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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.

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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