Museum Services

Texas is home to more than 700 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

Webinar

"Selecting Strong Imagery for Interpretive Stories"

About the Webinar

"Selecting Strong Imagery for Interpretive Stories" is a follow-up to the workshop "Writing for Impact: Frameworks for Interpretive Writing".  This one-hour webinar 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 webinar will also touch on the basics of graphic design and composition to help participants pull it all together in an effective and appropriate way.

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.

Date:  Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Time:  10:00AM - 11:00AM CDT

Registration is free

Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/953072663

This workshop is sponsored by the Texas Historical Commission’s Texas Heritage Trails Program in partnership with the Texas Association of Museums. This project was supported in part by funding through TxDOT’s Statewide Transportation Enhancement Program.


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

53%

Of collecting institutions in the U.S. have had their collections damaged by moisture

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What's New

Rescuing Texas History Mini-Grants

The Portal to Texas History at the University of North Texas is accepting applications for its Rescuing Texas History Mini-Grant series. Each grant will provide up to $1,000 of digitization services to libraries, archives, museums, historical societies, and other groups that house historical materials. All of the materials will be scanned at UNT Libraries and hosted on The Portal to Texas History.  Both newspapers and archival collections will be considered for digitization.  Deadline for receipt of applications is July 31, 2014

Since 2006, the UNT Libraries have awarded close to 100 mini-grants, enabling organizations and individuals to provide online access to their historic collections through The Portal to Texas History.

Through six years of projects funded with Rescuing Texas History, the combined results enabled free public access to 57,740 historic images which have to date received over 3.2 million uses. We want to work with you, please join us.

For more information and to download the application:  http://www.library.unt.edu/call-submissions-portal-texas-history

Free Webinar Opportunity

"Selecting Strong Imagery for Interpretive Stories"

About the Webinar

"Selecting Strong Imagery for Interpretive Stories" is a follow-up to the workshop "Writing for Impact: Frameworks for Interpretive Writing".  This one-hour webinar 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 webinar will also touch on the basics of graphic design and composition to help participants pull it all together in an effective and appropriate way.

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.

Date:  Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Time:  10:00AM - 11:00AM CDT

Registration is free

Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/953072663

This workshop is sponsored by the Texas Historical Commission’s Texas Heritage Trails Program in partnership with the Texas Association of Museums. This project was supported in part by funding through TxDOT’s Statewide Transportation Enhancement Program.

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...