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Tuesday - Saturday10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center 450 West Ohio Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202
Indiana Experience Admission Free IHS MembersFree Children under 5$9 Adult$8 Seniors 60 and older$5 Youth ages 5 through 17 Free parking with admission in lot off New York.

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We love to share what we've learned

For local history organizations to move forward, the board, volunteers and staff need to continually learn new skills. Our Local History Services staff has crafted workshops and webinars to help you succeed by developing new expertise and learning best practices. We also offer workshops on demand at your site.

Webinars

Online learning opportunities from your home or office. All times listed are in Eastern time zone.

Dissecting Digitization
Thursday, June 7, 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Register by June 5
$20; $15 IHS member; $10 Local History Partner

Digitization can be a complex project to tackle. Learn about the pieces of a digitization project and how to ready yourself for success. Addresses AASLH StEPs Standards COLL 2, 4, and 5, and AUD 3. LEU credits available.

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Historic Structure Reports: What, Why and How?
Monday, July 23, 2 to 3 p.m
Register by July 18
$20; $15 IHS member; $10 Local History Partner

A Historic Structure Report is often the first step recommended in the preservation and/or restoration of a historic building. This webinar will explain what an HSR is, why it’s important to have one, and how you can use it to phase and prioritize a building project, as well as make a case for funding. Addresses AASLH StEPs Standards HSL 2, 3 and 5. LEU credits available.

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Members as Donors
Monday, Sept. 17, 2 to 3 p.m.
Register by Sept. 12
Free

Local organizations often view members and donors as two separate groups, with programs and fundraising efforts focusing on one or the other. This webinar will show you how to think of your members as donors in order to strengthen their connection to your organization and streamline your fundraising process. A Heritage Supports Grant webinarAddresses AASLH StEPs Standards MGMT 1 and 2. LEU credits available.

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Developing a Building Maintenance Plan
Monday, Oct. 22, 2 to 3 p.m. 
Register by Oct. 17
$20; $15 IHS member; $10 Local History Partner

If your organization owns or cares for a building, this webinar will help you develop a building maintenance plan. You’ll learn the components of a basic plan as well as tips for working with local service providers to keep building inspections and documentation up-to-date. Addresses AASLH StEPs Standards HSL 2, 4, 5 and 6. LEU credits available.

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Museum Boot Camps

Whether you’re a new museum trainee or a seasoned veteran, this Boot Camp is for you! Spend a day in intensive basic training focused on four branches of museum fundamentals: management; collections; audience; and fundraising. You’ll leave with an arsenal of resources for your museum operations.

We’ll cover:
• Operational and long-range planning
• Collection practices, policies and preservation
• Connecting with your community and welcoming visitors
• Developing a basic fundraising plan

$30; $25 IHS member; $20 Local History Partner. Lunch is included.

Boot Camps will be held in four locations (each Boot Camp will cover the same topics). Addresses StEPs Standards MVG 1 and 2; COLL 1, 2, and 5; AUD 1, 2 and 5; and MGMT 1, 2 and 9.

Monday, June 4, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Whitley County Museum, Columbia City

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Workshops

Annual Giving and Special Events
Tuesday, June 19, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Register by June 17
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, Rooney Library, Meeting Room 1, West Terre Haute
Free

Thursday, June 21, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Register by June 19
Tipton County Heritage Center and Museum, Tipton
Free

Join us for a two-for-one. We’ll spend the morning talking about the importance of the annual fund as the basis for all other fundraising efforts. In the afternoon, we’ll discuss special events and how they can help build relationships with donors. Attend half day or join us for the full day at either location. A Heritage Support Grants workshopAddresses AASLH StEPs Standards MGMT 1 and 2. LEU credits available.

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Deaccessioning Demystified
Monday, July 16, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Register by July 12
Minnetrista, Muncie
$20; $15 IHS member; $10 Local History Partner

Deaccessioning – a single word that can cause fear, confusion and guilt. But once you understand the legal and ethical issues surrounding the what, why and how of removing items from the museum collection, you’ll no longer have that feeling of dread. Join us as we demystify the world of deaccessioning. Addresses AASLH StEPs Standards COLL 1, 2 and 4; and MGMT 1 and 3. LEU credits available.

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Fundraising for Local History: Fundraising Basics and Making Your Case for Support
Friday, Aug. 10, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Register by Aug. 8
Cambridge City Public Library, Cambridge City
Free

Friday, Aug. 17, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Register by Aug. 15
Lawrence County Museum of History, Bedford
Free

This workshop offers an introduction to principles of fundraising. We will discuss how the development process can be applied to local history organizations. Then, we will explore how to build the case for support using your organization’s story to attract more members, compete for grants, create new partnerships or secure larger donations. A Heritage Support Grants workshop. Addresses AASLH StEPs Standards MGMT 1 and 2. LEU credits available.

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Organizational Management Basics
Thursday, Aug. 23, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Register by Aug. 21
Tippecanoe County Historical Association Community Center and Museum, Lafayette
$20; $15 IHS member; $10 Local History Partner

Take a deep dive into six basics of organizational management. Learn what the critical components of each management element are and how you can use them to increase organizational focus and sustainability. Addresses AASLH StEPs Standards MGMT 1, 2, 7 and 8. LEU credits available.

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Understanding Audiences and Visitors
Monday, Sept. 10, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Register by Sept. 7
Marshall County Museum, Plymouth
$20; $15 IHS member; $10 Local History Partner

Explore how to use visitor information and demographic research to make your organization more relevant. Then, get up close and personal as we dive into how to provide excellent customer service and create a great experience for each visitor. Addresses StEPs Standards AUD 1, 2, 3 and 5. LEU credits available.

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Recorded Webinars

NOTE: To access recordings, you will be asked to enter your first and last name, as well as your email address. Recorded webinars are free to view.

Laying a Strong Foundation: Planning and Implementing Building Projects (72 minutes)
Is a building project in your future? Do you want to learn more about best practices, fundraising and working with contractors? This webinar covers the basics of planning and implementing successful capital projects. Originally recorded on Feb. 5, 2018.

Workshops Upon Request

Local History Services staff will come to your location to present a free workshop just for your organization – or you can include other groups in your neighborhood. The workshops are casual, interactive, filled with information and even a few laughs. Workshop topics include collections, governance, management and more.

To find out about topics or to schedule a workshop, email localhistoryservices@indianahistory.org or call (317) 232-4591.

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