Museum Services

Texas is home to more than 950 local history museums. Whether housed in a historic structure or a state-of-the-art new building, each one is dedicated to telling the story of a community’s unique history. Collectively, they preserve the real places and the real things that tell the whole story of Texas.

The Museum Services Program enables small history museums to better carry out their missions by helping them to increase their capacity for meeting professional standards. We do this by providing:

  • Free consultations
  • Training
  • Communication

Free consultations

Program staff can assist museums in any aspect of museum operations, including but not limited to:

  • Starting, planning, or reorganizing a museum
  • Writing mission statements
  • Strategic planning
  • Disaster preparedness and recovery
  • Educational program development
  • Exhibit planning and design
  • Interpretation of collections
  • Board development and relations
  • Volunteer recruitment and training
  • Special events
  • Collections care
  • Security
  • Fundraising
  • Professional ethics

Training

The Basics of Financial Management workshop
Friday, January 23, 2015
Water Works Education Center, Houston

Description:
The Basics of Financial Management is a one-day workshop designed for museum leadership (paid staff or volunteer board members) who hold responsibility for the organization’s financial management.  Useful as an introduction and a refresher for non-profit managers, the workshop will help participants understand not only the “how” but also the “why” of budgeting by mission, record keeping, and financial analysis.  Grow your confidence in understanding the ethical considerations involved in sound financial management and in talking about your museum’s financial performance. 

Registration will be open soon through the Texas Associaiton of Museums website.

Instructor:  Mr. Chris Dyer, Executive Director, Arts Council of Brazos Valley, Bryan, TX

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


If you are interested in sponsoring and hosting a 2014 or 2015 workshop, contact Museum Services Program Staff for more information.

The Technical Assistance section provides a number of downloadable resource lists, articles, and other useful information.

Communications

Museum Services Intern Diana Luis

Check out the Highlights and What’s New Sections of this web page for announcements and current news from Museums Services.

Program staff sends email notices on timely information about current trends, available resources, technical tips, upcoming grant deadlines, training opportunities, and other types of assistance. To be added to this email list, contact program staff.

 

 

Fast
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The number of students museums provide hands-on experiences to each year

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What's New

2015 Conservation Assessment Program Grant

2015 Conservation Assessment Program Application Available

Heritage Preservation is pleased to announce the availability of Conservation Assessment Program (CAP) application until the program deadline of December 1, 2014. The 2015 program year marks the 25th anniversary of CAP, and the admittance of our 3,000th museum!

In honor of our 25th anniversary, we are soliciting stories from previous CAP recipients and assessors to help us better understand the impact CAP has had in the field of museum conservation and preservation. Two contributing museums will be chosen to receive a $1,000.00 gift certificate for conservation supplies, and one assessor will be thanked for their contributions to the field with $500.00 for professional development. The 25th anniversary application is brief and will not take long to complete.

CAP is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Institute of Museum & Library Services, and is administered by Heritage Preservation. The program provides technical assistance to small to mid-sized museums to hire a professional conservator, approved by Heritage Preservation, for a two-day site visit.  The assessment reports submitted by professional conservators can assist the museum in developing strategies for improved collections care, long-range planning, and fundraising.

Since CAP is limited to a two-day site visit, museums with small to mid-sized collections are most appropriate for this program.  Larger institutions are encouraged to contact IMLS for information on the Museums for America (MFA) grant.  

The CAP application process is simple, and awards are made to eligible applicants as funding permits.  The 2015 CAP application will be open until Monday, December 1, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. The online application can be accessed at http://cap.heritagepreservation.org .

For questions contact:
Conservation Assessment Program
Heritage Preservation|
1012 14th Street, NW
Suite 1200
Washington, D.C.  20005
202-233-0800
cap@heritagepreservation.org

Great American Museum Advocate

American Alliance of Museums Advocacy Alert

American Allinace of Museums (AAM) wants to know about a member of your community who can tell the most compelling story about your museum.

“We want to hear about the museum visitor whose story gives you goose bumps—a young adult who is getting on-the-job training at your museum, a senior whose memories are stirred by experiences at the museum or a veteran who found your museum to be a place of healing,” said Alliance President Ford W. Bell. “We know your museum collects these stories, and we want to hear your favorite one.”

Tell us your most powerful visitor story: How did your museum change someone’s life?

You can tell us in your own words, send us a letter you received from a visitor, or share a link to a video or photo that captures this story. Please submit your story by December 1, 2014.

From these stories, we will select a Great American Museum Advocate, who will receive an all-expense-paid trip to participate in Museums Advocacy Day 2015 and help us make the case for museums on Capitol Hill.

Erin McClelland, Instructor
Based in Austin, McClelland is an independent interpretive specialist who works with small- to medium-sized museums. She regularly offers training in interpretation, exhibit content development, and interpretive master planning.

Several dates in June:
8:30 am Registration
9:00 am - 4:00 pm Workshop
Lunch will be provided.
Registration fee: $35

- See more at: http://www.thc.state.tx.us/preserve/projects-and-programs/museum-assista...

Erin McClelland, Instructor
Based in Austin, McClelland is an independent interpretive specialist who works with small- to medium-sized museums. She regularly offers training in interpretation, exhibit content development, and interpretive master planning.

Several dates in June:
8:30 am Registration
9:00 am - 4:00 pm Workshop
Lunch will be provided.
Registration fee: $35

- See more at: http://www.thc.state.tx.us/preserve/projects-and-programs/museum-assista...