on the development of Collection Policies and Procedures and what it means to be intellectually and physically responsible for museum objects. - See more at: http://resource.aaslh.org/view/online-course-collections-management/#sth...
This eight week course will introduce participants to the professional principles and practices in the management of museum collections. Topics will include collections development, registration and record keeping with an emphasis on the development of Collection Policies and Procedures and what it means to be intellectually and physically responsible for museum objects. - See more at: http://resource.aaslh.org/view/online-course-collections-management/#sth...
This eight week course will introduce participants to the professional principles and practices in the management of museum collections. Topics will include collections development, registration and record keeping with an emphasis on the development of Collection Policies and Procedures and what it means to be intellectually and physically responsible for museum objects. - See more at: http://resource.aaslh.org/view/online-course-collections-management/#sth...

Webinar: Historic House Call: Religion and Historic House Interpretation - See more at: http://learn.aaslh.org/event/historic-house-call-religion-and-historic-h...

Museums hold collections in trust for the public. With that trust comes the duty of care. But with the duty of care comes the requirement that we not endanger collection items through improper care or treatment. Where, however, is the line between what we can and can’t do?

In this webinar, we will address specific preventive conservation practices you can perform and those you should leave for a conservator. Here’s your chance to ask those nagging questions you have regarding good collections stewardship and preventive conservation practices.

- See more at: http://learn.aaslh.org/event/toeing-the-line-collections-care-practices-...

Museums hold collections in trust for the public. With that trust comes the duty of care. But with the duty of care comes the requirement that we not endanger collection items through improper care or treatment. Where, however, is the line between what we can and can’t do?

In this webinar, we will address specific preventive conservation practices you can perform and those you should leave for a conservator. Here’s your chance to ask those nagging questions you have regarding good collections stewardship and preventive conservation practices.

- See more at: http://learn.aaslh.org/event/toeing-the-line-collections-care-practices-...

Connecting to Collections

The Connecting to Collections Care Online Community helps smaller cultural institutions to provide well-informed care for valuable collections through free webinars. The webinars are FREE but registration is required

May 17, 2017, 1-2 p.m. (CST) Why do we need this? Insights and Hindsights from Deaccessioning


GrantStation.com


Idealware Online Training


JVA Heritage Interpretation International - Training Division


Lyrasis


National Association for Interpretation Webinars 


Northeast Document Conservation Center


Northern State Conservation Center


Museum Study Online Professional Development


National Center for Preservation Technology and Training


National Preservation Institute


Network for Good


Nonprofit Tech for Good


PastPerfect Free On-Demand Webinars


Texas State Historical Association