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.

 

 

Fast
Facts

19%

of all Texas history museums are in the Texas Independence Trail Region.

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What's New

Financial Management in Museums Workshop

Join the Texas Historical Commission and Texas Associaiton of Museums for a one-day workshop on the "how" and "why" of nonprofit financial management. 

When:     To be determined
                8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where:   To be determined
Who:       Open to the public
Price:      $35
Registration:  Online registration will soon be availalbe through the Texas Association of Museums
Instructor:  Mr. Chris Dyer, Executive Director, Arts Council of Brazos Valley

This 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 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 link and more information coming soon!

Grant Opportunity from the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission

The Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission is proud to announce that a new grant opportunity is now available for Texas educators. 

The Friends of the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission, a 501(c)(3) non-profit supporting the activities of the THGC,  is offering ten up to $1,000 grants to educators and educational institutions to fund civic/citizenship or social responsibility projects.  Public, private, and charter school educators and institutions, homeschool programs, and school districts are among those that may apply for these funds.

Sample projects include the following:

  • Raising awareness in the community about social responsibility concerns
  • Developing a project to help end bullying in a school
  • Addressing a local public safety issue

The application process is simple, requiring submission of a short application form and narrative.  A short video and photographs are required as part of the final project. 

The application form and full procedures may be found at the Friends of the THGC website

Applications are due by September 30th, 2014.

 

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...