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Tuesday through 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.

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; exhibits; 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.
  • Creating exhibits that engage your community.
  • Developing a basic fundraising plan.

Boot Camps will be held in four locations (each Boot Camp will cover the same topics). $30; $25 IHS member; $20 Local History Partner. Lunch is included.

  • Monday, March 4, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Carnegie Museum of Montgomery County, Crawfordsville
  • Monday. March 18, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Henry County Historical Society, New Castle
  • Monday, April 8, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Brown County History Center, Nashville
  • Monday, June 10, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Grissom Air Museum, Peru

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Workshops

Fundraising Basics
Thursday, March 7, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (register by March 5)
Dubois County Museum, Jasper
FREE

Monday, May 6, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (register by May 2)
Elkhart County Historical Museum, Bristol
FREE

Fundraising can be intimidating for many organizations, but it does not have to be. This workshop offers an introduction to the principles of fundraising. We will discuss the development cycle, and how it applies to local history organizations. We will also explore how to build a case for support using your organization’s story to attract new donors, retain current donors and secure larger donations. A Heritage Support Grants workshop. Addresses AASLH StEPs Standards MGMT 1 and 2. LEU credits available.

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Enliven Your Exhibits!
Monday, May 13, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (register by May 9)
Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, Indianapolis
Cost: $20; $15 IHS member; $10 Local History Partner

Spend the day learning about the art of exhibit writing and how to apply the principles of design to your museum exhibits, as well as practical applications and techniques from wall graphics to exhibit mounts. Addresses AASLH StEPs Standards INT 6, 7 and 8. LEU credits available.

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So This Box Comes In…
Monday, June 17, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (register by June 13)
Switzerland County Historical Society, Vevay
Cost: $20; $15 IHS member; $10 Local History Partner

Learn the steps in processing incoming donations to your museum from the time they show up on your doorstep until you’re ready to store them. The workshop will give the tools you need to answer the questions: should you accept the items? How do you document the donation? How do you process and catalogue the items? What are good storage solutions? Addresses AASLH StEPs Standards COLL 1 and 2. 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.

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.

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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