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

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.