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

This fall we will be offering "The Basics of Financial Management" workshop. 

Dates and locations will be announced in the coming weeks. 

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. 

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.

 

 

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Texas Historical Commission/ Bob Bullock Museum Public Workshop

Join the Texas Historical Commission and the Bullock Museum for a one-day workshop exploring storytelling:  the ways we communicate to educate, influence, and persuade.

When:     Monday, September 8, 2014, 9:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where:   Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N. Congress Avenue, Austin
Who:       Open to the public
Price:      $65.
Registration:  Online registration on Bullock Museum website through August 23; registration will close early if all registrant spots are filled, so we strongly suggest that you register as soon as possible. Click the link below to visit the Bullock Museum calendar page. Once on that page, scroll down to the "Programs" section to the September 8 listing; click the listing to find the register button.http://www.thestoryoftexas.com/plan-your-visit/upcoming-events

Session topics include:

  • Tell Your Story:  Knowing who to tell, what to say, and why it matters
  • Telling an accurate story
  • Telling your story more effectively
  • Telling your story in bigger and better ways
  • Small group discussion

Workshop content and agenda: http://www.thc.state.tx.us/story-texas-workshop-september-8-2014

"Selecting Strong Imagery for Interpretive Stories"

A session at the upcoming THC/ Bullock Museum Public Workshop

"Selecting Strong Imagery for Interpretive Stories" is a follow-up to the workshop "Writing for Impact: Frameworks for Interpretive Writing".  This one-hour session will focus on how to choose the best imagery for your interpretive stories.  Instruction will include examples such as exhibit panels, display case text, object labels, signage, outdoor waysides, brochures, and other interpretive printed pieces.  Learn how to make the most of powerful photographs, maps and other imagery as visual content that enhances your story.  The session will also touch on the basics of graphic design and composition to help participants pull it all together in an effective and appropriate way.

Presenter:  Laura Casey
                    Museum Services Coordinator
                    Texas Historical Commission

Date:  September, 8 2014
Time:  1:00pm - 1:50pm

This is just one session availalbe at the day-long workshop.

 

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...

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...