Previous Training Webinars

Missed out on of Museum Services' previous training webinars? Select the previous training webinar below to view the entire presentation. To participate in future webinars as they happen, see the training webinar schedule.

Previous Training Webinars

2017

Collections Protection
February 23, 2017
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A good offense is the best defense! The Texas Historical Commission’s own Chief Curator Laura DeNormandie will virtually walk you through basic preventative measures you can use to safeguard your artifacts.

Controlling The Preservation Environment: The Most Important Thing You Can Do For Your Collection
March 8, 2017
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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.

Hurricanes, Tornadoes and Earthquakes, Oh My: Creating Your Emergency Plan
April 19, 2017
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Disaster plan templete

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.

Don’t Panic: Responding to Your Emergency
May 17, 2017
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Sudden emergencies can affect any collection. This free webinar, led by Rebecca Elder of Rebecca Elder Cultural Heritage Preservation, examines the emergency response and salvage process and discuss resources that are available to help you when the worst happens so that you can recover.

Implementing Good Storytelling in Your Exhibits
May 26, 2017
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Object Biographies Exercise

Storytelling is one of the most powerful ways to connect people with each other and the past. In this webinar, we'll review what is - and isn't - a story, define the characteristics of good storytelling, and explore how you can find stories in your collections and incorporate them into your exhibits. This webinar is part of the WWI Centennial Series, and while examples from WWI are utilized, the information presented is applicable to everyone

Critters and Slime: Dealing with Biological Agents of Deterioration
June 14, 2017
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Insects, rodents and mold are all sources of quick and catastrophic damage to museum collections. In this webinar, Rebecca Elder of Rebecca Elder Cultural Heritage Preservation along with the webinar participants, explore how to prevent pest infestations and what to do when, despite the best prevention efforts, your collections are invaded.

Grappling with Difficult and Undertold Stories in Exhibits
June 15, 2017
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Stories of heroism and victory often take center stage when interpreting war, but sometimes telling the whole story means presenting stories of loss and tragedy as well. In this webinar, we'll discuss techniques for presenting difficult stories and explore examples of how organizations around the world are presenting perspectives that often go overlooked. This webinar is part of the WWI Centennial Series, and while examples from WWI are utilized, the information presented is applicable to everyone.

Selecting Strong Visuals for Exhibits
June 22, 2017
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Choosing the right look for your exhibit can make the difference between leaving a lasting impression on your audience and missing the mark entirely. In this webinar, we'll review how to select the best types of visuals for your exhibit, what makes a compelling photograph, which fonts to use (and which to avoid), and other principles for putting together visually appealing exhibits. This webinar is part of the WWI Centennial Series, and while examples from WWI are utilized, the information presented is applicable to everyone.

Caring for Books and Paper
July 12, 2017
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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.

Museum Metamorphosis: Building the Case for Change
August 3, 2017
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Handout: Now Hear This: The Nine Laws of Successful Advocacy

We know museums do good work and are critical to communities. But how do we carry that message to others? In this webinar, learn the importance of clearly articulating your case, how to draft key and consistent messages to articulate the need for change with different audiences, and develop techniques to better reach a desired audience.

Caring for Photographs
August 9, 2017
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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.

Textile Conservation
September 13, 2017
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Do you have quilts, costumes or embroidered samplers in your collection? Join us for an informative hour to discuss methods for storage, handling and display that will extend the lifespans of these fragile but vulnerable materials.

Responding to Hurricane Harvey
September 28, 2017
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Was your institution affected by Hurricane Harvey? Are you curious about resources available to the museum community after a major disaster? Join Rebecca Elder of the National Heritage Responders and Lori Foley of the Heritage Emergency National Task Force for a discussion of emergency response. We’ll allow plenty of time to discuss your questions on emergency response, salvage, and recovery, so come prepared!

Responding to Hurricane Harvey
October 5, 2017
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Since the first "Responding to Hurricane Harvey" webinar filled so quickly, another webinar is being offered on the same topic. Was your institution affected by Hurricane Harvey? Are you curious about resources available to the museum community after a major disaster? Join Rebecca Elder of the National Heritage Responders and Lori Foley of the Heritage Emergency National Task Force for a discussion of emergency response. We’ll allow plenty of time to discuss your questions on emergency response, salvage, and recovery, so come prepared!

Advocacy In Action
October 10, 2017
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In this webinar, hear from museum colleagues who have effectively employed advocacy in their work and thus were successful on two fronts: solving an issue that needed solving, and increasing the museum’s visibility as a community entity.

How Do We Pay For It?: Grants and Grant Writing for Collections
October 18, 2017
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By now, you probably have a long list of collections care projects you would like to accomplish, but you probably don’t have the resources you need to make them happen. Let’s talk about potential funding sources and the grant writing process so that you can make your collections care dreams come true.

2018

Active Shooter Training for Museums
February 2, 2018
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This training program, led by Sergeant Jose Chavarria of the Texas Department of Public Safety, is designed to teach you, as a museum staff, volunteer or board member, to take direct responsibility for your personal safety and security in the museum and beyond. It stresses awareness, preparation, and rehearsal; the keys to safety. You will learn how, with proper mindset and the necessary tools, to be better equipped to react with purpose and to maximize your chance of survival if involved in an active shooter situation.

Big Marketing for Small Museums
February 20, 2018
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Everyone wants to get the word out about their great museum but some can’t afford a dedicated marketing department. So what can you do to market your site on a small budget?  Mary Jane Connor, Director of Marketing at the Wisconsin Historical Society, shares some of her top tips for small museums with big marketing needs.

Bringing History to the Classroom: Outreach for Museums
March 20, 2018
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Preferably, all the schools in your area would be able to visit your museum, but how do you serve those who cannot? How about creating a traveling trunk? Roseann Bacha-Garza, of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s CHAPS Program, will discuss her own department’s experience in creating a traveling trunk including how they integrated TEKS into the project.

Social Media as Your Ally
April 25, 2018
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In order for your organization to stay successful, you need to consider social media as your ally.  Through some useful tips and recommendations that will benefit your business, you’ll be able to navigate through basic platforms and maintain your presence online with ease.

Creating a Culture of Civility in the Era of #MeToo & Time’s Up
May 3, 2018
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Imagine a work environment where all communications and interactions were conducted in a civil and respectful manner. Co-workers and customers would be treated respectfully on a consistent basis. There would be no place for harassment, discrimination, bullying, workplace violence, unethical actions, or other disrespectful and potentially illegal behaviors. Instead of this idealized picture, studies and polls indicate that workplaces are a reflection of society at-large and that incivility is a serious problem that is getting worse. During this webinar, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s Joe Bontke offers a solution to edit and make your own. This webinar is co-sponsored by the Texas Association of Museums (TAM).

Making Your Case with Parent Organizations
June 7, 2018
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Many museums and historic sites fall under the governance of county, city or universities. Representatives from organizations governed by these entities present challenges they have faced and the tools they utilized to solve these challenges.

Website Redos
July 25, 2018
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Is your website outdated? Wondering how to give it a facelift? Texas Historical Commission’s webmaster Jared Porter will share some tips and answer your questions about updating your website.

Better Safe than Sorry: Understanding Hazards Found in Collections
August 21, 2018
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Museum collections are filled with ordinary objects that contain health and safety hazards for museum staff and volunteers. During this webinar, we will explore how you can identify these objects and work safely around them.