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, all Local History Services in-person workshops and meetings are postponed through June. Staff are working remotely and are available via email. Please check back soon for rescheduled dates. Learn more about our Health Advisory on COVID-19 here.
Our Museum Boot Camp has gone virtual!
During four 75-minute Zoom webinars over two weeks, we’ll cover four museum fundamentals: management; collections; audiences; and fundraising. Whether you’re a new museum trainee or a seasoned veteran, this virtual Museum Boot Camp is for you!
Tuesday, June 23, 2020 to Thursday, July 2, 2020
Sessions will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Part 1: June 23 – Basics of organizational management.
Part 2: June 25 – Collection practices, policies and preservation.
Part 3: June 30 – Connecting with your community and welcoming visitors.
Part 4: July 2 – Developing a basic fundraising plan.
Guest: $30 | IHS Member: $25 | Local History Partner: $20
All four webinars are included in the registration fee. Register by June 20.
NOTE: 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. Recorded August 2019.
Dissecting Digitization (61 minutes)
Digitization can be a complex project to tackle. Learn about the pieces of a digitization project and how to ready yourself for success. Recorded June 2018.
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. Recorded December 2019.
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. Recorded October 2019.
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. Recorded June 2019.
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. Recorded June 2019.
Cultivation (8 minutes)
This webinar will detail relationship-building strategies an organization can implement in the fundraising program. Recorded November 2019.
Donor Visits (11 minutes)
This webinar will provide ways to structure donor meetings to build strong relationships and successful solicitation strategies. Recorded June 2019.
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. Recorded November 2019.
The Fundraising Cycle (11 minutes)
This webinar details the five-step relationship cycle that is inherent in fundraising. Recorded November 2019.
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. Recorded September 2018.
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. Recorded November 2019.
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. Recorded February 2020.
Long-Range Planning for Heritage Organizations (41 minutes)
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. Recorded March 2020.
Planning and Implementing Successful Building Projects (50 minutes)
Is a building project in your future? Do you want to learn more about best practices and working with contractors? Join us for an informative and interesting webinar focused on the basics of planning and implementing successful building projects. Recorded March 2020.
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. Recorded September 2019.
Social Media for Museums and Nonprofits (56 minutes)
Learn about social media, e-newsletters, blogs and other forms of digital content marketing, as well as what steps to take to create a strategy that works for your organization. Recorded May 2018.
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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