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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.


Preparing for Disaster

Wednesday, Oct. 14, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Central)
Merrillville Branch, Lake County Public Library, Merrillville
Instructor: Tamara Hemmerlein, director, Local History Services
$20; $15 IHS members; $10 Local History Partners (lunch on your own)
Register by Oct. 7

Are you ready for an emergency? What would you do if disaster strikes? At this workshop, you'll learn the elements of a basic disaster/emergency preparedness plan, talk about what should be in every emergency preparedness kit and share preparedness ideas, tips and tricks. Using the information you learn, you'll work through a disaster preparedness scenario and begin to develop a plan for your organization.

Librarians can earn 5  LEU credits for this workshop.
Addresses AASLH StEPsS Standards MGMT 4 and 7



Fundraising for Local History: Pitching Your Project

Nov. 19, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Eugene and Marilyn Glick History Center, Indianapolis
Instructor: Jamie Simek, fundraising educator, Local History Services and LHS staff
Cost per organization: $10; $8 IHS members; $5 Local History Partners (lunch on your own)
Register by Nov. 12

Looking for some feedback on your project idea? Need help perfecting your message? Trying to figure out how to attract matching funds donors? Join LHS grant coaches for a workshop that will help you narrow your focus, refine your ask and create excitement about your project. We will discuss how to create achievable grant objectives and will cover tips for securing matching gifts. We will also provide time and computer access for anyone interested in doing some on-site writing.