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, March 6, 2015

Briscoe Western Art Museum
210 West Market Street
San Antonio, TX 78205

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 is open and is through the Texas Association 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 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
Facts

80%

Of collecting institutions in the U.S. do not have paid staff dedicated to collections care

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American Alliance of Museums

Museums Advocacy Day

February 23 -24, 2015
Washington, D.C.

Museums Advocacy Day 2014 By the Numbers:

  • More than 300 advocates gathered in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 24–25
  • Advocates visited 335 Congressional offices in all 50 states
  • Over 1,100 #museumsadvocacy tweets
  • Two Great American Museum Advocates
  • Hundreds of letters sent to Congress
  • Six congressional champions

Advocate from Anywhere

You don't have to be in Washington, D.C. to make the case for museums. Museums Advocacy Day is a national effort to share the message that museums are essential.

Use our advocacy tools to get involved today. See photos from Museums Advocacy Day 2014, follow our advocacy efforts on Facebook and Twitter with #museumsadvocacy and send a letter to Congress in support of IMLS funding, protecting the charitable deduction or about museums role in education.

American Association for State and Local History

Leadership in History Awards

The Leadership in History Awards was established to encourage standards of excellence in the collection, preservation, and interpretation of state and local history in order to make the past more meaningful to all Americans. By publicly recognizing superior and innovative achievements, the Leadership in History Awards serves as an inspiration to others in the field.

AASLH recognizes excellence in the following areas: 

  • Exhibits
  • Public and educational programming
  • Special projects
  • Publications
  • Multimedia
  • Individual  Achievement

Applicants can self-nominate or nominate another project. Nominees need not be members of AASLH to qualify. Organizations of all sizes are encouraged to apply!

Join a free informational webinar on January 13, 2015 to learn about the program and why you should apply. 

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...