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.


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

  • 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.

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

May 25: How to Stop Worrying and Embrace Fundraising

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

June 7, 2017, 1:00 pm (CST)  Who is Taking Care of Grandma’s Grave? The Basics of Cemetery Care
June 16, 2017, 1:00 pm (CST) So, You Want to Run a Kickstarter Campaign?


GrantStation.com


Idealware Online Training


Image Permanance Institute

This webinar series, funded by The National Endowment for the Humanities, is free and open for all to attend. The first three webinars will discuss the various materials and technologies of photographic prints. The next two will teach a methodology and controlled vocabulary for process identification, as well as a demo of how to use Graphics Atlas. The last one will include an overview of collections care for prints and photographs including proper storage, handling and display methods, and guidelines for the storage environment. Watching the webinars as a series is encouraged but not required. Recordings of the webinars will be made available.


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