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
- Cemetery Preservation Workshops and Training
- County Historical Commission Training Recommendations
- Development Seminar Series
- Historical Marker Workshops and Training
- Museum Consultations & Training
- Oral History Training
- Texas Main Street Program Workshops
There are no Certified Local Government workshops currently scheduled at this time.
County Historical Commissions and Cemetery Preservation
Real Places 2020, Pre-Conference Workshop
Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Austin, TX | Info and Registration HERE
County Historical Commissions (CHCs) often take the lead in the preservation of county cemeteries, but it can sometimes be difficult to decide which activities to prioritize. This workshop will introduce participants to a framework that CHCs can use to establish and maintain a robust cemetery preservation program.
Learn to apply for the Historic Texas Cemetery designation.
Click here to access the recorded webinar (recorded live on May 23, 2019). Note: The link will take you to page that looks like a registration page. Enter your name and email address, and you'll be directed to the webinar immediately.
In this recorded webinar, the Texas Historical Commission (THC) provides an overview of the Historic Texas Cemetery (HTC) designation program. This free webinar covers the benefits of the HTC designation, eligibility requirements, how to complete the request for designation application form, and what to expect during the designation process.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
None at this time. Check back in May 2020.
Can't make it to one of the workshops? No problem! We offer a variety of FREE online training opportunities that you can view from your home or desk.
Application Process for 2020 - Thursday, March 26, 2020 - listen to the recording here
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.
- Introduction to Official Texas Historical Markers 12.4 MB
- How to fill out the marker application 9.48 MB
The Museum Services Program provides training, support, and resources to help Texas museums better carry out their missions and increase their capacity to meet professional standards. Program staff conduct free online webinars, present workshops around the state, and provide free consultations via phone and email.
Visit the Museum Services homepage for information about webinars and workshops.
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.
No workshops are planned at this time.
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.