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 upon request at your site.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to COVID-19, the Indiana Historical Society is postponing all on-site special events and programs until the end of April. This includes Local History Services off-site workshops and In Your Neighborhood brown bag meetings for the month of April. Please check back soon for rescheduled dates. Learn more about our Health Advisory on COVID-19 here.
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Long-Range Planning for Heritage Organizations – REGISTER HERE
March 19, 2 to 3 p.m.
A long-range plan is one of the best ways you can show stakeholders and potential funders that your organization is working towards sustainability. This webinar outlines the steps and provides a road map for the planning process. Addresses AASLH StEPs Standards MVG 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. One LEU credit available.
Museum Boot Camps are back for 2020! 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, audiences and fundraising. You’ll leave with an arsenal of resources for your museum operations. We’ll cover:
$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. LEU credits available.
Fundraising Basics – REGISTER HERE
June 12, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Register by June 8)
Putnam County Museum, Greencastle
This workshop offers an introduction to fundraising for local history organizations. We will discuss the development cycle and explore how to build a case for support using your organization’s story to attract new donors, retain current donors and secure larger donations. This fundraising workshop is a good starting point for your board members, volunteers, or staff. A Heritage Support Grants workshop. Addresses AASLH StEPs Standards MGMT 1 and 2. LEU credits available.
Deaccessioning Demystified – REGISTER HERE
June 17, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (register by June 12)
Canal Center, Delphi
Cost: $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.
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.
Understanding Audiences and Visitors (60 minutes)
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. Originally recorded on Aug. 15, 2019.
The Ethics of Deaccessioning (52 minutes)
There are so many ethical issues to consider when embarking on a deaccessioning endeavor at your organization. This webinar will help you understand the different issues involved in deaccessioning so you can take on the task with confidence.
Annual Fund: Building a Program that Fits Your Organization (60 minutes)
A strong annual fund program provides vital support to an organization, but the first steps can feel daunting. This webinar covers ways to create an efficient and effective annual program that goes beyond the year-end letter.
Case for Support (9 minutes)
This webinar explains the process for building an organization’s case for support and using that case to make an elevator pitch.
Constituent Record Management (9 minutes)
This webinar describes how an organization can create a donor relationship database, including necessary data and potential systems for nonprofits of all sizes.
Cultivation (8 minutes)
This webinar will detail relationship-building strategies an organization can implement in the fundraising program.
Donor Visits (11 minutes)
This webinar will provide ways to structure donor meetings to build strong relationships and successful solicitation strategies.
Finding Your Best Donors (11 minutes)
This webinar looks at the ways to qualify your donors in order to find your organization’s best donors.
The Fundraising Cycle (11 minutes)
This webinar details the five-step relationship cycle that is inherent in fundraising.
Members as Donors (60 minutes)
Learn how to think of your members as donors in order to strengthen their connections to your organization and streamline your fundraising process. A Heritage Support Grants Webinar.
Building a Strong Board (56 minutes)
Good board training is the foundation for a strong board. In this webinar, you’ll learn some of the basics of board service. Whether you’re a current board member or are responsible for board training, this webinar will provide you with valuable insight and information.
Ethics and Standards for Heritage Organizations (13 minutes)
This webinar provides an overview of the ethics and standards that heritage organizations are expected to follow as they carry out their work.
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.
Great (E)News! How to Create an Outstanding E-Newsletter (60 minutes)
Thinking about starting an e-newsletter, or wondering how to spice up your content? This webinar is packed with useful tips you can use to get your news out. We’ll cover e-newsletter service providers, content, formats, design tips and analytics.
Local History Services staff will come to your location to present a workshop just for your organization – or you can include other groups in your area. The workshops are casual, interactive and filled with information. Workshop topics include collections, governance, audience, management and more.
Cost: $150 per workshop; $125 for Local History Partner organizations. No limit on number of attendees.
To learn more or to schedule a workshop, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (317) 232-4591.
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