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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.


So This Box Comes In …
Monday, Sept. 16, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (register by Sept. 12)
Daviess County Museum, Washington

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.


Protecting Collections: From the Environment and You
Thursday, Oct. 3, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (register by Sept. 30)
Grover Museum, Shelbyville
Cost: $20; $15 IHS member; $10 Local History Partner

The two major threats to historical collections are storage environments and human contact. Explore the different ways that we can protect our collections, from high-cost environmental changes to simple cost-effective solutions. Additionally, learn some tactics for balancing preservation with access so the amazing collections we hold can be used by both current and future generations to learn about history. Addresses AASLH StEPs Standards COLL 2, 4 and 5. LEU credits available.


Developing a Long-Range Plan
Monday, Nov. 11, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (register by Nov. 6)
Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, Indianapolis
Cost: $20; $15 IHS member; $10 Local History Partner

When you develop a long-range plan for your institution, you’re creating a tool that will help guide your decision making for the future. It’s also one of the most important ways you can show potential funders and stakeholders that your organization is moving forward thoughtfully and intentionally. In this workshop, we’ll identify the steps of a successful planning process, brainstorm ways to get your community involved, and learn how to work with a logic model. Addresses AASLH StEPs Standards MVG 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. LEU credits available.


FREE Webinars

Great (E)News! How to Create an Outstanding E-Newsletter – REGISTER
Thursday, Sept. 19, 2 to 3 p.m. (register by Sept. 17)

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. Addresses AASLH StEPs Standards AUD 3 and 4. One LEU credit available.

Annual Fund: Building a Program that Fits Your Organization – REGISTER
Thursday, Oct. 10, 2 to 3 p.m. (register by Oct. 8)

A strong annual fund program provides vital support to an organization, but the first steps can feel daunting. This webinar will discuss ways to create an efficient and effective annual program that goes beyond the year-end letter. Addresses AASLH StEPs Standards MGMT 1 and 2. One LEU credit available.


Building a Strong Board – REGISTER
Thursday, Nov. 14, 2 to 3 p.m. (register by Nov. 12)

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. Addresses AASLH StEPs Standards MVG 5, MGMT 2 and 8. One LEU credit available.


The Ethics of Deaccessioning – REGISTER
Thursday, Dec. 5, 2 to 3 p.m. (register by Dec. 3)

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. Addresses AASLH StEPs Standards MVG 2 and 3, COLL 1, 2, 3 and 4, and MGMT 1 and 3. One LEU credit available.

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.

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.

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 or call (317) 232-4591.

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