Webinars

Upcoming Webinars

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Neurodiversity in Museums: Crafting Community for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Wednesday, January 15, 2:00 p.m. CT
Jackie Spainhour, Director, Hunter House Victorian Museum
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Join museum professional and autism mom Jackie Spainhour as she provides insight into how museums of all sizes and scopes can adapt their facilities and programming to suit the needs of children on the autism spectrum. Jackie will share tangible steps that any museum can take, resources for best practices in engaging children on the autism spectrum, and will discuss how and why museums should prioritize these efforts.

Museum Relevance: Exhibitions for Social Justice
Thursday, January 23, 10:00 a.m. CT
Elena Gonzales, author, Exhibitions for Social Justice
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Elena Gonzales, author of Exhibitions for Social Justice, will discuss how museums can reach the whole population, rather than a dwindling half of it, how museums can develop more honest and functional relationships with communities that typically have not visited, and what curatorial strategies and tactics are most effective when museums want to build empathy, long lasting memories, and inspiration for visitors. She will share examples of institutions that are embracing opportunities to become more relevant by doing work within the galleries to more equitably distribute risks and rewards in society. 

Archived Webinars

All Museum Services webinars are recorded and can be viewed at any time using the links below. Slides and handouts are also available for download.

Incorporating Transportation History Into Exhibits
December 5, 2019
Are you considering researching and incorporating transportation history into your museum exhibits? Learn about the many resources available from The Texas Department of Transportation and other sources, as well as how to access them, and best practices for utilizing them your exhibits. Using examples from exhibits across the state, this webinar focuses on strategies for using these resources to tell local stories that support your community's history.
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Engaging the Public Through Content Marketing
November 12, 2019
What is content marketing, and how it can be used as a tool to share information with the public in support of your institutional mission? Laura Cruzada from the Texas Department of Transportation and Kate Betz from the Bullock Texas State History Museum share examples of content marketing from their organizations and discuss strategies for balancing it with more traditional marketing techniques. Learn concrete steps that you can take to better engage your own community through free or low-cost local marketing efforts.
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Collections Management Policies 101
October 16, 2019
Developing or updating your institution's Collections Management Policy (CMP) can be a daunting task, especially for staff at small and mid-sized museums. Where do you begin? What resources are available? What information should be included in a CMP? In this webinar, Mikaela Young from the Bell County Museum discusses the basics of a Collections Management Policy and offers a step-by-step guide for creating or updating a CMP. She also shares tips and tricks from the Bell County Museum's recent Collections Management Policy revision.
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Se Habla Español: Strategy and Implementation for Bilingual Resources at Museums
October 2, 2019
This webinar examines how to evaluate your organization’s needs regarding bilingual (English-Spanish) resources and options for implementation. Museum consultant María del Carmen Barrios-Giordano discusses Latin American, Latino, and Hispanic communities in the United States, attitudes towards Spanish language use, and what constitutes good translated text. Become more comfortable recognizing and discussing the needs of Spanish-speaking audiences with colleagues, and understand the range of opportunities to welcome Spanish speakers at museums.
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Environmental Monitoring for Museums: The Basics
September 19, 2019
One challenge that all museums face is maintaining a good environment for their objects. Poor control over temperature, relative humidity, and light levels in storage and exhibit spaces can have detrimental effects on everything in the collection. This webinar explores the basics of how the museum environment can impact collections, as well as how to go about engaging in an environmental monitoring program. Stephanie Allen-Givens takes a look at different types of monitoring equipment, some easy ways you can combat various environment-related issues, and discuss available resources to help you get started.
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Becoming a Better Leader: Building Practices & Capacity to Care for Yourself & Your Team
September 5, 2019
In the museum profession, leaders don't always have to be managers. Over the course of a career, we can build capacity within ourselves to become a great leader. What exactly does that look like? Whether you're an established manager, just beginning your museum career, or are a mid-career professional, you'll gain some new insights from Michelle Mileham into how to care for yourself and your team, building skills to help you lead.
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Insurance Basics for Historical Collections
August 22, 2019
When operating within a modest budget, it is crucial to understand what types of insurance are the most beneficial and necessary to your organization. In this webinar, Joy Simpson from Higganbotham describes the various coverages available to you and how they function when there is a claim. Joy also discusses current trends in insurance and some best practices in avoiding claims by implementing risk management.
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Incorporating AR/VR Technology Within Your Museum: A Behind the Scenes Look
July 30, 2019
As institutions that serve the public, museums and heritage sites should consider the evolving trends of how society utilizes technology to interact with the world around them. Incorporating augmented, virtual, and mixed reality into the museum setting may seem intimidating and costly, but it doesn't have to be. In this webinar, Dani Marshall shares how the Museum of Texas Tech University assessed and adapted available technological resources to develop an interactive element for their exhibits.
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Ages and Stages of a Museum Career
June 27, 2019
Museum careers are rarely neat and linear. Someone just starting out may be fresh out of school, making a mid-career transition or nearing retirement. Similarly, the most senior person on staff may also be one of the youngest. Recognizing where you are in your career, and what needs you have at that stage, will help you stay motivated and feeling successful in your work. Being aware of these "ages and stages" will also let you support colleagues by meeting them where they are. Sarah Erdman, editor of The Care and Keeping of Museum Professionals, shares big ideas and concrete strategies, along with ideas that you can implement right away.
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Creating a Community of Museum Colleagues
June 5, 2019
Felice Cleveland and Natalie Svacina co-founded the Houston Museum Education Roundtable. This presentation provides an overview of how Houston-based museum educators interested in quality educational practices built a community by meeting regularly throughout the year in the spirit of sharing and collaboration. Hear more about how this initiative came together by hosting a series of program at rotating institutions on a variety of topics, selectively chosen leadership, and staying flexible and responsive to the needs of the group. Learn some tools and tips to start a similar group in your community.
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Digital Strategy on a Budget
May 14, 2019
How does a cultural institution of modest means make decisions about what technology to use, and the most effective ways to implement it? Non-profit digital strategy consultant Koven J. Smith shares strategies for implementing technology effectively in cultural institutions. Learn frameworks for decision-making that will enable the development of technology strategies that are impactful, transformational, and efficient.
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Podcasting 101 for Museums and Historic Sites
April 24, 2019
How can history organizations and sites use podcasting to connect with audiences, educate, and build super fans? In this webinar, Hannah Hethmon, a consultant and producer specializing in podcasting for cultural nonprofits covers the A-Z of podcasts.
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Better Safe than Sorry: Understanding Hazards Found in Collections
August 21, 2018
Museum collections are filled with ordinary objects that contain health and safety hazards for museum staff and volunteers. During this webinar, we explore how you can identify these objects and work safely around them.
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Website Redos
July 25, 2018
Is your website outdated? Wondering how to give it a facelift? Texas Historical Commission’s webmaster Jared Porter shares some tips and answer your questions about updating your website.
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Making Your Case with Parent Organizations
June 7, 2018
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.
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Creating a Culture of Civility in the Era of #MeToo & Time’s Up
May 3, 2018
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.
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Social Media as Your Ally
April 25, 2018
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.
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Bringing History to the Classroom: Outreach for Museums
March 20, 2018
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, discusses her own department’s experience in creating a traveling trunk including how they integrated TEKS into the project.
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Big Marketing for Small Museums
February 20, 2018
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.
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Active Shooter Training for Museums
February 2, 2018
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. 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.
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How Do We Pay For It?: Grants and Grant Writing for Collections
October 18, 2017
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. Learn about potential funding sources and the grant writing process so that you can make your collections care dreams come true.
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Advocacy In Action
October 10, 2017
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.
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Responding to Hurricane Harvey
October 5, 2017
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? Rebecca Elder of the National Heritage Responders and Lori Foley of the Heritage Emergency National Task Force discuss emergency response.
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Responding to Hurricane Harvey
September 28, 2017
Was your institution affected by Hurricane Harvey? Are you curious about resources available to the museum community after a major disaster? Rebecca Elder of the National Heritage Responders and Lori Foley of the Heritage Emergency National Task Force discuss emergency response.
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Textile Conservation
September 13, 2017
Do you have quilts, costumes or embroidered samplers in your collection? Learn about methods for storage, handling and display that will extend the lifespans of these fragile but vulnerable materials.
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Caring for Photographs
August 9, 2017
Photographs are some of the most useful artifacts in our collection as well as some of the most vulnerable. Learn how to identify a few common types of historic photographs so that you can utilize appropriate storage systems, storage materials, and exhibit practices.
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Museum Metamorphosis: Building the Case for Change
August 3, 2017
We know museums do good work and are critical to communities. But how do we carry that message to others? 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.
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Caring for Books and Paper
July 12, 2017
Books and paper are some of the most common artifacts found in museums. Learn about the mechanisms of deterioration for paper objects and how to house and handle them safely.
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Selecting Strong Visuals for Exhibits
June 22, 2017
Choosing the right look for your exhibit can make the difference between leaving a lasting impression on your audience and missing the mark entirely. Learn 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.
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Grappling with Difficult and Undertold Stories in Exhibits
June 15, 2017
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. Learn about 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.
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Critters and Slime: Dealing with Biological Agents of Deterioration
June 14, 2017
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 explores how to prevent pest infestations and what to do when, despite the best prevention efforts, your collections are invaded.
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Implementing Good Storytelling in Your Exhibits
May 26, 2017
Storytelling is one of the most powerful ways to connect people with each other and the past. Learn 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.
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Don’t Panic: Responding to Your Emergency
May 17, 2017
Sudden emergencies can affect any collection. Rebecca Elder of Rebecca Elder Cultural Heritage Preservation examines the emergency response and salvage process and discusses resources that are available to help you when the worst happens so that you can recover.
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Hurricanes, Tornadoes and Earthquakes, Oh My: Creating Your Emergency Plan
April 19, 2017
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.
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Teaching Teachers: How to Plan and Facilitate Teacher Workshops at Your Museum
March 20, 2017
Educators from The Old Jail Art Center, Dallas Heritage Village, and the Petroleum Museum share tips and strategies for engaging with teachers at your museum.
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Controlling The Preservation Environment: The Most Important Thing You Can Do For Your Collection
March 8, 2017
The environment affects every single object in your collections. This webinar examines the effects of temperature, relative humidity and light on collections, investigates ways to monitor the environment, and provides quick, low-cost tips on reducing environmental damage.
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Collections Protection
February 23, 2017
A good offense is the best defense! The Texas Historical Commission’s own Chief Curator Laura DeNormandie virtually walks you through basic preventative measures you can use to safeguard your artifacts.
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