Webinars

Upcoming Webinars

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Podcasting 101 for Museums and Historic Sites 
Wednesday, April 24, 10:00 a.m.
Hannah Hethmon, Author, Your Museum Needs a Podcast
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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 will cover the A-Z of podcasts. Participants in this webinar will learn how podcasting is being used by museums and historic sites, what it takes to produce their own podcast, how they can decide if podcasting is right for them, and how to get started making a quality podcast on a small budget.

Digital Strategy on a Budget
Tuesday, May 14, 10:00 a.m.
Koven J. Smith, Museum Digitalist
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How does a cultural institution of modest means make decisions about what technology to use, and the most effective ways to implement it? In this webinar, Koven J. Smith, non-profit digital strategy consultant and former tech lead at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Blanton Museum of Art, and more, will share strategies for implementing technology effectively in cultural institutions. Participants will learn frameworks for decision-making that will enable them to develop technology strategies at their own institutions that are impactful, transformational, and efficient. 

Creating a Community of Museum Colleagues
Wednesday, June 5, 2:00 p.m.
Felice Cleveland and Natalie Svacina, Co-Chairs, Houston Museum Education Roundtable
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Felice Cleveland, Director of Education and Public Programs at the Contemporary Art Museum of Houston, and Natalie Svacina, Education Director at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, co-founded the Houston Museum Education Roundtable. This presentation will provide an overview of how house-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. Programs are designed for networking, learning, connecting, sharing, and challenging each other. Learn some tools and tips to start a similar group in your community.

Archived Webinars

Missed out on of Museum Services' previous training webinars? Choose the previous training webinar below to view a recording of the presentation, along with slides and handouts.

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 will 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 will share 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. This webinar is co-sponsored by the Texas Association of Museums (TAM).
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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, will discuss 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. You will 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. Let’s talk 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
In this webinar, 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? Join Rebecca Elder of the National Heritage Responders and Lori Foley of the Heritage Emergency National Task Force for a discussion of emergency response. We’ll allow plenty of time to discuss your questions on emergency response, salvage, and recovery, so come prepared!
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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? Join Rebecca Elder of the National Heritage Responders and Lori Foley of the Heritage Emergency National Task Force for a discussion of emergency response. We’ll allow plenty of time to discuss your questions on emergency response, salvage, and recovery, so come prepared!
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Textile Conservation
September 13, 2017
Do you have quilts, costumes or embroidered samplers in your collection? Join us for an informative hour to discuss 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. 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.
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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? 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.
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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. Join us to discuss 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. 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.
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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. 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.
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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 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.
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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. 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.
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Don’t Panic: Responding to Your Emergency
May 17, 2017
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.
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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 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.
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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 will virtually walk you through basic preventative measures you can use to safeguard your artifacts.
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