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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.

2014 Fall Workshops

Hands-On Cemetery Workshop (Advanced)

Friday, Aug. 22, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 23, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Spring Valley Cemetery, Lawrence (Indianapolis)
Instructor: John “Walt” Walters
Cost: $30, $25 IHS members, $22.50 Local History Partners (includes lunch)
Register by Aug. 15
Addresses AASLH StEPs Standard HSL 5

Choose either Friday or Saturday for a one-day, hands-on workshop to learn the essential components of advanced cemetery restoration. John Walters, professional cemetery restorer, will explain the techniques of cemetery restoration, including the kinds of mortar mixes and adhesives to use when reassembling broken stones and fallen obelisks. Then participants will spend the majority of the workshop restoring stones in the cemetery. Work with broken, leaning and misplaced stones, and disassembled obelisks under the supervision of instructors.

Participants will learn the following skills:

  • Stone Repair – repairing stones using several kinds of adhesives. 
  • Stone Relocation – how to determine the original locations of gravestones that have been moved and how to replace them to maintain the cemetery’s integrity.
  • Resetting Obelisks – using tripods to reset large obelisk stones that have been knocked over. 
  • Filling the Cracks – mixing stone dust to fill cracks for a finished look. 

Only those who have attended a basic cemetery preservation workshop or have prior experience cleaning and straightening stones can enroll in the advanced workshop (as experience in cleaning and resetting stones is essential to understanding more complicated repairs). Participants will be able to ask for advice regarding specific preservation and restoration tasks throughout the day. The workshop will be held regardless of weather, and all participants will be involved in the hands-on session.

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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So This Box Comes In…

Thursday, Sept. 4, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Greentown Historical Society, 103 E. Main St., Greentown
Instructors: Tamara Hemmerlein, assistant director, and Alan Rowe, Local History Partners coordinator, Local History Services, Indiana Historical Society
Cost: $20, $15 IHS members, $10 Local History Partners (lunch on your own)
Register by Aug. 28
Addresses AASLH StEPs Standards COLL 1 and 2

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 to sign? How do you process and catalogue 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.

This project is supported in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and LIbrary Services.

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Deaccessioning Demystified

Monday, Nov. 17, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Howard County Historical Society, 1200 W. Sycamore St., Kokomo
Instructors: Stew Lauterbach, curator, Howard County Historical Society, Gwendolen Raley, museum and heritage tourism director, Indiana Landmarks and Kelly Gascoine, program, coordinator, Indiana Landmarks 
Cost: $20, $15 IHS members, $10 Local History Partners (lunch on your own)
Register by Nov. 10
Addresses AASLH StEPs Standards COLL 1 and 2

For many historical organizations, the word “deaccessioning” can be very scary. Dwindling storage space often prompts us to ask: Why is this object in the collection? Does it really meet our mission? How does it help to tell our story? This workshop focuses on the deaccessioning process from planning to making the case to deciding what to do with the deaccessioned objects. 

Workshop participants will hear from folks who’ve successfully completed large deaccessioning processes. Then, they will work through some deaccessioning scenarios.

This project is supported in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and LIbrary Services.

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