Museum Services Program staff conducts and works in partnership with other groups to provide training workshops on a variety of museum topics throughout the state.

National Ranching and Heritage CenterStrategic Planning WorkshopTexas Pharmacy MuseumAudience Development Workshop

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Consultation and Collaboration: A Starting Point for Museums and Indigenous Tribes

Participants will learn the importance of and how to build lasting relationships with federally recognized American Indian tribes in Texas, or ancestral to Texas, as well as how to integrate tribal history and culture into state and local interpretation. Examples of how American Indians have been represented in museums in the past will be contrasted with how they are represented in collaborative or Indigenous-led exhibits. Topics discussed will include identifying culturally insensitive interpretation and practices in your own institution and when and why it's necessary to work with tribes when making those assessments. Participants will learn who to contact within tribes, how to contact them, how to cultivate that two-way relationship, and how to be respectful of their knowledge and artifacts.

Workshops are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Registration is $35 per person and includes lunch.

Thursday, March 30
Victoria: Museum of the Coastal Bend
Registration for this workshop has closed.

Tuesday, April 18
Longview: Gregg County Historical Museum
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Thursday, April 20
Abilene: Grace Museum
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Tuesday, May 2
El Paso: Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Gardens
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Thursday, May 4
Canyon: Palo Duro Canyon State Park
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The links below are from workshops presented by or in collaboration with Museum Services.

Making Meaning: An Introduction to Interpretation

Workshop Slides
Interpretation Resources

Paving the Way for STEM in History Museums

Recordings and resources from this workshop series can be found on this page.

Going Local: Creating Local History Exhibits

Recordings and resources from this workshop series can be found on this page.

The Road to Great Exhibits

Resources from this workshop series can be found on this page.

"Understanding Visitors and Audiences" Workshop Resources

Pre-Workshop Assignment
Handouts on Visitors and Audiences
Presentation Slides by Erin McClelland
Articles on Millennials and Gen Z

Real Places Conference 2019 Visitor Research Presentations

Understanding Potential Visitors and How to Get Them Through the Door by Colleen Dilenschneider
Happy Hours? Fun Runs? How to Successfully Diversify the Visitor Experience by Colleen Dilenschneider


"Writing for Impact" Workshop Resources

"Writing for Impact: Frameworks for Interpretive Writing" by Erin McClelland
Additional Resource List
"Personal Connections and the Great Cosmic Soup"
"A Practical Guide to Personal Connectivity"
"The Neuroscience of Your Brain on Fiction"
Meaningful Interpretation
Clues to a Great Story

"Selecting Strong Imagery for Interpretive Stories" Webinar Resources

"Selecting Strong Imagery for Interpretive Stories" by Erin McClelland
Resource handout

"Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion" Workshop Resources

"Learning to See Clearly: Removing Blindspots from Organizational Behavior" by Chris Taylor
Additional Resources List
Bias Self Evaluation
The Johari Window
Teaching Tolerance
White Supremacy Culture
Implicit Association Test
Incluseum Article

"Becoming a Champion for Museums" Workshop Resources

Presentation Part I: Advocacy Primer
Preservation Part II: Articulating the Case for Change
Preservation Part III: Engaging Diverse Stakeholders to Lead Change
Additional Resources List
Fast Facts: Advocacy & Lobbying
Advocacy Capacity Tool
Articulating the Case for Change: Communications Toolkit
Engaging Diverse Stakeholders to Lead Change--A Worksheet