Connect and Learn

Training Opportunities

In addition to Museum Services' own webinars and workshops, many organizations 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. Upcoming FREE webinars from other organizations include:

  • Annual Reports: Simplifying the Process for Maximum Donor Engagement, January 31, 12:00 p.m. CT, Productive Fundraising register here
  • Is Starting a Nonprofit Right for You?, January 31, 1:00 p.m. CT, Candid register here
  • Oral History and Communities, February 1, 12:00 p.m. CT, University of North Texas register here
  • The Copyright Claims Board: What We Know So Far, February 1, 12:00 p.m. CT, Copyright Alliance register here
  • Diversifying the Docent Corps, February 7, 1:00 p.m. CT, National Docent Symposium Council register here
  • Creating and Collecting Oral Histories, February 8, 12:00 p.m. CT, University of North Texas register here
  • Disaster Response for Performing Arts Organizations, February 14, 1:00 p.m. CT, Lyrasis register here
  • Preserving and Archiving Oral History, February 15, 12:00 p.m. CT, University of North Texas register here
  • The Cost of Voicing the Past: The Trauma of Historical Interpretation, February 16, 9:30 a.m. CT, Accokeek Foundation register here
  • A Discussion of Cold Storage Theory and Practice for Photographic and Paper-Based Records, February 16, 12:00 p.m. CT, Connecting to Collections Care register here
  • Crisis Communication and Reputation Management for Performing Arts Organizations, February 21, 1:00 p.m. CT, Lyrasis register here
  • Accessing and Using Oral History, February 22, 12:00 p.m. CT, University of North Texas register here
  • The Pursuit of Precious Gems: Turning Prospects into Donors, February 22, 12:00 p.m. CT, Blackbaud register here
  • Monthly Giving: Your Nonprofit Sustainability Plan, February 23, 12:00 p.m. CT, Productive Fundraising register here
  • Event Preparedness: Active Shooter and Hostile Activities at Your Venue, February 28, 1:00 p.m. CT, Lyrasis register here
  • Fire Safety and Preparedness for Performing Arts Organizations, March 1, 1:00 p.m. CT, Lyrasis register here
  • Safety and Security for the Performing Arts, March 14, 1:00 p.m. CT, Lyrasis register here
  • Fire and Emergency Protection Plan Development, March 15, 1:00 p.m. CT, Lyrasis register here
  • Exhibiting Photographs, March 21, 12:00 p.m. CT, Connecting to Collections Care register here
  • Create a Future Through Careers in Historic Preservation, March 22, 2:00 p.m. CT, Advisory Council on Historic Preservation register here
  • Health and Safety for Performing Arts Organizations, March 30, 1:00 p.m. CT, Lyrasis 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.

National:
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 for Preservation Technology International
Association for the Study of African American Life and History
Association of Academic Museums and Galleries
Association of African American Museums
Association of Art Museum Interpretation
Association of Carceral Sites and Museums
Association of Children's Museums
Association of Midwest Museums
Association of Research Libraries
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
Fire Museum Network
HeritageRail Alliance
Institute of Museum and Library Services
International Association of Museum Facility Administrators
International Coalition of Sites of Conscience
International Sports Heritage Association
Latinos in Heritage Conservation
Mountain-Plains Museum Association
Museum Computer Network
Museum-Ed
Museum Education Roundtable
Museum Hue
Museum Store Association
Museum Trustee Association
National Alliance of Preservation Commissions
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 Education Advisory Network
Preparation, Art Handling, Collections Care Information Network
Reciprocal Organization of Associated Museums
Southeastern Museums Conference
Small Museum Association
Society for American Archaeology
Society of American Archivists
Sustainable Heritage Network
Visitor Studies Association
Western History Association

Texas:
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
Humanities Texas
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 Commission on the Arts
Texas Folklore Society
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

Blogs

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
ExhibiTricks
The Incluseum
Kera Collective
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.