Connect and Learn

Training Opportunities

In addition to Museum Services' own webinars and workshops, many organziations and services offer in-person and/or online training on a wide range of topics, some for a fee and some at no cost. Download a list of these sources.

  • Fire and Emergency Protection Plan Development, May 25, 1:00 p.m. CT, Lyrasis register here
  • Storytelling for Impact, May 26, 10:00 a.m. CT, Firespring register here 
  • Connection-Based Strategies to Maximize Donor Giving, May 26, 11:00 a.m. CT, Foundant register here
  • Build a World of Play in Museums, May 26, 2:00 p.m. CT, The LEGO Foundation register here
  • Healing Historical Legacies, May 27, 11:00 a.m. CT, Museum Association of New York register here
  • Sustainability as Disaster Preparation, May 31, 12:00 p.m. CT, Connecting to Collections Care register here
  • Curating a Culture of Excellence in Development, June 2, 12:00 p.m. CT, Blackbaud register here
  • Negotiating for Permissions for the Use of Images of Object-Based Collections, June 3, 11:00 a.m. CT, Open Copyright Education and Advisory Network register here
  • Book Conservation Showcase, June 7, 11:30 a.m. CT, Northeast Document Conservation Center register here
  • Why Conscious Inclusion Matters, June 7, 11:30 a.m. CT, Personify register here
  • Event Preparedness: Active Shooters and Hostile Activity at Your Venues, June 8, 1:00 p.m. CT, Lyrasis register here
  • Engaging Pro Bono and Skills-Based Volunteers, June 8, 1:00 p.m. CT, VolunteerMatch register here
  • How to Work with General Counsel, June 10, 11:00 a.m. CT, Open Copyright Education and Advisory Network register here
  • Difficult History and Digital Collections, June 15, 12:00 p.m. CT, Indiana Memory DPLA register here
  • Rethinking Your Open Hours, June 15, 6:00 p.m. CT, Ohio Local History Alliance register here
  • The Time is Now: Restorative History and Racial Justice in America, June 16, 9:00 a.m. CT, International Coalition of Sites of Conscience register here
  • Rights Reversion and Termination of Transfer, June 17, 11:00 a.m. CT, Open Copyright Education and Advisory Network register here
  • Navigating the Nonprofit Workforce Crisis, June 23, 1:00 p.m. CT, Blue Avocado register here
  • Writing Grants for Audio Preservation and Reformatting, June 28, 11:30 a.m. CT, Northeast Document Conservation Center register here
  • Understanding Soft Risk in Volunteer Engagement, July 12, 1:00 p.m. CT, VolunteerMatch register here
  • Public Historians and the Climate Crisis, July 21, 9:00 a.m. CT, International Coalition of Sites of Conscience register here

The following professional organizations and blogs can help museum staff and volunteers connect with others in the field and stay up-to-date on news, current trends, and best practices in museums. Most also have e-mail lists that you can sign up for and social media accounts that you can follow to receive regular updates.

Professional Organizations

While many of these organizations provide benefits and resources to paid members, either at an individual or institutional level, most also offer some free resources. Many state and local groups host regular meetings.

American Alliance of Museums
American Association for Museum Volunteers
American Association for State and Local History
American Institute for Conservation
American Public Gardens Association
Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums
Association of Academic Museums and Galleries
Association of African American Museums
Association of Art Museum Interpretation
Association of Children's Museums
Association of Midwest Museums
Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums
Coalition of Master's Scholars on Material Culture
Council of American Jewish Museums
Council of American Maritime Museums
Emerging Museum Professionals
HeritageRail Alliance
Institute of Museum and Library Services
International Association of Museum Facility Administrators
International Coalition of Sites of Conscience
International Sports Heritage Association
Mountain-Plains Museum Association
Museum Computer Network
Museum Education Roundtable
Museum Hue
Museum Store Association
Museum Trustee Association
National Art Education Association: Museum Education Division
National Association for Interpretation
National Association of Museum Schools
National Coalition for History
National Council on Public History
National Docent Symposium Council
North American Reciprocal Museum Association
Open Copyright Educatino Advisory Network
Preparation, Art Handling, Collections Care Information Network
Reciprocal Organization of Associated Museums
Southeastern Museums Conference
Small Museum Association
Society of American Archivists
Visitor Studies Association

Associated South Central Texas Small Museums
Archivists of Central Texas
Austin Emerging Museum Professionals
Austin Museum Partnership
Border Museum Association
Brazoria County Museum Alliance
Breaking Library Silos for Social Justice
Center for the Advancement of Study of Early Texas Art
Collection Managers Committee
DFW Museum Education Roundtable
Galveston Area Museum Network
Houston Emerging Museum Professionals
Houston Museum Education Roundtable
Museum Association of Waco
Museum Emerging Leaders of Texas
North Texas Emerging Museum Professionals
San Antonio Emerging Museum Professionals
Southeast Texas Museum Association
Texas Archeological Society
Texas Art Education Association: Museum Division
Texas Association of Museums
Texas Association of Museums Affinity Groups
Texas Association of Museums Diversity Committee
Texas Association of Museums Educators Committee
Texas Collections Early Response Alliance
Texas Living History Association
Texas Oral History Association
Texas State Historical Association
Texas Tropical Trail Region Museums
Texas Volunteer Management Conference
Wichita Falls Regional Museum Network


The authors of the blogs below discuss topics related to work in museums, education, non-profits, and the cultural sector.

American Perceptionalism
Art Museum Teaching
Climate & Culture
DEAI Matters
Design Thinking for Museums
Engaging Places
The Incluseum
Know Your Own Bone
Leadership Matters
Leading by Design
Museum Commons
Museum Hack
Museum Human
Museum J.E.D.I.
Museum Notes
Museum 2.0
Museums + Democracy Project
Nonprofit AF
Nonprofit Tech for Good
Of/By/For All
Peak Experience Lab
Preservation Leadership Forum
Thinking About Museums
Thinking Museum

Information Information developed by other organizations and individuals, and shared by the Texas Historical Commission, does not necessarily reflect the views of the THC and its staff.