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

So This Box Comes In …

Tuesday, Feb. 10, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Newburgh Museum, 2 W. Main St., Newburgh
Instructors: Tamara Hemmerlein, director, and Alan Rowe, Local History Partners coordinator, Local History Services
Cost: $20, $15 IHS members, $10 Local History Partners
(lunch on your own)
Register by Feb. 3

This workshop highlights the steps in processing an incoming donation to your museum. Should you accept the items at all? What documents should you have the donor sign? How do you process and catalog the items? What does the museum numbering system mean? How do you label them? How do you store them? Are there other special considerations for particular objects?

This workshop will help answer all these questions and more. The presentation approach is open and casual.

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Collections Management Policy “Write-In”

Tuesday, March 17, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Ball State University Alexander M. Bracken Library, 1000 N. McKinley Ave., Muncie
Instructors: Alan Rowe, Local History Partners coordinator, Local History Services, IHS
Cost: $20, $15 IHS members, $10 Local History Partners
(lunch on your own)
Register by March 10

Do you have a collections management policy, but it is in need of revision? Would you like to create a policy for your historical organization, but you don’t know where to start? Is it difficult to set aside time for writing and revising your policy? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, join us for a “write-in” workshop to learn the fundamentals of a strong collections management policy, enjoy access to feedback from your peers and workshop leaders and take advantage of blocks of time for writing.

Just bring your laptop or tablet, your existing collections management policy or an outline for one, and leave at the end of the day with a draft of a revised policy. To help keep your writing on track, we’ll offer a virtual follow-up meeting for additional feedback from your peers and workshop leaders.

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Generation Next: Strategies for Recruiting,
Using and Retaining Younger Volunteers

Thursday, Apr. 23, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Johnson County Historical Society and Museum, 135 N. Main St., Franklin
Instructors: Marianne Sheline, program operations coordinator, Kelsey Smith, intern and Sara Jessica Hemmerlein, teen volunteer, Local History Services, IHS
Cost: $20, $15 IHS members, $10 Local History Partners
(lunch on your own)
Register by Apr. 16

Volunteers are essential to any successful organization and it seems to be getting harder and harder to engage new and younger volunteers. What volunteers want and expect from their service is changing and organizations are working to adapt to the changes. In this workshop, you will gain an understanding of current trends in volunteering, learn strategies to recruit and retain younger volunteers and explore how to use younger volunteers effectively.

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Cemetery Preservation (Basic)

Friday, May 22 and Saturday, May 23
Mt. Jackson Cemetery and the Indiana Medical History Museum, Indianapolis
Instructors: John “Walt” Walters, Jeannie Regan-Dinius, Vincent T. Hernly and Sheila Riley 
Cost: $30, $25 IHS members, $22.50 Local History Partners (includes lunch)
Register by May 15
Meets AASLH StEPs Standard HSL 5

Taking care of a loved one’s gravestone or even an entire cemetery goes far beyond yard maintenance. Understanding the history, laws and proper techniques of cemetery preservation all play a role in caring for cemeteries. During the classroom day, find out about the symbolism and traditions of Indiana’s cemeteries, researching cemetery ownership, laws regulating cemeteries and the Indiana Cemetery Registry. During the work day, learn how to identify the different types of stone used to make gravestones and the proper techniques for cleaning, straightening and resetting stones.

This project has been funded in part by a grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service Historic Preservation Fund, administered by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology. However, the contents and opinions do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Department of the Interior or the Department of Natural Resources.

This program receives federal financial assistance for the identification and protection of historic properties. Under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, the U.S. Department of the Interior prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability or age in its federally assisted programs. If you believe that you have been discriminated against in any program, activity or facility as described above, or if you desire further information, please write to: Office of Equal Opportunity, National Park Service, 1849 C St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20240.

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