Training & Consulting

The Texas Historical Commission offers several opportunities for training and consulting on various topics. See the below sections for upcoming workshops and webinars:

Certified Local Government Workshops

There are no Certified Local Government workshops currently scheduled at this time.

Development Seminar Series

The Development Seminar Series is for volunteers and staff interested in learning more about securing philanthropic support for their organization. The series highlights best practices and facilitates dynamic group interactions to help teach fundraisers how to achieve their goals.

Two seminars are held in Austin in the spring and fall each year. Visit the Friends of the THC to learn more and see upcoming dates.

Historical Marker Workshops and Training

Workshops

Would you like to learn to research and apply for an Official Texas Historical Marker for your community? THC's free workshops and webinars provide an overview of important historical research fundamentals, as participants walk through a sample historical marker application and sample narrative.

The presentations encourage consideration of the elements which comprise successful marker applications. Topics include historical significance and integrity, conducting research, primary vs. secondary sources, research tools, writing the narrative and the roles of the THC and county historical commissions (CHCs) in the application process.

Upcoming Workshops

No workshops are scheduled at this time.

Online Training

Can't make it to one of the workshops? No problem! We offer a variety of online training opportunities that you can view from your home or desk.

Webinars

The following webinars are available for download. Please note that Windows Media Player 9 or higher is required for the webinar recordings. 

Training Videos

Each of the training videos below offer useful tips and information about historical markers in Texas. They are short in length (5-15 minutes) and cover specific topics at various stages in the marker application process. Each video is in PowerPoint and has narration. Open the file on your computer and start the slideshow. 

Museum Consultations & Training

Understanding Audiences and Visitors Workshop

Upcoming dates and locations for this workshop:
February 5, 2016 Location to be determined

"Understanding Audiences and Visitors" will help participants learn how to collect visitor information, locate demographic research, identify overall demographic trends, and explore how to use that information to keep their museums or organizations relevant. Although museums will be the focus of workshop examples, the principals discussed in this workshop can be applied to any organization seeking to understand it's audience and visitor base.

The workshop will address ways to measure audiences, identify and target future audiences, and leverage free or low-cost resources for continual market scanning. Combining presentation with informal interaction, the instructor will introduce participants to useful tools, including a simple spreadsheet design for tabulating data and audience profiles.

Particularly appropriate for marketing and development staff, “Understanding Audiences and Visitors” is designed for those responsible for interaction with visitors and audiences. Workshop participants should bring with them any audience or visitor data gathered in the previous year, as well as U.S. Census Bureau information related to their community. (TAM will provide instructions on how to find the census information on the internet when you register).

Instructor: Erin McClelland
Cost:  $35
Lunch is included.
Registration is required through Texas Association of Museums website.

This workshop is sponsored by the Texas Historical Commission's Museum Services Program in partnership with the Texas Association of Museums. 

Oral History Training

The Military History Oral History Training Workshop series highlights the real places telling the real stories of Texas’ involvement in the military and is designed for people to learn how to conduct and record oral histories pertaining to World War II and the Cold War.

The workshops are part of the "Here and There: Recollections of Texas in World War II" oral history training series. This program honors and preserves the memories of Texans who served in the armed forces during World War II and the contributions made on the home front. Historical markers, a commemorative brochure, and a military/home front sites survey are part of this program that enriches lives through history.

Upcoming Workshops

No workshops are planned at this time.

Texas Main Street Program Workshops

Twice a year, the Texas Main Street Program (TMSP) holds professional development and training for its local Main Street managers and their volunteers. Additionally, the TMSP partners each year with the Texas Downtown Association to hold an annual statewide downtown revitalization conference. The annual conference is open to anyone interested in downtown revitalization. The upcoming conference will be held November 3–6, 2015 in Waxahachie, a 19-year designated Main Street community.